The 90th anniversary of Academia Sinica not only marks the passage of time; it also encompasses the stories of countless individuals who have devoted the best years of their lives, their wisdom, and their passion to lead us to new heights of scholarly achievement.
The spirit of an institution cannot truly be detected in terms of how it is seen and understood by others; rather, it lies in the ways in which its internal culture and the experiences of those who have come before us are passed down and re-created to foster innovation. As Taiwan’s leading research institution, Academia Sinica has made major contributions and attained an outstanding record of accomplishment due to the unstinting dedication of its leaders and members of the faculty. Today, we carry on the torch of knowledge and continue to march forward with our passion for new research. Working hard to make breakthroughs on the road of innovation while pursuing excellence in scholarship, we aim to achieve discoveries that will ensure a better society.
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Academia Sinica, in early 2018 we formed a committee comprised of members from throughout our community to organize numerous events for the commemoration of this special occasion. The goal of these activities is to collaborate closely with cutting-edge research fields in order to spread scientific knowledge and expand our educational impact. One way we plan to achieve this mission is by going outside of the capital city Taipei to bring our research discoveries to regions across the island through a series of popular science lectures that will help make our research more relevant to the public. In addition, Academia Sinica will host the Scientific Leaders’ Forum at the end of 2018, to which we have invited leading scholars from the most prestigious science academies around the globe to join their counterparts in Taiwan in order to exchange ideas on the most pressing academic topics of our age. By hosting this special event, we hope to invigorate the spirit of Taiwanese scholarship and expand our research horizons.
In recent years, whirlwind transformations of the global environment have made both competition and cooperation between countries increasingly complex. Scientific and social issues facing the global community are ever more intricate and perplexing, with the scholarly community facing a new wave of daunting challenges. Exploring new areas of research and solving problems have always been at the core of Academia Sinica’s mission. In the future, we will take advantage of our depth and breadth of knowledge in a wide range of academic fields to build on our strong foundation in basic research in our three main divisions: Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences. Our core task is to further pinpoint and investigate key issues through expanding efforts in interdisciplinary cooperation so as to attain new breakthroughs that can help solve the problems facing mankind.
As we approach the centennial celebration of the founding of Academia Sinica, many of our systems and institutions are undergoing new processes of transformation. Today we are actively seeking to engage in more outreach efforts for our research and effectively communicate our findings in ways the general public can better understand, striving to become cutting-edge pioneers by strengthening the ties between scholars and communities. As the nation’s top research institution, we also take our role of advising the government very seriously, and will continue to offer recommendations for policies that will drive growth throughout Taiwan and serve as catalysts for social progress.
I would like to close by wishing all of Academia Sinica a happy 90th anniversary. Let us continue to work together in doing research for attaining wisdom that can aid our world!
James C. Liao
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