It’s nearing the month of April and the smell of spring has filled the air in Taiwan. Students and teachers at Tamkang University know the three concepts and learning objectives at this school to include an international-oriented, future-oriented and information-oriented educational system. Some other members of Tamkang University would say that there is a fourth educational concept regarding the environment and scenery of the university. The founder of Tamkang University, Mr. Chang Ching-sheng, spent time in Illinois and felt that the scenery and plantlife at the many different parks that surrounded the area created a refreshing and invigorating feeling. It was this experience that lead to the development of a campus that has garden like qualities. Sixty years later the campus has an abundance of different sights on campus: palace lantern classrooms, Chinese style architecture, Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Japanese and European designs, Chinese style flower gardens and much more. The continual development of a more scenic campus is not related to any financial gain, but to the beauty of the university. A more colorful environment enhances the daily experience of all the teachers and learners, allowing them to stay refreshed while refining their abilities. In recent times there are many universities that have attracted the attention of society for various competitive reasons, but TKU stands out among them all for its unique and harmonious atmosphere.
On March 27th the New Taipei City Government and Tamkang University held the 2014 Career Fair on Hai Bao Street. Some of the companies in attendance included Hiwin Technologies Corp.,E.Sun Bank, Taishin International Bank, Din Tai Fung, Acbel Polytech Inc., Taiwan Land Development, Casio, Chun Yuan Steel Industry Co., Tsi, Regent Taipei, Pegatron, BenQ and many more. This career fair had a total of 60 different companies and enterprises, allowing students to absorb an invaluable amount of data related to their possible future career. Altogether these companies currently have 3,500 open positions for employment. This is a significant increase from last year, indicating the rising level of personnel that are needed to operate new technologies. At the start of the fair, a beautiful and elegant lion dance took place to get the audience’s attention. Then it was up to Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai and New Taipei City Commissioner from the Department of Labor, Cheng-Da Hsieh, to cut the ceremonial ribbon. Fourth-year student from the Department of History, Jie-feng Chen, stated, “Today a lot of companies are looking for new employees and it’s a great opportunity for me to understand the many different careers and the companies expectations. Nowadays it is convenient to look for jobs online, but it is much easier and more effective to meet with employers face to face. Sometimes it can be difficult finding the desired data jumping back and forth from website to website. This is the best way to understand what the company wants while also finding out my own strengths and weaknesses.” A fourth year student from the Department of Economics, Pei-qun Li, stated that she was considering a career related to finance. Last year she attended the career fair, but didn’t know exactly how to prepare. Now she has returned for the second time with professionally written resumes to give to her company of choice. She stated, “I’m feeling pretty confident about obtaining my first job.” Students of with interest in various careers were able to find employment or just learn about their options for their future. Third-year student from the Department of Information and Communication, Jia-yang Liu, stated, “This is the first time I have ever been to a career fair and I have found a lot of great information related to my career path. Even though I won’t graduate for another year, this really helps me understand what kind of job I’m getting into in the future.”
On March 22nd and 23rd Tamkang University students participated in the Executive Yuan youth development program titled, “The 2014 Autonomous Student Organization Achievements Competition” held by National Sun Yat-sen University. TKU has stood out in this competition since 2012 and has successfully been honored with awards of outstanding achievements for three years in a row. This year they were awarded with “The Certificate of High Distinction.” Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, stated, “Receiving this award is not only a great encouragement for student groups, it’s a return on all of the time and energy they have invested. Only the participants really understand the meaning of this award.” Every year the Ministry of Education holds this activity to learn, promote and share the development of youth in junior colleges and their achievements. The outstanding student organizations are recognized for their achievements and are able to meet and learn from each other as a way to recharge their batteries. A member of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Yun-chun Liu, stated, “For the students to receive an award, all of the case files have to be organized and laid out in the most logical and appropriate fashion. They also have to have great emphasis on their understanding of student rights while expressing the distinguishing characteristics of their school.” A student from the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Yi-ting Li, stated, “Our university has been promoting the concept of autonomous student groups for 19 years, always advertising related group activities. We are made aware of student rights and for winter vacation we offer services to schools in the country and for children all over Taiwan. In the competition it feels like second nature to really do the best that we can.”
