For the past two weeks freshmen students have been enrolling into academic institutions all over the nation, keeping university administration and staff extra busy. Along with the beginning of the first semester comes many ceremonies, assemblies and activities. Tamkang University held the “Ke Nan Hill Climb”, which took place on September 11th and 12th. This is a opening semester event that is unique to Tamkang University lead by President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice Presidents, professors and administrators as the newly enrolled freshmen climbed 132 steps to welcome the new semester. This structure was built in 1953 in the Five Tiger Hills and it was originally the only path that connected the campus to the main road. Before there was a bus system in place, all of the students and staff had to make this steep climb to begin classes. It was also a path often used to help TKU faculty with physical training, running and exercises. This stairway has been used for the cultivation of strength and spirit for many years and at the beginning of each semester it is fitting to hold this assembly that represents dedication and commitment. During the climb, the new students were taught about TKU’s educational concepts of the Three Circles (professional curriculum, core curriculum and extracurricular curriculum) and the Five Disciplines (Conduct, Intelligence, Physical Education, Teamwork and Beauty). Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, stated that for the month of August they already held the parent teacher discussion, dormitory tours and many department activities. For the start of the new semester they are holding the opening semester assembly, beginning study lectures and the student clubs exhibition. Everyone continued to climb the stairs with a blend of expressions of both joy and pain as their legs ached from climbing the massive structure. The new semester has begun and once again TKU is making its academic climb.
This summer the Center for Teacher Education has qualified at least 25 alumni to become junior high and high school teachers. Two teachers that received certification from the program, Pei-rong Cai and Yi-qun Chen, returned to the center on August 21st to share their teaching experiences. Even though TKU has discontinued their elementary teacher education curriculum since 2008, the Center for Teacher Education continues to prepare future teachers and even assists them in finding employment. At least 12 alumni have found teaching jobs this summer in areas including New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Xinzhu, and Tai Dong County. A meeting for alumni responsible for elementary education took place on August 23rd where they mentioned the importance of never giving up when pursuing their dreams. They all had to spend a lot of time doing off and on substitute teaching jobs, but the end result was well worth the time and energy spent. Dean of the College of education, Dian-fu Chang and Dean of Academic Affairs Chih-en Ko encouraged the alumni to continue to be persistent in order to achieve their goals. The Ministry of Education gave awards for education related internships for 2014 and two students from the Center for Teacher Education, Jia-qun Gao and Hui-xuan Liao won the Highly Commended Award. Also teacher from Tamsui Elementary school, Yun-ping Lu won the award for Internship Teaching Assistant Excellence. These inspirational stories all shared their beginnings in the Center for Teacher Education. The other alumni were able to gather great comfort and motivation from sharing experiences of diligence, patience and hardwork.
Tamkang University’s Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center held a three-day International Joint Program in Japan with Tohoku University and Sendai National College of Technology. This short-term summer project represented the first time these universities have officially cooperated for an academic exchange. In order to give the participating students an opportunity to work their communication skills on an international level, the entire activity was held using English language. The theme of the event was the Implementation for Robotic Systems with Wireless Chargers and TKU provided a technical skills course using Lego Mindstorms NXT while Sendai National College of Technology and Tohoku University provided courses instructing the system of wireless chargers, robotics and antennas. All of the students were put into different groups made up of all the universities, giving them a chance to cooperate and develop their international communication skills. For this event the students worked together to realize 6 different types of wireless chargers and on the final day of the event, the results were posted for everyone to learn and share. During each of the courses the students were able to enhance their technical skills pertaining to both robotics as well as English language. They were also able to establish valuable relationships for their future careers. Ching-chang Wong stated, “For this event we were limited in funding so we had to operate this exchange on a smaller scale, but I’m sure in the future we will be able to have even more opportunities to allow the students to have this type of invaluable international interaction.
Starting from 49 years ago, Tamkang University has carried out a seminar called, “Danhai Same Boat Club” for student organizations before the start of the new semester. It’s an opportunity for all of the student organization leaders to gather together to learn how to further cultivate and develop leadership skills and services. This year’s workshop took place from August 21st to the 25th and the opening day was launched in Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, stated in his opening address, “The student organizations are for building strong relationships and cooperation abilities. I hope that the new members aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty as they embrace much of the hard work that is needed.” This workshop contained 237 student organization members and this is the first time students from both Tamsui and Lanyang campus were able to work together for this particular leadership seminar. To instruct seminar courses they invited supervisor of Ogilvy Public Relations, Vicky h., to share ideas and concepts about creating a name brand in order to help student organizations better promote themselves. They also invited well-known author, Esor Huang, to share ideas on the importance of informationalism and methods of utilizing software for convenient data organizing. Second year student of the Department of Finance, Xin-yu Lin, stated, “These courses really gave us a lot of valuable and applicable new skills, methods and concepts.”
