On the morning of June 15, 2019, under a blazing summer sun, the Tamkang University Graduation Ceremony for the 2018-19 academic year kicked off. Held at TKU’s Tamsui Campus, the celebration started with the customary ‘final lap around the campus,’ a longstanding ritual in which the deans of each of Tamkang’s colleges lead students on a final sweep of the campus grounds, embarking from the TKU Student Activity Center and then passing the library, the Ching Sheng Building, the TKU Maritime Museum, the Fu-Yuan Japanese Garden, and the ‘Five Tiger Hill’ steps. When the graduating students finally arrived at the Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium - the venue of the Commencement ceremony - they were greeted by the President and the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh and Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang respectively. The students waved enthusiastically as the sound of whooping and cheering filled the crisp morning air. At 10:00 am sharp the official ceremony commenced, with numerous dignitaries - including President Keh and Chairperson Chang - entering the gymnasium. At the top of the program were dance performances delivered by two TKU dance clubs, ‘TK Dance Fantasy’ and students from the Indigenous Student Resource Center. The on-stage VIP guests at this year’s ceremony included: Trustee on the TKU Board of Trustees, Dr. Wan-chin Tai, the Supervisor of the Board of Trustees, Mei-Lan Wang, several former TKU presidents, including Dr. Chen Ya-hong, Dr. Louis R. Chao, and Dr. Lin Yun-shan, the President of the Tamkang University Worldwide Federation of Alumni Associations, Ding-chuan Chen, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Tamkang University Alumni Association Headquarters, Dr. Chen Ching-Tsai and Chuang Zi-Hua respectively, the President and Vice-President of the Federation of TKU Department Alumni Associations, Dr. Lawrence Lin and Li Shu-chung respectively, the Chairman of the Kinmen County TKU Alumni Association, Dr. Chen Tsang-Chiang, as well as dignitaries and diplomatic envoys from various countries: the former President and First Lady of the Marshall Islands, Kessai and Mary Note, the Marshall Islands Ambassador to Taiwan, Neijon Edwards, the Tuvalu Ambassador to Taiwan and First Secretary, Limasene Teatu and Siaeki Teatu respectively, the Solomon Islands Ambassador to Taiwan and spouse, Joseph Pius and Reselee Waleanisia, and the Kiribati Ambassador to Taiwan, Tessie Eria Lambourne. Sitting among the crowd were also 20 plus officials from countries that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan and distinguished members of the academic and business community in Taiwan. The ceremony proceeded with an opening address from the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, in which he thanked the esteemed guests for their attendance at the ceremony, and congratulated the entire body of graduating students and their families members who came to share in the graduation festivities. A total of 6500 TKU students graduated this year, and will soon enter the workforce and apply their skills and knowledge, acquired over the previous four years, to contribute to the broader community.
On June 12, the 2019 Graduation Ceremony for international and Cross-Strait students was held at the Student Activity Center, Tamsui Campus. Organized by the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, the ceremony was hosted by the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, and featured numerous public dignitaries, including the First Secretary of the Haitian Embassy, Mr. Jean Claude Bien Aimé, as well as internal high-level faculty and staff, such as the TKU secretary general, the dean of international affairs, the deans of each of the colleges, the chairs of each department offering courses to foreign students, and foreign student advisors. This year, a total of 641 international and Cross-Strait students will be graduating. The figure includes 308 overseas Chinese students, 165 foreign (non-ethnic Chinese) students, and 168 Mainland Chinese students. Apart from graduating students, attendees of the event also included students’ family members, who came to Taiwan to share in the joy of graduation.
