Professor Jow-Lay Huang takes up the post as the new president of National University of Kaohsiung
National University of Kaohsiung (NUK) has held its presidential handover ceremony today. Professor Jow-Lay Huang has taken up the post as the new president of NUK from his predecessor, Professor Ing-Chung Huang. President Huang expresses gratitude to the two former presidents for laying a solid foundation, stressing that he will endeavor to realize his visions for the school in his term, including enhancing the quality of teaching and research, attracting more resources, training students to face global challenges, strengthening the ties with private and public sectors.
Administrative Deputy Minister of Education, Der-Hwa Chen, chaired today’s handover ceremony. Former president Ing-Chung Huang mentioned that within his eight-year term (2005-2012) NUK has seen a steady growth in the number of departments, colleges and EMBA/IMBA programs. The number of partner universities worldwide has increased to 113, within which 55 institutions have exchange agreement or study abroad agreement and 3 institutions have dual degree agreement. As for campus construction, a number of building projects has been completed, including College of Management, Kinmen Campus, Hong Szu-Chuen Sports Dome, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, the construction of the administrative building is underway.
President Jow-Lay Huang is an eminent scholar in the area of materials science and engineering, specializing in structural/functional ceramics, surface and coatings technology, composite materials, and materials design and materials properties. President Huang is the first Taiwanese to be elected the Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics. In addition to his significant accomplishments in academia, President Huang also has years of broad administrative experience, including Vice Dean of College of Engineering, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Vice President for the Office of Research and Development, NCKU, Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NCKU, and Provost of Kun Shang University. Inspired by the motto of his high school teacher ‘A life of service to others is what truly brings meaning’, President Huang has decided to commit himself to leading NUK.
In response to the common problem facing tertiary education, limited budget, President Huang calls upon a joint effort to bring in resources by all the administrative and academic staff. President Huang has pointed out that an university as young and promising as NUK has full potential, given that the average age of academic staff is below 45 and as high as 94.8% of which has a PhD degree. The quality of students ranked top 10 among the 159 higher education institutions nationwide. However, full-time postgraduates only account for 10.3% of all students, and the number falls behind that of other national universities. President Huang therefore urges the Ministry of Education to increase the quota of postgraduate students at NUK.
President Huang has stressed that he will devote himself to realize his visions for NUK, including 1) pursuing teaching excellence, enhancing students’ learning motivation and performance, preparing students for future challenges and self-directed learning; 2) enhancing humanities education, physical education, literacy in Chinese, English and computer; 3) creating global competitiveness and global visions; 4) funding interdisciplinary research efforts, building word-class research infrastructure, promoting wider applications of research findings; 5) pooling resources to campus planning and construction; 6) increasing enrollment and attracting prospective students; and 7) establishing organizational sustainability, drawing resources from public and private sectors, and strengthening connections with alumini.