Professor Chih-Yung Chang, Professor Kuei-Ping Shih of the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Professor Shih-Jung Wu of the English Bachelor Program of the Department of Innovative Information and Technology, Professor Wen-Hua Liao, Director of the Institute of Information and Decision Sciences from the National Taipei University of Business, and Professor Gwo-Jong Yu of the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering from the Aletheia University, formed an inter-university team and participated in the "2021 Annual AI Industry Practical Application Talent Refining Project-Talent Problem Solving Competition," sponsored by the Bureau of Economics and Industry (AIGO competition for short), successfully obtained 7 cases from the 231 available cases. Each case approved a finalist prize of 150,000 NTD, totaling 1.05 million. The inter-university team won the award again, and this year has been recognized by the jury for three consecutive years. Dr. Chih-Yung Chang said that he is very happy to lead the students to use AI technology to propose related solutions for the industry with the inter-university team. The team members also brainstormed and proposed various AI problem-solving technical frameworks and steps to assist enterprises in developing AI innovation application services which enabled students to meet industrial needs and cultivate AI application talents. The competition was divided into "Computer Vision A," "Computer Vision B," "Data Analysis," and "Natural Language,” a total of 3 categories and 4 rounds of group reviews. The review is aimed at the solutions of the participating teams to the industry, based on the past performance of the team members. After the written review of “Problem Solving Work Configuration,” “Problem Comprehension,” “Problem Solving Technical Framework and Steps,” “Problem Solving Progress Planning and Arrangement,” and “Expected Results and Benefits,” etc., enters the briefing review, Dr. Chih-Yung Chang explained that he is currently receiving the finalist bonus, and then he will enter the industry to carry out the actual problem-solving plan. Once the enterprise solves the problem, each case will provide a bonus of 150,000 NTD for solving the problem. "The 7 cases not only led students to the practical application of theory and in addition to practice, but it also accumulates the AI practice experience of all team members." This year, the number of problem-solving teams participating has increased compared to the past, with 16 finalists for the Computer Vision A session, 16 finalists for the Computer Vision B session, 12 finalists for the Natural Language session, and 16 finalists for the data analysis session, a total of 60 nominating award-winning problem-solving ideas in the 4 sessions, 171 unrecognized cases, the pass rate is about 26.0%. Our university won 1 case in "Computer Vision A," 2 cases in "Data Analysis," and 4 cases in "Natural Language." A total of 7 cases were nominated. Dr. Chih-Yung Chang teamed up with "AI Causes" to solve the problem of "Intelligent Type" within the industry. “Business site selection” and “Using natural language to automatically convert budget analysis requirements into SQL query syntax”; Dr. Shih-Jung Wu’s “AIGOing” team will solve the problem of “Predicting group tour formation rate through AI model” and “Applying natural language technology to correct English translation"; Dr. Wen-Hua Liao led members of "AI Titans" to provide "AI automatic story writing system"; Dr. Gwo-Jong Yu led "馬訓冷凝" to propose "Applying AI to the area (YongFu Road and ChongXiao Street, Qidu District) and monitoring with early warnings to the numbers of stray dogs" and the "Semantic Robot Collection Data Search System" solutions. Dr. Chih-Yung Chang thanked the university for its support and pointed out that he will continue to lead students and inter-university teams to contribute to the enterprise AI upgrade.
"Global Views Monthly" magazine announced on June 29th in the "2021 Taiwan's Best University Rankings" survey, Tamkang University ranked No. 3 in the country in " Liberal Arts, Law, and Business," and No. 1 among private universities. In this ranking, the university performed well in the six aspects of "Social Reputation," "Academic Achievements," "Teaching Performances," "Internationalization," "Industry-Academia Cooperation," and "Financial Fitness"; In terms of social prestige, academic achievement, and the internationalization level, TKU has entered the top 30 ranking within the country, and the internationalization level ranked No. 4 in the country, and it is also the No. 1 in private universities; On the "Number of Teaching Practice Research Projects of the Ministry of Education" for the evaluation of detailed indicators of teaching performances, Tamkang won first place with 36 items and the detailed indicators of the degree of internationalization ranked No. 1 in the country with 1,306 students in the "Number of Students Studying All Foreign Languages, Departments, and Degree Programs," surpassing other college and universities more than 3 times, indicating that the teaching results in English are extremely successful. Results were given by the “Global Views Monthly” Magazine Public Opinion Research Survey, and the university appraisal is carried out in six major aspects, from the Ministry of Education's Colleges and Universities Affairs Information Website, Taiwan Humanities and Social Sciences Citation Index Database, Academia Sinica, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology, etc. As a data source, the data coverage period is mainly based on the 2021 survey data and the 2020 statistics. Some items are included within the 5-year data evaluation (2016~2020) to reflect the deferred fermentation effect of the index. The index statistical method is to standardize the raw data of each university for each detailed item with T allocation, and then calculate the weight of each item by adding it up, then ranking it.
