Tamkang University’s Macao Alumni Association held a conference on Dec. 6 (Sunday) at the Golden Dragon Macau Hotel. The event was headed by Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu and Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng. All together there were around a hundred participants in the warm and welcoming activity that began with President Chang expressing congratulations to the alumni association for their continual progress in university development. During President Chang’s address, she expressed, “It’s my wish to see the Macao Alumni Association prosper forever. In recent years, Macao student numbers continue to increase even more rapidly than students from Hong Kong and Malaysia, becoming the highest population of TKU international students. Because of their presence, TKU has obtained many great awards and achievements and I am grateful for their support!” “There are already over 250,000 university alumni, spread to all regions of the world and they have formed 142 different alumni organizations.” Chun-young Perng expressed. He added, “These organizations have helped tremendously in areas such as career development and academic services, creating a bridge between the outside world and TKU. I believe that the Macao Alumni Association will create stronger relations and form new bonds.” In addition he invited the members to see TKU’s campus gardens and advanced academic facilities, to participate in departmental conferences, share career innovative ideas and experience with hopes of sustaining the university’s progressive path.
In recent days, Tamkang University’s human resources services have been recognized in multiple areas. First, the Ministry of Education awarded TKU the Government Promotion of Work Study, classifying TKU as an oustanding academic institution. Secondly, TKU was awarded the New Taipei City Outstanding Accommodations for Disability Award. These two awards are confirmation of TKU’s continual excellence in improvement of versatility and professional knowledge. It also points to the university modifications for a better and fairer learning environment. On Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, Director of the Office of Human Resources, Shi-feng Chuang, accepted these awards on behalf of TKU. The Ministry of Education’s decision measured the previous two years of TKU’s, Work Study Programs, University Budgeting, Work Study Funding, and other related work study items for this award. TKU offers a very flexible and rewarding work study program that includes convenient time for study while working, allows leave for study, and more. For the 2014-15 school year, it was noted that there were over 4,250 participants in work study that used 63,360 work study hours and there were 129 certifications handed out. Director of the Office of Human Resources, Shi-feng Chuang, expressed, “Every year that we are evaluated we collect more data and experience, giving us an even more diverse curriculum that will allow employees to gain more current knowledge.” TKU’s modifications for disabled persons has been an extensive project in recent years. In order to make study more convenient for disabled students, TKU has made renovations and modified equipment and facilities to meet with needs of various kinds. This includes Zoom Text, Multilingual Reading Programs, JAWS, Braille Displayer, Handheld Prompting Systems and more.
Following the trend of mobile communications, internet of things (IoT) and big data, the world of higher learning is impacted, making campuses into smart campuses as we enter deeper into the era of technology. Along with this new technological lifestyle comes new challenges that require experts and designers to work together to overcome. For this reason, TKU’s Office of Information and the Ministry of Education held the 2015 “International Conference on Smart Campus and Exhibition (ICSC)” on Dec. 2 and 3 in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. Chief Officer of Information, Chin-hwa Kuo, expressed, “This year’s conference on smart campuses is themed around mobile phones, focusing on the campus’ mobile phone study assistance, services, digital curriculum, cloud services, big data research, and analysis functions. The achievement exhibition featured, TibaMe, Smart Campus, Enterprise Customer Service, VMware and IT Service Management. Campus innovators and enterprise experts learned from each other as they mingled while exploring vast possibilities of the new age information. Four different themes were presented at this forum: Campus Mobile Application Research Achievements, Innovators and Digital Academics, Campus Cloud Services and Big Data Research Analysis.
