The 2019 TKU Symposium on Teaching and Administrative Reform commenced at 9:00 am Oct 26 at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. During opening remarks, the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, revealed the theme of TKU's fifth wave of development: “transcendence.” She expressed her expectation that all in attendance would double their efforts to bring about a two-part transformation. In a similar vein, the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, announced the theme for this year's Symposium; namely, TKU's Fifth Wave: From Change to Transcendence – Repositioning and Overcoming through Innovation, a Two-Part Transformation. Symposium attendees included the four TKU vice presidents, first and second level supervisors, and numerous faculty members and senior staff, with a total of over 300 people in all.
On Oct 19, 2019, the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology (NMMST) was home to the 12th Republic of China TKU Alumni Association Conference, as well as the first General Meeting of Members' Representatives and the 8th Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony. Attendees at the event included the the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, the Vice President for Lanyang Campus, Dr. Jyh-Horng Lin, the Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources, Dr. Yang Shu-Chuen, the Chairman of the Tamkang University Alumni Association, Dr. Chen Ching-Tsai, the President of the Tamkang University Worldwide Federation of Alumni Associations, Ding-chuan Chen, along with outstanding alumni and their family members. A total of approximately 300 people were in attendance. The Conference kicked off with the election of a new chairman of the 12th ROC Alumni Association, Dr. Lawrence Lin. Dr. Lin is the Chairman of the Grand Dynasty Industrial Company and current President of the Federation of TKU Department Alumni Associations. He takes over the role from Dr. Chen Ching-Tsai, whose tenure has come to an end.
To strengthen the ability of TKU’s sports teams, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, the President of Tamkang University, personally led the Tamkang University basketball and table tennis teams to Shanghai, China, where they will participate in a friendly Cross-Strait tournament involving students from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Mainland China. Tamkang University was invited to take part in the event by Fudan University, which is one of TKU’s Chinese sister universities. The delegation left for Shanghai on Aug 8, and the competition is set to be held Aug 9-14. Other faculty and students accompanying the athletes include the Vice President for Lanyang Campus, Dr. Jyh-Horng Lin, the Dean of Physical Education, Chen I-Cheng, as well as the captains and coaches of all the representative teams.
On July 30, the TKU Office of Student Affairs held the 2019 ELECT Workshop on Student Affairs and Counseling. Held at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, the event attracted close to 200 student affairs employees from 12 universities around Taiwan, each university a member of ELECT - the Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan. The Workshop kicked off with a singing performance by the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Chun-hung Lin, which was followed by an opening address by the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, who welcomed attendees and commended them for all their hard work. The event featured group discussions that allowed student affairs employees to come together and share their experiences in student affairs and counseling, and thereby help to enhance the nature of service provided at ELECT member universities.
On the morning of June 24, 2019, a three-strong delegation from Tsuda University, Japan, visited TKU’s Tamsui Campus. It comprised the President of Tsuda University, Takahashi Yuko, the current Tsuda University Chairperson (and former President), Iino Masako, and Secretary Keira Mayuko. Tsuda University is a renowned private women’s university based in Tokyo, Japan, and is one of TKU’s sister schools. It was established in 1900 and was the first Japanese university to offer courses in the field of International Relations. With an emphasis on small-sized classes, Tsuda aims to instill in students the ability to be autonomous, and to think independently. Its ultimate goal is to produce female graduates who are able to live up to their potential and contribute to society as a whole. Tamkang and Tsuda officially became sister universities on April 11, 1994, and to date TKU is Tsuda's only Taiwanese sister university. Starting from 1997, the two universities initiated a student exchange program which has led to the mutual exchange of students each year. During the recent visit, the delegation was taken on a tour of the campus by the Secretary of the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, Ms. En-ju Lin, who showed the guests around the recently-built Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall. The visitors were filled with praise for the overall campus surrounds and facilities. The guests also visited the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, and the presidents exchanged gifts and discussed further possibilities for mutual exchange and interaction in the future.
