TKU’s Executive Master’s Program of Business Administration (EMBA) invited Junq-tzer Lin, a member of the Government Administrations Committee, to give a lecture on “The Young Professionals Career Plan”. On November 20th at 7:30pm in building D403, Governor Junq-tzer Lin passionately interacted with the teachers and students of the EMBA program. He shared his many years of experience of working with government administrations while emphasizing the importance of relationships and connections. There were students from 9 different departments of the EMBA program who were honored to be able to attentively absorb his wisdom and experience. Administrative Director of the EMBA, Chiang-Feng Lin, stated, “Having an opportunity to invite an elite member of the professional and political world to share his experience and success will impact the students' lives forever.” Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu, also noted, “Having the chance to hear the experiences of a high ranking government official will help the students expand their horizons and grow into excellent business and management personnel.” Governor Junq-tzer Lin has worked as the Mayor of Xinzhu and also as a Member of Legislative Yuan, giving him an abundance of information and ideas for young professionals to draw from. Everyone waited with great anticipation to be able to learn the secret of his success. Governor Junq-tzer Lin expressed, “There are no secrets, you simply have to stay on your path until you make your mark! Life only happens once so be sure not to miss any opportunities. Many people believe that you have to be daring to be successful, but this can bring additional and unwanted stress. You just need to utilize and expand all of your own abilities and talents.” He closed the lecture with 6 key points of how to be successful, “Work responsibly at your career, make a plan and manage your time well, pay attention to your physical health, maintain a calm and healthy mind, continue to increase your knowledge and always be of good service to society.” All of the students and teachers were elated to have such unique and beneficial experience. It is the hope of the EMBA Department to continue to invite high-esteemed individuals to help with the cultivation of the students.
On November 16th and 17th, President Flora Chia-I Chang attended the Tamkang University Alumni Association Hong Kong Conference in celebration of the 63rd anniversary of TKU. Also in attendance was Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai and the Executive Director of the TKU Office of Alumni Resources, Dr. Chun-Young Perng. A group of esteemed alumni established this annual management committee meeting in 1977 and it has lead the way into the development of various activities that have continually strengthened the relationships and resources for alumni associations internationally. Last year on November 27th Lin-wei Chang, President of the Tamkang University Alumni Association Hong Kong, donated 10,000 Hong Kong Dollars to the university in honor of the 35th Tamkang University Alumni Association Hong Kong Conference. This year President Chang was honored to take the lead in hosting the annual event while expressing her appreciation for their continual support. President Chang expressed her gratitude to the Hong Kong alumni association for their assistance regarding academics, employment and exchange programs. She stated that their support has resulted in the development of better resources that have raised the academic standing of our university. She also made mention of the current status of the Shou Chien International Conference Center and expressed heartfelt appreciation for their support.
Over the years, typically students have found it increasingly difficult to find employment after graduating. While studying at the university can give students important academic knowledge, many employers have found the information that students obtain at universities is non-applicable. This has caused many universities to begin cooperating with industrial companies in the creation of a more career-related curriculum. For many years, graduate students at this university have worked with four major accounting firms: Deloitte, Pricewaterhouse Taiwan (PwC Taiwan), KPMG Advisory Service, and Ernst and Young. Through recruitment on campus programs not only has our student employment rate risen significantly, you could almost say employment is a guarantee. On the 16th of November in the Tamkang Student Activity Center a celebration was held for the 50th year of this successful relationship of academics and employment consultation. This university has long been working with companies to ensure the employment capabilities of graduating students. Department director, Bao-Guang Chang expressed, “For students to have an ensured future of employment they must be educated in Personal Finance, Industrial Management, Government Operations and International Industries.” A strong industrial curriculum has been designed for the needs of students to function effectively in their future career. This curriculum gives them the fundamental skills related to accounting, tax law, government accounting and management that employers are seeking for the advancement of their company.” Director Chang further emphasized that the tight knitting of student curriculum with professional application will not benefit the students, but also strengthen TKU’s educational system. Every year new software must be utilize by students in order for them to adapt to the continually growing and changing industries. At the 50th anniversary celebration Yang-ching Chao, chairwoman of the Financial Information Service Co., remembered studying these programs under much stricter circumstances. She stated, “At that time we didn’t have any translations for any of the subject matter so all of the students had to continually search the dictionary for the meanings of difficult terminology. It was a painstaking process, but it simultaneously increased students’ financial and language skills. I want to thank the teachers for not going easy on us because the world of finance will always be an international industry.” Professor Cheng-Li Huang of the Accounting Department expressed her appreciation for the returning alumni and everyone involved in promoting this 50th year anniversary celebration. “It is an enthusiastic atmosphere with dancing, karaoke and traditional ceremonies. Over 500 members have come together to celebrate and share their personal knowledge and experience. In my heart I know there is no place like TKU.”