The College of Foreign Languages and Literature held a ceremony marking the end of apprenticeship for the International Ambassador Team on Thanksgiving Day. From 2014-16 the team will assist the university’s plan of transitioning into a more international age. The team is made of both local and international students skilled in English, Spanish, French, German, and Russian. They will offer university services such as welcoming international guests and translations, which will help them cultivate skills while improving the environment of the campus. The International Ambassador Team is the first translation team of all universities in Taiwan. Not only will the team be able to gain language skills and work experience, their contact with foreign guests will also give them social and leadership ability that is transferable to international business, government organizations and other international career interests. On Nov. 26 President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “The College of Foreign Languages and Literature is the earliest college of the university. It’s my hope that the International Ambassador Team do their best to make themselves known to the world. I also hope that in the future students of other departments will become a part of this team.” During the ceremony, Italian Professor of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Fabrizio Bozzato, represented the team that currently has 21 members. The level of students vary from undergraduate to PHD students. In the future, the team will continue looking for new members in order to become even more effective. (For those interested please see link http://www.tf.tku.edu.tw/main.php)
As modern society opens its eyes to the ever developing industrial world, the fourth industrial revolution (industry 4.0) can not be overlooked. Since 2012, Germany’s fourth industrial revolution and Taiwan’s revolution of productivity improvement have aimed at the conformity of information, software and hardware with internet to create a practical smart network. In order to meet with this challenge, Visual Components (Prefactor Tech) has made a large contribution of 4,000,000 NT worth of digital software products (Visual Components 3D Create) to Tamkang University’s Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center for the cultivation of excellent future personnel. On Nov. 26 (Thur) a ceremony was held recognizing this great contribution. The event was hosted by Flora Chia-I Chang and General Manager of Prefactor Tech, Yu-chun Chen. Tamkang University has continually received high remarks regarding their programs in development of the latest technology and technological studies. Yu-chun Chen is an outstanding alumni, who has carefully monitored the success of TKU technology development. On Oct. 30 he visited the Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center and decided to make a generous donation. President Chang expressed, “Yu-chun Chen is an alumni from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and currently head of the Tamkang Human Resources Association. This contribution carries great meaning, speaking on the success of his career and TKU’s education program. It also speaks to his gracious generosity and his efforts to pull other TKU students into the realm of success.” Yu-chun Chen expressed, “Visual Components is robotic simulation software system that utilizes automated computer programs. Currently the world is in need of personnel that can understand and work with these continual technological breakthroughs. This will allow students to study the simulation and get a head start on things to come.”
The Taipei City Government’s Ministry of Labor held the Taipei Film and Theater Union’s 2015 Labor Film Award last week in Song Shan Cultural and Creative park. Tamkang University students of the Department of Mass Communication were awarded in categories of Optimization, Honorable Mention and Most Touching Film for their created documentaries, becoming some of the most notable filmmakers throughout every campus in Taiwan. The Labor Award Committee began selected films in May after a month of reviews. A total of 49 films were selected from the 2014-15 time period and the Department of Mass Communication’s students made their presence known. Participants included Yin-hua Zhang, Qi-ting Ceng, Kai-qi Zhang, Dong-zhen You, She-yi Lin, Ying-zhen Lu and Qing-qing Xu put together the film, “Land of One Direction”; Zhi-han Lin, Bo-kai Liu, Yu-guang Chen, Yi-ru He, Yi-yi Xu, Xiang-hao Hu and He-wei He, created, “The Beekeepers”; and Qian-bin Fan, who created, “Land of Survival,” for last year’s graduation ceremony. After a month of casting votes, the “Land of One Direction,” was awarded the Most Touching Film Award, winning 10,000 NT; “Beekeepers” and “Land of Survival” both received the Optimization and Honorable Mention Award, winning 50,000 NT apiece.
