Alumni given a tour around the Zhinan Village
|Alumni of the NCCU have a tour around the Zhinan Village (指南山莊). Photo: Nick Song (宋修亞)|
|Alumni explore the new campus. Photo: Nick Song (宋修亞)|
By Jamie Chang(張婉約)
Despite the hot and humid weather, about 84 alumni of the National Chengchi University (NCCU) had a tour around the Zhinan Village (指南山莊), in which they gathered for the annual Homecoming Day on May 16.
The Zhinan Village was a six-hectare military base owned by Ministry of National Defense, which was located at the northeast side of the NCCU campus.
The university began negotiating over the ownership of the village in 1982.
In 2012, the property was officially transferred to NCCU.
NCCU was planning to develop the village as a part of its college town program.
Hearing that the new College of Communication might be built in the village, some alumni of Department of Journalism were surprised.
Luk Tak-yee (陸德儀), a journalism school alumna who graduated 30 years ago, works in Hong Kong. She said it was something special to hear that the new building for College of Communication might be built in such a mysterious military base.
Chen Tieh-huei(陳鐵輝), an alumnus who graduated from Department of Journalism 50 years ago, said that students nowadays are so lucky to have so much learning resources at hand. He also expected that the new building would offer sufficient resources for students in College of Communication.
Chen added that he was concerned about the huge cost NCCU has to pay.
“It might cost a lot to thoroughly reconstruct the village from an undeveloped place to a well-organized campus,” he said.
Helen Sun(趙海藍), who is an alumna of Department of International Business and now lives in Texas, said she agreed with NCCU’s plan to develop Mucha into a college town and to expand the campus.
Sun’s husband Fred Sun (孫禮超), who is also a graduate of Department of International Business, said that the campus was too small when he studied in the university. “The college town program might make NCCU a ‘real university.’’
Ko Chih-chen(柯志誠), who is alumnus of Department of Money and Banking, encouraged students to hold more events in this place in the future.
Tim Liu(劉定坤), who is a sociology alumnus and works in the Deutsche Bank, said that he hoped NCCU to consider plan to reconstruct the Zhinan Village thoroughly before it begins.
At the end of the tour, Sun’s classmate Ivan Hsu(許伯生), a retiree from Mitsubishi corporation, also said that he hoped that NCCU would protect natural environment in the Zhinan Village.