Along with the improvement of campus facilities, junior colleges must meet with the challenge of becoming more involved in social media groups online. On the November 14th and 15th TKU held the Annual National Junior College Information and Administration Summit at the Fullon Hotel Danshuei Fishermen’s Wharf. Over 150 individuals from government informational organizations, academic institutes and specialized property management groups were gathered to discuss innovative services to form a more socially interactive campus. The four major areas of discussion were the usage and management of Mobility, Cloud, Social and Big Data networks. The dean of the Department of Information and Technology Education, Professor Stephen Yang stated, “ Along with the changes in technology involving software and the internet there have been four major developments: Mobility, Cloud, Social and Big Data technology. It is crucial that our system of education remains flexible and so that we can utilize these technological advances in order to promote a more versatile way of learning. This year we will take all of the study materials and curriculum and infuse it with the new technology to make a more convenient learning environment.” Stephen further emphasized, “The purpose of the Annual National Junior College Information and Management Summit is to continue to improve our institutes through sharing knowledge, resources and experience. This certifies that every year our competitive advantage will increase. President Chia-I Chang stated, “We have been promoting an information-oriented educational system for over 40 years. Who would have known that at the time of implementing computers into our education, that computers would grow to have such a deep impact on everyone’s lives? According to research, in 2011 there are over 1,000,000,000 users online. They estimate that by the year 2015 there will be at least 3,800,000,000 users online.” President Chang then emphasized that by making our campus into a more socially interactive network, we increase the opportunities of development for our students and for the entire nation. At one o’clock in the afternoon Deputy Executive Secretary of Science and Technology, Yen-Nen Huang, used Open Data to present a strategy. This projected plan was called, “The Study of Strategic Alliance between Community Colleges and Local Universities in Taiwan.” His presentation pointed out that through cooperation, a new vision of Taiwan could be achieved.
From November 12th to the 14th, the Association for Women Faculty held a second-hand sale for charity at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall. At the event titled, “Your old love is my new friend” participants were able to shop for second hand purses, handbags and daily products for 10 to 50 yuan! The head of the Association for Women Faculty, Shu-Hui Lin expressed,”People can put together different items to suit their own fashion style and desires. We also want to give a special thanks to the chairwoman of the board of trustees, Shih-I Chang and President Flora Chia-I Chang for providing elegant and practically brand new items of clothing. Also the Business and Management Association has donated a large amount of health related products. Aside from the assistance from all of the faculty, I hope that everyone else will also get involved. Over the years we’ve accumulated over 300,000 yuan in donations for charity groups and organizations.This year there has been a vast amount of products donated by the women faculty alone. Not only are there a lot of stylish items to choose from, but there are many top quality items available as well. President Flora Chia-I Chang has donated shoes from Chanel and Ferragamo.” Second year student, Ke Tong, expressed that she was excited to be able to buy so many great products while contributing to a good cause. She bought 4 items of clothing and a cup, costing her only 400 yuan. All day the Black Swan Exhibition Hall was packed with customers snagging products of all shapes and sizes. Everyone left with a smile on their face for doing their good deed for the day.
On November 9th, at 9 AM, Tamkang University’s 63rd anniversary celebration took place in the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium. The event was hosted by President Flora C.I. Chang and speeches were presented by members of the board of trustees, which included Yea-hong Chen, Ching Nan Chen, former President Yun-shan Lin and Horng-jinh Chang. Six distinguished individuals were awarded the 27th Golden Eagle Award for their excellent contributions to the university: Eric Y.T. Chuo, James Hsu, Szu-wei Yang, Shou Yiing Hsu, Jenn-hwa Yang and Chin-chang Wu. They were also awarded a certificate of appreciation for embodying the essence that founded TKU. Ching Nan Chen, the representative of the Global and International Alumni Association, ended the celebration with both inspiring and endearing words. In closing, the faculty and alumni came together in harmony to sing the alma mater. President Flora C.I. Chang emphasized that she was especially grateful for the services of the entire school board. She mentioned that this university’s unceasing development and widespread public approval, is due to the collective effort of all 24,000 alumni. Afterwards the President laid out a detailed one-year projection of the university regarding academics, research and the Triple Objectives of Education. She applauded the successful results of the campus’ environmental protection policies that have gained praise and recognition from the public. An achievement noted by Cheers Magazine, listing TKU as the leader of 16 private institutes in regards of environmental protection. The President analyzed that the Office of Academic Affairs has continually promoted the “Excellence of the Soul” to each student while the Office of General Affairs has guided the school into an Eco-friendly era. The university received rewards for “The Annual Enterprises Environmental Protection Award” as well as “Ministry of Education’s 2013 Friendly Campus Award” indicating this university’s blend of life values in combination with high quality academic education. President Flora C.I. Chang stated that this 63rd year of the university represents both quality and conduct. She emphasized that by making this the core ideology of education for students it will guide the spirit of the university itself. She wishes to utilize this spirit so that the students may harness it completely and later implement it into every corner of society. The President also mentioned that the six individuals who received the “Golden Eagle Award” were from different colleges, but displayed the same unique principles of the university when it was established during the first and second wave of the institutes’ major development: simplicity, truthfulness, firmness and perseverance. They also made a great effort to promote the Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education. In closing the president paid special tribute and gratification to all of the individuals that made donations and contributions of various technical resources that have allowed the sustainable development of Tamkang University, paving the road to a beautiful future. Chin Nan Chen, the representative of the Global and International Alumni Association, gave thanks to the teacher’s for their diligent instruction in all subjects. He stated that since his graduation, he has been able to transform the hardships of work into fulfilling and beautiful accomplishments. He felt both honored and moved to see the faces of his teachers and other alumni for the 63rd anniversary of TKU. Afterwards the Global and International Alumni meeting took place, followed closely by the student alumni Homecoming event held in the Ching-sheng International Conference Hall. In the midst of the 63rd Anniversary of TKU, the students also put forward the 11th “Omelets for Sweethearts” event. A romantic atmosphere was created while participants were able to dine on omelets and a multitude of other cuisines, filling their bellies and warming their hearts. The idea was to wrap the essence of love within the omelet and give it to an endearing student. The participants enjoyed a short film which was followed by an exciting performance of singing, dancing and magic. This year’s Omelets for Sweethearts event was so delicious that it will remain in the students’ hearts for years to come. The Office of General Affairs arranged a 3 day orchid exhibit that has become a tradition at this university. From the 7th to the 9th, up to 40 different types of orchids could be observed from 20 different gardens from all over the world. The variety of orchids dazzled the observers as they peered closely at many rare orchids from Asia, Australia, South America and Taiwan. In many ways the beauty of the various orchids, symbolized the unique development of the students, staff and alumni at Tamkang University. In step with this year’s anniversary celebration and the spectacular orchid exhibit, is also the championship games for the university’s basketball and volleyball teams. There will be a modern art display in the Fine Arts Center from November 8th to December 22nd. This year’s versatile and abundant activities are sure to display the physical, academic and innovative prowess of the school. Everyone is invited to participate in the excitement of TKU's celebration of development.
