On May 15th the Department of Management Sciences held the New Generation Management Sciences Research Discussion--The Trend of Industrial Development Forum.” The discussion focused on 5 issues of data collection including Industrial Development, the Internet of Things, Big Data Analysis, Economic Knowledge and Medical Insurance, explaining how cultural innovation and smart technology could completely change the modern consumer’s way of life. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, began the forum with an opening address that pointed out the dramatic effect that Big Data and the Internet of Things has on modern industrial development. He used an illustration that explained how the method of marketing fishing, canning and production could be dramatically changed by incorporating the Internet of Things and Big Data statistics. He then elaborated on how this system would prove to be revolutionary in terms of industrial development by utilizing sensors to analyze data in order to better meet the needs of the consumer. Director of the Alumni of the Department of Management Sciences and Head of Stark Technologies, Da-jing Li, stated, “In 1998 Andy Bechtolsheim of Sun computers donated 100,000 dollars to Stanford students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to support their proposition of Google that had yet to exist. The importance of supporting the dreams of the youth is immeasurable.” Da-jing Li explained that under the instruction of TKU’s information-oriented, internationally-oriented and future-oriented education system, combined with a firm relationship with the industrial world, students would have endless potential in terms of innovation and the creation of new products, especially because the world is changing at a very rapid rate. He stated, “The former industrial revolution revolved around oil, but this one will be determined by the connectedness of enterprises to the online world.”
In recent years, events have taken place on every campus that have allowed students to express feelings to their loved ones through sending flowers, chocolate, bread, watermelon, cake and more. Recipients of these loving gifts are always filled with warm feelings, especially when the carrier is dressed in a mailman outfit to fit the occasion. This year the Music Club is doing something even more unique to celebrate the First Annual TKU Music Festival by allowing students to express their affections through the gift of music. Students are able to go to Hai Bao street and choose 5 songs to burn on a CD to share with a loved one. In addition they can take a card and/or cute artwork to squeeze a bit more love into their gift. Founder of the New TKU Music Festival is Head of the Tamkang University Indie Hot Music Club and third-year student of the Department of Industrial Economics, Zhen-zong Xu, expressed, “This event will include the participation of 14 different musical groups: Tukulele, TKU WMC, Classic Guitar TKU, TKU String, Guitar Club, Lingyun, TKUMCC, Tamkang Orchestra, Gu Zheng Club, Beat Box Club, TKU Piano Club, TKU Chorus and the TKU Wind Band. It is a blend of different music and historical heritage that everyone can come enjoy together. There are a lot of culturally related events on campus that people have a chance to join together and strengthen bonds, but none of them involve music. So we came up with this festival for music appreciationists like myself.”
For European Union Week of 2015, the Graduate Institute of European Studies held the, “East Asian Politics and Security Forum on May 7th. In attendance was Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang, Director of the Graduate Institute of European Studies and the Center for European Union Studies, Li-chuan Chen, Associate Professor of Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Da-jung Li, Senior Consultant of Chinese National Federation of Industries, Chun-fang Hsu and 17 diplomats of the European Union from Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, Austria, Holland, Estonia, Italy, Slovenia, Lithuania, Croatia, Latvia, Brussels, Bulgaria and Finland. The international discussion focused on the current status of East Asia and the changes that will affect its neighbors. Li-chuan Chen, stated, “The face of development and economics in Asia has completely changed. This forum was held to provide background information regarding policies, trade and development so that these changes could be better understood.” Scholars provided both national and international data as they shared their opinion of the Asian and European Union relationship. Scholars also analyzed the current situation between the two continents and provided perspective of possible direction for the future. In the end the representative of Czech Republic, Jukl, expressed special thanks for providing the opportunity for all of the representatives to learn and work together.
