On Nov 30, a Tamkang University administrative team visited Grand Dynasty Industrial (GDI), a major Taiwanese plastics engineering company. The Chairman of GDI, Dr. Lawrence Lin, is the President of Tamkang University's Department Alumni Association, and had previously issued an invitation to Tamkang University, hoping that TKU administrative staff would take a tour of his company. The TKU team was led by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, and the Chairperson of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, and comprised top-level managers from each department and administrative unit in TKU. The objective of the visit was to understand the method of corporate management employed by GDI. As such, the visit kicked off with a company introduction made by Chairman Lin himself, who described the various stages the company had undergone, from its initial establishment, to the subsequent research and develop phase, all the way to employee training initiatives and the development of a unique company culture. He explained that the reason the company was able to eventually turn a profit, after initially operating at a loss, and to pave a path of success in the cutthroat plastics market, was primarily due to its emphasis on research and development, as well as providing customer-oriented product solutions, and producing tailor-made products in small volumes to help clients keep down costs, while also ensuring GDI itself made reasonable profits. Chairman Lin places immense value on staff discipline and education, requiring that employees apply themselves diligently, and strictly implementing SOP procedures and PDCA quality management processes. In order to enhance the quality of his products, Lin spared no expense, purchasing two high-tech 3D printers – which he uses to produce high-end products – for the staggering fee of NT $60 million. Following the tour, the administrative staff took part in the 163rd TKU Administrative Conference, held at the GDI office, and then attended a banquet event arranged by Chairman Lin, who had also invited a host of exceptional TKU alumni to join in on the festivities.
Along with 11 other private universities in Taiwan, Tamkang University has helped to establish an association of exceptional universities known as ELECT – Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan. Aside from Tamkang University, the Consortium includes Datong University, Chung Yuan University, the Chinese Culture University, Shih Hsin University, Soochow University, Feng Chia University, Fujen University, Ming Chuan University, Shih Chien University, Taipei Medical University, and Providence University. Each month the Consortium holds a "Presidents' Meeting", in which members convene to discuss mutual issues affecting all universities in Taiwan. This month, the meeting was held at the Shou-Chien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus, on Nov 28. The date and location were chosen specifically, enabling participants to partake in another, simultaneously-held event on the Tamsui Campus: the 2018 Asia Pacific Intelligent Campus Symposium and Exhibition, organized by the TKU Office of Information Services. At the start of the Consortium meeting, the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, welcomed the guests to the Tamsui Campus and introduced the newly-appointed President of the Chinese Culture University, Dr. Hsing-Ching Xu. During the meeting, apart from a briefing on recent items of business, delivered by the Consortium Director, Wen-Hui Tsui, an additional report was presented by Ying Chi-Shun from Shih Hsin University, who outlined the current status of the Consortium's recent advertising and marketing campaign. The objective of the Consortium, at its essence, is to share knowledge and information among its members and to integrate and pool its resources to the benefit of each participating university, thus creating a better overall study environment and ultimately helping students gain a foot up in the workforce.
The Ministry of Education launched the University Social Responsibility (USR) Initiative in 2017 with a three-fold objective: to fortify the connection between universities and their broader communities, to assist universities hoping to embrace social responsibility, and to nurture and train university students capable of creating greater value for local areas. Under the USR scheme, students are guided to form cross-disciplinary teams and identify and explore local issues that require tackling. Students then divvy up the tasks involved and work together to solve local, district-based problems. In the process of carrying out this community-based work, participants experience a sense of being "needed" or relied upon by the community, and gain a taste for helping others. To showcase the progress made to date as part of the scheme, an exhibition was held Nov 27-30 at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall, Tamsui Campus. Through the exhibition, visitors gained an insight into all the effort invested and goals achieved by Tamkang students. A ceremony to mark the start of the display was held on the 27th, and featured opening remarks by the TKU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho. In his speech, Dr. Ho noted that Tamkang University's professional knowledge and service learning courses allow students to accumulate practical experience and gain real-life knowledge by serving the wider community. He expressed his hope that, though freshmen may enter university as "Tamkang students", due to the influence of the USR project, they may leave college as "Tamsui residents". On Nov 28 the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, accompanied visitors from Western Sydney University, as well as members of the Ministry of Education, on a tour of the exhibition.
The Tamkang University Scout Group has for a long time been collaborating with the Taipei Blood Center. Each semester, the TKU Scout Group promotes activities related to blood-donation, hoping to inspire students and faculty to put into action the sentiment behind the popular slogan "one donation can save one human life". To help garner more support for the cause, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh – the newly-appointed President of TKU – personally visited the recent blood-donation drive held on the morning of Nov 27, 2018 at the Tamsui Campus. While at the event, he donated blood and was in fact the first donor and the first individual blood donor of the day. President Keh remarked that by taking part in the event, he wished to serve as a role model and to lead by example. He was accompanied at the event by numerous senior TKU faculty and staff members, including the Chair of the TKU Scout Group, Wen-chih Huang, the Dean of Student Affairs, Lin Chun-Hung, the Section Chief of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, and experienced girls scout guidance counselor, Chen Hui-Chuan, among others. Among the participants, Mr. Huang, the Chair of the Scout Group, holds an incredible record for blood donation, having donated blood over 100 times. To encourage even more students to participate in public service activities, the TKU Department of History Association was enlisted to help promote the event. Located on the TKU Tamsui Campus near the Business Building, the two blood donation trucks will remain on the campus where they will be accepting donations until 5pm on Nov 29.
On Nov 26, 2018, the second installment of the TKU Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series was held at the Shou-Chien International Lecture Hall, Tamsui Campus. The lecture was delivered by internationally renowned scholar, Prof. Masakazu Anpo, who currently serves as emeritus professor at China's Fuzhou University, as well as working as an international consultant, a part-time professor at one of Japan's major national-level graduate institutes, and editor-in-chief of the esteemed academic journal Research on Chemical Intermediates. Prof. Anpo previously served as the Vice President of Osaka Prefecture University, an institution that has sister university ties with TKU. He specializes in the research and application of photocatalysis. Prof. Anpo's lecture centered around catalytic agents, taking the theme: The Science and Technology of Catalytic Agents – from Basic to Industrial-level Applications. During the lecture, Prof. Anpo introduced the technology behind industrial catalysts and outlined advancements made in research on titanium oxide-based photocatalysts. Aside from the lecture event, the TKU Department of Chemistry arranged for Prof. Anpo to visit the Tamsui Campus from Nov 22 - 28. On Nov 23, the Dean of the TKU College of Science, along with faculty from the Department of Chemistry, accompanied Prof. Anpo in a meeting with the Chairperson of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, and the TKU President, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh. Discussion in the meeting focused on future opportunities for academic cooperation, with Prof. Anpo expressing his willingness to assist in facilitating academic exchange and cooperation between TKU and China's Fuzhou University. The academic events which Prof. Anpo took part in during this recent visit include: a joint signing ceremony between TKU, Osaka Prefecture University, the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Dalat University, and Tay Nguyen University; a lecture delivered as part of the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series; discussions with the TKU Department of Chemistry on the possibility of publishing a special issue academic journal; and helping to coordinate and organize an upcoming science conference to be held by the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology.
On the afternoon of Nov 22, 2018, the TKU College of Science signed a memorandum of understanding for academic cooperation and exchange with three Vietnamese universities. These include: 1) the College of Environment and Natural Resources, which is one of the colleges that makes up the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT), as well as 2) Dalat University (DLU), and 3) Tay Nguyen University (TNU). The agreement between TKU and HCMUT will only involve college-to-college exchange and interaction. TKU's agreements with DLU and TNU, on the other hand, will allow for both college-based and broader university-based exchange and interaction. The official signing ceremony was held at the TKU Tamsui Campus. Signatories to the agreement included Dr. Nguyen Tan Phong, the Associate Dean of Environmental and Natural Resources, HCMUT, Dr. Nguyen Van Ket, the Vice President of DLU, Dr. Tran Trung Dung, the Vice President of TNU, and Dr. Zhou Zicong, the Dean of the TKU College of Science. During the signing ceremony, which was hosted by Dean Zhou, representatives from each university delivered presentations introducing their respective universities and colleges. The spark that eventually led to this mutual collaboration, and to the signing agreement in particular, was initially lit by Dr. Wang San-lang, a professor from the Department of Chemistry who travelled to Vietnam during the summer break to meet with Dr. Nguyen Tan Phong of HCMUT and Dr. Nguyen Van Ket of DLU. During the meetings, they vowed to follow up with future exchange and cooperative agreements. TNU, on the other hand, had four faculty members undertaking postgraduate programs in the TKU Department of Chemistry, which is how the cooperative agreement with TNU came about. HCMUT is a national university located in Ho Chi Minh City. It boasts a student enrolment of 27,000 and comprises 11 academic colleges. DLU is located in Dalat City and has a student enrolment of 12,000, with 12 colleges in total. TNU is located in Buon Ma Thuot City, and has 28,000 students enrolled, with nine colleges and one research center.
From the beginning of 2018, Tamkang University has been working to implement various programs under the University Social Responsibility (USR) initiative, a scheme that encourages universities to expand outward and assist the local community, restoring dilapidated areas and helping those in need. As part of the USR initiative, on Nov 17, 2018 Tamkang University held an exhibition at the Hobe Mackay Hospital. The exhibition took visitors back in time, allowing them to experience what it was like to have one's tooth pulled by Dr. George Leslie Mackay, a dentist and famous missionary who ran a dental practice in the late 19th century out of Tamsui, where he later established churches, schools, and a hospital. The exhibition drew on and utilized virtual reality and augmented reality, two domains that have become increasingly prevalent in recent times. It was organized by Lin Chia-Chi, an assistant professor with the TKU Department of History, who led a group of history students to the Hobe Mackay Hospital to photograph and capture footage within the historical site. They then converted this into virtual and augmented reality, affording visitors an eerily realistic insight into what it was like to be treated by Dr. Mackay. Many visitors were impressed by the virtual scene, exclaiming: "How interesting!" or "That looks painful!" or "Look at all the patients waiting in line!" To help students get the hang of producing virtual reality scenes, Assistant Professor Lin Jun-Hsien first put them through a VR training course. Students then went ahead and wrote the script to be used in the scene dialogues, captured the appropriate footage, edited it and then rendered it using VR technology, thus creating the perfect synthesis between modern technology and history.
Recognizing the importance of producing highly-skilled program developers, Tamkang University has teamed up with Straight A, a chain of campus stores that comes under the umbrella of Studio A, Asia's largest high-quality distributor of Apple products. Recently, TKU and Straight A jointly set up northern Taiwan's first Apple regional training center (RTC), and held a ceremony on the afternoon of Nov 20 to signify the start of this collaborative effort between university and business. Before the formal part of the ceremony got under way, speeches were made by the TKU Chief Information Officer and the TKU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chin-Hwa Kuo and Dr. Chii-Dong Ho respectively. In his opening address, Dr. Ho thanked Apple and Straight A for placing their confidence in Tamkang University, noting that it was only thanks to this endorsement and the support of TKU senior faculty and staff – including the Chairperson of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the President of TKU, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, and the former TKU Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Hu Yi-jen – that enabled the establishment of the RTC. Ho also commented that the partnership would strengthen students' ability to write programs, and that if they continued on and obtained certification in this area of studies, their competitiveness in the workforce would be greatly enhanced. Dr. Ho also thanked the entire staff of the TKU Office of General Affairs and Office of Information Services for their combined efforts in building and installing the requisite hardware; as well as the chairs of the Department of Information Management and the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, for their dedication in providing the necessary software.
Delegates of the Taiwanese Association of International Relations recently convened for the Association's annual conference. Held at the Shou-Chien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus, the event was an academic symposium that focused on the following topic: Challenges and the International Order in Today's Changing Environment. It was organized jointly by the TKU College of International Affairs and the Taiwanese Association of International Relations. The event was hosted by Dr. Gao-Cheng Wang, the President of the Taiwanese Association of International Relations and TKU Vice President for International Affairs. During his opening address, Vice President Wang described the theme of this year's conference and explained why it is particularly important in the current international climate. This was followed by a speech from the TKU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, who welcomed all the scholars and special guests in attendance. The final speech was then delivered by Hsu Szu-chien, the Political Deputy Minister of the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who described the points of emphasis of Taiwan's current foreign policy and issued a brief overview of the long-term effects of America's Indo-Pacific policy on Taiwan and the region more broadly. This year's Conference drew close to 300 attendees, which included just under 50 students, faculty, and alumni from the TKU College of International Affairs. The event not only helps raise Tamkang University's profile in the field of international affairs, but also serves as an essential platform to encourage discussion and debate on foreign policy strategies and policy directions that will place Taiwan in good international standing well into the future.
The National Quality Award was established to encourage and promote enterprises, groups, and individuals that achieve exceptional results in quality management, thereby helping create a benchmark from which others can model, enhancing overall standards of operation and management in Taiwan, and allowing others to pursue a path of excellence. This year, the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, received the greatest honor annually conferred by the National Quality Award judges, collecting the Exceptional Management Award. In receiving this award, Chairperson Chang becomes the first ever female to win the individual prize for exceptional management, as well as the first individual recipient in the area of educational administration. During Chairperson Chang's tenure as the president of Tamkang University, she vigorously promoted comprehensive quality management, implementing principles of quality management in the administration and core values of the university, in the form of the TKU House of Quality (an infographic that outlines TKU's commitment to quality management), the TKU Quality Management Award, and the TKU Quality Management Competition. Her leadership, moreover, saw Tamkang University become the first university in the world to be formally recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an international safe school, while also claiming first prize in the 19th National Quality Award. Her performance in the area of school administration was nothing short of exceptional. Upon receiving the award, Chairperson Chang thanked the judges for their acknowledgement of all her achievements and efforts in higher education and in implementing comprehensive quality management principles. She noted that Tamkang University continues to uphold its mission of producing talented professionals, and thus fulfilling its responsibility to the greater community, by continuing to implement the most comprehensive and holistic quality management mechanism possible. In the near future, TKU aims to strengthen and expand the scope of its collaboration with the local business sector, and to better integrate alumni resources in order to provide TKU students with the highest quality of education. The official award ceremony for this year's National Quality Award will be held in December.
To commemorate the milestone of TKU's 68th anniversary, a sports day was held on Nov 7, 2018 at the TKU Tamsui Campus. At 10am, the stadium was thronging with students, faculty, and staff, who came to observe the opening formalities and take part in the day's activities. The event kicked off with a tug-of-war contest, as students were separated into male and female teams and began to vie for first prize. The crowd roared with excitement as the teams dug their heels in and heaved with all their might, the competition close and intense. Yet eventually first, second, and third place prizes were decided, and awards presented by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh. The teams lucky enough to receive a prize yipped with pleasure. This was followed by the official opening ceremony of the event, which was held by President Keh. The President explained that the sports day is held annually to coincide with Tamkang University's anniversary celebrations, a symbolic gesture that reflects Tamkang's commitment to sport and exercise as a lifestyle. Indeed, one of TKU's core values is the nurturing of an "active and healthy lifestyle". The president concluded his speech by wishing all the participants in all the events – including tug-of-war, track and field, and the ball sports – the best of luck, enjoining them to demonstrate a spirit of good sportsmanship, to follow the designated rules, and to perform to the best of their abilities.
On Nov 3, 2018 Tamkang University celebrated its 68th anniversary. This year's Anniversary Gala was hosted by the new President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, and featured speeches by President Keh himself, as well as the Chairperson and former President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, and the President of the TKU Joint Alumni Association, Chen Ding-Chuan. Held at the Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium, Tamsui Campus, attendees to the event included TKU Board of Trustees member, Dr. Wan-Chin Tai, and the Supervisor of the Board of Trustees, Mei-Lan Wang. Six TKU alumni – who were to be presented with Golden Eagle alumni awards for their dedication to Tamkang and to the broader community – were also invited as special guests, along with 19 guests who had greatly contributed to Tamkang University through financial donations. The celebration got underway with opening remarks from President Keh, who thanked the TKU faculty and staff for all their hard work over the past year, and paid tribute to the Founder of TKU, the late Dr. Clement C.P. Chang, as well as the preceding presidents of Tamkang University, who each helped lay the foundation for Tamkang's current success. In his speech, President Keh noted the impressive results TKU had racked up in a number of domestic and international university ranking indexes, including the Cheers Magazine "Enterprises' Favorite Graduates" survey, which TKU has topped among private Taiwanese universities for 21 successive years. Apart from the Anniversary Gala, a number of other activities were held, including an alumni French wine function, an alumni banquet, a French tea get-together, and several other alumni activities that allowed former Tamkang students from various regions to come together and catch up.
On Nov 1-2, an international symposium that focused on the centrality of East Asian civilization was held at the Shou-Chien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. It was organized jointly by the TKU College of Liberal Arts and five TKU departments, with assistance provided by Yamaguchi University – a TKU sister university in Japan. The symposium looked to explore the similarities and differences of the civilizations that evolved in China, East Asia, and SE Asia; and to reexamine the unique characteristics of each East Asian country. The event commenced with opening remarks from the TKU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Chen-Jung Lin. It was attended by faculty from various colleges and departments, and esteemed scholars from Japan, Singapore, and Mainland China, with a total of over 100 people in attendance. The symposium featured over ten presentations of academic papers and two keynote speeches by distinguished guests: Prof. Huang Ziping, Honorary Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University; and Prof. He Chi-Liang, former Vice President of the Southern University College and Visiting Professor at the Department of International Affairs, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages.
