National Taipei University (NTPU) announced the new strategies to prevent the COVID-19 during the spring break. From April 8, all faculties, students, and gusets have to wear their face mask when entering the campus, and all faculties and students have to responce their foot track during the vacation before 4 p.m. on April 8.
"As stated by the Ministry of Education and the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), the next 14 days will be critical to Taiwan's COVID-19 prevention efforts."
To avoid a new wave of COVID-19 cases in Taiwan after the Spring Break Holidays, NTPU asked their faculties and students to follow the instructions below to protect themselves and the others.
1. Anyone who had traveled to the following tourist spots are strongly advised to stay home and begin 14 days of self-health management. Should you experience any symptoms suspiciously similar to COVID-19, including fever, cough, respiratory illnesses, smell and taste disorders with unknown cause, please go to a doctor for help as soon as possible andshould NOT enter campus and you should also implement active health surveillance.
Those tourist spots are: Alishan National Forest Recreation Area (阿里山國家森林遊樂區); Dongdamen Night Marketin Hualien County (花蓮東大門夜市); Wenhua Road in Chiayi City (嘉義文化路); Guanzihling (關子嶺), Hutoupi (虎頭埤), Wushantou Reservoir (烏山頭水庫) and Wusanto Huching Resort Hotel (湖境度假會館) in Tainan; Singda Harbor (興達港) and Chishan Old Street (旗山老街) in Kaohsiung; and Chaotian Temple (朝天宮) in Yunlin County’s Beigang Township (北港); south of Pingtung County’s Nanjhou Township (南州), including Kenting National Park.
2. Please keep a social distance of at least 1.5m indoors and 1m outdoors, wear a face mask and wash your hands frequently. It is now compulsory to wear a face mask when taking public transportation. Please wear a face mask and seek immediate medical attention if you are feeling ill and tell the doctor your travel history. Call 1922 for inquiries.
3. Face masks become mandatory for anyone entering the campus beginning from April 8. NTPU also remind all students to follow the pandemic measures, such as wearing masks or monitoring temperature while taking public transports or entering into hospitals.
4. Short-term exchange students who are unable to purchase masks with the ID card can purchase 3 masks a week at NT$5 per mask during office hours (Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) at the Office of International Affairs.
5. To find out everyone’s travel history during the Spring Break Holidays, please fill out NTPU’s “Spring Break Holidays Travel History Survey.”
National Taipei University (NTPU) President Lee, Chen-Jai (李承嘉) said on Nov. 28 that NTPU will do more in the future, including more courses and resources, as the school has won the “Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Award for the second consecutive year.
The award was offered by Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy and aimed at constant development of firms, environment and talents.
While attending the ceremony, Legislative Speaker Su, Jia-Chyuan (蘇嘉全) said that caring for the environment, helping cultivate talents as well as social responsibilities are all crucial for a company to build its reputation. Eugene Chien (簡又新), chairman for the institute, urged all the participants, including private firms, organizations and schools, to continue their good work to inspire local market and government bodies, so more foreign investments would come to Taiwan in the future.
NTPU published the “2017-2018 National Taipei University Sustainable Evaluation” in July by following the mechanism and standards by the GSSB, while the evaluation made public of all kinds of information that foreign investments may need to know. This evaluation was also recognized and confirmed by accountants before it was published.
This evaluation is also available on NTPU’s website.
The president said, however, he noticed that many participants put more efforts on their organization reforms and their own evaluations, which reflected the fact that there is still room for NTPU, as a participant, to make progress. Vice President Chang, Wen-Yu (張文郁) will be responsible for following up related resources from different offices in a hope that NTPU may take the lead in terms of sustainability.
The “2019 Global Company Sustainability Forum” was organized at the Grand Hotel between Nov. 28 and Nov. 29. In addition to this award, related professors, scholars, officials from all around the world and representatives from local firms, organizations and schools shared their views through seminars and workshops.
NTPU’s College of Business also organized the “company sustainability” workshop during the forum. Michel Delorme, dean for Laurentian University’s Facility of Management in Canada, was invited to deliver a speech on “CSR cultural development, while many domestic researchers and professors also made public their research results in various workshops during the event.
Along with five other universities and five local banks, National Taipei University (NTPU) on Oct. 30 became a member of this ally of artificial intelligence financial technology and will develop more talents in the field with other members.
The ally was convened by inFlux President Arthur Yao (姚木川), who is also an EMBA student at NTPU and joined by National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, Soochow University, National Taipei University of Business, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Shin Kong Bank, Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank, Concord Securities, KGI Bank and Far Eastern International Bank. The end goal for this ally was to develop more talents to work out more artificial intelligence devices to help financial technology.
Yao said that for banking business, an alternative solution for more potential markets will be the best antidote but the process is often jammed due to related laws. Through the ally, he is expecting more alternative solutions from these future talents, that they may join the market with their creativities and fresh ideas for new breakthroughs.
