Tamsui is a town infused with over 400 years of history. From its early days as a major Taiwanese port to its current incarnation as a tourist destination, Tamsui has always played a prominent role in the development of the broader Taipei region. The reason Tamsui draws so many tourists is due to its picturesque beauty: its lush, sweeping mountains and its flowing, life-sustaining river. Its current population has already exceeded 150,000. To celebrate this 400 years of history, the TKU College of Liberal Arts integrated the skills of students in its various departments to chronicle the past of the Greater Tamsui region. Known as the “Chronicles of the Greater Tamsui Region”, the project comprised video and written material that captured interviews with 10 of Tamsui’s prominent figures and dignitaries. The documentary shows the process of growing in Tamsui for each of these ten subjects, who are currently working in Tamsui in the area of politics, commerce, culture, education, or history. In honor of the project, on June 22 the College of Liberal Arts held a presentation ceremony, in which the ten separate interviews were broadcast, and each of the participants spoke about their own personal connection with Tamsui.
On June 16, the 2013 Language Study Program for Indonesian Expatriate Youth officially commenced. The program is a four-week summer camp that aims to encourage overseas Chinese students to learn Mandarin and better understand Taiwan’s unique customs and culture. During this year’s program, participants will learn Mandarin, study traditional arts and crafts, take “cultural classes”, learn about knot arts, paper arts, and Chinese songs. The camp program will also comprise a number of Mandarin speaking and singing competitions, as well as daytrips to various scenic and cultural spots, such as Pingxi Railway, the Northern Coastline, and a Monga cultural trip. Also worthy of mention are the 12 team leaders who will guide and look after the students throughout the camp. To become team leaders, they underwent a stringent screening process followed by three months of intensive training.
At 10am on Saturday, 15th June, the 2013 Tamkang University Commencement Ceremony was held at the TKU Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium, Tamsui Campus. The theme of this year’s Commencement was “Moral and Integrity: the Pride of Tamkang University”. The graduation activities began at 9am, when students followed their teachers on a final lap around the campus, visiting symbolic sites, such as the memorial library, Ching Sheng Memorial Building, the TKU Maritime Museum, and the Fu Yuan Gardens, before heading to the Memorial Gymnasium for the ceremony proper. Upon arriving at the gymnasium, the graduating students were greeted by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, as well as the deans, chairs, and faculty of each academic college. The ceremony was hosted by President Chang, and attended by various social figures, such as the Mayor of New Taipei City, Eric Chu, the Tuvalu Ambassador to the ROC, Minute Alapati Taupo (and spouse), and the Swaziland Ambassador to the ROC, H.E. Mrs. Njabuliso B. Gwebu. During the ceremony, President Chang delivered a speech in which she congratulated the students on their achievements over the past four years, and wished them success in their future careers. She also touched on Tamkang’s Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education’, which refers to the structure of education adopted by Tamkang University. The ‘Three Circles’ corresponds to three kinds of courses: professional, core and extracurricular, while the ‘Five Disciplines’ of education refers to the qualities of conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork, and beauty. By integrating these values into the professional, core, and extracurricular curriculum, Tamkang University helps to produce well-rounded students skilled in identifying and solving problems. As a result, TKU students develop characteristics favored by both local and overseas employers.
The 11th International Heat Pipe Symposium was held from June 9 to 11 in Beijing, China. The annual event is the largest in its field and is organized by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics. The Symposium was attended by world-renowned experts and scholars from various countries, including Amir Faghri from the US, Masataka Mochizuki from Japan, Robert Dobson from South Africa, and Shung Wen Kang from Taiwan, who each provided keynote speeches. Attendees came from over 10 countries, including Taiwan, Japan, Korea, America, England, Mainland China, Thailand, South Africa, Byelorussia, and Australia, among others, with a total of over 60 theses presented. During the Symposium, TKU master’s student Zhang Yu-Sheng received the “Best Thesis Award” from his paper “Temperature Uniformity and Heating Rate Simulation of Vapor Chamber Heat Spreader”.
