Since 2005, Tamkang University has held the annual Spring Banquet activity, inviting alumni to enjoy a festival of fun different activities. This year the event took place on Mar. 26 in the Tamsui Campus Gymnasium, Student Activity Center and Lanyang Campus’ Shao-mo Memorial Activity Center. The festival consisted of 700 alumni holding hands and joining hearts. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, the three university vice presidents, Former President Yun-shan Lin, Former Vice President, Kan-nan Chen as well as first and second level administrators. The Team Games Competition took place on the 7th floor of the gymnasium and consisted of 18 teams of 129 alumni, dressed in exciting costumes as they competed in darts, mahjong, dice and black jack. The enthusiasm was uncomparable as many of the teams donned colorful garments to express their creativity. A total of 9 certificates of appreciation were handed out for alumni that had contributed 300,000-500,000 NT including Shen-ying Lin, Zhe-ming Li, Yuan-xun Chen, Shu-fan Xiao, Da-dao Chen, Wei-zhen Yang, Zhi-xin Lin, Wen-jing Zhang and Xing Wang. Also certificates were awarded to 24 individuals categories of Academic Excellence, Model Career Undertaking, Social Services, Management, Humanities, Public Employment and Well Balanced Achievements. In addition 49 individuals were recognized for excellence within each department. Consistent generous university donators: President of the Tamkang University Alumni Association, Ding-chuan Chen and President of the Department of Alumni of Tamkang University, Lawrence Lin, expressed gratitude and appreciation for the support of the TKU community, with hopes of even more prominent success in the future.
From Mar. 19-20 Tamkang University participated in the “MOE 2015-16 Student Association Achievement Display Competition and Observation Activity” and the “2015-16 Annual Junior College Student Club Evaluation and Observation Activity.” Student associations and departments of public administration from 92 academic institutions with 278 student clubs once again displayed their greatness. For the second year in a row, the TKU Student Association was honored with the Award of Excellence and the Department of Public Administration was awarded with the Autonomy, Comprehensive Student Groups and Artistic Academics Award Even though two years ago in terms of the Student Associations elections, selection of candidates for council positions didn’t go as smoothly as hoped, the group has still maintained a very effective structure in terms of services, various events and regulations. The burden of becoming more organized has catapulted the group into a season of speedy development. Lead representative of the association, Zi-han Jian, expressed, “After deciding to participate in this contest, we spent an entire 3 months working hard to organize student information. I’m so grateful to the university for their support and guidance on this rewarding journey.” Even though the Department of Public Administration was awarded with a special prize for their efforts last year, they were not satisfied with the result. This year they did a complete remodelling of the inner workings of their foundation, rewriting and modifying regulations to make the governing system even more complete. Event Organizer, Min-zhu Yang, expressed, “This is the second time the Department of Public Administration has represented the university in this national evaluation. It’s an honor to receive this award and I’m thankful to TKU for its guidance.”
On Mar. 25 the “2015-16 Total Quality Management Workshop” took place in the Student Activity Center on Tamsui Campus. The purpose of the workshop themed, “Change Challenges to Opportunities through Teamwork” was to raise the quality of university members in terms of academics and administration. Dean of the College of Global Development and winner of the 10th Total Quality Management Award, Ay-hwa Andy Liou, was invited to share his experience. In addition Executive Director of Dale Carnegie Training, Gerard Hei, and Executive Vice President of Hung Kuang University, Hung-yee Shu, were invited lecture, giving understanding and depth of the inner workings of successful management. The entire university team was in attendance, including first and second level administrators with the aim of stimulating growth and effectiveness in a cooperative effort. President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed in her opening address, “The Total Quality Management program has been established at TKU since 1992. Every year we hold this event to sustain and improve the capabilities of our institution. This year we’ve invited honored guests and former awardee of the Total Quality Management Award to share their experience, which I’m certain will be of great benefit both our academic curriculum and methods of administration.” As Ay-hwa Andy Liou shared his experience, he made emphasis of innovation being the new direction of higher education and the importance of giving personnel a more international perspective. Gerard Hei discussed the impact of teamwork, and that skills and attitude outweigh professional knowledge in terms of effectiveness. He encouraged everyone to see challenges as opportunities for new growth instead of being frustrations or obstacles. Afterwards, the workshop focused on the history of TQM and details of the award system, training and other activities.