The 85th School Affairs Meeting was held at 2 PM on June 11th via MS Teams. It was presided over by President Dr. Huan-Chao Keh. The university's first-level supervisor, second-level teaching administrative directors, teachers, and student representatives participated in the meeting. The 9th "Department Development Award" was announced during the meeting. The winning departments are Chemical and Materials Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Accounting, Educational Technology, and Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering. President Keh presented the trophy and 150,000 NTD on the morning of June 9th in advance Principal Keh said that the university’s pandemic prevention is handled under relevant regulations. At the same time, pandemic prevention measures and publicity are strengthened in response to the situation. For example, on May 2nd, teachers and students are reminded to wear masks while attending classes and taking the elevators. On May 14th, comprehensive remote learning is announced. On May 18th, teachers may apply for remote teaching at home based on their personal needs. In addition to maintaining the health of faculty and staff, Tamkang also hoped to maintain the effectiveness of students’ learning. "The university provides adequate resources and support to help teachers proceed with their teachings smoothly. Distance teaching is more helpful for maintaining the quality of teaching." The special report was titled "Transcendence – Go Beyond to the Cloud" by Chief Information Officer, Dr. Chin-Hwa Kuo. The Office of Information Services is currently working on the dual-track transformation and linking SDGs, including the strategic alliance with Microsoft, the promotion of an all-cloud campus, and the introduction of a digital operating model. An example would be, the O365 has continued to strengthen the digital use of faculty and students in response to the pandemic to improve the effectiveness of student learning and employees’ home office work. It has also promoted the digital transformation of "Information Application: Three Arrows of Wisdom," creating a smart learning meeting model and enhancing campus digital surroundings. In terms of system development services, the system development efficiency is improved by combining the needs of business units through the "development of core systems." Finally, the "1234 plan" for the 2021-2022 academic year is mentioned, and a vision is set to "create full cloud intelligence." "Campus," dual-engine MS Azure & MS 365, three arrows Smart PASS, Smart TELL, and Smart PDCA are promoted to achieve the "world-renowned all-cloud smart campus," "more than 50% of the teaching faculties and students will use Smart PASS, and foreign language teaching will enable Smart TELL.” The four indicators are "Smart TELL," "Smart PDCA used in university meetings,” “Service robots enabled," and "Starting from the 2023 academic year, more than 10 alumni companies are invited to participate in the International Program for Simplicity and Fortitude." Student Council President Zhao-Ting Cheng suggested that the current process of the university should be based on the full online procedures to reduce student movement. Dr. Chun-Hung Lin, the Dean of Academic Affairs, responded by mentioning to handle the situation as lenient as possible and in a flexible manner; Speaker of the Student Council Zi-You Ma mentioned that if iClass exceeds 10,000 people concurrently online, the quality will become unstable, and students fear of affecting their final exams, the Chief Information Officer Dr. Chin-Hwa Kuo replied that the system has been adjusted, and 15,000 people can be concurrently online without experiencing technical difficulties.
The Haruki Murakami Research Center held the "2021 Haruki Murakami 10th International Academic Symposium" on June 5th and 6th. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country was upgraded to the third level of pandemic alert measures. A two-day seminar was changed to be held online, with more than 209 people participating from 9 countries including Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Austria, the United States, and Germany. This seminar was hosted by Dr. Chiu-Kuei Tseng, the Director of the Haruki Murakami Research Center, and invitations were sent to important guests like Dr. Wan-Bau Wu, the Dean of the College of Foreign Languages & Literatures, Ikuyo Murashima, Minister of Publicity and Culture Taipei Office - Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, and Far East University (Korea) Professor檢校裕朗. Dr. Wan-Bau Wu said in a speech that due to the impact of the pandemic, this year’s seminar was originally scheduled to be held in Tokyo. Although I may not meet one in Tokyo, we still gathered online to share Haruki Murakami’s research results. Thank everyone for participating and I want to bless everyone for starting a new life under the pandemic. Haruki Murakami International Symposium has been held for 10 consecutive years. This seminar received a letter from the well-known Japanese writer Haruki Murakami himself, and the content of the letter was read by Dr. Chiu-Kuei Tseng. Dr. Chiu-Kuei Tseng explained that the letter is mainly to encourage the attendees, maintain a healthy and confident life during the ongoing pandemic situation, and make good use of what one is good at. She shared that the Haruki Murakami Research Center of our university invited the world-renowned Haruki Murakami related researchers to share global academic exchanges and insightful research results, and insisted on holding the "Haruki Murakami International Symposium" every year for language, literature, education, and cultural anthropologies, sociology, translation studies, and other perspectives to discuss "Haruki Murakami." In the past 10 years, it has achieved results and has been recognized in Japan and was also supported by scholars and experts who studied Haruki Murakami in the world. Dr. Chiu-Kuei Tseng thanked President Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, Chairman Dr. Chia-I Chang, Chief Audit Executive Dr. Der-Wen Chang, and the Dean of Research and Development Dr. Bo-Cheng Wang for their support. The center will continue its effort hoping that one day Mr. Haruki Murakami may be invited to attend the seminar. The theme of the seminar is "The Deviation in Murakami Haruki's literature." Invitations were sent to the Hokkaido University Professor Miharu Nakamura and Osaka University Professor Kinsui Satoshi to give a keynote speech. Dr. Miharu Nakamura explained "逸脱するメタファー—村上春樹の／による修辞学” and Dr. Kinsui Satoshi introduced "村上春樹の小説における《人格》と《キャラクター》の逸脱—『騎士団長殺し』を中心に—." The two-day seminars were conducted in the form of online publications and group discussions. Dr. Chiu-Kuei Tseng thanked the staff for their diligence. In addition to conducting a connection test with relative personnel a week ago, she also thanked Jui-Lin Chang, a specially appointed research assistant of the Center for Distance Education Development for his active assistance in supporting the network connections allowing the seminar to be held smoothly.
