In its banquet on April 12th, 2019, the General Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of China (ROCCOC) appointed Soochow President Wei-Ta Pan and Alumni Association Chairperson Ji- Ren Liu (Department of Political Science, Class of 1977) as advisors to the ROCCOC.
The ROCCOC President Cheng-I Lai presented them with their certificates of appointment as witnessed by many guests including former ROC Vice President Den-Yih Wu, officials of the Ministry of Interior, as well as representatives from business groups around Taiwan.
In addition to giving praise to Pan and Liu and Soochow alumni as a solid force in the society, Lai identified himself as a son-in-law of Soochow because his wife Shu-Fen Chen is an alumna of Soochow’s Department of Economics. He also mentioned that the ROCCOC Secretary-General Jung-Kun Lai (Department of Chinese Literature, Class of 1980) is an outstanding alumnus of SCU, too, which demonstrates the University’s great influence in Taiwan’s business sector.
The appointment of Pan and Liu was mainly attributed to the recommendation by SCU Tainan Alumni Association Chairperson and ROCCOC member Ping-Yuan Wang (Department of Physics, Class of 1993). Wang has played a major role in a tree planting project between SCU and the ROCCOC, with a goal of planting over 300,000 trees around Taiwan within the next three years. Upon hearing about this project, Liu made the promise that the Soochow Alumni Association would plant an additional tree for every tree donated by Soochow alumni.
Pan thanked the ROCCOC for the appointment, and recognized the ROCCOC’s rich resources and a large number of business members across a diversity of industries. He also hoped that Soochow and the ROCCOC will cooperate on many fronts in the future, such as internships, practical trainings, company visits, teacher training, and industry-academia cooperation, thus creating a win-win situation for both parties.
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