To celebrate Tamkang University's 68th anniversary, an orchid exhibition was held Nov 1-3, 2018, at the TKU Black Swan Exhibition Hall, Tamsui Campus. Aesthetically pleasing, the exhibition attracted large numbers of TKU faculty, staff, and students, who converged on the exhibition hall to take in the beauty of the flora on display, and smell the sweat floral scent. A total of 312 orchids were showcased in 19 separate display areas, the orchards coming from all around Taiwan – Northern, Central, and Southern. The judges assigned to appraise the orchids first sorted them into four broad categories, and then chose the best and prettiest ones to enter the "final stage" of judging. On the afternoon of Nov 1, the chairperson and former President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, visited the exhibition, where she was accompanied by a large group of TKU senior staff.
On the morning of Oct 31, 2018, a signing ceremony was held at the Tamsui Campus, which saw Tamkang University sign a memorandum of collaboration with three local elementary schools: Dengong Elementary, Wenhua Elementary, and Xingren Elementary. The initiative between the schools has been described as a "strategic alliance of partner schools that will work together to promote environmental education along Taiwan's Northern Coastline". Present at the signing ceremony were the principals of each of the participating elementary schools, along with the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh. In his opening remarks, President Keh thanked the principals for their support in helping bring the initiative to fruition, and emphasized the importance of caring for the environment, noting that the vast majority of environmental issues currently facing humanity were caused by humanity, and that we should thus come together to shoulder the burden and rectify the situation. The signing ceremony was held at the Tamsui Campus, and specifically in the campus's Maritime Museum, which TKU hopes to fashion into a multi-functional learning center, allowing visitors to simultaneously learn about maritime knowledge and environmental protection. During the ceremony, the principals of the three elementary schools delivered speeches. They each thanked the TKU Department of Architecture for the time and effort it had invested, conducting experiments and communal projects that teach local students about the environment. One of these projects is a "science farm", established at Wenhua Elementary, that incorporates the Internet of Things and teaches students essential environmental knowledge, such as the various categories that garbage is sorted into and the numerous elements that make up an ecosystem.
The Tamkang University Lanyang Campus is a residential college known for its international focus, with many of its courses being conducted in English. To help broaden students' horizons, a High Table Dinner event is held each year around the beginning of the first semester. The dinner event, held from start to finish in English, provides newly-arrived freshmen with the chance to socialize in a formal dinner setting and learn about the etiquette involved in such events, as well as practicing their English speaking skills. Events like these also illustrate the holistic nature of education at TKU, not simply dispensing academic knowledge, but also helping to nurture and build students' overall character. This year's High Table Dinner was held on the evening of Oct 30 in the cafeteria of the Clement Chang Building. Students began pouring into the building at 6pm, and the first item on the agenda was an introductory session on formal table etiquette carried out by Chou Chi-wei, an instructor from the TKU Department of Global Politics and Economics. One of the purposes of the dinner event is to allow students to mingle with senior TKU staff. In this way, staff are able to formally welcome new students to the Lanyang Campus, while students are able to provide initial feedback about living conditions and the general campus environment directly to top-tier Tamkang faculty and staff. This year's attendees included the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, who was accompanied, among other high-level staff, by the vice presidents for academic, administrative, and international affairs: Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, and Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang respectively. The High Table Dinner was emceed by two Tamkang students, who kicked off the banquet with a formal toast, as everyone stood up and raised their glasses to mark the start of the evening event. The event included speeches from senior staff, the presentation of prizes to students, and a delicious and diverse range of dishes.
To help celebrate Tamkang University's 68th anniversary, the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Tamsui Campus, is currently holding an art exhibition that began on Oct 17 and will run until Dec 14, 2018. The exhibition includes 97 works of art from 43 separate artists. On the morning of Oct 26, an opening ceremony was held to mark the start of the exhibition. 25 people took part in the opening ceremony event, including the TKU Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang. In her opening remarks, Dr. Chuang noted that although Tamkang University does not have a Department of Fine Arts or Department of Musicology, it nevertheless strives to nurture students' artistic needs and create students of exceptional character. To do this, TKU emphasizes its "three objectives of education": globalization, information-oriented and future-oriented education, as well as its "five disciplines of education", which includes conduct, intelligence, education, teamwork, and beauty. Apart from providing students with a greater appreciation of art, the various exhibitions held at the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center also provide faculty and staff with the opportunity to frequently view art displays and attend concerts on campus, which serves among other things as an outlet for stress, a way of relaxing and letting go of pressure. The exhibition showcases various aspects of Tamsui, the local district in which the Tamsui Campus is located. Paintings include depictions of boats moored at the Tamsui River, Tamsui residents, Tamsui houses, and many other components that make up Tamsui. The ceremony also included speeches from the organizer of the exhibition and participating artist, Gu Chong-Guang, as well as the Director of the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Chang Bing-Huang.
