On May 5th, a delegation led by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, visited four Korean sister universities in a goodwill visit aimed at forging a closer bond with partner universities in Korea. The TKU delegation consisted of President Chang, as well as the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Wan-Chin Tai; the Dean of Engineering, Dr. Ho Chii-dong; the Dean of Business and Management, Dr. Chiu Chien-Liang; the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Ko Chih-en; and the Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Pei Wha Chi Lee. The delegation visited four Korean universities, including Hanyang University, Kyung Hee University, Kyonggi University, and Kyungnam University.
The National Intercollegiate Student Club Evaluation is an annual event that gives student clubs an open canvas to show their feats and achievements over the academic year. It is also a chance to observe and learn, to sense what works, to lend and borrow structures that reap results. This year, out of 285 student clubs, societies, and associations from universities across Taiwan, two TKU clubs were recognized for excellence. One was the Pingtung Student Alumni Association, which received an Exceptional Club Award in the autonomous student association category. The other was the TKU Student Choir, which was conferred an Outstanding Club Award.
The Department of Information and Communication each year holds a exhibition in which graduating students create innovative short films, animations, or other multimedia work, which is then placed on display at the TKU Black Swan Exhibition Hall, Tamsui Campus. This year's exhibition was entitled "the Magic Mirror", and including pieces based around the theme of "human beings' deeper desires". A total of 15 separate groups displayed their creations in this year's exhibition. One example was a piece in which a group of friends prepared a special, heart-warming surprise for their friend's birthday, as a contrast to the average, commonplace birthday ritual of just writing "Happy Birthday" on a friend's FB page. Another group, on the other hand, worked with a Taipei taxi company to scrupulously piece together in fine detail the journey for foreigners coming to Taiwan.
Starting from May 6, Poster St on the Tamsui Campus has been home to this year's Physics Week, organized by the Department of Physics Association. Stalls with fun games and physics displays now line the streets of Tamkang,and visiting students can not only learn about various fields in physics, such as optics, mechanics, and electrical science, but will also have a chance to win excellent prizes, such as iPad minis and high-quality portable headphones. Moreover, at 6:40pm on May 7, Wei-Hsin Sun, the Director General of the National Museum of Natural Science (Taichung) will share with students intriguing information on nature. The president of the Department of Physics Association, second year student Chang Chong-lun, noted that this year, Physics Week has expanded in scope to coincide with the Department of Physics's 50th anniversary. "We hope to present the fun of physics to all TKU students".
From April 27-29, a TKU delegation from the College of International Studies visited one of Tamkang's sister universities,Doshisha University, Japan. The visit helped develop the College's unique characteristics and form a closer bond with Doshisha. The visiting TKU delegation comprised the Vice President for International Affairs and Dean of the College, Dr. Wan-Chin Tai, who led four other senior faculty members from the College. Apart from visiting Doshisha University, the delegation also jointly organized and attended an academic symposium on the topic "Development Trends in Asia and the World".
Given the continual decline of social morality seen in Taiwanese society, 10 years ago the Ministry of Education began to urge universities to promote ethics, moral integrity, and good values. To further instill moral values in its students, Tamkang University declared 2013 as the 'Year of Moral Integrity', holding a number of related activities, like making a paper train track that winds through the Tamsui Campus and stops at various stations representing "moral values". On May 1st, National Policy Advisor, Prof. Richard Chia-Tung Lee, came to TKU to deliver a speech on "Core Values". The speech, held at the Carrie Chang Music Hall, delved into the topic "Learning How to Think by Examining 28 Classic Speeches". The speech, which was attended by TKU students, faculty, and staff was well-received and told of the tremendous importance of independent thinking.
On April 26 and 27, the TKU Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies will held several conferences and forums as part of its first annual convention. On the 26th, there was a Pan-Pacific Conference on Peace and Stability, which explored issues to do with safety in the South Pacific, Western Pacific, and the Pan-Pacific. This was followed by a Regional Security Studies Forum, involving round-table discussions. On the 27th, there were two more events: the 9th Anniversary Memorial Conference for Professor Niu Sien-Chong, and a Symposium of Graduate Students in Taiwan’s Strategic Community. The conferences took place at the TKU Taipei Campus, and were organized by the Director of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Dr. Ming-Hsien Wong, and Assistant Professor York W. Chen. The scheduled events featured local and overseas scholars, including: Richard Herr from the University of Fiji (Hon Director, Center for International and Regional Affairs), Paul D’Arcy from Australian National University (Senior Fellow, Division of Pacific and Asian History), Nakai Yoshifumi from Gakushuin University (Professor, School of Political Studies), and Prof. Masayuki Masuda (Senior Fellow, Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies). It will also be attended by leading dignitaries from Taiwan, such as David Lin (ROC Minister of Foreign Affairs), and Huang Huang-Hsiung (Control Yuan Member).
