Tamkang University’s Career Guidance Section and the New Taipei City Government Career Service Center jointly held the “2016 Tamkang University Career Exhibition.” On Mar. 30 at 10am in the Student Activity Center and Hai Bao Street a large display of career services related to technology, banking, education, film, dining and traffic were available for students to get a close look at internships and possible future careers. Many companies participated in the career fair, including Gigabyte Technology, HIWIN, Fetnet, Din Tai Fung, Grand Hotel, Shinkong, SET, Eva Air and more, sharing information related to 3,700 job openings as well as career entry examinations. Director of the Career Guidance Section, Ling-chan Wu, expressed, “TKU has held this career event in cooperation with New Taipei City Government with hopes of giving graduated students and alumni a personal advantage in the career world. It’s much like getting a running start into a good position.” At the opening of the event, an exciting lion dance was held to ignite the festivities. In attendance to cut the ribbon was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, Dean of Student Affairs, Chun-hung Lin and Director of the New Taipei City Labor Bureau, Zheng-da Xia. Chen, a student of the Department of History, expressed that she will graduate in June and the career exhibition was extremely useful for obtaining valuable information. She stated, “I’m grateful to the university for holding this event. It will really be effective for finding a job.”
First year student of the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, Mu-yong Tao, travelled to Rome, Italy last week to participate in Harvard University’s “World Model United Nations” competition and won the Social Innovation Challenge Division, receiving 3000 US dollars. The competition consisted of 2,500 students from over 60 different countries discussing global issues. Not only did he bring great honor and attention to Tamkang University in this contest, he shined a spotlight on Taiwan. The event also included other Taiwanese universities:National Taiwan University, Tsing Hua University and Cheng Kung University. The competition was divided into 6 different divisions. The first three divisions required the international contestants to provide planning and schematics, answering inquiries and comments from the internet while continually making modifications. After conquering the first challenge (Mar. 14-18), the contestants then flew to Rome, Italy for the last three parts of the competition. Mu-yong Tao selected sustained energy development and reusable resources for his project. He mentioned that while studying in Taiwan, he learned a lot about reusable resources that could prove very beneficial in his country, Burkina Faso. He hopes to later be able to create a bridge between Taiwan and his country to transfer much of the needed knowledge and resources in terms of sustainable energy to improve the quality of life for his homeland. Director of the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, Chin-mo Cheng expressed, “Mu-yong Tao is an excellent student who is always asking questions and finding innovate methods to approach issues.”As Mu-yong Tao won the competition, he was asked if he was a member of NTU. “No I’m from Tamkang University.” He said proudly.”
Since 2005, Tamkang University has held the annual Spring Banquet activity, inviting alumni to enjoy a festival of fun different activities. This year the event took place on Mar. 26 in the Tamsui Campus Gymnasium, Student Activity Center and Lanyang Campus’ Shao-mo Memorial Activity Center. The festival consisted of 700 alumni holding hands and joining hearts. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, the three university vice presidents, Former President Yun-shan Lin, Former Vice President, Kan-nan Chen as well as first and second level administrators. The Team Games Competition took place on the 7th floor of the gymnasium and consisted of 18 teams of 129 alumni, dressed in exciting costumes as they competed in darts, mahjong, dice and black jack. The enthusiasm was uncomparable as many of the teams donned colorful garments to express their creativity. A total of 9 certificates of appreciation were handed out for alumni that had contributed 300,000-500,000 NT including Shen-ying Lin, Zhe-ming Li, Yuan-xun Chen, Shu-fan Xiao, Da-dao Chen, Wei-zhen Yang, Zhi-xin Lin, Wen-jing Zhang and Xing Wang. Also certificates were awarded to 24 individuals categories of Academic Excellence, Model Career Undertaking, Social Services, Management, Humanities, Public Employment and Well Balanced Achievements. In addition 49 individuals were recognized for excellence within each department. Consistent generous university donators: President of the Tamkang University Alumni Association, Ding-chuan Chen and President of the Department of Alumni of Tamkang University, Lawrence Lin, expressed gratitude and appreciation for the support of the TKU community, with hopes of even more prominent success in the future.
