Former President Ma Ying-jeou (???) gave his first lecture at Soochow University on Monday after accepting an honorary teaching position at the Taipei-based university.
In Ma's lecture on Taiwan's status under international law, he elaborated on Taiwan's history and prepared 22 questions for the students to stimulate discussion.
Ma stepped down as president on May 20, concluding a 35-year career in public office. He will deliver a monthly lecture on different topics at the school that will be open to all students to attend.
Monday's lecture from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. filled all 330 places available, and the school also live-streamed his presentation.
The former president thanked Soochow University for giving him the chance to elaborate on the major events of Taiwan's history over the 392 years.
He started with Dutch colonial rule of Taiwan in 1624 and proceeded to Spanish colonial rule and and Zheng Chenggong's (Koxinga's) rule.
He also discussed the 1871 Mudan Village Incident, the Sino-French War in the mid-1880s and Dr. Sun Yat-sen's revolution to overthrow the Qing dynasty.
Soochow University President Pan Wei-ta (???) said the school was fortunate to have Ma to come to the school, which he said has consistently invited people to give lectures irrespective of their political affiliation.
Ma, who graduated from Harvard Law School, served as Taiwan's president from 2008 to 2016.
In addition to his public offices, he also previously taught at National Chengchi University in 1997 and 1998.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel