To promote the importance of choosing local Taiwanese rice products, Tamkang University is currently holding a “TKU 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. TKU Rice Festival is a month-long event that started at the beginning of November. As part of the festival, ten food shops from around the Tamsui Campus have come up with a range of new rice dishes designed to rouse students’ relish for rice: ‘Barrel Rice Cake’ (which is “sticky rice” cooked in a bamboo barrel), sweet rice porridge, hand-made mochi, and purple rice pudding. Rice fever has not only spread through ranks of local TKU students, but also attracted many foreign students. Mickey Epand, an international student from America, exclaimed “I never knew rice could be used in such a diverse range of dishes”.
TKU was recently named as an “Outstanding Employer of Disabled Persons” by the New Taipei City government. An award ceremony, at which the TKU Dean of Human Resources will be presented with a prize, was held today (November 24). The Dean of Human Resources, Cheng Tung-wen, stated: “in the future, we’ll continue to hire employees with disabilities to serve as administrative staff, faculty, and general cleaning staff, and work to provide such staff with a disability-friendly work environment!” In recent years, the proportion of disabled employees at TKU has grown from 3.33% to the current level of 4.36%. The average duration of service for disabled employees at Tamkang is 14.75 years. Over the years, in order to better cater for disabled employees, TKU has actively applied for assistance with New Taipei City government institutions in providing disabled employees with leading edge facilities, such as zoom text software, automated reading software, and many others.
The TKU Chinese palace-style classrooms were the first classrooms built on the Tamsui Campus. Completed in 1954, they were the focus of the campus and brought traditional oriental beauty to Tamsui. Yet as technology became increasingly accessible and new classrooms were built – equipped with the latest computers, projectors, and screens – the Chinese palace-style classrooms became outdated. The President of the TKU World Alumni Association, Mr. Chen Ching-nan, recalled: “Back when I was studying at Tamkang, the Chinese palace-style classrooms were the only classrooms on the campus. I especially loved the evening sunsets. Sitting in the classrooms and watching the sun setting over Kuan Yin Mountain in the distance is a memory I’ll never forget”. To encourage increased use of the classrooms, last year President Chen donated funds to provide the classrooms with air conditioning. This year, he went a step further: he donated funds to be used for installing leading edge multi-media facilities. The project was completed recently. To celebrate, an “Inauguration Ceremony” was held on the day of TKU’s 61st Anniversary (Nov. 12). During the ceremony, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, thanked President Chen for his assistance in restoring the palace-style classrooms and, in doing so, allowing the upcoming generation to experience the traditional beauty of the Chinese palace-style classrooms. The leader of the TKU Banking and Finance Department Association, Ruan Wei-hao, commented: “In the past, each time we held our meetings at the Chinese palace-style classrooms, we’d have to bring our own computers and equipment. But now that the classrooms have the latest facilities, it will be much more convenient. It’s just fantastic!”
On Nov 5, a competition branded as the “Olympics of information management” was held by the Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Computer Center of the Ministry of Education, and the Chinese Society of Information Management. Now in its 16th year, the contest is an annual event that draws hundreds of students from all around Taiwan. This year, a total of 778 teams from 87 universities competed for the title of champion. Of these 778 teams, 269 teams were selected for the final rounds; and of these 269 teams, TKU came first in the category “Information Applications 2” and second in the category “Academic-Industry Cooperation 2”. TKU success can be attributed to the participating students’ innovative ideas, the comprehensive functions of their final product, and their combination of theory, practice, and experience. Their product is called “The Parent-Child Interaction Facilitator”. It is a form of software that injects fun into online interaction between parents and children by incorporating a variety of online games and themes. The leader of the winning team, fourth year Tamkang student Chang Hsing-qun, explains: “we designed this product to enhance the quality of parent and child interaction”.
At 9am today (Nov 12), Tamkang University’s 61st Anniversary Official Ceremony was held at the Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium. The ceremony was attended by numerous former Tamkang presidents, such as TKU Board of Trustees member Yea-hong Chen, Member of the ROC Control Yuan Dr. Louis R. Chao, Dr. Yun-shan Lin, and Dr. Chang Horng-Jinh. During the ceremony, the 25th Golden Eagle Awards were presented to a total of seven outstanding alumni, and donors to TKU were awarded with special mention and certificates. The ceremony started with an opening speech from the current President of Tamkang, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang. In her speech, President Chang outlined areas of future development for TKU, including concrete goals for academic, administrative and international development. She also thanked the 230,000 TKU alumni for their contributions to society both in Taiwan and overseas and for representing Tamkang University with dignity and pride. President Chang’s speech was followed by remarks from the President of the General Association of TKU Alumni, Mr. Ching-nan Chen. Mr. Chen expressed his pride in Tamkang’s various achievements, such as being successively recognized for producing the best graduate students out of all private universities in Taiwan. He thanked TKU on behalf of all Tamkang alumni, for helping alumni around the world grow and develop into successful professionals and business people. The ceremony was the major part of a vast array of celebratory activities that were held at both the Tamsui and Lanyang campuses. Other such activities included concerts, a tree-planting event, campus fairs selling a range of novelty items, and an exhibition held at the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Tamsui Campus.
