On August 8, a group of high school principles from leading secondary schools in Japan visited the TKU Tamsui Campus. They took part in an informed discussion by Dr. Wan-chin Tai, the TKU Vice President for International Affairs. Subsequently, on Aug 10, they attended a banquet held by the TKU President and Chairperson of the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang. The visit was organized by the Taiwan Education Center in Japan. It involved a delegation made up of seven Japanese high school principles, including Yoshio Yamasaki (Waseda University Houjo Senior High School), Noboru Yajima (Showa Daiichi Gakuen High School), Noboru Fukasawa (Seisoku Gakuen High School), Nakata Hideo (Seijo Junior and Senior High School), Eiichi Honda (Obirin Junior and Senior High School), Mitsuaki Mashimo (Josai University Junior and Senior High School), and Katsumi Enomoto (Hosei University Daini Junior and Senior High School). Apart from touring Tamkang, the delegation also visited National Taiwan University and several Taiwanese private universities. The Taiwan Education Center in Japan was established this year thanks to the joint efforts of the Ministry of Education and Tamkang University. Its purpose is to promote interaction between schools and universities in Taiwan and Japan; two regions that already enjoy close academic relations.
Starting from 2009, Tamkang University has established a volunteer group that regularly visits Cambodia to hold short-term classes on computer skills and the Chinese language. Last month, the Office of Student Affairs recruited a further 16 students to take part in the most recent volunteer visit, the sixth visit to date. The most recent trip was undertaken by three groups of students over three consecutive phases that lasted a total of 22 days. Classes taught local students how to type in Chinese, how to tell stories and sing in Chinese, and basic lessons in using computers. This time, there were also Chinese culture lessons and local exploration lessons, in which student groups went around the local villages caring for and helping the residents. During the recent trip, Tamkang volunteers, who had raised money to purchase six new notebook computers, presented the local students with the new computers and upgraded the previously used computers with up-to-date software. Li Ching-fang, a graduate student from TKU who took part as a volunteer, said that the most satisfying aspect of the visit was seeing the look of curiosity, the genuine thirst for knowledge in the eyes of the local children.
From August 8 – 9, the TKU Office of Human Resources held a two-day orientation for new department chairs. The event was held at the Clement C.P. Chang International Conference Hall at the Lanyang Campus, Yilan, and was hosted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gwo-Hsing Yu. It featured an opening address by Vice President Yu, a productivity report by the Dean of Human Resources, Dr. Cheng Tung-wen, as well as experience-sharing by department and college heads. During the opening speech by Vice President Yu, he commented that the new department chairs will bring with them a new vigor and energy to the position. He also provided an outline of TKU’s current structure, which includes 8 colleges, 40 departments, 50 master’s programs, 18 doctoral programs, 11 advanced studies programs, and close to 29,000 students. On the first day of the orientation event, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, participated from start to finish. She presented each new department chair with a book on leadership, and emphasized that leadership is not innate but is a learned quality that can be refined and nurtured by anyone who desires to do so. She encouraged new department chairs to formulate goals, create steps to reaching those goals, establish a future vision and strategies to achieving it, and regularly monitor your KPIs.
In order to create more opportunities for the visually impaired in the workforce, Tamkang University has teamed up with the Taipei City Government to create a ‘Visually Impaired Customer Service Team’. The customer service team is made up of 12 blind and visually impaired people who have received intensive training in phone-based customer service by the TKU Center of Resources for the Blind. As of the beginning of August, the twelve-strong team has officially entered the ranks of customer service representatives for the widely-used ‘1999 Citizen Hotline’. The team is responsible for providing customer service and answering enquiries related to workers’ rights. To mark the start of this significant initiative, a press conference was held today (Thurs, Aug 9) at the Chueh Sheng International Conference Hall of Tamkang University’s Tamsui Campus. It featured speeches from the Mayor of Taipei, Dr. Hau Lung-pin, and the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang. It also involved a demonstration of the team's customer service skills and the leading-edge technology that the representatives will use to successfully carry out their job.
