Dr.Kwang-Ya Wang,born in1922 in Gongyi,Henan,graduated from the Economics Department of Asia University in Japan, was conferred two honorary doctorate degrees: Education University of California, 1977; and Business Operation KyengHee University, Korea, 1997. In 1947, he went to Taiwan, then he served in the State Ministry of Audit. During his service, he saw the need for business accountants. In 1949 he started a tutorialinstitute called Yu-Da Business School whichovertheyears evolved into a renowned Commercial Vocational Senior High School in Taiwan. Presently there are two campuses, one in Taipei and the other in Tao Yuan. His contribution to education in Taiwan has won himself worldwide fame.
Due to Dr. Wang’s continuous effort in developing private education in accordance with the national education policy, he and other education advocates formed the R.O.C. Private Educational Association in 1964. For 39 years from 1969 onwards, he was its chief executive. During that time, the benefits and medical insurance of the private school staff were far inferior to those of the public school making it difficult to maintain top staff and instructors. Thus, the quality of education in private schools was seriously affected through the loss of their best instructors. Dr. Wang took up the cause and fought vigorously. He represented the Association and fought for better benefits for the private schools staff from the government. After numerous efforts, The Legislative Yuan, in 1980, finally passed “The private school Staff Insurance’s Law”, which provided greater security for private school employee. Dr. Wand didn’t just stop there. In 1991, Dr. Wang convinced the government to pass another law, “The Amendment of the Law of Private School Article 55”, which was enacted in 1992 and provided benefits to school employees after retirement. Besides these two great achievements, Dr. Wang also secured other benefits, such as scholarships for private school students, tax exemptions on school property, recognition of private school teachers and their experience, low interest rates on school building and dormitory mortgages, government paid salaries for military and nursery personnel, tax exemption on imported educational facilities, and grants for students who have completed high school. Dr. Wang’s contribution has had a great influence on private education in general. In 1995, after resigning as the Chief Executive, Dr. Wang was elected to be the life-time honorable Chief Executive of the R.O.C. Private Educational Association.
In addition to his dedication on securing benefits for private schools, Dr. Wang believed that international education exchanges played and important role. He visited numerous countries many times and formed alliances with 266 schools from 18 countries located in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the U.S. Every year, countless exchanges and visits take place between the Chinese-Korea Cultural Exchange Foundation in 1977, taking the position of CE. In 1994, he became the president. In 1989, Dr. Wang formed the Kwang-shing Cultural and Educational Foundation, and served as its CEO, strengthening the quality of international education exchanges and the Chinese culture.
In 1987, the Chinese government allowed visitors from Taiwan for the first time. Being away from his hometown in Henan Province for many decades, Dr. Wang eagerly wanted to return home and share his success with the people of his hometown. He established the Beijing Yuda Junior College, the Shengda Trade Economics and Management College of ZZ University in Zhengzhou, Mongolia Economics, Trade and Foreign Language College, Chenggong College in Gongyi, Henan Province. As an educator, he let his actions speak for his love for his home town. He also hoped educational exchanges from both sides of the Taiwan Strait would progress.
Dr. Wang his dedicated his whole life to education and business culture career. He has received recognition from various educational fields. He has been granted many awards from the Department of Education, private organizations and various public agencies. For example, in 1979, the Korean Private School Association granted Dr. Wang the “Special Achievement Phoenix Award.” In1985, the ministry of Education granted him the “Moo-Yi award”, in 1987 Executive Yuan granted him the First Class Service Award, in 1989 the Baptist College in California granted him the Education Dedication Award, and so on. In 1981, in addition to these awards, the Korean government granted high honor award’s “Mou-Dan award”, given by South Korea’s President chun Do Huan. Dr. Wang is the first foreigner to receive this honor. In 1987, the World Peace Education awards from WUM International Education Group of U.S. In 1998, he also received “Lee Kuo Ding management award” from “China Management Association.”
Looking back on Dr. Wang’s last sixty years, one can see Dr. Wang’s passion for education is indescribable, and his unbelievable endurance and determination made it possible for Shengda College. For the last sixty years, Dr. Wang’s dedication has been a standard in education, he has lived Shengda College’s motto “be frugal, diligent, honest and self-reliant” to everyone.
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