Currently the position between Syria and Iraq is increasingly unstable, which could lead into a crisis at an even larger scale. This has already resulted into millions of refugees being forced to flee from their homes. The recent tragic event that occurred in Paris has only made matters worse. All of Europe is buckling down, attempting to answer the only question that matters: How do we keep people safe? This question stems into immigration procedures, people’s rights, border management, counter-terrorist measures and much more. On Nov. 21 and 22 the Office of International and Cross Strait Affairs (OICSA) held the Diplomatic Resolutions Simulation to act out a forum to discuss many of the global incidents taking place. This is a special event jointly held by the OICSA, the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies and the College of International Studies. The event included about 90 individuals representing countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Greece and the Republic of Serbia. This simulation was divided into four parts and the first part, the opening ceremony, took place in the morning on Nov. 21 with opening speeches. The second part took place in the afternoon and each of the professors of the College of International Studies illustrated their unique expertise, sharing experience and information related to current events, such as Europe’s handling of the recent refugees. Part three involved dividing the participants into small groups for discussion in order to get into deeper details of sensitive issues. The final part took place on Nov. 22 and was a full on diplomatic forum simulation, where students and teachers were able to act out current situations in a professional format.
Since the 90’s, the diet of young people in Taiwan has been significantly impacted by the western world. Now people on a traditional rice diet are becoming less and less. For this reason the government has began promoting the produce of Taiwan, aiming it for local consumers while embracing the concept of environmental waste reduction to help improve the environment through the “Dietary Education Policy.” The objective of the policy is to educate people on traditional Taiwanese cuisine. This month, Tamkang University has jumped on board with this program as the Office of General Affairs promotes the Taiwanese Rice Festival. Every November the Taiwanese Rice Festival takes place as an encouragement for students and teachers to appreciate the abundant local produce. The event incorporates 20 business and restaurants that freely give out 200 discount coupons. Over 4000 coupons were already given away last week and they will be effective until Nov. 27. Event Organizer and member of the Office of Human Resources, Chia-mei Wang, explains, “This event was designed to let teachers and students see the value in our own produce. These local businesses have come together to showcase the delicious foods that are right under our noses.” The coupon and raffle event continue to stimulate interest among students. First place raffle winner and first-year student of the Graduate Institute of Chinese Studies, Hai Lin, expressed, “I had no idea what the Rice Festival was until I found a raffle ticket and coupon. Now I come to find that it is truly an amazing and meaningful event.”
For the past 4 days (Nov. 10,11,12,13), the Female Faculty Association (FFA) held the, “Your Old Favorites are My New Love - Second Hand Charity Sale,” in the Black Swan Exhibition Hall. Share the news one your phone, Line, or your preferred social group. Most of the hot products will not be around long. 3000 items of second hand clothing have already been sold. Everyone is welcome to participate and all of the earnings will be donated to charities for the unfortunate and disabled. Head of FFA and Director of the Office of Physical Education, Shu-feng Hsiao, expressed, “The FFA usually spends their time dealing with high quality clothing, which makes for very nice second hand products with the latest styles. Lots of the clothing is also suitable to many different styles of wear. I’m especially grateful to the FFA for their contribution of this charity event.” Shu-feng Hsiao mentioned that it is her wish that more people outside of campus would come together to raise money for charity as well. In the past they’ve made more than 500,000 NT dollars, which has helped to make significant developments in charity organizations in Taiwan. She added, “If we all came together in our efforts, this could become a very significant time for us.” This year’s second hand charity sale contains clothing, shoes, purses, everyday accessories, stationery products, books and more. Most of the items range from 50 to 500 NT and all of the products are going fast. There are even big name items such as Chanel. Fourth-year student of the Department of Chinese, Tong Ke, stated, “Every year I look forward to participating in this event. Today I saw a dad find some toys for his kids...it was really touching.”
On Nov. 6 an unveiling ceremony was held, presenting the Center for Learning and Teaching’s model classroom in room 307 of the Ching-sheng Building, which will now be utilized as a flipped classroom to give students practical skills. In attendance was Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Director of General Affairs, Shiaw-shiaw Luo, Executive Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, Hui-ling Pan, former Executive Director, Chia-cheng Yu and administrators of all levels. All of the walls of the classroom were white like a canvas as Associate Professor of the Department of Information and Library Science, Jui-fa Chen, show cased the model room. Huan-chao Keh expressed, “The construction of a flipped classroom is directly related to our Spirit of Excellence education system. Not only did the Center for Learning and Teaching create a room, they also established our annual flipped classroom activity. Everyone is welcome to come and participate. In addition of the roles being reversed between student and teacher, flipped rooms will also teach students initiative and cooperation skills. The core element of the curriculum is interaction. Interaction skills will be developed between teacher and student and also among classmates.” Executive Director Hui-ling Pan described the layout of the room while explaining its importance and letting the teachers and students get a feel of the experience. Jui-fa Chen presented a topic while showcasing the effective and versatile learning that the flipped classroom atmosphere provides, which includes tables, flat screen computers, cells phones, laptops and a large glass whiteboard for discussions.
