According to the research gathered amongst 46 countries under the title “Global Talent 2012,” published in the 2012 Edition of Oxford Economics, Taiwan will be faced with a lack of qualified professional personnel. This information proves to possibly be more devastating to the economy than Taiwan’s current problem as an “aging generation.” In order to salvage the situation, the youth must be determined to fight for the future of Taiwan. This time period calls for a more ambitious and adventurous generation. In the afternoon on November 3rd, a forum was held titled, “Ambition- the Battle for Future Talent.” The event was held by TKU in cooperation with Commonwealth Magazine, who invited President of Chailease,Ying-chih Liao, TKU Alumni and Founder of the Innovative Open House website, Chih-Chao Chuang, and student representatives from the College of Engineering, to share ideas that could pave the way to a brighter economic future. The forum had over 1,600 individuals in attendance. President Chia-I Chang began the event by expressing her gratitude to Commonwealth Magazine for helping hold such a meaningful forum. President Chang then gave a brief history of TKU and its achievements including being ranked number one as most preferred graduates for employment for 17 years, the Three Circles and Five Disciplines Education system and maintaining an internationally-oriented, information-oriented and future-oriented education system. She then explained the steps needed to cultivate quality professionals in the future. She stated, “Taiwan’s future will gain strength by stepping onto the world stage and cultivating a more holistic global view.” The editor for Commonwealth Magazine, Wan-yu Wu, detailed the goal of the forum while presenting a short documentary. The documentary pointed out that the responsibility of creating a better economic future is reliant on the youth of Taiwan. It drew examples, using success stories of ambitious young entrepreneurs such as Chih-Chao Chuang. Afterwards Chih-chao Chuang shared his personal experience with the audience, giving gratitude to TKU for helping him to achieve his dream. He then encouraged the students to take advantage of the unique opportunity of learning at TKU. He stated, “No matter what the situation is in the world or in Taiwan, if I can do it, you can do it!”
Tamkang University’s Skating Rink has been a place that has hosted many events including Chinese Folk Song Night, performances from the Beatbox Team and Dance Team, the Street Square event and much more. It even made an appearance in the novels written by Sufen Cai in the 80’s. Now all of the alumni and students must bid farewell to the area that hosted so many wonderful campus traditions as it looks toward the future in the new Shou Chien International Conference Center. The Skating Rink has been a significant landmark for the university for half a century, making it crucial to the history of the university. A ceremony will be held on November 8th, officially celebrating the close of this historic center. Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, expressed, “Both the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of General Fairs are working together to hold this event, which will include many arts and activities to say farewell to the skating rink.” Organizer of the event and member of the Office of Student Affairs, Ruey-er Chen, stated, “There will be many activities that have been separated into two categories: the Older Tree Movement and Fences. The Older Tree movement will be related to bringing awareness to environmental protection, planting trees and plant life while the Fences will let students work with a creative story outline leaving their art work along the construction fences. Alumni from the Department of History, Ting-yu Li, stated, “This event will attract a lot of people, giving everyone a deeper appreciation of the history of TKU.”
In 1969 the Graduate Institute of America was founded and in 1989 the Graduate Institute of Latin America was founded. Both became known for being amongst the most important research centers in the nation. In 2009, the institutes became one: the Graduate Institute of the Americas, allowing for a smoother collaboration of ideas and concepts for future academic programs. This year marks the 45th year for the Graduate Institute of America and the 25th year for the Graduate Institute of Latin America, making it a time for celebration and good cheer. On October 28th at 10 o’clock in the morning, the Black Swan Exhibition center held the exciting anniversary promotion that included, Wine and coffee from Northern and Latin America, a book fair, innovate films, historical documentaries, and delicious cultural treats. The event was hosted by the Director of the Graduate Institute of the Americas, Hsiao-chuan Chen, who invited Ambassador Marcial Bobadilla Guillén from the Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay, Ambassador of the Dominican Embassy in Taiwan, Samuel Castro, Ambassador of the Embassy of Honduras in Taiwan, Misael Vallecillo, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, and Dean of the College of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang. From October 28th to the 31st, everyone is welcome to enjoy the multi-cultural exhibit. Products include fine Latin American alcoholic drinks: Tequila, Bacardi, Pisco, Margaritas, Mojitos, Pisco Sour and more. There is also a decent selection of choice coffee to sample and enjoy. The event organizer and second-year student of the Graduate Institute of the Americas, Bo-shan Wu, stated, “It took a full month to prepare this event and we all spent a lot of blood, sweat and tears to make it come into fruition. But having a chance to let people explore some of the true treats of Latin America is well worth it.”