The Department of Mass Communication is holding the 29th Graduation Exhibition under a special theme this year: “Infection.” From May 8th until the 10th, various graduating groups will spend time at the Grad Expo in Songshan Cultural and Creative Park to gain data to support creation of this year’s theme. Event Organizer, Qiao-ting Xiao expressed, “This year the theme of infection is being used to inform people of the truth of how viruses can be passed from one individual to another. We chose this theme to both inform the public and raise student awareness.” This year’s graduation display consists of 25 different exhibits that will include the participation of 54 Junior Colleges. Qiao-ting Xiao expressed that this year’s exhibit is the combined tireless effort of many diligent students. This year there is a total of 11 groups which have been divided into three different categories: Videos, Sales and Specialities. Each group contains a very unique charm and innovation that will be utilized to inform the community using various platforms to communicate the theme of infection. The video and film group has put together several films and documentaries including, The Year’s of Health, Everyday Dangers, and Side Alleys. Each film uses different cases to inform the public of the realities that occur outside of our knowledge. The Specialities Group has cooperated with many different Taiwanese enterprises to establish projects and activities that will provide donations to the people in need in the community. Director of the Department of Mass Communication, Huei-chun Chi, expressed, “This graduation exhibition will be shown on TKU Television, Radio, Internet and the Visual Art Workshop, giving a versatile platform to launch this invaluable information.”
The 2015 National Intercollegiate Athletic Games took place from May 2nd to May 6th at Fu Ren Catholic University. Tamkang University selected 139 athletes to compete in 8 different events. In the end TKU was honored with 12 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 8 bronze medals. Out of 161 competing universities, TKU received 9th place overall placing behind a few professional athletic schools. Not including the physical education schools, TKU ranks at 3rd place overall amongst the regular universities. President Flora Chia-I Chang continually encouraged the students for an excellent performance during the flag ceremony. TKU took medals in the events of Fencing, Swimming and Taekwondo. The Office of Physical education will hold a ceremony for gold medalists and the top three competitors in June.
Mother’s day is almost upon us and it’s that important time of the year that we should say those three little words to our loved ones: “I love you.” Five senior students from the Department of Information and Communication have made love the theme of their final year through the creation of three events: Love Bottle, Love Post Cards and Love Stamps, which were made to let everyone conveniently and directly express their feelings to the people they care about. Leader of the senior group, “I love you,” is Ms. Wen-yi Chen who expressed, “We wanted to give everyone the courage to take the first step in expressing important feelings.” Members of I Love You also include, Guan-yu Huang, Yu-ning Zhang, Jie-chen Xiao and Ji-xuan Huang. The first project, Love Bottle, is a survey that will collect related data to how often students express their inner feelings with their family and loved ones. The second project, Love Post Cards, will give students an opportunity to express their thoughts to their family via online platform. The final part of the project, Love Stamps, will let students directly express their feelings to the object of their affections. After taking a poll that collected data from 1,929 students from Tamkang University, National Taiwan University, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei National University of Arts and Shih Hsin University, counting the number of years passed without saying “I love you” to their parents, they found a total of 10,184 years had passed without families use the words. Many students hadn’t said the words in 5 years or more and one in every four students had never even said it. These seniors have made it their personal graduation project to attempt to bring families closer together, making them true agents of love.
The College of International studies utilized the mid-term period to travel to Japan for an academic exchange on April 27th. Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Associate Professor of the Graduate Institute of Asian Studies, Hsi-hsun Tsai, Professor of the Graduate Institute of the Americas, I-hsin Chen, Professor of the Department of the European Studies, Chiu-ching Kuo, and Assistant Professor of the Graduate Institute of China Studies, Chien-fu Chen, travelled to sister school, Waseda University, to attend a summit to discuss “the Relationship of America and Japan / China and Japan and the rights of the Southern Seas.” The event carefully examined and explored the future of mainland China in regards of its neighboring countries. On April 28th the journey continued as TKU’s representative group travelled to The Japan Institute of International Affairs and Tokyo’s MBA Lib to research information to support their understanding of the relationship of national security between Japan and America. Afterwards, they had a sit in at the House of Representatives in Japan. The group then returned to Taiwan for a dinner with TKU Alumni and Japanese Ambassador in Taiwan, Can-xu Ren and Deputy Ambassador Rui-hu Xu. Gao-cheng Wang expressed, “This is the second time that the College of International Affairs has taken on an international exchange such as this one. It’s clear that Waseda University is not just a sister school, but an excellent symbol of a thriving modern Japan. On this exchange we were able to attain a wealth of invaluable knowledge.”