Recently, TKU student Yeh Chih-Chang took first place in the Powerpoint category of the 2012 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office. The competition final was held in Las Vegas, America, and the preliminary rounds drew over 200,000 entrants from 53 countries. It was Chih-Chang’s first time entering a major software competition. The result can be traced back to March this year, when she took part in courses to gain Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification and Techficiency Quotient Certification (TQC). In the courses, her exceptional performance made her stand out among classmates. She was rewarded with a scholarship for two entire days of training per week. A little over a month later, she received MOS and TQC licenses. Then, in mid-June, she took part in the local leg of the 2011 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office and qualified for the international tournament. She then underwent stringent training for two months under the guidance of Chen Zhi-yang and Liu Wen-xiu, two TKU students possessing high-level Microsoft Office skills. For the last six months, Chih-Chang has faced a number of difficulties in trying to coordinate course times with training sessions. Moreover, a week before the competition, Chih-Chang’s grandfather – with whom she enjoyed a very close relationship – passed away. After a week of suppressing sorrow, nerves, and pressure, she was crowned Microsoft world champion and broke down in tears of sadness and joy. She dedicated her win to her grandfather. Chih-Chang commented “I feel I’m so lucky. The certification courses offered by the TKU Career Planning and Placement Section not only allowed me to obtain important licenses, but also helped to pique my interest in Microsoft Office. This then led me to two incredible teachers, who helped me so much along the way. In the past, when I saw acceptance speeches from prize winners who constantly praised their teachers or mentors, I always felt that they lacked a sense of originality. But now I understand: you can’t be the best at something without the help and support of many others. I get it now”.
The story of how Jeremy Lin went from unknown benchwarmer to international sensation is akin to a Disney fairytale. At present, he is on a whirlwind tour of Taiwan, with his vast legion of fans and local media following his every move. This sensation, termed “Linsanity” by the world media, was the topic of discussion during this year’s TKU Summer Science Camp. Through a lecture series and fun activities, students explored the topic “Linsanity and Life”. The camp analyzed the primary factors in Jeremy Lin’s stunning success. The ultimate goal was to teach the junior high school participants that apart from being very skillful at basketball, it was Jeremy Lin’s attitude of perseverance that made the difference. The lecture series was delivered by Department of Math professor, Dr. Tseng Shio-Jenn. Dr. Tseng cited a Times article that described how Jeremy Lin faced constant prejudice on the path to becoming a sports star. Despite being called names and being overlooked for sports scholarships in most universities, he never gave up. Through his experience, Dr. Tseng demonstrated the necessity of maintaining a positive mind frame. She also created a list of “10 things Jeremy Lin has taught us”: 1. Even if no one else believes in you, you have to believe in yourself. 2. When the opportunity arises, seize it. 3. Your family will always be your foundation; you also have to become their foundation. 4. Find a system in which you can freely apply your talent. 5. Never overlook potential superstars in your team. 6. What people love about you is your unique essence. Don’t try to be like someone else. 7. Remain humble. 8. Make those around you look good. They’ll love you forever. 9. Never forget the importance of luck and destiny in your life. 10. Give it all you’ve got.
At 10am on Wednesday, August 1, the Chueh Sheng International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus, was home to the 2012 Faculty Farewell and Welcome Ceremony. The ceremony oversaw the handover between new and old, with a total of 26 new deans and department chairs to take up posts in TKU institutions such as the College of Business and Management, the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, the College of Education, the Division of Continuing Education, the Office of General Affairs, the Office of Finance, and the TKU Memorial Library. At the beginning of the ceremony, Tamkang University president, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, delivered an opening speech, in which she outlined six primary objectives for the 2012-2013 academic year. The first objective involves integrating the TKU College of Business and College of Management. The two colleges have now merged into a single entity known as the TKU College of Business and Management. Combining the two college’s resources, the new College of Business and Management contains numerous departments, close to 12,000 students, and a plan to amalgamate and enhance the level of instruction, research, administration, and student counseling. The aim for the college is to successfully obtain AACSB accreditation. Other objectives include developing the level of on-campus information and technology services, expanding the scope of the TKU Publishing Center, more closely defining the role of each college in developing student’s moral and social character, offering honorary credit programs to achieve the Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education, and the implementation of a new system in which assistant professors are required to achieve promotion within eight years of service. President Chang also talked about her recent trip to Nanjing, China, to attend a conference for university presidents from Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. She described some of the topics broached and academic agreements signed during the conference, as well as current trends in the Mainland Chinese system of higher education.