One of the initiatives implemented under the University Social Responsibility (USR) project, for which TKU received Ministry of Education subsidies, was known as the “Tamsui Good Living” scheme. Participants in the scheme included students from the Department of Mass Communication, who on June 1, 2019, held an exhibition at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. The exhibition centered around a documentary which chronicled the hard work and determination displayed by the local Tamsui community, as it has worked to improve and restore certain areas within greater Tamsui. The exhibition was entitled “Chronicling Stories of Sacrifice.” In recent years, issues to do with community creation and rejuvenation of local areas have become a hot topic. And the crucial actors in the process of restoration and regeneration are the local residents who put their hand up and decide to take part. However, most of the time they don't receive the recognition they deserve. It is hoped that by recording the day-to-day efforts of local residents to serve their community, others will be able to get a sense of the enthusiasm and care these residents have for their local area. It is also a way of helping students connect with the broader community, to actively learn, and put the skills and knowledge they have gleaned from their studies into practice in real life.
The 11th Lanyang Campus Commencement kicked off at 10 am on June 1, 2019. Held at the Shao-Mo Memorial Activity Center, the event was conducted exclusively in English to comply with the English-only environment established at the Lanyang Campus. In total, 208 students graduated this year. At 9:30 am on the morning of Commencement, students followed their teachers on the ritual “final lap” of the campus, as they were guided from the Clement Chang International Conference Hall to the mini “slope of overcoming difficulty” (132 steps in all). They were accompanied by students from lower years who held bouquets of flowers and gifts, and cheered with joy as they embraced the graduating students and offered their blessings for the future.
In recent years, the culture and creative industries have thrived and been widely discussed in countries and regions across the globe. To discuss developments in the industry, the TKU College of Liberal Arts along with Fujian Normal University organized the 2019 Cross-Strait Culture and Creativity Forum. Held May 24 at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus, the event aimed to identify the source of innovation within traditional culture, to spark innovation through Cross-Strait exchange and cooperation, and to inspire students and teachers to explore new perspectives and new ways of thinking about certain topics. The Forum adopted a similar format to previous years, wherein distinguished guests from academia were invited to take part. The Fujian Normal University delegation to the event was led by the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Fujian Normal University, Li Ju-zhen.
On the afternoon of May 24, 2019, Tamkang University held a commemorative event at the Tamsui Campus to recognize the immense contribution Dr. Clement C.P. Chang, the founder of TKU, made to Taiwanese politics, traffic infrastructure, and higher education. The event was held on the eve of the first anniversary of Dr. Chang’s death, and was a way to remember him and show gratitude for the selfless sacrifices he made in establishing Tamkang University. The commemoration ceremony was hosted by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, and attended by numerous high-level TKU officials, such as the the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, Board of Trustee member, Shih-Yi Chang, the former President of TKU, Dr. Chen Ya-hong, the former President of TKU, Dr. Louis R. Chao, the former TKU President and current Chair of the Retired Tamkang Faculty Association, Dr. Lin Yun-shan, and the Chairman of the Tamkang University Alumni Association Headquarters, Ding-chuan Chen, with a total of over 300 people in attendance. The event consisted of two main activities: an exhibition held at the Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library, which showcased 208 items from Dr. Chang’s incredible life, including the various certificates he had received, documents he had penned, and photos of his life; as well as various speeches given by TKU faculty and staff, who reflected on the larger-than-life accomplishments made by this gentle giant.
The 11th lecture in the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series was delivered by renowned scholar Dr. Avery Goldstein, the David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations in the Political Science Department (University of Pennsylvania), Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and Associate Director of the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Goldstein's primary areas of research include international studies, security research, and Chinese politics. He visits Mainland China, Japan, or Korea almost every year to participate in conferences or to lecture, and is a seminal figure in the fields of international relations and China studies. His current visit represents his second time visiting Taiwan in the past 22 years. Dr. Goldstein’s lecture event was held at 10:00 am on May 22, 2019 at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. It kicked off with an introduction of Dr. Goldstein delivered by the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang. The topic of Dr. Goldstein's speech was China’s Grand Strategy under Xi Jinping and US-China Relations, and it centered on the evolution of China’s Grand Strategy, while also exploring new developments in US-China Relations. In addition to Dr. Goldstein’s keynote speech, the TKU College of International Affairs arranged for the speaker to take part in an interactive forum with each of the College’s departments to help enhance the standard of teaching and research in the College and encourage further academic cooperation in the future.
