To mark the TKU 66th anniversary, on Nov 10 and 11, 2016, an international symposium was held at TKU Tamsui Campus. The event was called ‘Gaming the Future(s): Pedagogies for Emergent Futures’ and was jointly organized by Tamkang University along with Kyung Hee University, the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies, and the Futures Division of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with help from the TKU Graduate Institute of Futures Studies and the TKU Center for Future Intelligences and Research (C-FAR). The purpose of the symposium was to discuss future trends and developments in online gaming. It featured esteemed delegates from over ten countries, including Sohail Inayatullah, a futures studies expert and former UNESCO Chair at the Centre for European Studies, University of Trier; Cindy Frewen, an urban futurist and architect from America, who serves as Chairperson on the Board of the Association of Professional Futurists; and James Dator, emeritus professor at the University of Hawaii.
Nov 6: On a sun-drenched November day, the TKU 66th anniversary celebrations commenced with an assortment of commemorative events. Numerous dignitaries attended the event, including 67 representatives and 10 presidents from 30 of Tamkang's sister universities across the globe, with several delegates from Mainland China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Australia, France, the Czech Republic, Spain, and America. The celebration kicked off with the main ceremony at Tamsui Campus, with an opening speech from Ms. Noriko Mizuta, a trustee of Josai University Educational Corporation. Ms. Mizuta stated that she had been to Tamkang on several occasions in the past, and what most impressed her were Tamkang's Chinese Palace-Style Classrooms, built in 1954. That these classrooms were in such good condition over six decades later symbolized, for her, that Tamkang has maintained its original vision of creating an exceptional university. In the afternoon, Tamkang University made a series of historical signings to formalize its relationship with several overseas universities. This included a memorandum of collaboration to initiate a dual degree program with the Florida Institute of Technology; a research exchange initiative with the University of Electro-communications, Japan, among others. The afternoon program also involved the “Presidents' Forum”, which featured a keynote speech from the President of the Institute of Technology, T. Dwayne McCay.
The celebration of the 66th founding anniversary of Tamkang University was held on the 6th of November on the 7th floor of Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium Building. An opening address was given by the President Flora Cha-I Chang. Chancellor Noriko Mizuta, from Josai University Educational Corporation, gave a speech on behalf of the honorable guests of the partner universities. Chancellor Mizuta also presented a certificate of special variety of rose that was a championship winner bred by a renowned Japanese cultivator. The rose is name after Dr. Flora Cha-I Chang. The founding anniversary celebration was an exciting moment with TKU’s executives and distinguished guests from overseas. The attendees included the Chairperson of the Board Dr. Shi-I Chang, Board of directors Chia-jin Lin Hong-Shang Hong, Ching-Nan Chen, Supervisor Mei-Lang Wang, former presidents Ya-Hong Chen, Ron-Yao Chao, Yun-Shan Lin, and Hong-Ju Chang. The honorable guests from abroad consisted of presidents and 67 delegates from 30 sister universities, as well as alumni from all over the world, including the Chairperson of the World Alumni United Association Din-Chuan Chen, Honorary President of Elite Alumni Associate Dun-Jang Ho, Honorary President of the World Alumni United Associated Shan-Draw Duan, Honorary President of the United Alumni of Under Graduate and Graduate Ray-Long Sun, and the Honorable Head Consultant of Malaysian-Taiwanese Tzu-Sung Lee. The Eagle Awards of the 30th Anniversary were distributed to seven outstanding alumni. They were Guang-Hua Shao, Junn-Bin Ke, Wei-Bin Yu, Shin Wang, Yen-Nien, Juan-Lu Fann, and Michael J.K. Chen. The appreciation certificates were presented to TKU donors and fund raisers. After the World Alumni United Association Simeon D.C. Chen gave his speech to address this event, the grand celebration was concluded with the singing of TKU School Anthem. President Chang gave a Chinese speech followed by an English address. She emphasized that we selected “Tamkang 66, forever splendid” as our theme for this year, which was to not only hope for the continued prosperous development of TKU but also that TKU’s Birthday celebration would be as smooth as the number “66” suggested. President Chang expressed her deep gratitude towards our overseas friends and alumni. She also thanked the former president for laying a solid foundation of development, the President of Yuan-Pei University of Technology, and all the staff members and students from TKU for participating in this celebration. President Chang also mentioned the school was established based on a triple concept: Globalization, Information-oriented Education, and Future-oriented Education. And via strict Total Management, TKU’s performance was recognized in Teaching, Researching, Administrating, and Service Learning. It had won the prize of “the most favorite school in the industries”, the Ministry’s Outstanding Internationalization Award, and National Quality award. In 66 years, TKU had gone through 4 waves of development. The completion of The Show-Chen International Conference Center will move us forward into