NCCU Launches Chinese New Year Greeting Party
|First prize is drawed by President Edward Chow. Photo by the PersonnelOffice.|
|Former President Cheng Ting-Wong (鄭丁旺) delivers an enlighted speech. Photo: Personnel Office.|
|"Shake-your-body time" in the New Year Greeting Party. Photo: Personnel Office.|
|Lucky draw box is about to close. Photo by the Personnel Office.|
|World Folk Dance Society performs in the Greeting Party. Photo: Personnel Office.|
|Show time by the Belly Dance Club. Photo: Personnel Office.|
|Kids of the NCCU Kindergarten dance on the stage. Photo: Personnel Office.|
Hung-chen Lu, Yi Chun-min /
NCCU’s 2018 Chinese New Year Greeting Party was held on February 22 with faculty members and retirees gathered together to enjoy the joyous festive atmosphere and greeted each other in the beginning of the New Year. President Edward Chow (周行一) expressed his appreciation for the efforts made last year and believed that the Year of the Dog for NCCU will be the year of harvest. He encouraged all faculty and staff to learn after dogs, for dogs are known for their loyalty and reliability.
In his opening remark, President Chow pointed out many fruitful results achieved last year and specifically mentioned the outcome of the Higher Education Sprout Project (高教深耕計畫). In MOE’s evaluation, NCCU got the highest amount of funding comparing with universities specializing in the fields of humanities and social science, so it had proved that NCCU did and does occupy the leading position in these fields. “We are very excited despite all the difficulties we are facing right now, for NCCU still plays a significant role in helping Taiwan to progress,” said Chow.
President Chow encouraged faculty members to endeavor themselves to put Higher Education Sprout Project in practice. In teaching, “diversity, groundwork, and solidity” of students’ learning are still the main focus. “Less is more,” said Chow. Through the principles of “low threshold, high standard,” NCCU aims to lower the qualifications of entering a double-major or minor program and inspire students to do interdisciplinary studies, so to cultivate their integrative abilities to a higher standard.
2018 is also the year of search for outstanding professors. President Chow stated, as the university has given funding and faculty quota to every college, colleges could provide best resource possible to recruit international academics, so students could get better education and continue to contribute to the society. The to-be International College is expected to help internationalize NCCU’s teaching, learning, and research environment and further bring up new possibilities.
Former President Cheng Ting-Wong (鄭丁旺) also attended the party and enlightened the audience by sharing an American professor’s graduation speech: students graduated four decades ago, say in 1975, the knowledge they acquired in the past four years was valid for them to survive the whole life; not until 1995, the knowledge acquired was only enough to survive for ten years; by the year 2005, what students had learnt would be out of date on the day of graduation ceremony. In an era of explosive information, Dr. Cheng encouraged staff and students to be prepared with solid professional knowledge. He also recited the couplet written on Si-wei Hall, wishing everyone to be proud of NCCU and to pass on the university motto: “harmony, independence, balance, and preeminence”.
Lucky draw prizes were abundant this year, including iPad Pro, Smart TV, oil-free air-fryer, baking oven, sweeping robot, etc. The iPhone X was an extra prize provided by an alumni. The Personnel Office not only designed interactive games but also invited the NCCU World Folk Dance Society, Belly Dance Club, Children from the NCCU Kindergarten and Affiliated Experimental Elementary School to perform.