On October 24th Tamkang University and the University of Electro-Communications (UEC) held the TKU-UEC Global Alliance Lab MOU Signing Ceremony. This agreement ensured the academic cooperation of the two universities for the next five years in hopes of stimulating more new developments and opportunities. For the ceremony Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai and Professor of the University of Electro-Communications, Aoyama Nao, represented their universities for the signing of this future collaboration. The agreement includes an international academic exchange, cultivation of professional personnel, cross-department studies, creative thinking and academic industry programs. The goal is to raise students’ international capabilities in order to make them more effective in the future global market. In addition to signing the agreement, UEC also came to participate in the 2014 Crossover IT Robo-Mech Remote Control Contest Development, an activity that has been taking place since 2008. This contest emphasizes the development of VPN, allowing for students and teachers to work together and improve upon their ideas.
Minister from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, David Y. L. Lin, was invited by the College of International Studies and the Graduate Institute of European Studies to give a lecture on November 4th. The lecture was themed, “Displaying the Success of Viable of Diplomacy,” and took place in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. The event attracted over 250 teachers and students. The lecture was hosted by Dean of the College of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang who stated, “Minister David Y. L. Lin is a tribute to the university’s success and effective educational system. There are 267 Tamkang University alumni that are involved in diplomatic services.” Minister David Y. L. explained the Viable Diplomacy Act, which was initiated in 2008 as President Ying-jiu Ma took office. He stated, “It brought along a lot of controversial issues related to government at the time, therefore it had to be merged with the academic world, creating a well-rounded applicable policy.” During the lecture the minister covered many related issues: Strengthening the Relationship with Alliances and Cooperation Overseas, the Essentialness of International Relationships, Active International Groups, Promotion of Peace, International Economic Cooperation, International Responsibilities, Expanding the Public’s Worldview and Improving Public Service Effectiveness. At the end of the lecture Minister David Y. L. encouraged the students to do part time work related to international services in order to expand their world perception. The event ended with a Q and A, allowing students to ask many questions about careers in International Affairs. A student of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, expressed, “I really appreciated Minister David’s thorough explanation of the Viable Diplomacy Act. He mentioned a lot of issues that you would never hear about in mainstream news.”
According to the research gathered amongst 46 countries under the title “Global Talent 2012,” published in the 2012 Edition of Oxford Economics, Taiwan will be faced with a lack of qualified professional personnel. This information proves to possibly be more devastating to the economy than Taiwan’s current problem as an “aging generation.” In order to salvage the situation, the youth must be determined to fight for the future of Taiwan. This time period calls for a more ambitious and adventurous generation. In the afternoon on November 3rd, a forum was held titled, “Ambition- the Battle for Future Talent.” The event was held by TKU in cooperation with Commonwealth Magazine, who invited President of Chailease,Ying-chih Liao, TKU Alumni and Founder of the Innovative Open House website, Chih-Chao Chuang, and student representatives from the College of Engineering, to share ideas that could pave the way to a brighter economic future. The forum had over 1,600 individuals in attendance. President Chia-I Chang began the event by expressing her gratitude to Commonwealth Magazine for helping hold such a meaningful forum. President Chang then gave a brief history of TKU and its achievements including being ranked number one as most preferred graduates for employment for 17 years, the Three Circles and Five Disciplines Education system and maintaining an internationally-oriented, information-oriented and future-oriented education system. She then explained the steps needed to cultivate quality professionals in the future. She stated, “Taiwan’s future will gain strength by stepping onto the world stage and cultivating a more holistic global view.” The editor for Commonwealth Magazine, Wan-yu Wu, detailed the goal of the forum while presenting a short documentary. The documentary pointed out that the responsibility of creating a better economic future is reliant on the youth of Taiwan. It drew examples, using success stories of ambitious young entrepreneurs such as Chih-Chao Chuang. Afterwards Chih-chao Chuang shared his personal experience with the audience, giving gratitude to TKU for helping him to achieve his dream. He then encouraged the students to take advantage of the unique opportunity of learning at TKU. He stated, “No matter what the situation is in the world or in Taiwan, if I can do it, you can do it!”
