Since the 90’s, the diet of young people in Taiwan has been significantly impacted by the western world. Now people on a traditional rice diet are becoming less and less. For this reason the government has began promoting the produce of Taiwan, aiming it for local consumers while embracing the concept of environmental waste reduction to help improve the environment through the “Dietary Education Policy.” The objective of the policy is to educate people on traditional Taiwanese cuisine. This month, Tamkang University has jumped on board with this program as the Office of General Affairs promotes the Taiwanese Rice Festival. Every November the Taiwanese Rice Festival takes place as an encouragement for students and teachers to appreciate the abundant local produce. The event incorporates 20 business and restaurants that freely give out 200 discount coupons. Over 4000 coupons were already given away last week and they will be effective until Nov. 27. Event Organizer and member of the Office of Human Resources, Chia-mei Wang, explains, “This event was designed to let teachers and students see the value in our own produce. These local businesses have come together to showcase the delicious foods that are right under our noses.” The coupon and raffle event continue to stimulate interest among students. First place raffle winner and first-year student of the Graduate Institute of Chinese Studies, Hai Lin, expressed, “I had no idea what the Rice Festival was until I found a raffle ticket and coupon. Now I come to find that it is truly an amazing and meaningful event.”
For the past 4 days (Nov. 10,11,12,13), the Female Faculty Association (FFA) held the, “Your Old Favorites are My New Love - Second Hand Charity Sale,” in the Black Swan Exhibition Hall. Share the news one your phone, Line, or your preferred social group. Most of the hot products will not be around long. 3000 items of second hand clothing have already been sold. Everyone is welcome to participate and all of the earnings will be donated to charities for the unfortunate and disabled. Head of FFA and Director of the Office of Physical Education, Shu-feng Hsiao, expressed, “The FFA usually spends their time dealing with high quality clothing, which makes for very nice second hand products with the latest styles. Lots of the clothing is also suitable to many different styles of wear. I’m especially grateful to the FFA for their contribution of this charity event.” Shu-feng Hsiao mentioned that it is her wish that more people outside of campus would come together to raise money for charity as well. In the past they’ve made more than 500,000 NT dollars, which has helped to make significant developments in charity organizations in Taiwan. She added, “If we all came together in our efforts, this could become a very significant time for us.” This year’s second hand charity sale contains clothing, shoes, purses, everyday accessories, stationery products, books and more. Most of the items range from 50 to 500 NT and all of the products are going fast. There are even big name items such as Chanel. Fourth-year student of the Department of Chinese, Tong Ke, stated, “Every year I look forward to participating in this event. Today I saw a dad find some toys for his kids...it was really touching.”
On Nov. 6 an unveiling ceremony was held, presenting the Center for Learning and Teaching’s model classroom in room 307 of the Ching-sheng Building, which will now be utilized as a flipped classroom to give students practical skills. In attendance was Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Director of General Affairs, Shiaw-shiaw Luo, Executive Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, Hui-ling Pan, former Executive Director, Chia-cheng Yu and administrators of all levels. All of the walls of the classroom were white like a canvas as Associate Professor of the Department of Information and Library Science, Jui-fa Chen, show cased the model room. Huan-chao Keh expressed, “The construction of a flipped classroom is directly related to our Spirit of Excellence education system. Not only did the Center for Learning and Teaching create a room, they also established our annual flipped classroom activity. Everyone is welcome to come and participate. In addition of the roles being reversed between student and teacher, flipped rooms will also teach students initiative and cooperation skills. The core element of the curriculum is interaction. Interaction skills will be developed between teacher and student and also among classmates.” Executive Director Hui-ling Pan described the layout of the room while explaining its importance and letting the teachers and students get a feel of the experience. Jui-fa Chen presented a topic while showcasing the effective and versatile learning that the flipped classroom atmosphere provides, which includes tables, flat screen computers, cells phones, laptops and a large glass whiteboard for discussions.
The 65th Anniversary Tamkang University celebration took place on Nov. 7 in the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium! In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Director of the Board of Trustees, Chiing-nan Chen, Former University Presidents, Yea-hong Chen, Louis R. Chow, Yun-shan Lin, Horng-jinh Chang; Chairman of Chinese Alumni Association, Chuang Wen Fu, Former Chairman of TKU Elite Alumni Group, Deng-jian Hou, Honorary Chairman of Worldwide Federation of Alumni Association, Xiang-du Duan, Former Chairman of the Federation of Alumni Association of Taiwan Universities-Malaysia, Zi-song Li, Chairman of Hong Kong University Alumni Association, Shu-lin Chiu and Deputy Director of the Republic of China Alumni Association, Zhao-shen Chen. During the ceremony, seven alumni were presented the 29th Golden Eagle Award and certifications of appreciation were awarded to for generous donations to the university. President Chang expressed her gratitude to the university faculty and alumni for their continual efforts that shaped and develop the face of TKU over the last 65 years. The arrayment of flowers decorated the area as warm feelings filled the atmosphere with anticipation of the new year. President Chang emphasized the many of the successes of the university stemmed from the Triple Objective Education system including receiving recognition by the Ministry of Education as one of the best international programs of private universities in Taiwan, being honored as the first university in the world to obtain ISO 20000 (information service management) certification, 10 time winner of the FIRA World Robot Soccer Championship and first place Winner of the Motech Award–Creative Design Competition. She closed by saying the most valuable resource of the university has been the 250,000 alumni, who continually show support and help develop.