the 5th wave. President Chang indicated that she expected our friends, both partner universities and alumni and TKU’s staff to work together to take the development of TKU to the next level. The celebration of TKU’s anniversary was kicked off with an event in March themed “Alumni Home-Coming Spring Feast” and followed by a series of research, exhibition and performance events in September and reached the climax with today’s celebration. The president encouraged everyone to come to participate in all the great events in the future. Chancellor Noriko Mizuta, from Josai University Educational Corporation, said that she had visited TKU many times. She could still recall how she was impressed with TKU’s Palace Style architecture which was built in 1954 and how beautiful and well maintained it was even after more than sixty years. This truly represented TKU’s perseverance. She went on to say that the partnership between the two schools started in 1992. There have been active interactions in student-teacher exchanges ever since. She spoke highly of President Chang as an expert in Administrative Education, an insightful educator investing in Future studies, and a real planner in operational models with her unique, feminine-genteel and consistent leadership. She further described how President Chang’s excellent and effective communicating skills, along with her democratic rationale, had created outstanding results and performances. Chancellor Noriko Mizuta’s speech ended on a note of her admiration on President Chang never forgetting of the values of TKU’s foundation. She wished TKU a successful celebration and continued prosperity. In the speech by the Chairperson of the World Alumni United Association Simeon D.C. Chen, two outstanding alumni were introduced as example in their professional to stress that TKU had given so much to foster, develop and cultivate numerous talents for the country and the globe. He quoted from the article “Taiwan Top 50 colleges” in October issue of “Global Views Monthly” which had ratings in five aspects: teaching, researching, internationalization, industry-academic cooperation, and reputation and image. In the overall ranking, TKU was 21st. The ranking for “reputation and image”, TKU came in the 11th; and in Internationalization 4th. He credited all of these accomplishments to the leadership of President Chang under which the entire school staff and students willingly follow. He encouraged furthermore, due to the fast-changing globalization in all industries and the challenges of increasingly difficult environment, that we as younger generations, should focus on innovation, specialized knowledge, and net-working, and by doing the right thing and developing good spiritual talents to enrich our lives. Before the celebration in the conference hall took place, on the other side of the campus the sport races and competitions had launched their grand opening. President Chang led the distinguished guests in the opening ceremony where they observed the opening dances and other performances. After the events in the conference hall ended, a walk in the Lantern Avenue was arranged by the Alumni Services and Resource Development office. Six hundred and sixty-six TKU graduate couples were invited to celebrate the birthday of the school where their romance sparkled and grew into forever love. The theme “TKU sweet couples 666; Life-long romance 999” invited 666 couples and their classmates, and club members to have a red-carpet walk in the Gong-Don Avenue to reminisce about the old days when they were passionately pursuing their dreams. A dancing party was held in the Students Recreation Center. The Chief Executive of Alumni Services and Resources Development Chun-Young Perng stated that TKU had created more than two hundred and fifty thousand graduates. Conservatively speaking, a fifty-student class would produce one couple. That means, in the past 66 years, TKU has played matchmaker to at least five thousand couples. During the anniversary week, students had a charity fair on Poster Street, University Commons Square. The charity program themed Amazing Egg Roll Journey combined with “Trace of the Age” which was celebrating the Egg Roll Day with communities in the Tamsui area. The School Fair had a variety of food stands, hand-made gadgets, and creative products. Many charity groups were invited to give to disadvantaged groups. Many performances were held by the clubs to demonstrate the diversified talents of TKU students. They made the entire campus much more vibrant and fun. The decoration in the University Commons AKA Egg Roll Square also exerted the ambiance of celebration. The Student Council held a checkpoint game named “Campus Treasure Hunt” to welcome future TKU freshmen and alumni to play and enjoy. The ones who successfully made all the checkpoints were rewarded with a “Gong-Dunn Lantern Craft Kit”. Using the Robot receptionists, the prize winner of FIRA, to receive the visitors from 30 sister universities was amazing. This time, there were presidents and delegates from 30 universities for a total of 67 participants in TKU’s celebration, such as Waseda University of Japan; Hanyang University of Korea, and Queensland University of Technology in New Zealand. The “Dan-Jiang” Robot, prize winner of 10 consecutive years in FIRA and “Bumble Bee MIT” Robot, a three-time champion, were out receiving visitors under the slogan: “Tamkang 66; Forever Splendid” (99 in Mandarin pronunciation is identical to forever-lasting). The Ceremony of MOU signing and cooperation agreements exchanges was held in the afternoon in the Ching-sheng International Conference Hall. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Florida Institute of Technology; the exchange agreement of Internal research project of collaboration with the University of Electro-Communications; an exchange of a letter of intent with L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (ENU), Kazakhstan; and a letter of intent of dual degree between TKU’s Department of Public Administration and Administration College of Jilin University, added more excitement to the celebration. A Presidents’ Forum was held right after the signing ceremony. The theme of this year was “Internationalization of Higher Education: New Initiatives and Strategies”. The presenters are President T. Dwayne McCay from Florida Institute of Technology, U.S.A., the topic is“Internationalization of Higher Education: Initiatives, Strategies, Outcomes”; President Nie Hong ,from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, the topic is “Strategy of Internationalization: A Way to the Development of a University” ; President Hirotaka Tateishi from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan, the topic is “Toward a Quality Assurance in Nurturing Multilingual Human Resources”; President Kim Chang Soo from Chung-Ang University, Republic of Korea , the topic is “Korean Government Initiatives and CAU Strategies for Internationalization of Higher Education”, and President Osamu Nakayama from Reitaku University, Japan, the topic is “Actualizing Moral Education in Japan’s Tertiary Sector: Reitaku University’s Response to Today’s Challenges”. When all the campus activities were completed, a dinner party awaited our guests from overseas and a trip to Lan-Yang campus was held on the following day.
With the TKU 66th anniversary just a few days away, the TKU Office of Alumni Services and Resource Development, together with the TKU Alumni Association World Federation, held an afternoon function at the Taipei Grand Hotel on the afternoon of Nov 5. The purpose of the function was to show gratitude and give back to those who helped raise funds for the building of the Shou Chien International Conference Center. The event was attended by over 500 esteemed alumni, and involved fundraising activities to help amass further funding and contribute to the building of the conference hall. It featured a banquet, and friendly interaction as alumni caught up over tasty food and helped out for a good cause.
To coincide with the upcoming TKU 66th anniversary, slated for Nov 8, Tamkang has recently held a number of corollary events, including an activity held at lunchtime on Oct 31. Described as the ‘Anniversary Countdown and Unveiling of the Anniversary Logo’, the event was organized by the Office of Student Affairs and attracted large numbers of students, faculty, and staff, who gathered at the Fu Yuan Japanese Gardens, Tamsui Campus, to commemorate the occasion. On the day of the event, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, arrived at the Fu Yuan Gardens to deliver opening remarks. She praised the creativity of the organizers, who had artistically rendered the anniversary logo using plants and flowers in the garden area. The floral logo will be one of the various displays and decorative arrangements organized for the major celebratory events on Nov 8.
The TKU College of International Studies offers a unique curriculum that draws students from various countries. To showcase the special features of each of its departments and exhibit the fruits of years of high-level instruction and research, the College last week held a week-long College of International Studies Exhibition. The exhibition brought together a diverse range of fun activities, with interactive stalls providing knowledge, entertainment, and objects and food from various countries and regions around the world. Organizers also set up an air gun shooting range, to allow participants the change to test their accuracy. The event kicked off with an opening ceremony featuring the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, as well as the Vice-President of International Affairs, Dr. Tai-wan Chin, and numerous deans and chairs of TKU colleges and departments. The week-long event also attracted a handful of international dignitaries, including the Paraguayan diplomat to the ROC, Mr. Marcial Bobadilla Guillén.
In response to intense tertiary level competition brought on by a falling birth rate and thus lowered student enrolment, governments and tertiary institutions both locally and internationally have tried to alleviate the impact of such trends by implementing administrative changes and striving to innovate and push forward with creativity. In each of the major TKU meetings, symposiums, and conferences, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, has urged each Tamkang department and college to continue pursuing the university development plan of creativity and innovation, while also being even more pro-active when it comes to the TKU Triple Objectives of Internationalization, Information-oriented Education, and Future-oriented Education. With this direction, President Chang believes TKU will maintain its position as one of the leading academic tertiary institutions in Taiwan, despite heavy competition from a group of universities that are constantly plying forward and improving. With this as a backdrop, on Saturday, Oct 29, TKU a day-long conference called "Changing Toward Innovation; Creating a New Way of Learning". The event was attended by President Chang, along with the three TKU vice presidents, and senior staff from each of TKU's colleges, departments, and administrative divisions.
