In the afternoon on January 13th in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall, the annual 2015 first semester employee retirement tea party was held. For this event there was a total of 8 employees that officially said farewell to TKU: Specialist of the Document Section, Su-yueh Lin, Professor of the Department of Mathematics, Wu-yen Lee, Associate Professor of the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Tau-being Hsu, Associate Professor of the Department of Transportation Management, Chi-lyang Shing, Associate Professor of the Department of Business Administration Chang-mao Sheng, Associate Professor of the Department of French, Monier Alain, Member of the Instruction Section, Ting-mei Lai and Lexicographer of the International and Mainland Guidance Section, Pei-fen Chen. After President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed her gratitude in her address, she presented the retirees with symbolic souvenirs of their time at TKU. She also explained that due to the solid structure of the administration system that soon there would be many employees graduating at the same time and that the next retirement party might have to be held in the Student Activity Center. The retirees all took the stage one by one as they expressed their gratitude to TKU for the warm memories before taking a group photo together. Chairman of the Board of Retirees, Yun-shan Lin, expressed his thanks for the retirement party and the excellent provisions that TKU offered in terms of medical, salary and retirement accommodations. He recommended that the retirees continued to exercise and also participate in the many activities and programs of the university to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Ting-mei Lai offered her appreciation while mentioning the difficulty of saying farewell to TKU. Monier Alain expressed that after 25 years of working at TKU, the students have brought him a very fulfilling life. Su-yueh Lin stated that he became a member of TKU right after he graduated in 1966. He says after all the years he’s spent on campus, that it has become a very special place in his heart.
Every winter season hoodies rebirth in popularity. Whether it’s the owner of facebook or random joggers, this snug and cozy look can be seen on almost every continent in the world. On January 9th at the Cheuh-sheng Memorial Library TKU participated in this seasonal tradition, holding an event showcasing its uniquely designed hoodie with fashionable colors. A participant and first-year student of the Department of Information and Library Science, Hui-han Huang, stated, “It’s been a long time since I’ve worn anything like a school uniform. I really miss the days of waking up and not having to decide what I was going to wear. For everyone involved, this event will certainly be memorable.” Promoter of the event and second-year student of the Department of International Business, Yun-an Chen, stated, “Last year many students bought the TKU hoodies and really loved the way they looked. Recently I’ve heard lots of other students mention that they missed the days of being able to wear school uniforms. So on our facebook page we posted an event to see if everyone wanted to celebrate school spirit by wearing these hoodies. It wasn’t long before we had lots of students signing up to participate.” The January 9th event has been officially titled as TKU Hoodie Day. There were almost 500 hundred students that participated and there was no shortage of warm feelings. General Secretary, Ting-chi Hsu, stated, “In the future we must have all of the faculty involved too. We can even get the input of the alumni before passing out products for more innovative ideas.”
On January 7th the Ministry of Education held an environmental safety conference as well as the award ceremony for the Excellence in Laboratory Safety and Health of Academic Institutions, awarding Tamkang University with first place. Dean of General Affairs and Director of the Center for Environmental Protection, Safety and Health, Shiaw-shyan, expressed, “TKU has worked actively and gone through careful scrutiny in creating a safe environment on campus. With the resources of MOE we’ve received OHSAS18001 and ISO14064-1 certifications of environmental safety management. It’s taken a lot of manpower to implement a safe environment on campus. We’ve adopted the principle of P.D.C.A., which is plan, do, check and act.” Director of Campus Security, Jui-kuang Tseng, received the award on behalf of TKU. He stated, “I’m happy that we were able to stand out amongst 19 participating institutions. We’ve put in a lot of effort to create safety in the laboratory, making more than 170 modifications in the last three years.”
On December 9th President Flora Chia-I Chang was invited to Po On Commercial Association Wong Siu Ching in Hong Kong to give a lecture on “The Spirit of Excellence in Higher Learning and Top Quality Education.” In her lecture she introduced the education system in Taiwan while describing Tamkang University’s Three Circles and Five Disciplines educational system. She then detailed the total quality management system, mentioning the number of Hong Kong exchange students that come to Taiwan for study. In attendance were many junior high school principals and administrators that showed a deep interest in the educational concepts of TKU. On December 30th President of Po On Commercial Association Wong Siu Ching, Dik-wai Yue, brought a team to visit Lanyang Campus that included President of Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College, Yun-ming Tse, President of Po Leung Kuk Yao Ling Sun College, Mei-ling Chick and 12 other university presidents. They were welcomed by Dean of Lanyang Campus, Jyh-horng Lin, and directors of various departments to tour the campus’ unique and intriguing scenery. After the tour, introductions were made and they discussed details of the enrollment center, student dormitory life and different methods of resolving issues. The exchange allowed both parties to absorb a wealth of mutually beneficial information that will undoubtedly improve the quality of life on campus. Currently TKU has 1,616 international students, 567 of which are from Hong Kong.
