Speaking at the 50th anniversary ceremony of the National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences yesterday, Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), an alumnus of the university’s predecessor, the Kaohisung Junior College of Engineering, said he hoped the university would set its sights on its centennial anniversary and work hard on “researching innovative and practical technologies.”
The university will celebrate its 50th anniversary over the next two days. To mark the anniversary and having educated more than 100,000 students, the university is planning to donate NT$100,000 to the Child Welfare League Foundation as an education fund for children in rural counties and villages.
Wu said that the school reminds him of the days when he was mayor of the then-Kaohisung, adding that with the city council’s support, he was able to expand Jiangong Road and allow the university and its surrounding facilities better access to the rest of the city.
Wu said that the Global Competitiveness Report released by the World Economic Forum last month showed that Taiwan had moved up one rank, from 13th in the world to 12th.
Wu also said that the nation’s administrative efficiency had also improved according to the report, adding that the university should set its sights on not only researching more practical technologies, but also training and educating its students.
Wu also called on the university to keep a keen eye on the government’s economic policy to ensure the “applicability” of their education, to let the university become more closely knit with the corporate sector.