Forefather of CCU Former President Lee Deng-hui Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Published on Oct 28 2014

National Chung Cheng University has been in Chiayi for 25 years, and has now bred many talented people. In the early phase of founding the school, the preparatory committee convener, also at the time the vice President Lee Deng-hui not only visited universities in Japan and the United States as a blueprint for reference to the building of CCU, but also had ongoing concern for the development of the campus after the completion of the school. Coinciding with the school's anniversary, the school today (the 28th) has especially awarded an honorary doctorate to former President Lee Deng-hui at the International Conference Hall in the school auditorium, and he was invited to share years of his political philosophy. Former President Lee also presented Chung Cheng University with 85 related publications of his books and 18 audio-visual materials.

In the 1980s, when the government faced educational issues in the southwest and there were local gentries actively striving for the founding of the school for over 30 times, Chung Cheng University was finally founded in Chiayi, and at that time vice President Mr. Lee Deng-hui was acting as the convener of the preparatory committee. Before the school was built, he especially visited the University of Tsukuba in Japan, and Stanford University in the US before developing the architecture's blueprint; he personally participated in from the planning of the school's territory to the inspection of it, as well as the preparatory meeting. Furthermore, after the school was completed, former president Lee continued to concern the development of the campus.

Today, National Chung Cheng University conferred an honorary doctorate of social sciences to former President Lee Deng-hui, to thank him in the process of founding and the future contribution to CCU. At the ceremony, he shared his political philosophy with the audience in terms of the establishment of Taiwan's new era of freedom and democracy, the new strategy of Taiwan integrating with the world, as well as guiding Taiwan towards equality and happiness.

"Independent countries in the world are not necessarily democratic, but the democratic nations of the world must be independent countries." Former President of Taiwan Lee Deng-hui has been working for the goal to achieve the democratization of Taiwan all his lifetime. Therefore, since the former president Lee was involved in politics, he actively promoted the revision of the constitution, and completed the democratic reform of the direct election of the president. He also proposed a "new era of Taiwanese," meaning the general term for citizens to have citizenship in a democratic society, not to the majority of the population accounts for the main ethnic groups, but to have equal treatment to all members holding the identity of Taiwan, to have Taiwan people once again establish their identity.

"Taiwan is a part of the world, not a part of any major country; Taiwan's political, economic, cultural, are not dependent on any major country." The third wave of democratization changed the world, and changed Taiwan's international environment. Former President Lee said that Taiwan must adopt a new international strategy, in democracy, freedom, human rights and other universal values​​, to be reenacted in the international arena, to restart.

Former President Lee also mentioned that the government must not only strengthen comprehensive cooperation with the other democratic countries to counter China's military hegemony expansion, but should also have full preparation to face the global plan's layout due to the challenges followed by globalization. "If the free nations lose vigilance of the rise of China's authoritarian regime, it would bring great disaster to Asia and the world."

"Now everyone is shouting for economic revitalization, but with no clear directions or strategic goals, how to let the people have confidence and courage to strive and work hard," said the former president. Always pursuing for the system of low-cost production and so eager for China investments resulted in a huge sum of money to moving towards China, and this reduced domestic investments, increased unemployment and the resulting reduction of income in real terms. This system of "orders from Taiwan, overseas production model of development" seemed beneficial to individual enterprises, but on the whole of the interests of Taiwan, it was like how Faust engaged in transactions of the soul with the devil.

The expansion of the wealth gap and the rise of the unemployment rate has become the root of pain of current salary levels in Taiwan. Former President Lee also said: "The current priority of the government to work to narrow the gap between rich and poor is not tax reform for the rich, but to have effective management of industrial relocation, so that it would be possible to convert the growth of the GDP to most families."

"In the past, the most glorious era of Taiwan's economy, small and medium industries can be said to be the number one contributor of miracles." Former president Lee also suggested that the government should consolidate the innovation capacity of the industries, to promote the stemming of industrial technological roots." In international trade negotiations, Taiwan's agriculture was always sacrificed, resulting in more than a quarter of current arable land fallowed or wasted." Lee, former President pointed out that Taiwan is very rich in natural resources, and that the government should actively encourage the development of renewable energy. Not only does Taiwan not need to rely on imported oil or nuclear power, but also it is better for established and emerging industries, export-related equipment and technology.

In addition, former President Lee deemed that the government should redefine the relationship between financial system and the economy, to "actually emphasize on productive activities in agriculture and manufacturing-based to rather than financial services." He stressed that monetary policy can not just be relaxed, but new financial products would have to have a corresponding financial supervision mechanism.

in addition to the display of historical photos of Lee Deng-hui with the Preparatory Committee and how he visited the site and the library with students on the wall of the auditorium. A souvenir of the photo album of preparations during founding the school was given to former President Lee. Former President Lee Deng-hui in turn presented a special gift to Chung Cheng University, consisting of his associated publishing 85 books, including "Taiwan's advocate," "Where Would Taiwan Go in the 21st Century," and other writings of former President Lee, as well as 18 audio and video data for the school's library collection.