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Clement Chang, founder of Tamkang University, dies at 89

2018/05/26 21:53:22

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Taipei, May 26 (CNA) Clement C.P. Chang (張建邦), politician and founder of Tamkang University (TKU), passed away Saturday at the age of 89, according to a statement from the school.

Chang died at 10:01 a.m. at National Taiwan University Hospital, surrounded by his loved ones, the university said but did not give any other details.

Chang was born in 1929 in the northeastern Taiwan county of Yilan and earned a bachelor's degree in economics at the now-defunct St. John's University in Shanghai, China.

He went on to study for a master's degree and a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in the United States before returning to Taiwan, where he founded the Tamkang Junior College of English that later became Tamkang University.

Chang took on multiple roles at TKU, both in the administration and faculty, and set the foundation for the university that exists today.

He also had a political career during which he served as head of the Taipei City Council and minister of Transportation and Communications, according to the TKU statement.

Even in his declining years, Chang cared deeply about education, TKU said. Last year, he donated NT$300 million (US$10 million) to the university to set up a fund to recruit top international scholars, the school said.

The alumni, faculty, staff and students of TKU are all extremely saddened by Chang's passing, the school said.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Kuan-lin Liu)