Congratulations to the 6,300 graduates from Tamkang! Affected by the pandemic this year, the country has entered the third level of pandemic prevention alert. The university held the most special 2021 academic year commencement ceremony online at 10 AM on June 12. The ceremony took place at HC310 of the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center and was presided over by President Dr. Huan-Chao Keh and Chairman Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang. The President of the Alumni Association Headquarters Dr. Lawrence Jian-Xiang Lin also used pre-recorded speech to encourage and congratulate students. All graduates and certified representatives participated in the whole process without environmental restrictions and completed the online tassel turning ceremony. More than 1,600 people participated through MS Teams and watched the live stream on YouTube, showing that our university used information technology to create an unforgettable commencement ceremony for the students when it was impossible to host a physical one. President Keh congratulated all graduates who have achieved success in Five Tiger Hill and are about to move towards a bright future. The theme of this year's graduation ceremony is "AI of Tamkang Spreads Wings Towards Internationalization, Enterprises’ Favorite and Sustainable Future," which covers three important meanings: first, the university has long promoted internationalization, information-oriented education, and future-oriented education with outstanding performance; second, is to integrate the three educational concepts into various courses, so that graduates have the eight basic qualities of Tamkang, which became enterprises’ favorite; third, enterprises now attach great importance to digital transformation and sustainable development, so AI and sustainability are what students need the most. The future society will face rapid changes, so we must keep up the pace with the times and change ourselves quickly to adapt to society. Tamkang encourages all graduates to develop lifelong learning, self-directed learning, and cross-field learning capabilities in addition to the general literacies of AI and sustainability. Chairman Dr. Chia-I Chang mentioned in her speech, everyone walked through the 132-steps from the Slop of Overcoming Difficulty in 2017 and entered Tamkang to study. After four years of hard work, they have obtained the three rings of courses, five educations, and eight basic qualities. She explained that the World Economic Forum’s “2021 Global Risk Report,” estimated that 97 million new jobs will be created in 2025. Therefore, the future requires the ability to work in innovation and cross-domain integration such as big data, cloud, and artificial intelligence. In addition, leadership, communication, and interpersonal team spirits are important to work attitudes. She even followed President Lincoln’s motto, "The best way to predict the future is to create the future," hoping that all graduates will possess international perspectives, have the ability to utilize information, and be able to create their future. The President of the Alumni Association Headquarters and Chairman of Grand Dynasty Industrial Co., Ltd. Dr. Lawrence Jian-Xiang Lin, encouraged graduates to live out their own life. He emphasized that success may not be accomplished alone, but only with the support of parents, teachers, relatives, and friends. He hopes that graduates will maintain the "People-Oriented" belief and be true to themselves. If one encounter obstacles, remember that her alma mater and the entire alumni association will be the strongest backup During the ceremony, academic awards, conduct awards, service awards, and sports awards were presented. Representatives from the Department of Spanish Pei-Ru Kuo, the Department of International Business Kai-Wen Chang, the Department of International Business Rou-Yu Hou, the Department of French Bai-Xuan Li, received the awards. The Dean of the College of Engineering Dr. Tzung-Hang Lee, the Dean of the College of Business and Management Dr. Tzong-Ru Tsai, the Vice President for International Affairs and Dean of the College of International Affairs Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, and the Dean of the College of Education Dr. Hui-Ling Pan, recommended awards for doctoral graduates. The Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Chii-Dong Ho and the Vice President for Administrative Affairs Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang awarded the master’s and bachelor’s degrees. Awarded representatives, certified representatives, and graduates all received and perform the tassel turning ceremony online. During the Valedictorian Address, the speech representative from the Department of Japanese Ting-An Su shared that although her university experience was very rich, there are still many things that she wasn’t able to complete. No matter what one decides to do, there will always be regrets, thus, one should just make decisions with no regrets. "Challenge yourself and never give up. " Encouraging graduating classmates to never forget themselves on the path of pursuing excellence and becoming influential, always believe in themselves, and live out self-confidence. As the "Commencement Ceremony" clip was played, leading everyone to review their times in Tamkang, graduates chanted "I love Tamkang" during the pre-recorded video, which was touching and moving. At the end of the ceremony, graduates were invited to sing the alma mater song again filled with the Tamkang spirit. Then, the list of all recent graduates was shown, marking a successful conclusion to everyone's study at Tamkang University.
