In order to strengthen the spirit of excellence, TKU Tamkang University and the National Tsing Hua University held the “National Award for Total Quality Management” in the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial hall on January 23rd. The purpose of the discussion was to strengthen ties between the two universities and at the same time raise the competitive capabilities of students. There were over 150 participants including university officials, administrators and people of interest. The event was carried out by President Flora Chia-I Chang and President Lih J. Chen. Tamkang University’s Head of the Secretariat, Ting-chi Hsu and National Tsing Hua University’s Director of the Secretariat, Jeff Chien-fu Chen, shared the display of the two universities achievements and experience in exhibit format. President Chen stated during his speech, “Tamkang University is the elder of National Tsing Hua University because we received our first Total Quality Management Award only last year.” He then explained that NTHU was hesitant at first to participate, but through the assistance of the secretariat they were able to get the entire faculty involved in the university’s modification for higher quality education. He stated that after making continual changes to curriculum, procedures and operations they were able to receive this prestigious award. President Chang stated, “NTHU has been very effective in their promotion of Total Quality Management because they received an award after applying for the first time. Tamkang University has applied since 1993 and we have received this award three times. It’s obvious that NTHU will become a leader and bring more universities into a higher quality form of education.” President Chang expressed that her wish is for NTHU to continue applying for the Total Quality Management Award in order to spread the influence of the spirit of excellence throughout the nation. General Counsellor of the China Productivity Center, Kuo-ming Wang, stated, “
From January 20th to the 21st, the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs (OICSA) held a discussion for the Tamkang World Forum for Youth Leaders in the Business and Management Building B302A. This discussion was titled, “The Prospects of the World” and addressed issues such as world peace, democracy, politics, economics, biology and culture. The main point of the meeting was to widen the international perspective of students from Tamkang University through a discussion with students from sister schools. The Tamkang World Forum for Youth leaders is one of the special activities planned by the College of International Studies. Twelve International students have been brought together from the University of Oxford, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Lund University, ESL-Florida Institute of Technology, the University of Florida, Kyung Hee University, Dankook University and Ritsumeikan University. Thirteen student representatives were chosen by Assistant Professor of the Graduate Institute of the Americas, David Lee Kleykamp. Tamkang University students were granted admission into the event after their English ability had been tested through written compositions and oral interviews. Representatives were then chosen from Tamkang University to share there thesis with the international exchange students for an opportunity for a mutual learning experience.
On January 20th the Graduate Institute of European Studies held the 2014 EU Winter School program with this year’s theme of “The World of Russia, the European Union and Asia.” The nation’s experts of European knowledge have been invited to instruct classes that introduce European social humanities with an emphasis on the relationship between Russia and its interaction with the world. This is a golden opportunity for junior college students to learn about the economic resources and culture of the European Union first hand. In attendance for the ceremony of the EU Winter School program was Tamkang University’s Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the Graduate Institute of European Studies, Chiu-ching Kuo, Legislator and Alumni of the Graduate Institute of European Studies, Chih-wei Chiu, Overseas Ambassador Jong-nan Chiou and many professors from the Graduate Institute of European Studies. Wan-chin Tai expressed during his speech, “The Graduate Institute of European Studies is the number one international research institute in Taiwan. It has cultivated many esteemed graduates from the academic world to international diplomacy. There have been a lot of extremely successful alumni such as Chih-wei Chiu and in this generation of globalization it is our desire to use more diversified methods of education to give students of the Department of International Affairs.” The 2014 EU Winter School has 67 members in total which is double that of the members last year. The members comes from various institutes including National Taipei University, Fu Jen Catholic University, Da Yeh University, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, ROC National Defense University, National Taiwan Normal University and Taipei Tech. Students have come from all over the nation to take courses such as Cultural Appreciation of Tamsui, Portuguese, Spanish, the History of England and Holland, the Culture of European Wine, European Fashion, Advanced European Studies, The Welfare of Modern Europe, Middle Eastern European Countries, Human Rights, International Law and Politics, etc. First year student of the Graduate Institute of European Studies, Yu-zhen Fan, stated, “I’m so happy I could sign up for this class. In the first lesson Ambassador Jong-nan Chiou taught us about European etiquette. I learned so many interesting things that I will implement in my daily life.”