In order to raise safety awareness and accident prevention while promoting Tamkang University’s spirit of excellence, the policy of “Zero Accidents Zero Injuries” has become the objective of the school. This policy seeks out diversified methods of health and safety for both students and teachers. In promotion of this objective, the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Military Education and Training are holding the “Planting the Seeds of Safety and Petals of Peace” event on March 25th and 26th. The event began at 12:30 on Tamkang Campus and was hosted by Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, who officially began the ceremony. Also in attendance was Director of the Office of Military Education and Training, Kuo-liang Chen, Dean of the Office of Physical Education, Shu-feng Hsiao, Dean of the Office of General Affairs, Shiaw-shyan Luo, Dean of Financial Affairs, Jui-Chih Chen, Dean of the Office of Human Resources, Tung-wen Chen and a group of 6th graders invited to participate in the event. The entire activity revolved around the Echinacea Purpurea also known as the Purple Cone Flower. This particular flower is special because of its ability to stimulate the immune system and its antiviral effects. Afterwards Chih-en Ko planted Cherry Blossoms in the front of the Chueh-sheng Memorial Building on behalf of the university. He stated, “This flower represents peace, health and safety.” The young kids seem to have already received an education on saying no to drugs. Chih-en Ko expressed his gratitude to the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Military Education Training and all of the students for their participation in the day’s event. Afterwards the students enjoyed games themed around safety, health and the environment. A student from the Department of Chemistry, Wen-ling Chen, stated, “These different games are really a lot of fun! It’s obvious the organizers put a lot of attention into the details. I am definitely going to invite more classmates to come.”
The blossoming Sakura (Cherry Blossom) of Tamsui Tien Yuan Temple has become a main attraction for the month of March. The beautiful scenery at the temple has created a marvelous and romantic atmosphere. This wonderful sight always attracts large crowds of spectators, but with all crowds unfortunately comes more litter. There can never be too many volunteers to help out with cleaning during Sakura season. The Tien Yuan Temple office of affairs was thrilled to have the volunteer services of Tamkang University. The volunteers play an essential part of letting the spectators gaze on a continually fresh and clean environment, enhancing the enjoyment of the guests. Due to the efforts of the Tien Yuan Temple workers and volunteers, this site remains one of the most visited places in Taiwan during the Spring season. Member of the Student Organization Guidance and Study Service Team, Ting Yu Lee, expressed, “In order for the students to really understand the meaning behind the volunteer work we are doing at the temple, we first began training for it a week in advance. We all sacrificed our sleeping time to wake up early in the morning to work together. Then we spent all day working and maintaining the area. But seeing the result of all of our efforts really makes it all worth it.” A student from the Department of Transportation Management, Xin Yue Luo, stated, “By doing volunteer work we also can enjoy the beautiful scenery all day. I am very grateful that the Tien Yuan Temple for giving us this wonderful opportunity. In my personal opinion, there is no better way to enjoy a day of work than being in the fresh air with a brilliantly colored atmosphere. I’m also thankful to the New Taipei City government for letting us be a part of this project.” Assistant Professor of the Department of Political Economics, Chin-mo Zheng, stated, “It’s such a pleasure for me to come here on the weekend during the nice weather with my daughter. It’s a beautiful way to enjoy the day after you’ve had lunch. I’m very appreciative to everyone involved that helped to create this magnificent experience.”