Regarding the design of the public space in the dormitory of "New East Village," the Student Housing Guidance Section of the Office of Student Affairs invited the associate professor of the Department of Architecture, Dr. Jui-Mao Huang, and the architect from the Whole+ Design Company, Sheng-Ming Wu, to explain the software activity planning and hardware design ideas of the renovation plan at B302A at 2:30 PM on May 3rd. The Vice President for Administrative Affairs Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, the Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Shih-Jung Wu, the Dean of General Affairs, Dr. Ruey-Shiang Shaw, the Chairman of Sung-Tao Hall Dormitory Self-Government Association Yu-Xuan Huang, and relative personnel from various units participated. Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang said that the name of New East Village may be discussed again, but the overall plan is the public space outside the dormitory. The Ministry of Education encourages universities to add or rebuild dormitories and students and parents also hope to increase dormitory spaces. However, Tamkang does not have enough land so may only restructure the staff dormitory into Sung-Tao Hall 4 and Hall 5. In accordance with the overall planning, the number of beds may be reduced for campus enhancement. Dr. Jui-Mao Huang discussed with the students living in the Sung-Tao Hall, "In the future, providing public spaces from classrooms to dormitories may allow students to stimulate another kind of self-learning through the life level." In response to the Ministry of Education's plan, "University students' autonomous learning is not limited to the classroom. Gradually establish the concept of the campus planning committee, hoping to become the future operation mechanism." New East Village covers the library, Ching-Sheng Memorial Hall, College of Foreign Languages and Literatures Building, Engineering Building, College of Education Building, Sung-Tao Hall 1 to 5, and the library hall handles the teaching achievement exhibition. The Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Exhibition Hall, and cultural classrooms of the College of Foreign Languages and Literatures were established to improve learning and living functions, and the "New East Village Life Experimental Section" was established to integrate software. Sheng-Ming Wu stated on the hardware part, " New East Village surrounds the Sung-Tao Hall. We strive to turn the after-school university into a learning space, so that learning may be extended from the classroom to the public space." The road in front of the Sung-Tao Hall and the stairs leading to the College of Education originally had an elevation difference, this will be transformed into a learning and resting area, and the square and herb garden in the back may be forming a "seamless Tamkang." Sung-Tao Plaza acts as a connector in the usage of public space to connect. The air and ground connecting passages are built in the Sung-Tao Hall 1 to Hall 3 and students may be able to do activities here. Dr. Zhen-Cheng Chen, the Chairman of the Department of Architecture, asked about drainage, excavation, and funding of Sung-Tao Plaza. He believes that the top priority should be to improve the inner campus. The campus planning could be taken into consideration as he suggested providing corridor budgets for different schemes. Sheng-Ming Wu stated in response to the principle of non-excavation of the corridor, "The university dormitory is outdated and must be rebuilt and building additions should be considered. The overall building needs to be reassessed, so we chose to extend the public space outside." He believes that opening the corridor is not only connecting buildings without excavation and drainage concepts may also solve the problem of fresh water and rain. "Detailed planning may only be done after obtaining subsidies. The campus planning committee will supervise, continue to communicate, and have students participate in discussions. We hope to find what is suitable for Tamkang and also meet the requirement of model space concept by the Ministry of Education."
Since the opening of the Chung-Ling Library on the 3rd floor of the Chemistry Building in December of last year, its colorful environment, reading, and discussion area has been favored by faculties and students. The 2021 UK International Property Awards (IPA), known as the Oscars in the real estate industry, is the best public space design category and has a high social status in the hearts of the world's top architects and designers. The Chung-Ling Library is jointly funded by Dr. Lawrence Jian-Xiang Lin, the president of the Tamkang University ROC Alumni Association Headquarters, and the alumni of the chemistry department. Dr. Lawrence Jian-Xiang Lin invited Wan-Ting Chen, the design director of DJ+ Plus Design Interiors & Construction Company to plan for the designs. After discussing and finalizing the proposal, the wall on the right side of the entrance displays the development history of the Department of Chemistry. The large-sided stained glass and steel design of the chemical beaker and test tubes are very ingenious on the part of the stairs. Dr. Lawrence Jian-Xiang Lin said that it’s a pity that this space was only used as a place to store the collection of books since it should be opened for use by all faculties and students. The Dean of the Library Sheue-Fang Song mentioned, "We showed the designers many foreign library plans, from the user's point of view that the interior shouldn’t be a confined space, and it should be safe, beautiful, with a great atmosphere for reading, etc., the designers were able to accomplish these criteria one by one outstandingly." The Chairman of the Department of Chemistry Dr. Yau-Hung Chen expressed his gratitude for the support of all department alumni. The library is open and transparent, and there are flexible compartments for teachers and students to discuss or use for publicity. High school students have been invited for seminars, alumni visits, faculty-student discussions, and everyone who enters praises our environment. The UK IPA has been ongoing for 28 years since 1993. It is a world-renowned indicator of excellence and the award ranges buildings from residential to commercial real estate designers from all over the world. The judges are composed of construction professionals worldwide. The selection method divides the world into Africa, Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Thousands of contestants from hundreds of countries compete every year. Those with the highest scores in each division will enter the international awards, and the competition will be more intense. Wan-Ting Chen, the design director of DJ+ Plus Design Interiors & Construction Company has been recognized by design-related awards in UK, France, Germany, United States, and Italy. She believes that participating in the competition can expand her horizons and helps her to pursue improvement. Thanks to Tamkang University for providing her with this opportunity. She is delighted to be able to compete with global excellence. The architectural works jointly competed for the world awards, writing beautiful achievements for the development of Taiwan's architecture.
