Want China Times
By: Lin Chih-cheng, Chen Hsuan-yu and Staff Reporter
“Many among us will have a massive influence on Taiwanese society in the future.
Please invest in us!” read an appeal for donations from a group of university students taking a leadership course as part of their studies at National Taiwan University in Taipei, the country’s most prestigious school, reports our sister paper China Times.
The 25 students were trying to raise funds of NT$500,000 (US$16,200) for a hiking trip to Nanhu mountain in central Taiwan as part of a leadership course. Their appeal was met with derision online, however, with internet users mocking their “shameless boasting” and stating that “they’re no different than beggars.”
Investment in Students
This unit of the team-building and outdoor leadership course is led by Chu Shi-wei, a physics professor at the university. Chu planned to take the 25 students to Nanhu mountain for outdoorsmanship training from July 6-15. To this end, the students set up a website aiming to raise NT$500,000 in donations to allow them to buy climbing equipment and to cover transport and food costs for the trip. [FULL STORY]