Special Report  

President Yang Leads Major Delegation to Peking University

At the invitation of Peking University (PKU) President Jianhua Lin, NTU President Pan-Chyr Yang led a 77-member delegation of faculty members and students to China's most prestigious university to participate in the NTU Day@PKU on April 25 and April 26. The event marked the fourth time the two universities had engaged in such high-level exchanges.

While there, President Yang delivered two keynote speeches: "From Clinical to Translational Research and Higher Education" and "New Era of Lung Cancer Therapy: From Precision to Cure." The delegation's visit served to strengthen and deepen the two universities' strategic partnership and create opportunities for a new flourishing of academic cooperation.

The major delegation included faculty members and students from each of NTU's colleges. Among the members of the delegation were Executive Vice President for Academics and Research Tei-Wei Kuo, Vice President for International Affairs Luisa Shu-Ying Chang, Dean of the College of Social Science Kuo-Hsien Su, Dean of the College of Management Ruey-Shan Andy Guo, Dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Ming-Syan Chen, Dean of the College of Law Wang-Ruu Tseng, Prof. Chun-Chieh Wu of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences (who serves as the director general of the Ministry of Science and Technology's Department of Natural Sciences and Sustainable Development), Vice Dean of the College of Science Sue-Ching Jou, Vice Dean of the College of Public Health Chang-Chuan Chan, Prof. Pei-Shan Yang of the Department of Social Work, and Director Ji-Ren Lee of the Taidah Entrepreneurship Center.

Besides President Lin, other notable participants from PKU included Chair of the University Council Ping Hao, Vice President Song Gao, Vice President Yansong Li, and Director Hongwei Xia of the Office of Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan Affairs. All of the participating colleges and departments joined hands in planning the event.

The three main themes of this major interdisciplinary academic meeting were environmental protection, long-term care for seniors, and innovation and entrepreneurship. During the two-day event, the presidents of the two universities signed a letter of intent for cooperation in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship education. The two universities hope to work together to realize the potential of their outstanding faculties, students, and resources, follow the trend of innovation and entrepreneurship, and expand their capacity of scientific research.

On the afternoon of April 26, President Yang paid a visit to the PKU Health Science Center, where he presented his keynote speech, "New Era of Lung Cancer Therapy: From Precision to Cure." The university-to-university academic meetings that were held during the NTU Day@PKU event provided opportunities for the two institutions to carry out integration and planning in the areas in which they have already established long-term cooperation, expand interdisciplinary, multilevel exchange mechanisms, and explore promising possibilities for interdisciplinary collaboration.