Due to the lengthy amount of time the university has invested in environmental education while also implementing various environmental protection policies, this year TKU is once again rewarded with the EPA Environmental Award. This makes TKU the first and only institute in the history of Taiwan to receive this award three consecutive times. In addition, the Annual Enterprises Environmental Protection Award will also be awarded to this university. In the morning on November 6th, President Flora C.I Chang had the honor of meeting Vice President of Taiwan Wu Den Yi at the award ceremony. Vice President of Administration, Po-yuan Kao, received the EPA award in representation of the university. The Dean of General Affairs, Xiao-xian Luo, stated that being the first and only school to receive this award has great meaning.The entire faculty has put forward a tremendous amount of effort and time involving environmental protection, making TKU stand out amongst many great institutes. Many members of our staff are from an older generation, therefore to receive this honorable award we have had to emphasize challenging ourselves, slowly adapting and implementing a modern education of quality and conduct. Xiao-xian Luo stated it has been a step by step process of adopting the new environmentally friendly lifestyle into the school’s daily routine. Now at Tamkang, environmental protection and education has become the root that has grown into all of our lives and we are one step closer to making a lasting impact on society. The secretary of the Center of Environmental Safety and Occupational Health, Ceng Rui Guang, stated since 2010 the school initiated the Reduction of Carbon Waste, which reduced the waste of food containers by 52,015. This many containers would stack up to be 5 times the height of the Taipei 101 building. We have adopted the policy of “Using our mouth to love the world” which involves giving the entire school a discount for using Eco-friendly dishware, not using the air conditioner unless the temperature is above 26 degrees, conservation of water usage in bathroom facilities, encouraging students to use smart phones or recyclable notebooks to take notes and heavily advocating public transportation. By careful management and changing our daily habits, last year we saved 615,800 watts of electricity and 14,600 metric tons of water. Tamkang University’s three year environmental protection plan can be divided into three different segments: short term, midterm and long term goals. The immediate or short term goal was to promote the concept of environmental education as a direction for the school. The midterm goal was to create and then implement fundamental environmental protection education into the way of life on campus. The long term goal was to construct and realize a varying, multi-platformed ecosystem. The Resource Recycle and Recovery program caters to the reduction of waste and transforms it into something that can benefit the campus. This takes collaboration with all of our fellow workers to continue researching and innovating new concepts and ideas. This year, we had focused on the issue of how to reuse the old and worn mattresses on campus. Extra curricular activities organizer, Feng-chi Liu suggested that the worn mattresses could be remade into a protective shielding aligned on the office walls and tables. Now she is excited to say that the reuse of the mattress have not only raised the quality and comfort of the tables, but they have also brought about many new functions besides just protective shielding, including uses for student arts and performances. This university’s realization of environmental protection and awareness has awakened us to a greener way of life. By actively adopting and sustaining this education, the university is able to flourish and develop in new ways while reducing and limiting our spending costs. Xiao-xian Luo stated through the efforts of everyone in the university to become more environmentally friendly, we can reduce the wasting of natural resources and shine a light to the way of a cleaner future.
The Office of Academic Affairs’ extra curricular group held an event titled “Dream of the Elite Discussion Forum”. They invited 112 members of the university’s social network to participate. The Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Ko Chih-en, stated, “This university is striving to develop their social media network. We want to be able to have great interaction and communication of every event, both on and off campus. Our goal is to be able to truly build good relationships and connections. In order for the university to sustain a high-pace of development it must first undergo the process of industrializing its social media network.” The students contemplated on the ideas and concepts of social media provided at the discussion. One student stated,“The teacher has given us a lot of valuable information to consider about developing and managing networks. It’s great that we can utilize their experience!” Next the head of the Extracurricular Activities group, Xin-nan Jian expressed,“Before we can understand how to develop these new social groups, we must take time to self evaluate ourselves. After we are able to refine and establish a quality social network of our own, we will be able to take steps in researching and developing a social network that goes beyond the boundaries of our campus.”
There are lots of different ways that we can learn English. We can learn online, go to a cram school or even find a personal tutor. Yet it is much harder to find the appropriate study materials for other languages like Latin, Spanish, Russian and Greek. Starting from November 1st, Tamkang university will be providing an online language learning website that will provide 6 languages: Italian, Latin, French, Japanese, Spanish and Russian. A free online curriculum will be provided that can be accessed easily from your computer or smart phone. Dean of the College of Foreign Languages, Dr.Hsi-deh Wu, stated, “In order to really show the world the uniqueness of our university, we must have more internationally-oriented goals. By giving students an opportunity to learn more foreign languages, we naturally enhance our international capabilities. For anyone interested just go to our site on Moodle and enter your student number.” All of the curriculums provided online have been tested and approved in a practical learning atmosphere. This will become a grand resource for Tamkang University. It is estimated that only 2 years from now there will be 20 different languages available online. For interested students visit the link at http://moodle.learning.tku.edu.tw/ . Then select the “Learning Foreign Language” section and begin learning for free.