On Mar. 25 the “2015-16 Total Quality Management Workshop” took place in the Student Activity Center on Tamsui Campus. The purpose of the workshop themed, “Change Challenges to Opportunities through Teamwork” was to raise the quality of university members in terms of academics and administration. Dean of the College of Global Development and winner of the 10th Total Quality Management Award, Ay-hwa Andy Liou, was invited to share his experience. In addition Executive Director of Dale Carnegie Training, Gerard Hei, and Executive Vice President of Hung Kuang University, Hung-yee Shu, were invited lecture, giving understanding and depth of the inner workings of successful management. The entire university team was in attendance, including first and second level administrators with the aim of stimulating growth and effectiveness in a cooperative effort. President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed in her opening address, “The Total Quality Management program has been established at TKU since 1992. Every year we hold this event to sustain and improve the capabilities of our institution. This year we’ve invited honored guests and former awardee of the Total Quality Management Award to share their experience, which I’m certain will be of great benefit both our academic curriculum and methods of administration.” As Ay-hwa Andy Liou shared his experience, he made emphasis of innovation being the new direction of higher education and the importance of giving personnel a more international perspective. Gerard Hei discussed the impact of teamwork, and that skills and attitude outweigh professional knowledge in terms of effectiveness. He encouraged everyone to see challenges as opportunities for new growth instead of being frustrations or obstacles. Afterwards, the workshop focused on the history of TQM and details of the award system, training and other activities.
From Mar. 19-20 Tamkang University participated in the “MOE 2015-16 Student Association Achievement Display Competition and Observation Activity” and the “2015-16 Annual Junior College Student Club Evaluation and Observation Activity.” Student associations and departments of public administration from 92 academic institutions with 278 student clubs once again displayed their greatness. For the second year in a row, the TKU Student Association was honored with the Award of Excellence and the Department of Public Administration was awarded with the Autonomy, Comprehensive Student Groups and Artistic Academics Award Even though two years ago in terms of the Student Associations elections, selection of candidates for council positions didn’t go as smoothly as hoped, the group has still maintained a very effective structure in terms of services, various events and regulations. The burden of becoming more organized has catapulted the group into a season of speedy development. Lead representative of the association, Zi-han Jian, expressed, “After deciding to participate in this contest, we spent an entire 3 months working hard to organize student information. I’m so grateful to the university for their support and guidance on this rewarding journey.” Even though the Department of Public Administration was awarded with a special prize for their efforts last year, they were not satisfied with the result. This year they did a complete remodelling of the inner workings of their foundation, rewriting and modifying regulations to make the governing system even more complete. Event Organizer, Min-zhu Yang, expressed, “This is the second time the Department of Public Administration has represented the university in this national evaluation. It’s an honor to receive this award and I’m thankful to TKU for its guidance.”
On Mar. 19 the Malaysian Alumni Association held the “2016 Night of TKU” banquet in the Hotel Istana, welcoming the group’s 20th anniversary. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Director of Lanyang Campus, Jyh-horng Lin, Dean of the College of Global Development, Ay-wha Andy Liou, Executive Director of the Office Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng and directors of related departments. President Chang expressed, “From the time of Tamkang University’s establishment, it’s grown to include four campuses: Tamsui Campus, Taipei Campus, Lanyang Campus and Cyber Campus. It consists of 8 colleges that can hold 27,000 students and has nearly 250,000 alumni, making it one of the most significant higher learning institutions in the nation. It’s my wish that the united effort of the alumni will bring to completion the Shou Chien International Conference Center within the next two years, a resource that will certainly prove to be invaluable.” Chun-young Perng expressed, “The Malaysian Alumni Association has always held a very close relationship with the university. Every year TKU travels to Malaysia to give them a better understanding of what our university provides and to improve Malaysian student enrollment, leading to the successful, continual increase of international students.”
In celebration of the establishment of the Taiwanese Indigenous People Student Resources Center on Mar. 1, the Office of Academic Affairs held the Taiwanese Indigenous People Welcome Home event in the Shao-mo Gymnasium. Students and professors from Tamkang University as well as other Junior Colleges were invited to partake in all of the exciting aspects of Taiwanese aboriginal culture, song, dance and beauty. President Flora Chia-I Chang attended the ceremony to encourage students as she expressed her desire to see more native Taiwanese students at TKU in the years to come. Dean of the Office of Student Affairs, Jun-hong Lin, expressed, “In order to encourage Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples, the Ministry of Education has stated that universities with over 100 native Taiwanese students should establish an Indigenous Peoples Student Center. Here at TKU we have over 160 native Taiwanese students and have established this center to meet with the MOE policy and assist aboriginals to become more easily accustomed to their life at the university and adjust to the university curriculum while helping them prepare for their future careers.” The event was organized and executed by the Taiwanese Indigenous People Student Club, consisting of a diverse display of culture in forms of dance, plays, arts and crafts as well as other artistic demonstrations. In addition to the participation of university professors and students, Supervisor of the Executive Yuan’s Council of Indigenous Peoples, Zong-pan Li, and other members of organizations related to indigenous affairs attended this prestigious event.
