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Faculty Members, Alumni and Students Celebrate NTPU’s 70th Anniversary With the Sports Day

Faculty members, alumni and students organized the sports day on the Sanxia campus on Oct. 26 to celebrate the 70th anniversary for National Taipei University (NTPU), as President Lee Chen-jia (李承嘉) announced that a world-class girls’ volley ball team will be established.

Alumni from Malaysia, Hong Kong and America came back to Taiwan because they were planning to team up with Alumni Association members for the volley ball team and it is also the first time for alumni to participate in the anniversary sports day event.  The president was very impressed and thankful for what alumni did.  He said that NTPU may not be what it is today if it is not for these alumni.

The president said that they need about NT$27 million to renew and expand related facilities in the gym.  With the financial aid from the Ministry of Education and donations from alumni, the amount has been collected and the new facilities will be available by the end of this year, while the female volley ball team will be organized with sponsorship.

Alumni Association Chairman Hsieh Shih-tsang (謝士滄) said that the association was established in 2000 but all the alumni would be happy to celebrate the 70th anniversary.  He said he is happy that alumni would have the chance to participate in the sports day event and is hoping that all NTPU students would enjoy it, cultivate strong bodies and mind for more future challenges.

“You won’t have any idea how many alumni we have if you do not work for the government,” said Su Jain-rong (蘇建榮), minister of finance.  “I believe today’s NTPU students will make bigger entrances in the future.”

In addition to alumni, NTPU students also participated in the event with their creativities. Students from the Department of Real Estate and Built Environment, for example, showed up with their scales and peach-shaped buns, while Department of Chinese Literature students made an entrance with birthday balloons.  International students from International College of Sustainability Innovations walked the track with their traditional costumes of their own countries and national flags, which made them highlights of the event immediately.

Office of International Affairs staff members invited international students to make the entrance with them, while Office of Students’ Affairs sang NTPU’s anthem with dancing.  In the meantime, retired staff and faculty members also joined the event with “uniforms,” that they tried to put on same-color clothes to walk the track.

In addition to the sports day event, there were all kinds of related events or activities, such as the school carnival, crane machines, etc., and was a truly happy day for the NTPU family.