The four major needs of life are food, clothing, lodging and transportation. Unfortunately some of our needs can also bring along many dangers. When we turn on the TV, the news almost always has a story regarding car wrecks or other vehicular accidents. The Ministry of Communications has calculated that in the year 2014 there were 271 deaths of people between ages 18 to 24, 218 of which, were related to automobile accidents. This illustrates that traffic accidents are responsible for more than 80 percent of deaths in young adults in Taiwan. To reduce these numbers, students have been encouraged to partake in the safe and convenient public transportation system. The Office of General Affairs has recently promoted the Bus Ride iPhone 6S Lotto to help with the decline of traffic fatalities. Registration for the program for students took place from Oct. 20 to November 6 ( http://enroll.tku.edu.tw) and students are required to fill out an application form with basic information for a Yoyo Card. All students who registered during this time were automatically entered into the iPhone 6S Lotto, for a chance to win an IPhone 6S, iPad Air2 Wifi, Beats Studio Wireless Headphones, Garmin Vivofit Fitness Bracelet, .48L One Touch unrustable thermo mug. Buses that are participating in the lotto include Red 27, Red 28, 308, and 756. Director of the Office of General Affairs, Shiaw-shyan Luo, expressed that Taiwan had over 1,800 vehicular fatalities and that 1000 of them were incidents involving scooters. This new policy titled, “Buses On Campus” will add more buses, making it much more convenient for everyone to arrive to school safely, hopefully decreasing traffic related deaths.
On Oct. 31 at 1pm in the Carrie Chang Fine Arts center Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai held the first 2015 TEDx TKU annual assembly. This year the theme of the event was titled, “Different,” and featured Program Designer, Joseph Ku, Chief Operating Officer of Niceday, Chien-liang Wu, Co-founder of Justfont, Wei Hsiang Su, Trade Marketing Supervisor of Leishan, Shi-de Lin, Founder of Feng Cheng Blog, Meng-lin Wu and Language Genius and Founder of Multi-language Acquisition Activity Network, Zhi-xiang Xie. The 6 speakers were given 18 minutes to speak on various topics: Secrets of Learning Languages, A Peek into the Changing Business World, Understanding The Impact of Different Fonts, Using Different Paths to Understand the Culture of Taiwan, Realizing the Language of Machinery into Human Ideas and Finishing Impossible Tasks Without Free Time. The two curators of the program were Planning Assistant of the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, Vincent Lu, and second-year student of the Department of English, Zi-heng Hong. The team expressed, “The TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) assembly is a private American organization that encourages different groups throughout the world with experts and specialized speakers in an 18-minute format.” The curator team was evaluated by the TED committee in June and received a yearly licence to hold the event. Within 3 months time they were able to find great speakers to help encourage and inform the members of the university. First Shi-de Lin spoke on, “Discovering Small Problems can Lead to Great Change in the World.” Joseph Ku discussed, “Everyone can be a Hacker.” Zhi-xiang Xie explained, “Using Different Languages to Cross Barriers.” Wei Hsiang Su discussed, “What is Font?” Chien-liang Wu lectured on, “Why don’t Asians Choose Taiwan for their First Travel Choice?” and Meng-lin Wu discussed, “Accumulating Strength through Working and Dreaming.” Participants were able to gather invaluable information as each expert gave life-changing tips on reflection and self-improvement. Director of the International and Mainland Guidance Section, Yu-hua Chao, stated, “The 2015 Ted and TKU assembly is truly exciting!”
On Oct. 27 The College of Engineering and the Center for Learning and Teaching jointly held the Engineering Building Remodel and Advanced Professor Social Group Tea Party. The Engineering Building was built in 1993 and after an extensive makeover in the summer, students, teachers and guests could enjoy the brand new look. In attendance to cut the ribbon for the celebration was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Student Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, General Secretary, Ting-chi Hsu, Executive Director of the Office of Student Affairs, Hui-ling Pan and Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho. President Chang gave an address in the E787 classroom, stating, “The Engineering Building’s new look comes with new teachers and students. It’s my hope that this fresh atmosphere will be able to stimulate more research and study achievements. Following, professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ching-chang Wang, gave a report titled, “Academic Exchange and Vision.” It detailed the long-term relationship established between the College of Engineering and The University of Electro-Communications in Japan, which has become even tighter since an exchange took place in 2014. Assistant Professor of the Department of Architecture, Chun-jung Ko, introduced the Advanced Professor Social Group that is currently made up of 8 departments: the Department of Architecture, Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering and Department of Aerospace Engineering. The purpose of the group is to continually share current trends within their fields of expertise in order to give students a more competitive edge in the career world.
