Choose Good and Follow It, Choose Bad and Change It

The social sciences library at National Taiwan University

Principals, teachers, distinguished guests, fellow students, good afternoon.

I am an international student at National Taiwan University and I’m honored to be with you. My name is Philip Chang. When I first arrived in Taiwan, I hardly spoke Chinese. Now I’m speaking Chinese with you. I want to share with the world what I learned at this university. But today, I just want to share one of these things with you.

I once heard this saying. Although the best schools are full of smart people, I am not the smartest person here. The smartest person here is not me. It’s you. The smartest person here is you.

Confucius said, “Walking among three people, I find my teacher among them. I choose that which is good in them and follow it, and that which is bad and change it.”

This also means, I’ve learned so much from my experience with you. All of you are my teachers. We must always keep learning from each other.

The sooner you accept this, the harder you will work to accomplish great things. Because you will owe it to yourself to do more, and to do better.

But as an alumnus of National Taiwan University, we must also:

  1. Combine our wisdom
  2. Share our strengths
  3. Ask everyone to do their best so we can solve problems together

This is how National Taiwan University students will change the world.

The world needs people like us. National Taiwan University has a wide variety of students. We have learned how to cooperate with people from all over the world. The world, needs courage and responsibility. Because of courage, we can overcome difficulties. We can move on.

Courage is the most important of all virtues. Without courage, other virtues are impossible. For example, it takes courage for Taiwanese students to work with international students in English. International students who come to Taiwan also need courage to communicate with Taiwanese students in Chinese.

  • Because of your courage, I have confidence in our future.
  • Because we have courage, we are able to determine our future.
  • Since all National Taiwan University students have this courage, we stand here today, having completed our studies, ready to contribute what we have learned.

Let’s go change the world, together.

Congratulations, Class of 2018.



今天,我代表台灣大學的國際學生,很榮幸與你們在一起。我是 Philip Chang, 張上緖。我來自管理學院的MBA課程。剛到台灣時,我幾乎不會說中文。








  1. 結合我們的智慧
  2. 分享我們的優勢
  3. 請求大家盡我們的所能,共同解決問題


世界需要像我們這樣的人。 台灣大學內有多種多樣的學生。 我們已經學會了如何與來自全世界的人合作。

世界需要有勇氣有擔當的人。 因為有勇氣,我們才能夠克服困難。繼續前行。

勇氣是所有美德中最重要的。 沒有勇氣,其他的美德是不可能的。

例如,台灣學生用英語與國際學生一起工作需要勇氣。 國際學生來台也需要勇氣與台灣學生用中文交流。

  • 因為你有這種勇氣,我對我們的未來充滿信心。
  • 因為我們充滿勇氣,我們可以規劃我們的未來。
  • 因為台大的學生有勇氣,現在我們一起在這裡,完成學業,即將貢献所學。



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