The 2013 Total Quality Management Conference took place in the Student Activity Center on March 21st. Many people attended with the hope of improving organizations and the workplace environment. In order to find the direction of improvement, speaker from Yuan Ze University, Paul C.S Hsu, also known as the “Father of Taiwanese Management” came to give a lecture and share his tremendous experience. The focus of his experience was cultivating the mental capacity of professional personnel. In attendance was faculty and officials of every level as they came to learn and utilize the experience of Paul C.S Hsu. The conference began with President Flora Chia-I Chang giving a speech recognizing all of the junior colleges that received the Total Quality Management award over the years. She stated, “Even though it is a precious achievement that Tamkang University has been awarded with, it is essential that we continue to improve and maintain the spirit of excellence.” Afterwards President Chang made suggestions that could be the next step in the development of TKU. She also expressed her appreciation to all of the staff that have made the success of TKU possible. Afterwards the BS 10012 Certification (Personal Information Management System Certification) was received by President Chang on behalf of Tamkang University. This project of protecting personal information had begun on October 1st, 2012 and entailed the regulated protection of gathering, managing and utilizing data. Speaker Paul C. S. Hsu stated, “In a diverse environment the innovations and strategies of a university will flourish.” He elaborated by explaining that stiff or strict regulations can hinder university innovation and result in the lack of the university’s overall development. He stated that the only way to avoid such restriction of growth is to continue to have diversified methods and regulations. Paul C. S. Hsu stated, “Of course it is inescapable that the root of all development is hard work and responsibility. So the source of innovation no matter how flexible the methods must always be diligence. However a university is a diverse ecosystem that includes organizations, philosophy, heritage, art, mathematics, nature, society, engineering, law, accounting, and so on. With such a diverse ecosystem, diverse methods, regulations and development must be emphasized.”
Since 1980 the Awakening Foundation has promoted Taiwanese Women’s Movement and after the 90’s was successful in passing many laws related to women’s rights. In Taiwan women’s rights and gender equality have been a controversial issue for the last 30 years. All of the changes in women’s rights have been systematically preserved in the Awakening Foundation’s digital archive database titled, “Digital Archive for Women’s Movements.” The Chueh-sheng Memorial Library has accepted the responsibility of preserving hard copies of these cases so that the history of Taiwanese women’s rights can be seen and heard by the public. The main idea of the “Digital Archive for Women’s Movements” is to use a collection of assorted magazines and articles that have been preserved over time, to illustrate the progress of Taiwanese gender equality over the years. This archive will be designed by Professor of the Department of Chemistry, Chia-Li Wu, who will have the honor to organize all of the original material and data for spectators to come and observe. In the future, visitors will be able to view all of the records of the evolution of Taiwanese gender equality on the second floor of the Cheuh-sheng Memorial Library. The contract was signed agreeing to have all of the data transferred on March 17th. President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “ The Chueh-sheng Memorial library has always provided educational resources pertaining to gender equality by purchasing books, videos and related information. Being able to transfer all of the online data from the Awakening Foundation will give us a more complete and thorough resource to share with the public.”
On campus voices seem to have gotten warmer, the flowers have gotten brighter and spirits are filled with joy as Tamkang University begins it’s three-day Alumni Spring Banquet Homecoming celebration. For three days, starting from March 15th, the Alumni Homecoming Spring Banquet will take place and alumni will have a reunion at both the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium and Lanyang Campus Strong Academics Building. On Tamsui Campus the event began at 9 o’clock in the morning and the first appearance was made by President Flora Chia-I Chang, who introduced the starting of the carnival games that involved, ping pong, dice, badminton, basketball, ma-jiang and more. The festivities were filled with laughter and excitement as the friendly competition took place. Afterwards in the Student Activity Center, certificates of appreciation were presented to alumni that donated from 30 to 50 thousand NT. Also presented was “Tamkang University Alumni Association Award of Excellence” and “The Worldwide Federation Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award”. President Chang hosted the banquet, as a member of every department was nominated to receive a certificate for outstanding performance including the department of Mass Communication, Civil Engineering, Chemical and Engineering, Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Engineering, Business Administration, Insurance, Spanish, French, Japanese, and 46 other departments. Of the 46 nominated departments, 21 Alumni were selected and presented with the Worldwide Federation Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award.” (Details can be found on link http://www.fl.tku.edu.tw/news-summary.asp) General Secretary of the Tamkang Alumni Association, Ching-ling You, expressed that she loved watching the days festivities. She stated, “It’s always an exciting time to return to my alma mater and enjoy the environment and wonderful changes. I like to stroll through the old bookstores and campus sites that bring me back to the days of being a student. It’s especially exciting to observe and participate in the competitions. It gives the alumni an opportunity to have a fun and meaningful exchange.” Executive Director of the TKU Office of Alumni Resources, Dr. Chun-Young Perng, stated, “ In the first week of March every year the Homecoming takes place at the alma mater. I’m grateful to all of the alumni that have traveled out here today for this celebration. It was a blessing that we can all learn from each other, sharing ideas and experiences.”
