On May 16th at 2:00 PM, the Department of Mathematics in the College of Science organized one of the Panda Lectures (i.e. Clement and Carrie Chair) at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center. Distinguished Research Chair Professor Jong-Shenq Guo of the Department of Mathematics invited Distinguished Professor Yousef Saad of the College of Science and Engineering and the William Norris Chair from the University of Minnesota, USA. The title of the lecture was "Numerical Linear Algebra: from Scientific Computing to Data Science Applications." After the lecture, Professor Saad had a meeting with President Huan-Chao Keh and Chairperson Flora Chia-I Chang. Professor Saad is an internationally renowned and top expert in numerical linear algebra. His research papers are of exceptional quality and quantity, with a high citation count. He is frequently invited to be a keynote speaker at international conferences. The Department of Mathematics hopes to take advantage of this Clement and Carrie Chair invitation to provide innovative and forward-thinking research suggestions to the faculty members of our university. Additionally, on May 17th, the International Conference on Applied Mathematics was held at the Hsu Shou Chlien International Conference Center. In addition to delivering keynote speeches and serving as a keynote speaker at the International Conference on Applied Mathematics, Prof. Saad's visit involved research collaboration with Professor Guo on the characterization of the spread rate of species in ecosystems using Deep Neural Networks. They also engaged in extensive discussions and exchanges of ideas with the faculty members on current trending research topics such as Data Analysis and Machine Learning, aiming to enhance our university's position as a world-class research team.
In response to the rapid development of global digital technology applications and the increasing demand for cybersecurity, the cultivation of cybersecurity talents is urgent. Tamkang University, in collaboration with FarEasTone Telecommunications (FET) and Information Security Service Digital United Inc. (ISSDU), jointly established the "New Information Security Program" in the 2023th academic year. An inauguration meeting was held on May 12th in the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center, attended by President Huan-Chao Keh, Academic Vice President Hui-Huang Hsu, Dean of the College of Business and Management Li-Ren Yang, Chair of the Department of Information Management Sheng-Pao Shih, Executive Vice President of Information and Digital Transformation Technology Division at FET Telecommunications Peter Hu, and President of ISSDU Eric Li. They discussed the curriculum planning for the program. President Keh stated that our university has always been committed to enhancing students' competitiveness in the job market. With a focus on cultivating cybersecurity talents, we believe that comprehensive training in both curriculum and practical skills will greatly contribute to students' goal of "employment upon graduation." Mr. Hu pointed out that by integrating industry practices and research on new cybersecurity technologies into the campus, we hope to inspire more higher education institutions to follow suit and create a positive cycle for the thriving domestic cybersecurity industry and the availability of cybersecurity professionals.
Delivering new perspectives on instructional design, 7 departments organized an information exhibition. The long-awaited 7-Department Exhibition of our university, which had been absent for 3 years, grandly opened on May 10th in the Student Activity Center. This event, organized by the Department of Information Management, featured a joint exhibition by 7 departments: Information Management, Information and Library Science, Information and Communication, Computer Science and Information Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, AI, and Educational Technology. In his speech, President Huan-Chao Keh expressed, "The exhibition stimulates new thinking in teaching design, especially since our collaboration with Microsoft Taiwan and Far EasTone. It provides innovative models for teaching and learning for our students, industry-academia collaboration and research for our faculty, and services for our administrative staff." The 7-Department Exhibition spans across 5 colleges, including Liberal Arts, Engineering, Business and Management, Education, and AI Intelligence. In addition to showcasing various exhibits, the event also featured competitions, providing a platform for departments to observe, exchange ideas, and engage in friendly competition. The competition was divided into 2 categories: "Innovative Technology Application" and "Distinctive Application of Graduation Projects." The topics covered innovative technological applications in daily life and learning, showcasing the unique features of each information-related department and the results of applied learning content. The project "Immerse CONV," guided by Assistant Professor Pei-Yu Cheng from the Department of Information Management, won first place in the Innovative Technology Application category. The project "Bullying Recognition System," guided by Distinguished Professor Chih-Yung Chang from the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, won first place in the Distinctive Application of Graduation Projects category. The project "Dream Diagnosis Room," guided by Professor Chiung-Sui Chang from the Department of Educational Technology, received the Best Popularity Award. Dr. Sheng-Pao Shih, Chair of Information Management Department, expressed that this grand exhibition is highly meaningful as it provides participants and visitors with the opportunity to understand the professional fields and unique features of the 7 departments. It also allows for a deeper understanding of the importance and future development trends of the information technology industry. During the event, it was impressive to see students showcasing various innovations and intelligent applications, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual reality, and the highly discussed ChatGPT paired with students' creative applications. These are all emerging technologies in the current information technology industry. Finals of Smart Campus Hackathon: Excellence Award Presented to the Violence Document Processing System Team and the Waste Management Team. The 2023 Smart Campus Hackathon, jointly organized by our university and Microsoft Taiwan, held its finals on May 10th at the Student Activity Center. In the student category, the "Violence Document Processing System Team" composed of students from the Department of Educational Technology, Department of Civil Engineering, and National Taiwan Normal University won the Excellence Award. The "Tamkang Activity Manager" by the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received the Perfect Award, while the "Anti-Fraud Escort Team" by the Department of Information Management and National Taipei University won the Nice Award. In the exhibition category, the "Waste Management Team" from the Office of Information Services received the Excellence Award, the "Dodo Book Delivery" by the Library received the Perfect Award, and the " Brother Wu's Fan Club" by the Office of Student Affairs won the Excellence Award. In addition to cash prizes and certificates, the members of the Excellence Award-winning teams in the student category will also have the opportunity to visit Microsoft Taiwan.
