National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu City inaugurated a Sun Yun-suan (孫運璿) Memorial Center on Monday in recognition of the contributions made by the late premier to the nation’s economic development.
Tsing Hua president Chen Wen-Tsuen (陳文村) presided over the inauguration, located on the sixth floor of the College of Technology Management’s TSMC Building, which was built with funds donated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
Guests of honor included Sun’s widow Lucy Sun Hwang (孫璐西), Sun Yun-suan Foundation chairman and former vice premier Hsu Li-teh (徐立德), Taiwan Power Co chairman Edward Chen (陳貴明), Industrial Technology Research Institute president Johnsee Lee (李鍾熙) and several industry leaders.
The center has put photos of Sun on display, presenting different aspects of his life from his early years as a student through to his career in government to his retirement years.
The photos are accompanied by a timeline showing his contributions to the nation.
Sun began his career in the government as an engineer at Taiwan Power Co in 1946. He was the company’s chief engineer from 1950 to 1952, and was then chief engineer and vice president of the company between 1953 and 1962.
His success at Taipower attracted the attention of the World Bank, which invited him to help with Nigeria’s electricity project from 1964 to 1967. He increased Nigeria’s power supply by 88 percent.
He served as minister of communications in 1967 and was appointed minister of economic affairs in 1969. From 1978 to 1984, he served as premier.
It was during his premiership that the 10 major infrastructure projects were completed, including the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (then called Chiang Kai-shek International Airport), the First Nuclear Power Plant and the Sun Yat-sen Freeway.
He initiated the Industrial Technology Research Institute and the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park, which has served as Taiwan’s electronics and semiconductor manufacturing hub.
Sun is also credited with transforming Taiwan’s labor-intensive export industries in the 1960s to capital and technology-centered industries.
He died in February 2006 at the age of 93.