Thank you Dean of the International School of Technology and Management
Thank you Feng Chia University’s (FCU) promoter of international education, Dean of the International School of Technology and Management (ISTM), Mr. Mitchell M. Tseng
The Dean of ISTM, Mitchell M. Tseng, passed away on October 21st at 9:25 pm at the Chung Shan Medical University Hospital due to illness at the age of 72. His passing is being mourned by our entire faculty and staff. Taiwan has lost a very ideal, enthusiastic, visionary educator.
Mitchell M. Tseng earned his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 1975 and once taught at the University of Illinois (UICU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1993, he received an invitation from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to help establish the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, and served as this university’s vice principal of its Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation department.
In 2013, FCU enlisted the services of Mr. Tseng to establish the ISTM department, which became Taiwan’s first innovative 2+2 dual degree program to be accredited by the Ministry of Education. This department became a milestone for higher education by partnering up with Purdue University, San Jose State University (SJSU), San Francisco State University (SFSU), and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
Mr. Tseng was involved in the educational field for over 40 years, during which time he published close to 300 literary works, was awarded the International Manufacturing Engineering Institute’s (CIRP) Scholar Award (he is currently the only honoree in both Taiwan and Hong Kong), and received the Ministry of Education’s Yushan Scholar Award in 2019.
Aside from this, Mr. Tseng also held important positions at international enterprises such as AT&T Corp., Rockwell International Corp., Digital Equipment Corporation, etc. He has made enormous contributions to both academic research and industry.
After residing overseas for many years, Mr. Tseng eventually returned to Taiwan with the hopes of contributing towards Taiwan’s international development, which FCU turned out to be the place for his aspirations to become reality. In recent years, under Mr. Tseng’s energetic ambition and positive drive, FCU’s ISTM department remarkably developed, which has continued to do so on a daily basis. However, due to Mr. Tseng’s constant yearning and dedication towards the improvement of both FCU and ISTM, he ignored the fact that his health was deteriorating towards the very end. His death has caused us to feel unbearably sad! Our students will forever remember Mr. Tseng’s diligent contributions towards their university and Taiwan’s higher education system; our university will continue to carry out his dream of striving towards continually improving Taiwan’s international education.