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.”
If you have been to the Chueh-sheng library in recent days, your path was probably blocked by many of renovations projects taking place. On June 10th the renovation was completed and students and teachers can now savor the new style of the library that has created a relaxing a beautiful atmosphere for study. The windows, colors, symbols and different fabrics in the newly modeled hallways raise the quality of the environment. President Flora Chia-I Chang hosted a tea party, celebrating the library’s new make over. Director of the Library, Sheue-fang Song, stated, This library has been established for about 20 years and it is important to keep everything updated along with the development of university services. The highlight of this renovation is the 24-hour study room that everyone can take advantage of.” Frequent library visitor and third year student of the Department of Statistics, Ya-ting Xie, stated, “The hallways are filled with poetry and there are areas with English, numbers and thought provoking ideas that really stimulate the mind.” Curious about some of the symbols, Ya-ting Xie inquired with the Head of Acquisitions and Cataloguing, Bih-ling Fang, who stated, “The Coded Walls were put together by the designers to hold assorted logical texts and information from the books. This is very unique and helpful for both learning and grasping an understanding of what the library holds.” Director of the Circulation Services Section, Chiu-hsia Shih, stated, “The traditional study rooms have a very quiet and serious atmosphere that students can use to study without distraction. It’s so silent you can hear a pin drop. Yet we also have the All Pass event where students can really interact with each other and share experiences along with snacks or candy. It should create a positive social and academic atmosphere.”
The 2015 Student Assessment and Achievement Appreciation took place on June 7th in the Student Activity Center. All of TKU’s 140 student groups participated in a vigorous competition and in the end, 44 awards were given out. For this event, 17 officials evaluated the student groups on their performance for the entire year. They also gave tips and suggestions for improvement for the future development of each group. TKKF and the TKU Campus Culture Construction Team utilized their online and electronic data for the competition, which created vigorous discussion among the other groups. The Comic Team did a performance using Cosplay that was a major focal point of the event and Lanyang Campus also had a diligent performance. The Danhai Comrade Service Team took the stage while the awards were handed out to the groups will special achievements. Leader of the Student Organization Arts Club and third-year student of the Department of History, Cai-shan Wen, stated, “It’s great to be able to receive an award again this year for our efforts. Our goal is to one day reach twenty awards.” The Student Service Club received an award based on the numerous seeds that planted throughout the year for the preservation of the environment. Club leader and third-year student of the Department of Banking and Financing, Zong-you Chen, exclaimed, “We did it! We had a lot of underdogs in our group, but we pulled it off in the end.”
Renowned Chinese Sculptor, Master E He, has donated a statue titled, “Mother of the Yellow River,” to Taiwan in order to improve relations of the Cross-Straits. The 3.5 meter statue was located at Tamsui Campus’ Meadow and a ceremony to celebrate the special occasion took place on June 9th. President Chang gave special thanks to Master E He in her opening address as she pointed out the significance of the statue. She stated that the Mother of the Yellow River symbolizes the beauty of restraint, representing the 8 key fundamentals of Tamkang University’s educational plan. She also mentioned that the statute created a touching picture of the relationship between a mother and her daughter. Master E He is currently 78 years old and has created an invaluable collection of artistic sculptures through her vast experience, preserving Chinese culture and heritage. This special work of art will become an important part of both the scenery and history of Tamsui Campus.
Lanyang Campus held its 7th Annual Graduation Ceremony on June 6th at 10am in the Shao-mo Activity Center. The graduation included 223 graduating students, 16 of which are students from China. Before the ceremony began, students, teachers and parents toured the unique campus of Lanyang, ready to bid farewell. Flags, decorations and graduation gifts dawned the buildings, halls and walkways as students cheerfully prepared for the ceremony. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Chung, Director of the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, Pei-wha Chilee and Executive Director of Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng. After the guests had been seated, the entire auditorium sang, “Fight Again,” officially beginning the graduation ceremony. President Chang’s opening address focused mainly on Tamkang University’s “Global Village” or the creation of an increasingly internationally-oriented education system with emphasis on 3 areas: English Instructed courses, Abroad Programs and the Residential College.The president clarified that the three course titles make up the acronym E.A.R., representing the objective of hearing all of the languages and cultures of the world as a focal point of TKU’s development. In addition she mentioned the important concept of the university being the Three Circles and Five Disciplines, Cultivation of a Global Vision in Students, Information-oriented Education, Good Conduct, Independent Thinking, Fitness, Teamwork and Aesthetic Appreciation. At the end of the ceremony, the entire student body sang, “Proud of You,” in celebration of the graduation students’ achievement. The song was followed by a short documentary that presented a slide show of the most exciting, touching and memorable moments of the school year.
