The results gained by Tamkang University under its University Social Responsibility (USR) program were recently affirmed, as its applications for three separate USR projects were approved, amounting to a total USR subsidy in the 2020-21 academic year of NT $13.1 million. That figure is more than double the subsidy received for the two approved projects in the previous academic year. The Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, pointed to the close relationship between Tamkang University and the broader Tamsui district. He also noted that TKU boasts a wealth of talented and professional graduates capable of carrying out research on the culture of the Tamsui region, while also pushing for the sustainable development of Tamsui. “Through professional service learning courses, TKU has strengthened its bond with its surrounding area. Moreover, its dual emphasis on the Higher Education Sprout Project and the TKU Development Project has helped to lay a solid foundation for future growth.”
From Jan 14-18, Tamkang University was home to The East and West Culture Forum for Cross-Strait Youths, an event organized by the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs (OICSA). The OICSA invited students from TKU's sister universities in Mainland China to take part in exchange and interaction with local TKU students, with an overall attendance of close 50 teachers and students. The Forum featured an opening speech on Jan 15 by the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, who welcomed the visitors, stating that “the event is now in its tenth year, and has been extremely helpful in promoting cross-Strait communication and exchange.” He also expressed his hope that the event would continue to be held well into the future, allowing students from both sides of the Taiwan Strait to closely examine and understand differences in Eastern and Western culture. The event featured presentations of short papers centering on the themes of “Eastern and Western literature,” “Eastern and Western ideological trends,” “social development,” and “trade and culture.” A total of 18 papers were presented. Participating universities included Shandong University, Renmin University of China, Beihang University, Jilin University, Northeast Normal University, Nanjing University, Harbin Institute of Technology, and Chongqing University.
The 2020 Tamkang University Lunar New Year Gala for Foreign Students was held on Jan 9 at the Regalees Hotel, Tamsui. Organized by the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, the Gala event saw the presence of the University President, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, the Vice President for Lanyang Campus, Dr. Jyh-Horng Lin, the General Secretary of Tamkang University, Dr. Andy Liou, and a slew of first-level TKU managers. In attendance, too, was Ministry of Education Counselor, Mr. Ouyang Yen-heng, Senior Executive Officer of the Overseas Community Affairs Council, Ms. Kuo Shu-jen, and Section Chief of the Straits Exchange Foundation, Mr. Hsu Li-jen.
Dr. Gau Sue-huai, a professor in the TKU Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, has worked at Tamkang University for over three decades, guiding over 100 master's and PhD students to gain postgraduate degrees. He possesses eight patents, both domestic and international. Two of these patents were granted for a technology that utilizes fly ash – created when incinerating garbage – to produce valuable humidity-controlling ceramics. The technology earned Gau a silver medal in an invention contest held during the 2017 Taipei International Invention Show and Technomart, as well as a gold medal prize in the 33rd Tokyo International Invention Expo (2019), and a gold medal in the 20th IIIC International Innovative Invention Contest (2019). Over the years, Gau has always found great joy in the dual pursuit of research and teaching. “My current lifestyle involves a lot of travel and sightseeing. I'm able to take in and appreciate the local sights and sounds while participating in symposiums in countries around the world.” He added: “While I'm still able, I hope to contribute as much as possible, to take part in expos and do what I can for the community. Only by doing so can you say you've lived a life of meaning.”
In his first time participating in the Taihe Cup Martial Arts Championships, fourth year German Studies student, Chiu Zi-hao, competed in two events and clinched bronze medals in both. Chiu practices a Chinese martial art known as Bajiquan. Laughing, he explained that this kind of macho combat sport, where you stand in a ring and swing at your opponent, is not for everyone. “It takes a lot of learning and practice! These days, whether it’s the Bajiquan Club, the Capoeira Club, or any other form of martial art, the main focus is on promoting exercise and sport. Before you can learn to defend yourself and perfect your technique, you have to undergo rigorous physical training.”
Dr. Li Chi-wang is a professor in the TKU Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. In college, he studied water resources and hydrology, but later came to focus on technology related to wastewater treatment and water quality. Professor Li remembers: “Of course, there were many setbacks as I changed the focus of my research, and many obstacles to face and overcome. It wasn't an area in which I was proficient, so I had to spend more time learning and be more studious than my classmates.” To date, Professor Lee has gained five patents. His research in recent years has seen him apply BioNET technology to remove water hardness from tap water and heavy metals from industrial wastewater. Lee believes that, once an individual has made a decision and is willing to research and delve deeply into a topic, there is nothing that cannot be achieved. He believes that research is similar to life. “We must seize our opportunities. Only after taking a leap of faith can we know the right path forward. It's like doing scientific research. Only through testing and verification can we obtain the results.”
