Chemistry is something that is closely connected within our daily lives. Just by paying closer attention to the tiny details of the products we use or places we spend our time, there is an abundant amount of chemistry knowledge that can be absorbed. In order to give high school students a greater awareness of the chemistry in their environment, the “Chung-ling Innovation Chemistry Competition” was created. This marks the 10th year of the annual competition that took place on March 14th. This exciting event attracts students of every from all over Taiwan to compare and test their skills through an hour-long examination and 3 hours of scientific experiments. This year’s competition had a total of 179 teams and 537 students. (For a list of the results of the competition, see link http://www.chemistry.tku.edu.tw/) Dean of the College of Science, Wang-bo Cheng, stated, “We’ve invited students from all over the nation to encourage them by giving them an opportunity to test their chemistry knowledge, practical skills and applications. Their parents can also observe the usefulness of the knowledge of chemistry, which will actually have a positive impact on our community.” Director of the Department of Chemistry, Jyh-shing Lin, stated, “The Chung-ling Chemistry Innovation Competition is always a very exciting time of the year. The goal is to give students a deeper understanding of chemistry through hands on interaction.” This year’s competition emphasized creativity and design. The event was divided into two parts: the first part was a written examination that tested students’ knowledge of concepts, theories and information; the second part involved competitive experimentation regarding chemical organic compounds and functional chemical properties, monounsaturated fat examination methods, the meaning of iodine compound color changes and solution reactions and titration skills.
Most senior students spend the semester collecting photographs of their friends and classmates to provide souvenirs of warm memories for the years to come. However this group of nine youths has created a special and unique way to remember their senior year. They are the founders of the Tribal Service Group and they are using the photos taken from their volunteer services in the Jianshi Township of Xinzhu County to reflect on their final year at TKU. The team expressed that their most meaningful experiences occurred while participating in volunteer projects throughout the years. Not only did they get to experience the beautiful scenery of the mountain, they also experienced the beauty of helping others. Team leader of the Tribal Service Group, Yan-ru Ceng, expressed, “Now there are a lot of new organizations that help the native people of Taiwan through assistance of the government, but that isn’t a way to directly come in contact with the people. There are so many little details that can be neglected if you don’t come face to face with their problems. This is a much more effective way to see development and change.” This idea inspired him to invite students from the Tribal Service Group as well as students from every department to offer services of all kinds at the Jianshi Township to create one more great university memory. The service team worked vigorously to achieve four different objectives: assistance of the native people’s tourism and marketing development, improvement of the native youths’ knowledge, improvement of the native people’s living environment; cultural exchange and preservation. The group modified a website to introduce the native people, showcasing their history and heritage. They also created a reading center in the church with 2000 pieces of literature about the culture, language, travelling information, business and art. Professor of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Yi-ting Li, stated, “After the students had seen the lifestyle and environment of the native people they continued to ask the public and even local ministers about anything they could do to assist. This is something very meaningful for the students, but more importantly it’s meaningful for humanity.”
The Office of Academic Affairs celebrated culture week with snacks, homemade artifacts and art pieces displayed all around campus. They successfully utilized this opportunity to advertise the goods produced by the country areas of Taiwan, representing much of the history and heritage of each county. The entire student body came together to share goods and enjoy the treats of culture week! Guidance Counselor of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, I-ting Li, expressed, “Tamkang University has a diverse makeup of alumni and student groups representing 15 different regions of Taiwan. This year they’ve come together to introduce the many different products that are difficult to find in one location. These are all of the tourist attractions that people travel around to sample and they have all gathered conveniently in one location for everyone to enjoy.” The event coordinator and second year student of the Department of Civil Engineering, Li-wei Chen, stated, “Planning for this event was three months of organizing and preparation, but I’m so glad we completed our objective. I’m very grateful to all of the professors and students for their support and I hope that everyone has a chance to enjoy all of the wonderful products.”
TKU has been utilizing countless methods in order to meet with the educational needs of a rapidly changing society and culture. The Department of Chemistry has assisted with meeting these needs through the innovative creation of the Chemistry Mobile, a truck that travels all around Taiwan spreading scientific knowledge and equipment to the most remote regions. This truck was created in 2011 and has done shows for middle schools and high schools, covering a distance of 8000 kilometers in 4 years time. That’s approximately ⅕ of the distance around the world. Dean of the College of Science, Bo-cheng Wang, stated, “Due to alumni Ding-chuan Chen’s generous contribution last year, the Chemistry Mobile will continue to run.” He also indicated that he believes that in 16 years the Chemistry Mobile will be able to travel all around the world. The Chemistry Mobile’s journey began after Spring Festival and it plans to visit 28 middle schools and high schools this year in the region of New Taipei City. On March 5th the schedule was presented at Wan Li Junior High and in attendance was New Taipei City’s Office of Education’s Deputy Director-general, Ya-wen Kung, Dean of the College of Science, Bo-cheng Wang and General-secretary of the Chinese Journal of Chemistry, Ito Chao. During this meaningful and enthusiastic ceremony, everyone was able to observe experiments, performances and scientific knowledge all at once. Executive Director of Travel Planning for the Chemistry Mobile, Hsien-chang Kao stated, “Taiwan has four very distinct seasons and when we travel around the country, there’s an array of wonderful colors and scenery. Often times our workers are stunned to see how amazing Taiwan truly is. The new paint job of the Chemistry Mobile was inspired by all of the beautiful images in the nature of Taiwan. I hope that this year aside from letting students do experiments and see our magical performances, that they will also take notice of the stunning new art work on the Chemistry Mobile itself.”
President of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), Hirotaka Tateishi, came to Tamkang University in the afternoon on March 6th for an academic exchange to present the Global Japan Office plan. President Tateishi was accompanied with 6 honored guests including the Executive Director, Yasuhisa Kanaguchi, Vice President, Kayoko Hayasi, Professor Kyoko Nomoto, Professor Jun-cheng Lin and Vice Secretary-General, Satoru Naruse, who were met by President Flora Chia-I Chang to hold the Global Japan Office ceremony in the College of Liberal Arts. TUFS is about 140 years old and has cultivated countless international professionals. In 2012 it was nominated as one of the Super Global Universities of the world. The Global Japan Office plan is a project between TKU and TUFS intended to strengthen the academic program involving Japanese Language and Culture while at the same time developing Japanese Language research in Taiwan. Since 2006, TKU has actively implemented an international long-distance learning program and in November of 2010 during TKU’s 60th anniversary, the President of TUFS was invited to the College of Literature and Languages to give a lecture. This lead to the official signing of an academic exchange between TKU and TUFS in March 2012.
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.