The effects of the low birth rate of the baby bust generation have taken a large toll on enrollment in Taiwan from elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. This reduction in student population has made a dramatic impact on the future of higher learning. Now junior and private universities find themselves faced with the crisis of development and maintaining student numbers in an increasingly competitive educational market. In order to combat the issue, a meeting was held in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall on October 25th. The meeting was titled, “Strategies to Handle the Impact of the Baby Bust Generation on Higher Education in Taiwan.” President Flora Chia-I Chang stated, “We’ve paid attention to the phenomenon of the baby bust generation as it’s impact has become more apparent within the last few years. So we’ve invited professional researcher and professor of the Social Studies Department of National Taiwan University, James Hsueh, to give an analysis of the situation. Also because this has already been a problem in Japan, Professor from the Department of Japanese, Mei-ling Wang and Director of Lanyang Campus, Jyh-horng Lin, will give a report on the methods that Japan utilized to handle the effects of an aging society.” Moderator of QS World University Rankings, Martin Ince, began the meeting by emphasizing the importance of providing students with current information, university management and government participation, and the need for increased population of international students. He added that by increasing the university world ranking, it would open the proper avenues, allowing for expansion and international development. He stated, “In order for Tamkang University to make its mark in the international world, it must develop and share its most unique characteristics.” Professor James Hsueh began by analyzing and explaining the fluctuations of the birth rate in the most impactful years. He then talked about the necessity of being a competitive university and ways to maintain student population numbers through comparing to other countries that have undergone the same problem in the past. Professor Mei-ling Wang then explained the methods and problems that Japan endured dealing with the effects of a declining birthrate starting from the year 2000. She first mentioned that there was a decrease in student enrollment, academic funding, and government support in private universities by 32.7 percent. It was followed by an academic revolution of many schools focusing on reform of teaching methods, curriculum, international communication, politics, and student competitiveness. She stated, “By modelling the examples of other countries, we will be able to turn this calamity into an opportunity of development.”
From October 8th-10th, President Flora Chia-I Chang and the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET), travelled to Japan to meet with three Japanese universities: All Japan Universities Consortium, the Japan Association of Private Universities and Colleges (JAPUC) and the Association of Private Universities of Japan (APUJ). They also paid a visit to sister school, Hosei University, taking a tour of their campus including the Mandarin Training Center. The Executive Director of FICHET, Hwei-mei Chen, also came along for the academic visit. Japan has an estimated total of around 775 private universities, each with its own unique style and characteristics. The All Japan Universities Consortium was founded in 2004, JAPUC was founded in 1951 and APUJ was founded in 1946, making it the oldest school among the Japanese University Association and the first university to have an academic exchange with Taiwan. TKU’s sister school, Hosei University, was established in 1880. It has an extensive history as well as a well deserved academic reputation. Its campus is made up of 15 Colleges, 14 Graduate Institutes, 3 Master’s Programs, 30,000 students and 740 teachers. Hosei University officially signed an agreement to become sister universities with TKU in 2008. The two universities have shared a close relationship and in February they signed an agreement to establish a student exchange set to take place next spring.
The digital age is changing everything in our lives, from the way we communicate, entertain ourselves and even buy groceries. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the digital is now revolutionizing our traditional ways of learning. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) allow for many students in different regions to learn a variety of subjects at the same time. Tamkang University is offering three courses using this new media platform: E-calligraphy, Internet Items and Concepts and the Principles of Accounting. The courses can be applied for starting from October 27th in the “Share Course” section at link http://www.sharecourse.net/sharecourse/unit/tku . TKU held a press conference on October 23rd, officially announcing these MOOCs. Director of the Distance Education Development Section, Ying-hong Wang, stated, “Since 2002 this university has established an online campus, paving the way for the many resources we use for our long-distance education program. Through designing these programs for exchanges with sister universities, TKU has developed a professional team with modern information-oriented capabilities. They have designed a curriculum that cultivates professional skills that are perfect for the MOOC program.” First-year student of the English master's Program in the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, De-wei Jiang, stated, “The MOOCs have a lot of diversified information that is extremely helpful. I am able to get access to the professional skills I need because it has such a well designed curriculum. I also love how I am able to take the pace that I want while learning the information.”
Confucius stated that there are three different phases of learning: when we are 15 to 40 years, are gathering understanding about life, from 50-60 years old, we learn of our purpose through self reflection and from 70 and older we learn to follow our heart without transgression. Tamkang University’s Department of Architecture now enters a time of self reflection as they meet together in discussion of the upcoming 50th birthday celebration. Director of the Department of Architecture, Jui-mao Huang, stated, “This discussion is the oldest tradition of the Department of Architecture, which allows students and teachers to sit down with exceptional alumni face to face. It lets members of the university peer into the fruits of their labor. It also provides an opportunity to see if there are areas that can be adjusted or improved upon.” The discussion contained 12 alumni from the Department of Architecture, hosted by legendary Taiwanese architect, Ying-chun Hsieh. The content of the discussion entailed modern concepts of architecture and the great changes that have occurred in Taiwan since the Architecture Department was founded. They also shared their unique and vast personal experience, enlightening students and teachers alike with their many challenges and accomplishments. They mentioned that so much of their success was do to the strict teachings of their instructors at TKU. Second-year student of the Department of Architecture, Li-ting Huang, stated, “I’m so grateful for these amazing alumni that took the time to discuss with us today. It really opened my eyes to all of the possibilities of architecture and how it relates to the academic world, commercial business or government needs.”