The presentation ceremony for the 35th Madam Kao Li-chou Scholarship took place Dec 29 at the Tamkang University Taipei Campus. During the ceremony, the Chairwoman of the San Teh Foundation, Ms. Serena Kao, presented a total of three scholarships, valued at NT $50,000 each, to three students. The recipients are students from the TKU Department of Information and Library Science, Department of Public Administration, and Department of Educational Technology respectively. Various senior-level TKU faculty and staff participated in the event, including the Dean of the College of Business and Management, Dr. Tzong-Ru Tsai, the Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources, Dr. Yang Shu-Chuen, the Chair of the Department of Information and Library Science, Dr. James C. Ouyang, the Chair of the Department of Banking and Finance, Dr. Chenyu-Lung, and the Chair of the Department of Public Administration, Dr. Yi-ching Hsiao. To date, the Madam Kao Li-Chou and San Teh scholarships have given away a combined NT $18.6 million, helping a total of 372 students.
From Dec 24-27, the 2019-20 Republic of China Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament was held at the Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium on TKU's Tamsui Campus. Capitalizing on their home advantage, the TKU team played four teams in four days – Chihlee University of Technology, National Dong Hwa University, Ming Chi University of Technology, and Cardinal Tien College of Healthcare and Management – and won all of their games convincingly. In their final game, against Cardinal Tien College, they trounced the opposition by a staggering 102 to 29. The four successive victories saw them sail into the next round, coming in at the top of their group in the preliminary round. The captain of the team, fourth year student Lin Ju-heng, explained with a broad grin: “Our coach said that sometimes, when our offense isn't all that smooth, we have to start from defense so that we don't make as many errors. As we're on the court passing the ball to one another, everyone on our team helps with offense, and we all defend together as well. Coming together as a team allows us to earn victory. I want to thank all our team members for giving their all until the final buzzer.”
Tamkang University received a delegation from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) on Dec 26. The delegation visited the TKU Tamsui Campus and consisted of three members, including the President of TUFS, Ms. Hayashi Kayoko, and the Vice President for Education, Mr. Akio IMAI. The group was greeted by the Dean of the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs (OICSA), Dr. Lucia Chen, as well as several staff members from the OICSA. During the visit the guests attended a forum hosted by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, which allowed for a flow of ideas and opinions on exchange and collaboration between the two universities. President Keh first thanked the delegates for their warm reception and hospitality during the TKU visit to TUFS in July of this year. “After becoming sister universities in 2012,” President Keh commented, “The two universities have maintained close interaction in terms of both faculty and student exchange. We hope to further strengthen the scope of exchange and collaboration.” Meanwhile, President Kayoko of TUFS noted that this was her third visit to Tamkang University, remarking: “Every time I visit I notice new changes to the campus. This is certainly something we could learn from and improve on at our university.”
The TKU Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library has introduced Taiwan's first automatic cloud library resource sharing system for universities, which officially went online at 10:00 am Dec 19, 2020. In the future, faculty and students alike can more easily obtain library information, experiencing the ease and speed of service provided by this new system. The Dean of the Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library, Song Sheue-fang, explained that the original system employed by the library was adopted in the year 2000, but that it was no longer fit to undergo large-scale updates and struggled to cope with the landscape of data management and provide adequate services to meet user demands. TKU therefore consulted the Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan (ELECT), of which it is a member, eventually deciding to build and introduce a new cloud system jointly with Soochow University and Ming Chuan University. “I want to thank all the faculty and staff who worked around the clock to get the system online. We sincerely invite all faculty and students to make use of the system and generously provide us with suggestions and feedback so that we can continue to improve it” said Song.
On Oct 19, 2019, the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology (NMMST) was home to the 12th Republic of China TKU Alumni Association Conference, as well as the first General Meeting of Members' Representatives and the 8th Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony. Attendees at the event included the the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, the Vice President for Lanyang Campus, Dr. Jyh-Horng Lin, the Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources, Dr. Yang Shu-Chuen, the Chairman of the Tamkang University Alumni Association, Dr. Chen Ching-Tsai, the President of the Tamkang University Worldwide Federation of Alumni Associations, Ding-chuan Chen, along with outstanding alumni and their family members. A total of approximately 300 people were in attendance. The Conference kicked off with the election of a new chairman of the 12th ROC Alumni Association, Dr. Lawrence Lin. Dr. Lin is the Chairman of the Grand Dynasty Industrial Company and current President of the Federation of TKU Department Alumni Associations. He takes over the role from Dr. Chen Ching-Tsai, whose tenure has come to an end.