The founder of Tamkang University, the late Clement C.P. Chang, along with his wife, Carrie Chang, donated NT $300 million to set up a foundation and establish the "Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series". The object is to attract international luminaries from various fields, including former Nobel Prize recipients, national academicians, and eminent scholars to come to Tamkang University and deliver lectures in their field of expertise. These lectures not only serve to lift the academic standards of the university, as well as its reputation internationally, but also to enhance and broaden the horizons of the students and faculty at TKU. In the inaugural lecture of the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series, TKU invited Dr. Heinz Brandl, an honorary professor at the University of Vienna, Austria, to deliver a keynote speech. Held on the afternoon of Oct 23 at the Shou-Chien International Conference Hall, the speech centered on two very technical topics: 1) Cyclic preloading of in-situ piles and 2) Box-shaped deep foundations (piles, etc.) improving bearing settlement and seismic behaviour of structures. Over 300 students, faculty, and staff attended the talk. Dr. Heinz Brandl is a world-renowned scholar in the field of civil engineering. He has been conferred the title of academician in Austria, Belgium, and Russia and served as the Vice Chairman of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in the first year of its inception. To date, he has published over 580 academic papers and authored 21 books. His recent visit will not only help spur further research in the field of civil engineering among students and faculty, but will also strengthen relations between overseas scholars and the civil engineering sector in Taiwan.
On Oct 19, 2018, the Tamkang University Shou-Chien International Conference Center was home to the 7th National Wind Engineering Conference. The Conference was organized jointly by the TKU Department of Civil Engineering and the Wind Engineering Research Center, with assistance from the Chinese Taiwan Association for Wind Engineering and Cheetah Industrial Aero-Dyna. Tech Co., Ltd. During the Conference, discussion centered on various aspects of wind-resilient designs, which are required in the development of alternative energy sources, a top priority for Taiwan at the moment. The latest research findings were also presented on topics related to architectural design, building components, and solar panels, elements used to mitigate the effects of common wind-related disasters, such as typhoons. The opening ceremony of the event was hosted by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, who began his speech by welcoming the Chairperson of the Chinese Taiwan Association for Wind Engineering, Hsiao Bao-Yi, as well as the keynote speakers and special guests of the Conference: Prof. Xu You-Lin, from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, and Prof. Lin Zi-ping from the Department of Architecture, Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. President Keh noted that in the last several years, extreme weather conditions and wind-based disasters have swept across the globe, wreaking havoc and generating widespread damage. He expressed his hope that by coming together to exchange expertise and discuss general advancements in wind technology, the Conference could serve as a platform for improvement, a portal for the development of technology that could ultimately save lives and prevent damage. In related news, on Oct 18 an opening ceremony for "Wind Engineering Week" was held, which marks the start of a series of Wind Engineering activities designed to coincide with TKU's 68th Anniversary celebrations.
To promote cooperation within the greater Tamsui region, Tamkang University has joined forces with the local Guandu Area Command of the Republic of China Army, hoping to funnel some of its resources and services into military education, and create a mutually-beneficial, win-win situation. After several meetings and discussions on the issue, TKU and the Guandu Area Command held a joint signing ceremony on April 13, 2018. The collaboration effort will see the Guandu Area Command set aside areas within its compound to facilitate instruction, while Tamkang University will provide instructors and courses, allowing military personnel to accumulate academic credits, and obtain degree programs and diplomas. Soldiers within the compound will be able to select the courses they wish to take. The initiative thus stands to benefit all parties involved. At 2pm on Oct 18, 2018, an official inauguration ceremony was held to signal the opening of the new TKU Learning Division at the Guandu Area Command Headquarters. It was attended by high-ranking officers and senior TKU staff and faculty, including the Head of the Sixth Corps Guandu Area Command, Hsu Yan-Pu, who hosted the event, as well as the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, the TKU Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, the TKU Secretary-General, Dr. Andy Liou, and the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Cheng,Tung-Wen, among others. At the conclusion of the ceremony, after speeches from President Keh and Commander Hsu, the local Guandu unit took the TKU delegates on a tour of the compound facilities and the designated classrooms, which had been decorated to reflect the unique design of the TKU Tamsui Campus.