At noon on April 24, the Office of Physical Education held the Flag Presentation Ceremony for one of Taiwan's major sporting events: the National Intercollegiate Athletic Games. The Games, an annual meeting of Taiwan's finest college athletes, is an annual tradition - organized and hosted by TKU - which draws students from over 100 universities and colleges around Taiwan. This year, the event will run from April 27 to May 1, and for TKU teams that gain top spots, there will be incentives. TKU President, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, described these rewards while speaking at the Flag Presentation Ceremony: teams who place first will get the chance to interact and compete with outstanding sports teams from TKU's overseas sister universities.
To encourage outstanding performance from each academic department, TKU formulated the “TKU Regulations on Incentives for Department Development”, and established the Department Development Incentive Review Committee. To encourage department development, TKU has also launched a new Department Development Contest, in which large cash prizes are up for grabs for departments that perform exceptionally. To enter the contest, departments must submit information (factors and indexes) related to department development. These indexes are then tallied by the TKU Office of Finance, and the top 8 entrants (departments) are selected. The top eight departments in this, the maiden year of the Contest, were the departments of Chemistry, Japanese, Business Management, Banking and Finance, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Engineering, Information Management, and the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies. At 1pm on April 23, the top 5 entrants were announced at the First Department Development Review Conference. During the Conference, each of the top 5 departments received a cash prize of NT $150,000.
After recently reaching Hualien, the TKU Mobile Chemistry Lab continued to bedazzle local school children with its unique gull-wing door, its various shows and intriguing experiemtns. For over two years now, the Mobile Lab has delivered chemistry knowledge and “packaged” chemistry in a fun and exciting way in the hope of getting children from rural areas more interested in chemistry. While in Hualien, the body responsible for the lab – the TKU Department of Chemistry – concluded an agreement with the Department of Education, Hualien County Government, to promote Chemistry education throughout Taiwan. This will involve improving the results of student learning by enhancing the learning environment and equipment used at elementary and high schools around Taiwan.
This year’s National Collegiate Athletic Games will run from April 27 (Sat) to May 1 (Wed). On April 18, the torch for the Games – which gets taken from campus to campus before the Games begin – arrived at the TKU Lanyang Campus, along with this year’s Games mascot, the “New Life” Bull. The Games will this year be held at the National Ilan University, which is where the torch will end up after traveling thousands of kilometers around the mountainous terrain of Taiwan. The torch arrived at the Lanyang Campus at 2:30pm, where it switched hands in a “handover ceremony” led by the Lanyang Campus Provost, Dr. Jyh-Horng Lin; the TKU Dean of Physical Education, Dr. Hsiao Shu-fen; and the Dean of the College of Global Entrepreneurial Development, Dr. Lion Ay-hwa.
The TKU Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center recently launched a new exhibit. Entitled "Spreading Beauty, Illuminating Art", the display showcases calligraphy, Chinese art, Western paintings, and sculptures by 17 well-known artists - members who once served on the Advisory Committee of the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center. Such artists include Li Chi-Mao, the former Director of the Center and a painter whose art has gained esteem internationally. The current Director of the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Dr. Chang Ben-Huang, said that art requires constant innovation. He encourages people to incorporate art into their lifestyle, which, he says, colors it with excitement and interest.
On the morning of April 10, 2013, Dr. Richard C. Bush delivered a speech at the TKU Tamsui Campus. Dr. Bush is the former Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and current Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC. The speech, which Dr. Bush gave at the invitation of the TKU College of International Studies, explored the topic "Facing Mainland China: Taiwan's Future Challenges". The event was significant, and drew many participants, including TKU faculty, staff, and students, as well as scholars from other schools.
On March 16, six freshmen from the Department of Mechanic and Electro-Mechanic Engineering took part in the 2013 Taiwan Innovative Unmanned Aircraft Competition. The competition is an annual event that draws entrants from around Taiwan - the largest event of its kind. It is sponsored by the Aeronautical and Astronautical Society of the Republic of China and the ROC National Science Council. This year, the TKU entrants gained several successful results, including second in the "electric wings" division. The supervisor of the TKU team, Prof. Lung-Jieh Yang, explained: "this year's result was a perfect illustration of how students can combine their student club interests with actual classwork to gain great results. I hope that in the future we can continue to promote this method of learning".
On Saturday, April 6, Tamkang University’s Office of Academic Affairs held the 2012 High School Fair. The annual event introduces high school students to Tamkang’s numerous departments and provides such students with information on how to apply to TKU, including sample interview questions and a general overview of the application process. This year, a total of 4,853 students passed the first round of the selection process and registered for the second round. It is estimated that a total of 2,162 students will be selected. On the day of the high school fair, a staggering 4,000 plus students and parents streamed through the Tamsui Campus, heading for Poster St, where they got tips and advice on university life, watched student clubs perform, and gained insight into life at Tamkang. Mrs. Chao, who accompanied her son to the campus, said that by holding a fair at the same time as the second round of the selection process meant that while applying to study at Tamkang, students and their families could get a better understanding of their future university.
