The 127th Tamkang University Administrative Conference was held at the Hualian County Government Conference Hall on 30th November. The conference was held at Hualian at the invitation of Hualian County Magistrate and winner of the 26th Tamkang Golden Eagle Award (an award given to alumni who contribute at large to society), Fu Kun-chi. Conference members received a warm welcome by members of the Hualian County Government. Before the conference commenced, Magistrate Fu personally greeted the attending TKU staff. He expressed pride in being a Tamkang alumnus, saying that Tamkang graduates have always been favorites among Taiwanese enterprises. He encouraged Tamkang to continue producing outstanding graduates and enhancing Taiwan’s international competitiveness. The topics covered during the conference include: MOE subsidies to private universities; regulations related to outstanding teacher subsidies; regulations governing the Self-evaluation Guidance Committee, to name just a few.
To encourage local enterprises to employ greater numbers of physically or intellectually disabled personnel, the New Taipei City Government each year holds a prestigious award ceremony. During the ceremony, enterprises that have displayed outstanding performance in the hiring of disabled employees are recognized and presented with an award. This year, out of 25 selected enterprises, Tamkang University received a special honor, being named an Outstanding Employer of Physically or Intellectually Disabled Personnel. At the award ceremony, the TKU Section Chief of the Vocational Training and Welfare Section, Peng Chih-ling, accepted the award on behalf of Tamkang University from the Mayor of New Taipei City, Eric Chu. From the 1950s, issues related to the inconvenience of public spaces for the disabled began to receive greater social awareness. In Japan, Europe, and America, concepts of disabled-friendly areas began to emerge, along with related laws and regulations. This soon became a key standard for developed societies. In the last decade, TKU has worked with the government to not only provide a “disabled-friendly environment”, but to take this a step further and actively create employment opportunities and a sense of stability for the disabled community. Due to its efforts in this field, TKU has received the New Taipei City disabled employer subsidy each year from 2008 to 2011. Total subsidies received during this period amount to approximately NT $2.3 million. Apart from helping the disabled find employment, protecting their rights, and ensuring they receive equal treatment in all areas of life; TKU also works to ensure the disabled have all the software and equipment necessary for a high standard of living. This includes Zoom Text Magnifier, the Job Access with Speech system, and many others.
Each year, the ROC Council of Agriculture holds a month-long Rice Festival, during which it holds various activities to promote local Taiwanese rice. For the last two years, Tamkang University has supported this cause by holding its own small-scale rice festival. Why is it so important to consume local rice products? On the one hand, this shortens the distance your food has to travel before getting to your plate, meaning less transportation, less pollution, and a cleaner environment. On the other hand, it helps to support local farmers and the local economy. This year, thirteen food shops on the Tamsui Campus have taken part in Rice Festival. They have come up with a range of new rice dishes designed to rouse students’ relish for rice, including ‘Barrel Rice Cake’ (which is “sticky rice” cooked in a bamboo barrel), sweet rice porridge, hand-made mochi, and purple rice pudding, to name just a few. The organizers (TKU Office of General Affairs) have also employed a number of modern marketing strategies to spread the message. They have set up a Rice Festival Facebook page, which can be accessed at http://www.facebook.com/Tkuricefestival; and a 7-11-style point collection scheme, in which students accumulate points when buying rice products and can exchange points for prizes. Prizes on offer include stylish thermal mugs, buy-one-get-one-free coffee, and discount food coupons.
Tamkang University recently released a new application called iLife. In the two weeks since its release, it has already had over 5,000 downloads and been used over 140,000 times. The app is Tailor-made for Tamkang students, consisting of nine separate functions aimed at making TKU life just that little bit more convenient. The application allows students to view the latest TKU news, registration systems, the real-time position of nearby buses, the number of vacant seats at TKU intern labs, provides a live video stream of several sites around the Tamsui Campus, a campus map, a class time graph, a personalized student class schedule, and a list of buildings (and their code numbers) on the Tamsui Campus. Creating the new app involved close collaboration between the TKU Chief Information Officer, Dr. Ming-dar Huang, as well as two graduate students from the TKU Department of Information Management: Hong Wei-Ze and Li Tsong-Wei. Dr. Huang explained that the application’s live video stream will display the Red 27 bus station, the running track, the volleyball courts, basketball courts, and others. To enable this function, the Office of Information Services installed six cameras around the campus. Ming-dar Huang said that the live stream was set up with personal privacy considerations in mind. Therefore, users of the app will be able to see a general picture of sites around the campus but images of individual people will be unclear.