Rector of the Jagiellonian University, Dr. Wojceich Nowakgk and Dean of the Graduate Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, Ks dr hab. Kryzszto Koscielniak, came to visit TKU under the guidance of the Ministry of Education’s Xin-yu Su on September 2nd. President Flora Chia-I Chang met with the honored guests personally as they had a friendly sit together. Also in attendance was Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu, Dean of the College of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang, Dean of the College of Education, Dian-fu Chang, Director of the Graduate Institute of Asian Studies, Yao-ting Jen, Director of the Institute of European Studies, Li-chuan Chen, Professor of the Department of Management Sciences, Hsu-shih Shih, and Professor of the Department of Economics, Chin-mo Cheng. The Jagiellonian University is a research university founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great in Kazimierz. It is the oldest university in Poland, the second oldest university in Central Europe and one of the oldest universities in the world. During the discussion President Chang expressed, “The spirit of excellence can be seen in Jagiellonian University through their amazing history alone. Our current professor of the Department of Political Economics, Anna Rudakowska is from Poland and Professor Chin-mo Cheng graduated from the University of Warsaw and since has attended many conferences in Poland. It’s such an honor to be able to have such an intimate exchange.” Dr. Wojciech Nowakgk expressed that he wishes to be able to create a formal agreement between the two universities that would officially initiate an active exchange program for both teachers and students.
On August 24th, the 2014 Gathering for Tamkang University Alumni took place in the Vancouver Convention Center. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng and many other department chairs. At this conference there were over 200 alumni from America, China, Taiwan and Canada. The event had a variety of different alumni that came to participate, some living and working overseas for many years, and even others that were up to ninety years old. All of the alumni have very different backgrounds, but came together with the unified purpose of helping with the development of TKU. This particular event is held every two years, the first time taking place in Los Angeles, California in 2006. Later it was held in Shanghai in 2008, Taiwan in 2010 and Malaysia in 2014. This year the alumni made a special overseas trip to the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada. The forum was hosted by President of the TKU North American Alumni Alliance, Qi-feng Ping and the Taiwanese Alumni were represented by President of the General Alumni Association of Tamkang University, Ding-chuan Chen, Chairman of the TKU United Alumni Association, Dr. Loo Soon, Professor from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Min-fan Ricky Lee, and also President of Guangdong and Taiwanese Business Alumni, Shu-lin Qiu. President Chang expressed,”You precious alumni have made very generous donations over the years, literally changing the shape of the university of TKU. Your magnificent contributions have sustained great motivation for quality development. For this event we have lots of great festivities planned including exciting performances and an exquisite banquet. Let us take advantage of this opportunity to further strengthen our connections.”
“3C products or products involving Computer, Communication and Consumerism are already a part of modern daily life in Taiwan. Yet being able to give these products to the less fortunate and seeing the joy it brought into their lives left an unimaginable impression.” Said Xin-fang Li, student of the Department of Chemistry and member of the Cambodia Volunteer Services organization. Student from the Department of Civil Engineering, Ruo-xuan Lin stated, “This 23-day trip of offering our services was very rememberable. I think if we had only been sightseeing it would have left a much shallower impression on us.” The Cambodia Volunteer Service Group was lead by Mei-lan Lee, who stated, “The 2014 Cambodia Summer Service Trip involved 3 teachers, 16 members and 500 kg. of study materials, stationery, toothbrushes and second hand clothing. We all had a great experiences exchanging education and culture for 23 days. For this trip we emphasized giving both Chinese language and computer courses. When the classes were finished, we had the opportunity to meet and work with TCO (Trailblazer Cambodia Organization. and BSAD (Buddhism for Social Development Action).” Student from the Department of Western Language, Zhi-ying Chen, stated, “I never knew that you could gain so much from teaching. I discovered teaching can be very free and it’s a great form of sharing with each other. After I got into the rhythm of it, I wasn’t scared or nervous, it was a really great experience that I will always treasure.”