In recent years Chinese language has become a hot commodity in the realm of education. According to statistics there are currently over 30,000,000 Chinese language students. In order to meet with this increasing demand, the Taiwanese government began its promotion of an eight year Chinese Language and Literature Development Plan in 2013. Tamkang University’s Chinese Language Center has worked with this policy implemented by the Ministry of Education to design three rooms on campus: D001, D002 and D007 to become advanced digital and technological Chinese learning facilities to raise the learning potential of the students. In celebration of this development, the Division of Continuing Education held ceremony on April 29th. The ceremony to initiate the digital classrooms and conference halls was hosted by President Flora Chia-I Chang. Also in attendance was Vice President of Academic Affairs Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of Administration Yi-jen Hu and administrators and counselors of various departments. Honored guests included Counselor from the Ministry of Education, Julie Chiu, Practical Chinese Program Section Chief, Yi-fan Lai, Executive Director of the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Learning of Taiwan, Hwei-mei Chen, President of Taipei Language Institute, Yu-wen Zhang, Manager of Far East Co. Hai-an Gu, General Manager of Lu Feng Technology inc., Jr-shi Tseng, Vice Chairman of Chinese Stories, Chun Chieh Chao, Director of the Language Center in Fu Jen Catholic University, Victor Carlos C. Yparraguirre and Director of the Chinese Language Center of Shijian University, Ms. Elly Chen. During the assembly, President Chang expressed, “In regards of promotion of Chinese language, Taiwan needs the government’s planning and support. I’d like to thank the Ministry of Education on behalf of Tamkang University for their support in helping push Chinese language learning to the next level. I’m certain that under our school’s total quality management education system that the digital classrooms will prove fruitful in their uptakings. It’s also my hope that this new digital system can be incorporated in the MOOC’s to further enhance learning opportunities for all students.”
The College of Science is cooperating with DaAi TV and Young Scientist Magazine for the promotion of science throughout the country areas of Taiwan. Through utilizing TKU’s Chemistry Mobile, a TV show and magazine as a platform, science will be able to reach students in the most remote areas of the island. A press conference titled, "Science is Life," was held at An kang High School for on April 23rd in support of this cooperation with Dean of the College of Science Chang-bo Wang, General Supervisor of DaAi TV Jian-ming Tang and Editor of Yuan-liou Publishing Co., Jung-pei Pang. Bo-wang Chang expressed, “In the future the patrols and performances of the Chemistry Mobile will be captured on video, using the media as a platform to promote and share their great experiments and important research with all of Taiwan.” The press conference allowed students to interact and learn science in a creative way. Supervisor of the Chemistry Mobile, Xuan-zhang Gao, expressed, “Even though the mobility of the Chemistry Mobile has proven to be effective, it’s still limited to only teaching to one school at a time. With the help of TV and a magazine, the knowledge of the Chemistry Mobile will have no limitations as to who it could reach.” The Chemistry Mobile has been travelling around Taiwan nonstop since 2011. It has already made 186 stops under the assistance of the New Taipei City government.
The whole world came together to celebrate the world of literature on April 23rd for World Book and Copyright Day. Different activities took place in all of the libraries, book stores, schools and academic centers to display popular readings of different kinds. Tamkang University took the initiative to celebrate this day for an entire month, beginning from March. The library has held readings and literature sharing events to help students and staff explore the world of literature. On the 23rd the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library held the, “TKU Lib Talk” in celebration of the occasion. For the special event, President Flora Chia-I Chang read passages from, “The Winds of Freedom: Challenges of the University” written by Gerhard Casper. Also in attendance were the three university vice presidents and first and second level administrators and staff members. President Chang shared the works of Casper, explaining that it had a great influence over her career as university president. She highlighted many of his statements, which suggested that a university president is a culmination of different positions including social worker, manager, educator and more. She stated, “The president must continually be learning in order to help develop a cohesive educational program that encourages innovative thinking.” President Chang also mentioned many of the readings she found during her time of study at Stanford University. She pointed out that the motto of learning was always directed at free thinking. Her reading of a German novel translated, “The Wind of Freedom Blows” also played a crucial role in her development in administration.
