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Biography of Chair Professor Michael McAleer：
Eulogy for Professor Michael McAleer
Jeffrey J. P. Tsai
President of Asia University, Taiwan
July 22, 2021
The finest quality that comes to mind when I think of Professor Michael McAleer is his full dedication to driving academic excellence. Mike was a giving man and had a vibrant soul in whatever he was committed to accomplishing with great passion and sheer persistence.
Since 2018, it had been a privilege and joy to have Mike join us as a Chair Professor in the Department of Finance at Asia University, Taiwan. He was sharp on widening and deepening our research efforts and collaborations with top-notch scholars and universities worldwide. Vividly, I still remember the precious time we spent together in establishing MoU and some friendship with prestigious and renowned universities in Europe, including University of Bologna in Italy, Complutense University of Madrid, and RCUEMC in Spain. It was a pleasant journey with his company. His generosity, warmth, and good humor are lively kept in my memory.
Mike whose perseverance and wisdom, both academically and personally, shone brightly through his impact in serving various posts globally. To name a few, he was Erasmus Visiting Professor of Quantitative Finance, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Adjunct Professor, Department of Economic Analysis and ICAE, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain; Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and IAS Adjunct Professor, Institute of Advanced Sciences, Yokohama National University, Japan.
He was an elected Distinguished Fellow of the International Engineering and Technology Institute (DFIETI), and an elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA), International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (FIEMSS), Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (FMSSANZ), Tinbergen Institute, The Netherlands, Journal of Econometrics, and Econometric Reviews. His extraordinary academic achievement shows his dedication to research and sets a good model for our students in pursuing excellence.
As we are here to commemorate Mike’s extraordinary life journey, his spirit of determination and good humor will always remain. His energy and decency with good manners and witty remarks will stay with us forever. May God bless Michael McAleer, and may he rest in eternal peace.
It is a hard time for me to believe that our Chair Professor Michael McAleer has passed away. Actually, Chair Professor Ming-Lang Tseng and I was talking about how Professor McAleer’s research contribution impacted our Asia Management College (AMC) just couple weeks ago. I believe no one will agree with me more that Michael’s extraordinary academic achievement is not only in the area of economy but also in management as a whole!
I can still feel Michael’s laughs and his easy going personality made him totally unlike a world-class scholar “should be”. With Michael’s joining AMC, his creative work brought our academic status to an even higher level than ever before, both in Taiwan and international academic community. His affection in research had deeply imbedded in all faculty and student’s heart forever.
As Dean of Asia Management College, I would like to say: Michael, your legacy will serve as motivation for generations of students in AMC to come. We will remember you always and may you rest in peace.
Department of Finance
On the behalf of all the staffs on Department of Finance in Asia University, I would like to express our sincerest condolences on this sad occasion when we have learned that Professor McAleer, Michael-John had passed away.
We respect Professor McAleer as he devoted his entire life to academia; his students appreciate his earnest instructions and guidance. Needless to say, Mr. McAleer’s achievements include magnificent research in finance field and excellent teaching. The dedications he made contributed a lot to our department and university, and it’s really our honor to work together with him. At the moment, what we lose is not only a trustworthy partner but also a personal friend. Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that we feel for his passing.
We are extremely saddened by your loss and we would like to give our sincerest blessings for him and his family.