On Nov. 21, 2012, an inauguration ceremony was held to mark the official opening of the Taiwan Education Center in Japan. The center was established by the R.O.C. Ministry of Education with assistance by the TKU Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs. The inauguration ceremony was held at Japan’s Hosei University and hosted by the TKU Vice President for International Affairs (Dr. Wan-Chin Tai) and the Executive Director of the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (Dr. Lily Chen). It was attended by numerous special guests, including Taiwan’s Deputy Representative to Japan, Mr. Lo Koon-tsan; the President of Hosei University, Dr. Toshio Masuda; the Secretary General of the Association of Private Universities of Japan, Koide Hidebumi; the TKU Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Pei-Wha Chi Lee; as well as various professors from TKU and its overseas sister universities; Japanese high school principals; and faculty from several Taiwanese universities. The ceremony was followed by afternoon tea at the Visitors Hall, Hosei University, during which TKU’s Vice President Tai delivered opening remarks. Dr. Tai thanked Hosei University for hosting the event and for all their assistance and support in setting up the Taiwan Education Center in Japan. He added that the purpose of establishing the Center is to strengthen cooperation between Taiwan and Japan in areas such as exchange, joint research programs, short-term study schemes, and overall academic interaction.
The TKU Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center has teamed up with the TKU Alumni Association of Taichung City to organize a major art exhibition that is currently being held at the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center and will continue until December 7, 2012. The exhibition displays the work of 23 artists and features many forms of art, including Chinese calligraphy, ink paintings, oil paintings, and lacquer art. To mark the start of the exhibition, an opening ceremony was held on the morning of November 11. The Director of the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Dr. Chang Ben-hang, said that by holding such events, Tamkang not only helps to promote art and artistic interaction in the community, but also enhances its reputation both locally and internationally.
On November 17th, Tamkang University’s Tamsui Campus was home to two major conferences: the 48th Annual Meeting of the Chinese Society for Quality and the 2012 Symposium on International Quality Management. The latter was hosted by the President of the Chinese Society for Quality, Dr. Ching Chou Yang, and the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang. It featured an opening speech by the Director General of the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection, Dr. Jay-San Chen; as well as award presentations, special lectures, and thesis presentation. The theme of the symposium was Sustainable Excellence and Innovative Service. The 48th Annual Meeting of the Chinese Society for Quality, on the other hand, involved the handing out of numerous awards and professional licenses, as well as a speech by guest speaker, Dr. Philip Lyons (University of Wisconsin-Stout). UW-Stout won the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2001. The topic of Dr. Lyons’ speech was “UW-Stout’s Planning Process – Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement.”
On November 10, 2012, six TKU teams entered the finals of the 17th International ICT Innovative Services Contest. In Taiwan the contest is known as the “Olympics of information management”, as it draws hundreds of outstanding college students in information-related courses from around Taiwan. The six Tamkang teams that took part in the finals came from the Department of Information Management and the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering. Three of these teams came first in separate contest categories. Team one created an online journal for kindergarten students. At present, all kindergarten students in Taiwan receive a “student development book” that is used to record every aspect of their growth and development; from changes in their height and weight, to diary entries about changes in their everyday life. The “Online Development Journal” gives students a more convenient way to record changes in their life, while saving time and allowing them to keep updating the journal or refer back to it well into their adult years. Team two created a wireless home control system that allows users to control home appliances through their mobile phones. Meanwhile, team 3 combined religion and technology, enabling users to take part in prayers and ancestor worship from the comfort of their own home.
