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Construction begins on NCNU’s new softball center

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With generous support from the Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education, National Chi Nan University held the groundbreaking ceremony for its upcoming softball center on Sept. 23. The momentous occasion was joined by many esteemed guests, including Pan Yi-chuan (潘一全), chairman of Softball Asia, and Chang Chia-hsing (張家興), secretary-general of the Chinese Taipei Amateur Softball Association.

NCNU began investing in softball infrastructure in 2015, and the first phase of the project culminated in a new softball field. In the five years since, the university’s softball team has won countless international competitions while representing Taiwan on the world stage. The project’s second phase now aims to construct a sports center that can help cultivate a new generation of softball professionals for Taiwan.

In his opening speech, NCNU President Dr. Yuhlong Oliver Su outlined how the Nantou-based university is streamlining its recruitment and graduation requirements to better meet the needs of local students. Apart from developing unique, sophisticated, and globalized aspects of higher education, NCNU remains firmly dedicated to the moral, intellectual, physical, social, and aesthetic aspects of a well-rounded education, Dr. Su elaborated.

“As a comprehensive college, NCNU does not offer a sports department, but we have embraced our natural environment and beautiful surroundings by developing athletic programs for rowing, archery, softball, taekwondo, and swimming; a special recruitment process was even held for the swimming program this year,” said Dr. Su. “This is the beauty of NCNU’s approach to athletics — small in scale but pertinent, focused, and fully backed by the school.”

Upon the completion of the softball center, NCNU hopes to become a major player in promoting the game in Taiwan, from assisting regional authorities with planning athletic affairs to training new athletes and sports professionals. The university will also seek to host a variety of games and competitions, which will in turn bolster the region’s tourism and enhance the quality of campus life.

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