The countdown to the announcement of the new seven natural wonders of the world has begun. To strengthen Jade Mountain’s bid for the top seven, Tamkang University recently formed a “Vote for Jade Mountain Club”, lead by the TKU President, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang. To coincide with the historic vote, the TKU Rock-climbing Club today (Nov 10) published a new book entitled “Looking Up to Jade Mountain”. The book was written and compiled by a handful of rock-climbing enthusiasts from the Rock-climbing Club and edited by the President of the TKU Alumni Association Headquarters, Mr. Loo Soon. Through inspiring articles and breathtaking pictures, the book captures the beauty of Jade Mountain in all its shades, from the lush surrounds of East Asia’s highest peak in summer, to the magical plethora of colors that line the mountain tops in Spring, to the ice capped mountains in Winter. Mr. Soon noted: “I am blessed to have this opportunity, during my tenure as alumni president, to help in the publication of this tome that crystallizes the raw beauty of Jade Mountain and presents it to readers in a high quality format”. The TKU Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Ko Chih-en, praised the students on their efforts, saying: “students from the TKU Rock-climbing Club have broken the traditional mold for running a student association. They have become pioneers and models for other students who will soon be taking required student club courses”. Extracts from the book include descriptions of Jade Mountain from professional rock-climbers and conservation officials, such as the first Taiwanese female to successfully climb Mt. Everest from both the north and south ridges, Xiu-zhen Jiang.
The 10th International Heat Pipe Symposium is currently being held at the Fullon Hotel, Fisherman’s Wharf, and will continue until the 9th Nov. The organizer of the event is Dr. Kang Shung-wen, a TKU professor from the Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering and Dean of the TKU Office of Research and Development. The opening ceremony of the event, held on the 6th Oct, was attended by the TKU President, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, as well as numerous senior TKU employees. The Symposium features scholars from over 60 countries around the world, including Taiwan, Japan, Korea, America, England, China, Malaysia, Thailand, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Brazil, and India. The international scholars have presented theses on a range of heat pipe-related topics, as well as sharing technical knowledge and practical field experience. During the symposium, a host of heat pipe manufacturers were invited to demonstrate the latest heat pipe products and technology, while close to 100 business representatives and industry experts took part in the event. Among the distinguished scholars to participate in the event were Amir Faghri, Robert Dobson, Masataka Mochizuki, Hirofumi Aoki, Masataka Mochizuki, Wei Qu, and Joon Hong Boo. The guests will visit world famous sites such as Taipei 101, the National Palace Museum, and various scenic locations around Danshui.
This year, Tamkang University will turn 61. One of the activities held to commemorate this significant milestone is a golf tournament for Tamkang faculty, staff, and alumni, known as the "TKU Anniversary Employee Cup". The event kicked off with the help of Dr. Jyh-horng Lin, the Provost of the Lanyang Campus and Hsiao Shu-feng, the Dean of the Office of Physical Education. In total, it drew 61 participants, including faculty and staff (28), family members of faculty and staff (2), retired staff (6) and alumni (25). The President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, also made a guest appearance. In the end, the title of overall gross champion went to alumni Tsai Hsin-li, while first, second, and third place net champion went to Kau Chin-mei (Department of Mathematics instructor), Li Chia-fu (alumnus), and Chen Shih-wen (alumnus) respectively. After the tournament, a dinner banquet was held at which President Chang thanked all attendees for taking part and commended employees from the Office of Physical Education for their hard work in organizing the event. As part of its healthy campus initiative, Tamkang University actively promotes sport and fitness using the slogan “one sport for one person”. It has implemented employee sport classes, held once a week in a range of different sports; and in doing so, has become a pioneer among Taiwanese universities. The day’s activities concluded with a group photo of all attendees.
