Distinguished Alumnus Gives All His NTPU Collections for Establishing a Museum

2019 / 10 / 26
While receiving the award for remarkable contribution to his alma mater, National Taipei University (NTPU) Alumni Association honorary chairman Chang Pen-tsao (張平沼) said on Oct. 25 that he will donate all his collections and a set up a museum for it.

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.”

Honorary Professor Chao Shwu-der’s Exhibition Opened

2019 / 10 / 24
Marking the 70th anniversary of National Taipei University (NTPU), honorary professor Chao Shwu-der (趙淑德) presented 70 Chinese paintings of hers at the library since Oct. 24.

Chao is a remarkable faculty member of NTPU because she spent almost her entire life on the campus, from a student who first enrolled as a freshman at Department of Land Economics in 1961 and ended up a retired professor, who has continued painting as a hobby of hers ever since she was a kid.

Former Examination Yuan President Hsu Shui-teh (許水德) said that Chao was also the first person who organized a Chinese painting exhibition at the Examination Yuan, while she served as a board member. Her first exhibition also became the inspiration for fellow amateur painters who are also officials from other government bodies to do the same. Former minister of examination Chen Chin-jang (陳金讓) also recognized Chao’s work. He said she is good at almost everything, from mountains to flowers, from birds to portraits. A prefect exhibition to display these masterpieces to celebrate NTPU’s anniversary, he said.

Extinguished alumnus George Chang (張法鶴) said that each of Chao’s Chinese paintings delivered a message. A painting of a pair of chickens, for example, is a metaphor of loving birds. A painting of blooming flowers and butterflies is encouraging students to continue to grow and chances will be theirs whenever they are ready, he said.

NTPU Alumni Association honorary chairman Chang Pen-tsao (張平沼) said he could feel that Chao continued to make progress on her painting although she is an amateur painter, which can also be a reason why she still looks young while she has been teaching for a long time.

NTPU President Lee Chen-jia (李承嘉) is one of Chao’s students. He said he enrolled the department in 1977 and Chao was already a popular teacher on the campus. He also enjoyed Chao’s class a lot.

“Just….I did not realize that she could paint,” Lee said.

Echoing Lee, Wang Chin-hsiang (王進祥) from Class ’72 also remembered his study with Chao.

“Name those important figures in this field today. You will figure that they are all Chao’s students,” Wang said. “Unfortunately, Chao only taught me professional subjects instead of painting.”

While everybody was “complaining,” Chao decided to show a move or two at the scene. She asked her “students” to get a brush, practice “I” vertically and horizontally for 15 minutes every day. Draw six “O” clockwise and counter clockwise as well as the shape of the triangle. Also, observe and try to paint the leaves of a plum blossom, an orchid, the bamboo or a chrysanthemum.

“Do that. If you are still lost, call me,” she said.

The exhibition of Chao’s Chinese paintings will be displayed on the second floor of the library until Dec. 17. Escort with audio tour services are available upon reservations.

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

2019 / 10 / 19
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.