The 65th Anniversary Tamkang University celebration took place on Nov. 7 in the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium! In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Director of the Board of Trustees, Chiing-nan Chen, Former University Presidents, Yea-hong Chen, Louis R. Chow, Yun-shan Lin, Horng-jinh Chang; Chairman of Chinese Alumni Association, Chuang Wen Fu, Former Chairman of TKU Elite Alumni Group, Deng-jian Hou, Honorary Chairman of Worldwide Federation of Alumni Association, Xiang-du Duan, Former Chairman of the Federation of Alumni Association of Taiwan Universities-Malaysia, Zi-song Li, Chairman of Hong Kong University Alumni Association, Shu-lin Chiu and Deputy Director of the Republic of China Alumni Association, Zhao-shen Chen. During the ceremony, seven alumni were presented the 29th Golden Eagle Award and certifications of appreciation were awarded to for generous donations to the university. President Chang expressed her gratitude to the university faculty and alumni for their continual efforts that shaped and develop the face of TKU over the last 65 years. The arrayment of flowers decorated the area as warm feelings filled the atmosphere with anticipation of the new year. President Chang emphasized the many of the successes of the university stemmed from the Triple Objective Education system including receiving recognition by the Ministry of Education as one of the best international programs of private universities in Taiwan, being honored as the first university in the world to obtain ISO 20000 (information service management) certification, 10 time winner of the FIRA World Robot Soccer Championship and first place Winner of the Motech Award–Creative Design Competition. She closed by saying the most valuable resource of the university has been the 250,000 alumni, who continually show support and help develop.
The four major needs of life are food, clothing, lodging and transportation. Unfortunately some of our needs can also bring along many dangers. When we turn on the TV, the news almost always has a story regarding car wrecks or other vehicular accidents. The Ministry of Communications has calculated that in the year 2014 there were 271 deaths of people between ages 18 to 24, 218 of which, were related to automobile accidents. This illustrates that traffic accidents are responsible for more than 80 percent of deaths in young adults in Taiwan. To reduce these numbers, students have been encouraged to partake in the safe and convenient public transportation system. The Office of General Affairs has recently promoted the Bus Ride iPhone 6S Lotto to help with the decline of traffic fatalities. Registration for the program for students took place from Oct. 20 to November 6 ( http://enroll.tku.edu.tw) and students are required to fill out an application form with basic information for a Yoyo Card. All students who registered during this time were automatically entered into the iPhone 6S Lotto, for a chance to win an IPhone 6S, iPad Air2 Wifi, Beats Studio Wireless Headphones, Garmin Vivofit Fitness Bracelet, .48L One Touch unrustable thermo mug. Buses that are participating in the lotto include Red 27, Red 28, 308, and 756. Director of the Office of General Affairs, Shiaw-shyan Luo, expressed that Taiwan had over 1,800 vehicular fatalities and that 1000 of them were incidents involving scooters. This new policy titled, “Buses On Campus” will add more buses, making it much more convenient for everyone to arrive to school safely, hopefully decreasing traffic related deaths.