The Female Faculty Association at Tamkang University is continually holding events to deal with issues of public welfare. For the past 21 years they have held various fundraising activities in Taipei and New Taipei City in order to provide donations for the physically, mentally or financially less fortunate. On June 2nd in the Carrie Chang Music Hall an event was held to showcase the group’s achievements as the female alliance’s choir dawned a performance that broke the traditional methods. They had the audience join in as they waved their arms joyfully, creating an environment fitting for the celebration of giving. Because the Female Faculty Association has hosted so many different events over the years including retirement parties, banquets, etc., their performance attracted nearly 100 people. The audience cheered enthusiastically as they performed 22 different songs. Each member of the choir has their own personal background in music, creating a unique harmonious sound. Even though the Director of the Office of Physical Education, Shu-feng Hsiao, has most of her experience in athletics, she still has a great passion for music. She explained that it helps her invigorate her soul while relieving pent up tension. Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Shung-wen Kang, explained that she has been involved with music for the last 15 years due to her high school and university interests. Afterwards she spent a lot of time with Yuan Zu Min (Native Taiwanese People) while doing volunteer services in the hospital, which lead to further development of her musical skills. Even though the choir is made up of many different backgrounds, their musical blend is undeniably charming.
In recent years universities all over the world have vigorously adopted new academic industry study programs and internships in order to prevent falling behind. Enterprises have been providing more opportunities for students to get hands on experience and professional skills, which is mutually beneficial for development in universities as well as the industrial world. Tamkang University’s Department of Mass Communication has begun a program titled, “Social Sales and Practicality Course” that is different from the pack as it works with a non-profit organization: “Liver Treatment Academic Foundation (LTAF)” to create the Good Hearted Liver Medical Center. Professor of the Department of Mass Communication, Yu-pei Ma, will be teaching the Social Sales and Practicality Course and had this to say, “We are very grateful to the LTAF for their support to jointly build the Good Hearted Liver Medical Center. This will give students an opportunity to learn how to come in contact with the community, promote themselves and find innovative methods of practical sales. They will also learn a great deal about planning and working with a foundation. At the end of the project they will be evaluated and awarded according to their achievements.” The final assessment will be done by professors, members of the organization and other sales experts. Students will be able to share their product results with the public as they reach the final week of the program. Director of the Department of Mass Communication, Huei-chun Chi, expressed, “The combination of the knowledge of this department with this welfare service foundation is certain to bring some wonderful developments in society. Students will attain hands-on experience and will be able to realize academic theories.”
The 33rd Annual Liberal Arts Week officially began on May 27th, hosted by the Department of Mass Communication of the College of Liberal Arts. The opening ceremony took place at noon in the Liberal Arts Building and in attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Chen, Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Sinn-cheng Lin. The 3-day exhibit will focus on 4 themes: the Creative Culture of Tamsui, Professional Knowledge and Curriculum, Academic Industry Cooperation and Media Internships. The project has been titled as the “Power of Five in One,” representing the collaboration of 5 departments of the College of Liberal Arts. Sinn-cheng Lin stated, “The five departments of the Liberal Arts share a very tightly knitted relationship that really assist student development in terms of professional and creative skills. President Chang expressed during her opening statement, “Every year the fruits of labor provided by the college of Liberal Arts can be appreciated in great detail. Even though the College of Liberal Arts is very diverse with departments ranging into different forms of learning and expression, it comes together cohesively, much like the five fingers of the hand.” Sinn-sheng Lin pointed out that the Creative Culture of Tamsui is a project that is a collaboration of departments that has been in place for many years and for this reason it will be particularly highlighted for Liberal Arts Week. In addition on May 28th the Chung-ling Chemistry Hall and CTV News jointly held the program, “Navigating Dreams- A Campus Report,” which discussed issues with the careers in media and the changes in the industry. Angela Ha, Irene Chung and Raymond Chang were invited to share their personal experience in the business.
