Dr. Park Jae Kyu, President of Kyungnam University of Korea, came to Tamkang University for a visit on March 3rd. The honored guest first met with President Flora Chia-I Chang, who hosted the discussion between the two universities. Also in attendance was Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu and Director of the Office of International Exchange and International Education, Pei-wha Chi Lee. Kyungnam University is located in Busan, Korea and was founded in 1946. The school’s motto is Truth, Freedom and Creativity, giving it a spirit similar to TKU. In 1985 the two schools officially became sister universities and have had a healthy relationship ever since. Students of Kyungam University travel to TKU yearly for study and TKU students often participate in Kyungnam’s summer exchange, Global Hanma Program. Last May President Chang flew to Korea to pay a visit, which lead to President Kyu’s friendly visit on the 3rd of this month. President Kyu mentioned that he was very impressed with the environment of TKU campus and mentioned the visit would leave a lasting impression. He also stated that the engineering and technology resources at TKU were outstanding and that he hopes in the future to be able to collaborate with a technological exchange program.
The new educational revolution, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), have taken the world by storm and junior colleges all over Taiwan have been contributing their curriculums. Keeping in step with the digital revolution, Tamkang University has made plans with both Foreseeing Innovative New Digiservices (FIND) and Wiedu to create an MOOC program using TibaMe as a study platform. Students will be able to study independently, organize a personal resume while having access to business media. On March 2nd, President Flora Chia-I Chang met with Executive Director of FIND, Ruey-beei Wu, to sign an academic industry agreement. President Chang expressed, “Even though MOOC’s have only been around for the last two years, they have proven to be very valuable for the future of students. The demands for personnel in the career world continue to increase and this online program allows students to have professional training. Students are able to use digital study to strengthen their knowledge and skills which is why TKU is promoting online and long distance study programs with the assistance of the Ministry of Education to help students meet with the needs of an increasingly demanding career world.” Chief Information Officer, Chin-hwa Kuo, stated, “TibaMe is an online study program that takes a holistic approach to learning. Learners are able to freely take classes and obtain information that will further enhance their understanding. They will also be able to learn how to create a resume and e-portfolio that can help them establish relationships with companies early on.” Currently TKU’s first wave of digital study is being used on a Google Android APP, Apple iOS APP and the HTML5 system. There are currently 585 members registered for the MOOC’s and many classes have already begun.
For the winter vacation many activities took place and TKU student groups offered services of all kinds all over Taiwan. The services included part time volunteer work, internet instruction and study skills. 11 special students had a much more adventurous time during the winter break as they taught Chinese language for 13 days in Phitsanuloke, Thailand. The course included instruction in typing, conversation, calligraphy and cultural ideas including spring festival and the lunar calendar. One of the student instructors, Gui-zhen Lin, stated, “All of the students learned so diligently. The experience was very rewarding.” This is the second student service trip made to Thailand by TKU and supervisor of the trip was professor of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Mei-lan Lee, who stated, “It was so touching to see all of the teaching materials that we brought last year were still in good use. There were Chinese writings on the inside and outside of one of the homes we visited and also in the classrooms. It was very encouraging to see that we are truly making a difference.” Third year student of the Department of International Business, Fan-cao, also made his second trip to Thailand this winter break. He stated, “It was great being back and every hug I received let me know how fortunate I am. When I am in Thailand, I am the purest version of myself.” There were a few Thai students that were not new to the Chinese language, especially after last year’s service visit. With a few learning basics in place they were able to further increase the knowledge of the village, giving them even more involved study skills for the duration of their trip. The members of the TKU student service club were honored with gifts and souvenirs by the townspeople before their departure. Third year student of the Department of Economics, Yan-ru Liu, stated, “There were tears in my eyes as I left. When they gave us the traditional Chinese clothing that they made themselves, I was overwhelmed with emotion.”