When most of us hear the word “comic” we are brought back to our childhood memories of Doraemon, Black Jack and Sanpei the Fisherboy. We have always enjoyed the splendor and excitement of the different characters with dramatic expressions as the artist unveils a fascinating story. On October 25th, on campus in building B302A a comic convention was held by the Akita Museum of Comic Art, to collect 15 original manuscripts from Taiwanese comic artists which will be presented at a special exhibition. This event is titled as “Interviews With Elderly Taiwanese Comic Book Artists” and is designed to promote the interest in comic art for Taiwanese youth while keeping a record for future generations. Ming-Hao Ma, assistant professor in the Chinese Language department, stated,” At current Taiwan doesn’t really emphasize comic style art. In fact, the interest in this type of artwork is slowly withering away.” In addition to the original manuscripts were also recorded interviews in an attempt to preserve this Taiwanese heritage. So far they have already got recorded interviews from Mao-Song Xu, Jian-Feng Tang, De-Lin Hong, Jun-Yan Cao and Ming-Kun Liu. In charge of promoting the comic exchange is Hong-Qi Zhu, who stated,”This event is a wonderful opportunity to preserve the work of many of these great artists. Unfortunately a lot of these artists have already passed away without leaving any of their original manuscripts behind. Although though are countless new Taiwanese artists, they don’t get very much exposure. So the world pays very little attention to the comic art here. Events like these can really change the face of Taiwan and make sure that these great treasures are never forgotten.”
The Business and Management Building has undergone new renovations that have created a luxurious and comfortable atmosphere. The inauguration of the new design took place on October 22nd, when students of the Business and Management Department remarked, “The bathroom is like a 5 star hotel. The lounge room is more comfortable than my own home.” All of the participants were dazzled at the new design for the Business and Management Building titled, “Innovation and Renovation”. President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “Because the majority of students at TKU are from the Business and Management Department, it is necessary for us to create an enjoyable and rewarding atmosphere for them. Of course, we also plan on renovating all of the buildings at TKU when the funding is sufficient.” Later President Chang laid out the schematics for the renovation of the entire campus. “By creating a more comfortable environment on campus we will encourage students to interact with the academic facilities provided for them. A cozier atmosphere relaxes the body and stimulates the mind.” Yu-san Chiang, of the Office of General Affairs, stated, “The reconstruction of the building will enhance the university’s potential in terms of administration as well as academically. We plan to completely renovate the building by summertime. We have planned to install a new elevator, modify the classrooms, change the projectors and screens, re-decorate the hallways in the student lounge and replace the facilities in the lecture halls in B712 and B713.” These plans of renovation also coincide with TKU’s environmental projects involving the reduction of waste. This means materials from the older rooms and facilities will be utilized in future projects to ensure that all renovations will be eco-friendly.
Last week TKU received the “2013 Special Education of Morale Character Award” from the Ministry of Education. The Assistant Director of Special Education, Jin-Tai Li, received the award on the behalf of TKU and the unique tactics of TKU’s specialized education system were presented. Dean of the Office of Academics, Chih-en Ko, stated, “This university’s unique strategy to promote and education of morale character contained five major parts. First, the good conduct of character was manifested within the curriculum. By presenting it in the study materials, the the students could only use positive professional strategies and methods to do business. Secondly, was a formal discussion with administration on how to better implement good conduct from staff and students. Third, we held a “Good Night Club” event that emphasized safe ways to have fun. Fourth we held the “Quality Students Make a Great TKU” event and finally we created an essay competition that examined and illustrated the meaning of good conduct. TKU is honored to be named the number one junior college of “Morale Education” and will continue to find new methods to spread this spirit throughout campus.
This year’s annual “Administration Evaluation” took place on October 19th, in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. This annual meeting was first initiated in 1966 in order to provide the an opportunity to discuss the future policies and development of the university. There were almost 200 individuals in attendance including, the president, vice president, deans, directors, secretaries and professors. The theme of this year’s annual meeting was “Strong Development Raises the University’s International Standing”. Fu Jen Catholic University’s Dean of International Affairs, Professor Angela Yung-chi Hou, was invited to lecture on the effect the international standing can have on a am institute of higher learning and how to implement strategies to change the university’s global ranking. Afterwards, Dean of the College of Education, Dian-fu Chang, and the Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-Chin Tai, discussed “Hundreds of Great Strategies that can Raise the University’s Academic Reputation Internationally”. The lecture on how to raise the academic reputation of a higher learning institute was divided into 5 different categories: concrete ways to raise the university’s academic reputation, effective ways to promote the reputation of the staff members, ways to increase the university’s ability for research, the use of articles and publications to attract attention, how to increase the quality of the international professors and staff, and way to improve methods of fundingraising. President Flora Chia-I Chang stated, “In previous years most universities were unconcerned with their international standing. Now we have come to understand that a school’s ranking internationally will have a major impact on everything in the university. It is the only way to become a world-class institute. By looking at current world-class academic institutes, we can learn that they have a high-standard for the quality of students, staff and research. By modelling, adopting and enhancing some of the strategies of these universities we will be able to raise our international standing and impact student enrollment.”