The College of Foreign Languages and Literature has laid out a 9 month plan that will promote 15 scenic areas of Tamsui through, “Talking Tamkang University.” This project is an audio assisted learning curriculum to help students study literature in 6 different languages: English, Spanish, German, Japanese, French and Russian. Very soon anyone will be able to study language with audio assistance via QR Code or Youtube. The new program will have the support of New Taipei City Mayor, Eric Chu; the proposal is set to be mentioned in a conference taking place on January 6th. It’s estimated that in the beginning the project will utilize 30 different books that have been approved by the Dean of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsi-deh Wu. He’s invited 6 professors of different languages to design the complete program. Hsi-deh Wu stated, “This curriculum takes the perspective of foreign students touring and learning the environment at Tamsui. I’m sure this type of academic industry learning material combined with the online software that can provided, will be the ultimate method of learning a language.” Hsi-deh Wu hopes to be able to have the assistance of the different service workers in the region in order to make the study experience more diverse.
Recently the New Taipei City Government has promoted the cooperation of resources of 9 different elementary and junior high schools in the Tamsui Region to create an international academic alliance. This type of inter-campus, professional integration of development resources is something that Tamkang University has been involved with for the last 10 years in its Elementary and Middle School Club Development Program. Each year nearly 300 young students come to campus to learn and develop through various activities. On December 24th the Office of Student Affairs, held a display for the 10th year of this program, showcasing their success and fantastic experiences. Dean of the Office Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, stated, “The university’s services curriculum includes three categories: Professional Knowledge and Capable Services, University and Social Services and Club Services. The Professional Knowledge and Capable Services program is designed to use a holistic approach letting students apply their learned knowledge in a professional setting. The University and Social Service program gets students involved with keeping the environment sanitary through assisting with environmental cleaning and protection services. The Club Services program lets students participate in jobs both on and off campus in order to develop their skills. I’m grateful for the time that these groups have spent over the years, serving our community.” Second year student of the Department of International Business Management, Ying-ying Wei, stated, “Honestly I really didn’t want to deal with a lot of the services for helping children in the beginning. I had to wake up early in the morning and hear students saying ‘Teacher I have no fingernails’ or ‘Teacher help me with my diaper.’ But after time passed, I began to see I was really helping them grow and develop and it’s been a very rewarding experience.”
In recent news, America and Cuba have broken through the ice of the cold war that has frozen their relationship for more than half a century. The Graduate Institute of the Americas held a forum on December 24th, to discuss this tremendous breakthrough. The forum was lead by professors of the Graduate Institute of the Americas, Hsiao-chuan Chen and I-hsin Chen. These two experts of the relationship between Cuba and America, analyzed what this new breakthrough means and what it could lead to in the near future. Cuba’s relationship with America turned sour over 50 years ago, due to the communist revolution lead by Fidel Castro. On January 1, 1959, Castro's revolutionary forces overthrew the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. U.S. officials were wary about the Cuban revolutionary because of his anti-American rhetoric, his stated plans to nationalize foreign properties in Cuba, and his association with a number of suspected leftists. Castro was invited for an interview in America in April of 1959, which only fueled the tension between the two countries, leading into a long cold war. I-hsin Chen explained during the forum, “The icy relationship began to thaw during President Obama’s first term as he attempted to extend his hand to form a new relationship. Because of the long unfriendly relationship between the two countries, it will be a slow healing process. However President Obama’s second term has brought even more progress between the two countries.” Even though the forum was only an hour long, the analysis let students and teachers have a much deeper understanding of the recent change.
Due to Tamkang University’s continual efforts in improving management, it was once again honored with the Work Study Program Award on December 18th. Dean of the Office of Human Resources, Shi-feng Chuang, received the reward on behalf of TKU from MOE’s Se-hwa Wu. Shifeng Chuang expressed, “This award represents the many classes we’ve had to administer in order to improve our university’s management system.” A work study program is a very important avenue of development for a university to incorporate. For the improved quality of staff, TKU has actively invested in the promotion of work study programs, opening new classes and encouraging university members to participate for the last 20 years. In addition TKU annually holds the Academic and Administration Conference along with the Total Quality Management Seminar to improve management skills through sharing work experience. In order to improve the level of effective management and administration at the university in the future, TKU is giving the staff a better understanding of the Total Quality Management system. The yearly Academic Administration Conference and Total Quality Management seminar will now also be utilized to give the staff a solid foundation and understanding of the operations within a higher learning institution. In addition renowned author, Wenhua Wang, has been invited to share five great secrets of how to implore better quality services.