From November 11-14, Tamkang University has been hosting a delegation from one of Mainland China’s premier universities, Zhejiang University. The delegation has been led by the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, and is made up of 15 representatives from Zhejiang University administrative departments. The delegation came to Taiwan to learn about the administrative process employed by Taiwanese universities. Before arriving in Taiwan, the visiting group asked Tamkang to provide lectures on topics that correspond to the needs of Zhejiang University. Accordingly, the lectures presented during the three-day visit have been tailored specifically to Zhejiang University’s questions. These topics of the lectures include: “The Current Status of Administrative Management in Taiwanese Higher Education” (delivered by the TKU Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Po-Yuan Kao), “Responding to Emergency Situations in University Campuses” (by the Secretary General of Tamkang University, Dr. Hsu Ting-Chi), and so on. The visiting delegates offered their highest praise to the Tamkang University lecturers. They said that not only was the lecture content insightful and comprehensive, the logic behind administrative policies was presented in a clear and coherent way.
On the morning of Monday November 12, TKU held a lecture featuring special guest speaker and well-known Taipei City prosecutor, Liu Cheng-Wu. Liu’s talk focused on human rights, the rule of law, and how such issues relate to how we educate our future generations. It was attended by Tamkang University faculty and staff. At the start of the lecture, Liu talked about the two international covenants recently signed by the Ma government. These include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. By putting his name to the international documents, commented Liu, ROC President Mr. Ma Ying Jeou will be obliged to review many of the laws currently in place in order to conform to international standards. Liu also talked about more practical issues for educators, such as personal human rights matters as well as the rights of students, teachers, and parents. Although the subject matter was serious, Liu’s humorous style ensured constant laughter and eager audience participation. Hsueh Ya-ning, a research assistant at the TKU Office of Quality Assurance and Audit, said that by attending the speech, she not only gained a deep understanding of how respect, tolerance, and the rule of law are the core components of human rights education, she also realized the significance of international covenants in protecting human rights globally.
This year, TKU was again awarded the Environmental Award for Taiwanese Enterprises. In achieving this distinction, TKU became the first university in Taiwan to receive the award and, moreover, the first university to receive the award two years in a row. On Monday November 5, the award was presented to the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, at an official ceremony held at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei City. President Chang was accompanied at the ceremony by the TKU Dean of General Affairs, Dr. Shiaw Shyan Luo, and approximately 20 staff members from the TKU body responsible for setting and implementing “green campus policies”, the Office of General Affairs. All TKU staff who attended the ceremony wore white long-sleeve shirts and orange vests, and when receiving the award, shouted the slogan “quality first; infinite innovation; outstanding service; a favorite among Taiwanese businesses!” The award was presented by the Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration, Mr. Stephen Shu-hung Shen.
To celebrate Tamkang University’s 62nd anniversary, an Official Ceremony was held at the Shao Mo Memorial Gymnasium (7th floor) on the morning of Saturday November 3. Among those in attendance at the ceremony were the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang; Board of Trustee Members Yea-hong Chen and Chen-Nan Ching; Board of Trustees Supervisor Mei-lan Wang; former TKU Presidents Louis R Chow, Yun-shan Lin, and Horng-jinh Chang; as well as the President of Soochow University, Dr. Pan Wei Ta. During the Official Ceremony, TKU presented the prestigious Golden Eagle Award to six outstanding alumni as well as certificates to alumni who have donated funds or helped to raise funds for the university. There was also a speech by the TKU President. President Chang expressed gratitude to Board of Trustees members for their ongoing support. She thanked former TKU presidents – who helped to create a solid foundation for continual growth – and TKU faculty, staff, and students; as well as the 230,000 TKU alumni who make it possible for Tamkang to continue to improve and who help to reinforce Tamkang’s excellent reputation. President Chang explained that over the past three years, TKU has implemented each of its primary goals related to instruction and research. These include hiring teachers who are experts in their respective industries, increasing the level of interaction and exchange between TKU and its sister universities, and continually improving the teaching and research environment in order to enhance TKU’s competitiveness in the job market. Moreover, President Chang noted that in the last few years TKU has focused on providing a more well-rounded education by not only offering high quality specialized courses, but also helping students to develop moral character and equip them with the leadership skills necessary to succeed in the workforce. To achieve this goal, Tamkang has implemented compulsory student club courses, which teach students about teamwork and leadership, as well as service learning programs, in which students go into the local community to serve and contribute.