In the 2018-19 academic year, Tamkang University received a subsidy from the Ministry of Education (MOE) to carry out various initiatives under the University Social Responsibility (USR) program. Several of these schemes focus on assisting the local community to develop and grow, and to promote diversity. One of the teams working to improve the local Tamsui community is led by associate professor Tu Min-fen of the TKU Department of Business Administration. Other core members of the team include Chen Yi-ru, an alumna from the Department of Chinese Literature, and Liu Yu-hsuan, an alumna from the TKU Department of Business Administration. The team was established under the USR program and is known as the “Play and Design Thinking” team. From May 16-19, 2019, the team took part in an expo held at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park and organized by a community organization known as ZA Share. Various high-level officials visited the expo, including the Premier of the Republic of China, Su Tseng-chang, the Mayor of Taipei, Ko Wen-je, and the ROC Minister of Education, Pan Wen-chung. There were also numerous well-known figures from the world of education. The exhibition booth set up by the TKU “Play and Design Thinking” team had ‘play’ as its central theme, and was adorned with an icon of a flying orange book. The team believes that “playing can be a deep method of learning,” and therefore organized the display around the slogan “Yes, Play!”
The 33rd Department of Mass Communication Graduation Project Exhibition was titled ‘On My Own Wave.’ Held May 10-12 on the 6th floor of the Eslite Xinyi Store, it featured a lavish opening ceremony with a speech from celebrity William Hsieh. Numerous well-known alumni from the mass communication industry and members of the general public flocked to the event, eager to take part in the festivities. Meanwhile, an on-campus exhibition will commence on May 14 at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall, Tamsui Campus and continue until the 17th. The exhibition title “On my own wave” refers to a way of living, exhorting students to be themselves and to ‘march to their own beat.’
The Jin-Shaow Awards is an annual music extravaganza held by the TKU Guitar Club. The finals of the 31st Jin-Shaow Awards were held May 11, 2019, as roughly 500 audience members poured in to the TKU Student Activity Center, Tamsui Campus. TKU’s Jin Yi-chun, a junior in the Department of English, clinched first prize with her rendition of the song “New York State of Mind.” Meanwhile, second place went to Du Wei-min of Chinese Culture University and Chang Yi-chian of Soochow University, while third spot was claimed by Li Chao-chun of the Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages. In the ensemble category, Deng Chi-feng and Yao Lu-hsin from the National Taiwan University of Arts were crowned champions for their version of Santa Monica Dream, while a group consisting of six members from Ming Chuan University placed second. In addition to the Awards, the Jin-Shaow Music Festival was held the previous day (May 10) at the Chueh-Hsuan Chinese Gardens, Tamsui Campus, and featured several well-known musicians, as well as participants from last year's Jin-Shaow Awards.
The 1st Northern Taiwan History Department Symposium was held May 11, 2019, at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. The event was held jointly by the history departments of four universities in northern Taiwan, members of the Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan (ELECT): Tamkang University, Soochow University, the Chinese Culture University, and Fu Jen Catholic University. It was organized by students from the Department of History, TKU College of Liberal Arts, who incorporated the features of each history department to create a forum for exchange and interaction. In the age of global competition, it is only through this kind of mutual cooperation and integration of resources that the Taiwanese education sector can offer students new perspectives, provide them with a broader space for learning, and enhance their future competitiveness. During the event’s Opening Ceremony, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Chen-Jung Lin, delivered an opening address in which she thanked the faculty, students, and supervisors from the four cooperating universities for their participation. She noted that the Symposium was entirely the idea of the students, and explained that “pro-active learning” has already emerged as a major development trend for higher education. “Quite clearly,” she added, “the students have already taken the first step on the path to pro-active learning.”