The Office of Human Resources held the 2014 Yearly Academic Executive Seminar on August 13th and 14th at the Clement Chang International Conference Hall. This seminar included progress reports from the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Human Resources. They also invited Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsi-deh Wu, Professor from the Department of Chinese Language, Shan-pei Yin, Dean of the College of Global Development, Andy Ay-hwa Liou, and Dean of the Department of Finance, Jui-chih Chen to give lectures sharing their vast experience related to management. The host of this academic seminar was Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, who emphasized the importance of planning and modifying each department including curriculum, student study habits and teaching methods. He stated, “The role of each department is crucial in how it blends together to hone the skills of the students.” President Flora Chia-I Chang began her speech by reminiscing about a time that the founder of TKU university spent as a minister at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. She used the story to illustrate the importance of communication within each of the Departments of TKU. She stated, “The Departments are the heartbeat of this university and it is important that we create a smooth network of communication in order to establish the most effective educational program.” At the end of her speech, President Chang contributed books to each of the participants with instructions and suggestions of university development. Afterwards a discussion was held and the members of the seminar were able to ask questions pertaining to the future development of TKU. President Chang emphasized that all of the departments must continue to utilize the Spirit of Excellence’s educational program as a guideline for curriculum design. She also pointed out the importance of continually using and establishing academic industry exchanges to give students direct work experience.
After 10 years of living abroad Asian Canadian students, Hao-kui Hu and Hao-yi Hu, said they were overjoyed to have the opportunity to return to Taiwan. They stated that during their time away, Taiwan had undergone many different changes in appearance and fashion that they were excited to learn about. They returned to Taiwan with 46 student visitors for the Expatriate Youth Taiwan Study Tour. This year’s Expatriated Youth Taiwan Study Tour was hosted by TKU and involved participants from Canada, Japan, Europe and other places in Asia who will tour and sightsee in Taiwan for 3 weeks. Dean of the Division of Continuing Education, Hsiang-hua Chou, stated, “This is an opportunity for Asian youth to explore the enriched history, culture and natural areas of Taiwan. It’s my hope that they will be able to absorb a lot from this experience as they travel out into the country areas.” Aside from just exploring the scenery in Tamsui, the participants will also experience northern Taiwan through the convenience of the MRT. In addition to taking tours, the participants will also attend DIY courses that will give them a deeper understanding of Taiwanese traditions and arts. They will also be able to take unique and beautiful souvenirs for when they return home. The students will also spend time at cultural museums while dining on the assorted flavors of Taiwanese cuisines. All of the participants mentioned that Taiwanese people were especially polite and the places were very clean. Hao-yi Hu stated, “This is the first time this tour has taken place in Taiwan and it’s obvious that Taiwan has improved a lot over the years.”
On August 11th Tamkang University signed an agreement with Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co.(Foxconn) to form an academic industry exchange that would develop and promote e-calligraphy digital tools. This project will prove beneficial to both Taiwan and China as well as to the preservation of the culture of calligraphy. President Chang stated, “This university promotes individual academic progress as well as the promotion of alliances. I hope in the future this academic industry exchange will enhance the capabilities of our mutual development. Through the cooperation of our two industries we will be able to create a new platform to launch modern calligraphy. Chinese calligraphy has been essential to China for the last 2000 years and giving it a digital format is paramount for the preservation of history.” Dean of the Carrie Chang Arts Center, Ben-hang Chang, described the universities academic growth as it pertains to digital learning and online skills development. He stated, “For many years we’ve utilized the advantages of long-distance learning and teaching resources to become part of a more internationalized academic world. Being able to utilize this new technology to promote Chinese culture is truly an extraordinary opportunity. It transcends the boundaries of our countries, allowing those who are interested to have an opportunity to learn of our arts and traditions.” Chairman of Foxconn, Terry Gou, stated, “In the near future there will be five other companies investing into this digital project to help expedite great results. This will allow the years of TKU’s e-calligraphy research to be spread throughout the world, rebirthing the interest of Chinese calligraphy.”
Over 200 students from middle school and high school participated in the three-day science camp held on Tamsui Campus. A student from Zheng De Junior High School, You Xuan, stated, “Because we had some much fun at the last science camp at Tamkang University, it is only natural that we sign up for it again this year. I’ve always had a heavy interest in biology and chemistry so there really was no question that I wanted to participate in this event.” The three-day camp was divided into three sections including math, biology and chemistry. The camp utilized lectures, experiments and innovative games as methods of helping to educate the young students. The students were also able to perform skits utilizing their newly obtained knowledge to help them grab a more complete understanding of the fundamentals. Dean of the College of Science, Bo-cheng Wang, stated, “This science camp is a promotion of science and math related activities that will stimulate the interest of younger students. It helps the students develop in areas of observation, logic and life exploration. It will surely help them in the future with their studies related to such courses.” Executive director of the event and third-year student of the Department of Biology, Li-ying Chen, stated, “In the afternoon of the first day of the science camp, we introduced students to a role playing game with different levels and challenges to develop their skills. It was very successful in involving all of the students and I believe it will have a lasting impact on their interest in science. We’ve done our best to develop every detail of each activity in order to deliver a complete concept to the students. Our goal is to get them to embrace scientific ideals and stimulate their creativity. In the future I believe they will all be able to make a great contribution to the world of science.”