According to statistics released July 30, 2012, out of 20,000 universities worldwide, Tamkang University is ranked 406. This result sees Tamkang become the only Taiwanese private university placed in the top 500. In this recent attempt to rank the world's universities, Webometrics applied a different set of evaluative standards to those used in previous research. Areas of assessment changed from "size, visibility, rich files, and scholarly articles" to "presence, impact, openness, and excellence". Despite the changes, TKU retained its position among the most highly ranked Taiwanese universities. For more information, refer to the following website: http://www.webometrics.info/及http://www.webometrics.info/rank_by_country.asp?country=tw
Most language and culture summer camps in Taiwan involve learning about the Chinese language and culture, and sometimes incorporate an element of physical education. The 2012 Language Study Program for Expatriate Youth, however, is different. This year, apart from the usual cultural courses that focus on Kung Fu, Chinese knotting, Diablo spinning, and Chinese calligraphy, as well as a variety of sports classes, participants have also visited several local high schools to interact with students and gain a closer understanding of the local culture. In total, 240 students have taken part in the summer camp. They have visited seven junior high schools, including three from Tamsui. At each of the high schools, local students prepared cultural activities to engage and educate the visiting students. At Pali Junior High School, for example, participants were shown how to make mouthwatering dumplings and pearl milk tea. The foreign students also introduced their hometown to the local Taiwan students. Shao Hsiang, a camp participant from North California, talked about some of the beautiful sights that he has seen in California. He was delighted to be able to meet so many Taiwanese students and to learn how to cook rice dumplings.
On a small wall in remote Lai Chi, locals have written the following message: “Every person is a creator. Building a community starts from your own home”. This wisdom-filled message inspired Tamkang University students during their recent trip to Lai Chi Village in Chia-Yi County, Central Taiwan, as part of a voluntary community service program. The Tamkang volunteers engaged local Lai Chi children in a number of fun and educational activities. Together, they drew green maps based on local aboriginal culture; they located various totem poles erected around the village and discussed their cultural and spiritual significance; they designed and painted a number of pictures; and they presented their green maps and other artistic creations in front of fellow students from Lai Chi Elementary School. The supervising teacher who led the volunteer group on the several-day service program, Chen Ruey-Er, noted that the fragility and uncertainty of the surrounding environment weighs on the emotions of the local children. With frequent landslides occurring on neighboring mountains, many children are unable to sleep when it rains or thunders. She added: “the children display amazing artistic talent. Whether if be drawing, public speaking, writing, or singing, with a little bit of guidance, there is no limit to what they can achieve”.