The 10th lecture of the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series was given by Dr. Daniel Drache, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at York University, Canada, and Associate Director of the Robarts Center for Canadian Studies. Dr. Drache’s fields of interest include issues related to globalization and policy considerations in various fields due to the impact of globalization. He has been commissioned multiple times to partake in research for various Canadian government institutions, and has visited numerous universities around the world to provide lectures and conduct research. Dr. Drache's lecture was held at 10:00 am on May 7, 2019 at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall. It centered on the following topic: Happy 5th Birthday Belt and Road: Has Beijing Much to Celebrate? Successes and Failures. During Dr. Drache’s visit to Tamkang University, he was also taken on a tour of the TKU Graduate Institute of China Studies and delivered a lecture to the faculty and students from the Department of English. TKU also arranged for him to tour famous sites in both Taipei City and New Taipei City, and anticipates even closer collaboration with Dr. Drache in the future.
On May 5, 2019, the Tamkang University “End Station” Lab held the Opening Ceremony for the Taiwan Photon Source 45A Beamline. The Ceremony was held at the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan. The product will soon be open for public use, and through this opportunity it is hoped that the members of the Tamkang University Synchrotron Radiation Research Team will get the chance to research brand new, energy-based nanomaterials and cooperate with international teams in similar fields. The research and application of synchrotron light source has been a long-term focus for development for the TKU Department of Physics. The Synchrotron Radiation Research Team is comprised of several faculty members from the Department (Prof. Way-Faung Pong, Prof. Chao-Hung Du, Assoc Prof. Dong Chung-Li, and Assoc Prof. Cheng-Hao Chuang), who have been conducting in-depth research in this field for many years, and their research accomplishments have placed them in the spotlight both locally and on an international stage. These researchers also took part in the planning and construction of the facilities for the Taiwan Photon Source (TPS) large-scale instrument lab.
The 18th Department of Information and Communication Graduation Project Exhibition was held at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall, Tamsui Campus, from May 6-10, 2019. Titled ‘6D Platform,’ the exhibition will be relocated to the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park and open to the public from May 24-26. The opening ceremony of the 6D Platform campus exhibition will be held at midday on May 6, and will be attended by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Chen-Jung Lin, the Chair of the Department of Information and Communication, Dr. Chen Yi-Wen, the Chair of the Department of Chinese Literature, Dr. Chou Te Liang, and the Chair of the Department of Information and Library Science, Dr. James C. Ouyang. The theme of this year’s exhibition is 6D Platform. Here, the 6D represents the six step process required for “self-reformation,” while the Platform refers to the ‘train platform’ used to carry strangers from all walks of life. The students from the Department of Information and Communication set up the display in the hope that visitors could leave the display with a deeper connection to their better selves. In his opening address, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, noted that a “platform” is not only a place where farewells are uttered, but will hopefully serve as the spark the students need to set out on a new chapter of their lives.
For the 9th lecture of the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series, TKU invited Dr. Philip Li-Fan Liu, the Vice President (Research and Technology) of the National University of Singapore, an academician at the US National Academy of Engineering, and an academician at Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Dr. Liu is an internationally renowned scholar in the field of tsunami science and fluid mechanics (theory, calculation, and experimentation). He is also widely known in the fields of marine engineering and hydraulic engineering. Dr. Liu’s lecture was held at 2:00 pm on May 6, 2019, at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. The event commenced with a joint opening address by the Dean of the TKU College of Engineering, Dr. Tzung-Hang Lee, and the Chair of the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Po-ching Lee. This was followed by an introduction of Dr. Liu’s numerous accomplishments by Yun-Ta Wu, an assistant professor from the same department. The topic of Dr. Liu’s speech was the 2018 Sulawesi Earthquake and Palu Tsunami. Dr. Liu told attendees about the response mechanism in place when Indonesian tsunamis occur and the new generation of tsunami alert systems that was later developed. He also described his research at Sulawesi Island in 2018, when he led a team to survey the area and test the local bay landscapes. In addition to Dr. Liu’s lecture, a series of discussions were also arranged in which the visiting speaker addressed the possibility of future collaboration on Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) research projects, while also discussing possible directions for future research and cooperation with both Tamkang students and faculty.
