The past few weeks mark the most important time for juniors in high school regarding their application to study at the university. The Office of Academic Affairs has been providing services for students interested in all departments including meeting parents, interviews, and other needs in order to improve activity in admissions. These services include the two-day interactive event titled, “Choosing TKU for your Career”, an activity that showcased and detailed each department so that applying students could get a better understanding of the university. This year there are a total of 7,322 applicants that have passed the initial phase the application process and have registered for the next step. It’s estimated that there will be 2,401 new students admitted. Dean of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Cheng, expressed, “This university’s department exhibit gives students a chance to come directly in contact with professors and courses of their major of choice. Students and parents alike are able to become more familiar with the courses, content and uniqueness of TKU’s higher learning curriculum. It also helps the students better understand themselves and what their academic interests are. This year the admissions process is rather different than last year, allowing students to ask questions related to courses or services. It’ my hope that they will be able to see the many advantages of being a student at TKU.” One student who came in for an interview expressed, “The second part of the admissions process has allowed students and teachers to get a closer look at what the university has to offer. There are so many advantages here, especially the international accounting licensing certification and academic industrial internship programs.
When people ponder on fishing in earlier times, they can’t help but to think of the traditional stone fish traps that are still scattered throughout the country. Remnants of these ancient fishing traps can be found on the Tamsui coast, but because there hasn’t been any continual maintenance, these traps have slowly been eroding from existence. In order to preserve the memory of this tradition, a team from the College of Liberal Arts is making a documentary of these historical artifacts by using incredible and unusual methods. In addition to interviewing people who are able to recall the time that the traps were in use, they are using flying drones to film and get unique overhead perspectives. Information gathered including research, cultural information and historical artifacts will be saved in a digital archive to preserve the remaining data forever. Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Sinn-cheng Lin, expressed, “The information collected by this research group will be able to be found on Tamsui’s Wiki page (https://zh-tw.facebook.com/wikitamsui) and more people can get a closer look at the culture of Tamsui. I hope people will come take a look at some of the earliest man made eco related structures. There is much to learn for people with interests in History, Architecture, Tourism and Ecology. The College of Liberal Arts will utilize data collected over the past three years from students of the Departments of Chinese, History, Mass Communication, Information and Library Science and Information and Communication to make the preservation project diverse and intriguing from multiple fields. GPS will also be used to map out the different territories of stone traps, which will be useful for tourism in the future. One of the planners and research assistants, Mei-sheng Chen, stated, “Being able to film the earth from the sky will give us a very new look at things that we feel familiar with. I’m sure it will open everyone’s eyes for more creative and impactful ideas.”
Dean of the College of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang, Director of the Eastern Association Research Center, Juo-yu Lin, Director of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Ming-hsien Wang, Professor of the Graduate Institute of Asian Studies, Ching-lung Tsay, Professor of the Graduate Institute of European Studies, Chong-kou Tzou and Professor of the Graduate Institute of the Americas, Luis Pere Francisco, travelled to Jakarta, Indonesia for an academic exchange at the beginning of April. Kao-cheng Wang expressed, “The purpose of this trip was to strengthen our relations within the international Asian region while encouraging positive activity in enrollment, career opportunities and political relations. Currently, there are five TKU alumni that hold positions in the Indonesian Ambassador Office.” On April 2nd the College of International Studies met with Binus University to sign an agreement, establishing an academic and research exchange for teachers and students. The Vice President of Binus University, Simatupang, was in attendance during the official signing and afterwards they held the Asian Political and Safety Development forum.
Last month Tamkang University participated in the Ministry of Education’s 2015 Junior College Student Association Achievement Contest and Exhibition and the 2015 Annual Junior College Student Club Evaluation Event. This event involved 280 elite student groups and TKU’s Student Association was honored with the Award of Excellence and the Public Administration Student Group was awarded the Special Award of Student Group Autonomy Comprehension. Director of the Office of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, stated, “Receiving these awards are not only a great source of encouragement, they are real treasures for the university.” Member of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, I-ting Li, expressed, “In August 2014, the Student Association officially reached its 20th year and in 2009 began its participation in the Student Association Achievement Contest. From 2010 to 2014 the Student Association has won the award for Student Group Autonomy Comprehension for 3 years in a row. For the past three years the Student Association has continued to hold events to benefit students including suggestions for additional student clubs, activities in the ice skating rink and basketball court and more. The university has been very supportive of the ideas presented by the Student Association which has played a major factor in our achievements. ” Head of the Public Administration Student Group, Min-zhu Yang, stated, “The Department of Public Administration is the balance between the Department of Law and the Department of Politics. We are very passionate, but remain professional in all of our endeavors. The activities and events we hold vary depending on the environment, but touch on all aspects including traditions, services, innovation and much more. I believe it is our dedication to the community that is responsible for this year’s achievement.”