Tamkang University’s Department of Architecture has been investing in the development of Tamsui Campus and the Dan Hai region for quite some time. Not only have they finished projects along the Tamsui Riverbank, they have also helped preserve cultural assets and resources. In recent years they have volunteered their services to help Zhu Yuan Junior Higher and Shi Men Elementary School construct a tree house as part of the “Environmental Art Movement.” This year they will maintain this spirit of excellence as they offer their services to the Dan Hai farming regions. The historic volcanic eruption of Datun Mountain lead to the development of very important fertile grounds for the farms in Dan Hai District. The enriched soil became a natural resource that lead to the establishment of Chance Garden and the British East India Company. In the last twenty years, the development of the city has made this area into an abundant source for farming and preservation of the local culture. In very recent years, farmers have been doing their best to make a connection with the city community. Dean of the Department of Architecture, Jui-mao Huang, stated, “The Department of Architecture has undergone many long-term projects in the region of Dan Hai. We believe that it is very crucial for the students’ development to have experience interacting with the local farms. This will give them professional service skills that will be directly beneficial to their future career. It will also give them personal knowledge of their own community, which will be invaluable to our society in the long run.” This particular project took place in Northern Tamsui and had 40 first-year architecture students who spent three weeks creating various products: a Community Recreational Canopy, a Community Podium, a Hibiscus Platform, Amateur Wedding Automatic Photographer, and Irrigation Modification.
The day before yesterday the final match of the 7th Annual Robotic Smart Arm Competition took place at the Nangang Exhibition Center. Professors of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Ching-chong Wong and Chi-yi Tsai lead the Robotics Research Team and once again performed with flying colors. The team received four different awards, adding to a sum total of 800,000 NT in prize money. This year’s competition has brought great honor and recognition to TKU’s department of Electrical Engineering. Team captain and doctoral student of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Jia-run Yu, expressed, “The Large Bumble MIT is a robotic arm that is constructed with 6 movable parts. It can extend to a range of 100 centimeters and can carry up to 3 kilograms. The completed design contains advanced configuration and power interface, circuit design, motion control, identification recognition, special software and various automatic functioning capabilities. In addition to the basic functions of the arm, it can also bend itself into any shape, making it extremely pliable for future tasks. This year’s competition had many new challenges in addition to some of the tasks of last years event including, the dominos effect, machinery writing, hand and eye coordination, and batting a ping pong ball through a hole. Every challenge was designed to test the dexterity and intelligence of each of the competing robotic devices. The Yellow Bumble Bee MIT team included Yu-sheng Li, Han-sheng Zhang, Si-hao Lian, Zhe-cheng Liao, Xiang-lin You, Hong-deng Lai, Ren-jie Chen, Li-de Chen, Qiu-long Li, Yi-shen Ye, Qun-yang Hu, Wei-yi Wang, and Bo-ren Shi. To view the events from the competition, see the following links. http://www.hiwin.org.tw/Awards/HIWIN_Machine/Regulation.aspx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-toz57hgWHc&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1YvMV-9Bls&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBbyMbrBfD8&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBadoWGnw7E&feature=youtu.be
Webometrics Rankings of World Universities (WRWU) has posted the newest results for July of 2014. Tamkang University is currently ranked as 401st in the world, 8th in the nation and is the only private university to make the cut. TKU is ranked 84th in the world in the category of Presence and 1,194th in the category of Impact, raising our index 478 places from the last survey according to the WRWU website (http://www.webometrics.info/) The data represents the digital academic information online users most often search for using Google, Google scholar, Yahoo, Live Search and Alexa. The results of the survey are renewed every year in January and July. Since February TKU has raised its world standing in the category of Presence from 513th place to 401st place, in the category of Impact it has raised its index from 94th place to 84th place, it has raised its index in the category of Excellence from 1,194th place to 478th place, but the index in the category of Openness has fallen from 34th place to 274th place.