“I think this ally will be a great booster for local competition between local banks,” said Chang Chuang-chang (張傳章), vice chairman for the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC). “However, I am also hoping that this ally would do its best to avoid potential risks and ethical issues that may come from artificial intelligence.”
Taiwan Financial Services Roundtable Secretary General Wu Tang-chieh (吳當傑) said that the FSC and his organization have been recruiting future talents in the banking business. He is hoping this ally will help him locate and train more potential candidates in the future.
NTPU Vice President Chen Dar-hsin (陳達新) said that this ally covers two hottest issues today – artificial intelligence and financial technology. Unfortunately, it is always difficult for schools to recruit qualified teachers in these fields. The ally, however, offers field teachers to help students “practice” while it will also help train remaining teachers at the same time.
The vice president also said that the capability of composing software programs is more and more important for many schools. But he believes that management and marketing are also important on top of composing programs. In addition to participating in the ally, NTPU’s business school is also teaming up with Amazon so more information and resources will be available for the future development of artificial intelligence and financial technology.
Yao said that it is more important for artificial intelligence and financial technology to fit in our daily life. While he is trying to recruit more talents from this ally, Shin Kong Bank is also trying to hire more talents in arts and philosophy.
A total of 2019 distinguished alumni were awarded. In addition to Chang, “Academic Achievement Award” went to Chen Chun-houh (陳君厚) and Chiu Chien-liang (邱建良). “Business Administration Award” went to Cho Lung-yeh (卓隆燁), Casey Lai (賴冠仲), Michael Huang (黃宗仁) and Jerry Kuo (郭書齊). “Public Service Award” belonged to Wang Ching-hsiu (王靚琇), Chiang Chao-kuo (江朝國), Hsieh Ling-yuan (謝鈴媛), Chuang Jui-hsiung (莊瑞雄), and Frank Chiu (邱豐光). “Art and Athletic Award” went to Sophiyah Liu (劉柏君). And, the “Memorial Award” went to the late National Chengchi University sociology professor Hsieh Kao-chiao (謝高橋).
During his speech, Chang said that he is nobody, to compare with all the remarkable NTPU alumni. He would dedicate the song “Devotion” to all the teachers and alumni who contributed to this school. What they did is also the inspiration for himself to keep moving forward.
In the meantime, Chang also announced his donation, that he would give all antique collections, such as Chinese paintings, drawings...etc. to NTPU and establish a museum for them on the Sanxia campus.
On behalf of NTPU, Lee said that he would take good care and take advantage of the contribution from all the alumni, while there will be more international programs, cross-field workshops and maintenance projects for remaining facilities in the future.
More than 700 faculty members and alumni are expected to participate in this year’s big night to mark NTPU’s 70th anniversary. Alumni Association Chairman Hsieh Shih-tsang (謝士滄) encouraged his fellow award-winning alumni that they need to pass on their responsibilities to next generations so the story will go on.
HDG Foundation Chairman Sun Ching-yuan was awarded for “honorary alumnus” for the foundation’s sponsorship for the wood craft classroom. Meanwhile, Department of Business Administration alumnus Joan Leu (呂惠清) was also awarded for the same prize because her sons Brent Chow (周世軒) and Bill Chow (周玉庭) and she have continued her late husband Tony Chow’s (周禮復) project to complete the new facility for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
There were 70 tables for the anniversary banquet, which was joined by alumni from America, Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong. By singing along Happy Birthday song, they also wished the best for NTPU in years to come.
(The Remarkable Contribution Award) Chang Pen-tsao (張平沼): Graduated from law school in 1967. Current president for Unitech Corp. and chairman for Taiwan Federation of Commerce. Chang has been involved in the fields of law, business and politics and has remarkable achievements for the nation’s business development as well as international communications. He was also the first remarkable alumni winner, while he was also one of the activists who helped the school be upgraded from a college to a complete university and relocate to Sanxia. He also recently sponsored the construction of the pedestrian walk around the Lake of Heart on the campus. NTPU will not be the same without his help and contribution.
(The Academic Achievement Award)
Chen Chun-houh (陳君厚): Graduated from the Department of Statistics in 1984. He is a research fellow from the Academia Sinica’s Institute of Statistical Science. Chen has been involved in related research in AI related development as well as international interaction with foreign counterparts in statistics, such as researchers from Japan and Korea. He is also involved in the Department of Statistics’ alumni association a lot, that he would help his fellow alumni and recent graduates on every aspect of their careers.
Chiu Chien-liang (邱建良): Finished his graduate degree from the Department of Economics in 1985. He is now a professor from Tamkang University’s Department of Banking and Finance and the CEO of the Office of Continuing Education. Chiu has been long-term involved in academics and education. In recent years, he has been trying to take advantage of his connections between education and local firms to offer more practical training opportunities for students.