To give foreign students a taste of the local Taiwanese culture and folk rituals, the International Office organizes a cultural trip once every semester. These trips offer students the chance to appreciate Taiwan’s natural beauty, sample local delicacies, and experience slow living in Taiwan. This year's Spring Cultural Trip for foreign students was held May 4, 2019, with participants led by the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang. A total of 88 students from 24 countries took part, including overseas Chinese students, Mainland Chinese students, exchange students, and foreign students. The site of this semester’s cultural trip was Wulai, a patch of water upstream from the Nanshi River. Participants were taken to the top of a mountain in Wulai, to the Atayalbalay Aboriginal Village, where they swapped their clothes for traditional aboriginal garb, and experienced living like the Atayal. In the afternoon the group visited the Atayal museum, where it learned about Atayal history and ancient relics, and even witnessed a live rendition of an Ayatal musical instrument, the jaw harp, performed by the tour guide.
This year the TKU Department of Business Administration commemorates 60 years since its establishment. On May 1, 2019, the Department's alumni association held a range of celebratory activities, including a festive gala dinner - replete with dazzling performances - as well as ‘the 14th Competitiveness and Operations Management Symposium.’ The Symposium was held at the Business and Management Building on the Tamsui Campus. By integrating both theoretical and practical elements, the organizers hoped to provide business owners and high-level managers with practical ways of enhancing their competitiveness, and to motivate faculty members to pursue related research in the future. The celebratory gala event was organized to follow the symposium, and was held at the Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei. The purpose of the celebration was to strengthen and solidify the close friendship enjoyed by Department alumni, and also to thank such alumni for their long-term and selfless contributions, support, and care for TKU and for their old Department. Dignitaries present at the gala included: the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, the former TKU President and current Chair of the Retired Tamkang Faculty Association, Dr. Lin Yun-shan, the Dean of the College of Business and Management, Dr. Tzong-Ru Tsai, the Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resource Development, Dr. Yang Shu-Chuen, the Executive Director of the Tamkang University EMBA Program, Dr. Lin Ku-jun, the Chair of the Department of Economics, Dr. Lin Yen-Ling, the President of the Federation of TKU Department Alumni Associations, Mr. Lawrence Lin, the President of the Tamkang University Golden Eagle Club, Mr. Sun Jui-lung, and the presidents of various department alumni associations, and the presidents of various department alumni associations, including the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, the Department of Japanese, French, German, the Department of Statistics, and the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering.
The closing ceremony of the 2019 National Intercollegiate Athletic Games was held May 1, with the TKU team collecting a total of six gold, two silver, and four bronze medals. The result placed it first among all private universities (excluding sport universities) in Taiwan. TKU registered for various event categories this year, including fencing, judo, karate, Taekwondo, track and field, tennis, badminton, soft tennis, table tennis, and swimming. And it received medals in seven of these ten categories, for fencing, judo, karate, Taekwondo, track and field, tennis, and badminton.
From April 28-30, the TKU Debate Society took part in the 9th World Mandarin Debate Championship held in Nanjing, Mainland China, where it claimed top spot in the group stage of the competition, and entered the final 16. On May 1st it proceeded into the quarter finals and clinched victory to set up a semi-final showdown set to take place at 2pm on May 2. On the path to the finals, the TKU Debate Team was pitted against teams from various universities around the world, including the Nanjing Audit University, England's Manchester University, and renowned Australian institution, Monash University.
UNESCO designated April 24 as World Reading Day, a day when countries around the world hold celebratory activities related to reading. Over the past 14 years, the TKU Chueh Sheng Memorial Library has been holding reading events to coincide with international World Reading Day and in recent years has branched out, working with TKU departments and student clubs to incorporate library resources into student learning and campus life. The opening ceremony for World Reading Day at the Chueh Sheng Memorial Library, Tamsui Campus, was held April 30, and was attended by the Tamkang University chairperson, president, vice president, several first-level managers, as well as faculty and students. At the opening ceremony, the Dean of the Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library, Song Sheue-fang, explained that, starting from 2015, TKU's World Reading Day activities have been based on the theme "Reading, Traveling, and a Love of Sharing", and each year it selects a different country around which the activities are centered. This year it chose France, a country which has spawned a prodigious number of Nobel literature winners.