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/ )
Every academic institution in the nation is dealing with issues of diversity, marketing, a low birth rate and insufficient funding, which has lead to the need to create more academic alliances in order to strengthen the possibilities of the future. A wide variety of concrete and effective exchange agreements with many institutions are needed in order to guarantee academic prosperity. On June 18th Jin He High School, Yong Ping High School, Zhu Wei Gao Ji High School and Yong Quan Gao Ji High School signed a strategic agreement with Tamkang University to design a project that focuses on second language study, international activities, and the concept of older students assisting younger student learning. Dean of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, expressed, “It is my hope that this alliance can create a model of cooperation as we combine our resources, promote the development of excellence and increase our students’ competitive abilities.” Huan-chao Keh mentioned that the schools will work together for an extended period of time, assisting in areas such as Multidisciplinary Ability Assessment, Specified Subject Testing and High School Level English Listening Exams. Huan-chao Keh also stated that the cooperation would cover five main areas: curriculum support, professor development, social group cooperation, fundamental development and international education. President Flora Chia-I Chang stated, “This alliance has been brought together in accordance of the Ministry of Education’s plan of the University and High School Academic Unification Project and also the Sharing of Regional Academic Resources Project. We at Tamkang University wholeheartedly welcome these four schools into our academic family. After President Chang’s speech the four high school principals offered their gratitude to Tamkang University for this opportunity and eagerly anticipate working together.
Tamkang University held it’s graduation ceremony on June 14th in the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium. The event was hosted by President Flora Chia-I Chang, who invited Ambassador of the Republic of Kiribati, Teekoa Luta, and President of the Board of the Alumni Association, Zhao-shen Chen, to give inspirational speeches. This year’s graduation ceremony was a bit unconventional containing music videos and films by the Student Association that magically captured four years of study at Tamkang University. It also served as an encouragement for students to be critical thinkers as they bring new innovations and ideas into the career world. At the start of the event President Chang first congratulated the students on their magnificent accomplishment. She expressed that TKU offers an information-oriented, future-oriented, and internationally-oriented educational program so that students are able to make great innovative strides in society. She expressed, “TKU graduates are the embodiment of the ideology of the Three Circles and Five Disciplines, cultivated through a professional, core and extracurricular curricula that include the concepts of conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork, and beauty. This educational perspective also teaches a global vision, circulation of data, healthy lifestyle, morale character, independent thinking, and self-restraint.” For this year’s graduation five students received awards for excellent mentorship: Guan-yong Qu, Jian-fu Zheng, Ming-wen Hu, Hui-ying Lin, and Jian-mu Ye. For the musical performance winner of the 25th annual Musical Composition Award, Yun-ping Zhang, sung “Invisible Wings” and “Proud of You” to show his appreciation for his four years of study at TKU. The event ended with President Chang, Ambassador Teekoa Luta and Zhao-shen Chen giving warm words of inspiration for the graduating students to take with them on their new journey.
This year the graduating students of 2014 presented short films to share for their graduation ceremony. In the film they shared some of the knowledge and ideas they accumulated over the years with teachers, students and alumni. They were able to successfully capture and display the unlimited creativity and diversified educational methods that are offered at Tamkang University. The film called, “The Day’s Silhouette”, was directed by fourth-year student of the Department of Transportation Management, Cheng-yi Cai. Cheng-yi Cai is a good friend of his department and has won countless awards in many different types of competitions. He stated, “Finding inspiration comes from the difficulties and trials that we are faced with in our lives. Later those difficulties can be made into something beautiful that can use to inspire people in need. I hope that this short film will find meaning in the hearts of the graduating students and that they will be encouraged to face the challenges ahead.” The film, “The Day’s Silhouette,” follows a young girl who is in the gym holding her graduation diploma. She begins to feel a surge of emotions as she remembers her experiences at the university. As she goes through an array of different feelings she is faced with the conflict of having to move on. In the end the director illustrates that graduation is not the ending, but a new beginning. The film an “An Eighth of Youth” displayed all of the many pieces involved in graduation including filming, testing, speaking and ceremony preparation. The story gave the audience warm feelings as it touched on areas of friendship, family and love. Both films can be found via youtube: The Day’s Silhouette《那一天的身影》 http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%E6%B7%A1%E6%B1%9F%E5%A4%A7%E5%AD%B8 An Eighth of Youth《八分之一的青春》 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-w0tCKSLac&feature=youtu.be
On June 7th Lanyang Campus held their 6th annual graduation ceremony in the newly constructed Shao-mo Memorial Activity Center. The ceremony was hosted by President Flora Chia-I Chang as she expressed congratulations to graduates from the Department of Business and Management, the Department of Engineering, and the Department of Social Sciences. Special guest included Head Government Official of Yilian County Farm Industries, Ching-an Chou, who represented Yilan County’s Legislative Councilor, Tsung-yuan Chiang. Also in attendance were Vice Presidents Gwo-hsing Lu, Po-yuan Kao, and Wan-chin Tai. President Chang stated, “The theme of this graduation is the Three Circles and Five Disciplines Education System Brings Prestige to Future Careers. Tamkang University has been ranked number one as the most desired graduates for employment by 2000 Taiwanese enterprises for 17 years in a row. I believe that today’s graduating students will truly benefit from this esteemed reputation in the near future. Take the teachings and blessings of your professors to create new and magnificent opportunities.” There were 173 individuals in attendance for the graduation ceremony and students carried fresh flowers and various symbols promising success. The atmosphere of Lanyang’s graduation ceremony closely resembled that of the Oscar Film Awards. Among the excitement they presented Student Awards, Leadership Awards, International Awards and awards for outstanding performances. As part of tradition the ceremony ended with the graduation students singing, “Proud of You”.
