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.”
In order to encourage kindness to disabled individuals in businesses, organizations and factories, the New Taipei City government held a special award ceremony on November 29th. This “Caring Hearts for the Disabled Event” included 23 different companies and once again Tamkang University was the only academic institute that was invited. President Chia-I Chang stated, “We will continue to reach out for disabled persons seeking employment, as well as continue to actively develop a suitable environment on campus for disabled individuals. Through working with the resources provided by New Taipei City government, we will be able to provide even better facilities for our disabled staff. Since the 1950’s people began paying attention to the needs of disabled people in public areas. Laws were passed in Japan, Europe and America to make companies adopted facilities that were more suitable for the needs of the handicapped. For the last ten years this university has developed an environment that is more disabled-friendly with the assistance of the government. Other policies such as the “Friendly Campus Act” have helped to create an awareness to the benefits and equality of disabled students and staff, making it increasingly more convenient for them. From the year 2006 to 2013, TKU has received 315,000,000 NT in government funding for the support of the disabled. There have also been many regulations passed to ensure the respect and fairness of all disabled individuals on campus.
The 2013 “Annual Faculty Junior College Table Tennis Competition” took place on November 29th and 30th in the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium. 730 faculty members from junior colleges all over the nation made up 91 different teams, that played 183 matches in this year’s competition. The opening ceremony began with speeches from the Ministry of Education’s Physical Education Director, Jow-fei Ho, Chairmen of the China Taiwan Olympic Committee, Thomas Tsai, Vice President of the Republic of China Sports Federation, Guang-fu Chen, and President of Tamkang University, Flora Chia-I Chang. The heats were divided into teams, individual, older men, younger men, older women, younger women and senior officials. This year’s annual competition was especially honored to have Chairmen of the China Taiwan Olympic Committee, Thomas Tsai and the Ministry of Education’s Physical Education Director, Jow-fei How, to compete in the individuals heat. There were also 10 senior officials from 8 different junior colleges that competed in the this year’s annual table tennis competition. TKU’s Dean of Physical Education, Shu-fen Hsiao stated, “This year you can really feel the magnitude of the specialized instructors from the universities and government organizations. It’s excellent to be able to see so many years of experience face to face.” Many policies have been developed through this annual table tennis competition. In 2006 it helped to create the “One on One Exercise Program” which decided that all members of the staff would participate in at least one exercise class of their choosing. Making exercise a part of daily life is sure to enhance the energy and capabilities of the staff and student body.
After the International Chemistry Fair took place in 2011, popular science books have continued to receive support and funding everywhere in Taiwan. What is the reason behind this recently increasing interest in popular science? Dean of the College of Science, Bo-cheng Wang, stated, “Even though students have the ability to enter the world of science on their own through the internet and instruction of their teachers, nothing impacts the youth more than having a personal experience with science. Now their eyes have been opened and they have a thirst for scientific knowledge.” The International Chemistry Fair held in 2011 was organized to present the Science Nobel Prize and to create a cooperation of knowledge for chemistry from all over the world. Through this alliance of knowledge, participants were able to come in close contact with the different methods, ideas and understandings of chemistry on a global level. Because of this personal hands-on experience, after the event ended the groups that came together continued to work and grow. They even received funding and support from from 25 different scientific industries in Taiwan. In 2013 the governments from Taipei county, Gaoxiong and Hualian continue to work together in the promotion of these events and the circulation of popular science books. The General Secretary and planner of these chemistry fairs in the countryside, Hsien-chang Kao, stated, “What we have emphasized in this scientific revolution contains 5 major parts: active studies, encouragement of cooperation, personalized curriculum, effective study methods and fair education. Also we have created the awareness that science is a part of everyone’s daily life. This makes the popular science books a great form of education for those living in the country areas. During these chemistry fairs, students are able to see, listen and touch the magic of science for themselves. For the last two years we have seen the impact it has had on the youth in every type of learning institute in Taiwan. These science fairs give the students a break from the usual mundane methods of study and stimulates their interest in education in a way that is fun and exciting. This month students were able to learn some of the problems and complications of the effects of food additives and preservatives, giving them a much deeper understanding of nutrition. Whether it’s a scientific magic show, or the explanation and analysis of the colors of plant life, science is helping Taiwanese youth to see things up close.”
In Taiwan the number of university students is continually declining. According to a statistical poll, it is estimated that this decrease of university students in Taiwan will become even more severe from the years 2016 to 2019. It is estimated that this enrollment decline will impact universities in Taiwan on a large scale. Because of this continuing trend, the Office of Academic Affairs has put forth the “High School Advancement Plan” This project entails sending a representative from every department to a different high school in order to heighten student awareness and increase enrollment at TKU. In addition, the “Entrance Enrollment Distribution Policy” has impacted the student enrollment numbers at TKU in a positive way, but the majority of newly enrolled students mostly stem from the southern region of Taiwan. Of the three regions: North, South and Central, the southern area accounts for 65 percent of TKU new student enrollment. Central Taiwan is ranked third probably due to the similarity of the colleges located in the area. When confronted with a choice of moving away from home or studying at a local university, students prefer to stay closer to their families. The “High School Advancement Plan” has been initiated to stimulate the interest of students in other regions in order to diversify TKU’s new student enrollment. The departments that have been most successful in attracting new students are Chinese Language, Mass Communication and Insurance. Activities continually take place on campus, inviting students from high schools to take tours and participate in recruitment activities, hopefully spreading the TKU spirit of excellence into their hearts.
TKU’s Champion Incubator Center has actively invested into student guidance, emphasizing young students’ ability to create new enterprises. This goal was clearly achieved on November 19th 2013, when the Financial Departments’ Champion Incubation Center received the “AABI Incubator of the Year Award”. Vice President of Administration, Po-yuan Kao, Dean of the Department of Research and Development Shung-wen Kang, and Director of the Champion Incubator Center, Ruey-shiang Shaw, went to the Taipei International Convention Center to receive the award. From the year 1998, this university has worked together with the Financial department to develop a Business Incubation Center. Over the years it developed all of the needs for cultivating young professionals including Connecting Property Relationships and Resources, Digitally Assisted Business and Enterprise Development, Innovative Enterprise Application Contests, and Media Assistance in order to raise the competitive abilities of the students. Shung-wen Kang stated, “We have continually strived to combine the academic world, government departments and business industries in order to bridge the gap of information, giving students a more complete learning experience. Consumers are always in need of new enterprises so by giving students a chance to work with experienced entrepreneurs, their education is always refined with current information.” The department’s future goals lie in expanding past the boundaries of Taiwan and developing a more internationally-enriched program.