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Business leaders provide insight to college grads

Graduation ceremonies were held at a number of colleges yesterday, where Taiwan business celebrities such as ASUSTeK Computer Chairman Jonney Shih (施崇棠) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Chairman Morris Chang (張忠謀) were invited to give keynote speeches.

In his speech, National Taiwan University alumnus Shih pointed out the importance of cultivating oneself into a "T-shaped" person, a term coined by Harvard Business School professor Dorothy Barton to mean a person who possesses not only specialized knowledge in his/her profession but also understanding across several disciplines.

In addition, Shih suggested that new graduates open "the hard door" instead of the easy one, as the right way to realize one's dreams and aspirations. The easy path will turn out to be a hard one, as it will inevitably become more and more crowded by smart people, Shih said, adding that it is especially true in the business world.

Strive for a Balanced Life: Morris Chang

Morris Chang was invited to the National Defense Medical Center yesterday to give a keynote speech titled "lifelong learning." Addressing an audience of 363, comprised of new graduates, parents and faculty members, Chang stressed the importance of maintaining a balanced life.

This is about the right allocation of time. With the 168 available hours in a week, 50 hours should be reserved for working, Chang said, adding that 70 hours should be allocated for sleeping and rest, and eight hours are for exercise. For the remaining 40 hours, they are for friends and family, and pursuit of personal interests and learning. At least 20-30 hours per week should be allocated for learning, Chang stressed.

Several Graduates Show Special Perseverance

Graduation ceremonies were held in a number of colleges in Kaohsiung City yesterday, including National Sun Yat-sen University, National University of Kaohsiung, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, I-Shou University, and Kaohsiung Medical University.

Former Academia Sinica President and Nobel Prize laureate Lee Yuan-tseh (李遠哲) was invited to the National University of Kaohsiung to provide a keynote speech.

Dong Ting-ji (董庭吉), a graduate from National Sun Yat-sen University, won the most praise and recognition yesterday. Dong has suffered spinal muscular atrophy since a young age, and persevered to earn his Ph.D. in computer engineering. Dong, who has landed a job at the Kaohsiung City Government, said he would strive hard to give back to society.

In its graduation ceremony, Nanhua University in Chiayi County awarded the "diligent pursuit of studies" certificates to two very special students. They are the 87-year-old Lin Tian-fa (林添發), who majored in philosophy and life education, and Huang Zi-lin (黃子綝), who has a rare disease that breaks down the nervous system, but persevered to earn a literature degree.

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