From Mar. 7-10 President Flora Chia-I Chang lead a group of Tamkang University representatives to meet with sister school, Doshisha University, Kindai University and Kansai University in Japan. The group of TKU representatives included Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Special Assistant Charles Hsiang-chuan Chang, Dean of General Affairs,Shiaw-shyan Chang, Director of the Graduate Institute of Asia Studies, Hsi-hsun Tsai and Director of the Department of Japanese, Yaw-hui Maa. As President Chang arrived to Doshisha University, she received an enthusiastic welcome from President Koji Murata and Vice President Murayama. The two university presidents had previously met for reasons of the Junior Year Study Abroad Program. This time Doshisha University’s Department of Politics and TKU’s Graduate Institute for Asia Studies were able to select students for future exchanges. The TKU representatives were very impressed with Doshisha University’s curriculum, beautiful campus and well known professors. When the TKU representatives arrived at Kindai University, they were welcomed by President Hitoshi Shiozaki, Vice President Daizo Musada and Director of International Affairs, Yoshihiro Omura. Kindai University is located in the Kansai region of Japan and it continues to be more popular as enrollment increases. The TKU team was able to observe the authentic English-speaking environment designed to help students’ international capabilities. On the final leg of the trip, President Chang travelled to Kansai University and was greeted by President Harushige Kusumi and Vice President Yutaka Maeda. This was President Chang’s second visit to this school and in the future, more academic exchanges will be established.
The Graduate Institute of Future Studies held the “Second Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Futures Network” from Mar. 10-11 in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. The international forum invited 30 educators from 15 different countries of the Asia-Pacific region to discuss possible future ideas and events involving society, small businesses and industries along with possible issues and challenges. This academic exchange gave an opportunity to share invaluable research and experience. Director of the Graduate Institute of Future Studies, Kuo-hua Chen, expressed, “There is no question that the modern study of future projections was first initiated in the west, especially including America. Yet, in the last 20 years future studies in Asia has become increasingly more popular and continues to rapidly mature. From Tamkang University’s Graduate Institute of Future Studies, South Korea’s New Vision, Singapore’s Office of Future Projections, Malaysia’s National Science, Iran’s National University Vision Project and more, we can see that the study of future events has become a mainstream ideology. These meetings allow us to stimulate new ideas while making adjustments for what is yet to come.” Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, expressed, “TKU is the number one private university in Taiwan. In the future we will have access to even more resources regarding research. I eagerly anticipate a time when future studies will become even more focused on.” President of the TKU Alumni Association, Ding-chuan Chen, expressed, “Future studies will raise the level of fundamentals in academics, allowing graduating students to resolve pressing societal problems.”
President Flora Chia-I Chang lead an academic expedition to Australia, from Mar. 1-3 to participate in the 2016 Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE). Accompanying her was Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu, Director of the Department of Economics, Tun-kung Cheng, and member of the Office of International and Cross Strait Affairs, Ching-yi Li. The travel itinerary began with a trip to the University of Melbourne, established in 1853, it is the first public university in Australia, consisting of a campus decorated in beautiful scenery along with an abundance of high-tech equipment and facilities. After the visit, the TKU representatives travelled to its two sister schools: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the University of Queensland (QU). QUT and Tamkang University signed an agreement, officially becoming sister schools in Aug., 2011. Ever since, the two universities have mutually shared an active and prosperous relationship consisting of numerous academic exchanges. The TKU representatives were met by QUT President, Peter Coaldrake, as they partook in the enthusiastic discussion. The forum emphasized both national and international academic exchange programs, both parties gaining a much deeper understanding of each other’s educational policies. One of the main points of the discussion, was the “TKU-QUT Master’s Program of Finance (English Taught)” and the following steps needed to put the program in effect. The following day the President Chang and her team travelled to QU. TKU and QU have had a very extensive relationship that officially began in Dec. 2007. In Apr., 2015 the College of Business and Management signed an agreement, adding a dual major exchange program. During this visit, they discussed details of adding the participation of 7 departments in the near future. Not only did the President of QU give a warm welcome while expressing the significance of the two universities’ relationship, he mentioned details of creating more academic programs for the future.
