NTU President Yang Pan-chyr outlines major academic goals
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Yang Pan-chyr (楊泮池), the newly elected president of the National Taiwan University, aims to lift the institution's status as a leading academic and research bastion for humanities and social sciences in the near future.
March 13, 2013, 12:15 am TWN
Yang shared his visions for the future development of NTU with the media yesterday after becoming the first directly elected president in the school's more than 100-year history.
Aged 60, Yang is also the first academician with a Ph.D. degree earned in Taiwan to hold the top position.
The NTU, the most prestigious higher-learning institution in Taiwan, has joined the ranks of the top 60 universities in the world.
In addition to continuing to raise the NTU's position in the global academic community, Yang stressed that he will help nurture a greater sense of social responsibility for NTU students and beef up their core capabilities, as well as international competitiveness.
Yang did not capture the most votes for the top position in ballots cast by NTU students. But he won landslide support among the six nominees from members of a screening committee set up to select the new school leader.
Some faculty members and students expressed concerns that the promotion of Yang, dean of the College of Medicine at the NTU, could shift greater emphasis and resources to medical research at the expense of other fields such as law, economics, business administration and other social sciences.
They pointed out that former NTU President Chen Wei-chao previously held the position for 12 years after serving as dean of the College of Medicine while Yang's predecessor Li Si-chen, an expert in engineering and information technology, served as president for eight years.
In an effort to defuse the worry, Yang said that he has become the president of NTU rather than simply the dean of the College of Medicine.
Yang said he does not deserve to be the university president if focusing just on medical science.
There will be diversified research efforts in all major fields for integrated academic progress in the years ahead, he promised.
Yang said he also aims to instill students with greater “phronesis,” ethical wisdom or intelligence concerning virtues and vices, so that more of the brightest students in Taiwan will be able to collaborate with stronger teamwork on behalf of the public.
A graduate from the College of Medicine, Yang earned his M.D. at the NTU in 1979 and Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of Clinical Medicine at the NTU in 1990.
He has been widely known as an “MIT” (made-in-Taiwan) academician of the Academia Sinica after being elected into the highest academic research organization in Taiwan in 2006.
Yang's specialties cover internal medicine, cell and molecular biology, pulmonary and critical care medicine, lung cancer genomics and medical ultrasound as he has also been working an attending physician at the NTU Hospital for decades.
When meeting with the press, Yang Pan-chyr, the new president of National Taiwan University (NTU), said yesterday that he will strive to grow NTU into a leading academic bastion ...