Creating and maintaining a world-class university is a noble mission but it is an extremely difficult task and there is no set formula to follow. In a previous article written in Chinese, 大學成功之道 (Road for University to Succeed), I have opined ('shamelessly') to comment on some general principles for a university to strive to become a successful first-rate university. That bold action was triggered by my sincere desire to think about my alma mater, Cheng Kung University’s (NCKU) future, as she is striving for becoming a world-class university. In this article, I again boldly write down my thoughts for whatever it is worth and hope it will stimulate other alumni to share their thoughts; so collectively we will benefit our alma mater.
I have used Chinese headings in the paragraphs below since they were triggered while I was writing the previous Chinese article. However, I am switching to English in this article since I have realized that my pin-yin typing skill is simply too counter-productive in conveying my thoughts. So I apologize to my readers who are forced to go through this language change.
大學成功之道與成功大學之道 ( Road To A Successful First-Rate University and NCKU's Road to Become A Successful First-Rate University)
I thought in my previous article, if there was such a road to success, it would be chartered by a good strategy, plan and execution. Hence I called for establishing a 'strategy organization' (謀道委員會) within the university for the sole purpose of plotting a winning strategy (謀道) for her to strive to become a world-class university. In this wi