To celebrate Tamkang University’s 62nd anniversary, a number of activities have been planned for the coming two months. They include a concert, an orchid exhibition, a rice festival in which various creative dishes made of rice will be on offer, alumni gatherings, an official anniversary ceremony, a campus fair, and a large-scale athletics carnival. Also to coincide with the occasion, TKU has relocated various academic and administrative department offices. The office of the Department of Mass communication has moved to Q406; while the Tamkang Times office has relocated to Q301, and so on. There has also been a change of name. The former Education Building is now the Communication Building. To mark the change in name, on November 1 TKU held an inauguration ceremony which was attended by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang; the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Jeong Yeou Chiu; and the Dean of Research and Development, Dr. Shung-wen Kung. On the same day, the Graduate Institute of International Studies also held an afternoon tea event to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Last week, several members of the TKU Department of French went to Lyon, to take part in an academic symposium. The TKU delegation comprised the Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dr. Wu Hsi-Deh; the Chair of the Department of French, Dr. Yang Shu-Chuan; former Department Chair, Dr. Tsai Shu-ling; and associate professor Kerkalli Mohamed. The symposium was held at Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 and was attended by faculty from Jean Moulin and the University of Besancon. During the two-day symposium, a total of 16 dissertations were presented. Moreover, participants agreed that within one year, the three universities would jointly publish a collection of French and Chinese essays to crystallize the research-based achievements made throughout the symposium.
The 2012 National Table tennis Competition for University Faculty and Staff was recently held at the TKU Shao Mo Memorial Gymnasium (October 26 - 27). It featured 85 teams from universities throughout Taiwan, 663 competitors, and 166 matches. It also attracted various dignitaries from the area of sports and athletics, including: Rosa Chien, the Deputy Minister of the Sports Affairs Council, Executive Yuan; Vincent Han-Sun Chiang, the President of the Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation; Chen Kuang Fu, the Vice President of the Republic of China Sports Federation; and the TKU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Gwo-Hsin Yu. This year, TKU entered one team in both the men’s and women’s team events. One of the members of the men’s team this year was Elad Bruhl, a research assistant from the TKU Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs. Elad began seriously training in table tennis a little over a year ago. Although when he was a child he used to play table tennis with family and friends in his garage, it was not until a year ago, after going to the local community center in Tamsui, that he learned of the complexity of table tennis. He explains that although table tennis requires the player to hit the ball with a racket, the primary source of power generated should come from the movement of the legs and waist. At present, although busy with work, Elad nevertheless makes time to train in table tennis at least two to three times per week. He states “no matter how busy work gets, it’s vital to make time to exercise”. The TKU men’s team vastly improved on their efforts from last year, winning three ties out of five and almost qualifying for the grand final.
As the first installment of a series of special lectures on future global trends, the TKU Graduate Institute of Future Studies recently invited Mainland Chinese public activist Dr. Wang Dan to deliver a lecture on “China’s Present and Future”. The lecture was held on the afternoon of October 23 at the TKU Tamsui Campus. During the speech, Dr. Wang explained that modern Chinese society can be characterized by three primary features: the primacy of the economy, the cynicism of intellectuals and a sense of hopelessness, as well as an overall lack of general knowledge. He stated that the development of these three characteristics can be linked to the Tiananmen incident in 1989. He posed several questions to elicit thought on the future of Mainland China: “Will economic development bring about democracy? Will democracy lead to social unrest? Where is the hope for the future of Mainland China?” He also offered his own beliefs on these issues. Dr. Wang believes that the purpose of economic growth should be to allow all members of society to enjoy the fruits of such growth. The apportionment of such resources should be free and fair, and this process should involve ordinary everyday citizens.
