DATE 2010/11/06 VISITORS 8886
The centerpiece of the Tamkang University 60th Anniversary celebrations was the Diamond Jubilee Official Ceremony, held at 10 am on November 6. It was a prestigious event, attended by the President of the Republic of China, Mr. Ma Ying-jeou, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Jim Bolger, and numerous university presidents and vice-presidents from Tamkang University’s overseas sister universities, as well as Tamkang University alumni. It was held at the Shao Mo Memorial Gymnasium, in a large hall adorned with balloons, greetings banners, and dolphin-shaped figurines. Amid this festive backdrop, the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, delivered an opening address, in which she expressed her gratitude to President Ma for attending the Official Ceremony, and identified a common objective held by the Taiwanese government and Tamkang University: the internationalization of Taiwanese education.
In terms of internationalization, Tamkang University was the first Taiwanese university to implement a Junior Abroad overseas study program. Today, Tamkang enjoys sister school relationships with universities in Asia, Europe, America, Australia, and New Zealand. Close to 100 delegates from 35 of these sister universities attended the Official Ceremony. And in part thanks to this push toward internationalization, Tamkang University has been voted by Cheers Magazine as the leading private university in Taiwan for 13 consecutive years.
For his part, President Ma reflected on how he was captivated by the beauty of Tamkang’s Tamshui campus when visiting for the first time during a summer camp 41 years ago. He also commented on Tamkang’s rapid evolution since that time, into what is today Taiwan’s leading private university. On a personal note, President Ma added that, being born in 1950, this year is his 60th birthday, too. Brief speeches were made by the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Bolger, as well as the President of the Tamkang Alumni Association World Federation, Mr. Chen Qing-nan, and awards were offered to major contributors among Tamkang alumni; after which Mr. Chen was honored for his substantial financial donation to Tamkang.
Tamkang University’s alumni, which number over 220,000, are a major source of impetus for development. Each year, Tamkang awards alumni who have made significant contributions to Tamkang’s growth and to the larger society. This year, Tamkang also held a “Tamkang Evening Banquet”, where over 1,000 Tamkang alumni gathered under the one roof to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their former university. Other items in the anniversary schedule included special lighting ceremonies, a screening of the movie “Lessons Learned at Tamkang”, a concert held at the University Commons, and two separate presidents’ forums, among a range of other activities.
The activities were lively, fun, and varied. They were not only a great success, but also a reflection of the collective vision and unity of the entire body of Tamkang staff and students.