Recently, students from Tamkang University, Aletheia University, and St. John’s University gathered to promote a significant cause. The students are members of the “Vote for Jade Mtn Club", and have been busy raising awareness of Jade Mountain’s bid for the ‘7 natural wonders of the world’. On the 28th, they assembled in front of the Danshui MRT Station to urge local residents to cast an all-important vote. Around four years ago, over 400 well-known sites from around the world were nominated to run in the “7 natural wonders of the world” competition. In 2007, the pool of 400 plus entrants was narrowed down to just 77 based on votes from the public. Then, in 2009, the competition judges ranked Jade Mountain among the final 28 competition entrants due to its spectacular natural ecosystem and cultural importance. From July last year, the competition entered its final stage of voting. However, the tally of votes for Jade Mountain was extremely low, as many people who had voted for Jade Mountain in preliminary ballots felt there was no need to vote again. In actual fact, in the final stage of the competition, the votes once again start from zero. For this reason, Tamkang University has been rallying to help promote Jade Mountain. Led by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chi-I Chang, and the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Kao Po-yuan, TKU has formed the “Vote for Jade Mtn Club”, which has filmed a number of related videos, created a “Vote for Jade Mtn” Facebook page, and even helped to host a major campus-based concert designed to arouse interest in Jade Mountain. One of the participants in the concert, fourth year student Wang Yong Hsun, said that “Japan’s Mt. Fuji was also voted out in the preliminary rounds. So now the only contending sites in Northeast Asia are Jade Mountain and Jeju Island in Korea. However, the whole of Korea is getting behind Jeju Island in the competition, and yet not many Taiwanese know about the vote. That’s why we are going out into the public to raise awareness". For those who want to help Jade Mountain become one of the new 7 wonders of the world, please visit the site www.new7wonders.com/?lang=zh-hans.
Apart from nurturing talented professionals and providing students with opportunities for successful careers, universities also have a responsibility to the community. Given the severe nature of environmental concerns currently faced by the world’s population, Tamkang University has been doing its best to promote environmental issues. It recently won the highest honor awarded by the Executive Yuan’s Executive Protection Administration (EPA): the 20th ROC Enterprise Environmental Protection Award. In doing so, it became the first university in Taiwan to receive the award. At a ceremony held today (Sep 28) in Taipei City, Tamkang University received the much-coveted Environmental Protection Award. On accepting the award, TKU President, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, noted that the award held significant importance to Tamkang for three very specific reasons: 1. It is the first Taiwanese university to ever receive this lofty recognition; 2. Given space constraints due to the Tamsui Campus’ location and the fact that it accommodates for around 30,000 students, faculty, and staff, TKU has grappled with numerous environmental related challenges; 3. It was recognition of TKU’s efforts in recent years to implement more efficient administrational processes and environmental policies in order to realize its goal of sustainable development. In 2000, TKU established the Center for Environment Protection, Safety and Health. In 2003, it received ISO14001 recognition for its efforts in environmental conservation; and in 2007, it became the first university in the world to receive ‘International Safe School’ status. In the future, she added, TKU will continue to improve its environmental performance by promoting related issues among Tamkang’s 28,000 plus students.
Today (Oct 27), a group of 19 delegates from the ROC National Defense University (NDU) visited the TKU Tamsui Campus. Led by the NDU Vice President, Lieutenant General Fu Yong-mau, the group consisted of senior academic and administrative staff from NDU, who came to the Tamsui Campus to take part in a day of interaction and exchange. The day’s schedule comprised a briefing on TKU’s administrative procedures, a tour of the campus and various academic and administrative departments, a discussion on administrative policies, a demonstration of the TKU e-Calligraphy System, and an exchange of gifts. During the opening speech delivered by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, President Chang described Tamkang’s core educational principles, which include the “Three Circles” (professional curriculum, core curriculum, and extracurricular curriculum) and “Five Disciplines of Education” (conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork, and beauty), as well as Tamkang University’s “Triple Objectives of Education” (globalization, information-oriented and future-oriented education). The visit concluded with a group photo in front of the TKU Memorial Library.
