There is no shortage of convenient stores in Taiwan from 7-11, Family Mart and many other varieties. In fact, you can’t walk 5 minutes in any direction, without running into convenient store in Taipei city. They offer a wide range of services aside from from groceries including reserving tickets, travel services and allowing us to pay for our monthly bills. On December 4th TKU and the Ministry of Interior held a press conference for the Promotion of the Citizen Digital Certificate, or smart cards for purchasing convenience. Currently students can take a look at their grades report at campus vending machines and online, but there are limitations because students need a bank account to make an online purchase or come to campus to find a vending machine. TKU is now cooperating with 7-11 so that students can use smart cards at the ibon machines so that they can purchase their grade reports even more easily. The combining of the Citizen Digital Certificate with the ibon service, is a safe and effective way to view grades anytime while staying close to home. Chief Information Officer, Chin-hwa Kuo, expressed, “In the near future, the university’s automation system will include administration, education, and work services that will be both safe and efficient for the transference of data. It is my vision to continue to improve upon the efficiency of our services, making everything more efficient as we continue to form an information-oriented and future-oriented university. The Citizen Digital Certificate has many uses that can be modified and soon everyone can have an efficient electronic lifestyle.”
In the wintertime at the Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf most people see the aesthetically pleasing scenery including the relaxing waves of the ocean, the Ti-an Coffeeshop and the Bridge of Romance. But the the students of the Department of Mass Communication see something very different than the common eye. They peer deeper into the environment, noticing the great difficulties that the fisherman must undergo, many of which are Indonesian immigrants. They live a simple life in the country, filled with both the tears and laughter that is captured by the students in their documentary “Between Floating and Sinking.” This film’s attention to detail and keen insight was awarded with the Taipei City Government’s Labor Award. Director of the Department of Mass Communication, Huei-chun Chi, expressed, “Taiwan is an increasingly more diverse cultural and Taiwanese people rarely have an idea of what this laborious lifestyle entails. This is this Department’s 28th group and their film focuses on the lives of these fisherman, capturing economic trials, difficulty with cultural adjustments, religious and relationship issues and so on.” Director of the film, Jing-qian Cai, explained, “We have some members of our student group that work at the convenient stores at the Fisherman’s Wharf and had the opportunity to meet with lots of the laborers on the regular basis. We found that the Indonesian workers were quite fluent in Chinese and began having regular chats. It inspired us to create this film that would let Taiwanese people take a deeper look at what takes place inside of our own society. When we zoom in and look at the details of our environment more closely, it gives us a better appreciation of everything.”
The 2014 Annual Junior College Faculty Member Ping Pong Competition took place on November 21st (Friday). The competition included 38 national universities with a total of 650 participants. The Ministry of Education’s Director of the Office of Education, Yeong-Luh Wu, Chairman of New Taipei City’s Office of Physical Education, Jin-an Liao, President Flora Chia-I Chang and Director of Lanyang Campus, Jyh-horng Lin, expressed a few words for the opening ceremony. President Chang expressed her gratitude for the Ministry of Education’s physical education program and the support they’ve provided throughout Taiwan. She also expressed a special thanks to Lanyang campus for their full English program and the junior year study abroad opportunity that has been particularly helpful in creating an internationally-oriented education environment at TKU. This is the fourth time TKU has hosted this junior college ping pong competition. Last year it was held on Tamsui campus, but this year it’s held on Lanyang Campus in order to display the great developments that it has undergone. This athletic exchange lended the opportunity to share the beautiful scenery Lanyang has to offer. The competition was divided into different categories of Groups, Individuals, First-level Administrator Pairs, First-level Administrator Singles. The groups were divided into Men’s A Team, Men’s B Team, Men’s C Team, Women’s A Team, Women’s B Team and the Aged Division. Dean of Physical Education, Shu-feng Hsiao, expressed, “The Ministry of Education’s promotion of exercise policy has created a mentality that strengthens the country through meaningful sports events. The implemented policies of Lovers of Fitness, Exercise Anywhere and Exercise All the Time is changing Taiwan into an island of exercise. This sports event represents Taiwan’s movement into a healthy and positive direction.”