Tamkang University’s Social Service Team is once again preparing to ship off around the country to offer their services for the winter break. Over 500 participants gathered together for the “send off” ceremony on January 20th. For the ceremony they made a short film titled, “Because I have you,” which is the theme for this winter’s social service groups. The full title of the theme sounds like songlyrics, “Because I have you, I will never be lonely; because I have you, serving has a meaning; because I have you society can be changed; because I have you, the world is a warmer place.” This winter the Social Service team will head to every place in Taiwan. Among the groups the Health Service Team has been continually cooperating with Ping Dong to assist them for flood prevention for the past 5 years. There is also a group that will be heading to Thailand for the first time to teach Chinese Language in the mid and northern region of the country. Also the Department of Japanese Language and the College of Science have created the “Bright Light Science Group” that will participate in social services for the first time. 27 different teams will be carrying these services all across the nation and overseas to display the spirit of Tamkang University. Fourth year student from the Department of Educational Technology, Yi-rong Su, stated, “This is my first time going to Thailand for social services. It is a completely new and exciting experience. I don’t really know what to expect, but I hope to spread the beauty of Chinese culture. I think this experience will also give me a much wider international view.” Third year student from the Department of International Business Management, Leafy, stated,“We have spent four months on preparation for this project. I really want to thank all of my classmates and older and brother sisters in the Guidance Section for making this possible. This really will be an experience I will cherish for my entire life.”
In January the pioneers of the “E-Learning Executive Master's Program of Asian Studies” held their first graduation ceremony.This elite professional digital graduate program had fifteen students from Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Paraguay. The students officially enrolled at the start of the program in February, 2012 and have graduated after two years of study. During the two years of study the students have come to Taiwan at least three times and taken over 24 credits. This semester marks the end of Taiwan’s first long-distance studies program, which is why on January 17th Tamkang University held this unprecedented graduation celebration. President Flora Chia-I Chang stated, “It’s a great change to hold this graduation ceremony during the winter semester for the long-distance studies program. It is no easy task to finish all of the curriculum requirements in only two years! I want to thank the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all of the members of Tamkang University that have played a role in the creation of an international, modern and informationalized education system. For fifty years the Department of Spanish Language has produced invaluable alumni and today we add 13 more new members.” President Chang emphasized that these new alumni will be great ambassadors in the future for Tamkang University as they spread word of our university through their success and achievements. Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Latin America, Mr. Jorge Alvaro Pozzi Ciaran, stated, “Taiwan may be a great distance from Latin America, but this long-distance learning program will certainly make us closer.” He then suggested that the 13 graduates share the news in their region in order to promote more cooperation in the future. The Ambassador from Nicaragua, William M. Tapia, mentioned that the new online generation allows for more possibilities of education that were never available before. Now we can even develop scholarships for people in our country that are interested in this long-distance (e-learning) educational program. Guatemalan Ambassador, Arturo Duarte Ortiz, stated, “This new program will create a very deep relationship between the countries in Latin America and Taiwan. The importance of this new educational system can’t be expressed in words.” Ambassador from Paraguay, Marcial Bobadilla Guillén, Stated, “The success of today’s graduates is the beginning of the development for a new foundation in our country.”