Tamkang University’s Skating Rink has been a place that has hosted many events including Chinese Folk Song Night, performances from the Beatbox Team and Dance Team, the Street Square event and much more. It even made an appearance in the novels written by Sufen Cai in the 80’s. Now all of the alumni and students must bid farewell to the area that hosted so many wonderful campus traditions as it looks toward the future in the new Shou Chien International Conference Center. The Skating Rink has been a significant landmark for the university for half a century, making it crucial to the history of the university. A ceremony will be held on November 8th, officially celebrating the close of this historic center. Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, expressed, “Both the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of General Fairs are working together to hold this event, which will include many arts and activities to say farewell to the skating rink.” Organizer of the event and member of the Office of Student Affairs, Ruey-er Chen, stated, “There will be many activities that have been separated into two categories: the Older Tree Movement and Fences. The Older Tree movement will be related to bringing awareness to environmental protection, planting trees and plant life while the Fences will let students work with a creative story outline leaving their art work along the construction fences. Alumni from the Department of History, Ting-yu Li, stated, “This event will attract a lot of people, giving everyone a deeper appreciation of the history of TKU.”
In 1969 the Graduate Institute of America was founded and in 1989 the Graduate Institute of Latin America was founded. Both became known for being amongst the most important research centers in the nation. In 2009, the institutes became one: the Graduate Institute of the Americas, allowing for a smoother collaboration of ideas and concepts for future academic programs. This year marks the 45th year for the Graduate Institute of America and the 25th year for the Graduate Institute of Latin America, making it a time for celebration and good cheer. On October 28th at 10 o’clock in the morning, the Black Swan Exhibition center held the exciting anniversary promotion that included, Wine and coffee from Northern and Latin America, a book fair, innovate films, historical documentaries, and delicious cultural treats. The event was hosted by the Director of the Graduate Institute of the Americas, Hsiao-chuan Chen, who invited Ambassador Marcial Bobadilla Guillén from the Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay, Ambassador of the Dominican Embassy in Taiwan, Samuel Castro, Ambassador of the Embassy of Honduras in Taiwan, Misael Vallecillo, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, and Dean of the College of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang. From October 28th to the 31st, everyone is welcome to enjoy the multi-cultural exhibit. Products include fine Latin American alcoholic drinks: Tequila, Bacardi, Pisco, Margaritas, Mojitos, Pisco Sour and more. There is also a decent selection of choice coffee to sample and enjoy. The event organizer and second-year student of the Graduate Institute of the Americas, Bo-shan Wu, stated, “It took a full month to prepare this event and we all spent a lot of blood, sweat and tears to make it come into fruition. But having a chance to let people explore some of the true treats of Latin America is well worth it.”
The effects of the low birth rate of the baby bust generation have taken a large toll on enrollment in Taiwan from elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. This reduction in student population has made a dramatic impact on the future of higher learning. Now junior and private universities find themselves faced with the crisis of development and maintaining student numbers in an increasingly competitive educational market. In order to combat the issue, a meeting was held in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall on October 25th. The meeting was titled, “Strategies to Handle the Impact of the Baby Bust Generation on Higher Education in Taiwan.” President Flora Chia-I Chang stated, “We’ve paid attention to the phenomenon of the baby bust generation as it’s impact has become more apparent within the last few years. So we’ve invited professional researcher and professor of the Social Studies Department of National Taiwan University, James Hsueh, to give an analysis of the situation. Also because this has already been a problem in Japan, Professor from the Department of Japanese, Mei-ling Wang and Director of Lanyang Campus, Jyh-horng Lin, will give a report on the methods that Japan utilized to handle the effects of an aging society.” Moderator of QS World University Rankings, Martin Ince, began the meeting by emphasizing the importance of providing students with current information, university management and government participation, and the need for increased population of international students. He added that by increasing the university world ranking, it would open the proper avenues, allowing for expansion and international development. He stated, “In order for Tamkang University to make its mark in the international world, it must develop and share its most unique characteristics.” Professor James Hsueh began by analyzing and explaining the fluctuations of the birth rate in the most impactful years. He then talked about the necessity of being a competitive university and ways to maintain student population numbers through comparing to other countries that have undergone the same problem in the past. Professor Mei-ling Wang then explained the methods and problems that Japan endured dealing with the effects of a declining birthrate starting from the year 2000. She first mentioned that there was a decrease in student enrollment, academic funding, and government support in private universities by 32.7 percent. It was followed by an academic revolution of many schools focusing on reform of teaching methods, curriculum, international communication, politics, and student competitiveness. She stated, “By modelling the examples of other countries, we will be able to turn this calamity into an opportunity of development.”
