NYCU Senior Vice President Ta-Sung Lee and Professor Horng-Shing Lu awarded prestigious Principal Fellowship of the HEA

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Senior VP Ta-Sung Lee(left), Prof. Horng-Shing Lu, Prof. Abby Cathcart and the HEAT Executives in the 2019 Principal Fellowship application workshop

Senior Vice President Ta-Sung Lee and former Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor Horng-Shing Lu, were recently awarded as Principal Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), the first two being awarded as part of the Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (CLTHE) program at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU). Principal Fellowships are prestigious international peer recognition for leadership in learning and teaching in Higher Education.

Advance HE is a global not-for-profit organization based in the UK. It provides formal recognition of professional practice in higher education teaching and learning support through awarding Fellowships to university teachers and higher education professionals who have successfully demonstrated their practice aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). Since 2018, NYCU has been collaborating with Advance HE in the UK to provide CLTHE training program aiming to enhance professional knowledge and skills in teaching and learning support of the university faculty, Ph.D. students, and post-doctoral researchers. Starting in 2019, the Center of the Higher Education of Accreditation for Teaching (HEAT) further supports our senior and highly experienced faculty staff to apply for senior and principal fellowships through workshops, mentoring applications, and offering formative feedback. Senior VP Lee and Professor Lu both attended the Principal Fellowship application workshop facilitated by Professor Abby Cathcart, PFHEA and the Director of the Academy of Learning and Teaching at Queensland University of Technology in 2019 and applied for the Principal Fellowships in 2020. Principal Fellowships, in particular, are awarded to highly experienced faculty staff who can provide evidence of strategic impact in relation to teaching and learning within their own institution as well as at national or international level. According to the latest statistics from Advance HE in April 2021, approximately only 1 per cent of the 140,000 fellows worldwide are Principal Fellows and the application passing rate is less than 10 per cent.

Senior VP Ta-Sung Lee has joined the faculty of NYCU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for more than 30 years and has held various administrative positions at different levels, including Department Chair, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Vice President for Research and Development etc. He is also nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise on advanced techniques for wireless communications.

Professor Horng-Shing Lu, in his fellowship application, used the analogy of different window views in Jiangnan garden to describe his beliefs and efforts in promoting cross-disciplinary learning, developing students’ second specialties studies, and flexible, modularized curriculum during his tenure as the Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2016 to 2021.

Professors Lee and Lu have demonstrated a sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development that contributes to high-quality student learning within NYCU and beyond. As members of the steering committee for the Center of the Higher Education of Accreditation for Teaching (HEAT), they help to shape and refine the center’s strategy development with their extensive leadership experience and insights gained from many important administrative roles.

Since the introduction of HEA certificate program and fellowship scheme, more than 100 faculty and Ph.D. students from NYCU, National Taiwan University (NTU), National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) participated in the CLTHE certificate program and 57 have been awarded fellowships with an additional 20 pending fellowship applications.

For more information about the CLTHE certificate program and HEA fellowship, please visit the NYCU HEAT website at or contact the Director of HEAT, Dr. Lu-Chun Lin at
For the list of NYCU HEA Fellows, please visit

The 3rd CLTHE Certificate Completion & Award Ceremony