For the next two weeks, new students will be exploring on every campus in Taiwan. Each school and department is busy managing this crucial moment, attempting to create the most culturally diverse welcome possible. As tradition, Tamkang University begins the school year with the Ke Nan Hill climb - a unique symbolic hike taking place on September 10th and 11th. At 7:50am a large crowd of 5000 freshman students lead by President Flora Chia-I Chang and first-level administrators, gathered together to climb the 132-step stone staircase. Constructed 42 years ago, the Ke Nan Hill was the original entrance to the university. It was the only connecting pathway to Tamsui Street and also served as daily exercise for the early members of the university. Even though there are many paths that can be taken to the university now, Ke Nan Hill still remains a symbol of simplicity, honesty, firmness, and perseverance, which remains the trademark and spirit of TKU today. The new students cheered as they followed their university leaders up the challenging hill, almost mirroring their future academic cultivation. “For the month of August we’ve organized a freshman student-parent discussion, open house dorm and departmental workshops to help new students adjust.” Said Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko. He continued, “On September 11th and 12th in addition to the Ke Nan Hill climb, we will also hold the student club exhibition, the semester opening ceremony and many other exciting events.”
The Center for Learning and Teaching held the annual Assistant Extended TA Training Summer Camp from September 1st-3rd on Tamsui Campus and Miaoli’s Shangrila. This event was planned by the Chinese Recreation Guidance Association, which utilized guest speakers, mobile learning and group exchanges as effective methods of instruction. The student TA’s-in-training were engulfed as each speaker covered issues related to their own development, especially as one speaker pointed out the need to utilize individual talents and abilities for better service results. “You must utilize a method for effective learning so that you can teach others to learn more effectively.” Executive Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, Hui-ling Pan, expressed to the new university members at the start of the event. After the new members were sworn in, Professor Jian-zhi Chiu gave a lecture titled, “How to Become an Outstanding TA.” It highlighted that student assistants needed to be enthusiastic, helpful, determined and models of exceptionalism. Afterwards the students were divided into teams as they participated in activities involving deep self reflection and analysis. On September 2nd all of the new members traveled to Miaoli’s Shangrila to attend lectures focused on academic curriculum design and implementation. Some of the points covered in the lecture included Skilled Interaction, Localization Method of Organization, and Structured Curriculum. The speaker reminded students that the atmosphere of the classroom was priority to conduct an effective learning environment.
50 academic years ago Tamkang University began holding the “Danhai Comrades,” workshop, always held 5 days before the freshmen students’ arrival. The workshop is aimed to help student group leaders develop in areas such as independent thinking, group cooperation and the ability to handle a crisis. It also serves to help the student clubs develop in terms of diversity while expanding the culture and spirit of the university. This year the training workshop took place from August 24th to the 28th with 232 students in attendance. One of the club leaders and fourth year student of the Department of Chinese Language, Yi-xiu Cai, expressed, “This is the 50th year of this workshop and every year it is even more packed with knowledge and useful information. The objective is for all of us to be able to surpass ourselves.” The Director of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Ruey-er Chen, expressed, “The student groups involve a multitude of activities from academic, physical, musical, public service, religious, departmental and more. So this event is packed with fun information along with the sharing of the many achievements awarded over the years. Special guests have been invited to share their experience from fields of the workplace and academic institutions or to share ideas on issues such as the marketplace, gender equality, teamwork, study habits, communication and innovative thinking.” Softball team captain and fourth-year student of the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Guan-yi Li, expressed, “In these 5 days I’ve really absorbed a lot of information. Everyday the curriculum fills students with useful data and anticipation for the possibilities to come. We played cool learning games and peered into the details of how to improve our services.”