On March 25th the annual event to share student club memories and experience was held in rooms O306 and Q306. All of the student groups that had offered services during the winter break, gathered together to learn from each other. Captain of the Thailand Study Service Team and third year student of the Department of International Business, Dan Cao, stated, “When I am in Thailand it feels as if I’m in my purest and most humble form. When we arrived to see our host families, It felt like we had been missed every single day since our last visit.” Four-year student of the Department of Information and Library Science, Yi-ru Zhou, stated, “Receiving the host mother’s homemade key chain that she personally made for us as a souvenir, moved me to tears. I feel so incredibly blessed to be a part of this project.” There were a total of 31 service teams made up of 700 students that travelled to 17 regions around Taiwan and even overseas to give support of and share academic knowledge of TKU. The Office of Student Affairs held this event in order to give students an opportunity to encourage each other and inspire new blood to participate. The exchange included a collection of visual aids: pictures, videos and achievements to allow the audience to travel along with the student groups. Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Chung, made a personal appearance to congratulate the students on their endeavors. Director of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Su-kuang Chiang, stated, “Doing this type of volunteer work isn’t a single event, but a lifestyle. The highest level of service is incorporating this spirit into your everyday life.” Director of the Office of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, stated, “Seeing the smiles on each of these members’ faces, indicates that the seed of service has successfully been implemented in their hearts. It’s my hope that the seed is nurtured over the years and that our society may benefit from a great harvest.”
The spring season in Taipei is always welcomed by the blossoming of beautiful flowers that naturally decorate Tamsui, Taipei and Lanyang Campus. Once again students and teachers can enjoy the visually pleasing spring changes on the walkways, palace style lantern paths, gardens and courtyards as they travel from class to class. For sixty years the natural decor of Tamkang University has been the trademark of its unique campus in addition to the traditional Chinese style construction of buildings and plazas. Through diligence and generous contributions, the artful scenery on campus continues to grow more abundant and colorful as time passes. It’s a great time of the year for students and teachers alike to slow down and enjoy the view.
On the 25th of March, New Taipei City held the 2015 career exhibition in the Student Activity Center on Tamsui campus. There were 50 different enterprises represented including HIWEN Technologies Corp., Unimicron, Foxlink, Acbel Polytech Inc., E. Sun Bank, Taishin Financial Holdings, Din Tai Fun Restaurant, Regent Taipei, Miramar Garden Taipei, UNIQLO and many more. The companies were represented by technicians, engineers, salesmen and other positions adding up to a total of 2,500 employees. Head of the Career Guidance Section, Ling-chan Wu, stated, “This year the employment market is warming up as it begins to seek out new personnel, especially in regards of positions concerning technology. The New Taipei City Government held this campus career exhibition in order to prepare students for what’s to come in the near future, giving them confidence and allowing a smooth transition from the university into the workforce.” The event began at 10am with an exciting lion dance performed by the international students. Afterwards President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh and Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, cut the ceremonial ribbon and opened the doors for about 3000 participants. As soon as the event began students were able to interact, learn and make connections with each of the participating enterprises. Senior student of the Department of Information and Library Science stated, “I will be graduating in June so I am so grateful to have this opportunity to prepare for my future. I am able to learn what employers are looking for through communicating with so many great and diverse professional personnel.”
This semester the Office of Student Affairs is taking a new approach regarding Tamkang University’s registration for accredited student groups. This year all of the information and pamphlets about the extracurricular activities have taken the shape of extraterrestrials to explain things such as regulations for entering or setting up a group, organizing a group, campus positions, becoming an autonomous student group, raising student group knowledge, allowing for more self exploration in student learning and getting a head start on future careers. They also are holding events to encourage student group autonomy, student group cooperation and registration for events. Specialist of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Meng-shiang Wu, expressed, “These student groups are capable of inviting speakers and alumni for events so that they can share their exciting experience and work history, holding forums and workshops, evaluating curriculums, discussing student objectives, improving methods of administration and much more. The more knowledge they have on how things operate at the university, the more they are able to be involved.” Wu emphasized that registration for classes and groups can vary. If there are any questions of student group registration search for “student groups” (at link http://lpcs.tku.edu.tw/LPCS/fc_news/fc_news_all.aspx?mode=none).
