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The TKU Seminar on Instructional and Administrative Reforms

DATE 2010/10/15 VISITORS 4498

FENG, WEN-HSING

The 2010 TKU Seminar on Instructional and Administrative Reforms convened at 9:30 am, Friday October 15. Held in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall, it was attended by a total of 187 people, including TKU president, vice presidents, deans of each academic department, faculty heads, secretaries, and teacher representatives.

The Seminar on Instructional and Administrative Reforms is a core component of TKU culture and tradition. It is the cornerstone of TKU’s ongoing process of upgrade, reform, and success. This spirit of instructional and administrative reform began when the university was established six decades ago. Almost 20 years ago, in 1991, the unwritten desire to continually improve and adjust was assigned to paper in the form of annual goals and objectives, which were discussed in the context of each year’s seminar. The theme of each seminar reflects TKU’s evolution and growth over the past two decades. This year’s theme was “A successful diamond jubilee – moving forward to create a new era of glory at TKU”. In essence, this was a call from the President of TKU, Flora Chia-I Chang, to come together and think about how to move forward and increase TKU’s competitive edge in the wake of its 60th anniversary. As a step in this direction, each department presented a detailed work plan outlining their goals for the following three years. Additionally, the three TKU vice presidents in charge of academic, administrative, and international affairs, each delivered a report in their respective fields on plans for medium to long term development at TKU.

During the seminar, President Chang gave an opening speech on the topic “developing a new era at TKU”. In her speech, she commented on several challenges that TKU is currently facing, brought on by the age of discontinuity, the black swan event, a plummeting birth rate, and other such trends in tertiary education. She asserted that TKU’s medium to long term focus should be firmly placed on enhancing instructors' teaching skills, increasing students' opportunities for learning, improving students' research abilities, maintaining strict quality control processes, building a first class campus, and transmitting positive life values through community service initiatives.

Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Yu Gwo-hsing, in his ad hoc report entitled “Forging the dawn of a new era in TKU academics”, emphasized the need to fully utilize TKU’s strengths and opportunities, and to closely monitor its weaknesses and possible threats. He formulated two separate seven-fold development plans in the areas of education and research for the period 2011 – 2013. He also set targets for the development of TKU’s academic standards, to be achieved by 2020. Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Kao Po-yuan, in his report “Development plan for 2011-2013”, stressed the significance of sustainability, efficiency, service, total quality management (TQM), and administrative support of education. Drawing on the principles of collective thinking, inter-departmental cooperation, and enterprise-oriented operation, he defined ten objectives for administrative development, which he hopes will create sustainable operation, optimal efficiency, and top quality service. The Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Tai Wan-chin, presented a report on “the process of globalization; a development plan for 2011-2013”. The report defined eight essential objectives for globalization, three major tasks to be achieved in the process, six strategies for implementation, and a plan to achieve the projected goals by using the PDCA problem-solving process.

In the afternoon section of the seminar, deans of several academic departments delivered reports on key development plans for 2011-2013. This was followed by a general discussion on each of the reports. It is hoped that through the participation of all TKU staff and personnel and the effective use of resources, the clear identification of KPI, more diligent application of PDCA, and the implementation of processes of benchmarking, Tamkang will stride forth and create a new era of academic glory.


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