Once you mention foreign language study in Taiwan, people naturally tend to gravitate toward a conversation involving the universal language: English. For the purpose of meeting Tamkang University’s objective of becoming and complete international academic institution, English assimilation alone is not enough. In order to accurately foster an education system that mirrors global needs, TKU must respectively adopt languages and cultures from all around the globe. For this reason the College of Foreign Languages and Literature held the “2nd Northern Region Foreign Language Camp,” a three-day event, with over 200 students from various private universities in Taiwan. Director of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsiao-chuan Chen, expressed, “This unique academic event even included beginning-level language learners. There were four different sections of the camp to meet with the needs of all levels of the participants. In addition, many other aspects of culture were introduced including clothing, dance, music, film and cuisine.”Special guest educators of language were invited to give a deeper look into the many aspects of the differing cultures. “The literature courses had many different types of activities.” Said second-year student of the University of National Chengchi University. “This really has peaked my interest in German culture.” He added. This event follows after the College of Foreign Language and Literature’s publication of a new international curriculum, “Talking Tamsui,” which features a language guide for tourism in Tamsui in 6 different languages. The internationalized curriculum introduces many key features of the Tamsui area in terms of tourism: Hong Shu lin, Tamsui art and snacks, Tamsui River, Churches, Ma Jie and more.
The World Robot Olympiad Council, ESUN Robot Association and Tamkang University jointly held the 2015 World Robot Olympiad Preliminaries on Aug. 22nd and 23rd at the Student Activity Center on Tamsui Campus. The Northern Region incorporated a total of 177 teams, totalling to the participation of over 700 students and teachers. Teams that pass through the initial competition will be qualified to compete in the national semifinals contest. The top teams of the semifinals competition will be selected to represent Taiwan in the final competition, taking place on a global platform.. The competition on Aug. 22nd consisted of the elementary and junior high school student division with themes of Adventuring and Deep Sea Treasure Hunting, and on Aug. 23rd the high school and professional division competed under the theme of Extreme Summits. All of the teams will have two or three members chosen to participate in the Coaching Division, giving participants a chance to prepare for the upcoming challenges. In addition, there will be a surprise rule, which will keep the competitors alert and the competition stimulating. Director of the Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center and Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ching-chong Wang, expressed, “Today’s competition was comprised of exploration and adventuring, giving the kids a chance to utilize these skills in their robots as they explored the environment. In the category of Deep Sea Treasure Hunting, the robots were given 30 seconds to find and retrieve a pearl submerged in the water. The searching and exploring event consisted of retrieving five different artifacts. All of the events created pressure situations to test the quality of each robot’s capabilities.”
The Office of Human Resources held the 2015-16 Workshop for New Administrative Positions on August 12th and 13th on Lanyang Campus. The workshop included reports from the Office of Academic Affairs, Human Resources and Financial Affairs. Various administrators were invited to share their work experience: Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsiao-chuan Chen and Dean of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang. The aim of the forum was to utilize lectures and hands-on interaction to prepare the administrators for their new tasks in the short amount of time provided. The event was hosted by Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, who emphasized the necessity of connectivity and unity of all the university departments, praised the departments efforts and progress, spoke on the future reputation of the university and pointed out key figures of administration. Because of all of the continual changes regarding education, the vice president pointed out the strategy to deal the “Aging Generation” and the effects of the baby bust generation, which included the 2016-18 Academic Development Plan, Implementation of the Academic Industry Cooperation Program, Student Career Assistance and Increasing Student Effectiveness. During President Flora Chia-I Chang’s welcoming speech, she described the responsibilities of the administrative positions while speaking on the history and the development of the university. She stated that the departments were the heart and soul of the university, attracting reputation and news of all sorts. The president mentioned that in order to have true success, the departments would have to continue to learn and develop their understandings of their responsibilities while cultivating the direction of the students, but the most important factor remains unity and relationships.