Cheers Magazine has recently finished their annual survey, interviewing 2000 enterprises to take note of which university graduates are the most preferred in the work field. This marks the 19th year in-a-row that Tamkang University is ranked number one amongst private universities in Taiwan. TKU was placed at 9th place in terms of universities in Taiwan overall. The survey consisted of various categories, ranking TKU at number one of private universities in the categories of Resilience and Stability, Creative Ability, Communication and Teamwork, Problem Solving and Adaptiveness, and Multitasking. TKU was ranked 2nd in the categories of Aspirations to Learn, Professional Skills and Knowledge, International Vision and Language Ability, and Digital Applications Ability. TKU was ranked 3rd in the categories of High-tech Industries Production, High Tech Services, Traditional Services, and General Services and Finances. Global Views Monthly also conducted a survey of the most preferred university graduates for employment of the year 2016, tying Tamkang University and National Tsing Hua University at 6th place. This survey was conducted through the use of internet surveys sent out to 1,594 industries. The university’s highest priority is to prepare students for the future, cultivating skills and experience, especially in the areas of a global vision, information and future developments. The Three Circles (internationally-oriented, information-oriented, future-oriented academic system) and Five Disciplines (conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork and beauty) remain the 8 virtues that continue to shape student academic and career success.
Winter break has come to a close and the university faculty and staff held a celebratory tea party to welcome the year of the monkey on Feb. 15 on Tamsui, Taipei and Lanyang Campuses. The rooms were beautifully decorated, filled with tables loaded with fruits and treats symbolizing luck and prosperity. Tamsui Campus’ decorations were especially colorful as the Chinese New Year celebration coincides with the campus’ 66th anniversary. President Flora Chia-I Chang and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, hosted the event, expressing best wishes for the new year. Vice President Keh pointed out the irony that his first time hosting the spring festival tea party for TKU was in 1992 and also the year of the monkey. After his address, the other university faculty members shared their experiences from winter break, emphasizing the joy of being back on campus with a regulated schedule. Dean of the College of Literature and Language, Hsiao-chuan Chen, expressed that his mood had been rather heavy, due to the devastating earthquake that took place in the southern region of Taiwan and the effects it had on relatives living in the countryside. Director of the Graduate Institute of European Studies, Dr. Chuan-chen Li, discussed her research of using walking for exercise; calculating the distance of ten thousand steps and finding the different sensations of various environments in Taiwan. The harmony of discussions, tea and decorations were successful in raising spirits in preparation for a new year of TKU triumph.
On Jan. 1 the Office of Human Resources and the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library jointly held the Tamsui Campus Life Activity. Director of the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library, Sheue-fang Song, expressed, “The slogan for this alliance is to Boldly Seek Knowledge as the Honor of TKU.” This year’s performing events were themed to give renewed life to tradition. The last day before vacation invigorated the audience with colorful dance, songs and poetry recitals. The event was headed with a welcoming speech made by President Flora Chia-I Chang. She gave a report of the 2015 academic year, emphasizing the progress of research, administrative effectiveness and the three principles of TKU’s educational system: the development of an even more internationally-oriented, information-oriented and future-oriented program. In terms of internationalization, she pointed out that this year there are over 1,800 overseas students and 500 Taiwanese students that have gone abroad for study. In terms of informationalization, she made mention of the new “Smart Campus” model, which allows for more interactive and digital services, such as cloud technology and other resources. As for future-oriented development, the university president pointed to programs that utilize a more strategic vision for TKU including cooperations with enterprises and political organizations. The performance was divided into four parts, hosted by the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library’s Chu-yuan Cheng and Hsuan-tzu Kuo. The audience cheered along, encouraging the exciting dancers and listened carefully as a short film of TKU development was premiered. Throughout the afternoon, a raffle was held awarding cash prizes to employees to bless the start of the year of the monkey.