In order to increase alumni services and achievements at Tamkang University, a workshop was held on September 18th, hosted by TKU’s sister school, San Francisco State University. President Leslie E. Wong, Vice President Robert J. Nava and Director Doug Hupke were invited to present lectures on fundraising. In attendance were representatives from over 50 other junior colleges including Soochow University’s President, Professor Wei-ta Pan and Chinese Culture University’s President, Tien-Rein Lee. In every country public funds are generally provided by the government, however in recent years university funding continues to decrease. Therefore, every academic institute must utilize the resources of the general public, industry and alumni to gain support for funding. President Flora Chia-I Chang stated, “It was only 20 years ago that Taiwanese universities took the initial steps of fundraising, as requested by the Department of Education. The responsibilities of raising money were delegated to selected individuals in each university all over Taiwan. However the scale of success was minimal in comparison to the success of university fundraising in both Europe and America. The American and European foundations have strategies capable of raising funds that our nation has yet to fully adopt within its educational system. Today’s guests from San Francisco State University can give us the strategies and information that we need to improve the services of our universities all over the nation.” President Leslie E. Wong and Vice President Robert Nava began by presenting the basic principles and objectives of fundraising. Doug Hupke lectured on the importance of making the participating alumni into partners for the development of the university. President Leslie E. Wong then laid out the roles of the university president and administrators in order to have a successful fundraising event. Robert J. Nava then explained effective donation management and appreciation. President Wong noted that due to the increasing restrictions surrounding university funding in San Francisco, they have had to implement new fundraising strategies. One newly developed strategy called, “No one works alone” refers to keeping a record of all the involved participants in each fund raiser in order to strengthen relationships. Robert J. Nava later closed by emphasizing the importance of the three “R’s”: Reputation, Relationships and Resources. Executive Director of the TKU Office of Alumni Resources, Chun-Young Perng stated in closing, “Thank you to San Francisco State University’s staff for sharing your fundraising strategies and alumni management policies. We will surely be able to utilize this valuable information to improve our campus’ services and capabilities.”
The 2013 Student Club Admissions Fair kicked off on Poster Street (海報街) on Tamsui TKU campus. The fair was held under the joint collaboration of the Student Association and the Joint Alumni Association on September 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th and 18th, with a total of 128 clubs joining the festivities and contending with one another in lively displays of their unique features for freshman students in an effort to solicit new members. Each club used all their tricks to attract new members, with members of the Cheerleaders Club in their club uniforms erecting a human pyramid right on Poster Street. The Motor Fans Club displayed large motor bikes, the New Taipei City Alumni performed robot cosplay, and there was role-playing in camos and Japanese bathrobes using all kinds of props so that freshman could see the richness of TKU student clubs. Freshman German major Jian Zhizhong said that he hopes to join a very active club that makes his university life fly by brilliantly. Candy City Revolution is the theme of this year’s fair, with candy used as the design element for the entire venue and activities planned as nodes on the “Candy Map” where students can collect seals of approval by learning about three different clubs and then exchange the seals for souvenirs at the service counter. Student club performances were held this week starting at noon at the University Commons, with people looking forward to “Club Night” on the 16th in the Student Activity Center beginning at 6pm. The innovative Li Yiting with the Office of Student Affairs said, “The program is guaranteed to be brilliant, and you will regret it if you don’t come!” Yang Zongying, a freshman majoring in Public Administration thinks that the student club fair is a great opportunity to participate in TKU student club achievements, and that the beautiful musical performance by the Guitar Club made a very deep impression on people. Li Yiting said that she hopes freshmen can enthusiastically participate in club activities in a passionate display of youthfulness, saying that life at the university is marvelous. There are nine student club categories at TKU: crafts and skills, friendship, recreation, physical education, services, religion, music, academic and autonomous. In 2013 the number of student clubs increased to 221. The twelve new clubs on Tamsui campus are the Japanese Mahjong Club, the Personal Image Developing Club, the Motion News Club, the International Affairs Learning Club, the Game Development Community, the Freeling Skate Club, the Board Game Studying Club, the Derrick Leader Club, the Capoeira Club, the A Wo O Do Ri Club, the Ukulele Club and the Student Arbitration Committee. Two new Lanyang campus clubs are the Lanyang Campus Tai-ji Club and the Lanyang Foreign Student Association. University life is very diverse; a student only has to access the school’s resources and find the life he or she wants, and the abundant and wonderful student club activities during four years of university can certainly be rewarding experiences for students.