The day before yesterday, Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center, Ching-chang Wong, and Assistant Professors of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chi-tai Cheng and Shih-an Li, lead the Intelligent Automation and Robotics Research Team to attend the 20th Annual 2015 Federation of International Robot-soccer Association world cup in Daejeon, Korea. The event included Robot Soccer, Huro Cup (Human shaped robots) and the All Around. Since 2003 this team has had the honor of winning the robot soccer competition 10 times in the category of medium-sized robots, making this year the 11th victory for the prestigious research team. In addition, since 2003 the robotics research team has also won the human shaped robots division a total of 8 times. This exceptional team has not only brought recognition to the university, but honor to the country of Taiwan. Ching-chang Wong expressed, “The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has one of the best academic programs in Korea. It has hosted international academic events for many years, including the Daejeon World Exhibition since 1993 and the 1st FIRA World Cup in 1996. Returning to Daejeon for the 20th year of the competition has significant meaning so the Korean government was more than happy to oblige.” For the competition, the robots had to undergo various challenges in terms of modes of operation including remote control and wireless internet control. Each year, every team’s capabilities are raised along with the difficulty of the challenges. In recent years the newly added events include the Avoidance Challenge, Open Creative Challenge and the Localization Challenge. The competition also tested many other skills such as weightlifting, long jump basketball and more. The research team leader, Xiang-li Zhou, expressed, “Going overseas for a competition is really very stressful, but being able to bring home a prize is something we will all remember for a lifetime. I truly love our team.”
Just as Qiao-yi Wang, student of the Department of Public Administration, returned from performing services in Cambodia she expressed, “Teaching in Cambodia is such an eye-opening experience because the children really value learning. Maybe it’s because of their limited resources, but in anycase, they savor every word and preserve all of their learning materials. Even though their resources are limited and we speak different languages, when they smile, I am able to receive an essence of their purity that will stay with me forever.” Member of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Mei-lan Lee, expressed, “This year’s summer service event in Cambodia was especially invigorating. A team of 18 students were sent to donate study materials and clothing while instructing Chinese and computer programming skills. This is the 9th time TKU has given these services, teaching basics and stimulating their desire for education. We are also giving them computer skills to help them better connect with the world online.” After the instructional courses took place, the team provided resources and assistance for the project, “Starving No More,” a project rooted in helping with various necessities and provisions. The team gathered together, holding hands with the students as they viewed pictures of group photos from previous service trips. Student of the Department of Public Administration, Yi-ying Li, expressed, “For us these pictures will always remind us of a special experience in our lives and who knows long long the children will treasure this unique memory of our time together.”
In recent years, the academic Cross Straits relationship has been strengthening as young students from China continue travelling to Taiwan in increasing number for various activities and workshops. The College of Science, Zhejiang University of Technology and the College of engineering held a forum for young students with emphasis on mutual support and development of the Cross Straits. Students participated in this insightful 15-day exchange from July 26th to August 9th which was titled, “The 2015 Zhejiang University of Technology Summer Campus Trip.” Former Dean of the College of Science and current Dean of Research and Development, Bo-chang Wang, expressed, “Over the years, the College of Science has adopted diverse methods of teaching and instruction including the Chung-ling Science Fair, Chemistry Mobile and many other service teams that travel around to present the knowledge of science. Holding camps for high schools and junior highs, allows us to put important information directly into the hands of our future society. This summer exchange will stimulate enrollment and cultivate future personnel of our community.” The 2015 Zhejiang University of Technology Summer Campus Trip organized activities following three different themes: Professional Curriculum, Experimental Research and Visiting the Career World. Each of the programs allowed students to come in direct contact with their plausible future careers through research, analysis, simulations, demonstrations and experiments. Deputy Dean of Zhejiang University of Tehcnology, Guo-jun Peng, expressed, “I‘m grateful to Tamkang University for arranging such a great curriculum that allowed students to grasp detailed academic information in a way they can remember and apply.”