The 2015 Annual Total Quality Management forum was held on March 20th in the Student Activity Center. The purpose of the forum was to act as a platform for Tamkang University staff to communicate, interact and express goals and objectives, especially focusing on, “The Art of Speaking and Work Quality.” Special lecturers included the founder of the Comedians Workshop, Shao-ching Sung, representatives of Unimicron and participant of the 27th National Group Competition, TKU’s Dream Team. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, the three university vice presidents and first and second level administrators. The forum began with President Chang’s opening address. She expressed, “In 1980 TQM received attention from the industrial world, in 1990 it became a part of the academic world and TKU has promoted it for the last 23 years. It’s my hope that everyone will utilize the spirit of TQM to help in terms of management, modification and renewal of spirit.” After President Chang’s address she reminded everyone to start preparing early for the TKU quality management award and the National Group Competition. The Dream Team represented TKU in the National Group Competition and received a bronze medal. They shared their experience and President Chang presented awards to the teams that placed in the competition. Later team representatives then shared their experience regarding creation of a curriculum for high school students, reduction of carbon waste and raising the level of environmental awareness. At the end of the event, President Chang expressed her thanks to Unimicron and Shao-ching Sung for their lectures instructing better ways to improve communication and the relationship it has on the quality of work management.
In recent years there has been an influx of international students coming to Taiwan. The Ministry of Education (MOE) has prepared to meet with the needs of incoming overseas students by promoting internationally-oriented quality assessments to higher learning institutions. This plan is focused on five points: University International Development and Specialty, International Student Academic Support, Junior College International Manpower and Administration Resources, International Languages on Campus and Websites, and International Cooperation and Exchanges. After registering for MOE’s assessment, Tamkang University met with over 60 percent of the specifications, earning praise and MOE’s title of an internationally “Exceptional University.” TKU has established an environmentally friendly campus for international students and in 2015 there are a total of 1,616 students in attendance. In terms of academics and administration TKU has taken great steps to ensure the quality of international information including the Tamkang Global Village, Lanyang’s Complete English Campus and the participation in many international activities and competitions. The total number of students involved in overseas studies, overseas service programs and exchange programs adds to a total of 6000 students. Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, stated, “For the last eight years, this university has been heavily focused on becoming more international by using methods of Wikinomics and Collective Intelligence. Through working together with all of the students and teachers from different countries, we were able to earn this achievement.”
From March 8th to the 10th President Flora Chia-I Chang and Director of the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, Pei-wha Chi Lee, travelled to Japan to meet with sister school, Hosei University. The TKU representatives attended a research forum held by Hosei on internationalization and President Chang gave a lecture on How Asian Universities Can Cultivate Globally Effective Personnel. President Chang also attended the International Department’s Assessors Meeting which covered the topic of Global Human Resources Cultivation and Planning. In addition to inviting President Chang, Hosei University also invited President of International Academy FPT University, Dr. Nguyen Thanh Nami as well as representatives from United Nations University, and Sustainability Graduate Institute to give lectures during the discussion. There were nearly 100 people in attendance, made up of professors and personnel related to international affairs. The university’s objective was to use this discussion in order to bring forth more internationally related developments in the future while at the same time strengthening the bonds of the relations between Asian universities. President Chang’s lecture detailed the concepts of TKU’s internationally-oriented educational system and the challenges that Asia is faced with as it approaches a more globalized academic world. Hosei University was founded in 1880, earning a great reputation along with its extensive history. It has a total of 15 colleges, 14 graduate schools, 3 executive master programs, 30,000 students and 740 professors. In 2008 the university officially signed an agreement with TKU becoming sister schools that share a close and productive relationship.
Students of the third year of the E-learning Executive Master’s Program in Asian Studies arrived last week to receive courses. This program was founded three years ago with the objective of using education to form a bridge between Latin America and Taiwan academically and even politically. Just as the Cross-Strait Relations and Chinese People’s Diplomatic Political Strategy Courses have give students a much deeper understanding of the different issues between Taiwan and Mainland China, this course intends to give students a more detailed global perspective. This year students arrived from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama totalling to 12 students, many of which are diplomats and political officials seeking to increase their knowledge of Asia. In addition to selecting courses, the students also had a chance to explore the many unique and beautiful sites of Taiwan. On March 13th the students ate a banquet at the Regalees Hotel and dined with members of the Graduate Institute of the Americas including Director Hsiao-chuan Chen, Professor Francisco Luis Perez, Associate Professor Hsiu-chi Wang, Associate Professor Kwo-Wei Kung and Assistant Professor Ren-yow Huang . Other special guests include the Ambassador of the Embassy of Nicaragua, William Tapia, Ambassador of the Embassy of El Salvador, Marta Chang De Tsien, Ambassador of the Embassy of Paraguay, Marcial Bobadilla Guillen, Ambassador of the Embassy of Honduras, Rafael Fernando Sierra Quesada and Ambassador of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic, Samuel J. Castro.
