Words of the President of the NTU Student Association
Hello everyone, we are the 32nd National Taiwan University Student Association (NTUSA), we hereby welcome you to NTU! Your time in NTU will be a very important stage in your school life, however, we are not only students in NTU, but also citizens of Taiwan and part of this world. We should undertake our social responsibilities, we should speak up and put our belief into practice. NTU students encounter many obstacles, from personal problems in daily life to more complex ones, such as the difficulty of improving the power structure of decision-making bodies in school, and feeling powerless about social issues or the national situation today. The main body of the student association is students, so NTUSA should be responsible for gathering students’ opinions and action forces and connecting everyone’s power to pursue better changes. When facing common right issues that NTU students share, we have been and will always be standing at the front-line fighting. At the same time, we need the attention and participation of every one of you in order to reach our goal and achieve what we strive for.
In the coming year, we hope to improve our curriculum, improve or solve problems that occur in our campus or our daily life, and increase chances of student civic engagements. The public engagement system we have today did not appear out of nowhere. Without our predecessors’ fights and sacrifices in the past, we might not be able to own what we have today. With our nation under harsh political circumstances — both domestic and foreign, we need to realize the weaknesses of democracy and safeguard our democratic achievements. Desmond Tutu once said: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Many affairs in the campus work this way as well, NTUSA not only serves as a bridge between students and the school, but also as a backup force for students. We will stand firmly on students’ side, and challenge any existing power structure that sees students as objects to be disciplined. We hereby invite each one of you to join us on our journey of striving for continuous improvement, for better campus life and beliefs we share together.
President of Student Association Chun-Ching Tu