On Oct. 31 at 1pm in the Carrie Chang Fine Arts center Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai held the first 2015 TEDx TKU annual assembly. This year the theme of the event was titled, “Different,” and featured Program Designer, Joseph Ku, Chief Operating Officer of Niceday, Chien-liang Wu, Co-founder of Justfont, Wei Hsiang Su, Trade Marketing Supervisor of Leishan, Shi-de Lin, Founder of Feng Cheng Blog, Meng-lin Wu and Language Genius and Founder of Multi-language Acquisition Activity Network, Zhi-xiang Xie. The 6 speakers were given 18 minutes to speak on various topics: Secrets of Learning Languages, A Peek into the Changing Business World, Understanding The Impact of Different Fonts, Using Different Paths to Understand the Culture of Taiwan, Realizing the Language of Machinery into Human Ideas and Finishing Impossible Tasks Without Free Time. The two curators of the program were Planning Assistant of the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, Vincent Lu, and second-year student of the Department of English, Zi-heng Hong. The team expressed, “The TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) assembly is a private American organization that encourages different groups throughout the world with experts and specialized speakers in an 18-minute format.” The curator team was evaluated by the TED committee in June and received a yearly licence to hold the event. Within 3 months time they were able to find great speakers to help encourage and inform the members of the university. First Shi-de Lin spoke on, “Discovering Small Problems can Lead to Great Change in the World.” Joseph Ku discussed, “Everyone can be a Hacker.” Zhi-xiang Xie explained, “Using Different Languages to Cross Barriers.” Wei Hsiang Su discussed, “What is Font?” Chien-liang Wu lectured on, “Why don’t Asians Choose Taiwan for their First Travel Choice?” and Meng-lin Wu discussed, “Accumulating Strength through Working and Dreaming.” Participants were able to gather invaluable information as each expert gave life-changing tips on reflection and self-improvement. Director of the International and Mainland Guidance Section, Yu-hua Chao, stated, “The 2015 Ted and TKU assembly is truly exciting!”
On Oct. 27 The College of Engineering and the Center for Learning and Teaching jointly held the Engineering Building Remodel and Advanced Professor Social Group Tea Party. The Engineering Building was built in 1993 and after an extensive makeover in the summer, students, teachers and guests could enjoy the brand new look. In attendance to cut the ribbon for the celebration was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Student Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, General Secretary, Ting-chi Hsu, Executive Director of the Office of Student Affairs, Hui-ling Pan and Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho. President Chang gave an address in the E787 classroom, stating, “The Engineering Building’s new look comes with new teachers and students. It’s my hope that this fresh atmosphere will be able to stimulate more research and study achievements. Following, professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ching-chang Wang, gave a report titled, “Academic Exchange and Vision.” It detailed the long-term relationship established between the College of Engineering and The University of Electro-Communications in Japan, which has become even tighter since an exchange took place in 2014. Assistant Professor of the Department of Architecture, Chun-jung Ko, introduced the Advanced Professor Social Group that is currently made up of 8 departments: the Department of Architecture, Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering and Department of Aerospace Engineering. The purpose of the group is to continually share current trends within their fields of expertise in order to give students a more competitive edge in the career world.
Putting the youth of Taiwan on the path to career success and creating effective personnel for the future has been a major project for United Daily News’ Vision Project for the last two years. They have continually promoted sharing knowledge across borders, independent thinking and giving direction to the community. On Oct. 26 President Flora Chia-I Chang invited the Vision Project Team to hold, “Finding the Path for the Youth Forum,” in the Student Activity Center. The event was hosted by Founder of Dream School, Tom Wang; other special guest speakers include Organizer of Watch Out (Independent Public Media), Zu-yi Lin, Founder of Taiwan Youth Creative Action Association, Xin-wei Xu, Director of Ming Yung, Bo-yu Yang and Taiwan’s Microsoft Operations and Sales Supervisor, Roan Kang. The esteemed professionals shared their experience, ideas and passion, attracting an audience of nearly 1,500 people. President Chang first expressed her thanks to the United Daily News while presenting an important question to ponder on: “How do we continue to follow our dreams smoothly into the career world after graduation?” She suggested that the students participate in the many academic industry intern programs that TKU has with over 200 enterprises, study teamwork and cooperation, strengthen personal weaknesses and develop perseverance. Director of United Daily News has vowed to create a stronger Taiwan by identifying and resolving issues within the community. For the past two years the focus has been on Fast Forwarding Taiwan, Public Justice, Avoiding Prejudice and Social Industries. Tom Wang used humor to captivate the audience while encouraging students to boldly express their ideas. It was followed by a skit of the Department of Public Administration that caused students to laugh hysterically. Afterwards speakers shared their personal experience in development of their career path. Zu-yi Lin, 31, mentioned that he was originally a philosophy major and that he was unsure what he wanted to do after graduation. He spent many years forming his ideas to piece together his success. “It’s most important to follow your objectives into the very end.” He stated. Xin-wei Xu was a substitute teacher at an English school for five years before receiving an invite from President of Riverside University in India, Kiran Bir Sethi. She left her job and began promotion of DFC (Design for Change Taiwan). At the end of the forum, students were able to ask questions related to interviews, resume and salary.