The 9th Department Development Award Review Conference was held on May 5th at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center. It was hosted by President Dr. Huan-Chao Keh and attended by 4 Vice-Presidents and first-level supervisors. President Keh thanked the reviewers for taking their time to attend and hoped that the departments that entered the review could grasp the opportunity to win awards. In this review, in addition to the president and vice presidents; Dr. Lawrence Jian-Xiang Lin, the chairman of Grand Dynasty Industrial Co. Ltd.; Dr. Ruay-Shiung Chang, president of National Taipei University of Business; Dr. Dana Xia-Ling Tai, president of the University of Taipei; Dr. Han-Chieh Chao, president of National Dong Hwa University; Dr. Shan-Pei Yin, associate professor of the Department of Chinese Literature; Dr. Chi-Chung Wen, professor of the Department of Mathematics; Dr. Hsi-Hsun Tasi, associate professor of Master’s Program in Taiwan and Asia-Pacific Studies, College of International Affairs; and Dr. Shun-Jie Ji, associate professor of the Doctoral Program of Educational Leadership and Technology Management, jointly reviewed. The results of the review will be announced and awarded at the 85th School Affairs Committee Meeting on June 11th. Each department will report on the five major performances of "Teaching," "Research," "Recruitment," "Fundraising," "Overall," and propose plans for the future. The Department of Aerospace Engineering is expected to become the first university-related departments that have "self-developed flight simulators," "combination of drones and AI," and "self-made rocket launching technology" within 3 years. The Department of Accounting will focus on the integration of accounting and technological literacy, combined with AI continuous audit experiments, and emphasizes the application of emerging technologies and data analysis to cultivate digital auditing talents. The Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering strengthens students’ graduation competitiveness through cross-field integration, supports the application of information science, and enhances practical knowledge and experience. In addition to recruiting students and activating faculty members, the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering young scholars with new technical fields and research capabilities will be recruited, and the integration of research energy will be strengthened to encourage innovative research. The Department of Chemistry plans to organize a cross-field team and integrate top professional talents for joint research and development, making the department Taiwan’s important town for material development and drug design. The Department of Educational Technology aims to build a "Fast, Good, and Reliable" professional team, focusing on "Rapid production of teaching materials modules" and "AI learning," and continues to cultivate digital teaching materials and education and training talents. The Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering focuses on the integration of AI and machinery manufacturing, while strengthening international exchanges to increase the recruitment of foreign students, and combining industrial resources to cultivate talents. The teaching center with a 100% registration rate of new students for two consecutive years will continue its "Diversity and Dialogue, the Characteristics of Theory and Practice Link," the development of the strategy of "AI + Technology + Mental Health," the establishment of cross-field characteristic courses, and continue the "Uniqueness" of Tamkang teaching in the country.
On May 5th, Dr. Tzung-Hang Lee, the Dean of the College of Artificial Innovative Intelligence, led nearly 100 students from various departments Tamkang University to the Microsoft Office in Taiwan for a "Microsoft AI Workshop One-Day Camp" activity to understand AI trends, industrial applications, and connect and explore the possibilities of future career developments. The College of Artificial Innovative Intelligence jointly collaborated with Taiwan's Microsoft and the 104 Human Resources Bank, to organize the event of "Technology as a Combat Skills Professional Program" to help students understand the relationship between various departments and AI. In this workshop, Mr. Wei-Bin Cai, the Deputy General Manager of Taiwan Microsoft Cloud Platform Division, and Mr. Rong-Chun Wang, the Deputy General Manager of Information Technology Social Enterprise Division of the 104 Human Resources Bank, jointly led the students to conduct career exploration activities. The General Manager of Taiwan Microsoft Expert Technology Department of Microsoft Technology Center Mr. De-Min Hu shared "The Transformation Path of Technologists." Next, Ms. Elsie Chen, the Senior Product Marketing Manager of Taiwan Microsoft Cloud Platform Division, led students out of the Microsoft Office to get a glimpse of the daily life of technologists. Finally, Mr. Jian-Hong Lin, the Senior Consultant of Global Technology, instructed students to implement Microsoft AI introductory courses and experience the new application brought by AI technology.
