NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
BANYAN
Volume 4 Issue 7 - May 30, 2008
Commentary
Da Hsuan Feng
Accessibility (大眾化), Excellence (卓越化), and Impact (衝擊化): NCKU of the coming decade
Article Digest
Ricky W. Chuang
InGaN-GaN MQW Metal-Semiconductor-Metal Photodiodes With Semi-Insulting Mg-Doped GaN Cap Layers
Ten-Chin Wen
Enhanced electrocatalytic performance for methanol oxidation of a novel Pt particles dispersed poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)- poly(styrene sulfonic acid) electrode
Chang-Tai Tsai
Simulation of Sediment Yield from Watershed by Physiographic Soil Erosion-Deposition Model
Jiu-Yao Wang
Serine protease inhibitors, nafamostat mesilate (FUT) and gabexate mesilate (FOY), attenuate allergen-induced airway inflammation and eosinophilia in murine model of asthma
Article Digest
Jinn-Kong Sheu
Improved Reliability and ESD characteristics of Flip-Chip GaN-based LEDs with Internal Inverse-parallel Protection Diodes
News Release
News
INCUBATOR CENTER OF SOUTHERN TAIWAN SCIENCE PARK WILL INAUGURATE THE FIRST “ENTREPRENEUR TASK FORCE FOR ASIA PACIFIC”(ETAP)
Opportunities
Activities
Editorial Group
Accessibility (大眾化), Excellence (卓越化), and Impact (衝擊化): NCKU of the coming decade
Da Hsuan Feng

Senior Executive Vice President, National Cheng Kung University
A comment for NCKU Alumni in Seattle

Dear NCKU alumni, this evening I represent President Michael Lai to thank you for your heart warming welcome to our delegation. Since Michael knows the fundamental importance of alumni, he deeply regrets his absence due to a family medical emergency.

Since time is short, let me not waste time on superlatives and say what is in my heart.

For the last seven months, I have been searching the meaning of NCKU. In the last few days, I believe I was able to gain a deeper understanding. So, tonight, I like to share my understanding with you.

Before coming to Seattle, I visited Arizona State University, or ASU, in Tempe, Arizona. In the past decade, I visited ASU three times and have followed its growth with interest.

ASU is remarkable. Within a decade, it evolves from primarily a state university of moderate size of around 30,000 students, to become a socially and globally relevant research intensive university of 60,000 students, and with aspiration to become 90,000 students in four campuses in the coming decade!

So what pillars did ASU erect that allow such stunning transformation? They are three simple yet powerful words: Accessibility, Excellence, and Impact.

Accessibility (大眾化): As a public university, ASU has the responsibility to educate the workforce of the world!

Excellence (卓越化): As a research intensive university, excellence is not negotiable.

Impact (衝擊化): As a 21st century research intensive university, ASU must ensure that some of its knowledge products have global impact.

These three words embody what research intensive universities are all about in the 21st century.

A few days ago, on my three hour flight from Phoenix to Seattle, I reflected on these three words, and on what President Lai often emphasized regarding NCKU’s future. Putting them side by side, I realized that without specifically saying so, NCKU has the same pillars.

Accessibility: As an elite university in Asia Pacific where only highly selective students can enter, and this character will not change any day soon, accessibility for NCKU is different from ASU’s. We must be accessible not only to truly outstanding students from Taiwan, but from the world. NCKU must be a transformation engine where students emerging from it are completely comfortable as world citizens. They must “assume global village’s well being as my responsibility!” Or as Mencius 孟子 would say,以天下為己任.

Excellence: Just as ASU, excellence in NCKU is not negotiable.

Impact: As a 21st century research intensive university, NCKU, just as ASU, must ensure that some of its knowledge products have global impact.

I am elated that through my visit to ASU, I was able to see a little clearer and deeper what NCKU is all about. With these three words, NCKU is in excellent company and its destiny is clear.

What remains is to ensure that it does not go astray in our march towards this destiny.

Thank you.

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