Government, industry leaders felicitate NCKU on its 80th Anniversary
Tainan, Taiwan, November 11th, 2011 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), one of the most comprehensive universities in Taiwan, celebrated its 80th anniversary on Nov. 11 amid warm messages from the government, the industry and other higher education institutions. The celebration took place in the university’s Cheng Kung Hall with Vice President Vincent C. Siew, presidents from South and Southeast Asian universities, principals of sister schools in Taiwan as well as former presidents of the university attending. “The presence of the distinguished guests has made the 80th anniversary celebration even more merrier,” said Hwung-Hweng Hwung, president of National Cheng Kung University, in his opening address. In a 2-minute video clip, which was filmed earlier, President Ying-jeou Ma congratulated National Cheng Kung University for making great progress to become a top university in Taiwan and a favorite of the enterprises. On behalf of Ying-jeou Ma, Vice President Vincent C. Siew presented an honorary plaque to President Hwung-Hweng Hwung in recognition of the university’s years of contribution to higher education and the nation. In his congratulatory message, Siew complimented NCKU’s efforts to achieve excellence in higher education, which has seen many graduates making accomplishments in all sectors of society. Siew revealed that his son-in-law is an alumnus of the NCKU Department of Electrical Engineering and he would surely recommend the university to his grandchildren. Hwung has initiated four missions for the university’s future development, that is, improving the administrative staff’s efficiency, putting emphasis on professors’ teaching, strengthening relief programs to help financially disadvantaged students and further promoting academia-industry collaboration. Over the past 80 years, National Cheng Kung University has grown from an engineering college in 1931 with only 9 faculty members to a world renowned university in 2011 – with 9 colleges and over 1,200 international students. Former president Kai-shek Chiang has given an honorary plague to NCKU when it was upgraded to a provincial university in 1956. Former president Ching-kuo Chiang has also given one when the university became a national university in 1971.