Putting the youth of Taiwan on the path to career success and creating effective personnel for the future has been a major project for United Daily News’ Vision Project for the last two years. They have continually promoted sharing knowledge across borders, independent thinking and giving direction to the community. On Oct. 26 President Flora Chia-I Chang invited the Vision Project Team to hold, “Finding the Path for the Youth Forum,” in the Student Activity Center. The event was hosted by Founder of Dream School, Tom Wang; other special guest speakers include Organizer of Watch Out (Independent Public Media), Zu-yi Lin, Founder of Taiwan Youth Creative Action Association, Xin-wei Xu, Director of Ming Yung, Bo-yu Yang and Taiwan’s Microsoft Operations and Sales Supervisor, Roan Kang. The esteemed professionals shared their experience, ideas and passion, attracting an audience of nearly 1,500 people. President Chang first expressed her thanks to the United Daily News while presenting an important question to ponder on: “How do we continue to follow our dreams smoothly into the career world after graduation?” She suggested that the students participate in the many academic industry intern programs that TKU has with over 200 enterprises, study teamwork and cooperation, strengthen personal weaknesses and develop perseverance. Director of United Daily News has vowed to create a stronger Taiwan by identifying and resolving issues within the community. For the past two years the focus has been on Fast Forwarding Taiwan, Public Justice, Avoiding Prejudice and Social Industries. Tom Wang used humor to captivate the audience while encouraging students to boldly express their ideas. It was followed by a skit of the Department of Public Administration that caused students to laugh hysterically. Afterwards speakers shared their personal experience in development of their career path. Zu-yi Lin, 31, mentioned that he was originally a philosophy major and that he was unsure what he wanted to do after graduation. He spent many years forming his ideas to piece together his success. “It’s most important to follow your objectives into the very end.” He stated. Xin-wei Xu was a substitute teacher at an English school for five years before receiving an invite from President of Riverside University in India, Kiran Bir Sethi. She left her job and began promotion of DFC (Design for Change Taiwan). At the end of the forum, students were able to ask questions related to interviews, resume and salary.
Lan Yang Campus held the High Table Dinner on Oct. 20, an event that closely resembles the tradition of the Cambridge University dormitory. The banquet took place at 6:30pm and was aimed at creating a positive exchange between students and teachers. There was a display of achievements related to the realm of higher education, which served to motivate students and teachers alike to continue to pursue the spirit of excellence. Not only did the High Table Dinner stimulate the ideas of new students, it also gave participants a taste of a formal western-style dining affair while creating new academic bonds. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, President of Academics, Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Cheng and Military Instructor - Colonel & Section Chief, Kuo-liang Chen. The event commenced when students of the Department of Language, Pei-xuan Xie and Nuo-jing Jian, began introduced the special guests and professors. Following, President Chang gave a welcoming address while explaining that the current developments and achievements of the university are the realization of the founder Lanyang Campus’ dreams. She stated, “It’s important to have good habits such as getting to bed early and rising early to take on challenges with a renewed spirit.” Three awards were presented: Lanyang Day, which awarded students for dressing formally as fitting to the western career world; First Come First Serve, was an award for those who got a jump start on signing up for summer classes; and the Lecture Award was given to new students for excellent attendance.
Every prestige university continually utilizes a blueprint or outline of its future objectives in order to stay on the path of success. Detailed, future planning has become especially crucial in Taiwan due to the impact of the baby-bust generation - a drop in the birth rate - that is currently taking its toll in the higher-learning academic world. This year’s Academic and Administration Revolution Conference emphasized the plan of development from 2015-16 to 2017-18 in a forum of six different parts, titled, “The Leap in Diverse Innovation- Spirit, Determination and Competitive Ability.” The conference was held on Oct. 17 and in attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, the three university vice presidents, and all levels of administration, totalling to nearly 200 people. The conference covered academics, research, the three objectives (international, informational and future-oriented education), study, industry-academic programs, and administration. President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “The 2015-16 QS World University Rankings and Time Magazine have both placed the National University of Singapore (NUS) as number one in Asia. NUS has excellent compensation and benefits, which are 3 to 4 times higher than American universities. At the moment, allocation of funding for Taiwanese universities makes us unable to compete in this regard. However our goal is not to imitate NUS, but model universities in Japan and Korea as a method to better improve our capabilities.” The first segment of the 6-part conference was lead by Dean of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Cheng, who spoke on the theme of cultivating students in multiple fields in order to build strong graduates for employment. Following, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, detailed the plan to develop globally by modeling TKU after international universities, creating more international exchanges, coordinating the four diverse campuses, raising skills in practical English and increased number of international students. This strategy is a 3-year plan that seeks to spread the reputation of the university while improving the diversity on campus. Next, Chief Information Officer, Chin-hwa Kuo, explained a plan to create a free-moving campus that operates on smart technology and social media to create a new age academic environment. This plan would involve a holistic approach to the creation of a new type of campus, innovative digital study methods, new platforms of operations, advanced software and cloud services, new health management ideas, an environment fully blended with internet services and the maintaining of innovation as a top priority. Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs, Chih-en Ko, discussed many of the challenges and achievements in the past in terms of study. He discussed using multiple methods of education as a strategy to stimulate different types of learners while emphasizing the need to help students in terms of counseling, guidance and career planning.