Lan Yang Campus held the High Table Dinner on Oct. 20, an event that closely resembles the tradition of the Cambridge University dormitory. The banquet took place at 6:30pm and was aimed at creating a positive exchange between students and teachers. There was a display of achievements related to the realm of higher education, which served to motivate students and teachers alike to continue to pursue the spirit of excellence. Not only did the High Table Dinner stimulate the ideas of new students, it also gave participants a taste of a formal western-style dining affair while creating new academic bonds. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, President of Academics, Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Cheng and Military Instructor - Colonel & Section Chief, Kuo-liang Chen. The event commenced when students of the Department of Language, Pei-xuan Xie and Nuo-jing Jian, began introduced the special guests and professors. Following, President Chang gave a welcoming address while explaining that the current developments and achievements of the university are the realization of the founder Lanyang Campus’ dreams. She stated, “It’s important to have good habits such as getting to bed early and rising early to take on challenges with a renewed spirit.” Three awards were presented: Lanyang Day, which awarded students for dressing formally as fitting to the western career world; First Come First Serve, was an award for those who got a jump start on signing up for summer classes; and the Lecture Award was given to new students for excellent attendance.
Every prestige university continually utilizes a blueprint or outline of its future objectives in order to stay on the path of success. Detailed, future planning has become especially crucial in Taiwan due to the impact of the baby-bust generation - a drop in the birth rate - that is currently taking its toll in the higher-learning academic world. This year’s Academic and Administration Revolution Conference emphasized the plan of development from 2015-16 to 2017-18 in a forum of six different parts, titled, “The Leap in Diverse Innovation- Spirit, Determination and Competitive Ability.” The conference was held on Oct. 17 and in attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, the three university vice presidents, and all levels of administration, totalling to nearly 200 people. The conference covered academics, research, the three objectives (international, informational and future-oriented education), study, industry-academic programs, and administration. President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “The 2015-16 QS World University Rankings and Time Magazine have both placed the National University of Singapore (NUS) as number one in Asia. NUS has excellent compensation and benefits, which are 3 to 4 times higher than American universities. At the moment, allocation of funding for Taiwanese universities makes us unable to compete in this regard. However our goal is not to imitate NUS, but model universities in Japan and Korea as a method to better improve our capabilities.” The first segment of the 6-part conference was lead by Dean of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Cheng, who spoke on the theme of cultivating students in multiple fields in order to build strong graduates for employment. Following, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, detailed the plan to develop globally by modeling TKU after international universities, creating more international exchanges, coordinating the four diverse campuses, raising skills in practical English and increased number of international students. This strategy is a 3-year plan that seeks to spread the reputation of the university while improving the diversity on campus. Next, Chief Information Officer, Chin-hwa Kuo, explained a plan to create a free-moving campus that operates on smart technology and social media to create a new age academic environment. This plan would involve a holistic approach to the creation of a new type of campus, innovative digital study methods, new platforms of operations, advanced software and cloud services, new health management ideas, an environment fully blended with internet services and the maintaining of innovation as a top priority. Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs, Chih-en Ko, discussed many of the challenges and achievements in the past in terms of study. He discussed using multiple methods of education as a strategy to stimulate different types of learners while emphasizing the need to help students in terms of counseling, guidance and career planning.