Recently both society and the industrial world’s needs have had new dramatic changes. Its effect on the academic world and even the government has been devastating and it is becoming increasingly necessary to have an educational system that readies students for the rapidly changing environment. Universities and campuses everywhere have actively increased academic industry internship programs, cross-major study curriculums and many specialized cultivation plans to improve the students chances in the ever changing career world. Another effective method of helping students improve their competitive ability is to give them opportunities to participate in academic contests. These contests can help students harness their learned skills in applicable ways that are certain to help them achieve career success in the future. Students of the Department of Finance and Management Technology made up the team “Apprentice,” to compete in the 2014 FELA competition on December 19th and received an award for their outstanding performance. The FELA competition is jointly held by America’s Registered Financial Planner (RFP), Taiwan’s Registered Financial Planner (TRFP), TABF, Non-life Insurance Association of the R.O.C. and cnYES. It’s one of the most prestigious competitions held in Taiwan to date. The competition is designed to give students a platform so they can combine their theoretical and practical skills and gauge their effectiveness in the career world. The students from Apprentice competed in this years contest for 6 months before finally be named champion over National Taiwan University and Chengchi University. Second-year student of the Department of Finance, Yu-han Huang, stated, “We met with many different challenges during the course of this competition. We had to spend lots of the time in the library searching for answers before we were confident. Im really grateful to our teachers and counselors for giving us such good leadership and solid support.”
The Department of English held the 6th Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse on December 19th and 20th in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. Educators from 13 different countries attended the conference to share their experience on the subject including, Joni Adamson, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Priscilla Wald, Serpil Oppermann, Serenella Lovino, Peter Hajdu and more. The Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourse has been taking place since 2000. The conference includes professional critiques and reading materials regarding issues in Taiwan’s Eco-environment, Ecofeminism and Environmental Justice and Equality. The previous conferences have discussed dealing with crisis in nature, space, the human body and personality traits through creating a culture that emphasizes sustained strategic development. For the 5th conference they discussed issues involving the conflicts that Asia is faced with due to modernization. Director of the Department of English, Chen-Hsing Tsai, stated, “For this year’s ecology conference the main theme is Speculative Materialism: Contexts and Paradigms for Ecological Engagement. This concept of speculative materialism, which is basically correlationism was developed by a French philosopher named Quentin Meillasoux. The purpose of the conference was to map out this concept along with Speculative Realism, to determine it’s application and effectiveness in an academic setting.
Tamkang University’s Boy Scout Team celebrates their 40th birthday this year! Starting from the 15th at the University Commons and the 16th at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall, there will be a 6 day Scout PaPa exhibition event. In addition elementary and junior high boy scouts from the northern region of Taiwan and Tokyo Japan will join together for an overseas celebration. President Flora Chia-I Chang cut the ribbon for the official opening ceremony of the Scout Papa exhibition at noon on December 16th. The display is a collection of the most special, unique and memorable photos and items to give outsiders a close look into some of the magnificent adventures of the boy scouts’ travels. Organizer of the display and Alumni of the Department of Business Administration, Ji-jing Chen, stated, “Different world’s can be tightly knitted together through the assistance of the internet. That is the reason we are able to put together so many different scout teams for a single event. This really shows the power of social media.” Through a vigorous effort, the boy scout teams were able to put together a special exhibition that was 20 meters long, 13 meters wide and 7 meters high. To welcome the scout troop’s 40th year, the display was topped off with lights that were made into the shape of the number 40. Director of the TKU Boy Scout Troop, Wen-chih Huang, expressed, “All of the items and resources were donated by boy scout alumni, I hope everyone can appreciate the combined efforts of everyone involved in this event.”