The new year break has come to an end and all of the teachers and students have returned. In order to give a blessing to the new year while adjusting to the first day back at work, Tamsui, Taipei and Lanyang Campuses jointly held the New Spring Tea Party at 1 in the afternoon. Everyone offered their best wishes to each other at the tea party and President Flora Chia-I Chang gave a speech as she presented guests with gifts. The room was decorated with red and golden trim along with pictures representing the year of the ram. President Chang mentioned future projects and undertakings including the establishment of the Feature Center in July and plans for services in 2016. She also made announcements of preparations regarding the 66th Anniversary of TKU, academic planning, international exchange programs, publications, art, physical education and other special events. In closing she used Chinese idioms to express the different qualities of the ram and what it means for this year. President Chang stated, “The ram must be low key and wary of many different dangers, but it has always been a symbol of peace, kindness and fairness.” She stated that the spirit of the ram is what must be utilized within TKU’s Three Circles and Five Disciplines educational concept in order to cultivate the spirit of excellence in each student.
Cheers Magazine has released the survey results regarding “Enterprises Most Preferred University Graduates,” for the year 2015. Tamkang University was ranked 8th in the nation among all universities and number in the category of private universities. This marks the 18th time TKU has been awarded first place in this survey, signifying a successful academic system that promises strong employment opportunities for TKU students. The results of the survey were weighed among various categories: Professional Knowledge and Skills, International Perspective and Language Ability, Willingness to Learn, Teamwork, Handling Stress, Problem Solving Ability, Practical Study Comprehension and Innovation. TKU graduates placed in 3rd and 4th place in general and financial services and 10th place in academic industry internship performance. In addition a questionnaire was given to employers asking what they most preferred in new employees. The results showed that their highest interests were related to employees that possess Strong Academic Achievements, Flexibility, A Sense of Responsibility, Self-Motivation and good at both Stress and Mood Management. Other notable attributes include the ability to express ideas, problem solving, professional knowledge and skills, a positive attitude, innovative ability and teamwork. In order to create an atmosphere that students can learn knowledge applicable for their career, TKU has signed an agreement to establish academic industry programs with over 200 enterprises including China Air and HIWIN Technologies Corp.
The Office of Research and Development and the Office of Financial Affairs jointly held the 2015 TKU Faculty New Years Assembly in the Student Activity Center on February 6th (Friday). Dean of Research and Development, Der-wen Chang, and Dean of the Office of Financial Affairs, Jui-chih Chen, expressed their wishes and appreciation as the TKU faculty gathered for the last day of work before new year’s vacation. The celebration was filled with videos, performances and awards of all kinds to university members for their outstanding performance. Everyone was thrilled to kick back as they enjoyed a day with their co-workers and welcomed the new year. The event began with President Flora Chia-I Chang giving an opening address. She mentioned the many achievements of the previous year including the academic industry internship agreement signed with 200 enterprises. the allocation of research grants to professors of 28,000,000 NT, TKU’s tenth victory in the Robot Soccer League, recognition by the Ministry of Education for unique quality education, services in sustaining reduction of carbon waste, the renovation of student dorms, the development of the international youth leaders program and new innovative study methods. After awards were presented to faculty members, event organizer, Jui-chih Chen, expressed that the students of TKU were spreading the university’s study concept of simplicity, truthfulness, firmness and perseverance all over the globe. He mentioned that the performances were designed to outline the progress of the university over the past 10 years in an exciting and artistic fashion. The performances included skits, dances and song routines that entertained the audience with the personality of the university combined with the beauty of Taiwanese heritage.