The Chairman of the Better Chemistry Better Life-International High Tech Industries Group, Ding-chuan Chen, deeply feels that the educational resources in Taiwan are lacking. He stated that the learning methods were not exciting enough and therefore creates a weakness in the very concept of learning. The resources used for learning must stimulate interest for true growth. So when he heard of Tamkang University’s Chemistry Mobile, that plans to take educational resources through all of Taiwan, he gave a very generous donation toward the project. Now a brand new truck has been purchased to become the Chemistry Mobile and on March 12th at the College of Science, President Flora Chia-I Chang and Ding-chuan Chen cut the ribbon to symbolize the beginning of this meaningful project. The Chemistry Mobile Planning Executive Secretary, Hsien-chang Kao, stated, “Everything in our environment is related to chemistry so this vehicle gives everyone a chance to learn. Three years ago we were very excited about spreading this knowledge and information to the outskirts of Taiwan through this intriguing learning vehicle. However during the designing of this project we ran into many difficult budget issues. We are so grateful for Ding-chuan Chen’s donation and now we will really be able to reach those children with so much potential. They have the will to learn and they only need the knowledge to become leaders for the future. I’m sure this project will have a wonderful and dramatic impact on the educational system in Taiwan. The value of this donation far out ways the dollar amount.” Ding-chuan Chen stated, “I’ve read that for the last ten years in America, graduating students with the highest salary major in chemistry. The next highest paying job is in computers and electronics. So even though we live in an age that has many technological needs, that industry is completely reliant on its relationship to chemistry. The winners of the Outstanding Alumni Award have established the Better Chemistry Better Life Co. for the very purpose of cultivating elite individuals in our society. It can be difficult finding ways to get the proper education into the hands of the youth all over Taiwan, but that is exactly what we need to do.”
In order to cultivate elite personnel for the areas in Latin America and around the Caribbean Sea , the alumni alliance has spent a great deal of effort in the direction of Asian research related to international affairs. As a result of their efforts, 2 years ago TKU was able to establish the newly designed, “E-learning Executive Masters Program in Asian Studies.” This is the first overseas e-learning executive masters program and has received a deep appreciation from the alumni alliance. The beginning of the third year of this program has gotten even more attention, attracting three new students to the program, including Minister of Foreign Affairs from Guatemala, Mayor from Tela City in Honduras and professor from sister school Universidad de Panama. On March 10th a tea party was held welcoming 20 new students for the start of the this year’s program while introducing the curriculum. President Flora Chia-I Chang formally welcomed the 20 new students that are from 12 different countries during the enthusiastic opening ceremony for the long distance e-learning program. She mentioned that the numbers of students for this program is already increasing, indicating that the reputation of the course is beginning to gain momentum. She stated, “Tamkang University has a long history with developing an understanding Latin America. The Department of Spanish Language is 50 years old, giving the College of International Studies a very thorough and complete program. This program in addition to the connections developed by the alumni located throughout North, Central and South America, has created a bridge that will only continue to strengthen in the years to come.The Triple Objective Educational Program is continually being realized as Tamkang University steadily moves in the direction of becoming a university that is more information-oriented, future-oriented and internationally-oriented. One day the Three Circles and Five Principles system of TKU will become household terminology.” Ambassador Yeh represented the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as he expressed his gratitude for the participation of the new students. The ambassador of Nicaragua, William M. Tapia, stated, “The 21st century has really been a time of profound development in Asia. It is crucial that all of the countries in the world begin to interact and have a deeper understanding with Asian culture and work together to utilize the opportunities within.”