The 2013 new semester ceremony and admissions seminar for new undergraduate and postgraduate students was held September 12th and 13th at the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium. Before the ceremony for the new semester, President Flora Chia-I Chang led Vice President for Academic Affairs Yu Gwo-hsing, Vice President for Administrative Affairs Kao Po-yuan, Vice President for International Affairs Tai Wan-chi and the heads of all administrative and academic units to follow in the tradition of climbing the 132 steps of the Slope of Overcoming Difficulty at the head of more than 4,000 freshman, the only place in Taiwan where freshman undergo such a unique baptism to enter their school. Freshman took the hill with smiles of joy on their faces, greeting the prime of their youth as it is about to unfold on Five Tiger Hill. The opening ceremony for the new semester kicked off with a brilliant performance by student clubs, bringing a lively atmosphere to the event with a choir group taking to the stage first, followed by cheerleaders grabbing everyone’s attention with a few difficult dance moves, and then a beat-box troupe performance winning enthusiastic applause. In addition, the Overseas Students Social Club, the Taekwondo Club and the Pop Dance Club further brightened the atmosphere with vigorous, dynamic dancing. President Chang welcomed the freshman students coming from various places to become Tamkangians in her opening remarks, saying that from this moment on, the treasures of higher knowledge, brimming with an ambience of culture, are awaiting them as the students approach the new milestones of their lives on Five Tiger Hill, a temple of moral character cast in the ceramics of TKU tradition. President Chang said that the university’s mission is to nurture exceptional professional talent and train excellent citizens to infuse society with new culture and breath. Consequently, she hopes that classmates will be able to equip themselves with a greater degree of soft power at TKU under the three educational concepts of globalization, information-oriented education and future-oriented education while studying the Three Circles of Education planned especially for students, professional, core and extracurricular courses, in combination with the Five Disciplines of Education, conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork and beauty, so as to achieve the Eight Major Fundamental Accomplishments, global vision, information usage, insight into the future, morality, independent thinking, health and happiness, teamwork and aesthetic self-restraint. The school has also arranged “university learning” courses for undergraduate freshman, hiring highly qualified teachers with experience in counseling to serve as mentors or to guide students through the courses, grooming each freshman from the moment he or she steps into the halls of the university so that they will all be able to adapt to college life and effectively launch their studies as soon as possible. Therefore, in order to foster excellent students and increase competitiveness after graduation so that they become the elite leaders of the future, TKU began the Tamkang University Honors Program in the 2012 academic year, with the curriculum divided into three components, spheres of expertise, general education, and extracurricular activities, using unconventional learning through creative thinking in a small classroom setting to break free from the norms of traditional education. In regard to extracurricular activities, President Chang spoke of the more than 200 student clubs at Tamkang, a feature of the university praised by all since its founding. A special provision started in 2011 states that undergraduates must complete one credit of a course in community learning and implementation. Students are expected to participate in student clubs so they can nurture diversity and master their capabilities, put the core values of a university education into practice, and display how to effectively interact and cooperate with others. Finally, the president said that she hopes that every Tamkang student learns and grows while at this diverse and open environment, that they will not only possess IT skills, a cosmopolitan worldview, and a future-oriented holistic mindset, but both the tactics and ethics to take the best from the past while greeting the future, and then passing on what they have learned to the next generation, becoming intelligent, distinguished members of society and creating a brand that belongs to Tamkangians. The school arranged three long reports during the seminar for incoming freshmen, and an explanation of the student club learning and implementation course as well. Dean of Academic Affairs Keh Huan-chao explained information closely related to students like changing majors, dropping out of school, minor degrees and double majors, and he introduced credit courses, honor courses and the relevant regulations. He also encouraged everyone to dedicate themselves to their studies. Dean of Student Affairs Ko Chi-en introduced the diversity of university life via Crowd Lu’s “100 Ways of Living” as well as the various affairs offices at TKU. Dean Ko said that the more university resources students use, the more likely they are to enjoy the kind of life they want to live. She encouraged students to enjoy themselves, accrue substance, study diligently and play hard. Dean of General Affairs Luo Shiaw-shyan briefed the audience on the major services of the Office of General Affairs. She also gave a detailed explanation of what her office does for students, and what students can do for TKU. Dean Luo made a long and earnest appeal to the students not to eat or drink in the classrooms, to turn off the lights and close the doors and windows, not to feed or bring stray animals onto campus, and not to smoke and to urge others not to smoke on the campus. The course TA for the Polaris Service Club (北極星服務團) explained aspects of the Student Club Learning and Implementation Course via a lively musical performance comprised of the five elements found in the spirit of an extracurricular activity, youth, passion, courage, creativity and cooperation, expectations by which a freshman can map out a brilliant university career. After the musical skit, the students were led in an interactive game of five-element pétanque, or lawn bowl (五元素滾球), representing joint cooperation marching forward into the future. Moreover, freshman joining the extracurricular activities were greeted with gifts of five-element bracelets (五元素手環) to encourage them to hold fast to a spirit of unrestrained vigor, perseverance, daring, endless creativity and teamwork no matter what frustrations they encounter in the future and to live life with no regrets. In order to enhance an awareness of security in the students, keep accidents from happening and prevent incidents of crime, four workshops were held at the Student Activity Center for incoming freshman on September 12th and 13th. Department of Transportation Management Professor Chang Sheng-hsiung spoke on traffic safety education. Moreover, students were paired off to perform in action skits as an enterprising way to strengthen the concept of traffic safety in students. In addition, in concert with the 2013 Disaster Prevention Day, disaster prevention education films were played to enhance an awareness of disaster prevention in students and provide evacuation response action training.