From 2015-16 Tamkang University’s E-learning Executive Master’s Program changed the name to the E-learning Executive Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Graduate Institute of the Americas. On Oct. 12 the new students arrived to Ching-sheng International Conference Hall to receive courses and were welcomed to a banquet, officially beginning the 3rd year of the of the program. Students came from Honduras, Panama, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Colombia and El Salvador, totalling to 21 first-year students and 10 second-year students. Among the students was Vice President of Honduras,, Non-governmental Association of International Relations President, Consul General of the Office of Paraguay in Santos City Brazil, Supervisor of Chilean Genetic Law Research, Senator of Mexico, Lizette Clavel Sanchez and President of the Azuero Branch of Panama University. Director of the Graduate Institute of the Americas, Kwo-wei Kung, introduced the curriculum along with the instructors. He expressed, “This is the only e-learning executive masters program in the nation. The first year we enrolled 15 students, the second year 17 students, and the third 20 students. This year we have 22 students indicating that the trend of the course remains successful.” At the end of the event, the students enjoyed a banquet at the Regalees Hotel. On the 13th of Oct. the students will receive their new course curriculum. The first-year students will receive courses focusing on Taiwan, Asia and Latin America relations. Second year students will learn about the economic developments in South Eastern Asia including Japan, Korea and China. On Oct. 14 the students will have a meal at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Bill Gates once said, “A small library in a country town is responsible for my success today.” Reading is at the very core of education and development, helping us coordinate our ideas and giving us a root that will make us competent in the future. The Department of Accounting is utilizing the Social Service Curriculum in cooperation with the Cultural Arts Foundation to establish a one on one reading program - via video chat - for children with disabilities at the Center of Taiwan Fund for Children and Families in Zhanghua. The Cultural Arts Foundation designed this program known as, “Er Lin Elementary School” in order to help disabled youth develop necessary reading skills, giving them the confidence that can change their life. Curriculum Instructor and Director of the Department of Accounting, Sin-hui Yen, expressed, “The real differences of the unfortunate youth living in isolated areas is not related to genetics, but to opportunities. There are many families living in country areas that are struggling economically and don’t possess the means to give their children the resources for a good education. These children also find themselves dealing with issues of discrimination.” He followed by mentioning that his hope is this can become a global movement to support children in need that are hard to reach. The Center of Taiwan Fund for Children and Families in Zhanghua is equipped with a computer room with broadcasting capabilities, headphones, microphones and cameras to help students begin learning. The third floor contains over 500 books provided by the Cultural Arts Foundation, which are available for the children to read anytime. Students of the Department of Accounting will meet with the children online every Wed. from 1:45pm to 4pm to read stories and help them along with basic academic skills.
On Oct. 2 President Flora Chia-I Chang and Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, travelled to sister school, Tianjin University, for their 120th anniversary celebration to express congratulations to President Jia-jun Li in person. Tianjin University was founded in 1895, becoming the first modern university in China. They officially signed an agreement with Tamkang University in Nov., 2011 and currently hold mutual academic exchanges every semester. Afterwards on Oct. 3 President Flora Chia-I Chang and Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, then travelled to Beijing to participate in the Northern China Alumni Alliance’s Welcoming Banquet. In attendance was General Director of the Northern China Alumni Alliance, Wen-fu Zhuang, Director of the Northern China Alumni Alliance, Guo-dong Yang (International Business Management), Jun-tian Liao (Department of Architecture), Xiu-xing Sun (Department of French) and Rui-jie Xu, adding to over 30 university alumni. The event was a touching reunion that allowed President Chang to detail many of the exciting developments between TKU and China.
Since 2000, the International Kite Festival has been an event that connects the country area of Taiwan with modern industry. One of the most beautiful sites of the year is peering at northern sky filled with intricate colors and shapes, representing different designs, countries and cultural art. Each year the designs become more abstract and intriguing than preceding years. This year the Department of Information and Communication’s (DIC) Practical Digital Innovation Program (2) worked together with the Shimen district to hold the New Taipei City International Kite Festival Product Design Competition and three TKU students were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for their excellent work: Zi-yun Yang, Pei-jie Lin and Xin-rou Huang. Shimen District has invited the students to the international kite fair, taking place on Sept. 26 and 27 to introduce the competing kites to the public. Student Service Advisor and Assistant Professor of DIC, Hui-ju Lai, expressed, “The Practical Digital Innovation Program was designed to help students sustain a bridge between the areas of Danshui and the industrial world. The Northern International Kite Festival allows students to be evaluated on how well they are able to realize their innovative ideas. This course teaches students about the history, uniqueness and materials that are used for these particular kites to help them stimulate new concepts.” First place winner of the competition was four-year student of the DIC, Zi-yun Yang, who expressed her inspiration “Magnetic Soap” was inspired by her relatives. The product was designed to make kids think more about washing their hands and sanitary habits. Second place winner was four-year student of DIC, Pei-jie Lin, who created the “Flying Dream Stationery Group.” She stated she believes that kites are symbolic for people continuing to chase their dreams. Third place winner was four-year student of DIC, Xin-rou Huang, who utilized a Chinese traditional swallow type kite with a beautiful array of colors called, “Shimen Style Tape.” She stated that friends, family and pets are all connected no matter where they may be.