Once again spring has begun to decorate the campus with colors of warmth and the annual Spring Banquet for the alumni Homecoming has taken place. On March 14th in the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium and Lanyang’s Shao-mo Activity Center, 700 alumni returned to campus in celebration of the new year. President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed her gratitude for the year’s achievements, including being listed in Cheers Magazine for the 18th time in a row as the most preferred university graduates for employment. She also thanked the alumni for their financial support in the construction of the Shou Chien International Conference Center. The 2015 Spring Banquet began at 9 in the morning and began with a friendly sports competition that included volleyball, soccer and basketball. The games were designed to break the ice and act as a way to forge both new and old friendships. At 11 lunch was served at the student activity center with over 70 tables filled with an array of delicious food. Each table was represented with a particular alumni group of each department and awards were handed out to individuals who donated 300,000-500,000 NT to TKU. Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng, expressed, “There are 100 more alumni at this celebration than in the one last year. I’m so grateful for everyone’s attendance!” Alumni of the Department of Electrical Engineering and President of Akira Seiki, Jun-xiang Zhang, donated 2,700,000 NT in brand new CNC academic equipment including GT12 Lathes and a PC460 Drill, manufactured by his company. He also donated equipment and academic supplies from other cooperating companies including Detron and Autocam. On Lanyang Campus Dean of the College of Global Development, Ay-hwa Andy Liou, expressed, “This year the theme for our spring banquet is a picnic style lunch. This way we can enjoy the beauty of the combined architecture with the natural scenery.”
Chemistry is something that is closely connected within our daily lives. Just by paying closer attention to the tiny details of the products we use or places we spend our time, there is an abundant amount of chemistry knowledge that can be absorbed. In order to give high school students a greater awareness of the chemistry in their environment, the “Chung-ling Innovation Chemistry Competition” was created. This marks the 10th year of the annual competition that took place on March 14th. This exciting event attracts students of every from all over Taiwan to compare and test their skills through an hour-long examination and 3 hours of scientific experiments. This year’s competition had a total of 179 teams and 537 students. (For a list of the results of the competition, see link http://www.chemistry.tku.edu.tw/) Dean of the College of Science, Wang-bo Cheng, stated, “We’ve invited students from all over the nation to encourage them by giving them an opportunity to test their chemistry knowledge, practical skills and applications. Their parents can also observe the usefulness of the knowledge of chemistry, which will actually have a positive impact on our community.” Director of the Department of Chemistry, Jyh-shing Lin, stated, “The Chung-ling Chemistry Innovation Competition is always a very exciting time of the year. The goal is to give students a deeper understanding of chemistry through hands on interaction.” This year’s competition emphasized creativity and design. The event was divided into two parts: the first part was a written examination that tested students’ knowledge of concepts, theories and information; the second part involved competitive experimentation regarding chemical organic compounds and functional chemical properties, monounsaturated fat examination methods, the meaning of iodine compound color changes and solution reactions and titration skills.
Most senior students spend the semester collecting photographs of their friends and classmates to provide souvenirs of warm memories for the years to come. However this group of nine youths has created a special and unique way to remember their senior year. They are the founders of the Tribal Service Group and they are using the photos taken from their volunteer services in the Jianshi Township of Xinzhu County to reflect on their final year at TKU. The team expressed that their most meaningful experiences occurred while participating in volunteer projects throughout the years. Not only did they get to experience the beautiful scenery of the mountain, they also experienced the beauty of helping others. Team leader of the Tribal Service Group, Yan-ru Ceng, expressed, “Now there are a lot of new organizations that help the native people of Taiwan through assistance of the government, but that isn’t a way to directly come in contact with the people. There are so many little details that can be neglected if you don’t come face to face with their problems. This is a much more effective way to see development and change.” This idea inspired him to invite students from the Tribal Service Group as well as students from every department to offer services of all kinds at the Jianshi Township to create one more great university memory. The service team worked vigorously to achieve four different objectives: assistance of the native people’s tourism and marketing development, improvement of the native youths’ knowledge, improvement of the native people’s living environment; cultural exchange and preservation. The group modified a website to introduce the native people, showcasing their history and heritage. They also created a reading center in the church with 2000 pieces of literature about the culture, language, travelling information, business and art. Professor of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Yi-ting Li, stated, “After the students had seen the lifestyle and environment of the native people they continued to ask the public and even local ministers about anything they could do to assist. This is something very meaningful for the students, but more importantly it’s meaningful for humanity.”