The College of Science’s “Ke Jian (Bright Light) Science Service Team” will offer their services to 6 different middle schools in Tainan from January 28th to the 31st. Under the leadership of Dean of the College of Science, Bo-cheng Wang, the students will be giving instruction in areas such as mathematics, biology, chemistry and astronomy. The goal of the trip is to arm youth with skills that will benefit them in the future while stimulating their interest in science. A member of the Bright Light Service Team and third year student of the Department of Mathematics, Jia-cheng Liu, expressed, “To be a part of this team you have to be professional and energetic. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to share the information we’ve learned to help others. We use very interesting methods to grab the attention of the students and help them explore the world of science. It will certainly make students take a more active position in their studies in the future.” The four day schedule is divided into biology, chemistry, mathematics and astronomy. In the morning the students will study information and theories and in the afternoon they will have activities to help reaffirm their learning. They will also be able to watch news reports, films and play games to help them have a better visual understanding. At the end of the event they will play a competitive game that will test the skills that they have learned. A student and member on the Bright Light Science Service Team who participated in this event last year, Hui-lun Chen, stated, “They really learn a lot of information in only 4 days. Both the younger and older students gain a lot of new knowledge and it’s a memory that lasts forever.”
The Center for European Union Studies held the 7th annual European Union Winter Workshop on January 27th and 28th in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. This year’s topic was the European Union’s role globally and they invited Director from the European Economic and Trade Office, Frédéric Laplanche, to give a lecture. Leading the event was Dean of the College of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang, Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsi-deh Wu and Director of the Center for European Union Studies, Li-chuan Chen, who held five different courses revolving around European Union diplomacy, economic strategy, politics, culture and lifestyle. The workshop began by introducing the relationship between the European Union and Taiwan as well as the responsibilities of the European Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan. The workshop used innovative activities to educate participants of the governing methods of the European Union, allowing students to have fun creating alliances modeling and imitating what they learned. Also senior fashion editor from Marie Claire Magazine, Yu Gwen, and marketing speaker, Cui Han, were invited to join the discussion of European fashion. Fourth-year student of the Department of German language, Bo-cheng Xu, expressed, “Not only did this workshop give me a better understanding of Europe, but it also gave me a better understanding of how Europe interacts with the world on a global level. I really got a lot out of this workshop and even though I’m currently a senior, when I graduate, I plan on attending similar workshops that will help me expand my understanding of the international world.”
Tamkang University students competing on the team, “Accidental Winners” took first place in the 2015 intercampus computer game competition, Heroes Alliance. The team members of Accidental Winners include fourth-year student of the Department of Chinese, Jia-xing Zheng, fourth-year student of the Department of Accounting, Zong-ding Zhang, third-year student of the Department of Information Management, Geng-fu Zheng, fourth-year student of the Department of Information Engineering, Zhi-hao Li, fourth-year student of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Si-yao Su and second-year student of the Department of English, Sheng-wei Chen. Contrary to the team name, this is their second consecutive time winning this competition, proving that their success is no accident. Team leader Jia-xing Zheng expressed, “There were many factors that contributed to our teams success from the effort of each of the team members, the teachings of the coach and even off campus assistance. We had to overcome many different difficulties in order to make our team mesh together properly. For example, we have students on our team with very different schedules because they are not in the same grade so we had to make lots of different adjustments.” In order to prepare for the competition the team members explained they had to practice daily for the competition in the internet cafe. They continued to sharpen their communication and teamwork skills for months and even under the pressure of mid-term examinations and finals, they had to make sure their team was in shape for the competition.
Tamkang University’s Department of Accounting has significantly raised its international competitive ability, registering with Taiwan’s Higher Learning Education Association and obtaining international accounting certification from CPA Australia. On January 28th an official ceremony was held at the Danshuei Fishermen's Wharf and President Flora Chia-I Chang met with many honored guests including Representative of the Australian Office in Taipei, Martin Walsh and Chief Operating Officer of CPA Australia, Mr. Jeff Hughes and members of CPA Australia of the ROC Region, Mr Ronald Yam and Anthony Matis who bore witness to TKU’s accounting accreditation. President Chang stated, “CPA Australia was founded in 1888 and is one of the largest professional accounting organizations in the world, giving it the authorization to give international accounting accreditation. Tamkang University was founded in 1950 and is one of the earliest private institutions of higher learning in Taiwan. We focus on developing a spirit of excellence through an internationally-oriented, future-oriented and information-oriented educational program. Obtaining this international recognition for the Department of Accounting will certainly give students a world view, raising their career value on a global level. They will have an opportunity to learn the latest information and evolve along with the ever changing careers of the future.” Director of the Department of Accounting, Bao-guang Chang, expressed, “Being able to receive international accounting accreditation from CPA Australia is a major advantage so the alumni had to actively labor to apply for this qualification. It’s been a long and painstaking process of related discussions, preparation and gathering of all kinds of information, but it was definitely worth it. All of the students and teachers that graduated from the accreditation program at the end of 2014 were very pleased.” Bao-guang Chang went on to express the significant advantages that the program would offer to students including being able to seek employment at the many branches of CPA Australia.
