Former VP receives the honorary doctorate from NCCU
|Former Vice President of the Republic of China Vincent Siew (蕭萬長), right, receives the honorary doctorate from NCCU President Wu Se-hwa (吳思華). Photo: Kao Lee-fu (高李福)|
|Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) and his family share the happienss together. Photo: Darcy Liu (劉家儀)|
|NCCU President Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) and Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) share the cake. Photo: Darcy Liu (劉家儀)|
By Elsie Tsai (蔡佳穎)
Former Vice President of the Republic of China Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) was granted the honorary doctorate in a ceremony on May 20 in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the reestablishment of National Chengchi University (NCCU) in Taiwan.
NCCU President Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) said that the university has been closely connected with the country’s destiny since its founding.
“Many predecessors were dedicated to nurturing NCCU students to be pillars of the society and Vincent Siew is one of those pillars,” he said.
“Through the honorary doctorate, we commend Siew’s performance in the past 60 years, which demonstrates the characteristics of NCCU students: humanity, spirit of actively taking initiatives and internationalization.”
Dean of College of International Affairs Lee Ming (李明) recommended Siew be granted such an honor.
“Siew has been devoted his time to handling foreign affairs, international trade and economy. He also has great academic achievements when serving in the government. As an excellent alumnus, he contributed a lot to the government in terms of his achievements in handling national and international affairs.”
Siew was touched to see the changes that NCCU had made in the past six decades. “After 60 years, NCCU has become a well-equipped and complete university that is grateful for the resources that they have. I am proud of it,” he said.
Siew said that he had the spirit of serving the public when he was in the government.
“If I have any contribution to the country today, I would like to give all the credit to NCCU,” he said.
A graduate of the Department of Diplomacy in NCCU, Siew became a diplomat and served in different government institutions. Apart from being the former vice president of Taiwan, he served in different functions in government agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the Council for Economic Planning and Development. He was also Premier of the Executive Yuan.
NCCU was first established in Mainland China 87 years ago and was relocated to Taiwan in 1949. The operation of the university was later resumed in Taiwan in 1954.
Many alumni returned from abroad to attend the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the university’s reestablishment.