On Jan. 19 the Office of International and Cross Strait Affairs (OICSA) held the Third Tamkang World Forum for Youth Leaders, which was themed, “Prospects for the World: Meeting Challenges with Vision.” The issues discussed included Global Democratic Rights, Political Finance, Society, Culture, Peace, Energy, Food and the Environment. The forum consisted of 35 students of 13 different countries and universities. Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, expressed, “For this third year of the Tamkang World Forum for Youth Leaders we’ve added the number of participating international sister schools to improve the training of Taiwanese and international students. Having the deans of various colleges attend the opening ceremony is a great encouragement for this event. Every year the articles distributed within the forum are better than the previous year as the youth leaders of each country contribute their ideas of global development. This year the participating universities include University of Oxford, Moscow State University, Queensland University of Technology, Dankook University,Kyung Hee University, Bangkok University, L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Kyushu University, Waseda University, Kindai University, Josai University and Akita International University.” Miles Untereier of the University of Oxford expressed, “This forum is an excellent experience for me!” He gave thanks to Tamkang University students and staff for their effort as he praised the organizing groups for their high level of professionalism. Linda Eggert of the University of Oxford also commented, “This year being able to stay on the university campus is great. It gives us the opportunity to establish better relationships with the students of TKU.” He mentioned that the youth leaders have been able to get a deeper understanding of Taiwan and its culture and really benefit from the professors’ research and shared experiences. Director of OICSA, Pei-wha ChiLee, expressed, “This forum allows for the students of different countries to learn as they exchange different viewpoints of world issues. It gives TKU students a more complete worldview and presents a rare and unique learning opportunity.
Once again the youth of Tamkang University are about to be sent off in all directions to offer volunteer social services. Before leaving, President Flora Chia-I Chang was invited to give students encouragement at the Flag Ceremony Send-off. This winter vacation there will be 37 different service teams adding up to around 800 students, who completely packed the Student Activity Center as they prepared for their exciting journey. President Chang continually complimented the students on their gracious and selfless work ethic. In the past, during the Flag Ceremony Send-off, each team would have the chance to shout loudly to express their aspirations and enthusiasm. But due to time restraints and the increased student numbers, they made a vow together to be inspired, active and sincere with the upcoming services. This year 35 teams will be offering volunteer services to every part of Taiwan. The other two teams will be going overseas for services to Thailand and Guizhou. This year students aim to really make a difference while planting new seeds of hope wherever they go. There is a diverse amount of services related to education, etiquette, arts and computer skills. All of the teams will be taking the teachings and blessings of their professors along with them.
Tamkang University’s Office of Research and Development is working together with TECO to collaborate in the creation of new academic industry programs. Student internships will be established through three of TECO’s food service industries: Mos Burger, Royal Host and Fujio Food System. Together, TKU and Teco will offer two academic industry courses titled, “Food Quality Service Employment” and “Tourism Estate Employment.” Director of the Office of Research and Development, Bo-chang Wang, expressed, “I want to express special thanks to President Flora Chia-I Chang for the promotion and support of this project in the creation of a cooperative bridge with TECO. In the future the Departments of Science, Foreign Languages and Literature and others will follow suit, allowing students to participate in more internships with TECO. It’s expected that we will hold the signing agreement ceremony next semester.” In order to give students a better understanding of the “Food Quality Service Employment program, the Department of International Business Management held a meeting, explaining details of the course in B713 on the Jan. 7th. Deans of the College of Business Management, Chien-liang Chiu and Bo-chang Wang, as well as Director of the Department of International Business Management, Li-ren yang, were in attendance. Likewise, a meeting was held to describe the Tourism Estate Employment program on Jan. 5. In the meeting, it was stated that the objective of each program is to raise students’ professional knowledge, skills while giving them hands on work experience.
The Department of Overseas Student Counseling established the, “2016 Overseas Chinese Youth Taiwan Observation Learning Group,” bringing students of Chinese descent from various countries on a 21-day tour to enjoy Taiwan’s beautiful and unique scenery. This year the group of Chinese youth arrived from Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. The event officially began on Tamkang University’s Taipei Campus on Jan. 5. Director Laio, of the Department of Overseas Student Counseling, was invited to encourage the group members as their journey commenced. This trip around the island began by emphasizing Taipei as a focal point, showcasing the convenience of the transit system and other unique and well-known architecture. The journey began from the presidential palace and travelled through Long Shan Temple, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Ximen and more. Not only were the members able to get a close look at the beautiful tourist hotspots, they were able to take in a deeper understanding of the art, culture and lifestyle of Taiwanese people. The travel itinerary also included traditional snacks and treats of Taiwan while they took note of customs such as wedding ceremonies, traditional clothing and various activities of Taiwanese heritage. Director of the Chinese Language Center of the Division of Continuing Education, Hsiang-hua Chou, expressed, “This 21-day trip will take the members to see the abundant natural surroundings of Taiwan as well as an in depth look at the history of the country, allowing these Chinese students to become more familiar with story of their ancestors.”