For the past two weeks, campuses have been busy helping students with services, paperwork and other miscellaneous necessities. In order to lighten the load on students while simultaneously implementing environmentally safe habits, the Office of General Affairs held an assembly while handing out large environmentally safe bowls to freshman students for meal time. These bowls can be used in the dining halls under the dorms and will give students a discount of 2 to 8 NT for any meal over 45 NT. Upon hearing this, the students were more than thrilled to be a part of this environmentally safe project. There are around 20,000 students and teachers on campus, which means these types of programs are not only reducing the carbon footprint that the university makes every year, they also play a major part in terms of environmental protection. The “No Waste Dining” Policy has been in effect at TKU for 7 years. It’s estimated that the amount of recycled disposable lunch boxes every week is about 4000, stacking up to about the same height as the Taipei 101 building. Organizer and Member of the Office of General Affairs, Chia-mei Wang, expressed, “Protecting the natural environment and preventing pollution policies were effectively implemented in 2009 under the “Carbon-waste Reduction Movement.” The Office of General Affairs is using this assembly to hand out environmentally safe dishware as an opportunity to remind students to take care of our environment.
You may have noticed in recent days some of the administrators and secretaries wearing a black band around their wrist. Fashion is continually bringing a new look to all places whether it’s at the mall or even on campus, but this campus trend is more than just aesthetically pleasing. These bracelets possess the latest software smartphone technology app that keeps track of your steps, walking pace and exercise habits. The directors of the various departments have promoted this program titled “Shining Steps” which utilizes these devices as a means to improve the campuses fitness culture by calculating your every step. Director of the Office of Physical Education, Shu-feng Hsiao, expressed, “This Shining Steps activity has already created a new trend. Lots of people are counting their steps and adding more friends into their “walking circles”, measuring their daily exercise habits. This fun and meaningful activity has been implemented in order to sustain and develop a healthy lifestyle for faculty. This also serves as a good warm up for the 66th anniversary sports events coming up. We are beginning this program by first introducing it to the first and second level administrators and secretaries, but later we will introduce it to other university members.” Participants merely need to download the app on their smartphone and their walking progress will be monitored and placed in categories with various challenges. A special ceremony was held on Sept. 22 to launch this fitness activity. The program time will go from Sept. 21, 2015 until Jan. 11, 2016. Participants are required to report their progress every Monday before noon. Participants will also be required to give a security deposit of 500 NT for the bracelet. Director of the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, Chin-mo Cheng, expressed that he and his wife were TKU alumni. “Thirty years ago I gave my wife a bracelet fashioned in Taiwanese native style. Thirty years later the university has provided us with bracelets to help us not neglect the importance of our health.” Every weekend he returns to the countryside farm so taking a million steps should be an easy task for him.
The stories of the top enterprises in the world: Google, Apple and Amazon, are nothing short of legendary tales that serve to inspire anyone interested in direction of entrepreneurship. In order to cultivate exceptional future personnel, Tamkang University continues to establish a bridge with the leaders of the ever-changing global market. The Department of International Business Management and the Cross-Strait Association for Advance Culture Creativity held the “Cross-Strait Young Entrepreneurs Exchange Forum” in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall on Sept. 17. Director of the Office of Taiwanese Affairs in Zhejiang, Xiao-ling Qiu, and the Chairman of the Board of directors of Wensli, Hong-yan Tu, brought a team of 13 members of the Zhejiang Young Entrepreneurs Team to TKU for an exchange with the purpose of giving participants a deeper understanding of the trends and challenges for young people in the modern market. The forum featured many prominent figures such as Director at the Alibaba Business College, Han Qiu, Executive Director of the Hangzhou Investment Management Co., Liang-gang Cai, and CEO of Hangzhou MiQ Network Technology, Jing-xiang Mao. During the forum, President Flora Chia-I Chang mentioned the many successes of TKU graduates related to employment including being ranked by 2000 enterprises in Cheers Magazine as the favorite private university graduates for employment for 18 years in a row. Afterwards she spoke on the many innovative ideas of TKU alumni that have helped to shape the modern world. Following, Hong-yan Tu and Jing-xiang Mao gave lectures introducing the trends in the industry by following 40 years of the evolution of the Chinese silk culture. This illustration clearly displayed the changes that one product may produce in terms of innovation, value and international cooperation.
Professor Koji Murata, President of Doshisha University in Japan, brought a team of representatives to TKU on Sept. 11 for a sister school exchange. Accompanying the university president was Section Manager, Yuichi Tanaka, University Secretary, Shinji Akagi and Mrs. Rui-lian Gao of the Office of Taiwan Affairs. Doshisha University officially signed an exchange agreement with TKU in May of 2010 and has maintained an enthusiastic cooperation for the past 5 years. Among the many other academic exchanges, TKU and Doshisha University have jointly held the “the New Position of Asia and the World” academic conference as a platform to discuss issues related to the American and Japanese security relations like the TPP Agreement. Doshisha University has observed events and participated in activities involving with the TKU kendo team. Doshisha University is a well known university in Japan that was founded in 1895. It includes 9 Departments, 12 Graduate Institutes and emphasizes overseas study programs. It currently has 24,000 students with an average of 500 overseas students a year. This is the second visit that Doshisha University has had with TKU since President Flora Chia-I Chang travelled to Japan in August of 2013.