After entering into the new year, students brace themselves for the upcoming final exams. Normally during final exams universities offer an “all pass,” handing out candy and treats for students to help their studies go more smoothly. It represents good luck and prosperity for the exhausting effort that students must put forth. Here at Tamkang University, the food court will be offering an “all pass” to keep the students brains moving in a positive direction. Ying-hsiu Lai, from the Office of General Affairs, stated, “A lot of creativity has been put into this special event. All of the different meals including the dumplings and meatballs use a play on words that makes the discounts rather humorous. This will give students support and serve as a reminder to unwind while they are dining.” Wen-zhi Wu and Pei-yu Xu, from the Master’s Chinese Language Program, stated that they loved to eat the beef rolls that represent high tests scores. “ Wen-zhi Wu stated, “I want to make sure I eat enough of these to raise my grade.” The food court manager said that the most popular dish was the sweet rice porridge. He remarked “Our sweet rice porridge has a cute new look that caused it to sell out yesterday at 12:10.” The environmentally friendly price also takes effect for meals that are over 45 NT. If you bring your eating utensils you can save 7 to 8 NT. If you eat in the food court you can save 2 NT.
On January 7th the Department of Human Resources held the “First Annual Retirement Tea Party,” where 6 retirees were invited: Professor of the Department of Chinese Language, Cheng-hui Lu, Professor of the Department of Chemistry, Su-feng Chien, Professor of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Chao-kang Feng, Assistant Professor of the Department of Japanese Language, Masateru Takatsu, Lecturer from the Department of Japanese Language, Chiyou Kuroshima, and member of the Counseling Section, Hsing-hsing Chang. President Flora Chia-I Chang began by expressing words of appreciation and handing out souvenirs. Also in attendance was Chairman of the Board of the United Association of Retired Alumni, Yun-shan Lin, Head of the Employee Welfare Committee, Tung Wan, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Guo-hsing Yu, the Vice President of Administration, Po-yuan Kao, the Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai and almost 100 faculty members and coworkers. During the bittersweet event, all of the retirees spoke words of appreciation and gratitude. President Chang began by expressing her thanks to all of the retirees for their great contribution to the university. She pointed out that their contributions had changed the face of Tamkang University, for example the Taiwan Humanities Citation Index and the Chinese Times Newspaper. She mentioned that all of the retirees’ lengthy experience was a blessing for the university. She stated, “I hope you always consider TKU home and that you would continue to come to these Retirement Tea Parties for many years to come to share your knowledge, insight and experience.” Cheng-hui Lu stated that being able to serve TKU was his great honor and privilege. He stated, “I felt free to do activities that I felt were truly meaningful. Retiring is only the period on the end of a sentence. Now I will begin a new chapter of learning.” Su-fang Chien made mention of three special students that never missed a class, which had left a deep impression on her teaching career. After her retirement she plans on taking a position that will allow her to continue teaching and doing academic research. Chao-kang Feng stated, “I have spent over a quarter of a century at Tamkang University. I’ve experienced the second, third and fourth wave of TKU’s educational development. I have shared many marvelous experiences here at this university that I was proud to be a part of.” All of the retirees shared their great and memorable experiences, but none of them seemed like they were ready to go. They took a group picture as a souvenir to remember a previous life.
A student meeting was held by the Student Autonomous Management Organization on January 3rd to discuss the topic, “Making the System into Reality.” This discussion not only entailed the creation and governing of student groups, but also took a deeper look into the concepts and methods of self-governing a student group. Students from 15 different universities came together to share information and experience as they figured out new ways to improve and develop various student organizations. The Vice Secretary of the Organization Super TA Training, Chien-chi Chiu, gave a lecture that was themed, “Creating Excellent Groups That You Belong To.” The lecture specified methods of motivating and cooperating with student groups to make an organized curriculum. It pointed out that it was crucial to create a student organization based upon your own needs and desires in order to attract students with similar interests. Chien-chi Chiu stated, “Teachers must help students by teaching them self-exploration, letting them learn themselves in more detail and cultivating their true potential. Also student leaders must be aware that their job is not to control decisions, but to influence them.” In attendance were representatives and group leaders from National Chengchi University, National Ilan University, National Taitung University, National Dong Hwa University, National Taiwan Normal University, National Taipei University of Technology, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Hsuan Chang University, Tunghai University, Soochow University, Chinese Culture University, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Shu-te University, and St. John’s University. Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, stated, “My wish is that student representatives from every school would continue to stay in contact to further the development of student organizations through sharing ideas and experience. Through communication a bridge can be formed to support more self-governing student organizations and activities.