In order to prepare students for real application of academic skills and knowledge for their future careers while also meeting with the increasing needs of company personnel competence, Tamkang University has been working with a variety of industries to create academic industry internship study programs. One of such, is the current cooperation between the university and China Airlines titled, “the Airline Personnel Cultivation Framework.” This program focuses on both aviation services and maintenance skills. On Dec. 29 the Department of Aerospace Engineering held a lecture titled, “The Aviation Industry’s Operations and Management Cultivation” given by China Airline’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Huang-hsiang Sun and China Airline’s Chairman Xing-huang Gao. Also in attendance was Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu, Dean of the Office of Research and Development, Bo-chang Wang, Director of the Department of Aerospace Engineering,Jing-min Tang and 150 eager teachers and students. Huang-hsiang Sun encouraged students to participate in the aviation-related academic industry programs to gain professional knowledge and great career skills. Xing-huang Gao shared his experience travelling overseas, remarking about the amazing development opportunities regarding language skills and development of an international view. After the lecture, students were able to ask questions related to the industry and overseas experiences. Then, President Flora Chia-I Chang lead the honored guests to a banquet held on campus.
The Department of Information and Library Science held the, “Library and Information 45th Academic Conference,” in celebration of its 45th anniversary on Dec. 26 (Sat) in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall and Cosmos Hotel Taipei. Alumni and professional educators of related fields were invited to speak on three issues: the library information department system and application development, library management strategies and library space and architecture. Director of the Department, Mei-yu Wang, expressed, “I’m grateful for these events that were put together by concerned alumni and like everyone, I anticipate new innovation and modifications regarding future information management.” The theme of the activity was the method of execution of plans established by alumni, teachers and students of the Department of Information and Library Science, Chueh-sheng Memorial Library and Tamkang University Press. Through combined efforts, over 100 experts and educators were gathered together in the enthusiastic event. Before the conference finished, alumni of the of the first year of the Department of Information and Library Science, expressed their gratitude and appreciation to teachers of the department. Third-year student, Guo-yuan Huang, expressed, “I really gained a lot from hearing the experience of my seniors and their career performances in various fields.” In the evening, the event was followed by the, “Warm Welcoming Christmas Gathering,” which took place at the Cosmos Hotel Taipei. There was song and jazz music as the alumni banquet was filled with both laughter and tears of gratitude. In addition to the department’s 45th anniversary it was also Professor Shih-hsion Huang’s 80th birthday, who was recognized and praised for her over 52 years of dedication to the department.
How long has it been since you’ve taken a visit to the forest? Taiwan is filled with an abundant natural landscape with beautiful scenery of all kinds to enjoy. It’s worth taking some time to look deep within the thick green treasures that decorate our city life. In celebration of Taiwan’s lovely environment, the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center will be holding an exhibition themed, “Taiwan’s Mountainous Artistic Forestry,” until January 25th. The exhibition is featuring 95 pieces of art from 69 local artists; each piece consists of a unique point of view that skillfully articulates the voice of nature. Director of the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Ben-hang Chang, expressed, “The forest is abundant with beauty and artistic inspiration that holds the footprints of our history. With an attentive eye and skillful hands, there is an infinite amount of life that can be shared with the public. Everyone who has grown up in Taiwan, remembers moments within many of these mountains and it’s important to appreciate how different these places are from our daily lives. The days are different, the air is different, the clouds are different, the rain is different and the feeling it gives you is very different. That’s why this exhibition is especially important and serves as a reminder of how much life is out there.” “The 95 pieces really make you feel the different seasons of the mountains and the vivid colors really bring you into the pictures.” Said Mr. Huang, one of the exhibition’s spectator. Fourth-year student of the Department of Accounting, Ya-ting Xie, expressed, “I really love going to the mountains to take pictures. I often sit among the beautiful silence, enjoying the natural pleasures the environment has to offer. This exhibition is very enjoyable and a reminder of good times.”