For the next two weeks, new students will be exploring on every campus in Taiwan. Each school and department is busy managing this crucial moment, attempting to create the most culturally diverse welcome possible. As tradition, Tamkang University begins the school year with the Ke Nan Hill climb - a unique symbolic hike taking place on September 10th and 11th. At 7:50am a large crowd of 5000 freshman students lead by President Flora Chia-I Chang and first-level administrators, gathered together to climb the 132-step stone staircase. Constructed 42 years ago, the Ke Nan Hill was the original entrance to the university. It was the only connecting pathway to Tamsui Street and also served as daily exercise for the early members of the university. Even though there are many paths that can be taken to the university now, Ke Nan Hill still remains a symbol of simplicity, honesty, firmness, and perseverance, which remains the trademark and spirit of TKU today. The new students cheered as they followed their university leaders up the challenging hill, almost mirroring their future academic cultivation. “For the month of August we’ve organized a freshman student-parent discussion, open house dorm and departmental workshops to help new students adjust.” Said Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko. He continued, “On September 11th and 12th in addition to the Ke Nan Hill climb, we will also hold the student club exhibition, the semester opening ceremony and many other exciting events.”
The Center for Learning and Teaching held the annual Assistant Extended TA Training Summer Camp from September 1st-3rd on Tamsui Campus and Miaoli’s Shangrila. This event was planned by the Chinese Recreation Guidance Association, which utilized guest speakers, mobile learning and group exchanges as effective methods of instruction. The student TA’s-in-training were engulfed as each speaker covered issues related to their own development, especially as one speaker pointed out the need to utilize individual talents and abilities for better service results. “You must utilize a method for effective learning so that you can teach others to learn more effectively.” Executive Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, Hui-ling Pan, expressed to the new university members at the start of the event. After the new members were sworn in, Professor Jian-zhi Chiu gave a lecture titled, “How to Become an Outstanding TA.” It highlighted that student assistants needed to be enthusiastic, helpful, determined and models of exceptionalism. Afterwards the students were divided into teams as they participated in activities involving deep self reflection and analysis. On September 2nd all of the new members traveled to Miaoli’s Shangrila to attend lectures focused on academic curriculum design and implementation. Some of the points covered in the lecture included Skilled Interaction, Localization Method of Organization, and Structured Curriculum. The speaker reminded students that the atmosphere of the classroom was priority to conduct an effective learning environment.
50 academic years ago Tamkang University began holding the “Danhai Comrades,” workshop, always held 5 days before the freshmen students’ arrival. The workshop is aimed to help student group leaders develop in areas such as independent thinking, group cooperation and the ability to handle a crisis. It also serves to help the student clubs develop in terms of diversity while expanding the culture and spirit of the university. This year the training workshop took place from August 24th to the 28th with 232 students in attendance. One of the club leaders and fourth year student of the Department of Chinese Language, Yi-xiu Cai, expressed, “This is the 50th year of this workshop and every year it is even more packed with knowledge and useful information. The objective is for all of us to be able to surpass ourselves.” The Director of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Ruey-er Chen, expressed, “The student groups involve a multitude of activities from academic, physical, musical, public service, religious, departmental and more. So this event is packed with fun information along with the sharing of the many achievements awarded over the years. Special guests have been invited to share their experience from fields of the workplace and academic institutions or to share ideas on issues such as the marketplace, gender equality, teamwork, study habits, communication and innovative thinking.” Softball team captain and fourth-year student of the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Guan-yi Li, expressed, “In these 5 days I’ve really absorbed a lot of information. Everyday the curriculum fills students with useful data and anticipation for the possibilities to come. We played cool learning games and peered into the details of how to improve our services.”
Once you mention foreign language study in Taiwan, people naturally tend to gravitate toward a conversation involving the universal language: English. For the purpose of meeting Tamkang University’s objective of becoming and complete international academic institution, English assimilation alone is not enough. In order to accurately foster an education system that mirrors global needs, TKU must respectively adopt languages and cultures from all around the globe. For this reason the College of Foreign Languages and Literature held the “2nd Northern Region Foreign Language Camp,” a three-day event, with over 200 students from various private universities in Taiwan. Director of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsiao-chuan Chen, expressed, “This unique academic event even included beginning-level language learners. There were four different sections of the camp to meet with the needs of all levels of the participants. In addition, many other aspects of culture were introduced including clothing, dance, music, film and cuisine.”Special guest educators of language were invited to give a deeper look into the many aspects of the differing cultures. “The literature courses had many different types of activities.” Said second-year student of the University of National Chengchi University. “This really has peaked my interest in German culture.” He added. This event follows after the College of Foreign Language and Literature’s publication of a new international curriculum, “Talking Tamsui,” which features a language guide for tourism in Tamsui in 6 different languages. The internationalized curriculum introduces many key features of the Tamsui area in terms of tourism: Hong Shu lin, Tamsui art and snacks, Tamsui River, Churches, Ma Jie and more.