From the 16th to 21st of July, Tamkang University will be holding two simultaneous culture camps to promote Cross-Strait interaction and exchange: the 3rd Taiwanese Culture Camp for Mainland Universities and the 1st Taiwanese Culture Camp for Mainland High Schools. An opening ceremony for the two camps was held today (July 17) at the TKU Tamsui Campus. The ceremony was hosted by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, who also delivered an opening speech. She welcomed the camp participants and urged them to actively participate in all of the camp’s events. In total, over 100 students and teachers will take part in this year’s dual camps. The Mainland participants come from universities such as Shandong University, Sichuan University, Tianjin University, Peking University, Beijing Institute of Technology, Xi’An Jiaotong University, Jilin University, Nankai University, Zhejiang University, Fudan University, and Xiamen University. Participants include 14 teachers and 50 students from the above-mentioned 12 TKU sister universities, as well as 42 students from Tamkang University. The Taiwanese Culture Camp is now in its third year. Having been held in 2010 and 2011, the total number of accumulated participants now amounts to over 200. It therefore serves as a major platform for exchange between Mainland Chinese and local Taiwanese students. This year, in order to continue to promote close Cross-Strait relations, the event was expanded to also include a Taiwanese Culture Camp for Mainland High Schools. This year’s camp is therefore also being attended by a vast number of Mainland Chinese high school students from Beijing and Xiamen. Camp activities will include the cultural trips and tours held in previous years, with the addition of three special lectures on Taiwanese society and culture, as well as a lecture on university associations and a TKU club activity. To provide participants with a true Taiwanese experience, the visitors will visit a number of well-known Taiwanese tourist spots, including Fisherman’s Wharf in Tamsui, an Aboriginal Cultural Village, Sun Moon Lake, the National Palace Museum, and Shilin Night Market, among others.
With constant news reports showing the destruction of tropical rainforests, a rapidly-depleting ozone layer, and signs of global warming, two Tamkang students decided to make a difference. Chen Hong-ming (PhD candidate, TKU Department of Civil Engineering) and Yoh Ya-ting (TKU alumna, Department of Architecture) created a set of reusable chopsticks that not only boasts a modern look, but is more environmentally-friendly and hygienic than most such chopsticks. They called their product the “Bamboo Knot Chopsticks”. With their innovative “Bamboo Knot Chopsticks”, they entered the IF Concept Design Award held in Hannover, Germany. The contest is an annual event that draws over 10,000 entrants from around the globe and 56 expert judges from countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Singapore and Korea. Out of all the entries, the judges choose the “Best 100”, and present the designers of these products with the IF Design Award. This year, Hong-ming and Ya-ting received the Design Award for their Bamboo Knot Chopsticks. The chopsticks are unique because of the in-built chopstick stand or protruding “knot” at the bottom of the chopsticks, near the end which you use to clasp food. Because of this, it is more convenient than traditional reusable chopsticks, some of which require the user to bring along a separate “chopstick stand”. In Taiwan, for hygienic purposes, users of reusable chopsticks often rest their chopsticks on tissues or paper napkins, not wanting to lay them directly onto the table. With the Bamboo Knot Chopsticks, the use of tissues is no longer necessary, making them more environmentally friendly than your average chopsticks. Hong-ming has in the past received numerous awards in major design competitions. In 2011, he won the “Best Application Prize” in the Lite-On Awards held in Taiwan; in 2010, he received two first prizes in the Light-metal Innovative Application Contest held by the Ministry of Economic Affairs; and in 2009, he claimed first prize in the Form-Z Joint Study Program held in the US.
The 4th EU Summer Camp was this year held from July 3-5, to coincide with the 1st Russian Culture Camp. Both events were held at the TKU Tamsui Campus, and were jointly organized by the TKU Graduate Institute of European Studies and the European Union Center in Taiwan. The theme of the event was exploring the creation of current European paradigms and Russia’s current role on the international stage. During the camp opening ceremony, two special guests were invited to deliver opening remarks. The guests included the Deputy Director General of the EU Center in Taiwan, Dr. Chwenwen Chen; as well as Dr. Lai Ying-Chuan, the Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, National Cheng Chi University. In their speeches, they expressed their hope that through attending the camps, students may gain an awareness of the growing importance of Russia and the EU in today’s era of globalization. Another objective of the camps was to teach students about EU development models in the areas of environmental protection, social equity, culture,, and social safety, as well as providing students with an in-depth look into Russia’s economic and political background, social culture and art. Altogether, there were 63 participants in the camp, including students from various universities around Taiwan and non-students working in a variety of fields.
