NTHU recently celebrated its 110th anniversary and the 65th anniversary of its reestablishment in Taiwan. The celebration included the launching of “Tsinghua—A New Facebook” to highlight the achievements of notable alumni over the years. Amongst the attendees were ROC vice president William Lai（賴清德）and Hsinchu County magistrate Yang Wen-ke（楊文科）.
During the convocation, President Hocheng Hong spoke on “interdisciplinary innovation,” the theme of this year’s anniversary celebration. He said that the school’s first phase, “NTHU 1.0,” began with the establishment of Tsinghua College in Beijing, and focused on training talented students to serve as bridges between China and the West. During the second phase, “NTHU 2.0,” which began in the 1960s, the two Tsinghuas—one in Beijing and one in Taiwan—developed separately, first emphasizing science and engineering, and later adding departments in other fields. During the current phase, “NTHU 3.0,” the emphasis has shifted to innovation, diversification, and interdisciplinary studies, so as to turn out even more graduates capable of making major contributions to Taiwan and the world.
Vice President Lai said that he has heard that quite a few practicing physicians have come to Tsinghua to study about the latest advances in medical technology, since modern medical care requires not only medical skills, but also familiarity with such fields as artificial intelligence.
NTHU is preparing to establish a post-baccalaureate program in medicine, the relevance of which Lai himself clearly recognizes, by virtue of his background in medicine. Indeed, the anniversary luncheon was livened up by the numerous alumni in attendance who expressed their support for the new program by repeatedly chanting in unison “college of medicine.”
During his speech at the luncheon, Lai said that in recent years NTHU has become a paragon of cross-disciplinary education and research, adding, “I heard somebody at the Ministry of Education talking about NTHU and said that its Chinese majors also study law, its electrical engineering majors also study arts, and its biotechnology majors also study business, and that a quarter of its students have two or more specializations.” Afterwards, Lai joined the assembled teachers, students, and alumni in cutting the cake and singing “Happy Birthday.”
Hsinchu County magistrate Yang Wen-ke was accompanied by a delegation of county officials, all of whom are NTHU alumni. He said that it wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration to say that the Hsinchu Science Park was single-handedly established by Shu Shien-siu（徐賢修）, the president of NTHU at that time. In reflecting on the prominent role NTHU alumni have come to play in society, he described it as a manifestation of the school motto, “Self-discipline and social commitment,” adding that this is also his own motto.
A lineup of outstanding alumni
NTHU has long had a strong reputation in science and engineering, but amongst its graduates over the years are quite a few prominent doctors, financiers, legislators, and film directors, to name a few. One of the activities organized as part of this year’s celebration is called Tsinghua—A New Facebook, in which a group of alumni whose combined years since graduation add up to exactly 110 was assembled and feted at the luncheon. Those in the group included Dr. Yeh Ta-sen(葉大森), the deputy director of the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taoyuan; N.C. Huang（黃男州）, CEO of the E. SUN Commercial Bank; WhosCall founder Jackie Cheng（鄭勝丰）; politician Sabrina Lim（林亮君）; director Liao Jian-hua（廖建華）; and Qingan Elementary School principal Li Jinting（李勁霆）.
Kenneth Liu（劉士達） of the College of Arts led a team of students in designing Images Leaping across Time and SpaceImages Leaping across Time and Space, a work of technological art featuring photos of the early years of Tsinghua in Beijing and its re-establishment in Hsinchu.
By using this piece of interactive art, President Hocheng and a number of distinguished alumni traveled back in time to have their photos taken alongside such prominent Tsinghua personages as Mei Yi-chi（梅貽琦）and Hu Shih（胡適）.
On the Tsinghua—A New Facebook website alumni from various fields have extended their best wishes and shared their most unforgettable memories from their time at NTHU. Amongst the contributors are Jackie Cheng, who encouraged everybody to keep up the good work in the area of diversification; Liao Jian-hua, who looks forward to seeing the results of cross-disciplinary education; Li Jinting, who reiterated his commitment to applying the Tsinghua spirit to primary education; N.C. Huang, who applauded the school’s interdisciplinary endeavors; and Yeh Ta-sen, who humorously wrote that during his four years in the Department of Power Mechanical Engineering he was no match to his roommate, who was always at the top of the class, so he settled for a career in medicine. After earning his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Power Mechanical Engineering in 1980, Yeh decided to follow his younger brother’s example, and switched to medicine. Yeh now serves as the deputy director of the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taoyuan and the chairman of the Taiwan Surgical Association. Yeh said that his training in science and engineering honed his analytical and decision-making ability, and that this has greatly improved his medical practice.
After earning his bachelor’s degree from the Department of Power Mechanical Engineering in 1987, N.C. Huang switched to finance, and has been awarded the Asia's Best CEO award several times. Huang said that his training in science and engineering taught him how to effectively analyze and solve problems.
Soon after graduating from the Institute of Technology Management, Jackie Cheng founded Gogolook, and later developed WhosCall, a mobile phone application with anti-fraud and caller identification features. He enjoys sharing his entrepreneurial experience with students.
While still a student at the Institute of Law for Science and Technology, Sabrina Lim participated in various social movements, and is currently a Taipei City Councillor, in which capacity she has been particularly involved with education, youth issues, childcare policies, and long-term care.
Li Jinting graduated from the Institute of Education and Learning Technology and currently severs as the principal of the Qingan Elementary School in Miaoli. He is the youngest principal in Taiwan, and is actively promoting rural and aboriginal education.
Best wishes from afar
One of the highlights of the celebration was the playing of congratulatory videos made by 21 of NTHU’s sister schools overseas, including the University of Tokyo, the National University of Singapore, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, RWTH Aachen University in Germany, the University of Paris-Saclay, the University of Zurich, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Four additional sister schools sent congratulatory letters, including the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
Another highlight of the celebration was the donation of NT$11 million by alumni who graduated 31 years ago for dredging and renovating Chenggong Lake, including the construction of a path following the shoreline.
Raising a toast to NTHU: ROC vice president William Lai（賴清德） (center), NTHU president Hocheng Hong (5th from right), Alumni Association president Tsai Jinbu(蔡進步) (4th from right), former NTHU president Chen Lih-juann(陳力俊) (5th from left), former NTHU president Chen Wen-tsuen（陳文村） (4th from left), and this year’s winners of the Outstanding Alumni Award.
During his speech at the luncheon, ROC vice president William Lai said that in recent years NTHU has become a paragon of cross-disciplinary education and research.
President Hocheng Hong spoke on “interdisciplinary innovation,” the theme of this year’s anniversary celebration.
President Hocheng Hong (center) with the first six alumni featured on the Tsinghua—A New Facebook website, and this year’s winners of the Outstanding Alumni Award.
Hocheng Hong and outstanding NTHU alumni transported back in time by Images Leaping across Time and Space, to have their photos taken alongside such prominent Tsinghua personages as Mei Yi-chi（梅貽琦）and Hu Shih（胡適）.
VIPs at the celebration: ROC vice president William Lai (center), NTHU president Hocheng Hong (5th from right), Alumni Association president Tsai Jinbu (4th from right), former NTHU president Chen Lih-juann (5th from left), former NTHU president Chen Wen-tsuen (4th from left), and this year’s winners of the Outstanding Alumni Award.
NTHU president Hocheng Hong (center) and Alumni Association president Tsai Jinbu (third from left) with this year’s winners of the Outstanding Alumni Award (from left): Y.L. Wang(王英郎) , Chris Lin(林鴻明), Wang Chao-liang(王朝樑), Jerry Lu(呂志鵬), and Ken Chen(陳超乾).