Seven universities came together to participate in the “International Run Fest” at New Taipei City Park on the 9th of March. Over a thousand faculty and alumni from Tamkang University, Fu Jen Catholic University, Shih Chien University, Soochow University, Chinese Culture University, Shih Hsin University and Ming Chuan University, attended in this event to promote a healthier lifestyle. The members of the Office of Physical Education spent ten days training and preparing their lungs for the race. In this multi-university activity there were three different heats: the 10 kilometers Open Group Run, 3 Kilometer Faculty Run and 10 Kilometer Student Run. All seven of the universities wore clothing with colors representing their school. Tamkang University wore Purple, Soochow University wore Red, Fu Jen Catholic University wore orange, Shih Chien University wore yellow, Chinese Culture University wore green, Ming Chuan University wore blue, and Shih Hsin University wore indigo. Dean of the Office of Physical Education, Shu-feng Hsiao, stated, “Looking around and seeing the place packed with so many students and faculty, it’s easy to see that the implemented exercise policies have been very successful. For the students they all must participate in a physical education course, accredited student exercise group, or a sports team, helping them make exercise a part of their daily life. For the faculty, there are both the Employee Welfare Group and Female Faculty Alliance that are always promoting cardiovascular activities. Tamkang University also often holds marathons, ironman competitions and the Lanyang Campus Run, which puts a considerable amount of the staff and students in reasonable shape.” It’s a rare opportunity to see all of the staff wearing exercise gear. President Flora Chia-I Chang stated, “Doing a single run isn’t too difficult, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very challenging. For me, I most enjoy jogging over other exercises, but I hope all of the students and staff can find time between their work or their classes to continue doing their exercise of choice. It will be very profitable for your health to take a little time to maintain or develop yourself physically.” Dean of the Office of Human Resources, Tung-wen Chung, stated, “It’s really joyful doing this run with such grand numbers. I have been practicing and preparing for this run, but I think just seeing all of the wonderful colors would have been motivation enough to finish the race.”
The Tamkang University Chung Ling Chemistry competition is known by high schools as the “Chemistry Olympics.” On March 8th this event took place on Tamkang Campus for the 9th time. The Department of Chemistry always gives public praise to the winner based on a carefully designed written examination and innovate research experiments. The competition attracts students from famous schools all over the nation including Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, Taipei First Girls High School, National Taichung First Senior High School and so forth. There were even students from Mainland China, Jinmen, Magong adding to an overall total of 210 teams and 630 students, making for an exciting action-packed competition. Dean of the Department of Chemistry, Jyh-shing Lin, stated, “The Chung Ling Chemistry Competition’s reputation has travelled far and wide, bringing Mainland Chinese Xiamen University’s Chemistry leaders and professors to observe the competition in order to absorb experience for the first time. The theme for this year’s competition was focused on looking for a surge of new innovation and creativity. The written examination tested the basic chemistry understanding of key crucial concepts including reasoning information, calculation ability and the ability to apply learned academic knowledge. The participants that passed the first part of the competition were able to enter into the second phase of innovative experiments. This portion of the competition was not divided into levels or schools as the students were asked to design an experiment according to the required guidelines within the time-limit of three hours. After the written exam took place, 28 groups were selected to enter the final phase of the competition with 5 different themes: Organic Compounds, Microemulsion Electrokinetic Chromatography, Fischer Esterification Reaction, Properties of Alkanes and Ion Implantation. All of the participants received a certificate for this year’s competition. First place winner received 30,000 NT, second place received 15,000 and third place received 10,000 NT. Dean of the College of Science, Bo-cheng Wang, stated, “This year we have attracted many schools from all over the nation and it gives students and teachers a great opportunity to learn and cooperate together.”
England’s higher learning survey organization known as Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), announced the results that listed the 200 leading university courses in the world, placing Tamkang University between 151-200. This is the first time TKU has been listed in QS, which reviewed 30 subjects from over 3,000 universities. The subjects that were evaluated include Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Science and Medicine, Natural Science, and Social Science. Among the 200 leading university courses, 16 Taiwanese universities were selected. There were three areas of criteria that needed to be met before consideration in this global university index: academic reputation, outstanding review scores and thesis or dissertations. Dean of the Department of Statistics, Shu-fei Wu, stated, “Our department has created an educational program that includes, Industrial Engineering Statistics and Management, Business Statistics and Management, Actuarial Science and Biology Statistics. These courses all include professional statistics software, quality management systems, insurance and professional licensing in order to pull students with an interest in mapping out a solid career plan. We have also maintained a very close exchange with our sister schools Xiamen University and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, which have played a crucial supporting role in the development of our Statistical Survey Research Center.” Shu-fei Wu also emphasized that the professors have really performed exceptionally in recent years, writing 106 published articles in two years and 96 of those publications were in SCI, SSCI, and EI. In addition various professors would do a cancer statistic research and exchange program in Vanderbilt University. The students involved in the master’s program have also been an inspiration, publishing 30 periodicals within the last three years.
