Led by Soochow President Wei-Ta Pan, a team of SCU’s faculty and staff successfully completed the feat of climbing the main peak of Yu Shan (Mt. Jade), the highest mountain in Taiwan and the northeast Asia, on July 3rd. Through this challenging event, the University hoped to further consolidate the school’s faculty and staff, and promote the spirit of pursuing excellence and overcoming difficulties.
Besides President Pan, the participating faculty and staff included: Dean of General Affairs Joann Chuang, Director of Department of Accounting Kuen-Chang Lee, Director of School of Extension Education Jei-Zheng Wu, Director of Office of Military Instruction Ying-Chin Kao, Chief of Construction and Maintenance Division Cheng-He Lin, Chief of Learning Resources Division Chien-Wen Wang, Deputy Director of Chinese Language Center Kent Wang, staff member and teacher of Office of Physical Education Yan Tan and Chia-Jen Chuang, and Senior Staff of Center for Language Education Chi-Wen Wang, etc.
Before heading for the challenge at Mt. Jade, the team had undergone a six-month training of their stamina and physical strength and some climbing tests at places such as Yangmingshan and Hehuan Mountain, which gave all the members full confidence. During the journey, tough weathers such as cold wind and chilly rain had made the climbing more difficult and some members were unable to continue due to physiological problems. Fortunately, nine members, including President Pan, persisted on with perseverance and reached the summit of Mt. Jade Main Peak.
Sitting at 3,952 meters above sea level, Mt. Jade Main Peak is the highest mountain in Taiwan and Northeast Asia. It is the dream of many Taiwanese and mountain climbers to conquer it as it boasts spectacular scenery of rock ridges and an overlooking view of other mountains.
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