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2008 Spotlight
Chair Professor Jen-Fin Lin, with frontier and innovative scientific achievement, from Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), which has been viewed as one of the world’s leading professional associations for the advancement of technology. Professor Lin has served as the Director of the Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology as well as chaired Institute of Nanotechnology and Microsystems Engineering.
Tainan, TAIWAN, Dec.9, 2008 --- The KT Li Technology Lectureship announced the 2008 Award winners on Dec. 8th. Academician King-Ning Tu (杜經寧) from UCLA was honored with the K.T. Li Chair Professor Award. Prof. Joy-Lay Huang (黃肇瑞) and Prof. Hua-Lin Wu (吳華林) from NCKU were also awarded with the KT Li Honorary Scholar Award. This award was established with the one million stocks endowed from President Bruce C.H. Cheng (鄭崇華) of Delta Electronics, also an outstanding NCKU alumnus and an NCKU Honorary Doctor.
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) announced today that Founder and Chairman of Delta Electronics, Inc. Mr. Bruce Cheng has endowed his alma mater with $250 million NTD, approximately 7.5 million USD, for the construction of the “NCKU-Delta Building” to be used for the development of advanced research and industry-academia cooperation. The NCKU-Delta Building will be established in the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP). This is Chairman Chen’s third endowment to NCKU after his 2001 donation of one million shares of Delta Electronics stock to establish the K.T. Li Technology Lectureship and in 2007 a donation of 100 million NTD to construct the Y. S. Sun Green Building Research Center.
Tainan, TAIWAN, Dec. 9, 2008 --- Center for Technologies of Ubiquitous Computing and Humanity (TOUCH Center) in National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) was named as one of members of European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) in the 3rd Wave Call for membership of ENoLL. Professor Esteve Almirall, the project leader of Living Labs, made a speech entitled “Opening the Innovation Process: Open Innovation, User Innovation and Living Labs” on Dec. 8th to share his experiences on open innovations and user-driven creations. Prof. Almirall also visited Academician Michael M.C. Lai, the President of NCKU, to confer the certificate of the member of ENoLL to NCKU. In the same time, Professor Esteve Almirall also invites the NCKU faculty to join the 4th and 5th Calls of the EU Seventh Framework Programmes (FP7) Projects.
Tainan, TAIWAN, Dec.3, 2008 --- Professor Ching-Ting Lee (李清庭), Dean of College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Distinguished Professor of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), has been elected as a 2009 Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which has been viewed as the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. His notable contribution and scientific achievement is mainly related to gallium nitride (GaN) based optoelectronic and microelectronic devices.
Tainan, TAIWAN, Dec.2, 2008---Under the rising threat from deadly disease, cancer, Taiwan is faced with the rigorous challenges to develop new drugs or treatment strategy for curing cancers. Professor Tian-Shung Wu (吳天賞) of the Department of Chemistry of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has successfully isolated and synthesized a potent antineoplastic prodrug, antofine, by making use of organic chemistry to synthesize various phenanthroindolizidine alkaloids. Antofine is one of these alkaloids isolated from Cryptocarya chinensis and Ficus septica.
The pioneering green technology on a solar-powered device, a high-concentration photovoltaic assembly with 5 kilowatt output (HCPV), jointly developed by a research team of the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and manufactured by Spirox Ltd, has been on display at implementation site of NCKU Tzu-Chiang campus. NCKU research team was led by both Professor Hong-Tzer Yang (楊宏澤) and Professor Jiann-Fuh Chen (陳建富) from Department of Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Jyh-Hong Chen (陳志鴻), the Superintendent of National Cheng Kung University Hospital, was named as the winner of “2008 Outstanding Manager Award”, which is deemed as Nobel Prizes for Taiwanese Industries in recognition of his contribution to the NCKU Hospital and great efforts of making hospital workers aware of entrepreneurship as well as customer-centric spirit.
Two research teams of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), led by Professor of Gwo-Bin Lee (李國賓) from Department of Engineering Science and Professor Yu-Chung Chang (張玉川) from Department of Surgery, are among 12 winners of the 2008 National Innovation Award (國家新創獎) sponsored by the Executive Yuan. Their awarded innovative works are “An integrated magnetic bead-based microfluidic system for rapid genomic DNA extraction and genetic diseases” (by Prof. Lee’s group) and “Chang’s Needle for Simplified Hepatic Resection detection” (by Prof. Chang’s group), respectively. The award will be presented in the convocation ceremony in Taipei around middle December.
左:京都大學校長松本紘教授;右:成功大學校長賴明詔院士
Professor Hiroshi Matsumoto, the President of Kyoto University (Kyodai), has a one-day visit at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) on November 18 to meet President Michael M.C. Lai of NCKU.