Searching for the light switch in a dark room can be a frustration to everyone, especially if you are in a hurry. Students often find themselves reaching and feeling along the wall in a frenzy so that they can gather their belongings and make it to class on time. One team of students has come up with an invention that could make this issue a thing of the past. For the 2015 Creative Design Competition-Using Solar Cell, TKU students from the Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering created a laser light sensor electric panel that won first place. The student innovation was praised for it’s outstanding creativity, intuitiveness and design, beating the competition and earning a 100,000 NT cash prize. The Creative Design Competition is sponsored by Taiwan’s number one company for solar power products and technology, Motech. They’ve provided a platform for university students to utilize their innovative skills for the creation of products related to clean energy. The first competition took place in 2006 and a variety of useful products have been created in its wake, all of which are beneficial for the future of Taiwan. In this competition there were 137 teams and 45 teams entered into the final competition. In the end, there were 16 teams that received awards, honoring two TKU students with first place: Jin-yi Lin and Wei-yan Chen. Jin-yi Lin expressed, “When I was a freshman I found that the university was so different than high school because you have to run around to different places and your classes are always changing. One time I saw a teacher trying to find the light switch so that she could read a report. She searched for a while before finding it and then had to figure out which switch operated which light. There was another time I witnessed a professor having the same issues with the projector. I began wondering at that time if there was a way to make it easier to deal with these issues.” Jin-yi Lin explained that the laser sensor was extremely easy to operate. Just point the laser at the control panel and flash it once to turn it on. Then flash it one more time to turn it off. This design allows for convenient use even at long distance. Director of the Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Shung-wen Kang, stated, ““Early on I noticed that these two students were quite special, always actively taking on projects and bettering their understanding of things.”
Education is the building block for everything and is the driving force of development in today’s society. In recent years Tamkang University has been emphasizing the transition from teaching and how it is a continuous cycle that leads to new learning. Teachers and students have come together in a touching exchange to establish the “Great Learning and Joyful Teaching” culture on campus, which has proven to be effective for student development. From May 26th to May 29th the Center for Learning and Teaching is holding the Great Learning and Joyful Teaching Week that will hold a forum for students, teachers and educators to have a meaningful exchange. The forum is covering 7 different areas, exhibiting and sharing achievements with specific themes: Student Study Group Achievements, Outstanding Professor’s Experience, Exceptional Teacher Assistance, Expert Readers, Massive Open Online Courses, Sharing Professor Academic Research and Improving Academic Research. Each theme is hosted by a different representative, inviting experts of different fields to share their experience to enlighten participants. In addition President Flora Chia-I Chang has already made an appearance to award outstanding students and teachers with many awards including MOE’s Digital Course Assessment Award, the Excellent Mentor’s Certificate, the Certificate of Appreciation for Teacher and Counselor Assistance, 5000 NT Professor Assistance Award, Best Readers Award, Annual Readers Award and the Dan Juan Tribe Award.
The College of Education and the Graduate Institute of Educational Policy and Leadership held the “The 3rd Conference of Higher Education Research Association- Contemporary Higher Education Policy and Finance in East Asia” on May 21st and 22nd in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. Special guests included Professor of the Department of International Higher Learning from the University of London, Simon Marginson, and President of Kurashiki Sakuyo, Akira Arimoto. The two day conference invited 23 educators from England, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China to present 24 dissertations pertaining to the subject of higher learning and current global challenges. The conference began with President Flora Chia-I Chang giving an opening address welcoming the guests, followed by a thrilling dance performance. President Chang stated, “Higher education is faced with many different challenges in a world that is rapidly changing. Taiwan is faced with the effects of a baby bust and aging generation. Student enrollment is down 50,000 and in thirteen years student reduction could be as low as 160,000. What are the best steps in policy and allocation of resources to meet with these challenges?” Dean of the College Education, Dian-fu Chang, expressed, “The previous conferences of Higher Education Research Association were held in Japan and Korea. One of our greatest objectives at this university is implementing a fully internationally-oriented education system and it is truly an honor to be able to hold this year’s conference here. This is a great opportunity for educators to have an international exchange as well as graduate students who can absorb valuable information from observation.”