The 2015 Annual Junior College Faculty Tennis Match took place on January 23rd at Chung Chou University of Science and Technology. Tamkang University’s 22 participating faculty members were lead by President Flora Chia-I Chang and were separated into both a men’s and women’s division. Not only did the highest level administrators such as President Chang and Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Chung, compete in the intense competition, but they fought valiantly to represent the spirit of TKU and were honored with a trophy of excellence for their performance. At the end of the match President Chang expressed, “I want to pay a special thanks to Director of the Office of Physical Education, Shu-feng Hsiao, for training us so diligently. It was crucial for our performance this year.”
The Quanta Culture and Education Foundation held the first Cultural Ambassador event in September and invited international students studying Chinese language from junior colleges and private universities all over Taiwan to participate. The event was an exchange with emphasis on showcasing the culture of Taiwan by giving participants missions to carry out throughout middle schools and high schools all around Taiwan. Each participants had an opportunity to win plane and boat tickets to take a trip around the entire island. Thi Kim Cuc Nguyen, a Tamkang University student of the Department of Chinese language, participated in the event under the encouragement of her instructed and won first place in the competition. Initially none of the students wanted to participate in the event, but Nguyen’s instructor, Qing-rong Meng, continued to persuade her to take advantage of the opportunity. Eventually Thi Kim Cuc Nguyen summoned up the courage to participate in the cultural event and took first place in the category of creativity. Qing-rong Meng expressed that it was a trying month of convincing Nguyen that she had the capability to do well in the event, but the final outcome was well worth it. She stated, “It is quite an honor to see any of my students achieve such an honor. It’s really quite moving.” Thi Kim Cuc Nguyen expressed, “I’m a very active girl and I never like to accept defeat. It wasn’t easy for me to come to Taiwan to study, but I had to do everything in my power to make a better future for myself. I’m very blessed to be able to be honored with such an award that recognizes my efforts. But honestly I’m still a little too conservative. I need to be braver and take the chance to meet more people from different countries and cultures. This event really gave me a chance to test my ability and I’m very grateful to my professor for recommending me.”
This winter break Tamkang University clubs that will be offering social services will include 31 different service teams with nearly 700 participants, reaching an all time high. On January 19th they held an event in the Student Activity Center titled, “Planting the Seeds of Hope is an Exciting Lifestyle.” For this winter vacation, 30 of the TKU service teams will be offering their services all around Taiwan while one of the groups will be heading overseas to volunteer their assistance in Thailand. For this exciting activity, the groups will be teaching Chinese language and culture, meeting with the needs of people that would never normally have an opportunity to come in contact with such a good quality education program. Leader of the Thailand Service and Study Team, Wei-lun Huang, stated, “This winter there are a lot of people willing to contribute towards the education of people living in the more remote areas. This is a commendable sacrifice for the students and really speaks about their character. I hope that our service team is able to spread their care into every possible region that needs it.” In attendance for the flag ceremony to launch the event and encourage team members was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of Administration, Jen-yi Hu, Dean of the Office Academic Affairs, Chih-en Ko, Dean of the Office of General Affairs, Shiaw-shyan Luo and the leaders of every group.