There’s a saying that goes, “If you open a book, you open a new world.” Through reading we are able to open a realm of endless possibilities both fictional and nonfictional. We are allowed to peak into the writer’s mind and share their wisdom and experiences. Each book is a special gift and the second floor of the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library has just made it even more convenient to access. The new system for finding, organizing and returning literature uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. Now the shelves have become “smart shelves” that send information about each book through an automated system. It is a completely new experience that seems like something from a sci-fi novel. Dean of the Library, Sheue-fang Song, stated, “Before when someone wanted to reserve a book, they had to wait until the reader returned it, sometimes unaware of all of the books we had to offer. Now they can come here and browse for a book on our system whether or not it’s here, allowing each book to get a lot more use. We spent the summer time remodelling and redesigning the library system to make it more convenient and more comfortable.” Students are able to look through the computerized catalogue to search for and reserve books. They are allowed to reserve up to 6 books at once. Director of the Circulation Services, Chiu-hsia Shih, stated, “The New UHF RFID Smart Shelves display the status of any book on the LCM screen. As soon as there is any change on the shelf, the monitor automatically makes adjustments.”
The E-learning Executive Master’s Program of Business Administration (EMBA) has begun the their third year, enrolling 15 new students. The goal of this educational program is to build an academic bridge between Taiwan and Latin America. By giving Taiwanese people an understanding of Latin America and also giving Latin Americans a deeper view of Asia, a new generation of students can be cultivated with a diplomatic world view. The new enrolling students travelled from areas all over Latin America including Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Argentina, Ecuador and Mexico. On October 9th the 11 second-year students, accompanied the 15 enrolling students to sign up for courses. Also in attendance was Ambassador of Guatemala, Arturo Romeo Duarte Ortiz, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Rudolf Clausius, Director of the Mexican Trade Services Documentation and Cultural Office, Juan Manuel Gónzales with Deputy Director Alejandro Ramirez and Secretary of Honduras, José Víctor Lozano. In addition to receiving their courses, the new students also received gifts and souvenirs. The students were presented with a warm welcome as they took on an abundance of new courses including Pacific Safety Issues, Modern China, Taiwanese Society and Culture, South Eastern Asian Economic Development, North Eastern Asian Economic Development and South Eastern Government and Politics. Second-year student, Espinoza, expressed, “This assembly is always a lot of fun because we get to try lots of different types of food all in the same place. I’m so happy to be a part of something so significant and special.”
The Annual Gathering for Alumni of Tamkang University took place on October 4th at the Monarch Plaza Hotel in Taoyuan. This is the ninth year to hold this annual event and awards were presented, recognizing many alumni for their many contributions. In attendance was President of the Board of Trustees, Ding-chuan Chen, President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, Executive Director of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng, President of the Tamkang University Worldwide Federation of Alumni Association, Dr. Loo Soon, President of the Association of TKU Academic Departments, Jui-lung Sun, and President of the China Alumni Association, Wen-fu Chuang. The assembly began with the President of Better Chemistry Better Life, Ding-chuan Chen, giving a small briefing, officially initializing the newly founded academic industry program. Ding-chuan Chen stated, “The research and study of solar energy will be something that I will keep a close eye on even after I am retired. New medicines can be made through contributions into the field of chemistry and it is a priority that Better Chemistry Better Life remain focused on ways to better the quality of life for the human race.” Afterwards awards were presented to 28 alumni for their contributions: Shi-bo Zhang, Yong-qin Xu, Ming-yang Gao, Zhong-qin Xu, Wen-he Chen, Ruo-ming Xu, Yan-yan Qiu, Wei-yong Chen, Zeng-yao Gao, Ming-ren Wang, Xiao-rong Lin, Qin-cai Chen, Ya-shu Hong, Zi-jing Liu, Wei-tang Peng, Bo-shu Lin, Li-zhu Ye, Hong-jin Zhou, Zong-qin Chen, Feng-xiang Li, Shu-lin Qiu, Shun-min Wang, Meng-ji Xu, Cai-lie Yang, Hua-long Huang, Xian-yu Zhuang, and Bing-xi Zhang.