As part of the University Social Responsibility (USR) project, launched by the Ministry of Education (MOE), TKU faculty and students have worked together to care for the community, strengthen local cooperation, and assist in solving regional problems. Through such efforts, TKU continues to realize its educational vision. On June 17, 2019, the University Social Responsibility (USR) Office held a USR Cross-Disciplinary Seminar, allowing participating teachers to share their experiences in the USR program through interaction and exchange, and thus encourage other faculty and students to participate in the project. The Seminar commenced with an opening address from the Director of the University Social Responsibility (USR) Office, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, who thanked the teachers for their participation and described the accomplishments achieved by TKU under the program. He also expressed his hope that even more faculty members join the USR program in the future. Participants were then led on a historical tour of Tamsui by Mr. Wu Chun-yi, a guide from the Tamsui Cultural Resources Promotion Studio. During the Seminar, certificates of appreciation were issued by TKU to various participants in the program.
On the morning of June 15, 2019, under a blazing summer sun, the Tamkang University Graduation Ceremony for the 2018-19 academic year kicked off. Held at TKU’s Tamsui Campus, the celebration started with the customary ‘final lap around the campus,’ a longstanding ritual in which the deans of each of Tamkang’s colleges lead students on a final sweep of the campus grounds, embarking from the TKU Student Activity Center and then passing the library, the Ching Sheng Building, the TKU Maritime Museum, the Fu-Yuan Japanese Garden, and the ‘Five Tiger Hill’ steps. When the graduating students finally arrived at the Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium - the venue of the Commencement ceremony - they were greeted by the President and the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh and Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang respectively. The students waved enthusiastically as the sound of whooping and cheering filled the crisp morning air. At 10:00 am sharp the official ceremony commenced, with numerous dignitaries - including President Keh and Chairperson Chang - entering the gymnasium. At the top of the program were dance performances delivered by two TKU dance clubs, ‘TK Dance Fantasy’ and students from the Indigenous Student Resource Center. The on-stage VIP guests at this year’s ceremony included: Trustee on the TKU Board of Trustees, Dr. Wan-chin Tai, the Supervisor of the Board of Trustees, Mei-Lan Wang, several former TKU presidents, including Dr. Chen Ya-hong, Dr. Louis R. Chao, and Dr. Lin Yun-shan, the President of the Tamkang University Worldwide Federation of Alumni Associations, Ding-chuan Chen, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Tamkang University Alumni Association Headquarters, Dr. Chen Ching-Tsai and Chuang Zi-Hua respectively, the President and Vice-President of the Federation of TKU Department Alumni Associations, Dr. Lawrence Lin and Li Shu-chung respectively, the Chairman of the Kinmen County TKU Alumni Association, Dr. Chen Tsang-Chiang, as well as dignitaries and diplomatic envoys from various countries: the former President and First Lady of the Marshall Islands, Kessai and Mary Note, the Marshall Islands Ambassador to Taiwan, Neijon Edwards, the Tuvalu Ambassador to Taiwan and First Secretary, Limasene Teatu and Siaeki Teatu respectively, the Solomon Islands Ambassador to Taiwan and spouse, Joseph Pius and Reselee Waleanisia, and the Kiribati Ambassador to Taiwan, Tessie Eria Lambourne. Sitting among the crowd were also 20 plus officials from countries that have diplomatic relations with Taiwan and distinguished members of the academic and business community in Taiwan. The ceremony proceeded with an opening address from the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, in which he thanked the esteemed guests for their attendance at the ceremony, and congratulated the entire body of graduating students and their families members who came to share in the graduation festivities. A total of 6500 TKU students graduated this year, and will soon enter the workforce and apply their skills and knowledge, acquired over the previous four years, to contribute to the broader community.