On Mar. 19 the Malaysian Alumni Association held the “2016 Night of TKU” banquet in the Hotel Istana, welcoming the group’s 20th anniversary. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Director of Lanyang Campus, Jyh-horng Lin, Dean of the College of Global Development, Ay-wha Andy Liou, Executive Director of the Office Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng and directors of related departments. President Chang expressed, “From the time of Tamkang University’s establishment, it’s grown to include four campuses: Tamsui Campus, Taipei Campus, Lanyang Campus and Cyber Campus. It consists of 8 colleges that can hold 27,000 students and has nearly 250,000 alumni, making it one of the most significant higher learning institutions in the nation. It’s my wish that the united effort of the alumni will bring to completion the Shou Chien International Conference Center within the next two years, a resource that will certainly prove to be invaluable.” Chun-young Perng expressed, “The Malaysian Alumni Association has always held a very close relationship with the university. Every year TKU travels to Malaysia to give them a better understanding of what our university provides and to improve Malaysian student enrollment, leading to the successful, continual increase of international students.”
In celebration of the establishment of the Taiwanese Indigenous People Student Resources Center on Mar. 1, the Office of Academic Affairs held the Taiwanese Indigenous People Welcome Home event in the Shao-mo Gymnasium. Students and professors from Tamkang University as well as other Junior Colleges were invited to partake in all of the exciting aspects of Taiwanese aboriginal culture, song, dance and beauty. President Flora Chia-I Chang attended the ceremony to encourage students as she expressed her desire to see more native Taiwanese students at TKU in the years to come. Dean of the Office of Student Affairs, Jun-hong Lin, expressed, “In order to encourage Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples, the Ministry of Education has stated that universities with over 100 native Taiwanese students should establish an Indigenous Peoples Student Center. Here at TKU we have over 160 native Taiwanese students and have established this center to meet with the MOE policy and assist aboriginals to become more easily accustomed to their life at the university and adjust to the university curriculum while helping them prepare for their future careers.” The event was organized and executed by the Taiwanese Indigenous People Student Club, consisting of a diverse display of culture in forms of dance, plays, arts and crafts as well as other artistic demonstrations. In addition to the participation of university professors and students, Supervisor of the Executive Yuan’s Council of Indigenous Peoples, Zong-pan Li, and other members of organizations related to indigenous affairs attended this prestigious event.
From Mar. 7-10 President Flora Chia-I Chang lead a group of Tamkang University representatives to meet with sister school, Doshisha University, Kindai University and Kansai University in Japan. The group of TKU representatives included Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Special Assistant Charles Hsiang-chuan Chang, Dean of General Affairs,Shiaw-shyan Chang, Director of the Graduate Institute of Asia Studies, Hsi-hsun Tsai and Director of the Department of Japanese, Yaw-hui Maa. As President Chang arrived to Doshisha University, she received an enthusiastic welcome from President Koji Murata and Vice President Murayama. The two university presidents had previously met for reasons of the Junior Year Study Abroad Program. This time Doshisha University’s Department of Politics and TKU’s Graduate Institute for Asia Studies were able to select students for future exchanges. The TKU representatives were very impressed with Doshisha University’s curriculum, beautiful campus and well known professors. When the TKU representatives arrived at Kindai University, they were welcomed by President Hitoshi Shiozaki, Vice President Daizo Musada and Director of International Affairs, Yoshihiro Omura. Kindai University is located in the Kansai region of Japan and it continues to be more popular as enrollment increases. The TKU team was able to observe the authentic English-speaking environment designed to help students’ international capabilities. On the final leg of the trip, President Chang travelled to Kansai University and was greeted by President Harushige Kusumi and Vice President Yutaka Maeda. This was President Chang’s second visit to this school and in the future, more academic exchanges will be established.
The Graduate Institute of Future Studies held the “Second Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Futures Network” from Mar. 10-11 in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. The international forum invited 30 educators from 15 different countries of the Asia-Pacific region to discuss possible future ideas and events involving society, small businesses and industries along with possible issues and challenges. This academic exchange gave an opportunity to share invaluable research and experience. Director of the Graduate Institute of Future Studies, Kuo-hua Chen, expressed, “There is no question that the modern study of future projections was first initiated in the west, especially including America. Yet, in the last 20 years future studies in Asia has become increasingly more popular and continues to rapidly mature. From Tamkang University’s Graduate Institute of Future Studies, South Korea’s New Vision, Singapore’s Office of Future Projections, Malaysia’s National Science, Iran’s National University Vision Project and more, we can see that the study of future events has become a mainstream ideology. These meetings allow us to stimulate new ideas while making adjustments for what is yet to come.” Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, expressed, “TKU is the number one private university in Taiwan. In the future we will have access to even more resources regarding research. I eagerly anticipate a time when future studies will become even more focused on.” President of the TKU Alumni Association, Ding-chuan Chen, expressed, “Future studies will raise the level of fundamentals in academics, allowing graduating students to resolve pressing societal problems.”