The 11th Cross-Strait Library Science Conference was this year, for the very first time, held in Taiwan. The Conference is an ongoing event that began in 1993 and serves to bring together experts and scholars in library science from both sides of the Taiwan Strait. In the past, it has been held at a number of prestigious universities and libraries in Mainland China, such as the East China Normal University (Shanghai) and Peking University, among others. This year, it was held at Tamkang University’s Tamsui Campus. This year, the event was jointly organized by Tamkang University, the Chinese Association of Library and Information Science Education, as well as Wu Han University’s Information Resources Research Center. Held over two days (July 4-5), the Conference was attended by 270 scholars from Mainland China and Taiwan. The theme of the Conference was ‘Establishing Closer Relations in the Field of Library Science and a New Era for the Library Industry’. During the Conference, numerous academic papers relating to library science were presented. Delegates from Taiwanese universities, such as National Taiwan University, National Cheng Chi University, National Taiwan Normal University, and National Chung Hsing University presented a total of 40 such papers. At the same time, delegates from 24 Mainland Chinese universities and library associations from around Mainland China presented a total of 73 dissertations.
This year, the TKU Volunteer Service Club has been holding an ongoing community care project that is teaching students to care for the elderly. Starting from Mother’s Day, students from the club have been visiting senior citizens who live alone in the hope of keeping them company and providing them with care and comfort. Among those who they visited is an elderly lady who lives by herself in a rural mountain village. Her vision is impaired due to a medical condition that affects her right eye. She needs a prosthetic eye, but does not have the money to afford the costly operation that it involves. From May this year, the students of the Volunteer Service Club have been raising money for this cause. From May 7 to 11, they held a fundraiser at Poster St, Tamsui Campus, at which they sold hand-made cookies, roses, and flower bouquets made of balloons. Those who took part in the activities said they felt the cause was extremely meaningful. Some even commented that there should be regular care visits organized to senior citizens living alone in which students could care for the elderly as they care for their own grandparents. Many participating students who live away from home (in TKU dorms) cried when they phoned home as they realized how lucky they are to have the care and support of their family. After holding a series of fundraisers, the Volunteer Service Club has now raised the money required to pay for the eye operation. On the afternoon of June 29, students from the Volunteer Service Club along with the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Ko Chih-en, once again visited the elderly lady. They gave her the money for the operation and wished her a successful procedure and a quick recovery.
Po-yuan Kao, the TKU Vice President for Administrative Affairs, recently led a team of TKU delegates on a visit of four TKU sister universities in Mainland China. These universities included Nankai University (in Tianjin), Tianjin University, the Shandong University of Finance and Economics, and Shandong University. Extending from June 15-20, the purpose of the trip was to strengthen Tamkang’s partnership with sister universities in the Tianjin and Shandong regions, and to observe and learn from the universities’ administrative structures. The Tamkang delegation consisted of Vice President Kao; Dr. Pei Wha Chi Lee, the Dean of International Affairs; Lee Ching-Tai, the Section Chief of the Guidance Section; Liu Chia-Wen of the Office of Academic Affairs; Lai Ying-Hsiu of the Office of General Affairs; Liu Yu Chen of the Office of Information Services; Ho Meng-Ling of the Chueh Sheng Memorial Library; and Li Yao-Ting of the TKU Lanyang Campus. During the visit, the delegation discussed a number of topics with local Mainland Chinese university staff. This included issues related to student admission, student guidance and counseling, library management, the construction of information systems, and service standards at university cafeterias. From as early as 1992, Tamkang University gradually began to form partnerships with leading universities and institutions in Mainland China. These include the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen University, Fudan University, Peking University, and Zhejiang University, to name just a few. To date, Tamkang has formed sister school relations with 32 universities in China. Moreover, last year a total of 78 Mainland Chinese students came to Taiwan to undertake university studies. This is the second largest number of Mainland students admitted out of all universities in Taiwan.
Last week, the 2012 Language Study Program for Indonesian Expatriate Youth officially commenced. The aim of the program is to encourage overseas Chinese students to learn Mandarin and better understand Taiwan’s unique customs and culture. During this year’s four-week program, participants will learn Mandarin, study traditional arts and crafts, and take “cultural classes” on Chinese calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting, knot arts, paper arts, and learn how to spin a ‘diabolo’ (Chinese yoyo). During the calligraphy class, special guest teacher and calligraphy master, Chang Bing-huang, will demonstrate how to use TKU’s leading-edge e-calligraphy system. 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 13 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.