The Tamkang University Worldwide Alumni Association President, Jin-Cai Chen feels that the domestic pineapple-producing season is near the corner. To take care of the hard-working farmers and contribute to the alma mater, he offered 1372 boxes of fresh pineapples of the season to the University on April 13th (Tuesday) at 9:30 AM. A pineapple giveaway ceremony was held in the WIN Hall of Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center. President Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, Chairman Dr. Chia-I Chang, Executive Director of Alumni Services and Resources Development Dr. Chun-Young Perng, and other first-level supervisors attended to personally thank the alumni for his generosity and invited faculty and staff to taste. In response to the goodwill of the alumni, the "Golden Pineapple" free sampling event was held at the Tamsui Campus Food Court at 12:30 PM that day. All teachers and students are welcome to participate. Each individual receives one bag at a time and the offer is valid while supplies last. At 12:50 PM, the Office of General Affairs cooperated with the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering in particular and invited Professor Sue-Huai Gau to demonstrate the " Golden Pineapple Party"- a DIY demonstration activity of pineapple peel composting, teaching on-site the compost of discarded pineapple peels with handy tools. Recycling waste as resources fulfills the 12th "Responsible Consumption and Production" of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Fencing Club participated in the "19th Soochow Cup National Freshman Fencing Invitational Tournament" at Soochow University from March 27th to 28th. 7 players with one year of fencing experience participated in the competition. After a series of competitions, they obtained the team double gold medals. Men's foil team competition won the gold medals by Yong-Pei We, a sophomore from the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Jui-Chang Chuang, a freshman from the Department of Banking and Finance, and Wei-Chen Chang, a freshman from the Department of Aerospace Engineering. The men's sabre team competition was won by Chia-Yu Hsu, a freshman from the Department of Civil Engineering, Ting-Chang Yen, a freshman from the Department of Aerospace Engineering, and Kuan-Liang Shih, a freshman from the Department of Innovative Information and Technology.
On March 27th, the Go Club participated in the "17th National School Go Team Championship of NCCU Cup" sponsored by NCCU Go Club at National Cheng-Chi University. Wen-Han Liao, a freshman from the Department of Industrial Economics, Yuan-Hsin Wang, a freshman from the Department of Industrial Economics, and Yu-Lun Hsu, a freshman from the Department of Banking and Finance teamed up to participate, through all obstacles, they jointly won the championship of the sub-level group. The competition is divided into groups and each group includes the main general, the deputy general, and the third general. The club president Ting-Jui Chang, a sophomore in the Bachelor's Program in Global Financial Management mentioned that within this tournament, regardless of the rank group or the sub-level group, everyone will try their best to complete all rounds. We are happy that we won but will not be discouraged when we lose. During the break, everyone will have discussions about the rounds of Go within the competition. Everyone works harder and strives for perfection in this atmosphere so that their strength may be upgraded to the next level. Yun-Chu Chou, a member that participated in the rank group and a senior from the Department of Risk Management and Insurance, said that they rarely have the opportunity to participate in team competitions, so this event is a unique experience for them. Each game seems more exciting since it may affect their teammates due to their individual performances.
The Kendo Club participated and performed outstandingly in the "45th National Student Kendo Championships" hosted by the Republic of China Kendo Association at the Taipei Gymnasium from March 27th to 28th. The club defeated many universities including Taiwan University and won the men's and women's team score match champion in the college group. The 27th is the team competition, divided into scoring and clearance tournaments, and the 28th is the individual competition. In addition to the double champions of the team scoring competition, Hong-Yi Shih, a senior of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering won fourth place in the men's competition. Jia-Rong Tsai, a senior of the Department of English won fifth place in the women's competition in the college. Club President Shao-Yu Lien, a junior of the Department of Japanese said, "Everyone performed impeccably within this competition, and they were able to win the championship with sufficient physical strength and momentum. I’m touched by the fact that the new players also worked hard in the individual competitions. "Hopefully, in our future competitions, we will be able to obtain great results just like our predecessors!"
The Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development held a seminar on the "Questionnaire Survey on the Flow of Students Graduating 1, 3, and 5 Years of 2018, 2016, and 2014" in the Ching-Sheng International Conference Hall on March 10th, assisted by the analysis of Assistant Professor Chih-Hung Chung of the Department of Educational Technology. The data within the 1 and 3 years of graduating shows the "Current Job Overall Satisfaction" as generally satisfied, and the "Current job content is consistent with the degree and professional training courses" respondents tend to be in line with the trend. It is believed that a university cultivates soft power, which can only be brought into play after social baptism. To better understand the employment status of graduates and the application fits of what they have learned in the workplace, it is used as a reference for the development and improvement of school management and affairs, as well as the teaching and curriculum planning of the department. Dr. Chih-Hung Chung explained that the survey content is mainly about employment flow, employment conditions, and university feedback. The 1-year, 3-year, 5-year recovery rates of graduation are 75.6%, 67.5%, and 51.1%, respectively. All colleges, academic systems, and departments of the university, except for enrollment classes, are almost meeting all of the standards. "The percentage of full-time workers increases according to the number of years of graduation. 1 and 3 may not be employed due to studying for a master's degree, studying abroad, or taking public positions. If individuals started off within the society and need to change the track due to job differences, due to the impact of the pandemic, graduates are less likely to be employed. Data shows that those who graduated for one year spent one to three months looking for a job. The survey also found that professional knowledge, knowledge transfer, networking, club activities, and language learning are indeed helpful to work. Dr. Chih-Hung Chung said that these learning experiences are exactly the same as the core values of teaching within the university. On-campus practical courses and off-campus industry internships can all be considered for future curriculum planning.