On December 26th representatives of TKU’s Japanese sister school, Ritsumeikan University, came to visit Tamkang Campus. The esteemed guests included Ritsumeikan University’s Chancellor, Kiyofumi Kawaguchi, Operational Manager, Masaharu Imamura, Vice-minister of the Department of International Affairs, Miki Horie, Head of the Study Abroad Program, Miyuki Hiroaki, and Secretary General, Masako Aoki. On this particular visit, in addition to meeting with President Chia-I Chang, Chancellor Kiyofumi Kawaguchi also gave a lecture that introduced the current situation of the higher learning educational system in Japan. He also explained the government policies and changes in terms of higher learning along with Ritsumeikan University’s desire to work together with TKU on various future projects. President Chia-I Chang received a warm welcome upon her visit at Ritsumeikan University in November of 2011. Tamkang University has worked together with Ritsumeikan University for many activities including disaster relief for Japan’s unfortunate megaquake and exchange programs that inspired cultural interaction. After the lecture, a banquet was held where President Chang expressed, “I hope that our interaction in the future can become even more strengthened and involved. This is an extremely beneficial relationship that we truly value here at Tamkang University.”
In accordance with the promotion of the Ministry of Education’s “University Assistance For Outstanding High School Students Plan”, Tamkang University has signed an agreement with Taipei Municipal Ming Lun High School that covers four areas: curriculum support, teacher development, basic cultivation, and additional cooperation. The agreement is designed to exchange resources between the high school and university so that high school students can begin developing through self-exploration and a more versatile curriculum. This will also help high school students prepare for the university lifestyle. The ceremony for the alliance between Tamkang University and Taipei Municipal Ming Lun High School took place in the Ching-sheng International Conference Hall on December 26th. The official signing of the agreement took place between the President of Tamkang University, Chia-I Chang and the President of Taipei Municipal Lun High School, Wen-chu Wang. President Chang stated, “The university’s responsibilities pertain to academics, research, administration and services. Our university is currently laying out the groundwork to offer services that would make the transition from high school to university much easier on students.” President Chang then explained the educational ideology of the “Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education,” and how it is crucial for the students to find a balanced system of learning. The President Wen-chu Wang responded, “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with Tamkang University. This will really help nurture the potential in our students and raise their level of learning. I’m impressed with Tamkang University’s system of testing and modern methods of education. I hope that our schools can work together for a long time, sending students straight from our high school to your university. Let us cooperate to create a bridge to the future.”
A group of students from the Department of Information and Communication published a book titled, “The Dragon Eye of Da Dao Gong.” In the afternoon on December 19th they went to New Taipei City’s Tamsui Shuiyuan Elementary school to hand out the newly published materials while interacting with the younger students. The TKU students explained that in the west they have Santa Claus, but here in Tamsui we have Da Dao Gong. Tamsui’s Sanzhi region has been a site that is well known for preserving its heritage and cultural traditions which are hundreds of years old. The students from TKU passed on the knowledge of these traditions to the younger students through acting out plays, drawing, and reading the old fables. The young students were joyful as they played and learned about the characters of their local culture. Assistant professor of the Department of Information and Communication, Jyh-ming Yang, expressed, “This book was an achievement of the collaboration of TKU and the local community organizations.” Jyh-ming Yang and professor Hui-ju Lai worked together to design a student service curriculum that emphasized telling stories and acting out plays. After working with students for nearly a year, they were able to absorb the cultural information through various avenues and manifest it in a way that the younger students could fully appreciate. Chairperson of the Tamsui Culture Foundation, De Xi Xie, stated, “Not only is this book a great product for Tamkang University, it is also important for the Taiwanese heritage. It is crucial for young students to be able to recognize and identify with their origins. Letting them learn in a way that is fun will ensure that their culture will be passed on to future generations.” Jyh-ming Yang stated, “It hasn’t been easy working on this type of project. Everyone has had to contribute and sacrifice in many ways, but being able to reach out a hand for the younger generation is definitely worth it.”