President Flora Chia-I Chang lead an academic expedition to Australia, from Mar. 1-3 to participate in the 2016 Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE). Accompanying her was Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu, Director of the Department of Economics, Tun-kung Cheng, and member of the Office of International and Cross Strait Affairs, Ching-yi Li. The travel itinerary began with a trip to the University of Melbourne, established in 1853, it is the first public university in Australia, consisting of a campus decorated in beautiful scenery along with an abundance of high-tech equipment and facilities. After the visit, the TKU representatives travelled to its two sister schools: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the University of Queensland (QU). QUT and Tamkang University signed an agreement, officially becoming sister schools in Aug., 2011. Ever since, the two universities have mutually shared an active and prosperous relationship consisting of numerous academic exchanges. The TKU representatives were met by QUT President, Peter Coaldrake, as they partook in the enthusiastic discussion. The forum emphasized both national and international academic exchange programs, both parties gaining a much deeper understanding of each other’s educational policies. One of the main points of the discussion, was the “TKU-QUT Master’s Program of Finance (English Taught)” and the following steps needed to put the program in effect. The following day the President Chang and her team travelled to QU. TKU and QU have had a very extensive relationship that officially began in Dec. 2007. In Apr., 2015 the College of Business and Management signed an agreement, adding a dual major exchange program. During this visit, they discussed details of adding the participation of 7 departments in the near future. Not only did the President of QU give a warm welcome while expressing the significance of the two universities’ relationship, he mentioned details of creating more academic programs for the future.
Cheers Magazine has recently finished their annual survey, interviewing 2000 enterprises to take note of which university graduates are the most preferred in the work field. This marks the 19th year in-a-row that Tamkang University is ranked number one amongst private universities in Taiwan. TKU was placed at 9th place in terms of universities in Taiwan overall. The survey consisted of various categories, ranking TKU at number one of private universities in the categories of Resilience and Stability, Creative Ability, Communication and Teamwork, Problem Solving and Adaptiveness, and Multitasking. TKU was ranked 2nd in the categories of Aspirations to Learn, Professional Skills and Knowledge, International Vision and Language Ability, and Digital Applications Ability. TKU was ranked 3rd in the categories of High-tech Industries Production, High Tech Services, Traditional Services, and General Services and Finances. Global Views Monthly also conducted a survey of the most preferred university graduates for employment of the year 2016, tying Tamkang University and National Tsing Hua University at 6th place. This survey was conducted through the use of internet surveys sent out to 1,594 industries. The university’s highest priority is to prepare students for the future, cultivating skills and experience, especially in the areas of a global vision, information and future developments. The Three Circles (internationally-oriented, information-oriented, future-oriented academic system) and Five Disciplines (conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork and beauty) remain the 8 virtues that continue to shape student academic and career success.
Winter break has come to a close and the university faculty and staff held a celebratory tea party to welcome the year of the monkey on Feb. 15 on Tamsui, Taipei and Lanyang Campuses. The rooms were beautifully decorated, filled with tables loaded with fruits and treats symbolizing luck and prosperity. Tamsui Campus’ decorations were especially colorful as the Chinese New Year celebration coincides with the campus’ 66th anniversary. President Flora Chia-I Chang and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, hosted the event, expressing best wishes for the new year. Vice President Keh pointed out the irony that his first time hosting the spring festival tea party for TKU was in 1992 and also the year of the monkey. After his address, the other university faculty members shared their experiences from winter break, emphasizing the joy of being back on campus with a regulated schedule. Dean of the College of Literature and Language, Hsiao-chuan Chen, expressed that his mood had been rather heavy, due to the devastating earthquake that took place in the southern region of Taiwan and the effects it had on relatives living in the countryside. Director of the Graduate Institute of European Studies, Dr. Chuan-chen Li, discussed her research of using walking for exercise; calculating the distance of ten thousand steps and finding the different sensations of various environments in Taiwan. The harmony of discussions, tea and decorations were successful in raising spirits in preparation for a new year of TKU triumph.
On Jan. 1 the Office of Human Resources and the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library jointly held the Tamsui Campus Life Activity. Director of the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library, Sheue-fang Song, expressed, “The slogan for this alliance is to Boldly Seek Knowledge as the Honor of TKU.” This year’s performing events were themed to give renewed life to tradition. The last day before vacation invigorated the audience with colorful dance, songs and poetry recitals. The event was headed with a welcoming speech made by President Flora Chia-I Chang. She gave a report of the 2015 academic year, emphasizing the progress of research, administrative effectiveness and the three principles of TKU’s educational system: the development of an even more internationally-oriented, information-oriented and future-oriented program. In terms of internationalization, she pointed out that this year there are over 1,800 overseas students and 500 Taiwanese students that have gone abroad for study. In terms of informationalization, she made mention of the new “Smart Campus” model, which allows for more interactive and digital services, such as cloud technology and other resources. As for future-oriented development, the university president pointed to programs that utilize a more strategic vision for TKU including cooperations with enterprises and political organizations. The performance was divided into four parts, hosted by the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library’s Chu-yuan Cheng and Hsuan-tzu Kuo. The audience cheered along, encouraging the exciting dancers and listened carefully as a short film of TKU development was premiered. Throughout the afternoon, a raffle was held awarding cash prizes to employees to bless the start of the year of the monkey.