Tamkang University has always been distinctive in appearance because of it’s embrace of the plant life and spectacular trees. The campus has been blessed with an atmosphere of greenery that creates both a healthy and inspiring view. However in recent years due to the brown root disease, many of the trees have died and TKU has lost some of its fresh air and forestry. In order to replenish the plant life on campus as well as create an appreciation of the environment amongst teachers and students, the Office of Student Affairs held the “People and Trees Communication” event on June 4th. Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, expressed, “By singing folk songs on the grass amongst the trees it creates an awareness and appreciation of our environment. In this event we wish to honor that tradition with a musical performance in similar fashion. It will serve as a wonderful reminder to teachers and students to cherish the beauty of our university. You could say that events like these serve as seeds to a healthy ecosystem in the future. I hope the the memory of these old trees stays with the students and that they come back to see them in the future.” 12 trees were planted for the restoration project in various locations: the Chemistry Building, Cheu-sheng Plaza, Track and Field, European Flower Garden, Post Office, Library, Audio-visual Education Building, Ying Yuan Guest House, Business and Management Building, Maritime Museum, and the Sunset Meadow. The Student Association kept detailed and descriptive records of the newly planted trees so that they will always be remembered and cherished in the years to come. During the event the musical performance created a joyful and relaxed atmosphere as many members of the faculty described the scenery of TKU in earlier years. Graduating student from the Department of Economics, Zhi-yu Xie, stated, “I’ve been at the university for 4 years, but this is the first time I’ve ever taken the time to notice and appreciate the environment here. After this event, I will make sure that in the future I don’t take something so precious for granted.”
In order to communicate the importance of responsible drinking to the young people, Tamkang University has collaborated with the New Taipei City government for a promotion focused on designated drivers and the dangers of drinking and driving. On Wednesday June 4th in the Student Activity Center on Tamsui Campus the “Designated Driver Press Conference” took place. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Secretary from the Taiwan Beverage Alcohol Forum, Jessica Fu, Head of the Ministry of Communications Committee, Tai-sheng Xu, and New Taipei City Government Secretary, Yu-ning Hsu. Dean of the Department of Transportation Management, Chi-chung Tao, expressed, “Every year we hold Transportation Management Week and this week we especially wanted to touch on the issue of traffic safety. We have connected with resources outside of the university to paint a clearer picture of inherent dangerous effects alcohol has involving driving.” Jessica Fu spoke on the importance of having a designated driver before engaging in outings with alcohol. President Chang shared her thoughts of drinking and driving and the effectiveness of recent safety promotions. Tai-sheng Zhong spoke on young social groups that promote taking preemptive steps to avoid drinking and driving. Yu-ning Hsu described the procedures and standard policies of drinking and driving prevention. Third-year student of the Department of Transportation and Management, Zhen-yao Zhang, stated, “I’m happy to be able to participate in this event because I often see news related to accidents that are caused by drinking irresponsibly. Every time I see this type of news I feel so bad for the victims and their families, but It also makes me especially angry at the offenders. Yet the only thing I can do is remind myself to be responsible so that I won’t make the same mistakes.”