The Office of Academic Affairs celebrated culture week with snacks, homemade artifacts and art pieces displayed all around campus. They successfully utilized this opportunity to advertise the goods produced by the country areas of Taiwan, representing much of the history and heritage of each county. The entire student body came together to share goods and enjoy the treats of culture week! Guidance Counselor of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, I-ting Li, expressed, “Tamkang University has a diverse makeup of alumni and student groups representing 15 different regions of Taiwan. This year they’ve come together to introduce the many different products that are difficult to find in one location. These are all of the tourist attractions that people travel around to sample and they have all gathered conveniently in one location for everyone to enjoy.” The event coordinator and second year student of the Department of Civil Engineering, Li-wei Chen, stated, “Planning for this event was three months of organizing and preparation, but I’m so glad we completed our objective. I’m very grateful to all of the professors and students for their support and I hope that everyone has a chance to enjoy all of the wonderful products.”
TKU has been utilizing countless methods in order to meet with the educational needs of a rapidly changing society and culture. The Department of Chemistry has assisted with meeting these needs through the innovative creation of the Chemistry Mobile, a truck that travels all around Taiwan spreading scientific knowledge and equipment to the most remote regions. This truck was created in 2011 and has done shows for middle schools and high schools, covering a distance of 8000 kilometers in 4 years time. That’s approximately ⅕ of the distance around the world. Dean of the College of Science, Bo-cheng Wang, stated, “Due to alumni Ding-chuan Chen’s generous contribution last year, the Chemistry Mobile will continue to run.” He also indicated that he believes that in 16 years the Chemistry Mobile will be able to travel all around the world. The Chemistry Mobile’s journey began after Spring Festival and it plans to visit 28 middle schools and high schools this year in the region of New Taipei City. On March 5th the schedule was presented at Wan Li Junior High and in attendance was New Taipei City’s Office of Education’s Deputy Director-general, Ya-wen Kung, Dean of the College of Science, Bo-cheng Wang and General-secretary of the Chinese Journal of Chemistry, Ito Chao. During this meaningful and enthusiastic ceremony, everyone was able to observe experiments, performances and scientific knowledge all at once. Executive Director of Travel Planning for the Chemistry Mobile, Hsien-chang Kao stated, “Taiwan has four very distinct seasons and when we travel around the country, there’s an array of wonderful colors and scenery. Often times our workers are stunned to see how amazing Taiwan truly is. The new paint job of the Chemistry Mobile was inspired by all of the beautiful images in the nature of Taiwan. I hope that this year aside from letting students do experiments and see our magical performances, that they will also take notice of the stunning new art work on the Chemistry Mobile itself.”
President of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), Hirotaka Tateishi, came to Tamkang University in the afternoon on March 6th for an academic exchange to present the Global Japan Office plan. President Tateishi was accompanied with 6 honored guests including the Executive Director, Yasuhisa Kanaguchi, Vice President, Kayoko Hayasi, Professor Kyoko Nomoto, Professor Jun-cheng Lin and Vice Secretary-General, Satoru Naruse, who were met by President Flora Chia-I Chang to hold the Global Japan Office ceremony in the College of Liberal Arts. TUFS is about 140 years old and has cultivated countless international professionals. In 2012 it was nominated as one of the Super Global Universities of the world. The Global Japan Office plan is a project between TKU and TUFS intended to strengthen the academic program involving Japanese Language and Culture while at the same time developing Japanese Language research in Taiwan. Since 2006, TKU has actively implemented an international long-distance learning program and in November of 2010 during TKU’s 60th anniversary, the President of TUFS was invited to the College of Literature and Languages to give a lecture. This lead to the official signing of an academic exchange between TKU and TUFS in March 2012.
Dr. Park Jae Kyu, President of Kyungnam University of Korea, came to Tamkang University for a visit on March 3rd. The honored guest first met with President Flora Chia-I Chang, who hosted the discussion between the two universities. Also in attendance was Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu and Director of the Office of International Exchange and International Education, Pei-wha Chi Lee. Kyungnam University is located in Busan, Korea and was founded in 1946. The school’s motto is Truth, Freedom and Creativity, giving it a spirit similar to TKU. In 1985 the two schools officially became sister universities and have had a healthy relationship ever since. Students of Kyungam University travel to TKU yearly for study and TKU students often participate in Kyungnam’s summer exchange, Global Hanma Program. Last May President Chang flew to Korea to pay a visit, which lead to President Kyu’s friendly visit on the 3rd of this month. President Kyu mentioned that he was very impressed with the environment of TKU campus and mentioned the visit would leave a lasting impression. He also stated that the engineering and technology resources at TKU were outstanding and that he hopes in the future to be able to collaborate with a technological exchange program.
