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Nobel laureate suggests students choose majors based on interests

Nobel laureate suggests students choose majors based on interests

Taipei, July 20 (CNA)
Lee Yuan-tseh , the first Taiwanese-born Nobel laureate, encouraged elementary and high school students Monday to choose college majors based on personal interests rather than salary expectations or outside influences.
Lee was talking about his research attitude and experience to a packed audience of students who participated in a science fair for elementary and high schools around the country, during a science research seminar titled "Dialogue With Masters" hosted by National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) President Su Huey-jen.
The winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1986 said he spent a year persuading his parents to allow him to change his major from chemical engineering to chemistry, which led to his winning the Nobel Prize. Lee, a former president of Academia Sinica, the highest academic institution in Taiwan, said he began harboring the idea of becoming a scientist and working for a better world with like-minded people when he was still in junior high school and was later admitted to National Taiwan University, where he pursued studies in a wide range of areas, including the German language.
Lee said that many parents want their children to choose medical science or engineering as their majors because they offer a wealth of career opportunities.
However, he suggested that students persuade their parents to allow them to choose their majors based on their personal preferences in order to pursue success based on their interests. I Lee also called on young people to care more about global environmental issues and work out methods to cope with these issues, such as ways to deal with climate change to maintain sustainable human development at the global level. (By Chang Jung-hsiang and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-26 06:21 GMT+08:00