On the 24th October, Tamkang University was home to the 3rd Taiwan Europe Higher Education Conference (TEHEC). The annual conference is jointly organized by the Foundation for International Cooperation of Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET), the European Education Fair, and Tamkang University. The TEHEC serves as a forum that discusses practical strategies for increasing exchange between Taiwanese and European institutes of higher education, while also facilitating a venue for interaction between university delegates from both local Taiwanese and European universities. The day’s activities started with opening speeches from the Chairperson of FICHET and President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, and the Head of the European Economic and Trade Office, Mr. Frederice Laplanche. The speeches were followed by a presentation from the Director General of the Bureau of International Cultural and Educational Relations of the Ministry of Education, Dr. Tony W.T. Lin. In his presentation, Dr. Lin provided statistics showing the number of Taiwanese students that studied in Europe in 2010 and the number of European students that studied in Taiwan in the same year. He then went on to describe some of Taiwan’s unique features to the European delegates, including its liberal academic environment and its continuity of traditional Chinese culture reflected in its use of traditional Chinese characters. The moderator for the presentation was the TKU Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Wan-chin Tai. To follow was a panel discussion which discussed suggestions for attracting European students to study in Taiwan. Panelists included the Director of the DAAD Information Center, Taipei, Ms. Stefanie Eschenlohr, Associate Professor from Soochow University, Mr. Wu Chih-Chung, and Director General Tony Lin. After lunch, it was time for “matchmaking”. Matchmaking is the central focus of the day’s activities, a chance for local and overseas universities to become acquainted with each other and discuss possible options for future academic cooperation. Matchmaking consisted of six 20-minute sessions. At the end of each session, university delegates would move to a different table and begin discussions with representatives from other universities. The day ended at the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, where guests were shown the beauty of the traditional art of Chinese calligraphy by a master, Prof. Zhang Bing-huang. Prof. Zhang introduced TKU’s leading edge Super e-Pen and guests then had the chance to use the Super e-Pen themselves. The event concluded with a lucky draw, in which one guest won a brand new Super e-Pen set.
Each year, as part of the Tamsui International Environmental Arts Festival, Danshui citizens reenact a play known as the “Legend of Sino-French War”, which depicts a battle that broke out as France attacked China in 1884. This year, 206 freshmen from TKU’s departments of English, Spanish, and Japanese served as volunteers during the reenactment of the Legend of Sino-French War. The students split up into seven groups, each of which helped to ensure that proceedings ran smoothly. The groups consisted of a guidance group, a general assistance group, a VIP media group, a traffic regulation group, to name just a few. Zhan Yueling, a TKU freshman from the general assistance group, noted that “having the opportunity to guide underprivileged people to the site of the play was very rewarding”.
Starting from today (Nov 20), the TKU Department of Architecture will be holding a display that combines past and present, old and new. The ‘old’ has to do with the location of the display, Di Hua St, which is an antiquated part of Taipei steeped in over a century of history. The ‘new’ refers to the items on display, which are products of the digital age, like CDs, LED rope lights, and poetry converted into binary code. The exhibit consists of four main display areas, entitled “Harvest”, “Eternal Bliss”, “the Pacific”, and “Four Seasons”. The first display to catch your attention as you enter is “the Pacific”, which consists of two suspended objects that look like clouds formed from numerous white boxes. The four internal walls of these boxes are engraved with binary codes that correspond to lyrics from traditional Chinese poems. Visitors can use the computer in the main exhibit area to view and download these poems. The exhibit will end on 11th Dec. To visit the displays and witness this fusion of antique and modern, simply head to Shop No. 127, Dihua St, Taipei.
On the 14th Oct, TKU held the 2011 Seminar on Instructional and Administrative Reform. The seminar has become a tradition at TKU, a significant event that dictates the direction of school policy for the coming academic year. This year, the seminar centered on the topic “Development Trends in Cross-Strait Higher Education”. Numerous reports on this topic were made, including insightful talks from the TKU vice presidents for academic, administrative, and international affairs, as well as the Provost of Lanyang Campus. TKU President, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, talked of some of the issues discussed in the recent 7th Cross-Strait University Conference that President Chang personally attended. She described the main plans for education currently in place in Mainland China, the methods of operation seen in leading Mainland universities, made a comparison of Zhejiang University – one of China’s leading universities – and other Asian universities, and illustrated how Hong Kong's University Grants Committee provides Mainland universities with subsidies and grants. During her speech, the president discussed various topics related to the recruitment of Mainland Chinese students, including: factors that influence Mainland students’ choice of university and department in Taiwan; an analysis of freshmen Mainland students’ grades upon entry to TKU; a comparative analysis of Mainland students' grades while studying at TKU; and an analysis of Mainland student trends in deferment, discontinuation, and transfer of studies. In terms of higher education, Taiwan and Mainland China are currently in a phase characterized by both competition and cooperation. On both sides of the Taiwan Strait, competition in the area of student recruitment is fierce and will only heat up in the years to come. Tamkang University hopes to capitalize on these trends, by employing the most efficient strategies for Cross-Strait student recruitment.
