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2. The Objectives

The charter of the Chinese Institute of Engineers, a scientific and educational organization, is for the establishment and improvement of the Chinese engineering infrastructure and technical capability, subsequently improving the living standard of the Chinese people.

It was true then in 1917, and it is still valid today. An article of the constitution in the ROC Chapter (circa. 1970) best captures the objectives of the Institute.

“ The objectives of the Institute shall be the advancement of the science and profession of engineering, and the promotion of development of the engineering projects through the joint services of the members of the engineering professions.”

The 1990 constitution amendment of CIE-USA is less ambitious but more succinctly stated:

“CIE is a scientific and educational organization. The objective of CIE is to promote communication among engineers and scientists who are interested in the well being of the Chinese engineering community in the U.S. and the industrialization of China.”

The 1970 CIE/ROC Handbook also listed eight guiding principles which have been observed by many great engineers and scientists before us. These principles, as translated in the following, together with the Institute objectives, very well reflects the CIE organization in the 20th Century.

中國工程師信條 The Guiding Principles

1. Follow the Chinese national policy in building up the economy, technology infrastructure and implement the industrialization of China as set forth by the founding father of the Chinese Republic, Dr. Sun Yat-Sin.
遵從國家之國防經濟建設政策,實現 國父實嶪計劃。

2. Recognize that national gain is above all personal rewards, contributing selflessly to the improvement of the country and the engineering community in China.
認識國家民族之利益高於一功,願犧牲自由貢獻能力

3.
Help China to become an industrialized country, with self supporting capability to provide all major industrial resources.
促進國家工業化,力謀主要物資之自給。

4. Develop standards for industrialization , supporting the needs of both civil and defense developments.
推行工業標準化,配合國防民生之需求。

5. Maintain professional dignity and work ethics; work hard for a good course, not for personal recognition nor for financial gain.
不慕虛名,不為物誘,維持職業專嚴,遵守服務道德。

6. Be practical, and creative; pursue excellence and appreciate accomplishments as a team.
實事求是,精益求精努力獨立創造,注重集體成就。

7. Have courage in taking responsibilities, be loyal to your job, sincerely give full cooperation to your colleagues.
勇於任事,忠於職守,更須有互切互磋親愛精誠之合作精神。

8. Be critical to oneself but forgiving to the other; try to live a simple, efficient, orderly and practical life style.
嚴以律己,恕以待人並養成整齊樸素,迅速確實之生活習慣。

 
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