On July 31st Tamkang University held the 2014 Buda Management Transition Ceremony. In attendance from Buda were the representatives of the College of International Studies and Asian Studies Complete English Masters Program, the Center Research and Development of Transportation and Logistics, and the Spring Village Research Center. They met with TKU’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Vice President of Administration, the College of International Studies, the Office of Research and Development, the Department of Continuing Education, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Information and 31 upper level officials of Administration for the management transition. President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “I’m grateful for the wonderful contributions made by all of the past administrators and I am also very appreciative for the new personnel that are willing to accept the challenges that lie before us. The next 4 years in higher education, Taiwan will be met with especially difficult challenges to overcome.” President Chang recently attended the “Tenth Cross-strait Hong Kong and Macao University Presidents Forum” on July 14th and she shared the concerns and objectives of Asian higher learning including challenges of innovation and university modification. She mentioned that many of the government organizations of China, Macao and Hong Kong are investing heavily in the development of higher learning, but Taiwan still struggles to find sufficient financial support, hindering university development. President Chang laid out a plan to meet the challenges in the upcoming years in four steps: Actively Fundraising for the Construction of the Shou Chien International Conference Center which begins construction in November of this year, Full Integration and Cultivation of the Triple Objective Educational Program, Extensive Cultivation and Development of Student Potential, and the Full Implementation of the Principles of the Spirit of Excellence for the next academic year.
In order to create an environment that allows students to come in contact with “applicable academic knowledge” TKU has cooperated with over 200 enterprises including China Airlines, HIWIN, and Fubon Bank. On July 21st a press conference/signing ceremony was held in B2 of the Sheraton Hotel, officially establishing the long-term establishment of this academic industry project. President Chia-I Chang appeared in person to sign the contract and she presented a speech along with with President of the Board of China Airlines, Huang-Hsiang Sun and President of the Board of HIWIN, Yong-cai Zhuo. President Chang stated, “Students are cultivated in every university for the same purpose of being able to immediately enter into the career world. Enterprises offer internships and opportunities to give students practical skills and experience to help them land a career right after graduation. For seventeen years TKU has been ranked number one among private universities for having the most ideal graduates for employment. Our students have the potential to become elite workers anywhere in the world. For this reason this academic industry alliance will emphasize aiming at an international platform, allowing students to go overseas and raise their competitive abilities at a global level.” Huang-Hsiang Sun stated in his speech, “China Airlines is very competitive in today’s global market. In addition to improving our transportation safety all over the world, cultivation of our personnel is also a very crucial factor in our development. We at China Airlines are eagerly anticipating this academic industry opportunity so that students can become familiar with our information before graduation. This type of relationship will prove to be mutually beneficial, smoothing out the transition from school to career life.” Yong-cai Zhuo expressed in his speech that he was honored to receive the Golden Eagle Award for TKU’s 63rd Anniversary Celebration in 2013. He stated, “Signing today’s agreement symbolizes the growing relationship between TKU and HIWIN. We wish to not only do lots of projects with the Department of Electrical Engineering, but to assist in every aspect to create powerful academic industry opportunities.” Yong-cai Zhuo stated that he believes the potential of the personnel that can be cultivated from TKU students is endless.
Lately the weather has been extremely hot and most individuals are unwilling to set foot outside. But should we spend the entire summer indoors basking in the comfort of our air-conditioned rooms? Go out and visit the beautiful campuses of Taipei, Lanyang and Tamsui Campuses to enjoy the wonderful scenery and animal life. The Palace Lantern Classroom Hallway: Fashioned in the traditional Chinese way with an interior decorated in red glazed tile, creating an exotic uniqueness. The sides of the classrooms are decorated with flowers that change seasonally, completing the magical atmosphere. Lovers Lane: Behind the Palace Lantern Classrooms is a small quiet walkway just big enough for two. The area is filled with flower pots, stone chairs, and a pavilion. It’s perfect to take a romantic walk in the summertime while listening to the chirping of the cicadas Green Pasture: A beautiful grass meadow located in front of the post office is perfect to play a musical instrument to pass the time. In past years people have come here to write songs and find inspiration among the relaxing energy. It is also a historic location for holding many spectacular events over the years. Cultural Recreation Area: This part of campus is smothered in greenery with the sounds of animals greeting visitors from all directions. Every step within this canal is quiet, cozy and relaxing. It’s the perfect place to bring a romantic date. Foreign Language Building Plaza: In front of the Foreign Language building is a circle of trees with a splendid view that can calm anyone’s nerves. There is oval-shaped spring in front of the building that adds a magical aspect to the atmosphere. Spend the summer absorbing the many different pleasures that TKU campus has to provide. It will surely be more invigorating than staying indoors all day.