This year’s Flag Presentation Ceremony was held on June 20 at the Student Activity Center, Tamsui Campus. It is an annual event in which Tamkang says goodbye to students who will soon go abroad for a year of student exchange. The ceremony was attended by exchange students and by the 28 Tamkang students selected to represent Taiwan overseas as International Youth Ambassadors. These 28 youth ambassadors have been divided into four groups, each of which will visit a separate country and volunteer to help local youths. The ceremony was hosted by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang and featured speeches from a number of dignitaries and diplomats, such as the Director of the Bureau of International and Educational Relations (Ministry of Education), Mr. Robin Lu; the Director of the Department of North American Affairs (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Mr. Chang Wei-chung; the Deputy Director General of the German Institute in Taipei, Mirko Kruppa; and Mme Valentine Gigaudaut of the French Institute in Taipei. This year, a total of 432 students will take part in overseas exchange. They will study at 57 TKU sister universities and eight non-sister universities from a total of 17 countries. At the same time, over 70 students from universities around the world will soon arrive at Tamkang for a year of student exchange. They will join the 1,000 plus international and Mainland Chinese degree-seeking students currently at TKU. During the opening speech, President Chang expressed her hope that all students at TKU may one day have the chance to go overseas and take part in student exchange. She said that student exchange allows students to personally experience the language, culture, and lifestyle of people in other countries, which helps to nurture in students a truly international perspective.
At 10am on Saturday, 9th June, the 2012 Tamkang University Commencement Ceremony was held at the TKU Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium, Tamsui Campus. The theme of this year’s Commencement was “Tamkang’s Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education; Allowing Alumni to Reach for the Sky”. In total, close to 7,500 students graduated this year. 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 began with performances by the Tamkang Beatbox Club, the TKU Pop Dance Club, the TKU Overseas Chinese Association, and the Tamkang University Magic Club. This was followed by speeches from special guests Pradeep Kumar Rawat (director general, India-Taipei Association) and Lucia Rogriquez Fetzer (first secretary and consul, Embassy of the Republic of Guatemala). The host of the ceremony was President Chang, who also delivered a speech. During her speech, she thanked the families of the graduating students for choosing Tamkang. She said that she still remembers four years ago, when the graduating students first arrived and took part in the ritual climbing of the “slope of overcoming difficulty”. President Chang congratulated these students on their achievements over the 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. President Chang concluded her speech by quoting a famous phrase by the President of Mexico, Felippe Calderon: “You must never, ever give up!”
On Sat 2nd June, Commencement was held at the TKU Lanyang Campus. This year, 170 students from 5 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 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. They walked up to a campus lookout point for a bird’s eye view of the Lanyang Flatlands below and Turtle Island in the distance. They then went down the 132-step “Slope of Overcoming Difficulty”, which symbolizes the Tamkang spirit of “Simplicity, Truthfulness, Firmness, and Perseverance”. The theme of this year’s Commencement ceremony was “Tamkang’s Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education, Allowing Alumni to Reach for the Sky”. It was attended by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the Republic of Marshall Islands’ Ambassador to Taiwan, Philip Kabua, and the Secretary-general of the Yilan County Government, Chen Shin-yi. 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. Out of the numerous nominees, a handful of recipients were chosen. They included the recipient of the Academic Award, Chiu Wei-chi (Department of International Tourism Management); winners of the International Award – which is based on students’ scores in English proficiency tests and grades achieved while studying overseas – Ke Nai-chen and Wang Shi-yu (Department of Multicultural and Linguistic Studies); winners of the Leaders Awards, Chiu Hsin-yi (Department of Innovative Information and Technology) and Chuang Chia-lun (Department of Information and Communication Technology Management); and the recipient of the Overall Exceptional Student Award, Shih Chen-hsuan (Department of Innovative Information and Technology). 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.