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
“ 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.
2. Recognize that national
gain is above all personal rewards, contributing
selflessly to the improvement of the country and the
engineering community in China.
Help China to become an
industrialized country, with self supporting capability
to provide all major industrial resources.
4. Develop standards for
industrialization , supporting the needs of both civil
and defense developments.
5. Maintain professional dignity
and work ethics; work hard for a good course, not for
personal recognition nor for financial gain.
6. Be practical, and
creative; pursue excellence and appreciate
accomplishments as a team.
7. Have courage in taking
responsibilities, be loyal to your job, sincerely give
full cooperation to your colleagues.
8. Be critical to oneself
but forgiving to the other; try to live a simple,
efficient, orderly and practical life style.
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