The Mainland Era

Hsuan-Wai Sheng (盛宣懷先生) 

The founder of Nanyang College, with the reputation of the “Father of Chiao Tung University”.

Core Ideas: encouraging students to cultivate their mind and absorb new knowledge from the West.

Character: Being progressive in thinking, seeking truth from facts, and holding a lifelong ambition to “do great things” and “become an official of high ranks.”

Contributions: Building a solid foundation for telecommunications, railroads, steamboats, and mines at the time, and having been called the “Father of Modern Industry”.

Important Writings: Preserved Writings of Yu-chai, Unpublished Writings and Letters of Hsuan-wai Sheng

Academic Career Chronicle:

1844 Born in Wujin, Jiangsu

1866 Passed the Provincial Exam

1870 Appointed at an important position by Hung-Chang Lee in the period of civilian rebellion

1881 Supervised the business of telecommunications

1896 Founded NanyangCollege

1898 Founded Imperial Bank of China

1911 Fired due to the “Railroad Incident”

1913 Served in China Merchants and Han Ye Ping Corporation

1916 Died at the age of 73

Wen-Chih Tang(唐文治先生)

Core Ideas: Setting the focus for academic development on science and engineering, encouraging students to be the persons of the first rank, and attaching importance to the education of ethics, Western languages, Chinese classics, and physical training.

Character: Attaching utmost importance to morality, and advocating being upright in character.

Contributions: Having been devoted to education for more than half of the century, and being one of the most famous Sinologists and educationalists in our country.

Important Writings: Ju-ching-tang Anthology, Self-Compiled Chronology of Mr. Ju-ching

Academic Career Chronicle:

1865 Born in Jhenyang, Jiangsu

1887 Edited Ju-ching-tang Anthology

1892 Passed the highest Imperial Examination.

1902 Envoy to England

1906 Returned to China for his mother’s funeral affairs

1907 Supervisor, ShanghaiVocational College of Higher Education

1911 Administered NanyangCollege

1920 Retired and taught in Wuxin Chinese Classics School

1954 Died at the age of 90.

Hung-Hsun Ling(淩鴻勛先生)

The youngest university president in China who was instrumental in the reestablishment of Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.

Core Ideas: Asserting that not until the basis was concretely formed could the university make any further progress, and encouraging the students to keep to their studies with the principle ─study and make contributions to the country.

Character: Maintaining a cautious attitude toward life and the spirit of “doing the best”.

Contributions: Participation in the construction of many important railroads in China, and having been called “China Railroad Sage” as a worthy successor of Tien-yu Chan.

Important Writings: Self-Compiled Chronology of Hung-Hsun Ling, Collected Articles on Railroads

Academic Career Chronicle:

1894 Born in Guangdong, Guanzhou

1910 Admitted to Shanghai Vocational College of Higher Education

1915 Graduated from NanYang College, and completed his internship in the U.S.A

1920 Served as a professor and the Substitute President of NanYang College

1924 President, Nanyang College

1927 Retired

1951 President, Chinese Petroleum Corporation

1957 Preparatory Director, Institute of Electronics, NCTU

1981 Died at the age of 88