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NTNU President Wishes a Smooth and Silky Ignition for Freshmen and New Faculties

<p><font face="Arial">By Bunny Chen<br /> Campus Reporter</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Although being away for an assignment trip, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) President Gou Yih-shun (郭義雄) did not forget freshmen and new faculties as he left his encouragement and messages through video clips, which were played during today&rsquo;s orientation.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">As new fall semester began today, Gou, however, is currently visiting Xiamen University in China while he missed freshmen&rsquo;s orientation and new faculties&rsquo; research and study meeting.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">For freshmen, Gou encouraged them to change the way they studied in high school and began to challenge their professors with more questions.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;You must be very curious about the surroundings.&nbsp; How you managed your study in high school will no longer fit what you are expecting in next four years.&nbsp; A remarkable progress in learning will only be made under the circumstance of constant constructive group studies and discussions from now on,&rdquo; Gou said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Being a constant English education advocator, Gou, again, emphasized the importance of language comprehensive ability for students in his video message to freshmen.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;An individual will be able to do pretty much anything at anywhere if this person is fluent with a second language and full of professional knowledge and expertise in specific fields,&rdquo; Gou said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">For new faculties, Gou encouraged them to carry out their work with love and sense of responsibilities.&nbsp; He also set up the bottom line for his fellow teachers &ndash; to be strict to students with justice.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;This bottom line will help us teachers do our jobs a lot better, although it is very difficult to do that,&rdquo; Gou said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Meanwhile, Gou also encouraged his fellow professors to continue their research projects.&nbsp; He believed that without research, a professor will not enrich himself in the field with expertise and then pass on the valuable experiences or knowledge to his students.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;Being a good teacher, one must ask his students what they need instead of repeating his own annual syllabus,&rdquo; Gou said.&nbsp; &ldquo;Any question popped up by students might be inspiring, for both teachers and students.&rdquo;</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">The president also concerned NTNU new family members&rsquo; health, as he believed that a healthy body shall be the foundation for everything.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;Everything will be in vain if you are not healthy,&rdquo; he said.</font></p>