On June 12, the 2019 Graduation Ceremony for international and Cross-Strait students was held at the Student Activity Center, Tamsui Campus. Organized by the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, the ceremony was hosted by the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, and featured numerous public dignitaries, including the First Secretary of the Haitian Embassy, Mr. Jean Claude Bien Aimé, as well as internal high-level faculty and staff, such as the TKU secretary general, the dean of international affairs, the deans of each of the colleges, the chairs of each department offering courses to foreign students, and foreign student advisors. This year, a total of 641 international and Cross-Strait students will be graduating. The figure includes 308 overseas Chinese students, 165 foreign (non-ethnic Chinese) students, and 168 Mainland Chinese students. Apart from graduating students, attendees of the event also included students’ family members, who came to Taiwan to share in the joy of graduation.
One of the initiatives implemented under the University Social Responsibility (USR) project, for which TKU received Ministry of Education subsidies, was known as the “Tamsui Good Living” scheme. Participants in the scheme included students from the Department of Mass Communication, who on June 1, 2019, held an exhibition at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. The exhibition centered around a documentary which chronicled the hard work and determination displayed by the local Tamsui community, as it has worked to improve and restore certain areas within greater Tamsui. The exhibition was entitled “Chronicling Stories of Sacrifice.” In recent years, issues to do with community creation and rejuvenation of local areas have become a hot topic. And the crucial actors in the process of restoration and regeneration are the local residents who put their hand up and decide to take part. However, most of the time they don't receive the recognition they deserve. It is hoped that by recording the day-to-day efforts of local residents to serve their community, others will be able to get a sense of the enthusiasm and care these residents have for their local area. It is also a way of helping students connect with the broader community, to actively learn, and put the skills and knowledge they have gleaned from their studies into practice in real life.
The 11th Lanyang Campus Commencement kicked off at 10 am on June 1, 2019. Held at the Shao-Mo Memorial Activity Center, the event was conducted exclusively in English to comply with the English-only environment established at the Lanyang Campus. In total, 208 students graduated this year. At 9:30 am on the morning of Commencement, students followed their teachers on the ritual “final lap” of the campus, as they were guided from the Clement Chang International Conference Hall to the mini “slope of overcoming difficulty” (132 steps in all). They were accompanied by students from lower years who held bouquets of flowers and gifts, and cheered with joy as they embraced the graduating students and offered their blessings for the future.
In recent years, the culture and creative industries have thrived and been widely discussed in countries and regions across the globe. To discuss developments in the industry, the TKU College of Liberal Arts along with Fujian Normal University organized the 2019 Cross-Strait Culture and Creativity Forum. Held May 24 at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus, the event aimed to identify the source of innovation within traditional culture, to spark innovation through Cross-Strait exchange and cooperation, and to inspire students and teachers to explore new perspectives and new ways of thinking about certain topics. The Forum adopted a similar format to previous years, wherein distinguished guests from academia were invited to take part. The Fujian Normal University delegation to the event was led by the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Fujian Normal University, Li Ju-zhen.
On the afternoon of May 24, 2019, Tamkang University held a commemorative event at the Tamsui Campus to recognize the immense contribution Dr. Clement C.P. Chang, the founder of TKU, made to Taiwanese politics, traffic infrastructure, and higher education. The event was held on the eve of the first anniversary of Dr. Chang’s death, and was a way to remember him and show gratitude for the selfless sacrifices he made in establishing Tamkang University. The commemoration ceremony was hosted by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, and attended by numerous high-level TKU officials, such as the the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, Board of Trustee member, Shih-Yi Chang, the former President of TKU, Dr. Chen Ya-hong, the former President of TKU, Dr. Louis R. Chao, the former TKU President and current Chair of the Retired Tamkang Faculty Association, Dr. Lin Yun-shan, and the Chairman of the Tamkang University Alumni Association Headquarters, Ding-chuan Chen, with a total of over 300 people in attendance. The event consisted of two main activities: an exhibition held at the Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library, which showcased 208 items from Dr. Chang’s incredible life, including the various certificates he had received, documents he had penned, and photos of his life; as well as various speeches given by TKU faculty and staff, who reflected on the larger-than-life accomplishments made by this gentle giant.
