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【英文中國郵報】 Tamkang University’s Diamond Jubilee Under Way

刊登時間 2010/11/07 撰寫

The China Post news staff

On Saturday, Nov. 6, Tamkang

University’s 60th anniversary celebrations

formally commenced. As part

of the celebrations, guests attended

an Official Ceremony, a Cross-Straits

Presidents Forum, and a dinner banquet.

In the morning part of the program, at the

Official Ceremony, around 2,500 attendees

heard speeches from the President

of the R.O.C., Mr. Ma Ying-jeou, and the

former Prime Minister of New Zealand, the

Right Honourable Jim Bolger. In the afternoon,

delegates from mainland China participated

in a Presidents Forum; and the

subsequent dinner banquet was a formal

but festive occasion. Tamkang’s Diamond

Jubilee is a celebration of its venerable 60-

year heritage as Taiwan’s first established

private institute of higher education. It is

also a forum from which Tamkang hopes

to strengthen academic ties with its sister

universities and launch forward onto a

truly global trajectory.

The Official Ceremony was the key fixture

and official opening of the Tamkang

University Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The gravity of the occasion was reflected

in the list of dignitaries in attendance,

including the president of the R.O.C., Mr.

Ma, the former prime minister of New

Zealand and chancellor of the University

of Waikato, Mr. Bolger, and leading academic

figures including 34 university presidents

and vice presidents from a host of

renowned universities around the world.

Also at the event was a sizeable gathering

of present and former students, who

came to honor their school in its finest

hour, and to lend their support to ensure

the event proceeded without a glitch. In

front of a full audience, President Ma congratulated

Tamkang University on achieving

this rare milestone, of six decades as

one of Taiwan’s foremost private universities.

The chancellor of Waikato University

then expressed his hopes for continued

academic cooperation and close

exchanges with Tamkang University, and

his belief in the importance of forming

international academic ties. The President

of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I

Chang, also delivered a brief address, as

did the founder of Tamkang University, Dr.

Clement C.P. Chang. The ceremony concluded

as international guests joined local

students and staff in singing the Tamkang

school anthem.

The high-profile turnout reflects

Tamkang University’s vigorous efforts

over six decades to forge close academic

links with renowned overseas universities.

It also highlights the esteemed position

that Tamkang enjoys among Taiwanese

institutes of higher education. Tamkang

University was the first private tertiary

institution established in Taiwan, and

has for 13 consecutive years headed

the list of Taiwan’s private universities

in Cheers Magazine’s survey of “One

Thousand Enterprises’ Favorite College

Graduates.” It is also the second largest

of all Taiwanese universities, both public

and private. Its local achievements have

spurred international success, and it now

enjoys sister school status and close academic

collaboration with a total of 108

overseas universities.

Tamkang University has also worked

to enhance its academic links with universities

in mainland China. The fruits of these

efforts can be seen in yesterday’s Cross-

Strait University Presidents Forum, which

addressed the topic “New Prospects of

Cross-Strait Inter-university Cooperation.”

The forum comprised several speeches

delivered by honorable guest speakers and

university presidents, including the president

of Fo Guang University and former

minister of education, Dr. Chaur Shin Yung,

as well as presidents of several cross-strait

universities, such as Xiamen University,

Jilin University, and the University of

Macau. Discourse centered on a range

of topics: the challenges associated with

educational globalization; practical measures

for strengthening academic interflow

between Taiwanese and mainland Chinese

universities; and strategies to deal with the

impact of declining birth rates on student

enrolment. The forum was very productive.

It generated a number of tangible measures

that will bolster and strengthen crossstrait

academic relations.

In the evening, guests attended a

formal banquet, where they were treated

to live entertainment and a selection of

delicious cuisine. Among the performers

organized for the evening were the

Tamsui Philharmonic Orchestra and the

Tamkang Alumni Choir, the latter of which

delivered several canorous melodies as

the guests happily dined and conversed.

The banquet program involved speeches

by Tamkang alumni associations, and at

the end of the night, the guests toasted to

Tamkang’s future.

The Diamond Jubilee is a historic event

that will have ripple effects on Taiwan’s

higher education for years to come. It

was made possible by Tamkang’s tireless

efforts over 60 years, in sowing the seeds

of globalization. The scale of the Jubilee’s

success is reflected in its distinguished

list of attendees, who have shaped it into

an international spectacle. And although

the Jubilee will slowly wind down to its

eventual conclusion on Nov. 9, it will leave

behind a lasting legacy. It has helped to

raise Tamkang University’s international

profile, lifting it onto a global footing, and

pushing the entire Taiwanese system of

higher education onto a new level of educational

globalization.