On Jan. 19 the Office of International and Cross Strait Affairs (OICSA) held the Third Tamkang World Forum for Youth Leaders, which was themed, “Prospects for the World: Meeting Challenges with Vision.” The issues discussed included Global Democratic Rights, Political Finance, Society, Culture, Peace, Energy, Food and the Environment. The forum consisted of 35 students of 13 different countries and universities. Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, expressed, “For this third year of the Tamkang World Forum for Youth Leaders we’ve added the number of participating international sister schools to improve the training of Taiwanese and international students. Having the deans of various colleges attend the opening ceremony is a great encouragement for this event. Every year the articles distributed within the forum are better than the previous year as the youth leaders of each country contribute their ideas of global development. This year the participating universities include University of Oxford, Moscow State University, Queensland University of Technology, Dankook University,Kyung Hee University, Bangkok University, L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Kyushu University, Waseda University, Kindai University, Josai University and Akita International University.” Miles Untereier of the University of Oxford expressed, “This forum is an excellent experience for me!” He gave thanks to Tamkang University students and staff for their effort as he praised the organizing groups for their high level of professionalism. Linda Eggert of the University of Oxford also commented, “This year being able to stay on the university campus is great. It gives us the opportunity to establish better relationships with the students of TKU.” He mentioned that the youth leaders have been able to get a deeper understanding of Taiwan and its culture and really benefit from the professors’ research and shared experiences. Director of OICSA, Pei-wha ChiLee, expressed, “This forum allows for the students of different countries to learn as they exchange different viewpoints of world issues. It gives TKU students a more complete worldview and presents a rare and unique learning opportunity.
Once again the youth of Tamkang University are about to be sent off in all directions to offer volunteer social services. Before leaving, President Flora Chia-I Chang was invited to give students encouragement at the Flag Ceremony Send-off. This winter vacation there will be 37 different service teams adding up to around 800 students, who completely packed the Student Activity Center as they prepared for their exciting journey. President Chang continually complimented the students on their gracious and selfless work ethic. In the past, during the Flag Ceremony Send-off, each team would have the chance to shout loudly to express their aspirations and enthusiasm. But due to time restraints and the increased student numbers, they made a vow together to be inspired, active and sincere with the upcoming services. This year 35 teams will be offering volunteer services to every part of Taiwan. The other two teams will be going overseas for services to Thailand and Guizhou. This year students aim to really make a difference while planting new seeds of hope wherever they go. There is a diverse amount of services related to education, etiquette, arts and computer skills. All of the teams will be taking the teachings and blessings of their professors along with them.
Tamkang University’s Office of Research and Development is working together with TECO to collaborate in the creation of new academic industry programs. Student internships will be established through three of TECO’s food service industries: Mos Burger, Royal Host and Fujio Food System. Together, TKU and Teco will offer two academic industry courses titled, “Food Quality Service Employment” and “Tourism Estate Employment.” Director of the Office of Research and Development, Bo-chang Wang, expressed, “I want to express special thanks to President Flora Chia-I Chang for the promotion and support of this project in the creation of a cooperative bridge with TECO. In the future the Departments of Science, Foreign Languages and Literature and others will follow suit, allowing students to participate in more internships with TECO. It’s expected that we will hold the signing agreement ceremony next semester.” In order to give students a better understanding of the “Food Quality Service Employment program, the Department of International Business Management held a meeting, explaining details of the course in B713 on the Jan. 7th. Deans of the College of Business Management, Chien-liang Chiu and Bo-chang Wang, as well as Director of the Department of International Business Management, Li-ren yang, were in attendance. Likewise, a meeting was held to describe the Tourism Estate Employment program on Jan. 5. In the meeting, it was stated that the objective of each program is to raise students’ professional knowledge, skills while giving them hands on work experience.
The Department of Overseas Student Counseling established the, “2016 Overseas Chinese Youth Taiwan Observation Learning Group,” bringing students of Chinese descent from various countries on a 21-day tour to enjoy Taiwan’s beautiful and unique scenery. This year the group of Chinese youth arrived from Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. The event officially began on Tamkang University’s Taipei Campus on Jan. 5. Director Laio, of the Department of Overseas Student Counseling, was invited to encourage the group members as their journey commenced. This trip around the island began by emphasizing Taipei as a focal point, showcasing the convenience of the transit system and other unique and well-known architecture. The journey began from the presidential palace and travelled through Long Shan Temple, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, Ximen and more. Not only were the members able to get a close look at the beautiful tourist hotspots, they were able to take in a deeper understanding of the art, culture and lifestyle of Taiwanese people. The travel itinerary also included traditional snacks and treats of Taiwan while they took note of customs such as wedding ceremonies, traditional clothing and various activities of Taiwanese heritage. Director of the Chinese Language Center of the Division of Continuing Education, Hsiang-hua Chou, expressed, “This 21-day trip will take the members to see the abundant natural surroundings of Taiwan as well as an in depth look at the history of the country, allowing these Chinese students to become more familiar with story of their ancestors.”