From 2015-16 Tamkang University’s E-learning Executive Master’s Program changed the name to the E-learning Executive Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Graduate Institute of the Americas. On Oct. 12 the new students arrived to Ching-sheng International Conference Hall to receive courses and were welcomed to a banquet, officially beginning the 3rd year of the of the program. Students came from Honduras, Panama, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Colombia and El Salvador, totalling to 21 first-year students and 10 second-year students. Among the students was Vice President of Honduras,, Non-governmental Association of International Relations President, Consul General of the Office of Paraguay in Santos City Brazil, Supervisor of Chilean Genetic Law Research, Senator of Mexico, Lizette Clavel Sanchez and President of the Azuero Branch of Panama University. Director of the Graduate Institute of the Americas, Kwo-wei Kung, introduced the curriculum along with the instructors. He expressed, “This is the only e-learning executive masters program in the nation. The first year we enrolled 15 students, the second year 17 students, and the third 20 students. This year we have 22 students indicating that the trend of the course remains successful.” At the end of the event, the students enjoyed a banquet at the Regalees Hotel. On the 13th of Oct. the students will receive their new course curriculum. The first-year students will receive courses focusing on Taiwan, Asia and Latin America relations. Second year students will learn about the economic developments in South Eastern Asia including Japan, Korea and China. On Oct. 14 the students will have a meal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Bill Gates once said, “A small library in a country town is responsible for my success today.” Reading is at the very core of education and development, helping us coordinate our ideas and giving us a root that will make us competent in the future. The Department of Accounting is utilizing the Social Service Curriculum in cooperation with the Cultural Arts Foundation to establish a one on one reading program - via video chat - for children with disabilities at the Center of Taiwan Fund for Children and Families in Zhanghua. The Cultural Arts Foundation designed this program known as, “Er Lin Elementary School” in order to help disabled youth develop necessary reading skills, giving them the confidence that can change their life. Curriculum Instructor and Director of the Department of Accounting, Sin-hui Yen, expressed, “The real differences of the unfortunate youth living in isolated areas is not related to genetics, but to opportunities. There are many families living in country areas that are struggling economically and don’t possess the means to give their children the resources for a good education. These children also find themselves dealing with issues of discrimination.” He followed by mentioning that his hope is this can become a global movement to support children in need that are hard to reach. The Center of Taiwan Fund for Children and Families in Zhanghua is equipped with a computer room with broadcasting capabilities, headphones, microphones and cameras to help students begin learning. The third floor contains over 500 books provided by the Cultural Arts Foundation, which are available for the children to read anytime. Students of the Department of Accounting will meet with the children online every Wed. from 1:45pm to 4pm to read stories and help them along with basic academic skills.
On Oct. 2 President Flora Chia-I Chang and Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, travelled to sister school, Tianjin University, for their 120th anniversary celebration to express congratulations to President Jia-jun Li in person. Tianjin University was founded in 1895, becoming the first modern university in China. They officially signed an agreement with Tamkang University in Nov., 2011 and currently hold mutual academic exchanges every semester. Afterwards on Oct. 3 President Flora Chia-I Chang and Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, then travelled to Beijing to participate in the Northern China Alumni Alliance’s Welcoming Banquet. In attendance was General Director of the Northern China Alumni Alliance, Wen-fu Zhuang, Director of the Northern China Alumni Alliance, Guo-dong Yang (International Business Management), Jun-tian Liao (Department of Architecture), Xiu-xing Sun (Department of French) and Rui-jie Xu, adding to over 30 university alumni. The event was a touching reunion that allowed President Chang to detail many of the exciting developments between TKU and China.