On October 22, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, led a delegation of senior staff to visit Tongji University in Shanghai, Mainland China. During the visit, President Chang met with the President of Tongji University, Dr. Pei Gang. The two concluded agreements to make Tongji and Tamkang sister universities and to initiate mutual student exchange programs. Tongji University is one of the more prestigious universities in Mainland China. It is particularly renowned for civil engineering and architecture. The TKU delegation consisted of the former Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Feng Chao-Kang and the current Vice President of International Affairs, Dr. Wan-chin Tai. On arriving, the TKU delegates took part in an informal discussion and then attended a banquet held in their honor. Before visiting Tongji University, TKU’s President Chang attended the 60th anniversary of the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA). TKU and NUAA are currently set to increase the scope of their student exchange agreement.
At 1pm on Sat Oct 20, Tamkang University held a fair at the local Tamsui MRT Station to promote moral conduct and good behavior. The event was made up of two activities: a parade along the Tamsui riverside and a fair that featured fun games and activities intended to teach children about the importance of good conduct. The event was held by the Office of Student Affairs as part of TKU’s compulsory service learning program. A total of 30 students took part. They wore volunteer vests and were accompanied by a well-known mascot for good behavior, the “good behavior egg”. The games organized for the fair each related to the “seven core attitudes of good conduct”. These include honesty, respect, responsibility, cooperation, tolerance, empathy, and filial piety. For example, in one of the games participants had to carry baskets filled with balloons on their backs without letting any of the balloons fall out. This game corresponded to the theme of “responsibility”. The TKU Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Ko Chih-en, explained that “the purpose of holding the fair was to try to create more awareness of the importance of moral conduct in our everyday interactions”.
On Sat. Oct 13, the 2012 TKU Conference on International and Administrative Reform was held from 9:20 am to 5:20 pm at the Lanyang Campus. It was attended by close to 200 senior staff members, included the TKU president, vice presidents, college deans, department chairs, as well as directors and section chiefs of all TKU administrative departments. The Conference on International and Administrative Reform is an annual tradition that stretches back almost half a century. Each year, the theme of the conference is decided on jointly by the founder of TKU and the president at the time based on the educational environment and prevailing trends in that year. This year’s theme corresponded to the Ministry of Education’s current push to promote “moral character in education”. The theme was “Inspiring Unlimited Potential; Creating Outstanding Moral Character”. To provide a detailed view of this topic, TKU invited two guest speakers: Daisy Lan Hung, the Chair Person and Chair Professor of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, National Central University; and Ovid Tseng, an Academician at Taiwan Academia Sinica. The conference also featured opening remarks by TKU President, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, a speech by the Dean of Student Affairs, Ko Chih-en, and group discussions hosted by senior TKU staff.
The 8th General Meeting for TKU Alumni was held on the afternoon of October 6 at Kinmen Island (金門). It was attended by over 140 representatives from TKU alumni associations from each region around Taiwan, as well as the representatives’ families. Special guests included the current President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang; former TKU President, Dr. Lin Yun-Shan; the President of the TKU Alumni Association Headquaters, Dr. Loo Soon; the President of the TKU World Alumni Association, Dr. Chen Ching Nan; the President of the Golden Eagle Alumni Association, Mr. Kenneth Hou (also Founder and President of Kojen English Centers); and the Executive Director of the TKU Office of Alumni Resources, Dr. Chun-Young Perng. On the morning of the 6th, President Chang along with Mr. Loo Soon and Mr. Chen Ching Nan visited the Magistrate of Kinmen County, Li Wo-Shi. Together, they discussed opportunities for developing higher education in Kinmen. Magistrate Li encouraged President Chang to consider setting up a campus at Kinmen, or to hold more frequent international symposiums on the island. Then, in the afternoon, the General Meeting for TKU Alumni consisted of an award presentation for outstanding TKU alumni, as well as the review and amendment of various TKU regulations related to alumni and the election of high-level alumni personnel.