Tamkang University has already invested a great deal of time into environmental protection education and awareness. On November 6th of this year, TKU was awarded the Environmental Protection Act Award and the Annual Enterprises Environmental Protection Award for the third straight year in a row. Environmental protection education and the practical application of these policies has become the trademark for this institution. TKU has taken the next step in environmental protection through its new smoking restriction policy. On December 18th an exciting basketball competition was held for the promotion of restricted smoking on campus. The competition was put together in cooperation of Tamkang University, John Tung foundation and Taiwanese pop star Jam Hsiao, with hopes of encouraging youth to quit and resist smoking. First Vice President Guo-hsing Yu thanked the John Tung foundation as well as Jam Hsiao for holding the anti-smoking event at Tamkang University. He also gave a special thanks to the Dean of the Office of Physical Education, Shu-feng Hsiao, for his effort in promoting the anti-smoking press conference. Vice President Yu then shared his own experience as a smoker when he was a youth. “I used to smoke until I the day my father developed lung cancer which scared me to death. I have quit now for almost 30 years and honestly there is nothing cool about smoking. The truth is there is nothing more precious and beautiful than living a full life.” From the beginning of this year the construction of a smoking free environment has been underway. Promoting a healthy lifestyle for individuals and the environment has become the theme for Tamkang University. Director Lin expressed that according to statistics 90 percent of smokers wish to quit smoking, which is why TKU and the John Tung Foundation held such a meaningful event. All students and staff are encouraged to be brave enough to accept the challenge to quit smoking. For assistance, smokers may call the hotline at 080063636 or seek professional help at anti-smoking clinics. A volunteer from the John Tung Foundation, Ming-yi Li, stated his personal experience during the press conference, “I decided back in 2007 that I was going to be better to my body because my uncle was having health problems. So me and 50 friends decided to quit smoking for our new year’s resolution.” Jam Hsiao then stated, “If you don’t have friends to support you in taking care of your health you can do it by yourself. For the new year we always throw out the old and bring in the new so it the perfect time to be rid of bad habits.”
From December 15th to December 18th, President Chia-I Chang lead an expedition to Indonesia in order to strengthen ties between Tamkang University and two Indonesian sister schools, Gadjah Mada University and Muhammadiyah University. Accompanying President Chang was Vice President of International Affairs Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of Engineering Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Dr. Chien-liang Chiu, and Secretary of International Affairs, Martha Shu-min Kuo. They first visited Gadjah Mada University located in Yogyakarta, the city of culture. Yogyakarta has an extensive history and has around 120 private academic institutes and 300,000 students in various schools. Gadjah Mada University was established in 1949 and signed an exchange program agreement on March 23rd, 2004 under the university’s former President, Dr. Sofian Effendi. The Tamkang University group received a warm welcome from the university president, faculty and administrators. They discussed the direction of future operations and exchange programs in great detail. Gadjah Mada University mentioned that they hoped to see more students from Tamkang University in the coming semesters and also inquired about a double major masters program. The discussion then lead into to the direction of scholarship programs and the application process for students that were interested. President Chia-I Chang took the opportunity to sign an agreement that would initiate the exchange program starting from 2014. The meeting finished with a new vision and great aspirations between the two universities. The next day they headed to Muhammadiyah University, which was established in 1981. It has about 12,000 students, 7 colleges, 3 doctoral programs and 2 master programs. It is ranked 4th amongst all universities in Indonesia and ranked 1st amongst private universities. Muhammadiyah University’s Dean of the College of Economics, Dr. Retno Widowati, graduated from Tamkang University’s Department of Management Sciences program in March 2013. It lead to interviews between professors of the two schools and they officially became sister Universities on June 6th, 2013. Afterwards President Chang desired to create a more concrete exchange program by heading to Indonesia. The briefing began shortly after the two schools signed an exchange program agreement, then the representatives from both universities began to observe each other’s curriculum. President of Muhammadiyah University, Dr. Bambang Cipto mentioned that he hoped to be able to send some excellent students to experience the educational system at TKU. Dean of the College of Business and Management, Wan-chin Tai, promised to send professors to absorb data from Muhammadiyah University’s economic program. The representatives of the two universities continued to solidify ideas and showed great appreciation for having the opportunity to strengthen their academic relationship. The representatives of TKU noted that they greatly desire to have more students from Indonesia to further diversify and widen the vision of the future.
