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Alumni From the 70s Gather for NTPU’s 70th Anniversary

National Taipei University’s (NTPU) Alumni Center invited alumni from the 70s to return to the campus for celebrating NTPU’s 70th anniversary.

More than 100 alumni from the 70s finally got together on the Sanxia campus on Oct. 19, while all kinds of greetings were echoing in the room.

Ministry of the Interior’s Department of Land Administration Director Wang Ching-hsiu (王靚琇) graduated 40 years ago. She did not realize that what she learned at NTPU was actually crucial for her career after she graduated. National Taiwan Normal University’s Graduate Institute of Environmental Education Dean Fang Wei-ta (方偉達) said that he remembered how teachers guided him when he was a student at NTPU and he is proud to be an alumnus of NTPU as well.

“Bigger campus” was what most alumni would feed back when they actually “first visited” the Sanxia campus, while they were going to the old campus at Ho-jiang St. in downtown Taipei back in the 70s. Many of them were worried that too much land but not too many people may create a barrier for everybody. Fang Hsin-luan (方心鑾) who is now residing in Malaysia said that she was very close to her friends on the campus in the past because they did not have a big campus and they would meet or bump into each other very often anyway. In the meantime, Wang’s husband, classmate and also an alumnus Chen Kang-tai (陳康泰), however, did not agree.

“It did not cost me too much time taking a walk on the campus with my girlfriend. As a result, I did not spend too much time making sure whom to marry,” Chen said. “I think marrying the right girl was the greatest achievement for my college life.”

NTPU President Lee Chen-jia (李承嘉) is also an alumnus from the Department of Land Administration, which is today’s Department of Real Estate and Built Environment. He said that NTPU veteran alumni would be glad to have “two alma mater,” now that the college was renamed, relocated and expanded.

“When we were Chung-hsing University’s Colleges of Law and Business, we only have one street on the campus. But today, there are 17 streets on our Sanxia campus,” he said.

Alumni Association Chairman Hsieh Shih-tsang (謝士滄) and Honorary Chairman Chang Pen-tsao (張平沼) were hosting alumni at the scene. Hsieh said that he is hoping to keep the reunion regular on a decade basis. His remarks were echoed by Chang, saying that he has realized that the relationship between classmates is more like a family now that he is older than 80.

Department of Business Administration retired professor Wu Jih (吳智) and Department of Real Estate and Built Environment Professor Chao Shwu-der (趙淑德) were briefing the attendees the history and the development of NTPU during the past 40 years. Chao, meanwhile, said that her students would call her “Miss Rookie” when she started to teach because of her young age, but these students have graduated for more than 30 years at a glance.

“I am more than happy to learn that everybody is doing well,” she said.

In addition to conversations and chit chats, alumni who participated in the event also took pictures of the displays crazily because these displays were those items, such as the bulletin board with their names on it that told them they got admitted to the college decades ago, that have been an important highlight or remarks during their NTPU life.