Once again it’s Christmas season and the time for sharing, caring and celebration has returned. Tamkang University is no exception as it welcomes the holiday cheer with Christmas decorations at the cultural lounge, outside the gymnasium, Humanities Building and on the slope between the the Business and Management Building. This year, the annual lighting ceremony celebrated the TKU Boy Scout Troop’s 40 year anniversary by organizing LED lights into the shape of a giant “40”. Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, expressed, “The lighting ceremony creates a magical atmosphere that allows everyone to joyfully say farewell to last year with great cheer and anticipation for the new year.” The lighting ceremony took place at 5:10pm on December 15th and lights filled up the campus like hundreds of tiny stars. Spectators were able to join in a number of celebratory activities as they watched students dance and perform with brilliant staffs of light. Even among the strong wind and light rain, the participants cheered on with warmth in their hearts. President Flora Chia-I Chang addressed the audience showing appreciation of the last year and giving blessings for the new year. She stated, “Through changing the present, we create the future. Blessings and prosperity to all at TKU.” She encouraged the students to continue to be diligent so that their lives would shine brightly, radiating the spirit of excellence.
The 2014 Annual Junior College Kendo Competition took place on December 13th and 14th in the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium. Altogether there was a total of 400 participants made up of 45 national universities. Also in attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Director of the Office of Physical Education of National Taiwan University, Cheng-nan Kang, President of the Republic of China Kendo Association, Hsiang-lo Wu, Deputy Director of the Junior College Kendo Committee, Huang-er Zheng and many honored guests from other universities. The opening ceremony took place on December 13th at 9:30am and President Chang gave a welcoming address. She stated, “Kendo is a very intricate form of both art and exercise. It teaches the value of respect and humility.” At the end of the opening ceremony, President Chang expressed her thanks for all of the hard work involved to make this event possible. The competition had many different divisions including men and women individual, men and women team and many more, adding up to over a total of 1000 different exciting matches. In the end, TKU and National Tsing Hua University competed in the males championship match. The air was filled with excitement as the cheerleaders along side cheered loudly for the participants. The battle was intense and neither fighter was able to seize the advantage for up to ten minutes. Finally the fighter of Tsing Hua University emerged victorious and TKU took second place in the individual male division.
The College of Education, the International Association for the Development of the Information Society (IADIS) and Curtin University of Australia, is holding a three-day conference in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall to present 50 dissertations from 23 countries including America, Australia, Japan, India, Mainland China and many more. Dean of the College of Education, Dian-fu Chang, stated, “IADIS regularly holds academic events, inviting educators from different countries to share their experience. It proves to have a strong positive influence in the world of education, especially in regards to educational technology.” This year’s conference will take place from December 10th until the 12th and will include three different events: The 2nd International Conference on Educational Technologies, The 5th International Conference on Educational Technologies and Society and the 3rd International Conference on Sustainability, Technology and Education. Dian-fu Chang expressed, “This three-day exchange will cover issues of Educational Technology, Internet Social Media and Sustained Educational Development.” Special guest speakers include Professor of the City University of Macau, Pedro Isaias, who will speak on Empathy, Empathic Information Systems and New directions for Learning, Professor from Taiwan National University’s Education Center, Jun-yan Zhang, who will speak on the Cloud classroom: The Next Generation and Director of the Department of Educational Technology, David Tawei Ku, who will speak on, "From Slate to Tablet: The development of New Media for Learning in Taiwan."
Tamkang University and Chunghwa Telecom have jointly researched for the creation of the Language Audio Assistant App, that uses Volunteer (cloud services App) to assist the visually impaired. The App helps with everyday services such as recognition of banknotes, bus schedule notifications, daily news and stocks. Yet sometimes the visually impaired seek even more detailed information to fit their lifestyle needs such as product prices, insurance savings, and every detail of important documents and products. Therefore, the Center of Resources for Visual Impairment has developed the 4G Mobile Helper for the visually impaired project. The Language Audio Assistant App has a function that helps users read essential information for daily life. It currently has over 5,500 users and in the future will be modified to assist users in reading much more detailed information. Computer Engineer from the Center of Resources for Visual Impairment, Jason Chang, stated, “This App helps users take a picture and send the information to the Volunteer App that will identify the desired product. However sometimes the visually-impaired users want even more information so the volunteers then need to detail the content even more thoroughly. The plan for the 4G Mobile Helper is to combine the Volunteer App with Ticker in hopes of giving them the desired information more efficiently.” Jason Chang described many of the challenges they need to overcome in order to meet with the needs of the visually impaired. Currently the Volunteer App has 200 registered volunteers in Taiwan. If you wish to become a volunteer yourself, contact the group via facebook by searching “Goods Recognition (物品辨識)”. Visually-impaired student, Shi-qing Huang, stated, “Many of our visually-impaired members of the community utilize the computer to bring the world to us in a convenient way. With the development of the electronic market, we have a lot more options to choose from. The development of technology has helped us get access to a lot more information and I hope that this recognition program will let us experience even more.”
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.”