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) has specially designated the Award for Excellence in Schools in recognition of efforts to promote groups and individuals with specific achievements in school sports to reward the promotion of colleges with outstanding contributions in the areas of physical education and research, activities and competition, and administration and services. Applications for the award are to be submitted prior to the end of June each year for both the preliminary and final selections. TKU participated in the award selection for the first time in 2009, and the recognition of the MOE this year gave all TKU students and teachers a sense of honor and glory. President Flora Chia-I Chang received the award at the International Conference Hall of the National Taiwan Library on Monday, September 9th, at 2pm. The many TKU department heads, teachers and administrative personnel from the Office of Physical Education, and student delegations that went to the hall to observe the ceremony, made this the most notable of award events ever at the venue. The selection committee confirmed that the TKU curriculum and teaching methodology relies mainly on the learning of motor skills and physical activities. By integrating physical fitness concepts into courses and with the implementation of an eight-week swimming class, physical education (P.E.) courses have been classified as three-year compulsory classes, and achievements in P.E. studies are requirements for graduation. During the first semester from 2009 to 2012, 133 works were published by full-time intramural P.E. teachers. In addition, the academic sports journal publication “Tamkang Sports” is sent to the National Library collection. A number of sports activities and competitions both on and off campus are conducted, including intercollegiate competitions such as the School Games, the School Ball Games Open Competition, the School Water Sports, and the President’s Cup for Basketball, Volleyball and Softball. Student sports teams have participated in the National College Games, winning six gold, eight silver and nine bronze medals in 2013, placing 12th out of a total of 170 colleges and universities. There are a total of 35 school sports teams in the categories of ball games, martial arts, water sports and land sports, with each team employing full-time coaches and team captains. TKU is also actively involved in a number of international sports exchanges, including with the University of Macao table tennis team, the kendo team of Chuo University in Japan, the Chinese University of Hong Kong women’s tennis team, Renmin University of China’s sports team, the bowling team of Nagoya Sangyo University in Japan, and so forth. TKU Office of Physical Education Director Hsiao Shu-Feng said that her office works hard to promote the faculty and students at the school and sporting activities both on and off campus for all to see. The many schools participating in the selection this year have all distinguished themselves. Director Hsiao gave special thanks to the school units for their support, and in the future her office will continue the goal of promoting sports and a Lohas healthy campus. President Chang expressed her appreciation in an interview with the “Tamkang Times” for the recognition given the P.E. efforts at TKU by the MOE. The school’s P.E. curriculum is rich and varied and integrated with a down-to-earth, stalwart spirit. Especially, the three-year compulsory P.E. requirement arrangement and the criteria established for swimming eligibility, in addition to acquiring skills through sports, allows students to enjoy the benefits of exercise and fun. The president said, “Winning the distinction this time, and tying with National Taiwan University as the only two National Sports Excellence schools, is the result of long-term promotion by the colleagues and teachers of the Office of Physical Education.” In the future the office will continue to expand sports activities and enhance participation by the school’s students and teachers.
The 2013 opening ceremony for the Executive Master's Program of Business Administration (EMBA) program welcoming new Business and Management master’s students was held September 9th at 10am in room D221 of the CKS Memorial Hall in Taipei. Teachers and students from the nine departments in the College of Business and Management offering the EMBA program gathered at the event. The warm atmosphere was packed with more than 250 people. President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President for Academic Affairs Yu Gwo-Hsing and College of Business and Management Dean Chiu Chien-Liang warmly welcomed the guests and asked for their kind guidance and suggestions. From the orientation of an analysis and discussion of trends in higher education and global development, President Chang encouraged EMBA students to focus on practical experience, language skills and the accumulation of contacts, exhorting the new students to reap a harvest rich in academic success and networked connections from their future learning. President Chang expressed certainty regarding the growth and efforts of the EMBA program, also hoping the EMBA course focuses even more on practicality and that thesis papers have a practical orientation. The president also stressed the importance of cultivating one’s English skills, interpersonal relationships and teacher-student interaction. Lastly, she pointed out that a cohesive team spirit shared by students and teachers can result from combining curriculum and competitive performance activities. Dean Chiu especially presented an exquisite glazed ceramic award during the event to Section Chief Pan Wen-Chin of the General Affairs Section at the TKU Taipei campus, thanking her for carefully maintaining the EMBA learning environment and hardware facilities for many years. Awards were then presented by each of the department heads in recognition of the academic performance of three students in each department from the previous semester. EMBA Executive Director Lin Chiang-Feng introduced the EMBA classes and the TKU Taipei campus environment in more detail for the new students attending the day’s event who are filled with expectations for the student life that is about to unfold. The EMBA softball team and Joint MBA Alumni Association also came to the event to recruit new blood in the hope that younger students can also become Tamkangians that are both scholars and warriors, and that this fine tradition will continue to be passed on for future generations to carry forward. The dynamic EMBA softball team has only been recently established, but under the leadership of team captain Liu Kunqi, the team has actively pursued the goal of winning in the national EMBA softball league. The elite gathering of the Joint MBA Alumni Association has an extensive network of contacts at home and abroad through senior alumni from all walks of life, and the Association’s golf team is also an excellent fitness exchange choice for Tamkangians. At the conclusion of the opening ceremony, all the teachers and students joined in together to sing the school anthem. Afterwards, assistants from the various departments also made advance arrangements for each department’s orientation seminar. The new students who attended the event all enjoyed a very rewarding weekend.