New Danhai Town, located in Northern Taiwan, is a place that flourishes with history, diversity and culture. The beautiful skyline is a perfect match for the ecosystem that is abundant with life. The unique environment of New Danhai Town is certain to make it stick out as it develops over the next 10 years. In the morning on December 12th, Tamkang University’s College of Education held a conference titled, “The Future of Education and Imagination- Construction of Danhai’s International City of Education” in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. Supervisor of the New Town Construction Division, Chi-yuan Hung, was invited to describe the plan for New Danhai Town with Chief Secretary of New Taipei City Education, Tengjiao Lin, Chairperson of New Taipei City Elementary Education, Rong-hui Zhang, Chief Secretary of New Taipei City District, Ye-wei Cai, Tamkang University’s Dean of the Office of General Affairs, Shiaw-shyan Luo, Director of the Department of Architecture, Jui-mao Huang, President of Tamkang Times, Yu-pei Ma and Dean of the College of Education, Dian-fu Chang. President Chia-I Chang began the discussion by stating, “Here at TKU we have always strived to give students a complete education which includes culture, social services, civil service education, extension of professional skills and internships. Our student organizations have extended services to help with the development of elementary schools in the Danhai region. Through summer camps and other academic programs, we have helped develop a more internationally-oriented education that carries key concepts for future development. Today I’m pleased to see a plan from the College of Education that will create a brand new international education system for the New Danhai School District. This beautiful vision gain the attention of the entire world.” You-yi Hou expressed, “In terms of politics, economy or culture, Danhai plays a major role in Taiwanese civilization. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to pull together our resources to realize the concept of the Danhai International City of Education. The New Taipei City Government will promote curriculum and academic development, professional development, international exchange and internationally-oriented education as the core of this educational system. This is certain to give our youth the competitive capabilities needed for the future.” Dian-fu Chang also shared his ideas, “I believe that we should combine the two aspects of Taiwanese culture and internationalism for the Danhai International City of Education. Let the students have an appreciation of their own culture while gaining confidence in their international capabilities. This will ensure the promotion of the history and beauty of Taiwan for the whole world to witness.” The teachers of the Danhai Elementary School District discussed their ideas enthusiastically as they covered all of the possibilities of the new project. With the collaboration of so many excellent ideas, it is safe to say that New Danhai Town will soon be a well-known historic landmark as well as a place of educational prosperity.
Once again Christmas is just around the corner and the atmosphere is filled with Christmas cheer. Christmas activities are taking place along with shopping specials and every restaurant is filled with delightful decorations. Tamkang campus is no exception as it has already been littered with lights, snowmen and star-shaped lanterns. The cheerful atmosphere has been created to bring the promise of a smooth and successful new year, wishing all of the men and women on campus happy holidays. In previous years, many of the decorations took place in the parking lot at the front of the College of Education and not in the Recreation and Culture Area. But because the decorations cluttered the parking lot, it created a great inconvenience for both students and teachers. So by request it was moved to the Recreation and Culture Area, which has received praise by many for its romantic and homey atmosphere as it is decorated for the "Lights Wishes and Gratitude Festival." Ruey-er Chen, from the Office of International Affairs, stated,”The beautiful lamps light up the street and warm up your heart. The night before hanging up the lights I requested some students right out some small cards expressing Christmas cheer. I was surprised that we received over 1000 different letters showing good wishes, gratitude and affectionate thoughts.” While hanging up the decorations, President Chia-I Chang complimented the students on their great effort and development over the years. She expressed,“I anticipate the year of the Horse will bring great luck to everyone.” Then she read her Christmas wishes along with Vice President of Administration, Po-yuan Kao and Vice President of International Affairs Wan-Chin Tai. In the end, everyone counted down as the area exploded into a glow of Christmas colors. Taiwan may not be able to experience snow, but they certainly have captured the Christmas spirit here at TKU.
