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Taiwanese university students lack respect: Acer founder

Acer Inc. founder Stan Shih is apparently not a fan of Taiwanese university graduation ceremonies and how students behave themselves during these events.

In an op-ed piece published on local media Tuesday, Shih panned the ceremonies as loud affairs that seemed to hand out a lot of awards, but where students offstage didn't listen to the invited dignitaries or professors addressing them.

"What is hardest to bear is that when guests or professors are speaking, no one in the the audience is listening. The scene is raucous. Especially during college graduation ceremonies this situation is even more serious. It represents disrespect for the guests and professors and disrespect toward fellow audience members. I believe this is a lack of respect for social relations and toward other individuals," Shih wrote.

Shih said that in contrast, while attending his granddaughter's elementary school graduation at a local Japanese language school earlier this month, the ceremony made a strong impression on him: The names of graduates were read off one by one and the audience was limited to teachers, parents, dignitaries and the fifth grade class.

Each graduating student had an opportunity to address teachers, classmates and parents about their schooling experience, which brought a wave of emotion throughout the audience. Shih said he was moved closed to tears.

Writing on Taiwan's economic development, the Acer founder said that more emphasis needed to be placed on the relationship between the individual and society. He said that with the rise of the internet-based society and its fake news and online bullying, this relationship was being neglected.

"Benefiting others is the best way to benefit ourselves," Shih said.

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