From October 8th-10th, President Flora Chia-I Chang and the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET), travelled to Japan to meet with three Japanese universities: All Japan Universities Consortium, the Japan Association of Private Universities and Colleges (JAPUC) and the Association of Private Universities of Japan (APUJ). They also paid a visit to sister school, Hosei University, taking a tour of their campus including the Mandarin Training Center. The Executive Director of FICHET, Hwei-mei Chen, also came along for the academic visit. Japan has an estimated total of around 775 private universities, each with its own unique style and characteristics. The All Japan Universities Consortium was founded in 2004, JAPUC was founded in 1951 and APUJ was founded in 1946, making it the oldest school among the Japanese University Association and the first university to have an academic exchange with Taiwan. TKU’s sister school, Hosei University, was established in 1880. It has an extensive history as well as a well deserved academic reputation. Its campus is made up of 15 Colleges, 14 Graduate Institutes, 3 Master’s Programs, 30,000 students and 740 teachers. Hosei University officially signed an agreement to become sister universities with TKU in 2008. The two universities have shared a close relationship and in February they signed an agreement to establish a student exchange set to take place next spring.
The digital age is changing everything in our lives, from the way we communicate, entertain ourselves and even buy groceries. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the digital is now revolutionizing our traditional ways of learning. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) allow for many students in different regions to learn a variety of subjects at the same time. Tamkang University is offering three courses using this new media platform: E-calligraphy, Internet Items and Concepts and the Principles of Accounting. The courses can be applied for starting from October 27th in the “Share Course” section at link http://www.sharecourse.net/sharecourse/unit/tku . TKU held a press conference on October 23rd, officially announcing these MOOCs. Director of the Distance Education Development Section, Ying-hong Wang, stated, “Since 2002 this university has established an online campus, paving the way for the many resources we use for our long-distance education program. Through designing these programs for exchanges with sister universities, TKU has developed a professional team with modern information-oriented capabilities. They have designed a curriculum that cultivates professional skills that are perfect for the MOOC program.” First-year student of the English master's Program in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, De-wei Jiang, stated, “The MOOCs have a lot of diversified information that is extremely helpful. I am able to get access to the professional skills I need because it has such a well designed curriculum. I also love how I am able to take the pace that I want while learning the information.”
Confucius stated that there are three different phases of learning: when we are 15 to 40 years, are gathering understanding about life, from 50-60 years old, we learn of our purpose through self reflection and from 70 and older we learn to follow our heart without transgression. Tamkang University’s Department of Architecture now enters a time of self reflection as they meet together in discussion of the upcoming 50th birthday celebration. Director of the Department of Architecture, Jui-mao Huang, stated, “This discussion is the oldest tradition of the Department of Architecture, which allows students and teachers to sit down with exceptional alumni face to face. It lets members of the university peer into the fruits of their labor. It also provides an opportunity to see if there are areas that can be adjusted or improved upon.” The discussion contained 12 alumni from the Department of Architecture, hosted by legendary Taiwanese architect, Ying-chun Hsieh. The content of the discussion entailed modern concepts of architecture and the great changes that have occurred in Taiwan since the Architecture Department was founded. They also shared their unique and vast personal experience, enlightening students and teachers alike with their many challenges and accomplishments. They mentioned that so much of their success was do to the strict teachings of their instructors at TKU. Second-year student of the Department of Architecture, Li-ting Huang, stated, “I’m so grateful for these amazing alumni that took the time to discuss with us today. It really opened my eyes to all of the possibilities of architecture and how it relates to the academic world, commercial business or government needs.”
There’s a saying that goes, “If you open a book, you open a new world.” Through reading we are able to open a realm of endless possibilities both fictional and nonfictional. We are allowed to peak into the writer’s mind and share their wisdom and experiences. Each book is a special gift and the second floor of the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library has just made it even more convenient to access. The new system for finding, organizing and returning literature uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. Now the shelves have become “smart shelves” that send information about each book through an automated system. It is a completely new experience that seems like something from a sci-fi novel. Dean of the Library, Sheue-fang Song, stated, “Before when someone wanted to reserve a book, they had to wait until the reader returned it, sometimes unaware of all of the books we had to offer. Now they can come here and browse for a book on our system whether or not it’s here, allowing each book to get a lot more use. We spent the summer time remodelling and redesigning the library system to make it more convenient and more comfortable.” Students are able to look through the computerized catalogue to search for and reserve books. They are allowed to reserve up to 6 books at once. Director of the Circulation Services, Chiu-hsia Shih, stated, “The New UHF RFID Smart Shelves display the status of any book on the LCM screen. As soon as there is any change on the shelf, the monitor automatically makes adjustments.”