Recently the entire world has come together in an activity to send shoes to children in need to the continent of Africa. 6 Senior Tamkang University students of the Department of Mass Communication: Shuang-shuang Huang, Ya-xuan Zhuo, Xin Chen, Qian-hao Wang, Dao Zhang and Lian-ru Chen have joined in the spirit of giving by working with BRlink to create a plan to give shoes to children in the countryside of Taiwan. They took the measurements of painted footprints provided by 61 different students from San Guang Elementary School in order to give them the exact sizes for their needs. This project has been titled, “The Shipping Ideas.” Head of the group, Shuang-shuang Huang, expressed, “We decided to work together with BRlink using the concept of doing good works for earned money. When shoes are bought, those same shoes are donated to children in need. At the start of the project, we first had the economically challenged students walk on paper with paint on their feet and then asked them to write their wishes for the future. They were unaware that we would use the same footprints to attempt to bring some warmth into their lives. Shipping Ideas began in the beginning of April and we returned to San Guang Elementary school for a second time. Seeing the faces of the students as they opened each gift was such an amazing feeling.” Senior student, Hu Die, stated, “I’m really grateful for their model example of generosity. By first measuring the students feet and then giving them shoes, they attended to the needs in the most accurate fashion.”
Related to the new applications of the Yo-yo card that will soon be available on the student identification, presidents of Chang Gung University (CGU), Chang Gung University of Science and Technology (CGUST) and Ming Chi University of Technology came to TKU university with a total of 39 people for an academic exchange on April 16th. They were greeted personally by President Flora Chia-I Chang, General Secretary, Ting-chi Hsu, Dean of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Chun, Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, Dean of General Affairs, Shiaw Shyan Luo, Director of the Department of Information and Library Science, Sheue-fang Song, Chief Information Officer, Chin-hwa Kuo and other related department heads. The honored guests first began their trip with a tour of the university followed by information that would allow them to have a much deeper understanding of TKU’s management system. President Chang welcomed the guests with thanks and appreciation as the she then explained the educational system at TKU in her opening address. She mentioned TKU’s signature spirit of excellence program of cultivation as well as the Three Circles and Five Disciplines that emphasizes character development in addition to academic knowledge. She mentioned also the informationalized and digital campus system that has received great praise. The president placed emphasis on the fundamentals involved in student development including simplicity, truthfulness, firmness and perseverance. In the end of her speech she expressed special thanks to all of the administrators and staff that have made TKU’s concepts of study into a reality. The development of the TKU e-card began in 2010 when the university implemented the international Yo-yo card into the ID. In 2014, this step has been completed and the identification card of all students and teachers now has the Yo-yo card on the back. The next step is to introduce the RFID sensor card in order to help students relocate their card if it is missing stolen or otherwise misplaced. The new system will allow for more safety on campus and will also allow endless other functions such as administration information, class searches and curriculum information, electronic signature, grade reports, contact information, internet sites, examination reminders and more.
The past few weeks mark the most important time for juniors in high school regarding their application to study at the university. The Office of Academic Affairs has been providing services for students interested in all departments including meeting parents, interviews, and other needs in order to improve activity in admissions. These services include the two-day interactive event titled, “Choosing TKU for your Career”, an activity that showcased and detailed each department so that applying students could get a better understanding of the university. This year there are a total of 7,322 applicants that have passed the initial phase the application process and have registered for the next step. It’s estimated that there will be 2,401 new students admitted. Dean of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Cheng, expressed, “This university’s department exhibit gives students a chance to come directly in contact with professors and courses of their major of choice. Students and parents alike are able to become more familiar with the courses, content and uniqueness of TKU’s higher learning curriculum. It also helps the students better understand themselves and what their academic interests are. This year the admissions process is rather different than last year, allowing students to ask questions related to courses or services. It’ my hope that they will be able to see the many advantages of being a student at TKU.” One student who came in for an interview expressed, “The second part of the admissions process has allowed students and teachers to get a closer look at what the university has to offer. There are so many advantages here, especially the international accounting licensing certification and academic industrial internship programs.