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) urges the promotion of student affairs and counseling excellence in outstanding municipal, county, public and private schools at all levels and with distinguished school personnel. The active participation of education personnel in the innovative work of student affairs and counseling is encouraged in order to create a friendly campus, and in particular to earn the Friendly Campus Award. This year TKU was honored with the MOE’s 2013 Friendly Campus Award, and in fact it was the only winner of the award out of all universities and colleges. Moreover, Chen Ruey-Er on the staff of the Office of Student Affairs also received an award for distinguished student affairs personnel. TKU also won two awards, which gives TKU long-term roots as a friendly campus and actively provides confirmation that each student has a considerate and suitable campus environment. In this way, the eternal truth of care, equality, security, respect and friendliness is able to shine! Campus security, the right to the rule of law and to education, care for the vulnerable, the choice of sex education, student counseling for deviant behavior, establishing a system for a counseling mechanism and channel, and a harmonious organized culture are the major properties of a friendly campus. Student Affairs Dean Ko Chih-En said that student services, student learning and student development are operating goals for sustaining a friendly campus at Tamkang University. These three basic objectives thus formulate an implementation plan based on student counseling, club learning, services learning, career development and spiritual improvement. The specific achievements of the plan then are to increase the quality of student services and improve student satisfaction; to energize student learning and enhance the core competencies of students; and to add value to student development and improve student personality. An information service system has been developed in response to the demands of the Internet generation, such as, a mentoring system, an e-consultation system and an online email address for mental health exercises. On the subject of friendly campus innovation, Dean Ko said that in regard to curriculum innovation, in order to execute the deepening of learning programs for professional knowledge services, professional theories are applied to services programs that intensify services learning content. The opening of freshman courses promotes measures for counseling that enhance student adaptability and self-discovery skills, establish learning objectives and explore career potential. In terms of services innovation, a joint services center was established to clearly understand student requirements, and in order to curtail the time and distance students spend on related matters, an open-style counter was adopted that has part-time student workers filling shifts to provide consultation and collection services. A health promotion program is planned with the theme of “A good day begins with a healthy diet.” Word of the program will be spread by distributing manuals on campus and labeling food calories to change student dieting behavior. Regarding counseling innovation, the campus offers complete mental health tertiary prevention work, screening for high-risk students, individual follow-up counseling, and improvement of mental health quality. International services learning is promoted to nurture concern in students for international issues and shape their capacities as global citizens. Service regions include Cambodia and Latin American countries. As for environmental innovations, taking the sustainability of health and security as a starting point, a pedestrian friendly campus has been built, a smoke-free, purified campus has been created, and traffic has been improved around the campus. Chen Ruey-Er was honored with the Distinguished Student Affairs Personnel Award, having served for over 21 years in student affairs and counseling, and she deserved credit for promoting moral character via education, services learning and community development. In particular, diverse and innovative methods specifically manifest moral character in campus life, education and various activities. For example, holding sports events in recognition of moral character allows the athletes to more fully appreciate its importance, such as when running, seven key moral points are formed, “honesty,” “respect,” “responsibility,” “cooperation,” “tolerance,” “empathy” and “piety.” In addition, Ms. Chen guides groups of classmates in helping people struggling with a solitary life in the remote mountainous regions of Tamsui’s Xiaguirou Shan area. One elderly woman was in urgent need of an artificial eye because of pathological damage from inflammation and ulceration to the surrounding tissue of her right eye. However, the costs of the operation are not covered by the national health plan. Therefore, Chen and the group of students raised the funds needed during a Mother’s Day event on warm day in May so that the woman was able to fulfill her dream of getting a prosthetic eye. Dean Ko Chih-En of the Office of Student Affairs stressed that student affairs work toward the comprehensive development of “a focus on the growth of a student’s body, mind and spirit.” She said that winning the award is the beginning of a heavy responsibility, and that in the future “the TKU friendly campus will grow even friendlier!”
In concert with the Bureau of Education’s Teaching Excellence Awards Program, TKU’s Center for Learning and Teaching held the “Teaching Assistant Summer Development Camp – Value for Every Member” event at the China Youth Corps Chientan Youth Activity Center on September 5th and 6th to foster quality and excellence in the university’s teaching assistants. The hope is that via a two-day, one-night activity of this sort, remedial teaching assistants can upgrade their teaching skills, learn educational and experiential study methods, and use these skills flexibly in the teaching field. There are nine basic categories of teaching assistants at TKU: the Internship/Laboratory TA; the General Education and Core Curriculum TA; the Distance Learning TA; the Academic Counseling TA; the International Student TA; the English Teaching Program TA; the Specialized Knowledge Services Learning Program TA; the Community Learning and Implementation Program TA; and the Culture and Creativity Teaching Materials TA. Graduate students participating in this event who intend to apply for one of the 160 available TA positions are a priority. The two-day camp method used to carry out the training for teaching assistants during the “Teaching Assistant Summer Development Camp – Value for Every Member” event included special lectures and small group coursework. The lectures were conducted in the fashion of thematic lectures and subgroup drills; the small groups used experiential learning activities. The theme for the first day’s activity was “team dynamics and guiding force,” equipping students with classroom management and strong guidance skills. Trainers use discussion guidance techniques to encourage students to participate in discussions, guiding students toward self-awareness and reflection while at the same time helping students understand how teaching behavior influences classroom learning. Moreover, a zeal for learning is initiated in students through the small group coursework method where team ideas are shared and empathy is practiced, thereby establishing effective communication skills and achieving multiple results from benefits of the course. In the evening a film appreciation event was arranged about women scientists that investigated gender diversity and the implementation of gender equality in teaching assistance teaching in order to promote gender consciousness among TKU graduate students. A course on problem solving comprised the theme for the second day, counseling students on the differences between teaching and learning roles, and training them to organize lesson planning skills and strengthen the execution of such coursework. This showed the students how to teach in line with an individual’s needs and to understand and employ emergency measures for teaching. Moreover, the cultivation of teaching techniques and attitudes was emphasized. The students learned problem-solving skills while organizing activities and how to eliminate communication blind spots. Arrangements were made to share group results at the end of the camp to review the two days of exceptional courses and the film. Each group presented the innovative ideas and leadership skills they have accumulated as well as the problem-solving exercises they have learned during the two days of the camp. President Flora Chia-I Chang was invited to say a few words during the closing ceremony and issue the certificates of training.