In order to prepare students for real application of academic skills and knowledge for their future careers while also meeting with the increasing needs of company personnel competence, Tamkang University has been working with a variety of industries to create academic industry internship study programs. One of such, is the current cooperation between the university and China Airlines titled, “the Airline Personnel Cultivation Framework.” This program focuses on both aviation services and maintenance skills. On Dec. 29 the Department of Aerospace Engineering held a lecture titled, “The Aviation Industry’s Operations and Management Cultivation” given by China Airline’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Huang-hsiang Sun and China Airline’s Chairman Xing-huang Gao. Also in attendance was Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu, Dean of the Office of Research and Development, Bo-chang Wang, Director of the Department of Aerospace Engineering,Jing-min Tang and 150 eager teachers and students. Huang-hsiang Sun encouraged students to participate in the aviation-related academic industry programs to gain professional knowledge and great career skills. Xing-huang Gao shared his experience travelling overseas, remarking about the amazing development opportunities regarding language skills and development of an international view. After the lecture, students were able to ask questions related to the industry and overseas experiences. Then, President Flora Chia-I Chang lead the honored guests to a banquet held on campus.
The Department of Information and Library Science held the, “Library and Information 45th Academic Conference,” in celebration of its 45th anniversary on Dec. 26 (Sat) in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall and Cosmos Hotel Taipei. Alumni and professional educators of related fields were invited to speak on three issues: the library information department system and application development, library management strategies and library space and architecture. Director of the Department, Mei-yu Wang, expressed, “I’m grateful for these events that were put together by concerned alumni and like everyone, I anticipate new innovation and modifications regarding future information management.” The theme of the activity was the method of execution of plans established by alumni, teachers and students of the Department of Information and Library Science, Chueh-sheng Memorial Library and Tamkang University Press. Through combined efforts, over 100 experts and educators were gathered together in the enthusiastic event. Before the conference finished, alumni of the of the first year of the Department of Information and Library Science, expressed their gratitude and appreciation to teachers of the department. Third-year student, Guo-yuan Huang, expressed, “I really gained a lot from hearing the experience of my seniors and their career performances in various fields.” In the evening, the event was followed by the, “Warm Welcoming Christmas Gathering,” which took place at the Cosmos Hotel Taipei. There was song and jazz music as the alumni banquet was filled with both laughter and tears of gratitude. In addition to the department’s 45th anniversary it was also Professor Shih-hsion Huang’s 80th birthday, who was recognized and praised for her over 52 years of dedication to the department.
How long has it been since you’ve taken a visit to the forest? Taiwan is filled with an abundant natural landscape with beautiful scenery of all kinds to enjoy. It’s worth taking some time to look deep within the thick green treasures that decorate our city life. In celebration of Taiwan’s lovely environment, the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center will be holding an exhibition themed, “Taiwan’s Mountainous Artistic Forestry,” until January 25th. The exhibition is featuring 95 pieces of art from 69 local artists; each piece consists of a unique point of view that skillfully articulates the voice of nature. Director of the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Ben-hang Chang, expressed, “The forest is abundant with beauty and artistic inspiration that holds the footprints of our history. With an attentive eye and skillful hands, there is an infinite amount of life that can be shared with the public. Everyone who has grown up in Taiwan, remembers moments within many of these mountains and it’s important to appreciate how different these places are from our daily lives. The days are different, the air is different, the clouds are different, the rain is different and the feeling it gives you is very different. That’s why this exhibition is especially important and serves as a reminder of how much life is out there.” “The 95 pieces really make you feel the different seasons of the mountains and the vivid colors really bring you into the pictures.” Said Mr. Huang, one of the exhibition’s spectator. Fourth-year student of the Department of Accounting, Ya-ting Xie, expressed, “I really love going to the mountains to take pictures. I often sit among the beautiful silence, enjoying the natural pleasures the environment has to offer. This exhibition is very enjoyable and a reminder of good times.”