The new educational revolution, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), have taken the world by storm and junior colleges all over Taiwan have been contributing their curriculums. Keeping in step with the digital revolution, Tamkang University has made plans with both Foreseeing Innovative New Digiservices (FIND) and Wiedu to create an MOOC program using TibaMe as a study platform. Students will be able to study independently, organize a personal resume while having access to business media. On March 2nd, President Flora Chia-I Chang met with Executive Director of FIND, Ruey-beei Wu, to sign an academic industry agreement. President Chang expressed, “Even though MOOC’s have only been around for the last two years, they have proven to be very valuable for the future of students. The demands for personnel in the career world continue to increase and this online program allows students to have professional training. Students are able to use digital study to strengthen their knowledge and skills which is why TKU is promoting online and long distance study programs with the assistance of the Ministry of Education to help students meet with the needs of an increasingly demanding career world.” Chief Information Officer, Chin-hwa Kuo, stated, “TibaMe is an online study program that takes a holistic approach to learning. Learners are able to freely take classes and obtain information that will further enhance their understanding. They will also be able to learn how to create a resume and e-portfolio that can help them establish relationships with companies early on.” Currently TKU’s first wave of digital study is being used on a Google Android APP, Apple iOS APP and the HTML5 system. There are currently 585 members registered for the MOOC’s and many classes have already begun.
For the winter vacation many activities took place and TKU student groups offered services of all kinds all over Taiwan. The services included part time volunteer work, internet instruction and study skills. 11 special students had a much more adventurous time during the winter break as they taught Chinese language for 13 days in Phitsanuloke, Thailand. The course included instruction in typing, conversation, calligraphy and cultural ideas including spring festival and the lunar calendar. One of the student instructors, Gui-zhen Lin, stated, “All of the students learned so diligently. The experience was very rewarding.” This is the second student service trip made to Thailand by TKU and supervisor of the trip was professor of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Mei-lan Lee, who stated, “It was so touching to see all of the teaching materials that we brought last year were still in good use. There were Chinese writings on the inside and outside of one of the homes we visited and also in the classrooms. It was very encouraging to see that we are truly making a difference.” Third year student of the Department of International Business, Fan-cao, also made his second trip to Thailand this winter break. He stated, “It was great being back and every hug I received let me know how fortunate I am. When I am in Thailand, I am the purest version of myself.” There were a few Thai students that were not new to the Chinese language, especially after last year’s service visit. With a few learning basics in place they were able to further increase the knowledge of the village, giving them even more involved study skills for the duration of their trip. The members of the TKU student service club were honored with gifts and souvenirs by the townspeople before their departure. Third year student of the Department of Economics, Yan-ru Liu, stated, “There were tears in my eyes as I left. When they gave us the traditional Chinese clothing that they made themselves, I was overwhelmed with emotion.”
The new year break has come to an end and all of the teachers and students have returned. In order to give a blessing to the new year while adjusting to the first day back at work, Tamsui, Taipei and Lanyang Campuses jointly held the New Spring Tea Party at 1 in the afternoon. Everyone offered their best wishes to each other at the tea party and President Flora Chia-I Chang gave a speech as she presented guests with gifts. The room was decorated with red and golden trim along with pictures representing the year of the ram. President Chang mentioned future projects and undertakings including the establishment of the Feature Center in July and plans for services in 2016. She also made announcements of preparations regarding the 66th Anniversary of TKU, academic planning, international exchange programs, publications, art, physical education and other special events. In closing she used Chinese idioms to express the different qualities of the ram and what it means for this year. President Chang stated, “The ram must be low key and wary of many different dangers, but it has always been a symbol of peace, kindness and fairness.” She stated that the spirit of the ram is what must be utilized within TKU’s Three Circles and Five Disciplines educational concept in order to cultivate the spirit of excellence in each student.