The E-learning Executive Master’s Program of Business Administration (EMBA) has begun the their third year, enrolling 15 new students. The goal of this educational program is to build an academic bridge between Taiwan and Latin America. By giving Taiwanese people an understanding of Latin America and also giving Latin Americans a deeper view of Asia, a new generation of students can be cultivated with a diplomatic world view. The new enrolling students travelled from areas all over Latin America including Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Argentina, Ecuador and Mexico. On October 9th the 11 second-year students, accompanied the 15 enrolling students to sign up for courses. Also in attendance was Ambassador of Guatemala, Arturo Romeo Duarte Ortiz, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Rudolf Clausius, Director of the Mexican Trade Services Documentation and Cultural Office, Juan Manuel Gónzales with Deputy Director Alejandro Ramirez and Secretary of Honduras, José Víctor Lozano. In addition to receiving their courses, the new students also received gifts and souvenirs. The students were presented with a warm welcome as they took on an abundance of new courses including Pacific Safety Issues, Modern China, Taiwanese Society and Culture, South Eastern Asian Economic Development, North Eastern Asian Economic Development and South Eastern Government and Politics. Second-year student, Espinoza, expressed, “This assembly is always a lot of fun because we get to try lots of different types of food all in the same place. I’m so happy to be a part of something so significant and special.”
The Annual Gathering for Alumni of Tamkang University took place on October 4th at the Monarch Plaza Hotel in Taoyuan. This is the ninth year to hold this annual event and awards were presented, recognizing many alumni for their many contributions. In attendance was President of the Board of Trustees, Ding-chuan Chen, President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, Executive Director of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng, President of the Tamkang University Worldwide Federation of Alumni Association, Dr. Loo Soon, President of the Association of TKU Academic Departments, Jui-lung Sun, and President of the China Alumni Association, Wen-fu Chuang. The assembly began with the President of Better Chemistry Better Life, Ding-chuan Chen, giving a small briefing, officially initializing the newly founded academic industry program. Ding-chuan Chen stated, “The research and study of solar energy will be something that I will keep a close eye on even after I am retired. New medicines can be made through contributions into the field of chemistry and it is a priority that Better Chemistry Better Life remain focused on ways to better the quality of life for the human race.” Afterwards awards were presented to 28 alumni for their contributions: Shi-bo Zhang, Yong-qin Xu, Ming-yang Gao, Zhong-qin Xu, Wen-he Chen, Ruo-ming Xu, Yan-yan Qiu, Wei-yong Chen, Zeng-yao Gao, Ming-ren Wang, Xiao-rong Lin, Qin-cai Chen, Ya-shu Hong, Zi-jing Liu, Wei-tang Peng, Bo-shu Lin, Li-zhu Ye, Hong-jin Zhou, Zong-qin Chen, Feng-xiang Li, Shu-lin Qiu, Shun-min Wang, Meng-ji Xu, Cai-lie Yang, Hua-long Huang, Xian-yu Zhuang, and Bing-xi Zhang.
Tamkang University Alumni of the Department of Mass Communications and author, Wenyin Cheng, stated, “My time at Tamkang University was the first time I had ever lived with someone else.” Alumni from the Department of English and acclaimed author, Tien-wen Chu, also stated that she misses her time as a student at TKU. For many of the students that attend TKU, life in the dormitories leaves great memories and souvenirs for the later years. It is a special moment in time, shared with new friends over the course of many interesting and fun-filled nights. In order to make the time spent in the dorms even more comfortable, TKU has remodelled the female dorm, Sung-tao Hall, making it fresh and better than ever. In the afternoon on October 3rd, the ceremonial ribbon was cut to celebrate the new makeover. The opening celebration was graced with a pleasant atmosphere that included dancing performances. President Flora Chia-I Chang stated, “I’d like to personally thank the Office of General Affairs for all of their effort and planning involved in creating a top quality environment on campus. Sung-tao Hall’s new look is stunning and equipped with facilities that will help cultivate students in a positive learning atmosphere.” The end of the event included a video, displaying the great changes that the dorm had undergone over the years. Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, stated, “We’ve gotten lots of remarks from past students and the media about the price of the new dorm being so affordable. It really shows that everyone is very impressed with the new look.”