On February 27th the Office of Human Resources received an award in recognition of the newly adopted, “Work Study Program”educational policy. This policy was initiated in order to accompany the requests of the Ministry of Education, that emphasized the safeguard and protection of students’rights while increasing their interests in study. Not only did this policy raise the quality of academic research, faculty were also able to obtain both masters and doctoral degrees. This has lead to an increase of the faculty’s effectiveness while making TKU stick out among all of the junior colleges in the nation. Dean of the Department of Human Resources, Tung-wen Chung, received the award on behalf of TKU. Tung-wen Cheng, stated, “This Study Salary Policy is unique as it encourages staff to increase their capabilities in study and research for a tangible financial gain. This offers faculty a convenient opportunity to develop their perspective through education, which will undoubtedly have a profound impact on the quality of TKU as a whole. This policy is offered to new employees, professors and administration members. There is short-term, mid-term and long-term training program with material related to the enhancement of needed employment skills. The promotion of the Salary Study Program also includes accredited student group study. It’s estimated that about 4,705 people participated in this program in the year 2012. The study program for administration is divided into level one and level two, giving administrators professional knowledge that directly enhances their ability to create various curriculums. There were 1,423 administrators that participated in 2012 and took courses that added up to 4,269 hours. The university provided two half-day courses per week allowing administrators to complete a masters program. This year TKU received the “Study Salary System” award in recognition of their adoption and effective utilization of this new government policy.
One of the most beautiful views in the world can be seen in northern Thailand’s Hui Nam Sai. Hui Nam Sai is a small village that is about 3,000 kilometers from Taiwan. After Tamkang University’s Service and Study Team volunteered their services in Hui Nam Sai, the townspeople showed their appreciation by offering baskets of fresh home-grown rice and vegetables. The service team was lead by professor of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Mei-lan Lee, who stated, “When the Service Team arrived in Hui Nam Sai, we found it was a much different experience than our Cambodia Service Team. Because of their location in the high rigid mountains, they have been very secluded from society. In many areas they have been left behind by the outside world and are in need of support in various areas. Due to the war and political problems their status doesn’t qualify them for government support. They are in desperate need of resources from the outside world.” The Cambodia Service Team has been established for 7 years, but this is the first time sending a trip to Hui Nam Sai. Mei-lan Lee continued, “In every expedition you have to first prepare for a few possible cultural or environmental conflicts while trying to learn the ways of the land. So our service team had to first undergo a challenging evaluation before we were granted a chance to offer the people of Hui Nam Sai our educational services. We also had to make sure we headed to the area when the climate would be the most mild and the farmers would be between seasons. After we received our training, we stayed in Hui Nam Sai for 10 days. It was a long trip, taking 3 hours on the plane followed by a 7 hour drive into the mountains. Professor of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Yen-Ming Chen, stated, “It was a completely new experience for the villagers to have outsiders in their town so when we met with the parents of the students, there were many other curious individuals in attendance. In addition to teaching international Chinese language, we also gave them an education regarding selling their own crafts and products. We even taught them a cultural class that showed them calligraphy and gave them the history and background Taiwanese people. For us on the service team, the most exciting thing in the world is being able to spread education. Whether we are showing them how to speak Chinese, write or sell, it’s an amazing feeling to see people learning and developing.”