What thoughts come mind when you imagine Tamsui 30 years ago? Did you know that it was a small romantic village, that couldn’t even be reached without taking the train? Even now the richness of the resources and diverse scenery give a glimpse that there is something more behind the modern construction. The Department of Mass Communication’s media internship program created a documentary film, “Tamkang News 30 Tamsui and Tamda,” to display the unique cultural history of Tamsui and it premiered in the Carrie Chang Music Hall on Dec. 19 (Saturday) at 3:30pm. Director of the Department of Mass Communication, Huei-chun Chi, expressed, “In 1985 the Department of Mass Communication established the Tamkang University television station and at the time University Founder, Clement C. P. Chang and former university Vice President Teng-hui Lee attended the unveiling ceremony. This year, marks the network’s 30th year and it has captured all of the changes over the course of time, leaving an invaluable historical record. Tamsui has also changed the shape of the town, not just in terms of students, but by making donations such as the lifeboats at the MRT station, by pass roads, Tamsui cultural sales, the opening ceremony for the Tamsui Center of Arts and Culture, engineering and architecture for new designs, publication of the article ‘Golden Tamsui,’ and more. All of these events, which have been recorded by this news station.” Over the past 30 years, the TKU television network has cultivated many exceptional careers of people who have covered very important issues such as the Jiu-ying Ma and Jin-ping Xi conference, covered by General Editor Zhen-zhong He and Correspondent Iris Liu; in addition Hsin-ping Chao of ETTV News, Jay William of CTS News and Ted Lin of TVBS are all TKU alumni.
In order to create a friendly, effective and future-oriented learning environment, Tamkang University created the first “Innovative Imagination Futuristic Classroom” in the Ching-sheng building room 1201. On Dec. 12 the Graduate Institute of Future Studies held a ceremony, unveiling the new room while giving a demonstration of its capabilities. The modern classroom allows interactive learning through the support of cloud and media player technology to give a glimpse of current and projected global trends. By utilizing the technical and digital tools to understand and analyze the possibilities of future development, TKU students will be able to get a head start. There were 50 participants in attendance at the ceremony including President Flora Chia-I Chang, Director of the Graduate Institute of Future Studies, Kuo-hua Chen, first and second level administrators along with teachers and students of various departments. “Future-oriented development is one of the main objectives of the university.” President Chang pointed out in her address. She continued, “It is my desire to see a completely futuristic interactive curriculum for students and teachers to enhance learning capabilities.” Kuo-hua Chen explained that the new room is called the “IF Room.” The “I” represents both imagination and innovation and the “F” represents the future. He then detailed the room consisted of 5 modern projectors, interactive whiteboards and movable desks that make student interaction convenient and efficient. He stated, “Tamkang University has spent a lot of time and effort in the promotion of future and information-oriented education.” He then thanked the audience while encouraging students to continue to embrace the university’s spirit of excellence.
On Dec.12 the Executive Master's Program of Business Administration (EMBA) held the 2015 Long Live Unity Banquet. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, former university Presidents Yea-hong Chen and Yun-shang lin, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Director of the Office of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Cheng, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu, Executive Director of EMBA, Jun-hong Lin, Executive Director of the Division of Continuing Education, Chiu-chuan Wu, Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng, Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsiao-chuan Chen, Dean of the College of Global Development, Andy Ay-hwa Liou, the President’s Special Assistant, Charles Hsiang-chuan Chang, 9 teachers and students of EMBA and honored guests, adding to a total of 550 people seated at 51 tables. In President Chang’s speech, she emphasized the cultivation of excellence of the university that has developed into elite personnel through the pursuit of knowledge and positive connections. She illustrated that through the competitive spirit encouraged at the university through competitions and study, leadership skills and problem solving ability is readied as graduating students enter into careers of every field. Later a raffle was carried out, along with a stunning performance of the first-year graduate students that they put together through strenuous effort in between their class time.
The footsteps of Christmas joy can be heard as the winter season begins to warm our hearts with the holiday spirit. TV shows and movies also change along with the spirit of Christmas in order to meet with the fans’ need of romantic imagery and Tamkang University is no exception when it comes to creating the Christmas vibe. Recently large Christmas trees can be scene spread throughout the campus along with lights and colorful decorations. The students and teachers haven’t been intimidated by the cold weather as they enjoy the scenery and savor the moment taking pictures. All of these warm feelings are being made into memories in step with the Dec. 9, “Good Words and Blessed Year,” event. Director of the Office of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, expressed, “When we light up the lights, we also light up the spirit of the people on campus. It really builds the momentum for a great year!” The motto of the activity was simply, “Do good things, say kind words and preserve a good heart.” During the lighting of the campus ceremony, many good words were shared along with best wishes as decorations were spread throughout campus including Innovative Center for Cultural and Creative Industries, the side of the gymnasium, the Building of Liberal arts, the Business and Management Building and more. Each intricate piece of decor is an artistic way of saying happy holidays! In addition this event promoted a raffle that registered students using their Yo Yo card to ride the bus from Oct. 20 to Dec. 4. Participating bus lines included red 27, red 28, direct red 28, 308, and 756. Prizes that will be handed out include iPhone 6S、iPad Air2 WiFi 、Beats Studio Wireless Headset, Garmin Vivofit2 Bracelet and 0.48L ONE TOUCH.