The latest results of the July 2015 Webometrics Rankings of World Universities (WRWU) survey have been revealed, ranking Tamkang University at 478th in the world, 9th of all universities in Taiwan and 1st among 500 private universities in Taiwan. The internet search survey was based on 4 different categories including Presence, Impact, Openness and Excellence. TKU was placed at 815th in Presence, 370th in Impact, 202nd in Openness and 877th in Excellence. According the the information on the WRWU website (http://www.webometrics.info/) , rankings were made based on how often a university name was searched for on the most popular search databases including Google, Google Scholar, Yahoo, Live Search and Alexa. The data of this survey was collected from January to July of this year. Even though TKU’s ranking has dropped from last year’s 426th to 478th place internationally, it has moved from 10th place to 9th place in Taiwan. The category of Impact has also improved from 574th place to 307th place, Openness has jumped from 368th place to 202nd place, Excellence has grown from 996th place to 877th place, however Presence has dropped from 111th place to 815th.
On July 30th in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall, the 2015-16 transition of power ceremony took place. For the following academic year, 24 faculty members will take on administrative positions and there are 28 new positions to be filled in the College of Science’s Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, the College of Business and Management’s Global Financial Management, Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, the Office of Research and Development and the Center for Learning and Teaching. At the beginning of the assembly, President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “I’m grateful for all of the effort and contributions of the faculty and also for the new members that have accepted the challenges before our team. 24 administrative positions indicates that we are a large institution, but will we be able to maintain this growth. This is a critical year before us because the world of education is faced with many difficulties. TKU is prepared to handle specific issues with 4 fundamental strategies including the creation of the 66th Anniversary Summit, Establishment of the 2016-18 Academic Development Committee, creation of the Baby Bust Strategic Team and strengthening of the Fund-raising Committee. The 66th Anniversary Committee will be focused on tasks related to activities and events pertaining to TKU’s 66th year, the 2016-18 Academic Development Committee will highlight development of every department’s unique specializations, the Baby Bust Strategic Team will deal with issues related to the aging generation and receding student enrollment numbers and the Fund-raising Committee will emphasize the allocation of funds for construction of the Shou Chien International Conference Center and other projects. Experienced faculty members appointed new positions as well as new staff expressed their gratitude to TKU for the opportunity to be a part of dedicated team.
From July 16th to the 18th there was a three-day contest titled the “National Robotics Competition” at the Nangang Exhibition Hall featuring three events: the 2015 Robotics Innovation Competition, the 8th Annual HIWIN Intelligent Robotics Implementation Competition and the 2015 SKS Intelligent Robotics Competition. On July 19th the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s robotic smart arms, “Bumble Bee MIT” and Bumble Bee Evo” won the 8th Annual HIWIN Intelligent Robotics Implementation Competition and took second place in the 2015 Robotics Innovation Competition in categories of TKU-DELTA Robotic Sensor Applications and the Tamkang Arm. The robotics team, “Robot Research Team”, was lead by Professors of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Ching-chang Wang and Chi-yi Tsai. Professor Wang expressed, “The competition this year increased in difficulty. The final match included categories of the Domino Effect, Mechanical Writing, Hand and Eye Coordination and Stacking. Not only did the robotic arm have to move quickly, it also had to be very precise and stable. For the Domino Effect the robot had to set up a minimum of 25 dominos in only 5 minutes. The Bumble Bee MIT not only quickly set up 34 dominos, it was one of the only teams that all of the pieces were close enough to fall correctly.” For the Mechanical Writing event the robotic arm had to be able to write the Chinese characters “上銀“ (HIWIN), which the Bumble Bee MIT performed quite gracefully, winning first place. For the Hand and Eye Coordination event, the robots had to use sensors to detect holes in the surface, colors and shapes in order to put together a puzzle. For the Stacking event, the robot had to stack a pile of 20 wooden pieces to a height of 25 centimeters. Professor Yin-tien Wang of the Department of Electrical Engineering, expressed, “This competition really helps guide the students learning by giving them a chance to realize their ideas.”