The Department of History held the Tamsui Studies and Regional Society History Forum on November 27th and 28th in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. Director of the Department of History, Chen-jung Lin, expressed, “This forum is themed around oceanic regions and we’ve invited educators and researchers from Japan, France, Sweden, Brussels, and Malaysia to share their experience and various publications. The forum detailed the many challenging issues historians are faced with in addition to their goals, materials and overall purpose. Associate Professor of the Department of History, Yao-tsung Tang, presented his publication, “Soulful History,” which left the traditional framework of historical analysis in order to make a comparison of modern societal issues, in hopes of making a more effective connection with the common man. His argument stated that in the past, there has been a divide between society and historians that prevents effective progress and thus allows for more confusion in terms of future development. Another dissertation reviewed at the forum was written by Researcher of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wang-qian jin. He wrote “The Three Types of New Discoveries of Xiamen’s Coastal Documents,” which utilized new historical study materials that everyone uses in their day to day lives, in order to easily explain complex research involving the fishing industry, shipping routes of Xiamen and important shipping events related to mainland China. Researcher from France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Claudine Salmon, shared the contributions of researcher Wei-jing Li (1614-1688). An abundant amount of articles were discussed, detailing the various components of history that are vital for modern development. First-year student of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Jie-feng Chen, stated, “Because of the influence of Taiwanese research, there have been very fruitful academic developments. This event is held every three years by the Department of History and lets everyone share important research from both national and international sources.”
In order to promote the importance of creating an environment that is user-friendly to handicapped persons, the New Taipei City government has awarded a total of 23 enterprises for their disabled persons’ modifications. Among the 23 enterprises, Tamkang University is the only academic institute to receive the 2014 Outstanding Employer of Physically or Mentally Disabled Personnel Award. Director of the Vocational Training and Welfare Section, Chih-ling Peng, received the award on behalf of TKU on November 26th from deputy mayor, Shen-Hsien Chen. The modern world has opened its eyes to the reality of diversity in all walks of life and emphasizes the creation of a suitable environment for all. The needs of the disabled and people from every background must be respected. TKU has been diligent about establishing an environment that tailors to special needs for quite some time and actively preserves and protects the rights of handicapped individuals. In terms of special assistance for disabled employees and students, TKU’s objective is to continually improve. Chih-ling Peng stated, “The last few years this university has made modifications for facilities, tools and buildings in order to better assist those with special needs. This includes both hardware and software such as Zoom Text, the English and Chinese Audio Reading Device, Jaws for Windows, braille displayer, English/Chinese Impaired Vision device, and much more.”
All of the guests at Tamkang University enjoy the scenic beauties that the campus has to offer. Whether its the unique Chinese Palace-style hallways, the blossoming of the Rhododendron or the jade greenery alongside the Shepherd’s Bridge, there is so much artwork to be appreciated. TKU’s incorporation of both man-made and natural artwork always leaves visitors with a memorable and lasting experience. The campus has inspired other artists such TKU Alumni and singer, Shuang-ze Li, who wrote the popular song, “Sing your own song.” What most people may not know is that Shuang-ze Li as many other artists and artwork, was inspired by the late great Youren Yu. Youren Yu is well known in the Asian world of art as the calligrapher that created the standard of cursive calligraphy, passing along the secrets of Chinese heritage. 52 years ago when TKU was still building its basic foundations, Youren Yu made an inscription of TKU’s educational motto: Simplicity, Truthfulness, Firmness and Perseverance. In order to show thanks for his support, TKU created a memorial wall for Youren Yu in 1962 and continues to honor his teachings today. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his passing, which is being celebrated with the Yat-sen Sun and Youren Yu Academic Forum. The Shepherd’s bridge, behind the Student Activity Center was named after Youren Yu. When he was younger he had a very difficult childhood as a the son of a shepherd. This eventually led to his famous nickname, Shepherd’s Son. In 1977 TKU held a musical performance that singer, Shuang-ze Li, made his musical debut. The Shepherd’s Bridge, just as all of the artwork at TKU has a story to go with the memorial. The conference had over 200 participants, including special guests from Japan and Korea. Youren Yu’s son Yu-zhong also flew from America to attend the celebration. 99 calligraphy artists were invited to display and discuss their work. The guests were able to appreciate traditional art, stimulating new ideas for future generations.
Professor from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center, Ching-chang Wong, along with Assistant Professors Chi-tai Cheng and Shih-an Li lead the Intelligent Automation Robotics team to Beijing to compete in the 19th Annual Federation of International Robot-Soccer Association (FIRA) robot soccer competition. The team’s performance was exceptional, winning six gold medals and three bronze medals. Since 2003 TKU’s team has won the RoboSot (medium sized auto focusing robots) division 10 times and the HuroCup (human-shaped robot) division 7 times. Ching-chang Wong stated, “Only with the support of TKU, have they been able to research and create such successful designs. This is the most gold medals we’ve ever won in a single event.” Every year the FIRA competition raises the level of difficulty in order to challenge the competitors innovate abilities. For the entire soccer competition, no one had to bother with using any remote control technology. As for the soccer match, the robots were able to compete solely relying on their automated system designs. This year the researchers had their work cut out for them, creating fifth generation models that outclassed previous designs in many ways: balance, mobility and effectiveness. Various challenges were created to test the robots maneuvering capabilities such as the Avoidance Challenge, Localization Challenge, Lift and Carry, Weight Lifting, Basketball, Marathon and the All Around. Team Captain and third-year student of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gong-han Chen, stated, “This is the first year that we have incorporated the Robot Operating System, ROS, so I’m sure we are going to have some excellent results from the new adjustments.”
