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Elytone Building for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Opened

National Taipei University’s (NTPU) “Elytone Building for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science” was completed and opened on Sept. 25. Elytone Electronic founder Tony Chow (周禮復), who is also an alumnus from business administration department, spent NT$400 million on the construction and gave it to NTPU as a brand new facility for engineers to conduct and carry out their research and experiments.

NTPU, as the college started with law school and business school, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. While more schools and colleges joined this university in 2000, Departments of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Communication Engineering and Electrical Engineering were also established in 2004. In 2007, all these schools were under the new “College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,” but departments were located in different corners of the campus. In May, 2015, Chow, as an alumnus, decided to donate NT$400 million and build a complex, where all these departments and offices can be connected geographically.

Unfortunately, Chow died of cancer 12 months later but his passing away did not slow down the construction project as the building was eventually completed this year. Joan Leu (呂惠清), Chow’s wife and also an alumnus from the business administration department, said that her husband would hope that fellow NTPU students will take good advantage of the new facilities and do something bigger than Chow in the future.

In memory of Chow, the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science decided to establish the “Dr. Lee-fuh (Tony) Chow Memorial Hall” on the third floor.

The new building has a basement and eight floors and is a state-of-the-art green building. There is a 10-meter hall on the ground floor. In addition to all kinds of classrooms, research rooms, offices and labs, there is also room for future business partners who may need to work with NTPU faculty members and students.

The basement was designed for lecturing purposes as well as a concert hall.

On the exterior, the red bricks and grey paints came together and featured the “kite,” which happened to be NTPU’s insignia. “Red” and “grey” also featured the motto of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, that technology and humanity are both highlighted here.

“Our faculty members and students finally have the ‘real’ building to be the background of their photos,” said Juang Tong-ying (莊東穎), dean for the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Juang said he appreciated the Chow’s generosity and will take good advantage of the facility for more research, development and education in return.

NTPU President Lee Chen-jia (李承嘉) said that the Chow’s donation was surprising because it was a great amount that came from a family which is not that wealthy. What NTPU alumni did would inspire more people to make the university greater.

While celebrating the grand opening of the new building, Elytone Electronic General Manager Brent Chow (周世軒) also delivered the scholarship to the winners. On behalf of the company, he also signed a memorandum with the college for future ties in academic research.