NCCU and NTUST to be merged
By Vickie Lo (羅皓恩)
National Chengchi University (NCCU) President Edward Chow (周行一) said on Feb. 17 that NCCU would plan to work with National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) on a plan this year, to establish a new model of higher education in Taiwan and become the top on the world.
“Since we really have no more resource to create a new college, we have to cooperate with other school and that is also the nation’s policy now,” Chow said.
Chow said that NCCU had sought to merge with another university to enlarge the size and develop more subjects especially in science and technology on the gathering of NCCU alumni association on Feb. 14. Three days later, NCCU said that the target university is NTUST through a public letter to all members of the school.
Established in 1974, NTUST is the first higher education institution of technical and vocational education system in the nation. There are five colleges such as engineering, electrical and computer engineering, management, design, and liberal arts and social sciences.
Chow said that NCCU is experiencing a huge challenge as there are no science and engineer subjects in the university, and that cause the students lack of ability to appreciate and apply the technology in their career.
Ministry of Education (MOE) has promoted the policy to encourage public university merging for many years as there are less and less students in Taiwan but there are more than 150 universities now.
“We have to establish a ‘bigger’ university to enhance the scale and potential of research and development, to boost international ranking and improve the chance of securing funding from the MOE,” Chow said.
Chow also mentioned that is the world trend even Harvard University and Indiana University, his alma mater, in US also seek to enlarge their size to face to the international competition.
NCCU Secretary General Wang Wen-chieh (王文杰) said that NCCU and NTUST are just trying to negotiate a merger but without timetable. After the announcement, two universities would start to communicate with their students, faculties, and alumni by conference or public hearing.
“We hope to set up a role model, that every step would go public,” Wang said.
NCCU and NTUST have had a program of creative and design three years ago, students from these two universities and National Taiwan Normal University of different background studied together and learned to create new ideas of life.
NCCU Student Association (NCCUSA) President Chen Yi-lin (陳億霖) said that he will expect the merger coming true as students in NCCU would have more chance to learn more in the university especially in science and technology subjects.
“In my opinion, I think that students would accept the merger, but NCCUSA will make questionnaire this semester to collect more voices of students,” Chen said.