The American Academy serves as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the country's oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. Recently, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced its new members in 2016 with a total number of 213 people from 17 countries. Liu Kuo Sung is one of them. As a chair professor in NTNU and an alumnus from the Department of Fine Arts, he is the first Taiwanese member in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.