The 2019 TKU Symposium on Teaching and Administrative Reform commenced at 9:00 am Oct 26 at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. During opening remarks, the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, revealed the theme of TKU's fifth wave of development: “transcendence.” She expressed her expectation that all in attendance would double their efforts to bring about a two-part transformation. In a similar vein, the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, announced the theme for this year's Symposium; namely, TKU's Fifth Wave: From Change to Transcendence – Repositioning and Overcoming through Innovation, a Two-Part Transformation. Symposium attendees included the four TKU vice presidents, first and second level supervisors, and numerous faculty members and senior staff, with a total of over 300 people in all.
To strengthen the ability of TKU’s sports teams, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, the President of Tamkang University, personally led the Tamkang University basketball and table tennis teams to Shanghai, China, where they will participate in a friendly Cross-Strait tournament involving students from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Mainland China. Tamkang University was invited to take part in the event by Fudan University, which is one of TKU’s Chinese sister universities. The delegation left for Shanghai on Aug 8, and the competition is set to be held Aug 9-14. Other faculty and students accompanying the athletes include the Vice President for Lanyang Campus, Dr. Jyh-Horng Lin, the Dean of Physical Education, Chen I-Cheng, as well as the captains and coaches of all the representative teams.
On July 30, the TKU Office of Student Affairs held the 2019 ELECT Workshop on Student Affairs and Counseling. Held at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, the event attracted close to 200 student affairs employees from 12 universities around Taiwan, each university a member of ELECT - the Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan. The Workshop kicked off with a singing performance by the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Chun-hung Lin, which was followed by an opening address by the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, who welcomed attendees and commended them for all their hard work. The event featured group discussions that allowed student affairs employees to come together and share their experiences in student affairs and counseling, and thereby help to enhance the nature of service provided at ELECT member universities.
On the morning of June 24, 2019, a three-strong delegation from Tsuda University, Japan, visited TKU’s Tamsui Campus. It comprised the President of Tsuda University, Takahashi Yuko, the current Tsuda University Chairperson (and former President), Iino Masako, and Secretary Keira Mayuko. Tsuda University is a renowned private women’s university based in Tokyo, Japan, and is one of TKU’s sister schools. It was established in 1900 and was the first Japanese university to offer courses in the field of International Relations. With an emphasis on small-sized classes, Tsuda aims to instill in students the ability to be autonomous, and to think independently. Its ultimate goal is to produce female graduates who are able to live up to their potential and contribute to society as a whole. Tamkang and Tsuda officially became sister universities on April 11, 1994, and to date TKU is Tsuda's only Taiwanese sister university. Starting from 1997, the two universities initiated a student exchange program which has led to the mutual exchange of students each year. During the recent visit, the delegation was taken on a tour of the campus by the Secretary of the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, Ms. En-ju Lin, who showed the guests around the recently-built Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall. The visitors were filled with praise for the overall campus surrounds and facilities. The guests also visited the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, and the presidents exchanged gifts and discussed further possibilities for mutual exchange and interaction in the future.
As part of the University Social Responsibility (USR) project, launched by the Ministry of Education (MOE), TKU faculty and students have worked together to care for the community, strengthen local cooperation, and assist in solving regional problems. Through such efforts, TKU continues to realize its educational vision. On June 17, 2019, the University Social Responsibility (USR) Office held a USR Cross-Disciplinary Seminar, allowing participating teachers to share their experiences in the USR program through interaction and exchange, and thus encourage other faculty and students to participate in the project. The Seminar commenced with an opening address from the Director of the University Social Responsibility (USR) Office, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, who thanked the teachers for their participation and described the accomplishments achieved by TKU under the program. He also expressed his hope that even more faculty members join the USR program in the future. Participants were then led on a historical tour of Tamsui by Mr. Wu Chun-yi, a guide from the Tamsui Cultural Resources Promotion Studio. During the Seminar, certificates of appreciation were issued by TKU to various participants in the program.
