Tainan, Taiwan, November 15, 2016
A newly-built large Muslim prayer room for National Cheng Kung University’s (NCKU) more than 200 Muslim students formally opened on November 14 at the Sheng-Li Campus this Monday.
At the opening ceremony, NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su happily met with the students and commented, “I’d like to take this opportunity to express how earnestly we are and try everything we can to make sure that your study life here in NCKU or at this city can be as fulfilling as you deserve.”
National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) currently has more than two thousand international students spanning five continents enrolled, many of them are Muslims.
To provide proper prayer facilities for Muslim students on campus, the university expanded its space in the Sheng-Li 6th Dormitory so as to accommodate more people at the same time.
President Su said, “This place can be publicly used for all, not just for you but also for your country fellows from the same religion who would like to spend some time or have some use of this particular place.”
According to NCKU’s Muslim student, prayer facilities are essential for school because Muslims are required to pray five times a day. During the winter most would expect to pray twice during a working day and once during the summer.
Located at the third floor of the Sheng-Li 6th Dormitory, this new prayer room is the biggest gathering place for Muslims in southern Taiwan.
Currently there are more than 200 Muslim students studying in NCKU. These students are from around the world, including Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Egypt and other countries.
Several small prayer rooms had set up at the departments in the university to meet the need of Muslim students for daily pray.
Muslim students’ needs and expectation are considered in the design of this newly-built large prayer room. Its structural safety assessment is also done by a team of architects and engineers.