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.
After four long years of preparing Lanyang Campus’ Shao-mo Memorial Activity Center, it was finally opened on May 26th, 2014. The ceremony for the official opening began at 3pm and captivating performances were held by Sanmin Elementary School’s Japanese Drum Team and the International Alliance’s dance team. After the opening ceremony kicked off, President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice Presidents, Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of the Office of Physical Education, and Dean of the Financial Center cut the ceremonial ribbon. President Chang then gave a speech welcoming all of the honored guests as they opened champagne in celebration of the new activity center. Lanyang Campus has been established for ten years and the opening of the Shao-mo Memorial Activity center marks a new era of progress. The center has two floors that will be able to support a vast amount of events. Students and faculty will also be able to enjoy the relaxing view of the waterfall while partaking of the activities. The facility will be utilized for many events including basketball, volleyball, badminton, and tennis. Also in July the rock climbing wall will be completed and ready for use. There are also rooms that can be utilized for special training, ping pong and medical equipment. The center can hold up to 1000 individuals and there are LED televisions hanging along the walls. The center will be able to support various events and activities and in the near future it will be available 24 hours a day.
Due to the ever increasing need of qualified and professional personnel in the industrial world, methods of practical and professional training need to be utilized to help university student development. Together Tamkang University and China Airlines have cooperated to promote the “Civil Aviation Program.” On the 20th of May President Flora Chia-I Chang and Chairperson of the Board of China Airlines, Huang-Hsiang Sun, came together to sign an agreement with the aim of cultivating professional aviation skills through the Civil Aviation Program. Tamkang University is the only junior college in Taiwan to have established such a relationship with China Airlines. President Chang stated, “In order to cultivate students in different fields of education, development of professional skills must be at the base of their curriculum. In every aspect the courses must be diversified and intertwined with the needs of industrial world. This type of educational program will help students prepare for the challenges of future careers by giving them practical skills and competitive ability. The needs of the aviation industry are becoming increasingly demanding as the world becomes even more globalized. This cooperation with China Airlines will allow students to get a running start into their desired career right after graduation.” Chairperson Huang-Hsiang Sun stated, “This Cooperation of Strategic Structural Personnel Cultivation Agreement will select students to become experts in the field of aviation. The designed curriculum will give them knowledge and experience that aviation companies are seeking most in potential employees. We at China Airlines are excited to have this magnificent opportunity to work with Tamkang University.” Dean of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, stated, “The Civil Aviation Program consists of the cooperation of multiple fields including the Department of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Department of Transportation Management and China Airlines. Altogether the program contains 29 classes and 76 credits.” Third year student of the Department of Transportation Management, Zu-jie Lin, stated, “The rate of unemployment in Taiwan is very serious these days. I’m nervous about not being able to find a job when I graduate. These types of educational programs create a structure of support that can really give us an advantage in the industrial world in the future. I will definitely utilize the wonderful resources that are offered here at Tamkang University.”
Watching a movie seems simple enough, but how does someone enjoy a film when they’ve lost their sight? On May 13th on Tamsui Campus in B713 a film created by the Department of Mass Communication was played for the vision-impaired. The film was a specially designed documentary called “After the Night.” The audience was filled with over 200 individuals made up of both visually-impaired and visually-capable participants who enjoyed listening to the film together. The Producer of the film, Ya-ching Zhan, expressed, “The story involves a group of five visually-impaired female friends that travel around Taiwan enjoying different activities such as baseball, running, work and socializing. They were faced with their personal challenges and had to be brave enough to overcome them. As we came to the end of designing the film we were faced with another challenge: How do we let the actors see their film?” After doing a bit of research, the producer contacted speaker Ying-xiong Huang and You-ru Li who have offered descriptive video services for over 1000 movies. You-ru Li stated, “Traveling around Taiwan to help with this documentary was a very unique experience.” Producer Ya-ching Zhan gave the two video description specialists a special thanks for their contribution to the film.” Film critiques from the Huashan 1914 Creative Park called “After the Night” powerful, moving and a good time.
Dean of the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Ben-hang Chang, received recognition for his astounding investment in traditional calligraphy on May 5th at the 55th annual Literary Art Festival. He was personally presented the “Annual Chinese Art and Literature Prize” from Vice President Den-yih Wu. Ben-hang Chang expressed, “I’ve already been promoting traditional Chinese calligraphy for many years, it is so rewarding to receive this achievement. I anticipate that in the future this part of our heritage can be passed and developed both nationally and internationally. I hope the Ministry of Education is successful in implementing Chinese calligraphy in the elementary and middle schools as required curriculum.” The Chinese and Literature Prize was established by the Chinese Writer’s and Artist’s Association and is grand honor to be selected for the prize. Due to Ben-hang Chang’s amazing commitment, this year he has been honored with this award for the second time. He also received this award on the 39th annual Literary Art Festival. This reward is typically a lifetime achievement and receiving it two times says more about the fiber of Ben-hang Chang’s diligence than words ever could. Professor Ben-hang Chang’s courses at Tamkang University continue to be one of the most popular courses. The waiting list for his class is so difficult to get in that many students go four years without ever getting a seat in the course. The class has changed with the aid of technology and students are able to learn through the digital e-calligraphy program. This let’s students practice writing continually on computer software and they can iron out their mistakes before ever writing anything in ink.
On May 14th President of Nagasaki University, Shigeru Katamine, accepted an invitation from President Flora Chia-I Chang to visit Tamkang University. He came with another honored guest Secretary from the Ministry of Education, Department of International Cross Strait Education, Guo-lung Luo. The Japanese President graced the visit with a lecture themed around Educational Reform in Nagasaki University. During the Lecture, President Shigeru Katamine introduced the university governing concepts and principles responsible for the development of Nagasaki University. The lecture also described the current higher education revolution taking place in Japan. After the lecture, the guests were given a guided tour by Vice President of Administration, Po-yuan Kao. They were pleased to observe the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library, Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center and the different scenic views on Tamsui Campus. Nagasaki University was established in 1949 and in November 2004 it officially became the sister school of Tamkang University. They have four campuses and their curriculum is designed in areas of education, politics, medical care, dental care, medicine, engineering, environmental science and a variety of social studies. President Chang made an appearance to visit Nagasaki University in June of 2009. She also participated in Nagasaki University’s 60 year anniversary in November of 2010.