On January 1st the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs (OICSA) held the Second Tamkang World Forum Youth Leaders 2015 event. This year the forum was themed, “The Major Issues Facing the World,” and published dissertations covered topics related to globalism, political economics, social studies, culture, peace, energy, food and environmental issues in order to give the youth leaders knowledge of the core factors that will make them competitive in the modern era. This year’s forum included students from all over the world: University of Oxford, Moscow State University, University of Vienna, Queensland University of Technology, Dankook University, Kyung Hee University, Tsuda College, Nagasaki University, Kyushu University, Gakushuin University, Ritsumeikan University, and Vel Tech Dr. RR & Dr. SR Technical University, coming to a total of 10 countries, 13 academic institutions and 32 students. Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, stated, “We’ve invited the University of Oxford, Moscow State University and other well-known sister schools in the past to do research seminars and workshops. But now we want to give students a chance to gain skills and experience in the area of publishing.” One participant in the leadership forum and fourth-year student of the Department of Business Administration, Wen-yi Chen, stated, “This is my first time being able to work with international students to deal with serious issues. It’s great to be able to challenge myself and gain a more global perspective on problem solving.” First-year student from Oxford University, Justin, stated, “This is my first time in Taiwan and I am learning a lot about different cultures. This event has given me a new view on life.”
Tamkang University’s international e-learning study program is in effect! Student of the Graduate Institute of Asian Studies’ E-Learning Executive Master's Program, José Antonio Ovelar Núñez, has stood out among 16 of her classmates. On January 11th José gave an oral dissertation on the analysis of the importance of soybean exports from Paraguay in the Asian market, which received praise and high-marks from the professors in the program. This e-learning program has been established since February of 2012, making it the first e-learning executive master’s program in Taiwan. The program is two years long and registered students must come to Taiwan at least three times a year to complete the courses. José Antonio Ovelar Núñez’s completion of the program in such a short period of time is remarkable. A banquet was held on January 16th to celebrate the success of this international program.
In the afternoon on January 13th in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall, the annual 2015 first semester employee retirement tea party was held. For this event there was a total of 8 employees that officially said farewell to TKU: Specialist of the Document Section, Su-yueh Lin, Professor of the Department of Mathematics, Wu-yen Lee, Associate Professor of the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Tau-being Hsu, Associate Professor of the Department of Transportation Management, Chi-lyang Shing, Associate Professor of the Department of Business Administration Chang-mao Sheng, Associate Professor of the Department of French, Monier Alain, Member of the Instruction Section, Ting-mei Lai and Lexicographer of the International and Mainland Guidance Section, Pei-fen Chen. After President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed her gratitude in her address, she presented the retirees with symbolic souvenirs of their time at TKU. She also explained that due to the solid structure of the administration system that soon there would be many employees graduating at the same time and that the next retirement party might have to be held in the Student Activity Center. The retirees all took the stage one by one as they expressed their gratitude to TKU for the warm memories before taking a group photo together. Chairman of the Board of Retirees, Yun-shan Lin, expressed his thanks for the retirement party and the excellent provisions that TKU offered in terms of medical, salary and retirement accommodations. He recommended that the retirees continued to exercise and also participate in the many activities and programs of the university to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Ting-mei Lai offered her appreciation while mentioning the difficulty of saying farewell to TKU. Monier Alain expressed that after 25 years of working at TKU, the students have brought him a very fulfilling life. Su-yueh Lin stated that he became a member of TKU right after he graduated in 1966. He says after all the years he’s spent on campus, that it has become a very special place in his heart.
