Zhongni Prize encourages teaching
By Christine Chou (周家慈)
National Chengchi University (NCCU) launched “the Zhongni Prize for Distinguished Teaching” in May for encouraging teachers' effort on teaching. The prize owner would get NT$1,000,000 which is provided by Lee Swee-huat (李瑞華), a professor for NCCU's international MBA program.
Lee has been teaching at NCCU for 12 years and has strong feelings toward NCCU. He said that he would establish the prize in return of a constant reminder to his fellow professors that they would remember their responsibilities and keep up with their good work. The winner of the prize would receive a reward of NT$1,000,000 and the regulation made half of the money be used in teaching projects.
"I would like to arouse people on teaching by NT$1,000,000" Lee said.
Confucius, a philosopher and a teacher in ancient China, was also known as Zhongni. The prize was named "Zhongni" by Lee because Lee hoped that the teaching ideal of Confucius would remind teachers of the main duty for teachers -- to teach and cultivate future talents. He hoped that the award would become a symbol of teaching: When it comes to Zhongni Prize, people would think more about teaching.
Echoing NCCU President Edward Chow (周行一), Lee said that he hoped to enhance the quality of teaching and decided to set up the prize with Chow's supports and encouragement.
Zhongni Prize aims to remind people the importance of teaching. For more information about Zhongni Prize, please visit http://goo.gl/W2SFE6.