30-million-dollar donation to found the “Alumni Elite Chair Scholar Program” for CNCCU scholar recruitment
|President Chow takes a photo with the alumni donors. Photo: Ivy Chan (詹喬穎).|
|The “Alumni Elite Chair Scholar Program” is founded in CNCCU. Photo: Ivy Chan (詹喬穎).|
College of Commerce at NCCU (hereafter, “CNCCU”) has received a donation of NT 30 million dollars from 8 of its alumni to found the “Alumni Elite Chair Scholar Program” on March 13. The Program is expected to support the recruitment of young graduates and scholars from internationally well-known universities to teach and do research in NCCU. President Edward Chow (周行一) thanked the alumni for their kind generosity and endowments.
As Dean Tsai Wei-Chi (蔡維奇) of the CNCCU stated, Higher Education in Taiwan is facing a major crisis of recruiting and keeping professors comparing to what is offered elsewhere in the world. Take CNCCU for example, nearly 20% of its eminent experienced senior professors will reach their statutory retirement age in 5 years, and more than 30 professorships are therefore to be filled in.
The donation and the establishment of the “Alumni Elite Chair Scholar Program” comes as a great help, according to Dean Tsai, not only to support CNCCU to recruit the most outstanding faculty with a world view, but also to secure students’ right to get a better education, become leaders in the future, and be able to enhance the competitiveness of enterprises in Taiwan in near future.
This sponsored program is meant for the CNCCU to annually recruit 2 to 3 new assistant professors and associate professors who are under 42 years old and should either be graduated or taught in top 50 US universities or top 10 European universities, with an additional academic research grants of 30 thousand to 60 thousand NT dollars per month.