From July 16th to the 19th the Department of Mass Communication, Taiwan Mobile Foundation and Public Television on Tamsui Campus jointly held the “2015 Young People’s Mobile Short Movie Camp.” The event was aimed to give students ages 13-18 professional skills, knowledge and innovation techniques related to various forms of media while promoting new potential and talented personnel for the future. During the display of achievements, 5 short films were viewed: Die for Love, See you Again or Not, Love is Close, Never say Farewell and Youth Folds Like a Paper Plane. In the end, Never Say Farewell was honored with Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Film, taking stage as the big winner of the night. Director of the Department of Mass Communication, Huei-chun Chi, expressed, “Mobile technology and film has become the coolest trend of this generation, but it’s still lacking a true education involving technical skills. Taiwan Mobile uses email and fundamental technology to meet with the different needs of enterprises. They especially want to develop digital capabilities, improve software programs and film education to make cell phones more than just cell phones. This camp has invited professional directors, editors and filmmakers to instruct and guide the potential of the young students so that Taiwan will have a more competitive future in terms of technology.” On July 16th President Flora Chia-I Chang spoke at the ceremony held at Chung-ling Zhong Zheng Hall expressing, “Tamkang University’s goal has always been to continually produce excellent personnel for the working community. This is why we’ve worked so hard to create an environment that offers special learning opportunities and internships, which makes this particular event is so meaningful. TKU is a beautiful place with many stories to tell. I hope that in the future we can see the creativity of the students manifested into great films.”
Tamkang University alumni and renowned Taiwanese actress, Gwei Lun-Mei, shared a few words about her experience in the TKU junior-year overseas study program, “When I arrived in France, I began to understand the importance of seeing new places. I was able to attain invaluable knowledge from this journey and I hope to have a chance to visit another foreign country to experience this sensation all over again.” TKU has been promoting the junior-year study abroad program for 22 years and it has helped to cultivate 6000 outstanding individuals. On June 30th a flag ceremony was held for the 512 junior year students, participating in this year’s study abroad program. President Flora Chia-I Chang hosted the event and invited honored special guests to encourage the students: Senior Officer of the American Institute in Taiwan, Mr. Richard Haddock, Deputy Director of General Relations of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, Mr. Shawn Tinkler, Specialist of Interchange Association Japan, Ms. Fumino Iwamura, and Commissioner of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Marisa Barreiro Fernández. This year’s participating students include the 6 departments of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, the College of Business and Management’s Department of International Business, the Department of Banking and Finance, the Department of Industrial Economics and junior year students of Lanyang Campus. The students will study for a year’s time in 75 sister universities in 16 countries. During the ceremony, former participants of the program shared their experience of studying overseas while expressing gratitude to the university for the opportunity. Student of the Department of Japanese, Guang-hong Ran, and student of the Department of International Business, Wei-li Ou, talked about their time of study in Japan at Reitaku University and in America at Temple University in 2014. Also sophomore student of the Department of Tourism Management, En-qi Liang, discussed his plan to study at Kyung Hee University in Korea. President Chang expressed, “When this university was founded, it emphasized the development of an internationally-oriented, information-oriented and future-oriented education system and in 1993 the Junior Year Overseas Study Program was created.” She expressed that the exchange students involved in this program experience different cultures and expand their international horizons, cultivating global insight, competitive ability and a genuine respect of the world. She closed by saying, “Take full advantage of your year of study overseas because it will certainly enhance your talents and enrich your knowledge.”
