93rd Anniversary Live Streamed Globally for First Time
Date : 2020-06-24 Department : Secretariat【Article by NCCU reporter, Wu Chi-rou】
With the need to “prioritize virus prevention” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chengchi University 93rd Anniversary Celebration broke new ground, incorporating digital technology to put on a uniquely innovative ceremony. The event was hosted by famous alumnus, Paul Lee. To ensure participating guests at the venue maintained a safe social distance, digital technology was used to broadcast the event live via the internet in real time to alumni in countries including the US, Canada, Malaysia, and Shanghai; allowing NCCU alumni across the globe to come together and celebrate the birth of their alma mater.
To ensure a fruitful and successful event, NCCU invited renowned director, Pan Jhih-Yuan, and his professional production team, to record and broadcast the celebration. The team prepared and planned for over a month, and more than 100 employees from across the university were called on to provide software and hardware-based support. The event took its cue from other large-scale ceremonies held within Taiwan. Aside from a 650" LED screen, the venue was also equipped with four professional HD high-resolution cameras to capture every memorable moment of the ceremony. A nostalgic picture area was also set up, showcasing NCCU admissions lists and campus scenery from the 50s and 60s. It invited alumni to step back and reminisce over good times from the past.
President Kuo Ming-cheng stated: “Over the past several years NCCU has promoted various policy directions, including industry-academia cooperation, social enterprises, lectures on Chinese Studies, the Global Chinese Culture and Education Center, and the establishment of Taiwan's only International College of Innovation. It has also been gradually setting up overseas offices throughout Southeast Asia. This year's ceremony will be broadcast across the globe, enabling alumni to coalesce and come together, and to expand the promotion of university affairs.”
NCCU's 140,000-strong alumni live in countries across the globe and have always served as the backbone of NCCU. As such, local and overseas alumni were invited to record videos of congratulations to be broadcast during this year's ceremony live-stream. In addition, an online real-time discussion was held between the presidents of alumni associations from various areas around Taiwan, as well as Shanghai, Malaysia, and northern and southern California.
The NCCU administration expressed its hope that in this time of adversity, brought on by the pandemic, alumni from across the globe can take part remotely, safely uniting by means of an online platform. Through this platform, they may share in their alma mater's 93rd birthday celebrations – 66 years since the resumption of university status after arriving in Taiwan. It is a time to relive the joy and the laughter of college years, to extol the principles of “Fraternity, Devotion, and Sincerity,” and to spread the power of optimism and positivity!