Two core features of the TKU Lanyang Campus are its dormitory-style construction, in which all students, faculty, and staff live in the confines of the campus, and its focus on international development and the nurturing of well-rounded, knowledgeable students. Each year, to create a sense of community closeness and mutual respect, administrators on the Lanyang Campus hold an event called the "High Table Dinner", a forum for students and teachers to bond over dinner, which allows new students - freshmen in particular - to voice their thoughts and provide feedback on their studies and the overall campus lifestyle. In turn, teachers have the chance to provide suggestions and advice to new students, providing guidance to get the most out of their tertiary study. This year's High Table Dinner was held at 6:30pm on Oct 25, and included a raft of fun activities.
On Oct 22, the founder of the world-renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theater, Lin Hwai-min, visited TKU's Tamsui Campus to deliver a speech. His talk represents the first in a series of lectures to be given by luminaries in various fields to coincide with the upcoming TKU 66th anniversary. During the speech, Lin explained various themes to do with dance and choreography, saying that the interpretation of artistic works has varied through different eras and temporal contexts. Lin repeatedly encouraged the young students in attendance to pay more attention to the geography, history and culture of their surrounding environment, and affirmed that they had the power to change the world.
Since Autumn 2013, tensions surrounding the South China Sea have grown. It has not only seen various sovereign nations pursuing their own regional interests, but also a symbolic flexing of the muscles between two superpowers – the US and China. On 12 July, 2016, the ruling on the South China Sea Arbitration case was issued, which further drew international attention to this fiercely disputed region. On Oct 22, the TKU Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies held the 2nd Model United Nations Security Council Conference. Several TKU departments assisted in organizing the event, including the TKU Department of Global Politics and Economics, the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, and the TKU International Affairs Learning Society (TKU IALS). Whereas the topic of last year's conference was the Syrian crisis, this year's conference centered around the “South China Sea Dispute”.
Oct is the mildest and most pleasant time of the year in Tamsui. It's the perfect time for a road race. Thus, on Oct 22 (Saturday morning), to help mark the upcoming TKU 66th anniversary, Tamkang University held the “U9 League 2016 Huwei Park Mini Marathon”. Participants included the presidents of each of the U9 League universities: Tatung University, Chinese Culture University, Fu Jen Catholic University, Shih Hsin University, Soochow University, Shih Chien University, Taipei Medical University, Ming Chuan University, and, of course, Tamkang University. A total of over 10,000 students, faculty, and staff took part. The establishment of the A9 League was a response to the phenomenon of falling birth rates coupled with increased numbers of colleges, which is a threat to the survival of many universities around Taiwan and the world. On Sept 28, 2012, the A9 League was formed as a coalition of Taipei-based universities with the purpose of banding together to support one another with the sharing of resources, and academic and administrative know-how.
To celebrate the 66th TKU Anniversary, the TKU College of Foreign Languages and Literature released a new Tamkang University Campus Guidebook, which this year comes in seven separate languages, including Chinese, English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. The original Chinese copy was compiled personally by the Dean of the College, Dr. Lucia Chen, and then translated into six other languages by faculty from each department. The guidebook incorporates commentary and majestic scenery, taking readers on a journey from sites in Tamsui that draw droves of tourists each year, to the lush greenery of the TKU Tamsui Campus, as well as the unique Taipei and Lanyang campuses. The books also provide detailed historical descriptions, transporting readers back through time to experience the Tamkang of old.
On Sat Oct 15, the Otaku International Academic Symposium took place at the Ching Sheng International Conference Hall and the Carrie Chang Music Hall, Tamsui Campus. It was held by the TKU Graduate Institute of Futures Studies and the National Chiao Tung University Program of Digital Cultural and Creative Industry, with help from gamer.com website personnel and the Taiwan Sociological Association of Art and Culture. During the event, a total of 21 approved dissertations were presented. They explored various aspects of the Anime, Comics, and Games (ACG) industry.