When people ponder on fishing in earlier times, they can’t help but to think of the traditional stone fish traps that are still scattered throughout the country. Remnants of these ancient fishing traps can be found on the Tamsui coast, but because there hasn’t been any continual maintenance, these traps have slowly been eroding from existence. In order to preserve the memory of this tradition, a team from the College of Liberal Arts is making a documentary of these historical artifacts by using incredible and unusual methods. In addition to interviewing people who are able to recall the time that the traps were in use, they are using flying drones to film and get unique overhead perspectives. Information gathered including research, cultural information and historical artifacts will be saved in a digital archive to preserve the remaining data forever. Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Sinn-cheng Lin, expressed, “The information collected by this research group will be able to be found on Tamsui’s Wiki page (https://zh-tw.facebook.com/wikitamsui) and more people can get a closer look at the culture of Tamsui. I hope people will come take a look at some of the earliest man made eco related structures. There is much to learn for people with interests in History, Architecture, Tourism and Ecology. The College of Liberal Arts will utilize data collected over the past three years from students of the Departments of Chinese, History, Mass Communication, Information and Library Science and Information and Communication to make the preservation project diverse and intriguing from multiple fields. GPS will also be used to map out the different territories of stone traps, which will be useful for tourism in the future. One of the planners and research assistants, Mei-sheng Chen, stated, “Being able to film the earth from the sky will give us a very new look at things that we feel familiar with. I’m sure it will open everyone’s eyes for more creative and impactful ideas.”
Dean of the College of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang, Director of the Eastern Association Research Center, Juo-yu Lin, Director of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Ming-hsien Wang, Professor of the Graduate Institute of Asian Studies, Ching-lung Tsay, Professor of the Graduate Institute of European Studies, Chong-kou Tzou and Professor of the Graduate Institute of the Americas, Luis Pere Francisco, travelled to Jakarta, Indonesia for an academic exchange at the beginning of April. Kao-cheng Wang expressed, “The purpose of this trip was to strengthen our relations within the international Asian region while encouraging positive activity in enrollment, career opportunities and political relations. Currently, there are five TKU alumni that hold positions in the Indonesian Ambassador Office.” On April 2nd the College of International Studies met with Binus University to sign an agreement, establishing an academic and research exchange for teachers and students. The Vice President of Binus University, Simatupang, was in attendance during the official signing and afterwards they held the Asian Political and Safety Development forum.
Last month Tamkang University participated in the Ministry of Education’s 2015 Junior College Student Association Achievement Contest and Exhibition and the 2015 Annual Junior College Student Club Evaluation Event. This event involved 280 elite student groups and TKU’s Student Association was honored with the Award of Excellence and the Public Administration Student Group was awarded the Special Award of Student Group Autonomy Comprehension. Director of the Office of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, stated, “Receiving these awards are not only a great source of encouragement, they are real treasures for the university.” Member of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, I-ting Li, expressed, “In August 2014, the Student Association officially reached its 20th year and in 2009 began its participation in the Student Association Achievement Contest. From 2010 to 2014 the Student Association has won the award for Student Group Autonomy Comprehension for 3 years in a row. For the past three years the Student Association has continued to hold events to benefit students including suggestions for additional student clubs, activities in the ice skating rink and basketball court and more. The university has been very supportive of the ideas presented by the Student Association which has played a major factor in our achievements. ” Head of the Public Administration Student Group, Min-zhu Yang, stated, “The Department of Public Administration is the balance between the Department of Law and the Department of Politics. We are very passionate, but remain professional in all of our endeavors. The activities and events we hold vary depending on the environment, but touch on all aspects including traditions, services, innovation and much more. I believe it is our dedication to the community that is responsible for this year’s achievement.”