Dr. Javier Yea-Hong Chen, former President of Tamkang and Honorary Professor of the Department of Western Languages, who won the 2nd Tamkang Elite Golden Eagle Award, passed away on March 13th and lived at the age of 88. The University is grateful for his outstanding contribution to Tamkang and has specially set up a funeral committee to assist in handling funeral matters. The funeral will be held at 2 pm on March 26th on the 1st Floor of Jing Yang Building, Zhen Hall No. 2, Mortuary Services Office Second Funeral Parlor. The Former President Dr. Chen obtained his doctoral degree in Law from the University of Madrid, Spain, specializing in Spanish, international law, and Latin American studies. He was one of the first Taiwanese scholars to study in Spain. After returning to Taiwan in 1971, he taught in Tamkang and contributed his teachings for more than 50 years. He once served in the Department of Spanish as the Director, Dean of Studies, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, and Director of Central and South American Studies of the Regional Research Center. He promoted the practicability of the Western Language Department and provided students with a learning direction for employment; paved the way for students and established the Latin American Research Institute to study the culture and society of various countries, granted students with more confidence when they were appointed to the local area. This move made the graduates of the Spanish and Latin American Institute dominate the diplomatic circle of Central and South America. When he was the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, he also dominated the first National Civil Service Class A Special Diplomacy Examination. However, with his ambitions in teaching, he chose to continue to stay in Tamkang to train talents and gave up the opportunity to register and even serving as ambassadors abroad. From 1986 to 1989, Dr. Javier Yea-Hong Chen was the sixth president of Tamkang. He inherited the founder, Dr. Clement C. P. Chang’s philosophy and completed a significant amount of constructions, including replacing old information teaching equipment with new ones, maintaining teaching quality, and preparing for the establishment of the following: "Campus Information Network" to improve teaching, research and administration operational efficiency, strengthening the academic cooperation and international exchanges with partnered and affiliated institutions, enhancing the academic level and international status of the university, strengthening the research and publication of teachers, encouraging participation in international conferences, and training and educating administrative staff on information skills, etc., which lay the foundation for continuous improvement of Tamkang University.
Keep Receiving New Knowledges & Learning from the Young In an advertising public relations company, teamwork presents great work and the best way to provide proposals. "I started as an intern in Ogilvy. Empathy is the interaction between the supervisor and the partners." In the workplace, Abby Hsieh is good at interpersonal communications. In the book, she not only provides advice on workplace practical experience to newcomers in the society but also tells supervisors how to cultivate tacit understanding with partners, especially in the face of advanced technology and rapid information. She believes that as a supervisor, one needs to listen to the ideas of the young. In addition to listening, one must also learn to put down egos and learn about unknown areas. She enjoys asking the young, do you understand the life of slashies? Do you live the slashies? Unlike ordinary business executives, she has studied the various states of the young in the environment and put herself in the shoes of her partners. She is a model of the industry in terms of work and interpersonal communication. Advertising public relations companies must change the way they communicate with consumers as time progresses. She mentioned: "Although we can learn new advertising public relations techniques all the time, every time I have to be cautious about the transformation.” She believes that if she is not familiar with the new knowledge at first, she may not excel with other partners. She confidently said: “We must learn from the young in terms of technology and skills, but in terms of strategy, we still need to obtain and withhold." She used to work as a special intern reporter for the Kaohsiung China Times in the field of mass communication, and an intern in the studio shooting group of Tamkang. Finally, she hoped to cultivate problem-solving skills and communicate with the media so then she chose to become an advertising intern in Ogilvy during the last summer vacation of her academic career. After graduating, she successfully joined Ogilvy. She said: "Some things don’t need to be changed as soon as I chose the right one. I am passionate about this job. It can help me learn new knowledge, develop creativity, and even build resonance with consumers through communication.” After working in this job for a while, her health sign flashed a warning sign, and she chose to leave the company because of the deterioration of her immune system due to hyperthyroidism.
Matching Rate of Campus Employment Expo Exceeds 40% Tamkang University and the New Taipei City Labor Bureau held the "2021 New Taipei City Campus Employment Expo" at 10 am on March 17 at the Student Activity Center and Poster Street. New Taipei City Mayor You-Yi Hou, President Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, Vice President of Administrative Affairs Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, Vice President of International Affairs Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, Chairman of the Alumni Association of the Republic of China Jian-Xiang Lin, and others attended the opening ceremony. This is the first and largest campus employment expo in New Taipei City after the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is integrated into the SDGs sustainable development goals and the proposed themes are "Business Favorites, Courageous Pre-Employment, Salary for the Future, and Sustainable Development." According to statistics from the Employment Service Department of the New Taipei City Government, a total of 1,386 people posted their resumes and the manufacturer plans to hire 571 people, with a matchmaking rate of 41.2%. A total of 94 manufacturers participated in the Expo, including SINBON Electronics, Shanghai Banking Technology, WinMao Semiconductor, Regent International Hotel, Ding Tai Fung, Haidilao, and E-Commerce Website Shopee Entertainment, and many other well-known companies, providing more than 3,300 job vacancies. Combining and adopting the method of rectifying the real and combining the virtual, not only did physical companies recruit talents, but also cooperated with 1111 Human Resource Bank to provide online employment channels, so that Tamkang students may understand the job market and the status of their favorite companies within the university to improve employment opportunities. At the opening ceremony, President Keh mentioned that this year is the seventh time that Tamkang co-organized a job fair with the New Taipei City Government. "For many years, the New Taipei City Labor Bureau has chosen this university to benefit the young people, and Tamkang has benefited a lot." He further emphasized, "Soon, graduates should actively participate in activities and submit resumes. Students of other grades may also participate as early as possible to understand market trends and seek employment." Within the speech of the New Taipei City Mayor, You-Yi Hou also affirmed Tamkang University's efforts and leadership in recruiting talents on campus. He believes: "When seeking employment, one needs to ask for more, listen to more, and understand. One must set a few principles for the goals within the mind, seek first and then ask for better, gradually experience the joy of working."