When you turn on your cell phone, there are dozens of tiny screens that appear, assisting you with the apps of your choice. Whether you are using an I-phone, Android, iOS or any modern smartphone, life is made more convenient with apps that can take care of many daily needs from information to a cure for boredom. As a member of TKU, be sure to download the TKU i-life app like thousands of other students who take advantage of this helpful resource daily. This app was created in 2012 and has already been downloaded 55,288 times. It has been accessed by users a total of 3,515,330 this year and 6,353,718 times since its development. The app has become quite popular not only for its handy informational resources, but also for its entertainment value. This app gives the latest details on all the happenings on campus regarding daily news, recent news, up and coming events, campus phone numbers, library information, videos, bus routes, weather, building projects, and much more. The app comes equipped with a total of 17 different functions for life on campus. The functions that are most popular include My Schedule, Tamkang Wi-fi and Exam Schedule. It also receives a lot of use from catching the sports events such as volleyball and basketball games. First-year student in the Department of Russian Language, Yu-xiang Sun, stated, “This app has been very useful for helping me get adjusted to life on campus. I can find everything that I am looking for very quickly.” Fourth-year student of the Department of Transportation Management, Zu-jie Lin, stated, “I love this app. It’s made my life on campus so convenient because I can stay up to date with everything on my phone.”
From the 22nd to the 25th of this month, President Flora Chia-I Chang lead a trip to Korea with Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of Global Development, Ay-hwa Andy Liou, Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, and Director of the Office of International Exchange, En-ju Lin to visit four sister universities: Sungshin Women’s University, Ewha Women’s University, National Central University, and Dankook University. The President’s first stop was at Sungshin Women’s University(SWU), an institute that officially began an academic exchange with Tamkang University in 1983. Last July 24th TKU and SWU established a new exchange program scheduled to take place next year. SWU was founded in 1936, giving it a history of 28 years as a comprehensive university. It currently has 10 colleges, 5 graduate institutes and over 12,000 students. The second visit was with National Central University, founded in 1918. It has two campuses containing 19 colleges and 14 graduate institutes. The students also benefit from a very successful theater and film program. They are responsible for the popular film that received international acclaim, “Yuri.” The final visit was with Dankook University (DU), the first private university established after the Japanese occupation. It was founded in 1947 and officially began an exchange with TKU in 1975. DU institute has 20 colleges and 28,654 students. President Chang stated, “Korea has made great bounds in recent years regarding higher learning. There is a lot that is worth learning through our cooperation and this trip has certainly strengthened our bond.”
The recent increase in prices for water, electricity and other resources has directly influenced the cost of eating take out. Not to mention that the continual use of disposable plates and containers leads to waste that has a negative impact on our environment. The Office of General Affairs is presenting the “Large Bowl” drive, designed to promote environmental awareness by providing students with a stylish reusable bowl for all of their meals. These bowls will be distributed in the food plazas downstairs in the dormitories on September 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Each purchase over 45 NT will have a 5 NT discount when using these bowls. Dean of the Office of General Affairs, Shiaw-shyan Luo, expressed, “Tamkang University has close to 20,000 students and many of them eat take out. If they all use disposable cups and plates it will surely leave a significant footprint of carbon waste on our environment. We discovered in an earlier survey that in one weeks time, the number of paper containers used by the university for lunch boxes would stack up to be twice as high as the Taipei 101 building. So we have undertaken dramatic measures since 2008 in order to reduce carbon waste generated from our university. These small steps, policies and adjustments have dramatic effects on our the future of our eco system.” The large bowl comes dressed in a beautiful flower design with a fastenable lid. It can hold up to 1000 cc of food, making it suitable to hold a large lunch. Founder of the Large Bowl promotion, Ying-hsiu Lai, expressed, “I chose to promote this environmental product in the freshman dormitory in order to let students start their college life with good habits. Not only will this project be effective in reducing carbon waste, it is a fine way to promote awareness to environmental problems as well.”