On March 25th the annual event to share student club memories and experience was held in rooms O306 and Q306. All of the student groups that had offered services during the winter break, gathered together to learn from each other. Captain of the Thailand Study Service Team and third year student of the Department of International Business, Dan Cao, stated, “When I am in Thailand it feels as if I’m in my purest and most humble form. When we arrived to see our host families, It felt like we had been missed every single day since our last visit.” Four-year student of the Department of Information and Library Science, Yi-ru Zhou, stated, “Receiving the host mother’s homemade key chain that she personally made for us as a souvenir, moved me to tears. I feel so incredibly blessed to be a part of this project.” There were a total of 31 service teams made up of 700 students that travelled to 17 regions around Taiwan and even overseas to give support of and share academic knowledge of TKU. The Office of Student Affairs held this event in order to give students an opportunity to encourage each other and inspire new blood to participate. The exchange included a collection of visual aids: pictures, videos and achievements to allow the audience to travel along with the student groups. Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Chung, made a personal appearance to congratulate the students on their endeavors. Director of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Su-kuang Chiang, stated, “Doing this type of volunteer work isn’t a single event, but a lifestyle. The highest level of service is incorporating this spirit into your everyday life.” Director of the Office of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, stated, “Seeing the smiles on each of these members’ faces, indicates that the seed of service has successfully been implemented in their hearts. It’s my hope that the seed is nurtured over the years and that our society may benefit from a great harvest.”
The spring season in Taipei is always welcomed by the blossoming of beautiful flowers that naturally decorate Tamsui, Taipei and Lanyang Campus. Once again students and teachers can enjoy the visually pleasing spring changes on the walkways, palace style lantern paths, gardens and courtyards as they travel from class to class. For sixty years the natural decor of Tamkang University has been the trademark of its unique campus in addition to the traditional Chinese style construction of buildings and plazas. Through diligence and generous contributions, the artful scenery on campus continues to grow more abundant and colorful as time passes. It’s a great time of the year for students and teachers alike to slow down and enjoy the view.
On the 25th of March, New Taipei City held the 2015 career exhibition in the Student Activity Center on Tamsui campus. There were 50 different enterprises represented including HIWEN Technologies Corp., Unimicron, Foxlink, Acbel Polytech Inc., E. Sun Bank, Taishin Financial Holdings, Din Tai Fun Restaurant, Regent Taipei, Miramar Garden Taipei, UNIQLO and many more. The companies were represented by technicians, engineers, salesmen and other positions adding up to a total of 2,500 employees. Head of the Career Guidance Section, Ling-chan Wu, stated, “This year the employment market is warming up as it begins to seek out new personnel, especially in regards of positions concerning technology. The New Taipei City Government held this campus career exhibition in order to prepare students for what’s to come in the near future, giving them confidence and allowing a smooth transition from the university into the workforce.” The event began at 10am with an exciting lion dance performed by the international students. Afterwards President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh and Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, cut the ceremonial ribbon and opened the doors for about 3000 participants. As soon as the event began students were able to interact, learn and make connections with each of the participating enterprises. Senior student of the Department of Information and Library Science stated, “I will be graduating in June so I am so grateful to have this opportunity to prepare for my future. I am able to learn what employers are looking for through communicating with so many great and diverse professional personnel.”
This semester the Office of Student Affairs is taking a new approach regarding Tamkang University’s registration for accredited student groups. This year all of the information and pamphlets about the extracurricular activities have taken the shape of extraterrestrials to explain things such as regulations for entering or setting up a group, organizing a group, campus positions, becoming an autonomous student group, raising student group knowledge, allowing for more self exploration in student learning and getting a head start on future careers. They also are holding events to encourage student group autonomy, student group cooperation and registration for events. Specialist of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Meng-shiang Wu, expressed, “These student groups are capable of inviting speakers and alumni for events so that they can share their exciting experience and work history, holding forums and workshops, evaluating curriculums, discussing student objectives, improving methods of administration and much more. The more knowledge they have on how things operate at the university, the more they are able to be involved.” Wu emphasized that registration for classes and groups can vary. If there are any questions of student group registration search for “student groups” (at link http://lpcs.tku.edu.tw/LPCS/fc_news/fc_news_all.aspx?mode=none).