Tamkang University Alumni of the Department of Mass Communications and author, Wenyin Cheng, stated, “My time at Tamkang University was the first time I had ever lived with someone else.” Alumni from the Department of English and acclaimed author, Tien-wen Chu, also stated that she misses her time as a student at TKU. For many of the students that attend TKU, life in the dormitories leaves great memories and souvenirs for the later years. It is a special moment in time, shared with new friends over the course of many interesting and fun-filled nights. In order to make the time spent in the dorms even more comfortable, TKU has remodelled the female dorm, Sung-tao Hall, making it fresh and better than ever. In the afternoon on October 3rd, the ceremonial ribbon was cut to celebrate the new makeover. The opening celebration was graced with a pleasant atmosphere that included dancing performances. President Flora Chia-I Chang stated, “I’d like to personally thank the Office of General Affairs for all of their effort and planning involved in creating a top quality environment on campus. Sung-tao Hall’s new look is stunning and equipped with facilities that will help cultivate students in a positive learning atmosphere.” The end of the event included a video, displaying the great changes that the dorm had undergone over the years. Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, stated, “We’ve gotten lots of remarks from past students and the media about the price of the new dorm being so affordable. It really shows that everyone is very impressed with the new look.”
When you turn on your cell phone, there are dozens of tiny screens that appear, assisting you with the apps of your choice. Whether you are using an I-phone, Android, iOS or any modern smartphone, life is made more convenient with apps that can take care of many daily needs from information to a cure for boredom. As a member of TKU, be sure to download the TKU i-life app like thousands of other students who take advantage of this helpful resource daily. This app was created in 2012 and has already been downloaded 55,288 times. It has been accessed by users a total of 3,515,330 this year and 6,353,718 times since its development. The app has become quite popular not only for its handy informational resources, but also for its entertainment value. This app gives the latest details on all the happenings on campus regarding daily news, recent news, up and coming events, campus phone numbers, library information, videos, bus routes, weather, building projects, and much more. The app comes equipped with a total of 17 different functions for life on campus. The functions that are most popular include My Schedule, Tamkang Wi-fi and Exam Schedule. It also receives a lot of use from catching the sports events such as volleyball and basketball games. First-year student in the Department of Russian Language, Yu-xiang Sun, stated, “This app has been very useful for helping me get adjusted to life on campus. I can find everything that I am looking for very quickly.” Fourth-year student of the Department of Transportation Management, Zu-jie Lin, stated, “I love this app. It’s made my life on campus so convenient because I can stay up to date with everything on my phone.”
From the 22nd to the 25th of this month, President Flora Chia-I Chang lead a trip to Korea with Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of Global Development, Ay-hwa Andy Liou, Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, and Director of the Office of International Exchange, En-ju Lin to visit four sister universities: Sungshin Women’s University, Ewha Women’s University, National Central University, and Dankook University. The President’s first stop was at Sungshin Women’s University(SWU), an institute that officially began an academic exchange with Tamkang University in 1983. Last July 24th TKU and SWU established a new exchange program scheduled to take place next year. SWU was founded in 1936, giving it a history of 28 years as a comprehensive university. It currently has 10 colleges, 5 graduate institutes and over 12,000 students. The second visit was with National Central University, founded in 1918. It has two campuses containing 19 colleges and 14 graduate institutes. The students also benefit from a very successful theater and film program. They are responsible for the popular film that received international acclaim, “Yuri.” The final visit was with Dankook University (DU), the first private university established after the Japanese occupation. It was founded in 1947 and officially began an exchange with TKU in 1975. DU institute has 20 colleges and 28,654 students. President Chang stated, “Korea has made great bounds in recent years regarding higher learning. There is a lot that is worth learning through our cooperation and this trip has certainly strengthened our bond.”
The recent increase in prices for water, electricity and other resources has directly influenced the cost of eating take out. Not to mention that the continual use of disposable plates and containers leads to waste that has a negative impact on our environment. The Office of General Affairs is presenting the “Large Bowl” drive, designed to promote environmental awareness by providing students with a stylish reusable bowl for all of their meals. These bowls will be distributed in the food plazas downstairs in the dormitories on September 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Each purchase over 45 NT will have a 5 NT discount when using these bowls. Dean of the Office of General Affairs, Shiaw-shyan Luo, expressed, “Tamkang University has close to 20,000 students and many of them eat take out. If they all use disposable cups and plates it will surely leave a significant footprint of carbon waste on our environment. We discovered in an earlier survey that in one weeks time, the number of paper containers used by the university for lunch boxes would stack up to be twice as high as the Taipei 101 building. So we have undertaken dramatic measures since 2008 in order to reduce carbon waste generated from our university. These small steps, policies and adjustments have dramatic effects on our the future of our eco system.” The large bowl comes dressed in a beautiful flower design with a fastenable lid. It can hold up to 1000 cc of food, making it suitable to hold a large lunch. Founder of the Large Bowl promotion, Ying-hsiu Lai, expressed, “I chose to promote this environmental product in the freshman dormitory in order to let students start their college life with good habits. Not only will this project be effective in reducing carbon waste, it is a fine way to promote awareness to environmental problems as well.”
