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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.