The opening ceremony of the "Intercontinental Culture Week," a collaborative event organized by the 6 departments of the College of Foreign Languages, was held on May 8th. The week-long event featured booth activities showcasing various languages. Dr. Wan-Bau Wu, Dean of the College of Foreign Languages, along with the chairs of the English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Russian departments, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Dr. Shih-Jung Wu, Dean of Student Affairs, also participated in the grand event. The opening performance featured students from the 6 departments wearing traditional costumes from different countries, presenting dance performances. The performances included Scottish dance from the UK, cancan dance from France, Bavarian tap dance from Germany, a dance to a Japanese song, and the Russian dance from "The Nutcracker." As the highlight of the event, Antonio, an international exchange student from the Spanish department, performed a solo demonstration of the flamenco dance. The atmosphere at the venue was lively and enthusiastic. Dr. Wu expressed that this was the most special opening ceremony of the Foreign-Language Week he had attended in many years. The theme of this Foreign-Language Week's booths is "cinema". An open-air movie theater was set up at the University Commons, and each department aligned their booth with this theme by selecting a movie for a "special screening." For example, the English department chose the famous classic film "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" as their representative, adding a unique touch to their booth. In addition to the movie screenings, each department also introduced a corresponding "special meal" based on the theme of their chosen film. For instance, the Japanese department offered ice cream sodas at their booth, which perfectly matched their featured movie "Summer Battle." The French department also sold traditional French snacks, including black tea au lait, savory and sweet croissants, and madeleines, which were quite appealing to visitors.
Preface In line with the admissions examinations, this report has specially released a special issue from the perspective of high school readers. It features articles written by current students of Tamkang University, sharing their feelings when they chose Tamkang and their experiences and insights gained over the years. We invite prospective students to join us in "Falling in Love with Tamkang." Choosing Tamkang University opens up endless possibilities. You-Lin Lin, a doctoral student of the Department of Chinese at Tamkang University, has received accolades such as the Lin Rong-San Literary Award, Takao Literature Award, Houshan Literature Award, and MOE Literary Creation Award. He has also received grants from the National Culture and Arts Foundation and the Ministry of Culture for young artists’ creative works. His works have been selected three times for the Best Taiwanese Poetry. If I hadn't come to Tamkang, I wouldn't have started writing poetry. I chose to study at Tamkang University when filling out my college applications in high school because Tamkang offers a comprehensive teacher education program. Whether you aspire to become an elementary, high school teacher, or even a Chinese teacher, Tamkang provides relevant courses to pursue. In my first year at Tamkang, I did have this goal in mind and applied for the education program. However, due to a twist of fate, I ended up taking a different path. When I joined the Glimmer Modern Poetry Club, it was only in its 3rd year of establishment. It was a small literary club. Prior to high school, my exposure to modern poetry was limited to a few poems in textbooks, such as Zheng Chou-yu's "Mistake," Xi Murong's "A Blooming Tree," Xu Zhimo's "Saying Goodbye to Cambridge Again," and so on. Thanks to the senior members of the poetry society, I got to know many poets I had never heard of before. After school every day, I would go to the library and borrow poetry collections that I had only heard the names of during the club meetings. I read them one by one, and even my first attempt at writing poetry was a result of misunderstanding that everyone had to submit a poem for a certain activity. It turned out that I was the only freshman who submitted one. It has been 10 years since that first poem, and I am still writing to this day. Years later, I once again set foot on campus as a doctoral student. From the very beginning, I aspired to become a high school teacher. However, my life has taken a completely different path, balancing creation, academic research, and owning a bookstore. At each small turning point, I made different choices that led me to different futures. Now, looking back, I realize that those diverging crossroads were not merely coincidental forks in the road, but opportunities. These changes didn't materialize out of thin air; I only discovered them after arriving here. There isn't just one predetermined path. I chose to come to Tamkang University, and Tamkang has shown me that there are various possibilities in the world. Making friends in college and experiencing a more diverse range of learning. Yun-Chia Peng, a senior student of Department of English, Honors Program, Cultural and Creative Industries Program, and Teacher Education Program. As a Tamkang Times newspaper journalist, she received the Excellent Journalist Award for the 2021 academic year. She is also a member of Public Relations Department of the TKU Student Association. As the Campus ambassador for Taiwan GPS (Global Partnership Program for Education), European Education Exhibition, and the Myanmar Chinese Education Service Group, she was responsible for establishing organizational image and promoting marketing activities. I’d been dreaming of studying at a university