Volume 9 Issue 2 - June 5, 2009
Da Hsuan Feng
The Purdue-NCKU Model, a real life example of "super Marshall Plan"
Report of a Surgical Mission to Purdue University by the NCKU Delegation
Article Digest
Jong-Liang Lin
Fabrication of Pseudoboehmite and Alumina: Effects of Water and 1-Hexadecyl-2,3-dimethyl-imidazolium Chloride
Mau-Phon Houng
Simultaneous Switching Noise Mitigation Capability with Low Parasitic Effect Using Aperiodic High-Impedance Structure
Meng-Ru Shen
KCl cotransporter-3 downregulates E-cadherin/β-catenin complex to promote epithelial-mesenchymal transition
Tzong-Yueh Chen
How to defense virus infection in fish: grouper Mx confers resistance to nodavirus and interacts with coat protein
Article Digest
Yu-lin Lee
Liminality of Translation: Subjectivity, Ethic, and Aesthetic
News Release
Winners of IEEE CAS Awards Presented in Taipei
Wang Chi
Passion for Kunqu among NCKU Faculty, Students, and Southern Taiwan Residents
Banyan Forum
Editorial Group
The Purdue-NCKU Model, a real life example of "super Marshall Plan"
Report of a Surgical Mission to Purdue University by the NCKU Delegation
Da Hsuan Feng

Senior Executive Vice President, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)

"Unquestionably, the decade of Herculean intellectual and material assistance from Purdue University to National Cheng Kung University in the early 50's transformed it to play a fundamental role as a powerful economic and intellectual engine during Taiwan's miracle growth in the late 20th century and build the foundation to become one of Asia Pacific's research intensive comprehensive universities in the 21st century."

--Appreciative comment made by NCKU President Michael Lai to Purdue President France Cordova on April 29, 2009 --


The great American novelist Pearl S. Buck, who has a well known Chinese name, Sai Zhen Zhu (赛珍珠), once said that

"One faces the future with one's past."

The essence of this statement is as appropriate to an individual as it is to a university. 

On April 29-30, 2009, an NCKU delegation, led by President Michael M. C. Lai, visited Purdue University to "face" the university's past and future. Members of the delegation included:

Dr. Michael M.C. LaiPresident, NCKU
Dr. Da Hsuan FengSenior Executive Vice  President, NCKU
Dr. Ming-Jer TangVice President for Academic  Affairs
Dr. Jenny SuVice President for  International Affairs
Dr. Hong Sen YanNCKU Museum Director
Dr. Jeng Horng ChenChief of Research Division, NCKU Museum, and Associate Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Dr. Mei Fang KuoPost-doctoral Researcher, NCKU Museum   Research Center
Dr. Chih Chieh ChouAssociate Professor, Graduate Institute of Political Economy
Ms. Amy YaoProject Specialist and International Office Representative

The complicated visit logistics was masterfully organized by members of Purdue's Office of International Programs, especially Andrew R. Gillespie, Associate Dean of International Programs and Matthew V. Sikora, Asian Initiative Coordinator, International Programs.

Purdue-NCKU Model

Besides signing a Memorandum of Understanding between Purdue University and NCKU, the three primary reasons for the NCKU delegation's visit are as follows:

First, to cement the profound relationship that was established more than half a century ago with a project which I would refer to as the Purdue-NCKU model (PNM).

Second is to find the best process to bring the PNM Exhibition that is currently displaying in NCKU University Museum to Purdue. Both signal a renewed beginning of the interactions between the two universities.

Third is to develop joint research programs based on the history exemplified by PNM. In a sense, the aim of the research is how to transform this great example into a practice that is relevant for 21st century research universities.

The details of PNM are as follows. A most remarkable and profound relationship between these two universities from both shores of the Pacific Ocean, and was undoubtedly one of the most important defining eras of NCKU in its nearly 80 years of history was succinctly described in a press release from Purdue University in January of this year. The relevant passage about this relationship is as follows:

"Purdue was chosen through the Foreign Assistance Act of 1950 to help provide assistance to developing countries. Taiwan had changed from Japanese to Chinese control after World War II. The island was small and needed roads, cities, more schools and industry in order to survive. It also needed up-to-date colleges to train its citizens to build and run the country. When asked to choose an American university to work with his institution, the college president at the island's Tainan Provincial College of Engineering (now NCKU) picked Purdue because of its engineering and science reputation and because of its graduates who had returned to China to make significant contributions." (Extracted from
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