In every country in the world, there has always been a close relationship between science and art. An example would be Leonardo da Vinci’s almost magical blend of components from both worlds. He believed that the path of science and art shared the same starting point and that humans that relied on science without art would become like machines. So what other discoveries can be found in the relationship between science and art? On Dec. 7 in the Carrie Chang Music Hall the Department of Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology came together to hold the “My Science Style” musical performance. The event consisted of students of different science departments freely displaying their hidden artistic potential. Not only do they possess knowledge, but artistic skills as well, which is the hallmark of people who live a fruitful life. At 7 pm there were no more available seats as students passionately took the stage to ignite the audience. The performers donned high school uniforms to bring students back to a young a playful time. Event organizer and student of the Department of Chemistry, Hui-zhen Zheng, expressed, “In order to give the best performance, the groups spent 3 months preparing for this event.” The dancing and singing was themed with daily science and chemistry, creating an atmosphere of both fun and laughter.
Tamkang University’s Macao Alumni Association held a conference on Dec. 6 (Sunday) at the Golden Dragon Macau Hotel. The event was headed by Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu and Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng. All together there were around a hundred participants in the warm and welcoming activity that began with President Chang expressing congratulations to the alumni association for their continual progress in university development. During President Chang’s address, she expressed, “It’s my wish to see the Macao Alumni Association prosper forever. In recent years, Macao student numbers continue to increase even more rapidly than students from Hong Kong and Malaysia, becoming the highest population of TKU international students. Because of their presence, TKU has obtained many great awards and achievements and I am grateful for their support!” “There are already over 250,000 university alumni, spread to all regions of the world and they have formed 142 different alumni organizations.” Chun-young Perng expressed. He added, “These organizations have helped tremendously in areas such as career development and academic services, creating a bridge between the outside world and TKU. I believe that the Macao Alumni Association will create stronger relations and form new bonds.” In addition he invited the members to see TKU’s campus gardens and advanced academic facilities, to participate in departmental conferences, share career innovative ideas and experience with hopes of sustaining the university’s progressive path.
In recent days, Tamkang University’s human resources services have been recognized in multiple areas. First, the Ministry of Education awarded TKU the Government Promotion of Work Study, classifying TKU as an oustanding academic institution. Secondly, TKU was awarded the New Taipei City Outstanding Accommodations for Disability Award. These two awards are confirmation of TKU’s continual excellence in improvement of versatility and professional knowledge. It also points to the university modifications for a better and fairer learning environment. On Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, Director of the Office of Human Resources, Shi-feng Chuang, accepted these awards on behalf of TKU. The Ministry of Education’s decision measured the previous two years of TKU’s, Work Study Programs, University Budgeting, Work Study Funding, and other related work study items for this award. TKU offers a very flexible and rewarding work study program that includes convenient time for study while working, allows leave for study, and more. For the 2014-15 school year, it was noted that there were over 4,250 participants in work study that used 63,360 work study hours and there were 129 certifications handed out. Director of the Office of Human Resources, Shi-feng Chuang, expressed, “Every year that we are evaluated we collect more data and experience, giving us an even more diverse curriculum that will allow employees to gain more current knowledge.” TKU’s modifications for disabled persons has been an extensive project in recent years. In order to make study more convenient for disabled students, TKU has made renovations and modified equipment and facilities to meet with needs of various kinds. This includes Zoom Text, Multilingual Reading Programs, JAWS, Braille Displayer, Handheld Prompting Systems and more.
Following the trend of mobile communications, internet of things (IoT) and big data, the world of higher learning is impacted, making campuses into smart campuses as we enter deeper into the era of technology. Along with this new technological lifestyle comes new challenges that require experts and designers to work together to overcome. For this reason, TKU’s Office of Information and the Ministry of Education held the 2015 “International Conference on Smart Campus and Exhibition (ICSC)” on Dec. 2 and 3 in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. Chief Officer of Information, Chin-hwa Kuo, expressed, “This year’s conference on smart campuses is themed around mobile phones, focusing on the campus’ mobile phone study assistance, services, digital curriculum, cloud services, big data research, and analysis functions. The achievement exhibition featured, TibaMe, Smart Campus, Enterprise Customer Service, VMware and IT Service Management. Campus innovators and enterprise experts learned from each other as they mingled while exploring vast possibilities of the new age information. Four different themes were presented at this forum: Campus Mobile Application Research Achievements, Innovators and Digital Academics, Campus Cloud Services and Big Data Research Analysis.