Haruki Murakami research has become quite popular in Taiwan and throughout the world, even receiving a nobel prize. In 2012 Tamkang University’s Japanese Department designed the Haruki Murakami research program and founded the first Haruki Murakami research center in Taiwan. On September 22nd the official opening for the center was held, hosted by President Flora Chia-I Chang, who invited Translator of English Literature and former professor of Tokyo University, Motoyuki Shibata, to give a lecture contrasting American literature with Haruki Murakami. Director of the Center for Murakamiharuki Studies, Chiu-kuei Tseng, expressed, “In the future we will sustain Haruki Murakami research utilizing hardware, software and all related materials to create a diverse curriculum.“ Chiu-kuei has held the Haruki Murakami International research conferences three consecutive times in Japan, Korea and Malaysia. For this event, special guest Motoyuki Shibata was invited to enlighten people in great detail regarding the writings of Haruki Murakami. Former assistant of the TKU Center for Murakamiharuki Studies and alumni of the Department of Japanese, Chao Sheng, expressed, “Since high school I’ve been very fascinated with Haruki Murakami’s products. I love the way he describes the moods and emotions of all the characters and the events are all very meaningful. Making people more aware of the context of his books will have a profound and positive impact on the literary world.”
On September 19th, Tamkang University had a signing ceremony for the future collaboration with Hong Kong Junior High Schools. The new alliance was made through Highwise Service Foundation limited and President Flora Chia-I Chang flew to Hong Kong with Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, to personally sign the agreement for an academic exchange. The schools that are included in this agreement with Tamkang University are all top of the line institutions: Pui Ching Middle School, La Salle College, Carmel Divine Grace Foundation Secondary School, Po On Commercial Association Wong Siu Ching Secondary School, King Ling College, Stewards MKMCF Ma Ko Pan Memorial College, Lai King Catholic Secondary School, Cognito College, Shun Tak Fraternal Association Seaward Woo College, Baptist Wing Lung Secondary School, Tsung Tsin College, and Buddhist Hung Sean Chau Memorial College. This newly founded academic exchange received great appreciation and anticipation from both sides.
Global Views Monthly magazine and 1111 have finished conducting a survey to find the most preferred university graduates by thousands enterprises. The survey was conducted from June 24th, 2014 to July 23rd, 2014 utilizing samples from both the internet and telephone. TKU was ranked 10th among all universities in Taiwan, making it the only private university to be ranked in the top ten. TKU was also ranked 1st among private universities. The categories used to gauge university rankings include Business and Management, Finance, Humanities, Social Science, Art, Design and Architecture. According to the survey, enterprises are most interested in new employees that have internship work experience or have studied an academic industry curriculum over letters of recommendation and grades. Because of this trend, the majority of enterprises recommend that students get work experience before going into graduate school. New employees with work experience are more likely to have an understanding of the required expertise for the job. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, stated, “In recent years we have been emphasizing internship work experience because it is the current direction of higher education and we will continue to create and strengthen our academic industry programs. On July 21st we signed an agreement with 200 enterprises to create more professional academic exchanges.”
There are many different types of student clubs and associations involved in areas of art, physical fitness, health, services, music, religion, get togethers and student affairs. These groups hold various important events such as the graduation ceremony, competitions and so on. At the start of the new semester, a promotion activity presenting all of the clubs takes place on campus, allowing the incoming freshmen to choose a group to become a part of for their credit requirement. The event titled, “The Student Club Enrollment Exhibition” was put on by the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, which displayed 135 different student clubs on Hai Bao Street. All of the groups had the opportunity to show off their unique purposes and characteristics. There were many great products, sounds and sights to attract the incoming freshmen to take a closer look. There was a blend of international concepts as western music filled the air next to the fencing club. First year student of the Department of Finance, Zi-Xuan Su, stated, “The song composition club really got my attention because the club was so big!” This semester there will be no shortage of new blood to take on the 19 newly established groups, bringing the total number of student clubs to 226. Some of the newly established groups include Promoting Science to Children, International Economics, TKU Model Club, Elton Laboratory, Liberal Arts Club, Soccer, EMBA, Running, Adventure Club, Musical Games Club and much more. Students can option to join a club for reasons of creativity, academics or fitness, giving them a lot to consider before becoming a part of a team.
For the past two weeks freshmen students have been enrolling into academic institutions all over the nation, keeping university administration and staff extra busy. Along with the beginning of the first semester comes many ceremonies, assemblies and activities. Tamkang University held the “Ke Nan Hill Climb”, which took place on September 11th and 12th. This is a opening semester event that is unique to Tamkang University lead by President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice Presidents, professors and administrators as the newly enrolled freshmen climbed 132 steps to welcome the new semester. This structure was built in 1953 in the Five Tiger Hills and it was originally the only path that connected the campus to the main road. Before there was a bus system in place, all of the students and staff had to make this steep climb to begin classes. It was also a path often used to help TKU faculty with physical training, running and exercises. This stairway has been used for the cultivation of strength and spirit for many years and at the beginning of each semester it is fitting to hold this assembly that represents dedication and commitment. During the climb, the new students were taught about TKU’s educational concepts of the Three Circles (professional curriculum, core curriculum and extracurricular curriculum) and the Five Disciplines (Conduct, Intelligence, Physical Education, Teamwork and Beauty). Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, stated that for the month of August they already held the parent teacher discussion, dormitory tours and many department activities. For the start of the new semester they are holding the opening semester assembly, beginning study lectures and the student clubs exhibition. Everyone continued to climb the stairs with a blend of expressions of both joy and pain as their legs ached from climbing the massive structure. The new semester has begun and once again TKU is making its academic climb.