The College of Liberal Arts held an international scholar’s speech at the Ching-Sheng International Conference Hall from 1 to 3 PM on March 18th, inviting the ViewSonic Chairman James Chu with the topics of "Working hard, Hardworking, and Using the Right Methods: Discuss the Importance of Creative Ideas.” Business performance has experienced great storms and he relied on creative ideas and reverse thinking to seize opportunities and turn crises into turning points. The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Chen-Jung Lin presided over: “ViewSonic and the university’s strategic alliance, how to face problems in the ever-changing era, and how to turn around when encountering difficulties, Chairman James Chu nay provide experiences for students to learn from.” James Chu said: “He wanted to be an extraordinary person but he became the most ordinary person before his college years. If he didn’t change his life, he would never have the chance anymore.” In his first job as a salesperson, by relying on the mentality of trying many ways, not afraid of failures, he sold computers and language teaching materials, which he obtained outstanding results. He formally entered the computer industry in 1984, founded ViewSonic in 1990, and hit a record high in profit in 2020. James Chu led the company's team to achieve achievements in monitors, projectors, and digital whiteboards. He has also encountered ups and downs, such as the crisis of the product line being out of stock, the failure of the diversification of hardware thinking products, the collapse of display panel prices, and the 2008 financial turmoil. He was able to resolve the crisis confidently. In response to the pandemic, ViewSonic developed the myViewBoard digital teaching software to upgrade remote teaching equipment. After the pandemic era, he also predicted that compound teaching will solve the evolutionary problem of global education.
After more than 8 months of renovation, Sung-Tao Hall 4 and Hall 5 officially opened for trial operation at 10 AM on March 10th. The original faculty and staff dormitories of Gang and Yi are now transformed into beautiful areas with stylish designs, comfortable, secured, and family-style student dormitories. A junior in the Department of Computer Science & Information Engineering, Chung-Ting Cheng, moved in on March 8th. She mentioned, "The new dormitory is beautiful, clean, and there is plenty of public spaces." President Dr. Huan-Chao Keh stated during the opening ceremony that the opening of Sung-Tao Hall 4 and 5 will provide students with a very good living and learning space. He emphasized: "Tamkang University has a small and beautiful campus, and there is no space to build a new building. The University had to put students as the first consideration by asking its staffs and faculties to move." President Keh especially thanked the Vice President of Administrative Affairs Shi-Feng Chuang for leading the General Affairs Office and the Student Affairs Office to plan and execute this project. Dr. Jui-Fa Chen, an associate professor of the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, built a face recognition system, and Dr. Jui-Mao Huang, an associate professor of the Department of Architecture, participated in the design and planning of the dormitory. The Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Shih-Jung Wu introduced: the refurbished Sung-Tao 4 and 5 pavilions adopt a family-style design concept. Each household has three suites, accommodates up to 10 people, has a dedicated living room, dining room, as well as refrigerators, microwave ovens, induction cookers, and other facilities. "We encourage students to walk out of their dormitory, eat, chat with roommates, and create a home-like living space." In addition, the multi-functional activity space on the first floor of Sung-Tao Hall 4 is equipped with a coffee bar, study and discussion area, teaching and social networking area, and modernized vending machines. On the first floor of Sung-Tao Hall 5, there is a self-serve laundry area, a dance hall, and a herb terrace.
The Tamkang University Scout Group held the "2021 Five Tiger Hill Scout Academic Forum" at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center on March 6th. It was hosted by the Taiwan Scout Educational Association, in collaboration with Rover Scout. A total of 82 people from the Senior Girl Scouts and Five Tiger Hill Scouts participated in the event. There were also scouts from various regions in North, Central, and South. This forum provides a platform for academic exchanges and invites scout professionals to publish research articles to enhance the academic atmosphere of domestic scouting. The papers on the forum discussed the process and efforts of how the Tamkang Scout Corps expanded from the Tamkang campus to the Tamsui area. It also published the policies and guidelines of the World Scout Headquarters, as well as the publication of the book, "A History of Scouting." Tamkang University alumni, Fu-Min Wang, who is also a member of the Scout troop, provided all books related to scouting he collected throughout his life to the Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library, including Chinese, English Japanese, and more than 900 related books in nearly ten countries. The Dean of the Library Sheue-Fang Song act as a representative to accept and present the certificate of appreciation to Mr. Wang and hoped that Tamkang University could become one of the domestic research libraries on scouting. Feng-Shing Jiang, the Chief of the Scout Group of Tamkang University mentioned, "Appreciation to Tamkang University for its support to the Scout Group, providing such a novel venue, and also inviting scout members from all over the country to gather together, making this feast remarkable and joyful. We look forward to the future of our scouts and hope for a more prosperous academic atmosphere."