Haruki Murakami research has become quite popular in Taiwan and throughout the world, even receiving a nobel prize. In 2012 Tamkang University’s Japanese Department designed the Haruki Murakami research program and founded the first Haruki Murakami research center in Taiwan. On September 22nd the official opening for the center was held, hosted by President Flora Chia-I Chang, who invited Translator of English Literature and former professor of Tokyo University, Motoyuki Shibata, to give a lecture contrasting American literature with Haruki Murakami. Director of the Center for Murakamiharuki Studies, Chiu-kuei Tseng, expressed, “In the future we will sustain Haruki Murakami research utilizing hardware, software and all related materials to create a diverse curriculum.“ Chiu-kuei has held the Haruki Murakami International research conferences three consecutive times in Japan, Korea and Malaysia. For this event, special guest Motoyuki Shibata was invited to enlighten people in great detail regarding the writings of Haruki Murakami. Former assistant of the TKU Center for Murakamiharuki Studies and alumni of the Department of Japanese, Chao Sheng, expressed, “Since high school I’ve been very fascinated with Haruki Murakami’s products. I love the way he describes the moods and emotions of all the characters and the events are all very meaningful. Making people more aware of the context of his books will have a profound and positive impact on the literary world.”
On September 19th, Tamkang University had a signing ceremony for the future collaboration with Hong Kong Junior High Schools. The new alliance was made through Highwise Service Foundation limited and President Flora Chia-I Chang flew to Hong Kong with Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, to personally sign the agreement for an academic exchange. The schools that are included in this agreement with Tamkang University are all top of the line institutions: Pui Ching Middle School, La Salle College, Carmel Divine Grace Foundation Secondary School, Po On Commercial Association Wong Siu Ching Secondary School, King Ling College, Stewards MKMCF Ma Ko Pan Memorial College, Lai King Catholic Secondary School, Cognito College, Shun Tak Fraternal Association Seaward Woo College, Baptist Wing Lung Secondary School, Tsung Tsin College, and Buddhist Hung Sean Chau Memorial College. This newly founded academic exchange received great appreciation and anticipation from both sides.
Global Views Monthly magazine and 1111 have finished conducting a survey to find the most preferred university graduates by thousands enterprises. The survey was conducted from June 24th, 2014 to July 23rd, 2014 utilizing samples from both the internet and telephone. TKU was ranked 10th among all universities in Taiwan, making it the only private university to be ranked in the top ten. TKU was also ranked 1st among private universities. The categories used to gauge university rankings include Business and Management, Finance, Humanities, Social Science, Art, Design and Architecture. According to the survey, enterprises are most interested in new employees that have internship work experience or have studied an academic industry curriculum over letters of recommendation and grades. Because of this trend, the majority of enterprises recommend that students get work experience before going into graduate school. New employees with work experience are more likely to have an understanding of the required expertise for the job. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, stated, “In recent years we have been emphasizing internship work experience because it is the current direction of higher education and we will continue to create and strengthen our academic industry programs. On July 21st we signed an agreement with 200 enterprises to create more professional academic exchanges.”
There are many different types of student clubs and associations involved in areas of art, physical fitness, health, services, music, religion, get togethers and student affairs. These groups hold various important events such as the graduation ceremony, competitions and so on. At the start of the new semester, a promotion activity presenting all of the clubs takes place on campus, allowing the incoming freshmen to choose a group to become a part of for their credit requirement. The event titled, “The Student Club Enrollment Exhibition” was put on by the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, which displayed 135 different student clubs on Hai Bao Street. All of the groups had the opportunity to show off their unique purposes and characteristics. There were many great products, sounds and sights to attract the incoming freshmen to take a closer look. There was a blend of international concepts as western music filled the air next to the fencing club. First year student of the Department of Finance, Zi-Xuan Su, stated, “The song composition club really got my attention because the club was so big!” This semester there will be no shortage of new blood to take on the 19 newly established groups, bringing the total number of student clubs to 226. Some of the newly established groups include Promoting Science to Children, International Economics, TKU Model Club, Elton Laboratory, Liberal Arts Club, Soccer, EMBA, Running, Adventure Club, Musical Games Club and much more. Students can option to join a club for reasons of creativity, academics or fitness, giving them a lot to consider before becoming a part of a team.