The College of Foreign Languages and Literature held a ceremony marking the end of apprenticeship for the International Ambassador Team on Thanksgiving Day. From 2014-16 the team will assist the university’s plan of transitioning into a more international age. The team is made of both local and international students skilled in English, Spanish, French, German, and Russian. They will offer university services such as welcoming international guests and translations, which will help them cultivate skills while improving the environment of the campus. The International Ambassador Team is the first translation team of all universities in Taiwan. Not only will the team be able to gain language skills and work experience, their contact with foreign guests will also give them social and leadership ability that is transferable to international business, government organizations and other international career interests. On Nov. 26 President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “The College of Foreign Languages and Literature is the earliest college of the university. It’s my hope that the International Ambassador Team do their best to make themselves known to the world. I also hope that in the future students of other departments will become a part of this team.” During the ceremony, Italian Professor of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Fabrizio Bozzato, represented the team that currently has 21 members. The level of students vary from undergraduate to PHD students. In the future, the team will continue looking for new members in order to become even more effective. (For those interested please see link http://www.tf.tku.edu.tw/main.php)
As modern society opens its eyes to the ever developing industrial world, the fourth industrial revolution (industry 4.0) can not be overlooked. Since 2012, Germany’s fourth industrial revolution and Taiwan’s revolution of productivity improvement have aimed at the conformity of information, software and hardware with internet to create a practical smart network. In order to meet with this challenge, Visual Components (Prefactor Tech) has made a large contribution of 4,000,000 NT worth of digital software products (Visual Components 3D Create) to Tamkang University’s Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center for the cultivation of excellent future personnel. On Nov. 26 (Thur) a ceremony was held recognizing this great contribution. The event was hosted by Flora Chia-I Chang and General Manager of Prefactor Tech, Yu-chun Chen. Tamkang University has continually received high remarks regarding their programs in development of the latest technology and technological studies. Yu-chun Chen is an outstanding alumni, who has carefully monitored the success of TKU technology development. On Oct. 30 he visited the Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center and decided to make a generous donation. President Chang expressed, “Yu-chun Chen is an alumni from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and currently head of the Tamkang Human Resources Association. This contribution carries great meaning, speaking on the success of his career and TKU’s education program. It also speaks to his gracious generosity and his efforts to pull other TKU students into the realm of success.” Yu-chun Chen expressed, “Visual Components is robotic simulation software system that utilizes automated computer programs. Currently the world is in need of personnel that can understand and work with these continual technological breakthroughs. This will allow students to study the simulation and get a head start on things to come.”
The Taipei City Government’s Ministry of Labor held the Taipei Film and Theater Union’s 2015 Labor Film Award last week in Song Shan Cultural and Creative park. Tamkang University students of the Department of Mass Communication were awarded in categories of Optimization, Honorable Mention and Most Touching Film for their created documentaries, becoming some of the most notable filmmakers throughout every campus in Taiwan. The Labor Award Committee began selected films in May after a month of reviews. A total of 49 films were selected from the 2014-15 time period and the Department of Mass Communication’s students made their presence known. Participants included Yin-hua Zhang, Qi-ting Ceng, Kai-qi Zhang, Dong-zhen You, She-yi Lin, Ying-zhen Lu and Qing-qing Xu put together the film, “Land of One Direction”; Zhi-han Lin, Bo-kai Liu, Yu-guang Chen, Yi-ru He, Yi-yi Xu, Xiang-hao Hu and He-wei He, created, “The Beekeepers”; and Qian-bin Fan, who created, “Land of Survival,” for last year’s graduation ceremony. After a month of casting votes, the “Land of One Direction,” was awarded the Most Touching Film Award, winning 10,000 NT; “Beekeepers” and “Land of Survival” both received the Optimization and Honorable Mention Award, winning 50,000 NT apiece.
Currently the position between Syria and Iraq is increasingly unstable, which could lead into a crisis at an even larger scale. This has already resulted into millions of refugees being forced to flee from their homes. The recent tragic event that occurred in Paris has only made matters worse. All of Europe is buckling down, attempting to answer the only question that matters: How do we keep people safe? This question stems into immigration procedures, people’s rights, border management, counter-terrorist measures and much more. On Nov. 21 and 22 the Office of International and Cross Strait Affairs (OICSA) held the Diplomatic Resolutions Simulation to act out a forum to discuss many of the global incidents taking place. This is a special event jointly held by the OICSA, the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies and the College of International Studies. The event included about 90 individuals representing countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Greece and the Republic of Serbia. This simulation was divided into four parts and the first part, the opening ceremony, took place in the morning on Nov. 21 with opening speeches. The second part took place in the afternoon and each of the professors of the College of International Studies illustrated their unique expertise, sharing experience and information related to current events, such as Europe’s handling of the recent refugees. Part three involved dividing the participants into small groups for discussion in order to get into deeper details of sensitive issues. The final part took place on Nov. 22 and was a full on diplomatic forum simulation, where students and teachers were able to act out current situations in a professional format.