(The Business Administration Award)
Cho Lung-yeh (卓隆燁): Cho graduated from the Department of Accounting in 1983. Cho is now the special aide to Ruentex Group’s president. He actually began his career when he was still a student at NTPU and was involved various kinds of jobs, from private firms to government offices. He is also highly recognized by his clients.
Casey Lai (賴冠仲): Lai graduated from the Department of Business Administration in 1984 and is the CEO of Deloitte Taiwan. He has been a part of the listing process for many major groups and firms. He also continues to offer his contribution with the expertise in accounting, in return of building a well-organize mechanism in the field. Meanwhile, he is also into teaching, and trying to pass on whatever he has learned and been equipped to the next generations.
Michael Huang (黃宗仁): He graduated from the Department of Statistics in 1989 and is the president for the Metroasis Outdoors, which he established in 1991. As an outdoor gear seller, Huang’s company introduced foreign brand names to Taiwan, while he also has his own brand name products to be sold in other Asian countries. He said he would start his own outdoor gear business because he participate in the mountain climbing association when he was a student at NTPU, while he was totally inspired for devoting himself into this field.
Jerry Kuo (郭書齊): Kuo graduated from the Department of Business Administration in 1997. He is the co-founder of the Kuo Brothers. He took the chance of the escalating development of online business and decided to start his own business with his brother. His company and he have won many awards and are regarded as one of the leading brands among all the online companies. Kuo urged his fellow NTPU alumni not to lose their faith and tried to learn as much as possible from their classes and participation in student associations while they are still on the campus.
(The Public Service Award)
Wang Ching-hsiu (王靚琇): Wang graduated from the Department of Land Economics in 1979 and is now the head for Ministry of the Interior’s Department of Land Administration. She became a government employee ever since she graduated from NTPU and has constantly been involved in her major. In today’s real estate market, buyers can easily look for reasonable prices online because Wang has been working hard to make that happen. Under her command, her office was recognized and awarded by the Executive Yuan for quality services. Wang was awarded twice as the role model government official.
Chiang Chao-kuo (江朝國): Chiang graduated from the law school in 1980. He is now the president for Yuanta Life. He was the first student who studied insurance law in Austria and Germany with government’s financial aid. He became a faculty member at NTPU after he graduated and was selected as the dean for law school. Chiang was also nominated or commissioned for various positions in the insurance business and then the president for Yuanta today.
Hsieh Ling-yuan (謝鈴媛): Hsieh graduated from the Department of Public Finance in 1985. She is now the director general for Ministry of Finance’s Customs Administration. Hsieh became a government official after she passed the national exam after she graduated from NTPU, and has devoted herself in the administration for more than 30 years. As she has been involved in all kinds of assignments with the administration, she was awarded as the role model government official twice during her services.
Chuang Jui-hsiung (莊瑞雄): Chuang earned his EMBA degree in 2005 and is serving as a lawmaker. Meanwhile, he has been credited as one of the lawmakers with quality services by the Citizen Congress Watch. He has proposed 311 cases during his latest term and 56 of them were already approved. Upon his being awarded, he said he would give his special thanks to Prof. Huang Ying-shan (黃營杉), who was his academic advisor. He also vowed to continue his quality services as a lawmaker by following NTPU’s motto, which is seeking the truth and serving the people.
Frank Chiu (邱豐光): Chiu earned his master’s degree from Graduate School of Criminology in 2008, and is now serving as the director general of the Ministry of the Interior’s National Immigration Agency. As a senior police officer, Chiu has been commissioned for various kinds of positions as the leading officers at many police offices during the past decades. Since he took oath of the director general’s office in 2018, he has been trying to carry out all kinds of reforms to make sure that human rights are well covered and all the process for all kinds of deals become easier and faster for the public. He said he appreciated all those teachers who have helped him see things from a different views.
(The Art and Athletic Award)
Sophiyah Liu (劉柏君): Liu graduated from the Department of Social Work in 2001. She is now the head PR for Taiwan Women’s Baseball Advocate Associate. Liu grew up in a Daoism family, which became a reason for her to dedicate herself in to related study in regions, in addition to her expertise in social work. In addition, she has been into women’s baseball activities and has been the first female umpire of the nation. She was also awarded for one of the nation’s 10 remarkable young people.
(The Memorial Award)
Hsieh Kao-chiao (謝高橋): Hsieh graduated from the Department of Sociology in 1955 and has been a lecturer for the Department of Sociology of Chunghsing University’s Law and Business Schools, and the director for National Chengchi University’s Department of Sociology. Hsieh has dedicated himself for education for entire life and has been recognized by his students as “one of the most unforgettable teachers.” He once said that to be a teacher, you need to talk about what students love to hear, instead of talking about what teachers are interested in. During his teaching, Hsieh always encouraged his students to “think.”