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CCU wins National Sustainable Development Award

Chinese Culture University has won the 2014 National Award for Sustainable Development: CCU excelled in the category “Education”. The award has been initiated by the Committee on Sustainable Development at Taiwan’s Executive Yuan. Prizes were conferred in four categories: Education, Corporate, Civic, and Government. 11 public and private organizations were honored for outstanding dedication and contributions to sustainable development in 2014. So far, CCU is the first university receiving this decoration since it has been established in 2004. The Premier of the Executive Yuan, Prof. Mao Chi-Kuo, personally handed the award to CCU President Prof. Lee Tien-Rein, during the official ceremony held at the Great Ceremonial Hall of the Executive Yuan on December 30.

Due to the vicinity of Yang Ming Shan National Park, CCU meets the candidature selection criteria as a comprehensive, both specialized and multifaceted institution of higher education. The University understands itself as being a part of this environment: sharing a part of history with the Hwa Kang settlement, contributing to the life on Yang Ming Shan, taking care of the local resources, and integrating environmental protection into the university programs. Moreover, CCU has specifically addressed the standards by creating a concept for long-term sustainable development programs, with a focus on establishing a virtual “Grass Mountain ecological exploration tour”. Here, the different environmental areas of Yang Ming Shan can be experienced and understood in detail. An extra-curricular research group on sustainable development has been established, and the College of Environmental Design and the Center for Environmental Safety jointly formed a neighborhood exploration group. Students and faculty were invited to study sustainable development ideas and methods, in order to better understand the importance of such tasks within the structures of a capital city and in rural conditions. Finally, the university’s overall efforts in integrating the nearby environment, refurbishing measures taken for some of the former American military neighborhood real estate, promoting environmental protection and ecological thinking in the many teaching and event activities, an efficient recycling system and a high rate in saving resources like water and energy all have contributed to achieving this award.

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2015: Chinese New Year of the Goat

In Chinese culture, there is a complex calendar system marked by astronomical, climatic, astrological, numerological and other factors of specific cultural tradition. Why is the Year 2015 named the “Year of the Goat”? Maybe you have heard of the 12 animals in the Chinese calendar. Here is the complete list:

1 Rat 7 Horse
2 Buffalo 8 Goat
3 Tiger 9 Monkey
4 Rabbit 10 Rooster
5 Dragon 11 Dog
6 Snake 12 Pig

There are different legends about how the animals were added to the calendar. The rhythm of 12 years applies to a calculation method that connects 10 Heavenly Stems and 12 Earthly Branches, parts of the Chinese cosmology, into 60 different combinations. The 12 Earthly Branches are used to mark the 12 double-hours of the day, the twelve months, and also a cycle of twelve years - represented by the 12 animals. The 10 Heavenly Stems originate from Shang Dynasty (1250 B.C.), and at that time represented the ten days of the week.

The twelve animals are said to have different characteristics. The dragon is considered highly auspicious, while the snake can bring about some uncalculated risks. A Chinese saying goes: "Three Goats Start Fortune" (San-Yang-Kai-Tai, 三羊開泰). This is a variation of a statement from the I-Ching, the Book of Changes, a compendium of divination texts and one of the Chinese Classics, where 64 diagrams made of six broken or unbroken lines stand for specific circumstances and can be interpreted in auspicious or inauspicious ways. The original saying goes: "Three Yang Start Fortune," (San-Yang-Kai-Tai, 三陽開泰), what in Chinese has the same pronunciation, but here, Yang 陽stands for the male part of the Taiji (Yin-Yang) symbol . The "Tai-Gua" or the Diagram of Prosperity in the I-Ching is written with three unbroken lines 三, meaning “three Yang”, placed below three broken lines, representing Yin, the female part of the Taiji symbol: . The “Tai”-diagram represents peace and prosperity. As for the goat, it is a farmland animal which doesn’t have to do farm work. So it is a lucky animal, serving humans with a mild and friendly personality.

Getting Ready for the Holiday Season

With the fall semester coming to an end, everybody gets prepared for the end-term exams, and comes up with plans for the winter vacation. From the midst of January on, campus life will slow down, with the Hwa Kang community awaiting the Chinese New Year holidays. The winter season on Yang Ming Shan is cold and windy, and temperatures may well go down to 10 degrees Celsius, or sometimes even less. And yet the cold season has its special beauty - with clear skies, a soft golden light, and the leaves turning colorful on the surrounding hills. From time to time fogs may cover Hwa Kang hill and the CCU campus like a bewitched castle sitting above the city plains.

There are plenty of choices of where to head to during these more silent weeks: whoever wants to go for more than hot springs might want to opt for a mountain tour along the Mid-Cross Island Highway towards He Huan Shan, a 3,416 meters (11,207 ft) high mountain in Central Taiwan, and get a pinch of snow on this subtropical island. Those preferring the beach may still enjoy the warm weather on the southern tip of Taiwan around Kenting and its beautiful coastlines. If you decide to stay in Taipei, maybe you would like to explore the authentic atmosphere of people preparing for Chinese New Year in places like Di Hua street in Datong district, not far from Taipei Main Station. Of course, other than that, Taiwan is a paradise for shopping and there are plenty of choices for finding the right present for your beloved ones: no matter if traditional or modern and fanciful, electronic gadgets or exclusive handicraft; Taiwan is a rich source of innovative and creative gifts made in fine quality and appealing design. You missed the chance for this year’s Christmas shopping tour? - Get ready for next one on the horizon!

Whatever you prefer during your vacation - Taiwan has certainly something to offer for you.

50 Years Baseball Alumni Match

At the weekend of December 19-20, CCU conducted two outstanding events of its most celebrated sports education departments: the “National Martial Arts Championship” in the modern sports facilities on campus, and the "50 years of CCU Baseball Athletes" - Alumni Match in the well-known Taipei Tian-Mu baseball arena.

On Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, the "50 years of Chinese Culture University Baseball Athletes" - Alumni Match began at 12:00 pm in the Tian-Mu baseball stadium. In the 50 years of sports and specifically baseball education at CCU, 160 out of 300 graduated baseball players have become big stars of national fame. On the occasion of the jubilee match, again, they enthusiastically fought a most entertaining game for their excited fans. Also, a lucky draw was offered with three motorcycles of 150cc as the highest prizes. CCU sends many thanks to all like-minded baseball fans and good friends who came to share and celebrate this special event!

CCU baseball stars and coaches