Korea’s Chung-ang University sent three representatives to visit Tamkang University on June 3rd. Among the visitors was Chung-ang University President, Yong-goo Lee, who met with President Flora Chia-I Chang to sign an agreement to officially establish an academic exchange. Back in March when President Chang attended the academic forum in Korea, she met with Chung-ang University President and agreed to form a university partnership. Currently Tamkang University has 167 sister universities, 9 of which are in Korea. Before signing the agreement, the honored guests were given a tour of the university including the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library, the palace lantern classrooms and the Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center. Afterwards the exchange agreement was signed in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. Also in attendance was Executive Director of the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan, Hui-mei Chen, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of Science, Bo-cheng Wang, Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu, Dean of the Office of International Affairs, Pei-wha Chilee, and Dean of the Department of Statistics, Shu-fei Wu. Chung-ang University is one of the most prestigious and well known universities in Korea. It was established in 1918 and has 19 colleges and 14 graduate institutions and has been recognized for outstanding resources for 6 years in a row. It is also well known for having an extraordinary film department.
President Jiu Ying Ma has put forth his ideology of education that states, “Work with care to cultivate the next generation with personalized well-rounded development and expand students’ international perception to harness their potential.” In recent years students have had a problem finding employment successfully after graduation, which has become an issue that the government has been trying to address. Dean of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng, stated, “Because of the problems finding employment Tamkang University has collaborated with the Shuai-lai Chen Foundation to hold the Tamkang University Alumni Summit at the Ching-fu ShipBuilding on May 30th. The purpose of the summit was to discuss the strategies of student cultivation in the near future.” For the event they invited speaker Xiang-ping Ma from the Ministry of Education, President of Dong Hwa University, Maw-Kuen Wu, and President of Jianguo High School, Wei-hen Chen to share ideas and experience. At the opening of the event President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “I am grateful to the Ministry of Education, Presidents and alumni that were able to participate in today’s summit.” She continued to express the history of Tamkang University as it has cultivated many elite members of society thanks to the contributions and support of the attending members. During the summit the speakers focused on the challenges and changes of higher education teaching methods. They discussed ideas of how to better approach and adapt to the 21 century. The decided objective heading into the future was to have teaching methods that carry a keen focus on globalization, competitive ability and adaptability with future needs and resources.
The recently established Female Faculty Alliance Choir held a performance in the Carrie Chang Music Hall on May 28th at 7pm. They have already had other performances including outside of the university, banquets, and the retirement tea party. Managing this choir performance was President of the Board of Trustees, Shu-feng Hsiao, Guidance Professor Yueh Hsueh Tsai, and Piano Instructor Hsuan-pu Chang. In addition to giving a beautiful performance using a traditional format, they also added a modern style dance performance that captivated the audience. Also singing along was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Administration, Po-yuan Kao, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, and Dean of Lanyang Campus, Jyh-horng Lin. Before the performance began, a small speech was given by President Flora Chia-I Chang. She stated, “My name Flora represents flower which is quite fitting for today’s Moon Night Flower Performance.“ She expressed that her wish was that everyone could momentarily put down the thoughts of work and relax while embracing the diverse melodies of the performance. A magical and charming atmosphere was created as the choir sang through an arrangement of 20 different songs including OP19, NO2, Cosi fan tutte, E amore un ladroncelo, Die Zauberflote, Zweite Arie der Konigin der Nacht, the Phantom of the Opera, Think of Me Edelweiss and many more. Every member of the choir represented a different story and theme of music which was expressed throughout the performance. Shu-feng Hsiao stated, “Even though music isn’t my specialization, music will always be important to everyone because it is a representation of life.”
Tamkang University has been promoting the credited student organization curriculum since 2011. These groups focus on giving students an involved education that covers more than general academics. Students are cultivated in areas such as attitude, teamwork, communication, innovation, and problem solving. These organizations are designed to enhance student skills and give them competitive abilities in the career world. Beginning from May 27th to May 30th the Black Swan Exhibition Hall will be holding an event titled “Magical Powers”, which is an activity displaying the achievements of each of the student organizations. In addition to the student group achievements there are also detailed descriptions of each group and their objectives. Students are able to see first hand what each group has to offer and the advantages they will benefit for their future employment. Also being displayed was “Student Diverse Learning”, which listed student organization leaders, TA’s, speakers and curriculum designers. At the opening of the event, President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed thanks to North Star Services for their contribution. She also expressed her gratitude to all of the student organizations that put forth so much effort and assistance in establishing the courses and curriculum. Various certificates of appreciation were presented to the many organizations and alumni groups including the Film Appreciation and Research Group, Table Tennis Society, TKU CCG, Animal Care Group, TKU Chia Yun Alumni Association, TKU Yilan Alumni Association, Tzuchi Youth Volunteer Group, Guitar Group, Information and Management Association, Finance Association and the Student Association. The Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section invited speakers and presenters to share experiences to stimulate and motivate students into the direction of their desired career.