The 11th lecture in the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series was delivered by renowned scholar Dr. Avery Goldstein, the David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations in the Political Science Department (University of Pennsylvania), Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and Associate Director of the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Goldstein's primary areas of research include international studies, security research, and Chinese politics. He visits Mainland China, Japan, or Korea almost every year to participate in conferences or to lecture, and is a seminal figure in the fields of international relations and China studies. His current visit represents his second time visiting Taiwan in the past 22 years. Dr. Goldstein’s lecture event was held at 10:00 am on May 22, 2019 at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. It kicked off with an introduction of Dr. Goldstein delivered by the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang. The topic of Dr. Goldstein's speech was China’s Grand Strategy under Xi Jinping and US-China Relations, and it centered on the evolution of China’s Grand Strategy, while also exploring new developments in US-China Relations. In addition to Dr. Goldstein’s keynote speech, the TKU College of International Affairs arranged for the speaker to take part in an interactive forum with each of the College’s departments to help enhance the standard of teaching and research in the College and encourage further academic cooperation in the future.
In the 2018-19 academic year, Tamkang University received a subsidy from the Ministry of Education (MOE) to carry out various initiatives under the University Social Responsibility (USR) program. Several of these schemes focus on assisting the local community to develop and grow, and to promote diversity. One of the teams working to improve the local Tamsui community is led by associate professor Tu Min-fen of the TKU Department of Business Administration. Other core members of the team include Chen Yi-ru, an alumna from the Department of Chinese Literature, and Liu Yu-hsuan, an alumna from the TKU Department of Business Administration. The team was established under the USR program and is known as the “Play and Design Thinking” team. From May 16-19, 2019, the team took part in an expo held at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park and organized by a community organization known as ZA Share. Various high-level officials visited the expo, including the Premier of the Republic of China, Su Tseng-chang, the Mayor of Taipei, Ko Wen-je, and the ROC Minister of Education, Pan Wen-chung. There were also numerous well-known figures from the world of education. The exhibition booth set up by the TKU “Play and Design Thinking” team had ‘play’ as its central theme, and was adorned with an icon of a flying orange book. The team believes that “playing can be a deep method of learning,” and therefore organized the display around the slogan “Yes, Play!”
The 33rd Department of Mass Communication Graduation Project Exhibition was titled ‘On My Own Wave.’ Held May 10-12 on the 6th floor of the Eslite Xinyi Store, it featured a lavish opening ceremony with a speech from celebrity William Hsieh. Numerous well-known alumni from the mass communication industry and members of the general public flocked to the event, eager to take part in the festivities. Meanwhile, an on-campus exhibition will commence on May 14 at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall, Tamsui Campus and continue until the 17th. The exhibition title “On my own wave” refers to a way of living, exhorting students to be themselves and to ‘march to their own beat.’
The Jin-Shaow Awards is an annual music extravaganza held by the TKU Guitar Club. The finals of the 31st Jin-Shaow Awards were held May 11, 2019, as roughly 500 audience members poured in to the TKU Student Activity Center, Tamsui Campus. TKU’s Jin Yi-chun, a junior in the Department of English, clinched first prize with her rendition of the song “New York State of Mind.” Meanwhile, second place went to Du Wei-min of Chinese Culture University and Chang Yi-chian of Soochow University, while third spot was claimed by Li Chao-chun of the Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages. In the ensemble category, Deng Chi-feng and Yao Lu-hsin from the National Taiwan University of Arts were crowned champions for their version of Santa Monica Dream, while a group consisting of six members from Ming Chuan University placed second. In addition to the Awards, the Jin-Shaow Music Festival was held the previous day (May 10) at the Chueh-Hsuan Chinese Gardens, Tamsui Campus, and featured several well-known musicians, as well as participants from last year's Jin-Shaow Awards.
