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2009 Outstanding Alumnus – Huang Min-Hui (Mayor of Chiayi City)

As the current Mayor of Chiayi and the Vice Chairperson of the KMT, Huang Min-Hui, graduating from NTNU in 1982, does not have the typical politician feel: she is accessible and friendly. During this interview, her tones were soft but the expression in her eyes determined. We could see her gentle disposition cultivated in the Department of Chinese though she has taken another career path after teaching for 14 years. It is a natural occupational choice since she was born in a political family. Yet, “my involvement in education has been one of the biggest fortune in my life,” Huang remarked.

2009 Outstanding Alumnus – Huang Jin-Hong (NTNU Honorary Professor)

Professor Huang Jin-Hong was one of the first set of graduates from the Department of Chinese in 1950. His early life was tough with poverty and warfare. He didn’t have much chance to receive school education and didn’t finish his bachelor degree until he was 28 years-old. He pursued further studies in Japan even after he became a university professor. He can be one of the best role models with his diligence and persistence. Huang has devoted himself in Chinese education and cultivated generations of students with outstanding achievements. His publications are rich and varied, which further proofs Huang’s achievements and excellence.

2009 Outstanding Alumnus – Ceng Shi-Qiang (NTNU Professor)

Graduated from the Department of Industrial Education in 1957. He is a MA in Educational Administration and a Doctor in Philosophy. He’s been studying Chinese-style management for more than three decades, and is called “the father of Chinese management”, a Chinese who knows all Chinese the most. Back in 1953, Ceng told us, he was attracted by the newly established department, which cooperated with Pennsylvania University and offered students further study in the US after their graduation. Coming from a poor family, this skinny boy grew into a stronger youngster mentally and physically during his stay in NTNU.

2009 Outstanding Alumnus – Qiu Huan-Tang (Ceramist)

A MA student in the department of English graduating in 1958, as well as a retired NTNU professor of the same department, Qiu Huan-Tang has devoted himself into the world of ceramics for over four decades. He is the first Taiwanese artist to introduce contemporary western concept of ceramics creation into Taiwan. He believes in breaking free from the limitations of material and conventions when creating ceramics, and a great many of his students later becomes outstanding ceramists. NTNU, for Qiu, is not only his school and workplace, but also where he met the loves of his life – his wife and ceramics.

2009 Outstanding Alumnus – Tyzen Hsiao (Honorary Advisor for Tyzen Hsiao Foundation)

Graduated in 1963 from the Department of Music, Tyzen Hsiao was a composer, pianist as well as a conductor. He was dubbed as the “Rachmaninoff in Taiwan, the last Romantic pianist/poet”. Having a pianist mother, Hsiao started to learn piano at the age of five and showed a talent for piano performance and composition early in his music career. “All my achievements in music needs to be accredited to the teaching and cultivation of NTNU,” Hsiao said thankfully. He still considered NTNU to be the best music education he had ever receive in his life full of music.