in the Taipei area since I was young. looking back now, choosing Tamkang University was indeed the right decision. The campus is located in Tamsui, a pleasant place with a rich cultural and historical atmosphere. It is far away from the hustle and bustle, providing a serene environment. Yet, hopping on the MRT can quickly take you to the city center, allowing you to explore the most vibrant and lively places in Taiwan. Tamkang University is a comprehensive university with a diverse faculty in various fields. There are numerous courses available for students to take. Students can also apply for double majors, minors, or professional programs to enhance their competitiveness. During my four years in university, one of my favorite things was opening the "Activity Registration System" on the school's homepage. I would browse through expert lectures and workshops organized by different departments and units throughout the campus, from workshops on "Dance Therapy for Stress Relief" to "Microsoft Online Courses" and various certification classes, whenever I saw something that interested me, I would immediately sign up, fearing missing out. Many activities and lectures offer micro-credits, which can be counted towards elective courses, and the certification classes provide direct guidance for exams. As an avid reader, the school's renowned five-star library has an abundant collection of books, allowing me to immerse myself in a sea of words. Walking along the bustling campus, surrounded by students rushing to and from classes, it is no wonder that Tamkang University is among the top universities in terms of student population. It is through this environment that I have made many talented, interesting, and humorous friends. The campus often holds fairs and events, providing students with a broad stage to showcase their creativity and manage their clubs. In my sophomore year, I joined the Public Relations Department of the Student Association, where I managed social media accounts and co-organized events such as Rainbow Day, Christmas Week, and Music Festival. Before stepping out of the campus and entering society, it felt as if I had already gained a significant amount of professional experience. It is worth mentioning that I joined the ranks of student reporters in Tamkang Times. Over the course of 3 years, I have written over 100 news articles. Prior to that, I had also experienced sitting on the sidelines. Gradually learning to take initiative and actively taking on tasks during interviews, I became responsible for my own reports and voiced the opinions of those I interviewed. I have become more willing to understand others and get closer to their hearts. While organizing my articles and logic, I realized that when writing about others, I was also reflecting on myself. Through these experiences and interactions, I have gained a better understanding of the kind of person I aspire to be! Setting off from Tamsui, heading towards the world Yu-Sen Fu, a recent graduate from the Department of International Business, participated in the Honors Program, also recognized as an outstanding youth at Tamkang university in 2022. He received the Outstanding Academic Performance Award from the Taiwan Alumni Association of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the National Excellence Award in the TBSA National Entrepreneurship Competition, the Second Prize in the Guocai Cup National English Public Speaking Competition (國才杯) held by the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) in Mainland China, and the champion in the National Big Data Precision Marketing Cup. I have never left Tamsui throughout my academic journey. I understand that many students in university may wish to broaden their horizons by going elsewhere, and I, too, had moments of confusion. However, in the end, I chose Tamkang University. There are two reasons why I chose Tamkang University: "Exchange Programs" and "Professional Experience." Tamkang University's reputation for "globalization" is well-known, with a wide range of partner schools and regions for exchange programs. The inter-university exchange program waived the tuition fees of the host university, making it my primary goal after enrollment. In my senior year, I had the opportunity to study at Fudan University in Shanghai, deepening my knowledge in the field of business and making friends from Hong Kong and Shanghai. Now, when the graduation day is approaching, I have received an acceptance letter from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom for their Master's program in Marketing. I will soon leave Tamsui once again, stepping out of the country and embracing a new world. In terms of professional experience, Tamkang University offers comprehensive support in obtaining certifications and matching students with internships in companies. It is a valuable tool for business students who are determined to make solid progress and excel in their fields. Looking back at my years at Tamkang, I have participated in numerous national competitions, the exchange program, joined various clubs, and obtained multiple certifications. Tamkang has always felt like a friend who wholeheartedly supports me, providing the necessary resources to achieve my goals. It is also an enthusiastic mentor, constantly challenging me. If you can face these challenges and push yourself, I believe that four years later, you will become a formidable competitor in the workplace, able to stand shoulder to shoulder with top students from prestigious universities, rather than being left behind as a stepping stone. Letting go to experience and finding a clear self-image En-En Hung, first-year student of the Department of Economics, member of the "Economic & Education" (經探號) club, volunteer with USR project in Cambodia. I enjoy going out, exploring