Cheers Magazine has posted the name list for the “2014 Large Enterprise Most Desired University Graduate” results. The survey gathered data from 2,000 enterprises ranking Tamkang University in 8th place for the overall most capable university graduates in the entire nation and first place among all Junior Colleges in Taiwan. The survey is divided into 8 different categories emphasizing the most desired traits that enterprises seek in employees. Tamkang University was ranked second in the nation at “Outstanding Work Performance,” surpassing Tai Da University graduates. Tamkang University also beat Tai Da University in categories of “Handling Pressure” and “Teamwork.” Tamkang University was ranked 4th in the nation in “Strong Learning Aspirations” and “Cultivation.” TKU graduates also excelled in categories such as Professional Knowledge and Skills, International Language and Insight, Innovative Ability, Problem Solving and Work Proficiency. TKU graduates were ranked 3rd in the nation as most desired for the financial industry. In the 2014 Most Desired University Graduate Survey by Vision Magazine, TKU was ranked 2nd in the overall category of comprehensive junior colleges, but was ranked number one in 6 categories: Work Performance, International Vision, Independance, Teamwork, Crisis Management and Innovation. TKU alumni are finding that the spirit of excellence is helping them to surpasses their employers expectations. Due to the Triple Objective Education Program and the Three Circles and Five Disciplines, students are molded into well rounded employees that resonate the spirit of excellence. These rankings indicate that students at this university not only specialize in innovation, self-sufficiency and teamwork, but they are also ranking high in areas such as cultivation and moldability. These abilities create the ideal employee for any industry, allowing TKU graduates to make their mark in the industrial world. Both Vision Magazine and Cheers Magazine stated that the most important factor for a successful employee is their ability to be cultivated and self-refine. An ideal employee is and employee that continues to improve. Students at TKU should keep this in mind as they prepare for their future in the work place.
Professor Naoki Sudo and Professor Yoshi Nakai, two professors from Japanese sister school Gakushuin University, brought 16 students for an exchange at Tamkang University on February 13th. They were greeted by Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the Graduate Institute of Asian Studies, Yao-ting Jen, Assistant Professor Hsi-hsun Tsai, Dean of the Department of Japanese Language, Taw Huei Maa, Secretary of the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, Martha Shu-min Kuo and 10 students from the Department of Japanese Language and the Graduate Institute of Asian Studies. The teacher-student exchange began with a brief introduction of Gakushuin University and Tamkang University. After the introduction, the two universities were divided into groups to carry out a discussion. Even though the exchange took place during the cold winter break, warm feelings were developed as members of both universities opened up to each other. Lots of fun and laughter took place as they discussed issues such as politics, society, culture, and education. They communicated enthusiastically using both Japanese and English. The exchange only lasted for three hours, but is sure to leave a lasting impression on all of the participants. They exchanged contact information with the hopes of being able to stay in touch in the near future. This exchange program between the two universities was officially established in July of last year and continues to deepen and develop.
After the winter break, the university faculty of Lanyang, Taipei and Danshui gathered together for the first day of work on February 14th to attend the “New Spring” tea party. The tables were plated with delicious delicacies to welcome the year of the horse. The room was decorated with radiant colors and Chinese characters that represent good fortune and future success. At the opening of the event, President Flora Chia-I Chang made a speech expressing her gratitude for the effort of all the university staff for the past year. She mentioned that the recognition and achievements of the university continue to flourish in every aspect because of the spirit of excellence that the staff embodies. She stated, “This year TKU has received many awards for research innovations. We also achieved the EPA award and the Campus Friendly award. TKU’s international students continue to increase in number. The strategy we have adopted to create a bridge between TKU and high school students has proven to be very effective. Lanyang Campus now offers a complete English curriculum.” President Chang continued by pointing out the successful promotion of TKU’s continually developing educational system and the measures that have been taken in terms of fundraising and online innovation. She also made mention of last year’s trip to Japan to strengthen the relationship with sister universities, and soon she will take a trip to Jeju Korea to attend the Korean Association of International Educators. After the President’s speech, all of the department heads and secretaries made wishes for the year of the horse. Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsi-deh Wu, stated, “The horse is a friend to man. It has assisted man in his development from the early ages up into modern day. Even though modern society relies more on technology, let us carry the spirit of the horse into our educational program and our health. Let the endurance of the horse shine in our efforts and our joy.” Dean of the Office of General Affairs, Shiaw-shyan Luo, stated, “It is our wish to continually improve the services of the university to create a more comfortable environment for both staff and students. I want to thank everyone for their support in providing cleaner air and utilizing the online educational programs.” At the end of the tea party President Chang stated, “The first day back to work is on Valentines day, which is also the birthday of the founder of the university. It is a sign of an even greater year to come.”