Cheers Magazine has released the survey results regarding “Enterprises Most Preferred University Graduates,” for the year 2015. Tamkang University was ranked 8th in the nation among all universities and number in the category of private universities. This marks the 18th time TKU has been awarded first place in this survey, signifying a successful academic system that promises strong employment opportunities for TKU students. The results of the survey were weighed among various categories: Professional Knowledge and Skills, International Perspective and Language Ability, Willingness to Learn, Teamwork, Handling Stress, Problem Solving Ability, Practical Study Comprehension and Innovation. TKU graduates placed in 3rd and 4th place in general and financial services and 10th place in academic industry internship performance. In addition a questionnaire was given to employers asking what they most preferred in new employees. The results showed that their highest interests were related to employees that possess Strong Academic Achievements, Flexibility, A Sense of Responsibility, Self-Motivation and good at both Stress and Mood Management. Other notable attributes include the ability to express ideas, problem solving, professional knowledge and skills, a positive attitude, innovative ability and teamwork. In order to create an atmosphere that students can learn knowledge applicable for their career, TKU has signed an agreement to establish academic industry programs with over 200 enterprises including China Air and HIWIN Technologies Corp.
The Office of Research and Development and the Office of Financial Affairs jointly held the 2015 TKU Faculty New Years Assembly in the Student Activity Center on February 6th (Friday). Dean of Research and Development, Der-wen Chang, and Dean of the Office of Financial Affairs, Jui-chih Chen, expressed their wishes and appreciation as the TKU faculty gathered for the last day of work before new year’s vacation. The celebration was filled with videos, performances and awards of all kinds to university members for their outstanding performance. Everyone was thrilled to kick back as they enjoyed a day with their co-workers and welcomed the new year. The event began with President Flora Chia-I Chang giving an opening address. She mentioned the many achievements of the previous year including the academic industry internship agreement signed with 200 enterprises. the allocation of research grants to professors of 28,000,000 NT, TKU’s tenth victory in the Robot Soccer League, recognition by the Ministry of Education for unique quality education, services in sustaining reduction of carbon waste, the renovation of student dorms, the development of the international youth leaders program and new innovative study methods. After awards were presented to faculty members, event organizer, Jui-chih Chen, expressed that the students of TKU were spreading the university’s study concept of simplicity, truthfulness, firmness and perseverance all over the globe. He mentioned that the performances were designed to outline the progress of the university over the past 10 years in an exciting and artistic fashion. The performances included skits, dances and song routines that entertained the audience with the personality of the university combined with the beauty of Taiwanese heritage.
The College of Science’s “Ke Jian (Bright Light) Science Service Team” will offer their services to 6 different middle schools in Tainan from January 28th to the 31st. Under the leadership of Dean of the College of Science, Bo-cheng Wang, the students will be giving instruction in areas such as mathematics, biology, chemistry and astronomy. The goal of the trip is to arm youth with skills that will benefit them in the future while stimulating their interest in science. A member of the Bright Light Service Team and third year student of the Department of Mathematics, Jia-cheng Liu, expressed, “To be a part of this team you have to be professional and energetic. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to share the information we’ve learned to help others. We use very interesting methods to grab the attention of the students and help them explore the world of science. It will certainly make students take a more active position in their studies in the future.” The four day schedule is divided into biology, chemistry, mathematics and astronomy. In the morning the students will study information and theories and in the afternoon they will have activities to help reaffirm their learning. They will also be able to watch news reports, films and play games to help them have a better visual understanding. At the end of the event they will play a competitive game that will test the skills that they have learned. A student and member on the Bright Light Science Service Team who participated in this event last year, Hui-lun Chen, stated, “They really learn a lot of information in only 4 days. Both the younger and older students gain a lot of new knowledge and it’s a memory that lasts forever.”
The Center for European Union Studies held the 7th annual European Union Winter Workshop on January 27th and 28th in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. This year’s topic was the European Union’s role globally and they invited Director from the European Economic and Trade Office, Frédéric Laplanche, to give a lecture. Leading the event was Dean of the College of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang, Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsi-deh Wu and Director of the Center for European Union Studies, Li-chuan Chen, who held five different courses revolving around European Union diplomacy, economic strategy, politics, culture and lifestyle. The workshop began by introducing the relationship between the European Union and Taiwan as well as the responsibilities of the European Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan. The workshop used innovative activities to educate participants of the governing methods of the European Union, allowing students to have fun creating alliances modeling and imitating what they learned. Also senior fashion editor from Marie Claire Magazine, Yu Gwen, and marketing speaker, Cui Han, were invited to join the discussion of European fashion. Fourth-year student of the Department of German language, Bo-cheng Xu, expressed, “Not only did this workshop give me a better understanding of Europe, but it also gave me a better understanding of how Europe interacts with the world on a global level. I really got a lot out of this workshop and even though I’m currently a senior, when I graduate, I plan on attending similar workshops that will help me expand my understanding of the international world.”