This summer the Center for Teacher Education has qualified at least 25 alumni to become junior high and high school teachers. Two teachers that received certification from the program, Pei-rong Cai and Yi-qun Chen, returned to the center on August 21st to share their teaching experiences. Even though TKU has discontinued their elementary teacher education curriculum since 2008, the Center for Teacher Education continues to prepare future teachers and even assists them in finding employment. At least 12 alumni have found teaching jobs this summer in areas including New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Xinzhu, and Tai Dong County. A meeting for alumni responsible for elementary education took place on August 23rd where they mentioned the importance of never giving up when pursuing their dreams. They all had to spend a lot of time doing off and on substitute teaching jobs, but the end result was well worth the time and energy spent. Dean of the College of education, Dian-fu Chang and Dean of Academic Affairs Chih-en Ko encouraged the alumni to continue to be persistent in order to achieve their goals. The Ministry of Education gave awards for education related internships for 2014 and two students from the Center for Teacher Education, Jia-qun Gao and Hui-xuan Liao won the Highly Commended Award. Also teacher from Tamsui Elementary school, Yun-ping Lu won the award for Internship Teaching Assistant Excellence. These inspirational stories all shared their beginnings in the Center for Teacher Education. The other alumni were able to gather great comfort and motivation from sharing experiences of diligence, patience and hardwork.
Tamkang University’s Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center held a three-day International Joint Program in Japan with Tohoku University and Sendai National College of Technology. This short-term summer project represented the first time these universities have officially cooperated for an academic exchange. In order to give the participating students an opportunity to work their communication skills on an international level, the entire activity was held using English language. The theme of the event was the Implementation for Robotic Systems with Wireless Chargers and TKU provided a technical skills course using Lego Mindstorms NXT while Sendai National College of Technology and Tohoku University provided courses instructing the system of wireless chargers, robotics and antennas. All of the students were put into different groups made up of all the universities, giving them a chance to cooperate and develop their international communication skills. For this event the students worked together to realize 6 different types of wireless chargers and on the final day of the event, the results were posted for everyone to learn and share. During each of the courses the students were able to enhance their technical skills pertaining to both robotics as well as English language. They were also able to establish valuable relationships for their future careers. Ching-chang Wong stated, “For this event we were limited in funding so we had to operate this exchange on a smaller scale, but I’m sure in the future we will be able to have even more opportunities to allow the students to have this type of invaluable international interaction.
Starting from 49 years ago, Tamkang University has carried out a seminar called, “Danhai Same Boat Club” for student organizations before the start of the new semester. It’s an opportunity for all of the student organization leaders to gather together to learn how to further cultivate and develop leadership skills and services. This year’s workshop took place from August 21st to the 25th and the opening day was launched in Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, stated in his opening address, “The student organizations are for building strong relationships and cooperation abilities. I hope that the new members aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty as they embrace much of the hard work that is needed.” This workshop contained 237 student organization members and this is the first time students from both Tamsui and Lanyang campus were able to work together for this particular leadership seminar. To instruct seminar courses they invited supervisor of Ogilvy Public Relations, Vicky h., to share ideas and concepts about creating a name brand in order to help student organizations better promote themselves. They also invited well-known author, Esor Huang, to share ideas on the importance of informationalism and methods of utilizing software for convenient data organizing. Second year student of the Department of Finance, Xin-yu Lin, stated, “These courses really gave us a lot of valuable and applicable new skills, methods and concepts.”
Rector of the Jagiellonian University, Dr. Wojceich Nowakgk and Dean of the Graduate Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, Ks dr hab. Kryzszto Koscielniak, came to visit TKU under the guidance of the Ministry of Education’s Xin-yu Su on September 2nd. President Flora Chia-I Chang met with the honored guests personally as they had a friendly sit together. Also in attendance was Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu, Dean of the College of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang, Dean of the College of Education, Dian-fu Chang, Director of the Graduate Institute of Asian Studies, Yao-ting Jen, Director of the Institute of European Studies, Li-chuan Chen, Professor of the Department of Management Sciences, Hsu-shih Shih, and Professor of the Department of Economics, Chin-mo Cheng. The Jagiellonian University is a research university founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great in Kazimierz. It is the oldest university in Poland, the second oldest university in Central Europe and one of the oldest universities in the world. During the discussion President Chang expressed, “The spirit of excellence can be seen in Jagiellonian University through their amazing history alone. Our current professor of the Department of Political Economics, Anna Rudakowska is from Poland and Professor Chin-mo Cheng graduated from the University of Warsaw and since has attended many conferences in Poland. It’s such an honor to be able to have such an intimate exchange.” Dr. Wojciech Nowakgk expressed that he wishes to be able to create a formal agreement between the two universities that would officially initiate an active exchange program for both teachers and students.
