NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
BANYAN
Volume 10 Issue 4 - August 28, 2009
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Commentary
Michael M. C. Lai
NCKU in the 21st Century
Hung-Bin Hsu
Bio-Tech Controversy in a Global Context: on the Establishment of the Taiwan Biobank
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Bing-Hung Chen
Effect of Nonionic Surfactants on Biodegradation of Phenanthrene by a Marine Bacteria of Neptunomonas naphthovorans
Yu-Bin Chen
Development of mid-infrared surface plasmon resonance-based sensors with highly-doped silicon for biomedical and chemical applications
Chia-Rong Lee
Optically controllable transflective spatial filter with high- and low-pass or notch- and band-pass functions based on a dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystal film
Article Digest
Yeong-Her Wang
Characterization and Synthesis of GSCS Nanoparticles by Sol–Gel Method   with Controlling of Adding Water Amount
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National Cheng Kung University and Zhe Jiang University Organized the 12th Cross-Strait Chinese Culture and Business Management Conference
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National Cheng Kung University Hosts the 2009 International Workshop on Nano Biomedicine
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NCKU in the 21st Century
Michael M. C. Lai

President, National Cheng Kung University

Delivered in NCKU North America Alumni Meeting
August 16, 2009


All the NCKU Alumni, Distinguished Guests and Ladies and Gentlemen:

Today, I came here with a little bit of heavy heart.  As you know, the southern Taiwan sustained heavy damage in the recent typhoon and atrocious rain.  Many villages are inundated, lives are lost and homes and roads are wiped out.  NCKU, being in the center of this storm, has escaped with relatively minor damages, but the nearby communities were not so lucky.  As I speak at this moment, there are still thousands of people missing or being isolated and waiting for rescues.  NCKU Vice President Feng is back home right at this moment, mobilizing the NCKU community to engage in the immediate relief and rescue efforts now and subsequent reconstruction works later by asking our community to donate money, labor and our expertise in emergency response, medical care, land preservation, etc.  These efforts will take long time and a lot of works.  We welcome your participation.  Please work with the NCKU administration to have a coordinated effort.

As a university president, there is no duty more profound and satisfying than meeting and addressing her alumni, for, as I said repeatedly on many occasions, university alumni are the soul of a university.  The quality of education of a university is reflected in the quality of her recent graduates and life-long accomplishments of her alumni.  On this account, I can say proudly that NCKU has done its share of nurturing model citizens and various entrepreneurs, professionals and skilled workers of the highest quality for our society.  Most people in this room are the personification of what I mean.  I salute all of you.

A university must perform three functions: Educate, Research and Serve.  Education produces future innovators and leaders for the society; research produces new knowledge and technology that inspires human imagination and drives economic progress; and the service by the university to society and communities drives local and global prosperity.  But most of all, a university nurtures global citizens.

I am proud to say that NCKU has done remarkably well on all these accounts.  Our university was selected to receive a special funding from Ministry of Education, so-called "5-year, 50-billion project" to promote top-tier world-class universities.  Our graduates consistently are rated the most favorite university graduates in the polls conducted among the top enterprises in Taiwan.  With this special funding, our university has made remarkable progress in all three accounts: research, education and service in the recent years.

As you just saw from the film, your alma mater NCKU has undergone remarkable transformation in the past several years. There are many new buildings, including Chimei Electroncs Building, Social Science Building, The second NCKU Hospital Building, Alumni Center, and the Green Building etc.  We have established NCKU Museum. Not only is this transformation evident in physical appearance and campus infrastructure, but also it is reflected in the subtle so-called "soft-power" of its faculty and students.  In the 21st century, a successful citizen must possess not only good professional skills, but also humanistic grounding.  He or she must have good interpersonal skills, world visions, creativity and leadership quality, i.e. possess 3 Q’s, namely, the EQ (emotional quotient), MQ (Moral quotient) and AQ (Attitude quotient).  Perhaps you have noticed in recent years that the university publication "NCKU Journal" has undergone a total change-over; many alumni commented to me that it reflected the upgrading of humanistic spirit at NCKU.  The campus is full of art and musical activities, and students are apparently more interactive.  Our research output has increased substantially.  We are ranked very high in several world university ranking systems.  Recently, Engineering research at NCKU is ranked No. 30 in the world, higher than any other institutions in Taiwan.  The alternative energy research is ranked No. 19 in the world.  And Web-based ranking ranked NCKU as No. 101 in the world.  In Taiwan, we are consistently ranked No. 2, ahead of all the other universities except NTU.  We have attracted many distinguished scholars to NCKU.  Most recently, the former Minister of Finance in Taiwan has become the Dean of College of Social Science at NCKU.  We are proud of our accomplishments.  But we are far from being in the top echelon of world universities.  What do we have to do to fulfill our missions to educate, do research and to serve?


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