Tamkang University students competing on the team, “Accidental Winners” took first place in the 2015 intercampus computer game competition, Heroes Alliance. The team members of Accidental Winners include fourth-year student of the Department of Chinese, Jia-xing Zheng, fourth-year student of the Department of Accounting, Zong-ding Zhang, third-year student of the Department of Information Management, Geng-fu Zheng, fourth-year student of the Department of Information Engineering, Zhi-hao Li, fourth-year student of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Si-yao Su and second-year student of the Department of English, Sheng-wei Chen. Contrary to the team name, this is their second consecutive time winning this competition, proving that their success is no accident. Team leader Jia-xing Zheng expressed, “There were many factors that contributed to our teams success from the effort of each of the team members, the teachings of the coach and even off campus assistance. We had to overcome many different difficulties in order to make our team mesh together properly. For example, we have students on our team with very different schedules because they are not in the same grade so we had to make lots of different adjustments.” In order to prepare for the competition the team members explained they had to practice daily for the competition in the internet cafe. They continued to sharpen their communication and teamwork skills for months and even under the pressure of mid-term examinations and finals, they had to make sure their team was in shape for the competition.
Tamkang University’s Department of Accounting has significantly raised its international competitive ability, registering with Taiwan’s Higher Learning Education Association and obtaining international accounting certification from CPA Australia. On January 28th an official ceremony was held at the Danshuei Fishermen's Wharf and President Flora Chia-I Chang met with many honored guests including Representative of the Australian Office in Taipei, Martin Walsh and Chief Operating Officer of CPA Australia, Mr. Jeff Hughes and members of CPA Australia of the ROC Region, Mr Ronald Yam and Anthony Matis who bore witness to TKU’s accounting accreditation. President Chang stated, “CPA Australia was founded in 1888 and is one of the largest professional accounting organizations in the world, giving it the authorization to give international accounting accreditation. Tamkang University was founded in 1950 and is one of the earliest private institutions of higher learning in Taiwan. We focus on developing a spirit of excellence through an internationally-oriented, future-oriented and information-oriented educational program. Obtaining this international recognition for the Department of Accounting will certainly give students a world view, raising their career value on a global level. They will have an opportunity to learn the latest information and evolve along with the ever changing careers of the future.” Director of the Department of Accounting, Bao-guang Chang, expressed, “Being able to receive international accounting accreditation from CPA Australia is a major advantage so the alumni had to actively labor to apply for this qualification. It’s been a long and painstaking process of related discussions, preparation and gathering of all kinds of information, but it was definitely worth it. All of the students and teachers that graduated from the accreditation program at the end of 2014 were very pleased.” Bao-guang Chang went on to express the significant advantages that the program would offer to students including being able to seek employment at the many branches of CPA Australia.
The 2015 Annual Junior College Faculty Tennis Match took place on January 23rd at Chung Chou University of Science and Technology. Tamkang University’s 22 participating faculty members were lead by President Flora Chia-I Chang and were separated into both a men’s and women’s division. Not only did the highest level administrators such as President Chang and Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Chung, compete in the intense competition, but they fought valiantly to represent the spirit of TKU and were honored with a trophy of excellence for their performance. At the end of the match President Chang expressed, “I want to pay a special thanks to Director of the Office of Physical Education, Shu-feng Hsiao, for training us so diligently. It was crucial for our performance this year.”
The Quanta Culture and Education Foundation held the first Cultural Ambassador event in September and invited international students studying Chinese language from junior colleges and private universities all over Taiwan to participate. The event was an exchange with emphasis on showcasing the culture of Taiwan by giving participants missions to carry out throughout middle schools and high schools all around Taiwan. Each participants had an opportunity to win plane and boat tickets to take a trip around the entire island. Thi Kim Cuc Nguyen, a Tamkang University student of the Department of Chinese language, participated in the event under the encouragement of her instructed and won first place in the competition. Initially none of the students wanted to participate in the event, but Nguyen’s instructor, Qing-rong Meng, continued to persuade her to take advantage of the opportunity. Eventually Thi Kim Cuc Nguyen summoned up the courage to participate in the cultural event and took first place in the category of creativity. Qing-rong Meng expressed that it was a trying month of convincing Nguyen that she had the capability to do well in the event, but the final outcome was well worth it. She stated, “It is quite an honor to see any of my students achieve such an honor. It’s really quite moving.” Thi Kim Cuc Nguyen expressed, “I’m a very active girl and I never like to accept defeat. It wasn’t easy for me to come to Taiwan to study, but I had to do everything in my power to make a better future for myself. I’m very blessed to be able to be honored with such an award that recognizes my efforts. But honestly I’m still a little too conservative. I need to be braver and take the chance to meet more people from different countries and cultures. This event really gave me a chance to test my ability and I’m very grateful to my professor for recommending me.”