Every winter season hoodies rebirth in popularity. Whether it’s the owner of facebook or random joggers, this snug and cozy look can be seen on almost every continent in the world. On January 9th at the Cheuh-sheng Memorial Library TKU participated in this seasonal tradition, holding an event showcasing its uniquely designed hoodie with fashionable colors. A participant and first-year student of the Department of Information and Library Science, Hui-han Huang, stated, “It’s been a long time since I’ve worn anything like a school uniform. I really miss the days of waking up and not having to decide what I was going to wear. For everyone involved, this event will certainly be memorable.” Promoter of the event and second-year student of the Department of International Business, Yun-an Chen, stated, “Last year many students bought the TKU hoodies and really loved the way they looked. Recently I’ve heard lots of other students mention that they missed the days of being able to wear school uniforms. So on our facebook page we posted an event to see if everyone wanted to celebrate school spirit by wearing these hoodies. It wasn’t long before we had lots of students signing up to participate.” The January 9th event has been officially titled as TKU Hoodie Day. There were almost 500 hundred students that participated and there was no shortage of warm feelings. General Secretary, Ting-chi Hsu, stated, “In the future we must have all of the faculty involved too. We can even get the input of the alumni before passing out products for more innovative ideas.”
On January 7th the Ministry of Education held an environmental safety conference as well as the award ceremony for the Excellence in Laboratory Safety and Health of Academic Institutions, awarding Tamkang University with first place. Dean of General Affairs and Director of the Center for Environmental Protection, Safety and Health, Shiaw-shyan, expressed, “TKU has worked actively and gone through careful scrutiny in creating a safe environment on campus. With the resources of MOE we’ve received OHSAS18001 and ISO14064-1 certifications of environmental safety management. It’s taken a lot of manpower to implement a safe environment on campus. We’ve adopted the principle of P.D.C.A., which is plan, do, check and act.” Director of Campus Security, Jui-kuang Tseng, received the award on behalf of TKU. He stated, “I’m happy that we were able to stand out amongst 19 participating institutions. We’ve put in a lot of effort to create safety in the laboratory, making more than 170 modifications in the last three years.”
On December 9th President Flora Chia-I Chang was invited to Po On Commercial Association Wong Siu Ching in Hong Kong to give a lecture on “The Spirit of Excellence in Higher Learning and Top Quality Education.” In her lecture she introduced the education system in Taiwan while describing Tamkang University’s Three Circles and Five Disciplines educational system. She then detailed the total quality management system, mentioning the number of Hong Kong exchange students that come to Taiwan for study. In attendance were many junior high school principals and administrators that showed a deep interest in the educational concepts of TKU. On December 30th President of Po On Commercial Association Wong Siu Ching, Dik-wai Yue, brought a team to visit Lanyang Campus that included President of Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College, Yun-ming Tse, President of Po Leung Kuk Yao Ling Sun College, Mei-ling Chick and 12 other university presidents. They were welcomed by Dean of Lanyang Campus, Jyh-horng Lin, and directors of various departments to tour the campus’ unique and intriguing scenery. After the tour, introductions were made and they discussed details of the enrollment center, student dormitory life and different methods of resolving issues. The exchange allowed both parties to absorb a wealth of mutually beneficial information that will undoubtedly improve the quality of life on campus. Currently TKU has 1,616 international students, 567 of which are from Hong Kong.
The College of Foreign Languages and Literature has laid out a 9 month plan that will promote 15 scenic areas of Tamsui through, “Talking Tamkang University.” This project is an audio assisted learning curriculum to help students study literature in 6 different languages: English, Spanish, German, Japanese, French and Russian. Very soon anyone will be able to study language with audio assistance via QR Code or Youtube. The new program will have the support of New Taipei City Mayor, Eric Chu; the proposal is set to be mentioned in a conference taking place on January 6th. It’s estimated that in the beginning the project will utilize 30 different books that have been approved by the Dean of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsi-deh Wu. He’s invited 6 professors of different languages to design the complete program. Hsi-deh Wu stated, “This curriculum takes the perspective of foreign students touring and learning the environment at Tamsui. I’m sure this type of academic industry learning material combined with the online software that can provided, will be the ultimate method of learning a language.” Hsi-deh Wu hopes to be able to have the assistance of the different service workers in the region in order to make the study experience more diverse.