The World Robot Olympiad Council, ESUN Robot Association and Tamkang University jointly held the 2015 World Robot Olympiad Preliminaries on Aug. 22nd and 23rd at the Student Activity Center on Tamsui Campus. The Northern Region incorporated a total of 177 teams, totalling to the participation of over 700 students and teachers. Teams that pass through the initial competition will be qualified to compete in the national semifinals contest. The top teams of the semifinals competition will be selected to represent Taiwan in the final competition, taking place on a global platform.. The competition on Aug. 22nd consisted of the elementary and junior high school student division with themes of Adventuring and Deep Sea Treasure Hunting, and on Aug. 23rd the high school and professional division competed under the theme of Extreme Summits. All of the teams will have two or three members chosen to participate in the Coaching Division, giving participants a chance to prepare for the upcoming challenges. In addition, there will be a surprise rule, which will keep the competitors alert and the competition stimulating. Director of the Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center and Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ching-chong Wang, expressed, “Today’s competition was comprised of exploration and adventuring, giving the kids a chance to utilize these skills in their robots as they explored the environment. In the category of Deep Sea Treasure Hunting, the robots were given 30 seconds to find and retrieve a pearl submerged in the water. The searching and exploring event consisted of retrieving five different artifacts. All of the events created pressure situations to test the quality of each robot’s capabilities.”
The Office of Human Resources held the 2015-16 Workshop for New Administrative Positions on August 12th and 13th on Lanyang Campus. The workshop included reports from the Office of Academic Affairs, Human Resources and Financial Affairs. Various administrators were invited to share their work experience: Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsiao-chuan Chen and Dean of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang. The aim of the forum was to utilize lectures and hands-on interaction to prepare the administrators for their new tasks in the short amount of time provided. The event was hosted by Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, who emphasized the necessity of connectivity and unity of all the university departments, praised the departments efforts and progress, spoke on the future reputation of the university and pointed out key figures of administration. Because of all of the continual changes regarding education, the vice president pointed out the strategy to deal the “Aging Generation” and the effects of the baby bust generation, which included the 2016-18 Academic Development Plan, Implementation of the Academic Industry Cooperation Program, Student Career Assistance and Increasing Student Effectiveness. During President Flora Chia-I Chang’s welcoming speech, she described the responsibilities of the administrative positions while speaking on the history and the development of the university. She stated that the departments were the heart and soul of the university, attracting reputation and news of all sorts. The president mentioned that in order to have true success, the departments would have to continue to learn and develop their understandings of their responsibilities while cultivating the direction of the students, but the most important factor remains unity and relationships.
The day before yesterday, Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center, Ching-chang Wong, and Assistant Professors of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chi-tai Cheng and Shih-an Li, lead the Intelligent Automation and Robotics Research Team to attend the 20th Annual 2015 Federation of International Robot-soccer Association world cup in Daejeon, Korea. The event included Robot Soccer, Huro Cup (Human shaped robots) and the All Around. Since 2003 this team has had the honor of winning the robot soccer competition 10 times in the category of medium-sized robots, making this year the 11th victory for the prestigious research team. In addition, since 2003 the robotics research team has also won the human shaped robots division a total of 8 times. This exceptional team has not only brought recognition to the university, but honor to the country of Taiwan. Ching-chang Wong expressed, “The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has one of the best academic programs in Korea. It has hosted international academic events for many years, including the Daejeon World Exhibition since 1993 and the 1st FIRA World Cup in 1996. Returning to Daejeon for the 20th year of the competition has significant meaning so the Korean government was more than happy to oblige.” For the competition, the robots had to undergo various challenges in terms of modes of operation including remote control and wireless internet control. Each year, every team’s capabilities are raised along with the difficulty of the challenges. In recent years the newly added events include the Avoidance Challenge, Open Creative Challenge and the Localization Challenge. The competition also tested many other skills such as weightlifting, long jump basketball and more. The research team leader, Xiang-li Zhou, expressed, “Going overseas for a competition is really very stressful, but being able to bring home a prize is something we will all remember for a lifetime. I truly love our team.”
Just as Qiao-yi Wang, student of the Department of Public Administration, returned from performing services in Cambodia she expressed, “Teaching in Cambodia is such an eye-opening experience because the children really value learning. Maybe it’s because of their limited resources, but in anycase, they savor every word and preserve all of their learning materials. Even though their resources are limited and we speak different languages, when they smile, I am able to receive an essence of their purity that will stay with me forever.” Member of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Mei-lan Lee, expressed, “This year’s summer service event in Cambodia was especially invigorating. A team of 18 students were sent to donate study materials and clothing while instructing Chinese and computer programming skills. This is the 9th time TKU has given these services, teaching basics and stimulating their desire for education. We are also giving them computer skills to help them better connect with the world online.” After the instructional courses took place, the team provided resources and assistance for the project, “Starving No More,” a project rooted in helping with various necessities and provisions. The team gathered together, holding hands with the students as they viewed pictures of group photos from previous service trips. Student of the Department of Public Administration, Yi-ying Li, expressed, “For us these pictures will always remind us of a special experience in our lives and who knows long long the children will treasure this unique memory of our time together.”