On March 29, a group of 70 students and teachers from four high schools in Hong Kong visited the TKU Tamsui Campus. The schools each belong to the Hong Kong Taoist Association. After arriving, the visitors were taken on a tour of the campus, to view the Chinese Palace-style Classrooms, the Chueh Sheng Memorial Library, the TKU Maritime Museum, and the Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium. After the tour, the guests took part in an informal discussion held at the Ching Sheng International Conference Hall. During the visit, the guests were received personally by the Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Pei Wha Chi Lee, who also attended the discussion. She said that most TKU international students come from Hong Kong and Macau; that many of these students perform very well at Tamkang - and even go on to achieve profound success after returning home.
The 2013 TKU Employment Fair kicked off on the morning of March 27 at the TKU Tamsui Campus. To mark its commencement, an opening ceremony was held at the TKU Student Activity Center, which featured a traditional Chinese lion dance performance, opening remarks from several distinguished guests, and a ribbon-cutting ritual administered by leading officials from the New Taipei City government and the New Taipei City Employment Service Center. During the opening remarks, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, offered special thanks to the 53 companies that had come along to take part. She explained that TKU tries to instill in each student a high level of “soft power”, and equips its graduates with the skills needed to achieve success. To do so, it stresses “8 essential traits”: 1. a global perspective, 2. information literacy, 3. a vision for the future, 4. moral integrity, 5. independent thinking, 6. a cheerful attitude and healthy lifestyle, 7. a spirit of teamwork and dedication, 8. a sense of aesthetic appreciation. This year, 53 companies came looking for talent. Armed with 3,248 job openings, the companies included major global brands, such as Rhythm and Hues Studio (responsible for the special effects in the Oscar winning movie The Life of Pi) and Taiwan Mobile, who took part in the fair for the first time. Some companies, like the world-renowned Ding Tai Feng, even held on-the-spot interviews, right here at the Tamsui Campus.
Imagine a shop, or a stall, that runs on trust. There are goods or a list of prices, but no one there to make sure you pay. This stall, the “Stall of Trust”, is the latest initiative the “TKU Year of Moral Integrity”. It is a beacon of light, a test of virtue and morals located by the Sung-tao dorms, Tamsui Campus. The stall sells drinks, snacks, and assorted groceries, and when students wish to buy things, they simply place their money in the “honesty box”, a makeshift cash collector that gauges the honesty of students. The section chief of the stall’s organizing body noted that, in the two weeks since the stall’s opening, the money left in the “honesty box” has either been just under or just over the amount that should be there. “This is a great sign, meaning that when there has been a margin, it seems to be the result of mistakes in counting money”.
The 2013 TKU Total Quality Management (TQM) Seminar was held on the morning of March 22 at the TKU Student Activity Center, Tamsui Campus. As in previous years, there was live interaction with staff members from the Taipei and Lanyang campuses, as over 600 members of faculty and staff came together to strengthen their skills in total quality management. Tamkang University was the first university to implement TQM, said the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, in the seminar's opening speech. Since adopting principles of TQM in 1992, Tamkang has evolved through several distinct phases: the "inception phase", the "foundational phase", the "development phase", and the "advancement phase". During this year's seminar, the top three placed teams in the Quality Control Circle Competition were announced; winners of the Tamkang Quality Award shared their know-how and experience; and a special lecture - on service quality - was delivered by well-known author Tony Wong.
Each year, around the middle of March, TKU students from various regions of Taiwan set up stalls at Poster Street and sell their local fare as part of Annual Culture Week. But this year is different. 2013 at Tamkang is the year of moral integrity. So aside from stall after stall of regional snacks – like cactus ice cream from Penghu Island – this year’s week-long festivities have received a new name: “Moral Integrity and Culture Week”. To begin the event, an opening ceremony was held at the Fu Yuan Garden, Tamsui Campus, on 18th March. It was hosted by TKU President, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, and it encouraged students to serve as role models for the community. Students made vows, pledging to serve as examples of positive moral conduct; to show temperance and discipline; to be filial and respect their elders; to respect all forms of life; to create a clean environment and maintain a pure heart; to be grateful; to live by the TKU motto (simplicity truthfulness, firmness, perseverance); to be fair and just; to care and be kind to others; and to be responsible, upstanding citizens. A paper “train track” of moral integrity now winds through the campus, with train stations named after moral values. Moreover, the organizing body, the Office of Student Affairs, has set up a Facebook fan page called “students have morals; Tamkang has integrity”.