Everyone knows that Einstein was able to make such a significant impact on society through his enthusiastic studies in academic knowledge which made an extraordinary contribution to science. Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Yuan-Tseh Lee, and Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Xingjian Gao, both believe that Science and Humanism shouldn’t be separated. They believe that if you study science without involving the humanistic quality, it is difficult to make any kind of significant breakthrough in research. Then we should ask ourselves, what kind of spark can be created from the combination of art and science? On December 9th the Carrie Chang Music Hall held an event called, “Night of Science and the Lifting Mysterious Veil”. The students came together in collaboration to utilize their scientific knowledge for a powerful art performance. The Dean of Science, Bo-Cheng Wang, stated, “We especially put together tonight’s event to increase interest of music and art in more scientifically-oriented students and teachers.” Beautiful music rang through the air as 200 invigorated guests filled the auditorium. Also in attendance to encourage students was President Chia-I Chang, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, and Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho. The performance began with five members from the physics department singing, “When a man loves a woman.” Afterwards everyone’s breath was taken away by the mysterious magic show that followed. The show continued with a dazzling flag performance and the climax took place when the live band raised pulses. Bo-Cheng Wang, stated, “Here we have performances from both Western and Eastern countries that co-exist much the same way that science and humanism does. They are always happening at the same time and they are always enjoyable if you are paying attention.”
For a long time Tamkang University has participated in the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in order to nurture needed professional competitive skills in university students. A few days ago Certiport, the microsoft global licensing center, selected TKU as the only university in the Greater China Region for recognition of their achievements in Microsoft related competitions. Certiport is promoting international licensing that will be translated into 27 languages and utilized in 153 countries. Elite I.T. recommended to Certiport that TKU be selected for this global license recognition due to this university’s outstanding performance over the years in MOS. In order to be qualified for Certiport, TKU has undergone strict examinations and evaluations regarding the student skill level and competence in these testings and competitions. The university achievements can be found posted on http://www.certiport.com/mos The Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, stated, “We have provided a Microsoft Office Specialist curriculum since 2010 in order to nurture the competitive abilities of students, strengthening their future career opportunities. Students are encouraged to enter competitions to harness and showcase their skills and they have continually been honored with awards including: Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office in 2009, Excell World Cup 2003, Excell World Cup 2007, Excell World Cup 2010, Microsoft Word Champion 2003, Powerpoint Champion 2007 and Powerpoint Champion 2012. Tamkang University’s invested time in MOS has been rewarded with honor and recognition. It’s my hope that we are able to continue to nurture and develop champions from this institute.”
On December 6th the President of the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism lead an interview with the Office of the Secretariat, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Center of Academic Development, and Chief of the Excellence Teaching Program. The interview was pertaining to an assessment of TKU’s development, professors, educational system and achievement tests. In attendance was Chief Secretary, Ting-chi Hsu, Chief Audit Executive, Di-ching Pai, Dean of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Dean of Human Resources, Tung-wen Chung, Executive Director, Chia-cheng Yu, Section Chief, Chia-ying Chu and Section Chief, Ju-chieh Huang. Chief Secretary, Ting-chi Hsu, expressed that he was honored to meet with the esteemed guest from the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, then he began to describe TKU’s Certified Quality Academic System and Services and he also discussed related methods of professor assessment. He stated, “It is my wish that our colleagues from our sister university in Kaohsiung can truly benefit from today’s interview.” Chief Audit Executive, Di-ching Pai, discussed the total quality administration and organizations that TKU adopted in the utilization of practical leadership, employees, governance and continual development. Dean of Human Resources, Tung-wen Chung, elaborated on the importance of assessing quality professors and how it is directly related to the achievements of an academic institute and the development of the student body. Many questions were raised and answered during the discussion such as, “How to bring the faculty into agreement on complicated issues, how to continually develop as an institute, how to gauge academic success,” and so forth. The two universities came together at the end of the discussion to appreciate art work from 14 different Taiwanese artists promoted by the Fine Arts Center. The artwork served as an example of how to stimulate minds and creativity while promoting traditional culture in a modern world.