In recent years, the academic Cross Straits relationship has been strengthening as young students from China continue travelling to Taiwan in increasing number for various activities and workshops. The College of Science, Zhejiang University of Technology and the College of engineering held a forum for young students with emphasis on mutual support and development of the Cross Straits. Students participated in this insightful 15-day exchange from July 26th to August 9th which was titled, “The 2015 Zhejiang University of Technology Summer Campus Trip.” Former Dean of the College of Science and current Dean of Research and Development, Bo-chang Wang, expressed, “Over the years, the College of Science has adopted diverse methods of teaching and instruction including the Chung-ling Science Fair, Chemistry Mobile and many other service teams that travel around to present the knowledge of science. Holding camps for high schools and junior highs, allows us to put important information directly into the hands of our future society. This summer exchange will stimulate enrollment and cultivate future personnel of our community.” The 2015 Zhejiang University of Technology Summer Campus Trip organized activities following three different themes: Professional Curriculum, Experimental Research and Visiting the Career World. Each of the programs allowed students to come in direct contact with their plausible future careers through research, analysis, simulations, demonstrations and experiments. Deputy Dean of Zhejiang University of Tehcnology, Guo-jun Peng, expressed, “I‘m grateful to Tamkang University for arranging such a great curriculum that allowed students to grasp detailed academic information in a way they can remember and apply.”
The latest results of the July 2015 Webometrics Rankings of World Universities (WRWU) survey have been revealed, ranking Tamkang University at 478th in the world, 9th of all universities in Taiwan and 1st among 500 private universities in Taiwan. The internet search survey was based on 4 different categories including Presence, Impact, Openness and Excellence. TKU was placed at 815th in Presence, 370th in Impact, 202nd in Openness and 877th in Excellence. According the the information on the WRWU website (http://www.webometrics.info/) , rankings were made based on how often a university name was searched for on the most popular search databases including Google, Google Scholar, Yahoo, Live Search and Alexa. The data of this survey was collected from January to July of this year. Even though TKU’s ranking has dropped from last year’s 426th to 478th place internationally, it has moved from 10th place to 9th place in Taiwan. The category of Impact has also improved from 574th place to 307th place, Openness has jumped from 368th place to 202nd place, Excellence has grown from 996th place to 877th place, however Presence has dropped from 111th place to 815th.
On July 30th in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall, the 2015-16 transition of power ceremony took place. For the following academic year, 24 faculty members will take on administrative positions and there are 28 new positions to be filled in the College of Science’s Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, the College of Business and Management’s Global Financial Management, Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, the Office of Research and Development and the Center for Learning and Teaching. At the beginning of the assembly, President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “I’m grateful for all of the effort and contributions of the faculty and also for the new members that have accepted the challenges before our team. 24 administrative positions indicates that we are a large institution, but will we be able to maintain this growth. This is a critical year before us because the world of education is faced with many difficulties. TKU is prepared to handle specific issues with 4 fundamental strategies including the creation of the 66th Anniversary Summit, Establishment of the 2016-18 Academic Development Committee, creation of the Baby Bust Strategic Team and strengthening of the Fund-raising Committee. The 66th Anniversary Committee will be focused on tasks related to activities and events pertaining to TKU’s 66th year, the 2016-18 Academic Development Committee will highlight development of every department’s unique specializations, the Baby Bust Strategic Team will deal with issues related to the aging generation and receding student enrollment numbers and the Fund-raising Committee will emphasize the allocation of funds for construction of the Shou Chien International Conference Center and other projects. Experienced faculty members appointed new positions as well as new staff expressed their gratitude to TKU for the opportunity to be a part of dedicated team.
From July 16th to the 18th there was a three-day contest titled the “National Robotics Competition” at the Nangang Exhibition Hall featuring three events: the 2015 Robotics Innovation Competition, the 8th Annual HIWIN Intelligent Robotics Implementation Competition and the 2015 SKS Intelligent Robotics Competition. On July 19th the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s robotic smart arms, “Bumble Bee MIT” and Bumble Bee Evo” won the 8th Annual HIWIN Intelligent Robotics Implementation Competition and took second place in the 2015 Robotics Innovation Competition in categories of TKU-DELTA Robotic Sensor Applications and the Tamkang Arm. The robotics team, “Robot Research Team”, was lead by Professors of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Ching-chang Wang and Chi-yi Tsai. Professor Wang expressed, “The competition this year increased in difficulty. The final match included categories of the Domino Effect, Mechanical Writing, Hand and Eye Coordination and Stacking. Not only did the robotic arm have to move quickly, it also had to be very precise and stable. For the Domino Effect the robot had to set up a minimum of 25 dominos in only 5 minutes. The Bumble Bee MIT not only quickly set up 34 dominos, it was one of the only teams that all of the pieces were close enough to fall correctly.” For the Mechanical Writing event the robotic arm had to be able to write the Chinese characters “上銀“ (HIWIN), which the Bumble Bee MIT performed quite gracefully, winning first place. For the Hand and Eye Coordination event, the robots had to use sensors to detect holes in the surface, colors and shapes in order to put together a puzzle. For the Stacking event, the robot had to stack a pile of 20 wooden pieces to a height of 25 centimeters. Professor Yin-tien Wang of the Department of Electrical Engineering, expressed, “This competition really helps guide the students learning by giving them a chance to realize their ideas.”