The 2015 Summer Break Service Group Flag Ceremony took place on June 29th at the Chung-ling Chemistry Hall. The ceremony was held to officially send 16 student service teams around Taiwan and even to Cambodia to offer assistance. Vice-president of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, attended the ceremony to show his support and prepare students for the big trip. He stated, “These students embody the spirit of Tamkang University, which aims for simplicity, truthfulness firmness and perseverance. Their commitment will certainly act as a positive light for society and they will lead the way in warming hearts of the future.” This year the university has spent a great deal of time promoting and cultivating service teams in areas of environmental protection, volunteer services, alumni assistance and more. This is the 9th time the Cambodian Service Team will travel to Cambodia to teach Chinese language and computer skills. Team leader and fourth year student of the Department of Information Management, Kai-you Zhang, expressed, “Education is something that takes time to truly develop so we keep returning to the youth in Cambodia with hopes of a very fruitful harvest in the future.” Team leader and third-year student of the Department of Education Technology, Jun-xuan Lin, expressed, “I hope on this expedition we can become a lot closer to the tribe and open new doors in our relationship.”
On June 21st Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, and Dean of the College of Science, Bo-chang Wang, lead professors of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on an academic visit to Tohoku University. The department’s professors included Ching-tang Hsieh, Ching-chong Wong, Ching-lieh Li, Yang-han Lee, Yu-jen Chi and Kelvin Kuang-chi Lee. Chii-dong Ho expressed, “The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s research team has been working with Tohoku University for quite sometime, holding academic exchanges that observe and test the latest technology. On this trip in addition to being able to gain new information from our exchange forum, we were also able to attain new data about the future of our two countries through an involved discussion with professors of their engineering department: Dr. Hirotsugu Takizawa and Dr. Hirokazu Moriya.” During the forum, Dr. Hirotsugu Takizawa went into detail as he introduced the history of Tohoku University, university department developments and aspirations of creating a more internationally-oriented education system. He also mentioned that in the recent 2015 QS World Competition, Tohoku University placed 41st in the world and 3rd in all of Japan. Chii-dong Ho and Bo-chang Wang then shared TKU’s educational concept of the Three Circles and Five Disciplines along with the developments and achievements of the College of Engineering. At the end of the exchange, Chii-dong Ho invited Tohoku University representatives to come visit TKU.
When people mention Tamsui they may think of tourist areas, historical sites and a place of artistic developments, but you may not think of it as a place for farming. There are still traditional farmers that live a difficult and humble life, tilling the earth in the Tamsui region with hopes of an abundant crop. In order to give a closer look at the lifestyle, culture and work ethic of these people, students of the Department of Mass Communication have taken on a new part of a project called, “A Complete Record of the Tamsui Region.” This plan involves the collaboration of 60 people divided into 8 groups for a duration of 8 months of surveys, interviews and film, which will be made into 8 different documentaries. This will be a great contribution to the preservation of the culture of Tamsui. Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Sinn-cheng Lin, stated, “This project is called the Great Tamsui Region record, which is a part of the project called A Complete Record of the Tamsui Region. The latter project began on August 1st, 2012 and is now reaching its third year. The project involves professional filming skills and services that will leave a great historical record as well as aid the students in their future development.” Director and third-year student of the Department of Mass Communication, He-wei He, expressed, “We spent countless hours filming in order to get the right portrayal of Mr. De-yuan and his family’s life on the farm. We’ve had to use class time, weekends and even vacations while overcoming obstacles from equipment to weather. It has been truly challenging, but after spending so much time together, we’ve all become family.” Third-year exchange student of the Department of Mass Communication, Jia-ying Hu, expressed, “I’m so grateful every time I’m able to study the ecosystem of the farm, I’m especially grateful to our team leaders who took great care of us the entire time.”