On August 24th, the 2014 Gathering for Tamkang University Alumni took place in the Vancouver Convention Center. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng and many other department chairs. At this conference there were over 200 alumni from America, China, Taiwan and Canada. The event had a variety of different alumni that came to participate, some living and working overseas for many years, and even others that were up to ninety years old. All of the alumni have very different backgrounds, but came together with the unified purpose of helping with the development of TKU. This particular event is held every two years, the first time taking place in Los Angeles, California in 2006. Later it was held in Shanghai in 2008, Taiwan in 2010 and Malaysia in 2014. This year the alumni made a special overseas trip to the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada. The forum was hosted by President of the TKU North American Alumni Alliance, Qi-feng Ping and the Taiwanese Alumni were represented by President of the General Alumni Association of Tamkang University, Ding-chuan Chen, Chairman of the TKU United Alumni Association, Dr. Loo Soon, Professor from the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Min-fan Ricky Lee, and also President of Guangdong and Taiwanese Business Alumni, Shu-lin Qiu. President Chang expressed,”You precious alumni have made very generous donations over the years, literally changing the shape of the university of TKU. Your magnificent contributions have sustained great motivation for quality development. For this event we have lots of great festivities planned including exciting performances and an exquisite banquet. Let us take advantage of this opportunity to further strengthen our connections.”
“3C products or products involving Computer, Communication and Consumerism are already a part of modern daily life in Taiwan. Yet being able to give these products to the less fortunate and seeing the joy it brought into their lives left an unimaginable impression.” Said Xin-fang Li, student of the Department of Chemistry and member of the Cambodia Volunteer Services organization. Student from the Department of Civil Engineering, Ruo-xuan Lin stated, “This 23-day trip of offering our services was very rememberable. I think if we had only been sightseeing it would have left a much shallower impression on us.” The Cambodia Volunteer Service Group was lead by Mei-lan Lee, who stated, “The 2014 Cambodia Summer Service Trip involved 3 teachers, 16 members and 500 kg. of study materials, stationery, toothbrushes and second hand clothing. We all had a great experiences exchanging education and culture for 23 days. For this trip we emphasized giving both Chinese language and computer courses. When the classes were finished, we had the opportunity to meet and work with TCO (Trailblazer Cambodia Organization. and BSAD (Buddhism for Social Development Action).” Student from the Department of Western Language, Zhi-ying Chen, stated, “I never knew that you could gain so much from teaching. I discovered teaching can be very free and it’s a great form of sharing with each other. After I got into the rhythm of it, I wasn’t scared or nervous, it was a really great experience that I will always treasure.”
The Office of Human Resources held the 2014 Yearly Academic Executive Seminar on August 13th and 14th at the Clement Chang International Conference Hall. This seminar included progress reports from the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Human Resources. They also invited Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsi-deh Wu, Professor from the Department of Chinese Language, Shan-pei Yin, Dean of the College of Global Development, Andy Ay-hwa Liou, and Dean of the Department of Finance, Jui-chih Chen to give lectures sharing their vast experience related to management. The host of this academic seminar was Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, who emphasized the importance of planning and modifying each department including curriculum, student study habits and teaching methods. He stated, “The role of each department is crucial in how it blends together to hone the skills of the students.” President Flora Chia-I Chang began her speech by reminiscing about a time that the founder of TKU university spent as a minister at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. She used the story to illustrate the importance of communication within each of the Departments of TKU. She stated, “The Departments are the heartbeat of this university and it is important that we create a smooth network of communication in order to establish the most effective educational program.” At the end of her speech, President Chang contributed books to each of the participants with instructions and suggestions of university development. Afterwards a discussion was held and the members of the seminar were able to ask questions pertaining to the future development of TKU. President Chang emphasized that all of the departments must continue to utilize the Spirit of Excellence’s educational program as a guideline for curriculum design. She also pointed out the importance of continually using and establishing academic industry exchanges to give students direct work experience.