The 1st Northern Taiwan History Department Symposium was held May 11, 2019, at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. The event was held jointly by the history departments of four universities in northern Taiwan, members of the Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan (ELECT): Tamkang University, Soochow University, the Chinese Culture University, and Fu Jen Catholic University. It was organized by students from the Department of History, TKU College of Liberal Arts, who incorporated the features of each history department to create a forum for exchange and interaction. In the age of global competition, it is only through this kind of mutual cooperation and integration of resources that the Taiwanese education sector can offer students new perspectives, provide them with a broader space for learning, and enhance their future competitiveness. During the event’s Opening Ceremony, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Chen-Jung Lin, delivered an opening address in which she thanked the faculty, students, and supervisors from the four cooperating universities for their participation. She noted that the Symposium was entirely the idea of the students, and explained that “pro-active learning” has already emerged as a major development trend for higher education. “Quite clearly,” she added, “the students have already taken the first step on the path to pro-active learning.”
The 10th lecture of the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series was given by Dr. Daniel Drache, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at York University, Canada, and Associate Director of the Robarts Center for Canadian Studies. Dr. Drache’s fields of interest include issues related to globalization and policy considerations in various fields due to the impact of globalization. He has been commissioned multiple times to partake in research for various Canadian government institutions, and has visited numerous universities around the world to provide lectures and conduct research. Dr. Drache's lecture was held at 10:00 am on May 7, 2019 at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall. It centered on the following topic: Happy 5th Birthday Belt and Road: Has Beijing Much to Celebrate? Successes and Failures. During Dr. Drache’s visit to Tamkang University, he was also taken on a tour of the TKU Graduate Institute of China Studies and delivered a lecture to the faculty and students from the Department of English. TKU also arranged for him to tour famous sites in both Taipei City and New Taipei City, and anticipates even closer collaboration with Dr. Drache in the future.
On May 5, 2019, the Tamkang University “End Station” Lab held the Opening Ceremony for the Taiwan Photon Source 45A Beamline. The Ceremony was held at the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan. The product will soon be open for public use, and through this opportunity it is hoped that the members of the Tamkang University Synchrotron Radiation Research Team will get the chance to research brand new, energy-based nanomaterials and cooperate with international teams in similar fields. The research and application of synchrotron light source has been a long-term focus for development for the TKU Department of Physics. The Synchrotron Radiation Research Team is comprised of several faculty members from the Department (Prof. Way-Faung Pong, Prof. Chao-Hung Du, Assoc Prof. Dong Chung-Li, and Assoc Prof. Cheng-Hao Chuang), who have been conducting in-depth research in this field for many years, and their research accomplishments have placed them in the spotlight both locally and on an international stage. These researchers also took part in the planning and construction of the facilities for the Taiwan Photon Source (TPS) large-scale instrument lab.
The 18th Department of Information and Communication Graduation Project Exhibition was held at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall, Tamsui Campus, from May 6-10, 2019. Titled ‘6D Platform,’ the exhibition will be relocated to the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park and open to the public from May 24-26. The opening ceremony of the 6D Platform campus exhibition will be held at midday on May 6, and will be attended by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Chen-Jung Lin, the Chair of the Department of Information and Communication, Dr. Chen Yi-Wen, the Chair of the Department of Chinese Literature, Dr. Chou Te Liang, and the Chair of the Department of Information and Library Science, Dr. James C. Ouyang. The theme of this year’s exhibition is 6D Platform. Here, the 6D represents the six step process required for “self-reformation,” while the Platform refers to the ‘train platform’ used to carry strangers from all walks of life. The students from the Department of Information and Communication set up the display in the hope that visitors could leave the display with a deeper connection to their better selves. In his opening address, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, noted that a “platform” is not only a place where farewells are uttered, but will hopefully serve as the spark the students need to set out on a new chapter of their lives.