Academician Michael M.C. Lai compared NCKU to Kyodai because both universities are the second largest university in Taiwan and in Japan, respectively. Similarly, NCKU is located in Tainan, the historical and culture-rich city of Taiwan, while Kyodai is located in Kyodo, the historical and culture-rich city and the home to tradition in Japan. “NCKU views Kyodai as a model of becoming top-tier World University,” added Academician Michael M.C. Lai. President Lai acclaimed Kyodai’s excellent academic achievement according to the number of Nobel Prize Laureates.
The Secretary-General of the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and also the Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Woei-Shyan Lee (李偉賢), has been elected as a Fellow of the Chinese Society of Mechanical Engineers (CSME) and will be awarded the Fellowship in the convocation ceremony on November 21st, 2008. Professor Lee is one of the only two Fellows of CSME elected this year. Academician Michael M.C. Lai, the President of NCKU, applauded Professor’s Lee outstanding academic achievement and contribution to NCKU in the field of engineering.
Because of appreciation for the cultivation from alma mater, Dr. Cheng-Ching Wu (吳澄清博士), a NCKU Outstanding Alumni and Chairman of Tasco Chemical Corporation (台灣石化合成股份有限公司), generously gave a monetary gift of 110 million New Taiwan Dollars (NTD), approximately 3.3 million in USD, to build a multi-functional center for research excellence, which will be located in Tzu-Chiang Campus. Academician Michael M.C. Lai, the President of NCKU, announced it in the donation ceremony on 12th, November.
The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) presented its “Outstanding Alumni Award” to seven alumni in recognition of their remarkable professional achievements and contributions to their alma mater and the community. The award convocation was held on Tuesday, 11th of November at Conference Hall of the NCKU Library with congratulatory speech from Dr. Ovid J.L. Tzeng (曾志朗), the former Minister of Education and currently the Minister without Portfolio of the Executive Yuan.
The second biennial Presidents’ Forum of Southeast Asia Universities (SATU Presidents’ Forum) kicked off its opening ceremony on Nov. 10th at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, where Academician Michael M.C. Lai, the President of NCKU made an opening remark and Dr. Ovid J.L. Tzeng (曾志朗), the former Minister of Education and currently the Minister without Portfolio of the Executive Yuan gave a keynote speech. This is the first time to have universities from India participating in this Forum, themed “Global Humanity Global Humanity Challenges and Pressing Responsibilities of 21st Century Universities.”
The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) hosted the 2008 SATU Youth Forum, the affiliation forum of Presidents’ Forum of Southeast and South Asia and Taiwan Universities (SATU) from 9th to 11th of November, focused on theme “Global Humanity Challenges”, bringing together exceptional students from member universities in attendance.
The first ever SATU Youth Forum will kick off its opening ceremony on Nov. 9th, followed by the opening ceremony of the second biennial SATU Presidents’ Forum on Nov. 10th at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, where Dr. Jei-Cheng Cheng, the Minister of Education will make a congratulatory address. This is the first time to have universities from India participating in this Forum.
工科系教授周榮華(右)獲頒資深會士,由賴明詔校長(左)頒發徽章表揚。
The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) took the pioneering position to establish the Academy of Educators, which is similar with that in University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and awarded fellowship to excellent-teaching faculty in the convocation ceremony yesterday (Oct. 28th).
圖左:賴明詔校長,圖右:林裕城教授
Professor Yu-Cheng Lin from Department of Engineering Science at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), who has frontier and innovative scientific achievement, has been named as Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 2008. Professor Lin is one of six Taiwanese RSC Fellows since its establishment from 1841. Furthermore, Prof. Lin is the only RSC Fellow ever with a background of non-chemistry major. Seemingly, the impact of Prof. Lin’s attribution to scientific advancement in related chemical fields is not less than those with chemistry backgrounds.
教務長湯銘哲宣布,成大成立國內第一個「國立成功大學教學卓越教師學會」,並對教學卓越之教師授予「會士」頭銜。
The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) will take the pioneering position to establish the Academy of Educators, which is similar with that in University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and will award fellowship to excellent-teaching faculty in the convocation ceremony on 28th of October.
錢百敦院士(右一)、奧立佛史密西斯博士(左二)以及前田信代博士(右二)精采對談,由教務長湯銘哲(左一)擔任主持人。
With the roundtable discussion with a title “Seize Your Great Chance with the World’s Top Academicians!” on 20th October at the NCKU College of Medicine, students and faculty had a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the dream combination of three extraordinary scientists - Dr. Britton Chance, a member of the National Academy of Science of the USA, Dr. Oliver Smithies, one of the 2007 Nobel Laureates in Medicine and Dr. Nobuyo Maeda, the Robert H. Wagner Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When great minds met it was a definitive uplifting symposium experience.