Today (Oct 12), at the Fu Yuan Gardens on the TKU Tamsui Campus, a concert was held to promote Jade Mountain's bid to become one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The concert featured Marcus Bo, a third year TKU international student who made it to the final round of the popular Taiwanese singing show "Super Idol". Marcus led close to 1,000 students, staff and faculty in singing the melody "Beautiful Island", written by outstanding TKU alumnus, Lee Shuang Che. Among the attendees at the concert were the TKU President, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, and the TKU vice presidents for both administrative and international affairs. The concert was held to promote Jade Mountain, Taiwan's highest mountain which has been nominated among the finalists in a competition to establish the new seven natural wonders of the world. To support Jade Mountain, please log in to the website below, enter your personal details, and vote for Jade Mountain in Taiwan. http://www.new7wonders.com/?lang=zh-hans.
Three years ago, Taiwan’s 'Yushan' (“Jade Mountain”) was included as one of the entrants in a unique competition. The competition will decide – based on public votes – which sights from around the world will become the new 7 natural wonders. At present, there are 28 sights in the running. The new line-up of wonders will be announced on the 11th Nov. 2011. To support Taiwan’s bid, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, teamed up with the TKU Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Po-yuan Kao, to form the “Vote for Jade Mtn Club”. The club consists of faculty and students, who have come together to take videos and pictures that promote Yushan, and organize activities related to the upcoming vote. The videos will be placed online and on TKU TV, to garner support for Yushan among TKU students, faculty, and staff. Those who wish to support Yushan’s bid for the top seven natural wonders, please go to the site http://www.new7wonders.com/?lang=zh-hans to cast your vote.
For several years now, student clubs from TKU’s Lanyang Campus have been going into the community to help local school children learn essential life skills. The volunteer group consists of members from the Lanyang Campus Volunteer Group, the Lanyang Painting and Calligraphy Club, the Lanyang Puppet Club, and the TKU Lan-Hsuan Cub Scouts. To date, TKU has sent a total of 1,710 teams out into the local community to guide and assist over 10,000 elementary students. These teams set out on Friday afternoons and go to local schools such as San Min Elementary, Longtan Elementary, and the Paolun Subdivision of Longtan Elementary, where they teach students English, painting / calligraphy, and perform puppet shows. 2nd year student and leader of the Lanyan Puppet Club, Huang Ya-lu, expressed that “I’m really happy to be able to interact with the local kids. Although preparation for the classes is tiring, the classes themselves are a lot of fun. I like teaching children because they’re really cute. The paintings they create are so colorful. You can see they have very vivid imaginations”.
One part of TKU’s service learning program involves “caring for the underprivileged”. That is why on the morning of Sept 30, TKU invited the Sunshine Social Welfare foundation to the Tamsui Campus, where they held a special course for Tamkang students. The course was called the “Face Equality Movement”. It was designed to give students a more personal and positive view of burn victims and the feelings of self-consciousness that they go through on a daily basis. During the morning-long course, counselors also took the chance to encouraged students to stay away from cigarettes, alcohol, betel nuts, and other hazardous substances. During the course, students individually walked through the Tamsui Campus wearing pressure garments and masks typically worn by burn victims. They received stares and experienced how uncomfortable it feels to stand out among a crowd. They were also given a mission: to find a group of students who would be willing to take a group photo with them. Aerospace engineering student, Wang Jing-yao, commented that “having people constantly stare at you is really unpleasant. And seeing people duck out of the way to avoid coming near you is even more unpleasant”. The fastest team to find a stranger to take a group photo with them spent 5 minutes doing so. Through this activity, students experienced the difficulties faced by burn victims on a daily basis. Several students expressed that in future, if they meet someone with burn victims, they will encourage them and offer them words of support and friendship.
Tamkang University recently became the first university in Taiwan to receive the highest honor awarded by the Executive Yuan’s Executive Protection Administration (EPA): the 20th ROC Enterprise Environmental Protection Award. The award will be presented to Tamkang University at a ceremony to be held on Oct 28. The award is designed to encourage Taiwanese enterprises with outstanding environmental records and urge other enterprises to follow suit. Tamkang received the award thanks to its ongoing emphasis on the environment. In particular, TKU has implemented a campus-wide recycling policy; it previously won the Executive Yuan’s “green building” award for its construction of the Lanyang Campus, and has implemented a comprehensive electricity and water saving policy at each of its campuses, including the installment of energy saving systems and user-sensor water facilities. Moreover, TKU has promoted environmental conservation through its myriad courses related to the environment, its service learning courses that help clean up the local Danshui environment, and its overall promotion of environmental issues through TKU media and student performances. The TKU Dean of General Affairs, Dr. Jeng Hoang-ell, said the efficient implementation of environmental policies was only possible due to TKU’s mechanism of total quality management. In the future, he added, TKU will continue to improve its environmental performance by promoting related issues among Tamkang’s 28,000 plus students.