In an ever-changing world, in which the notion of ‘talented professionals’ unceasingly evolves, today's youth cannot simply settle for knowledge in one individual field, but must have the ability to constantly and rapidly absorb new knowledge and acquire new skills in multi-faceted areas. Companies like Taiwan Microsoft, Yahoo, and Quanta Computer helped create the ‘golden era’ of personal computers, and thus form an indispensable part of the world's technological landscape. With the flow of time, integrated circuit (IC) technology has come to the fore, and the three aforementioned companies have adapted to these changing times. Behind this push to integrate the latest technology are three general managers, each of whom graduated from Tamkang University. To try and gain an insight into the expertise and knowledge possessed by these three successful alumni, TKU and CommonWealth Magazine jointly held a discussion forum on Oct 15. Among those in attendance was the TKU President, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, who delivered an opening address.
On 10 Oct, the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, led a small group of senior TKU delegates to Japan, to visit one of Tamkang University's long-time sister universities, Waseda College. The group consisted of TKU Vice-President of International Affairs, Dr Wan-Chin Tai, and former President Secretary, Chang Hsiang-Chun. During the visit, the TKU delegation discussed possibilities for further collaboration between the two universities in the near future.
The TKU Cham Pion Incubation Center has been an active hub for the promotion of business enterprises for the past 18 years. To further enhance the services offered to students and alumni hoping to build their enterprises, this year TKU allocated extra funding to the refurbishment of the TKU Co-Working Space office area, with construction completed during the summer holidays. To mark the completion of the refurbishment, on Oct 4, 2016, the Incubation Center held an opening ceremony which involved a tea ceremony, and featured attendees from every TKU department, college, and office, including the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Keh Huan-Chao, the Vice-President of Administrative Affairs, Dr. Hu Yi-Jen, as well as the TKU Secretary-General, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, and the Dean of Research and Development, Dr. Bo-Cheng Wang.
At 3pm on Oct 1, alumni from around Taiwan and the world convened at a resort village in Changhua, Central Taiwan, for the 10th Annual Alumni Conference. The event was hosted by the conference chairperson, Chen Ding Chuan, along with the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the Vice-President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Hu Yi-Jen, the Vice-President for International Affairs, Dr. Wan-Chin Tai, as well as many other current and former senior staff and faculty from TKU. The Conference comprised of several activities. Attendees visited various successful Taiwanese enterprises, to observe their business practices and methods of operating; and there was an awards ceremony, in which outstanding alumni received certificates and prizes. The day culminated with a large evening banquet, in which TKU alumni interacted and enjoyed the festive atmosphere.
Starting from 2013, the Education Department, Yunlin County Government, has been collaborating with the TKU Science Education Center to promote the TKU Mobile Chemistry Lab, with more stops planned for schools in remote regions of Taiwan. Over the past 3 years, the TKU Mobile Chemistry Lab has visited almost every school in distant, rural Taiwan. On Sep 29, the Chemistry Lab arrived at Municipal Huwei Junior High School, marking an historical moment, the 300th pit stop of an ongoing educational tour.
Recently, when President Tsai was speaking of the benefits accrued from being part of the ASEAN alliance, she expressed her hope for wider collaboration with member nations in areas such as academia-industry collaboration, the training of skilled workers, agricultural development, and new sources of energy. In the future, she noted, Taiwan should draw on its experience in the areas medicine, education, technology, agriculture, and small and medium enterprise management to push for bilateral and multilateral cooperation. This sentiment of closer collaboration was reflected in a recent joint effort between Tamkang University and Solunet Inc, a large Malaysian company. The TKU Information Center for Water Environment have developed a unique alarm system to help forecast floods and water-based disasters, which plague the coastal regions of Malaysia. The collaborative effort was the first of its kind, which saw an overseas entity bankroll local Taiwanese experts to craft a water disaster prevention system. The Director of the TKU Information Center for Water Environment, Dr. Li-chiu Chang, said that in order to promote further research on water resources and the environment, in the 2015-16 academic year Tamkang University established the Center under the auspices of the TKU Office of Research and Development.
The ROC Ministry of Education issues Exceptional College Awards to tertiary institutions that demonstrate excellence in the promotion of both individual and team-based physical and sports education. The deadline for award applications this year was the end of May, and award organizers held a preliminary evaluation, followed by the final decision. Previously, in the 2009-10 and 2013-14 academic years, Tamkang University entered the college evaluation and won awards. This year marked the third time that TKU received this honor. On Sep 20, the TKU Vice-President For Academic Affairs, Dr. Huan-chao Ke, accepted the Exceptional College Award on behalf of Tamkang University. The award ceremony was attended by many senior TKU staff and faculty, who attended the event to demonstrate their support.