When you hear that for the last three years all of the universities in the nation have been promoting professional competence and academic service curriculum, what comes to mind? Is it combining social services with academics? Is it making extracurricular activities more exciting? Or is broadening the horizons of university services? Actually it’s all of the above! But you might not know that aside from increasing student’s competence through the addition of professional knowledge, that these research results may be recorded and published in both SCI and SSCI. This will give students different avenues of study as well as let the professor’s research be known around the nation. For this reason, the Office of Student Affairs held the “Professional Curriculum Meets Student Studies and Services” event in the Business and Management Building B302A on December 2nd. The event was hosted by the Office of Student Affairs’ research assistant, En-tzu Wu, who stated, “This project that increases the student competence both on and off campus is an opportunity to stimulate the professors’ creative abilities through sharing their knowledge and experience.” Also in attendance was Fu Jen Catholic University’s assistant professor of Industrial Management, Zong-ying Zhou, Chungyuan Christian University’s electrical engineering professor, Yao-jen Chang, TKU’s Statistics Professor. Tzong-ru Tsai, assistant professor of the Department of International Tourism Management, Weili Jasmine Chen, assistant professor of the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Jui-fa Chen and professor from St. John University, Jih-fu Tu. Jui-fa Chen shared his experience stating, “In 2012 we designed a program pertaining to the use smartphones for health related rehabilitation. This semester we have started a curriculum in the master’s program for online software medical treatment through the cooperation of doctors.” Jui-fa Chen went on to explain that they created wireless sensors that could assist patients suffering from urinary incontinence. The doctors explained that patients could rehabilitate damage to the pelvic area with Kegal exercise, but during the recovery process, urinary incontinence is still a problem for the patient. This newly designed wireless sensor has been a great development for the medical world. The success of the students working with the medical staff to design a more convenient recovery process for patients suffering from urinary incontinence has been recorded and published in SCI (Social Contribution Index). Jui-fa Chen closed with, “Technology when used appropriately is truly our greatest gift.”
There is no need for a bell to ring to indicate to students that class is over for online courses or through the use of the Cloud system. Now students can be completely in control of their class schedule and curriculum. According to a statistics teacher it would take 240 years to teach all of the information involved in a “Machine Learning” curriculum. Yet through new technological advances, students can receive classroom information from America, China and India all at the same time. This new revolution is called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), and it’s available all over the globe. The National Science Council, the Ministry of Education, the Financial Department, the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, the Institute for Information Industry and TKU’s Language Teaching and Research Center came together to establish the “Alliance Of Taiwan Educational Clouds (ATEC). The Director of the Language Teaching and Research Center, Ching-hwa Kuo, expressed, “In the future ATEC will utilize academic materials and curriculums from all over the world to develop a new, structured model of education. The Institute for Information Industry will create an educational platform that can be accessed by the public. According to statistics, 74 percent of Taiwanese professors need assistance with creating a more international curriculum and 40 percent of professors need help with expanding educational services. It is perfect timing for ATEC to help Taiwan develop a globalized educational system and it’s estimated that by the end of 2014, this alliance will have created over 50 different online academic courses. Former President, Louis R. Chow, stated, “The nation has been actively involved in technological education and innovative study methods. With our combined efforts and diligence we will be able to preserve a great amount of Taiwanese culture which will have profound impact on the future of Taiwan.”