On Sat 8th June, Commencement was held at the TKU Lanyang Campus. This year, 183 students from 4 departments graduated in a lively ceremony that was conducted entirely in English. Before the start of the ceremony, the Provost of Lanyang Campus, Dr. Lin Jyh-horng, along with the College Dean and department chairs led students through the campus on the ritual campus “lap of honor”. Together, they took in the sights and scenes that they have called home for the past four years. The graduating students received floral bouquets and boisterous cheers from students in lower grades who packed into the auditorium to take part in the 5th Lanyang Commencement Ceremony. The theme of this year’s Commencement was “Moral and Integrity: the Pride of Tamkang University”. It was attended by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the Republic of Marshall Islands’ Ambassador to Taiwan, Philip Kabua, and Marshall Islands parliamentary representative, Jeban Riklon. During her opening speech, TKU President Flora Chang congratulated the graduating students on achieving this valuable milestone. She encouraged them to go out into the community, both locally and internationally, and apply their skills and know-how to contribute and make a difference. To follow was an award presentation ceremony that was every bit as suspenseful and exciting as the Oscars. There was an Academic ward, an International Award, a Leaders Award, and an Overall Exceptional Student Award. The ceremony then took on a more touching note. Graduation certificates were handed out as a video was played showing the graduating students when they had just entered the Lanyang Campus four years earlier. Watching the videos, students and their families got to see just how much the students had grown over the last several years. The ceremony drew to an energy-filled close with balloons, glow-sticks, and a breathtaking view of Yilan County.
To promote the joy of learning among students and encourage teachers to constantly improve and develop in their capacity for instruction, the TKU Center for Learning and Teaching held a symposium (Wed, June 5) at the TKU Chueh Sheng International Conference Hall. The Symposium explored ways to make learning fun, to inspire students to learn, and to help teachers find innovative ways to present their material. The event was a platform for interaction, exchange, and experience-sharing between passionate teachers, knowledgeable experts, and enthusiastic students.
A TKU student club evaluation was recently held at Tamkang's Tamsui Campus. It was conducted by 18 experts from both within and outside of Tamkang University, and emphasized each clubs' operation and management throughout the last academic year. Those evaluating the clubs note only gave precious feedback and suggestions on how to improve, but also issued prizes to clubs that performed exceptionally. The panel of experts offered high praise for TKU student clubs, stating that club members were polite, showed commitment in organizing club events, and demonstrated diligence by recording all of the suggestions offered by the experts. The clubs recognized for outstanding performance included the Pingtung Alumni Association and the Department of Public Administration Association, among others. On June 2nd and 3rd, TKU also held a Student Club Presentation, in which each of TKU's 211 clubs performed and got the chance to see how other clubs have progressed and developed.
From May 31 to June 2, a major international conference was held at TKU’s Chueh Sheng International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. The First International Deleuze Studies in Asia Conference (entitled “Creative Assemblages”) was organized by the TKU Department of English, with help from the National Chung Hsing University’s Research Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the English and American Literature Association of the Republic of China; and funded by the National Science Council, the Ministry of Education, and Tamkang University. The event attracted over 160 scholars from various countries around the world. The visitors presented research papers and delivered a total of 18 keynote of plenary speeches on a wide variety of topics, from art, ecology, education, and movies, to images, philosophy, architecture, literature, and cultural research.
In the 2011 academic year, student club courses became compulsory for freshmen. Since then, new courses have emerged, like the course Learning and Practice of Clubs, which is now in its second year. Like many courses, it has evolved and grown to cater for student and faculty needs. For example, it now comprises 2-hour classes (instead of one-hour classes), but is held fortnightly (instead of weekly). The Learning and Practice of Clubs Exhibition was held at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall from May 28 to 31.
On 24th May, a delegation of senior staff from Hosei University, Japan, visited TKU’s Tamsui Campus. The group included the President of Hosei University, Prof. Toshio Mesuda; the Vice President for International Affairs, Prof. Yoshiro Fukuda; the Executive Director for International Strategic Planning and Cooperation, Prof. Mitzuhito Kanehara; and the Director of the Hosei University International Center, Prof. Kimiyoshi Hayashi. After arriving, the guests took part in an informal discussion, during which the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, provided the guests with an introduction to TKU. This was followed by a luncheon and then a tour of the campus, including a visit to the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center and the TKU Library. Subsequently, the guests headed to the TKU Taipei Campus, where they participated in the inauguration of the Hosei University Office in Taiwan.