After 10 years of living abroad Asian Canadian students, Hao-kui Hu and Hao-yi Hu, said they were overjoyed to have the opportunity to return to Taiwan. They stated that during their time away, Taiwan had undergone many different changes in appearance and fashion that they were excited to learn about. They returned to Taiwan with 46 student visitors for the Expatriate Youth Taiwan Study Tour. This year’s Expatriated Youth Taiwan Study Tour was hosted by TKU and involved participants from Canada, Japan, Europe and other places in Asia who will tour and sightsee in Taiwan for 3 weeks. Dean of the Division of Continuing Education, Hsiang-hua Chou, stated, “This is an opportunity for Asian youth to explore the enriched history, culture and natural areas of Taiwan. It’s my hope that they will be able to absorb a lot from this experience as they travel out into the country areas.” Aside from just exploring the scenery in Tamsui, the participants will also experience northern Taiwan through the convenience of the MRT. In addition to taking tours, the participants will also attend DIY courses that will give them a deeper understanding of Taiwanese traditions and arts. They will also be able to take unique and beautiful souvenirs for when they return home. The students will also spend time at cultural museums while dining on the assorted flavors of Taiwanese cuisines. All of the participants mentioned that Taiwanese people were especially polite and the places were very clean. Hao-yi Hu stated, “This is the first time this tour has taken place in Taiwan and it’s obvious that Taiwan has improved a lot over the years.”
On August 11th Tamkang University signed an agreement with Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co.(Foxconn) to form an academic industry exchange that would develop and promote e-calligraphy digital tools. This project will prove beneficial to both Taiwan and China as well as to the preservation of the culture of calligraphy. President Chang stated, “This university promotes individual academic progress as well as the promotion of alliances. I hope in the future this academic industry exchange will enhance the capabilities of our mutual development. Through the cooperation of our two industries we will be able to create a new platform to launch modern calligraphy. Chinese calligraphy has been essential to China for the last 2000 years and giving it a digital format is paramount for the preservation of history.” Dean of the Carrie Chang Arts Center, Ben-hang Chang, described the universities academic growth as it pertains to digital learning and online skills development. He stated, “For many years we’ve utilized the advantages of long-distance learning and teaching resources to become part of a more internationalized academic world. Being able to utilize this new technology to promote Chinese culture is truly an extraordinary opportunity. It transcends the boundaries of our countries, allowing those who are interested to have an opportunity to learn of our arts and traditions.” Chairman of Foxconn, Terry Gou, stated, “In the near future there will be five other companies investing into this digital project to help expedite great results. This will allow the years of TKU’s e-calligraphy research to be spread throughout the world, rebirthing the interest of Chinese calligraphy.”
Over 200 students from middle school and high school participated in the three-day science camp held on Tamsui Campus. A student from Zheng De Junior High School, You Xuan, stated, “Because we had some much fun at the last science camp at Tamkang University, it is only natural that we sign up for it again this year. I’ve always had a heavy interest in biology and chemistry so there really was no question that I wanted to participate in this event.” The three-day camp was divided into three sections including math, biology and chemistry. The camp utilized lectures, experiments and innovative games as methods of helping to educate the young students. The students were also able to perform skits utilizing their newly obtained knowledge to help them grab a more complete understanding of the fundamentals. Dean of the College of Science, Bo-cheng Wang, stated, “This science camp is a promotion of science and math related activities that will stimulate the interest of younger students. It helps the students develop in areas of observation, logic and life exploration. It will surely help them in the future with their studies related to such courses.” Executive director of the event and third-year student of the Department of Biology, Li-ying Chen, stated, “In the afternoon of the first day of the science camp, we introduced students to a role playing game with different levels and challenges to develop their skills. It was very successful in involving all of the students and I believe it will have a lasting impact on their interest in science. We’ve done our best to develop every detail of each activity in order to deliver a complete concept to the students. Our goal is to get them to embrace scientific ideals and stimulate their creativity. In the future I believe they will all be able to make a great contribution to the world of science.”
Tamkang University’s Department of Architecture has been investing in the development of Tamsui Campus and the Dan Hai region for quite some time. Not only have they finished projects along the Tamsui Riverbank, they have also helped preserve cultural assets and resources. In recent years they have volunteered their services to help Zhu Yuan Junior Higher and Shi Men Elementary School construct a tree house as part of the “Environmental Art Movement.” This year they will maintain this spirit of excellence as they offer their services to the Dan Hai farming regions. The historic volcanic eruption of Datun Mountain lead to the development of very important fertile grounds for the farms in Dan Hai District. The enriched soil became a natural resource that lead to the establishment of Chance Garden and the British East India Company. In the last twenty years, the development of the city has made this area into an abundant source for farming and preservation of the local culture. In very recent years, farmers have been doing their best to make a connection with the city community. Dean of the Department of Architecture, Jui-mao Huang, stated, “The Department of Architecture has undergone many long-term projects in the region of Dan Hai. We believe that it is very crucial for the students’ development to have experience interacting with the local farms. This will give them professional service skills that will be directly beneficial to their future career. It will also give them personal knowledge of their own community, which will be invaluable to our society in the long run.” This particular project took place in Northern Tamsui and had 40 first-year architecture students who spent three weeks creating various products: a Community Recreational Canopy, a Community Podium, a Hibiscus Platform, Amateur Wedding Automatic Photographer, and Irrigation Modification.