Tamkang University’s Li-chou Gao Scholarship was established by TKU Alumni of the Department of Civil Engineering and founder of Sande Co., Xin-ping Gao. Xin-ping Gao named the scholarship program after his mother and used it to assist students faced with different difficulties and emergency circumstances. In the eleven years since the founding of the scholarship, it’s helped a total of 263 students, awarding 13,150,000 NT in subsidies. Unfortunately Xin-ping Gao passed away last August, but the university has promised to continue the scholarship program for the next 50 years in honor and memory of a great man. Executive Director of Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng, stated, “Before Xin-ping Gao graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering he had great guidance from his mother and father. They gave him fundamentals of generosity and responsibility that placed him on a path to be a be a provider for society. It’s these concepts that acted as the root for establishing this scholarship program. I hope that all of the people that he’s influenced will continue to water the seed of giving.” The Li-chou Gao Scholarship is awarded every semester and the recipient is personally given a red pocket and a few words of encouragement during the awarding ceremony. Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, stated, “The most touching moment for me was in 2012 when a young lady was in need of funding because of a family crisis that occurred during her time of study. Her father had passed and she used the scholarship to assist with the costs of burial services. Now she runs her own business, but these subsidies played a major role in her overcoming her tough situation.” Over the years many individuals have been touched by the contributions made by Xin-ping Gao and even though he’s passed, this legacy of generosity will continue.
Photosynthesis and solar power are modern technologies that are continually being developed in the field of photochemistry. They revolve around utilizing the sun’s energy and transforming it into usable energy. Many of the roots of these developments lie in the, “Marcus Theory,” developed by Nobel Prize winner, Rudolph Arthus Marcus, who did extensive research in the 1950’s and 60s. On November 11th Tamkang University held the 19th International Workshop on Quantum Systems in Chemistry, Physics and Biology in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. Professor Marcus was invited to give a lecture along with another Nobel Prize winner, Yuan Tseh Lee. Dean of the College of Science, Bo-cheng Wang, expressed, “Rudolph Arthus Marcus was born in Montreal, Canada in 1923. He studied at McGill University, North Carolina University and then he became a professor at California Institute of Technology. Professor Marcus is a scientist whose theories had a dramatic impact in the world of science. His theory for electron transfer continues to lead to new findings and developments.” Marcus’ lecture focused on monomolecular intermittence and the exploration of the first level reaction of quantum dots and synthesized solar cells. When his lecture was finished, Bo-cheng Wang mentioned that he was certain Marcus’ theories would lead to more methods of usable energy. Marcus then expressed his gratitude to TKU and higher learning.
On November 8th, Tamkang University celebrated its 64th anniversary on the 7th floor in the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Chairman Hong-shang Hong and Ching-nan Chen, Supervisor Mei-lan Wang, and former university Presidents Yea-hong Chen, Louis R. Chow, Yun-shan Lin and Honrg-jinh Chang. During the celebration, the 28th Golden Eagle was awarded to Ye-cheng Mai, Shi-an Cheng, Shi-fang Liu, and Zhi-ming Lin. President Chang began her welcoming address by expressing gratitude for the diligence of the 240,000 alumni over a 64 year period. She stated, “Due to the alumni’s tireless efforts in development, academics, research, guidance and professional services, Tamkang University has earned a respected place in the public eye. The university has received international safety certification from WHO, has been honored with the Enterprise Environmental Protection Award, received the EPA Environmental Protection Award three times, has been ranked in the top 500 universities in the world by Ranking Web of World Universities and listed as favorite private university graduates for employment by Cheers Magazine for 17 years.” President Chang then expressed her gratitude in operations of development including the advanced high school program, academic industrial projects and campus renovations. President of the Tamkang University Worldwide Federation of Alumni Association, Dr. Loo Soon, pointed out that TKU’s success is derived from the continual efforts to coordinate and plan as in the 2014 TKU Alumni Association Meeting that took place in Vancouver, Canada. He stated, “I’ve been handling affairs for TKU Alumni for over 50 years and I’m always proud to call myself an alumni of this university. In our last alumni meeting in Vancouver we had 200 TKU alumni come together from different parts of the world. What could be a better indication of international progress?” Afterwards the 64th Anniversary Homecoming Day Banquet took place, allowing the alumni time to catch up and socialize. Plans for the unveil of the Shou Chien International Conference Center were also discussed, which will provide various new activities and countless opportunities for future development. Other events taking place for the 64th Anniversary of TKU include the Lanyang Campus anniversary and the Carrie Chang Art Center’s Youren Yu Art Exhibition.
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.”