Alumni from the Department of Management Sciences, Hang-chien Hsu, has become known as a financial mastermind because of his ability to invest and save money while continually making generous contributions and donations. Because of his donation of 120,000,000 NT to Tamkang University, he is now listed as one of the Heroes of Asian academics in Forbes Magazine. The Magazine listed 48 persons responsible for the greatest academic contributions of Asia for 2013-14, recognizing four Taiwanese alumni. This great honor bestowed upon Hang-chien Hsu also illuminates the reputation of Tamkang University. President Flora Chia-I Chang stated, “I'm so pleased to see that Hang-chien Hsu has been listed as one of the Asian Philanthropists in Forbes Magazine. I’m eternally grateful for all of the contributions made to the university over the years. Last year’s contribution will be a key component to the development of the Shou Chien International Conference Center.” President Chang finished by expressing that this contribution is not only a major benefit to TKU, but also displays the great care and change that can be made in society by giving. Hang-chien Hsu stated, “Tamkang University has a great reputation in the business world. In recent years it has grasped even more attention because of its continually growing potential and prosperous development.”
Tamkang University celebrated the annual International Flag Ceremony for 2014 with a total of 505 participants. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang who invited Minister of the North American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yi-peng Liang, Ministry official of the Department of International and Cross Strait Affairs of the Ministry of Education, Chun-chun Chang, member of the American Institute in Taiwan’s Cultural Center, Ms. Amelia Ortiz, Chairman of the Taipei Economic Cultural Office Canada, along with many other honored guests. Currently Tamkang University has approximately 1,500 international students, officially making it a globalized institute of academic diversity. For the Flag Ceremony third-year students of the department of International Business Management, Guan-ling Liu and Yu-heng Wu, were invited to share their experience of their 2013 study abroad program in America. Also many other students shared their experiences abroad including programs at Suffolk University and California State Polytechnic University. Three students were presented scholarships for their participation in a contest, giving a detailed account of their overseas experience. First place winner was fourth-year student of the Department of German Language, Yong-fang Lin, second place winner was third-year student of the Department of French Language, Wan-yun Lu and third place winner was fourth-year student of the Department of Japanese Language, Shao-qi Huang. In 1968 Tamkang University established its first international relationship with sister university in Japan, Chuo Gakuin University. Now TKU has signed an agreement marking the 170th international academic exchange program. In recent years TKU has made great effort to create more international programs with universities all around the world with aspirations of creating a global academic network. This strategy of internationalization assures that students at TKU will have a well-rounded learning environment, giving them global competitive skills.
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Sinn-cheng Lin, recently mentioned that there should be new additions to the Tamsui Wiki website that will give viewers a chance to gather an in depth understanding of Tamkang University. The website will contain information regarding TKU’s history, culture, festivals, tourist sites information, popular shops and more. This year Tamsui Wiki will provide video documentaries focused around merchant groups and organizations. This year on Tamkang Campus there will be a press conference to share the achievements and experience of the documentaries that will include 9 different shops and groups. Assistant Professor of the Department of Mass Communication, Weitsy Wang, stated “The nine 15-minute short films will include Ching An Massage, Yon-ji Sesame Oil Firm, Foursquare, Tamsui Old Church, Kong-yen Cultural Center, Li Tien Lu Museum, Golden Bough Theatre, Glastory Art Center and Taiwan Fuji Latex Condoms Discovery Center. Teachers and students are faced with difficulties of working with personal businesses and it’s essential to develop trust and respect before being able to cooperate together.” Assistant Professor of the Department Chinese, Yen-wen Chou, stated, “One film that was made for research about the controversial second phase of Danhai New Town called the Distance of Guanyin Mountain. The project received many voices about the effects of individuals immigrating from Guanyin Mountain to Danhai New Town and how it relates to the natives in the area. The film attempts to grasp all of the different opinions from both sides related to the topic.” Third-year student of the Department of Mass Communication, Yi-qun Yang, stated, “I’m really surprised that the projects that we created will be able to be utilized for educational purposes. It’s great to be able to get many of these relatively conservative people’s ideas into the public eye so that they can be discussed and attended to.” Sinn-Cheng Lin expressed, “Tamsui Wiki was established to give people a link that connects them to the diversity of culturally related projects that are always happening in the area.” (For more information visit link http://tamsui.dils.tku.edu.tw/ )