On the morning of June 15, 2019, under a blazing summer sun, the Tamkang University Graduation Ceremony for the 2018-19 academic year kicked off. Held at TKU’s Tamsui Campus, the celebration started with the customary ‘final lap around the campus,’ a longstanding ritual in which the deans of each of Tamkang’s colleges lead students on a final sweep of the campus grounds, embarking from the TKU Student Activity Center and then passing the library, the Ching Sheng Building, the TKU Maritime Museum, the Fu-Yuan Japanese Garden, and the ‘Five Tiger Hill’ steps. When the graduating students finally arrived at the Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium - the venue of the Commencement ceremony - they were greeted by the President and the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh and Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang respectively. The students waved enthusiastically as the sound of whooping and cheering filled the crisp morning air. At 10:00 am sharp the official ceremony commenced, with numerous dignitaries - including President Keh and Chairperson Chang - entering the gymnasium. At the top of the program were dance performances delivered by two TKU dance clubs, ‘TK Dance Fantasy’ and students from the Indigenous Student Resource Center. The on-stage VIP guests at this year’s ceremony included: Trustee on the TKU Board of Trustees, Dr. Wan-chin Tai, the Supervisor of the Board of Trustees, Mei-Lan Wang, several former TKU presidents, including Dr. Chen Ya-hong, Dr. Louis R. Chao, and Dr. Lin Yun-shan, the President of the Tamkang University Worldwide Federation of Alumni Associations, Ding-chuan Chen, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Tamkang University Alumni Association Headquarters, Dr. Chen Ching-Tsai and Chuang Zi-Hua respectively, the President and Vice-President of the Federation of TKU Department Alumni Associations, Dr. Lawrence Lin and Li Shu-chung respectively, the Chairman of the Kinmen County TKU Alumni Association, Dr. Chen Tsang-Chiang, as well as dignitaries and diplomatic envoys from various countries: the former President and First Lady of the Marshall Islands, Kessai and Mary Note, the Marshall Islands Ambassador to Taiwan, Neijon Edwards, the Tuvalu Ambassador to Taiwan and First Secretary, Limasene Teatu and Siaeki Teatu respectively, the Solomon Islands Ambassador to Taiwan and spouse, Joseph Pius and Reselee Waleanisia, and the Kiribati Ambassador to Taiwan, Tessie Eria Lambourne. Sitting among the crowd were also 20 plus officials from countries that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan and distinguished members of the academic and business community in Taiwan. The ceremony proceeded with an opening address from the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, in which he thanked the esteemed guests for their attendance at the ceremony, and congratulated the entire body of graduating students and their families members who came to share in the graduation festivities. A total of 6500 TKU students graduated this year, and will soon enter the workforce and apply their skills and knowledge, acquired over the previous four years, to contribute to the broader community.
On June 12, the 2019 Graduation Ceremony for international and Cross-Strait students was held at the Student Activity Center, Tamsui Campus. Organized by the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, the ceremony was hosted by the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, and featured numerous public dignitaries, including the First Secretary of the Haitian Embassy, Mr. Jean Claude Bien Aimé, as well as internal high-level faculty and staff, such as the TKU secretary general, the dean of international affairs, the deans of each of the colleges, the chairs of each department offering courses to foreign students, and foreign student advisors. This year, a total of 641 international and Cross-Strait students will be graduating. The figure includes 308 overseas Chinese students, 165 foreign (non-ethnic Chinese) students, and 168 Mainland Chinese students. Apart from graduating students, attendees of the event also included students’ family members, who came to Taiwan to share in the joy of graduation.
One of the initiatives implemented under the University Social Responsibility (USR) project, for which TKU received Ministry of Education subsidies, was known as the “Tamsui Good Living” scheme. Participants in the scheme included students from the Department of Mass Communication, who on June 1, 2019, held an exhibition at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. The exhibition centered around a documentary which chronicled the hard work and determination displayed by the local Tamsui community, as it has worked to improve and restore certain areas within greater Tamsui. The exhibition was entitled “Chronicling Stories of Sacrifice.” In recent years, issues to do with community creation and rejuvenation of local areas have become a hot topic. And the crucial actors in the process of restoration and regeneration are the local residents who put their hand up and decide to take part. However, most of the time they don't receive the recognition they deserve. It is hoped that by recording the day-to-day efforts of local residents to serve their community, others will be able to get a sense of the enthusiasm and care these residents have for their local area. It is also a way of helping students connect with the broader community, to actively learn, and put the skills and knowledge they have gleaned from their studies into practice in real life.
The 11th Lanyang Campus Commencement kicked off at 10 am on June 1, 2019. Held at the Shao-Mo Memorial Activity Center, the event was conducted exclusively in English to comply with the English-only environment established at the Lanyang Campus. In total, 208 students graduated this year. At 9:30 am on the morning of Commencement, students followed their teachers on the ritual “final lap” of the campus, as they were guided from the Clement Chang International Conference Hall to the mini “slope of overcoming difficulty” (132 steps in all). They were accompanied by students from lower years who held bouquets of flowers and gifts, and cheered with joy as they embraced the graduating students and offered their blessings for the future.