The College of Science’s “Bright Light Science Service Team” sacrificed their winter vacation to compile a curriculum for junior high school students in southern Taiwan. Bo-cheng Wang, Dean of the College of Sciences, lead a group of eight diligent students to Tainan Liu Ying Junior High School to create an academic curriculum that would stimulate student interest in the fields of physics, mathematics, chemistry and astronomy. The service team took the initiative to plan, design, and lay out science courses that could help the younger students develop their understanding in related areas. Captain of the the Bright Light Science Team and four-year student of the Department of Physics, Guan-zhi Wang, stated, “Even though this the first trip our group has taken to the country it was extremely successful. Because of the many science camps, competitions and activities we were lacking funds needed to make this trip possible. However due to the support of Bo-cheng Wang and his fund-raising abilities, this trip was able to come into fruition. Bo-cheng Wang stated, “The students have been very passionate about spreading their services around Taiwan. Their expertise will definitely be a great contribution to our society and it will make their university experience even more meaningful. It also sets an example for other academic institutes to utilize their educational resources for the greater good.” The four-day event gave middle schools students the opportunity to learn topics such as etag, 3D glasses and detailed chemistry experiments. Mathematics was taught by allowing students to participate in a game that revolved around global investments. They also received the basic knowledge and principles of Astronomy. The entire curriculum utilized games and competitions to get students excited about education. Not only was the educational event successful, it will be a lasting memory for the students of Liu Ying Junior High School. One of the students of Liu Ying Junior High School, Shi-yu Wang, stated, “In four days we were able to learn a lot. It was more than just knowledge, we learned how to work together in different ways. I really enjoyed the Astronomy class. I’m grateful to the Bright Light Science Service Team for taking this winter break to spend time teaching us.” Guan-zhi Wang expressed, “It’s amazing to see how much information these children were able to absorb in such a short time. Here in the country they never have an opportunity to come in contact with these types of science activities. While we were playing the learning games, I could see that their interests in science was increased significantly. It made the entire trip feel very rewarding and worthwhile.”
The Chinese New Year celebration for Tamkang University took place in the Student Activity Center on January 24th. The hall was decorated with symbols representing prosperity, good fortune and opportunity as TKU welcomed the year of the horse. The event was orchestrated by the Department of General Affairs and the entire university staff stopped working to celebrate the new year and receive an abundance of prizes. The ceremony began with President Flora Chia-I Chang expressing a few words of encouragement and gratitude. She first thanked the retirees for their commitment and countless contributions to the university. She also paid special thanks to the professors, researchers and various departments for their efforts through the year that have helped to continually improve and promote Tamkang University. She stated, “Because of the efforts of the staff, this year has been outstanding for TKU. The rewards for research are at an all time high, the enrollment methods have been extremely effective, TKU has been awarded this year’s Friendly Campus Award and the EPA Award, there are over 1,500 international students and Lanyang Campus has 100% English academic curriculum. Your efforts embody TKU’s spirit of excellence.” Afterwards President Chang awarded the College of Engineering with a grant of 150,000 for helping Tamkang University obtain their 8th National Quality Award. Next came the highly anticipated performances organized by the Office of General Affair’s Hsin-chou Yang. The show was organized into five parts that began with an opening dance performance with both faculty and students. On stage was an uplifting and fiery performance with exotic movements, also in the audience were performers designated to excite the crowd. The large monitors displayed coworkers dancing in tune with the magnificent performance. Next was a comedy skit that featured actors from both the Office of General Affairs with assistance from members of Lanyang Campus. They told a humorous three part story that introduced the duties of the Office of General Affairs. The final performance was dedicated to the staff to show gratitude for all of their efforts for the university. Through out the event a raffle took place and winners received prizes from 2,000 to 30,000 NT. The grand prize was awarded to retiree Wei-tzen Yang who received 30,000 NT.