On May 22, the President of Paraguay, Dr. Luis Federico Franco Gómez, visited the TKU Center of Resources for the Blind, Tamsui Campus. President Gómez led a 17-member delegation and was accompanied by the ambassador to Paraguay (and TKU alumnus), José María Liu. Before arriving at Tamkang, President Gómez specifically requested to tour TKU’s Center of Resources for the Blind, and to gain a more in-depth understanding of current advances in this area of research. The First Lady of Paraguay, Emilia Patricia Alfaro de Franco, explained that Paraguay places great emphasis on caring for the underprivileged, which can be seen in federal regulations that protect the rights of the disabled. An example is the law that requires the number of disabled personnel in major organizations to reach at least 5% of total personnel. Moreover, sign language is one of the official languages in Paraguay, with schools at each level offering instruction to the general public. While at the Center, the visitors listened to a brief overview of TKU’s activities delivered by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, as well as a detailed description of the Center’s advances by the Center’s system engineer, Jason Chang, who mentioned recent collaborative initiatives with several telecommunication companies to set up the Eye Society Creative Customer Service Center.
Tamkang recently concluded an agreement on digital cooperation between nine universities in northern Taiwan. The agreement represents a group initiative between TKU, Aletheia University, St. John’s University, Shih Chien University, Chung Yuan University, Yuan Pei University, Tungnan University, National Dong Hwa University, and Ming Chuan University. Together, the universities will work to create online courses in various fields, such as Chinese language, tourism and travel, and animation and comic innovation. On May 20, the signing ceremony for the third year of cooperation was held at TKU’s Chueh Sheng International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. It was attended by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, as well as the presidents of the eight participating universities, and members from the Ministry of Education.
This year is the "year of moral integrity" at TKU. Accordingly, TKU has organized an ongoing series of activities to teach students about the value of maintaining one's integrity and moral character. The latest in this series of activities is a "Moral Integrity Nightclub", which features several theater plays that demonstrate real-life stories that occur at nightclubs. During the intermission between each play, students are led in a discussion on social and cultural aspects of nightclubs and discuss some of the reasons that lead students to frequent such places.
Over the last 17 years, alumnus Hsu Hang-Chien, from the Department of Management Science, has given generously to his alma mater, TKU. But his recent offering has lifted his largess to a new level. He has decided to pump a staggering NT $120 million (approx. US $4 million) over the next five years into the construction of the proposed TKU International Conference Center. To formalize the donation, a signing ceremony is set to be held at 3:30pm at the Chueh Sheng International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. The President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, expressed heartfelt thanks to Hsu, whose donation has galvanized Tamkang’s fundraising drive, jolting it forward toward the final mark of NT $300 million. She said that “Mr. Hsu’s support means a great deal to us. We plan to use these funds to continue improving the education provided at TKU, and we hope that it creates a ripple effect that prompts other alumni to give generously”. TKU previously announced that anyone who donates over NT $100 million will be granted naming rights for the center. The center will be named the Shou Chien International Conference Center, after his father.
The Federation of Alumni Associations of Taiwan Universities, Malaysia (FAATUM), recently came to Taiwan, their visit arranged by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Council. On May 13th, the delegation comprising 65 FAATUM members visited the Tamsui Campus. The group consisted of leading administrative members of the Federation as well as distinguished members of Taiwanese university alumni associations in Malaysia. The Chairman of the Federation, Li Zi-song is a Tamkang alumnus, as are three other members of FAATUM: Lin Jia-nian, Chen De-yi, and Huang Ke-xing. FAATUM was established in 1974 and now consists of members from 24 separate Taiwanese alumni associations. It is the largest Taiwanese alumni association abroad, and is committed to promoting Chinese education, and assisting Malaysian students to study in Taiwan. During their visit, FAATUM members were taken o a tour of the Tamsui Campus, and took part in an informal discussion held personally by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang. After the discussion, the guests were treated to a dinner banquet organized by President Chang.
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".