ITU’s story begins with a dream passed down from generation to generation starting with our Founder’s father, a respected Warlord from China, and continues with his son, a visionary leader determined to change the world.
“Choose the best of each culture. Let everything else go. This is how we create our own culture.”
To fully understand the vision behind this institution, it is necessary to understand the background and impetus of its founder, Professor Shu-Park Chan.
General. Chairman. Industrialist.
Dr. Shu-Park Chan was the 10th son of the famous General Jitang Chen, chairman of the government of Guangdong Province (a.k.a. Canton Province) in Southern China (1928-1936). Known as the “King of the Southern Skies” and the “Strategic Adviser of the President” who modernized Southern China, Jitang Chen, one of those rare historical figures celebrated by both Nationalist and Communist regimes, is credited with benefiting common citizens under his rule by successfully attracting foreign investment and technologies – the exact same strategy that present-day developing China has executed to great success, 90 years later.
Building a High-Tech Chinese City
Guangzhou, 1930s Under Chen’s aggressive development during his lifetime, Guangzhou became a city of high-tech advancement and was the model for the modernization of China. Chen worked to improve infrastructure, social services, hospital care, education, and city resources that would ensure safety and prosperity for all citizens living within the city. This period has been coined the “Golden Age of Guangdong Province.”
The Chairman’s Charge
As the political climate changed throughout China, Jitang Chen was not able to reach the second part of his vision – to replicate his high-tech city model throughout and modernize the entire nation. Forced to retreat to Taiwan, Jitang Chen sent his son, Shu-Park Chan, to America, charging him with the task of absorbing the best of the American education system and then returning to China to continue its development.
Dr. Shu-Park Chan:
Silicon Valley Pioneering Educator
In keeping with his father’s charge, Shu-Park Chan studied electrical engineering, getting his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). For the next 30 years, he would serve in Santa Clara University’s EE department, becoming Dean of the Engineering School and the first endowed professor at SCU. Throughout his career, Professor Chan has personally taught over 10,000 students and, learning from his cutting-edge research in the area of graph theory and network topology, bridging both electrical engineering and computer science, his PhD students have gone on to found Cadence, ATMEL, Microelectronics Technologies, Oak Technology, Inc. and many other pillar companies that created the phenomenon known as the Silicon Valley.
Sustaining the Family Dream
Many call Professor Chan the founding father of Silicon Valley hi-tech engineering education. He never forgot his father’s charge and his own dream to infuse China’s infrastructure into the American education system and the developing world.
Global University Network Model
Professor Chan retired from teaching and in 1994, founded ITU to be the world’s first global network university model. Professor Chan believed that engineering education must bridge the “relevance gap” to balance academic theory with practical application.
Core Competency: Industry-Relevant Education
ITU curriculum is intentionally tied to the latest in Silicon Valley hi-tech. ITU had nanotechnology, advanced IC design and quantum device theory courses as regular offerings – all cutting edge areas of Silicon Valley hi-tech development.
The university hires industry professionals as instructors. ITU instructors are comprised of many global leaders in engineering, business, and digital arts. Many instructors not only have PhD or terminal degrees, but many years experience. They are pioneer- ing working managers in Silicon Valley who lead teams of engineers, create innovations and work with advanced technology.
“We are now in the new millennium with the challenge of solving contemporary problems while achieving the unfinished agenda of the future. Modern society must engage in a constant search for the good in its quest for the better.”
~Dr. Shu-Park Chan
President and CEO of ITU
The Torch is Passed to a New Generation
In mid-2005, Professor Chan’s son, Yau-Gene Chan, joined ITU as Executive Vice President to run ITU and carry forth the family’s vision. Under Chan’s guidance, in 2006, ITU began its quest for accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the six private regional accreditation associations, the most prestigious and powerful in theUS. In 2010,Yau-Gene Chan succeeded his father as President and CEO of ITU and will carry forth the family vision as ITU enters its next chapter.
On February 22nd, 2013, ITU attained Accreditation status with WASC, successfully transitioning the University to a new standard of excellence. Sadly, Dr. Shu-Park Chan passed away that same day, after hearing his vision had been realized.
“I grew up in a family of scholars, where education was always a central core value.”
ITU was founded and built upon a single ideal: to provide students with a high-quality education, closely tied to the trends of industry. We continue to uphold this ideal today, welcoming a diverse body of students to ITU, all of whom are united by the desire to further their education, and find career success.
Board of Trustees
John Wayne DuBois
Chair and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Member of the Executive Committee, Member of the Finance Committee
Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Finance Committee, Member of the Audit Committee – UNTL Asia
Dr. Poland Hung
Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, Member of the Planning and Governance Committee
Chair of the Planning and Governance Committee, Chair of the Audit Committee
President and Chief Executive Officer of ITU, Member of the Executive Committee, Member of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee
Dr. Gerald A. Cory
Executive Vice President and Special Advisor
Dr. Amal Mougharbel
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Compliance
Director of International Students Office
Dr. Concepcion Saenz-Cambra
Interim President of Academic Advising Services
Dr. Patty Wiggin
Accreditation Liaison Officer
Dr. Mamoun Samaha
Chief Technology Officer
Nan “Anderson” Zhong
International Cooperation Director
Dr. Jahan Ghofraniha
Dr. Mamoun Samaha
Software Engineering/Computer Science Chair
Dr. Frank Aguilera
Business Administration/Engineering Management Chair
Digital Arts Chair
Dr. Gerald A. Cory
Interdisciplinary Science Chair