Tamkang University continues to promote knowledge through innovative ideas, planting seeds in the youth in order to make a brighter future. Among these innovations, the Chemistry Mobile, stands out as a success that draws the attention of young learners all over Taiwan. The Chemistry Mobile was set in place 4 years ago and has already travelled a distance of 50,000 kilometers, reaching deep into the middle schools and high school of the country areas to spread the knowledge of science. The Chemistry Mobile uses games, performances, hands-on experiments and all kinds of fun activities to peek the interests of students. On June 17th the truck loaded with scientific equipment arrived in Gaoxiong at Da She Junior High School for its 200th show. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, General Secretary of Gaoxiong Government, Rui-cang Li, Minister of the Ministry of Education, Sun-lu Fan, Director of the Department of Information and Technology Education of the Ministry of Education, Tsai-Yen Li, and Director of the Chinese Chemical Society, Y.T. Tao. Dean of the College of Science, Bo-chang Wang, stated, “This project is the joint plan of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Chemistry Industry to get scientific knowledge into the country regions of Taiwan. It’s a very colorful method of education that uses shows, stories and interaction to really draw in young people. The idea is to make kids love the activities and learn at the same time.” In the morning the faces of all the children lit up at Da She Junior High School as a team of female scientists lead them into the magical word of chemistry. In the afternoon the Chemistry Mobile stage was utilized by scientific magicians, that used the magic of science to intrigue and awe the audience. The students were then divided into three groups to have the chance for hands on scientific experiments. Bo-chang Wang expressed, “I’m so grateful to everyone who has contributed to this project for the past few years. My hope is that this 200th performance is just the beginning.”
The Tamkang University 2015 graduation ceremony took place on June 13th (Saturday) at 10am in the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium. President Flora Chia-I Chang hosted the event and President of the Alumni Association of Tamkang University, Ding-chuan Chen, was invited to give the opening address. Also in attendance was Speaker of the House of São Tomé and Príncipe, Jos'e da Graca, Ambassador of São Tomé and Príncipe, Ladislau D'almeida, Former TKU Presidents, Yea-hong Chen, Louis R. Chow, Yun-shan Lin, Horng-jinh Chang, Chairman Ching-nan Chen, Supervisor Mei-lan Wang, Deputy Chairman of the Alumni Association of Tamkang University, Chao-shen Chen and many family members and supporters of the graduating students, totalling to 7,200 people. The graduation ceremony began with a tour around campus and students were able to ponder on the memories of study, friendship and fun as they prepared to leave their university life behind. When they entered into the gymnasium, the senior graduation documentary aired with pictures and selfies of students during their final year of study. President Chang then made an opening speech, congratulating the students on their first steps toward contributing to society. She stated that the three circles of TKU: an internationally-oriented, information-oriented, future-oriented education system, which was recognized by MOE in March, certifies that students are equipped with knowledge that can change the world for the better. 6 professors were honored with awards for outstanding performances including Associate Professor of the Department of Information and Communication, Hui-chuan Liu, Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ching-lieh Li, Professor of the Department of Banking and Finance, Wo-chiang Lee, Associate Professor of the Department of Business Administration, Wei-lun Chang, Assistant Professor of the Department of Russian, Yin-yin Cheng and Assistant Professor of the Department of Languages and Literature, Jannette Wang Gutierrez. At the end of the assembly, the graduating students came together in song in an explosion of excitement, determined and ready to take the future on.
Tamkang University’s long distance study program is successful! Students enrolled in the E-Learning Executive Master's Program of Asian Studies come from many areas including the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. After the third year of the program, 9 students have completed the 24 credit course and the graduation ceremony was held on June 11th in the Cheuh-sheng International Conference Hall. In attendance for the graduation ceremony was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Director of the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs (OICSA), Pei-wha Chilee, General Secretary of OICSA, Martha Shu-min Kuo, Exchange Director of OICSA, En-ju Lin, Special Correspondent, Wen-xing Ping, Member of Enrollment, Li-wei Yang, Professors of the Graduate Institute of the Americas, Hsiao-chuan Chen, Francisco Luis Perez, Hsiu-chi Wang, Kwo-wei Kung and Ren-yow Huang. The ceremony also included special guests such as ambassadors from all over Latin America. Hsiao-chuan Chen expressed, “Enrollment for this program began in February, 2012 and there have been 51 students in the last three years. In addition to students having to come to Taiwan to receive their courses, they also have to travel to Taiwan at least three times to finish this e-learning program. It take a special individual to graduate from such a demanding course so smoothly.”