The faculty, staff, and students of NTU have lost a legend and greatly loved icon as former NTU President Chao-Chung Yu passed away at the age of 100 on May 12, 2014. A memorial was held in his honor at NTU on August 18, at which Yu's family, friends, and students gathered to celebrate the former NTU president's life, legacy, and passion as well as the contributions he made to the nation's educational system.
Former President Yu led the university from 1981 to 1984. Before serving as president, he was a professor in the Department Civil Engineering, where he also served as department chairman. He was later appointed dean of the College of Engineering.
Former President Yu was known for his hearty personality as well as his insistence on treating all around him like family. While each speaker at the service, some his peers and others his students, shared different memories of the late president, their stories all contained a common theme―that of enjoying the privilege of receiving the friendship that he generously extended to them despite his status as president of the most prestigious university in Taiwan.
During his presidency, former President Yu initiated the reorganization of NTU Hospital, formulated plans for the establishment of the College of Management, and laid out a blueprint for the future development of the NTU campus. Yu was also responsible for establishing the university emblem, which he believed served as a symbol of our school as well as a reminder of the NTU motto of "Integrity, Diligence, Fidelity, and Compassion."
Former President Yu was also a leader of great vision. While he insisted on maintaining academic freedom and neutrality on the NTU campus, he also led the university in becoming the first institution of higher education in Taiwan to establish a general education curriculum so that students would be equipped with a breadth of knowledge across a diversity of fields. That NTU curriculum later became the prototype for the Ministry of Education's General Education program, which was ultimately adopted by other universities in Taiwan.