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Widow of Professor Ting-Peng Liang donates NT$ 2 million to award outstanding scholars of information management


To honor the memory of Lifetime National Chair Professor of the Ministry of Education (MOE), Professor Ting-Peng Liang of the Department of Information Management at National Sun Yat-sen University, who passed away in May this year, NSYSU organized a memorial service after the pandemic situation had improved. In order to recognize Professor Liang’s international achievements in the field of information management, his widow Chen-Li Wang donated NT$ 2 million to establish the Lifetime National Chair Professor Ting-Peng Liang Memorial Award, hoping to cultivate more professionals in the field of information management. In addition to Professor Liang’s many students and colleagues, former President of the University of the West and Professor in the Department of Business Administration at NSYSU Chin-Shun Wu, former President of NSYSU Victor Wei-Chi Liu, President of National Taiwan University Chung-Ming Kuan, Provost of Academic Affairs of National Chung Cheng University Shin-Yuan Hung, and Professor Liang’s widow Chen-Li Wang also shared their memories of Professor Liang, his growth and academic career, academic expertise and exemplary performance, international vision and achievements, his role as a mentor deeply respected by students, and his family relations.

NSYSU President Ying-Yao Cheng posthumously awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award to Professor Ting-Peng Liang and thanked Professor Liang’s widow, Chen-Li Wang, for her donation. President Cheng said that Professor Liang had been admitted to the master program at the Department of Business Administration at NSYSU and after graduation, he had gone to the US to study Decision Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. After receiving his master's and doctoral degrees, he taught at the Accountancy Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and then at the well-known Purdue University as a tenured associate professor. Finally, he returned to his alma mater – NSYSU to teach in the Department of Information Management. President Cheng pointed out that Professor Liang had already been selected as the University’s Outstanding Alumnus for Academic Excellence, but he was too humble to accept the award; thus, NSYSU awarded him with this belated honor posthumously. President Cheng emphasized that Professor Liang’s outstanding contributions and selfless dedication to the field of information management in Taiwan made him a role model for the NSYSU community.

Chen-Li Wang stated that to continue her late husband’s legacy, she was donating NT$ 2 million to NSYSU to establish the Lifetime National Chair Professor Ting-Peng Liang Memorial Award, hoping to inspire more outstanding young scholars of information management to continue their research. Her generous donation attracted a response from many entrepreneurs and scholars from Taiwan and abroad, who hope to support more information management specialists in Taiwan.

Former President of the University of the West and Professor of the Department of Business Administration at NSYSU, Chin-Shun Wu, recounted that he had been selected for the same scholarship abroad as Professor Liang in 1981, and shared interesting facts from Liang’s time as a student. Former President of NSYSU, Victor Wei-Chi Liu, explained that Professor Liang had not only been awarded the Lifetime National Chair Professorship, but also the LEO Award by the US Association for Information Systems for his lifetime achievement. The evening before the memorial service, former President Liu checked the long list of academic honors received by Professor Liang on his Google Scholar profile and the impressive number of his papers’ citations – over 30,780. He pointed out that Professor Liang had carried out research with an entrepreneurial spirit, always grasping the newest research topics.

President of National Taiwan University, Chung-Ming Kuan, explained that Professor Liang was included in the list of recommended Fellows for this year, but the meeting of Fellows was unexpectedly postponed due to the epidemic. It is regrettable that Professor Liang did not hear the results of the meeting; however, his achievements are praiseworthy. Provost of Academic Affairs of National Chung Cheng University, Shin-Yuan Hung, who was Professor Liang's first doctoral student, stated that Professor Liang was a valuable person to all students, and shared his memories of Liang’s sincere advice to “go international”. Professor Hung said that he would continue to uphold the teachings of Professor Liang and contribute to society through his teaching and research work.

During the memorial service, the Dean of the College of Management at NSYSU, San-Yih Hwang, said that Professor Liang had contributed to Taiwan with everything he learned, his achievements in the academic field of information management had gained him a global reputation, and his guidance allowed Taiwan to occupy a niche in the international academic community studying information management. In recent years, Professor Liang had been actively promoting the application of neuroscientific methods to research in information management. To continue his work, NSYSU’s College of Management established the Dr. Ting-Peng Liang Memorial Laboratory for Neuroscience Decision and Management in September. A number of management journals in Taiwan and abroad have also released special commemorative academic issues to honor Professor Liang's contributions to the academic community in the management field.

Memorial service website of Professor Ting-Peng Liang: https://tpliang.cm.nsysu.edu.tw/
Memorial service broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdspYQm0IYI
Memorial website for Professor Ting-Peng Liang: https://www.forevermissed.com/tpliang/about
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