nature, and interacting with people. Sharing life experiences is something I truly enjoy doing. That's why I joined the service team in my department called "Economic & Education" and organized numerous events with the department chair. Through these activities, I have found what I love doing and also discovered my own role and value. When I was applying for college, Tamkang University was not my first choice. However, after the first-round results were announced, I researched a lot of resources and information. For me, the best choice turned out to be Tamkang University. The unique feature of Tamkang is its club-based curriculum, which is a key aspect of the school's "Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education" philosophy (the "Three Circles of Curricula" refer to professional, general education, and extracurricular curricula, while the "Five Disciplines of Education" encompasses conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork, and beauty). I felt that Tamkang University could offer me the most resources beyond academic studies. Therefore, during the interview process, I specifically emphasized this aspect. I really enjoyed the interview process; I found it quite interesting. I approached the selection of my major with an open mindset, willing to accept all the resources and aspects that this university has to offer. The interview process was like choosing a partner, where after getting to know each other, we mutually confirmed if we were compatible. In less than a year, following the footsteps of the "Economic & Education" team, I participated in several beach clean-ups and "A Day in the Life of a University Student" events. We invited miners to experience university life, and seeing their joy as they put on the university uniforms filled my heart with infinite emotions. This summer, I will be joining the team as an international volunteer in Cambodia. The preparation process has been solid and interesting because any ideas presented have the potential to be realized. Therefore, I can confidently communicate during meetings. Since the team is not large, everyone has the opportunity to take on various roles. While fulfilling different responsibilities, I also discovered that my lively and energetic nature is valued within the team. I can uplift the atmosphere during events. Although I may not excel in planning, I have many outstanding qualities when it comes to execution. Throughout my year at Tamkang, I have continuously grown and discovered myself. It feels as if I were a low-resolution picture, but through each activity, I gradually become clearer, gaining a better understanding of my position and value. I believe that Tamkang University may not have been our initial top choice, but I feel that being here allows us to explore more directions to understand ourselves, discover our own value, and most importantly, find what we truly enjoy and let go to experience it. University life can be exciting and extraordinary, and we have the power to create a unique and distinctive journey. Shine brightly and radiate heat, your best choice Chia-Ni Shen, first-year graduate student in the Department of Banking and Finance, outstanding Youth of the 2021 academic year, five-time gold medalist in the "Athletics Open Women's 800m" event at the National Intercollegiate Athletic Games, participated in the "70th Anniversary Celebration" and the torch relay in Zhongzheng District during "Taipei Universiade" in 2017. In my senior year of high school, without any hesitation, I placed Tamkang University as my first choice. As an athlete in track and field, I wanted to find a balance between academic studies and athletics during the college entrance phase. For 6 years in my junior and senior high school education, I had been studying away from home, but finally, in university, I was able to return to my hometown, Tamsui, and study at Tamkang University. Tamkang University has an excellent faculty team, both in academia and sports. The university is rich in talented individuals. For example, my track and field coach, Mr. Tian-Wen Chen, is the record holder for the 400-meter hurdles in our country. He has also won a bronze medal in the World University Games, making him one of the renowned figures in our national track and field community. I am grateful for the five years of rigorous training under Coach Chen, which led me to achieve five consecutive championships in the women's 800m event at the National Intercollegiate Athletic Games and also the gold medal in the women's 800m event at the National Games 2021. These hard-earned achievements are attributed to Coach Chen's guidance and the support and resources provided by the Office of Physical Education at Tamkang University. Thank you, Tamkang University! Without Tamkang University, there wouldn't have been Chia-Ni Shen shining on the track and field for these past few years. I wholeheartedly recommend all high school students who have a passion for sports to consider Tamkang University. It is a university that values holistic development and sports. It is undoubtedly your best choice. Ride the wave of AI and create your own glory Yu-Cheng Chang, a sophomore of the Department of Computer Science and information Engineering, enrolled in the Honors Program, CSA Microsoft Campus Cloud Ambassador at Tamkang University, received academic scholarship including the Joseph Wang Scholarship. When I look back, memories of the past flicker in my mind. Two years ago, filled with uncertainty, I hesitantly stepped into this campus. Now, I can confidently share with others the growth and achievements I have experienced in these two years at this university, which truly belong to me. During my freshman year, the school frequently organized Microsoft collaboration courses on weekends. With a thirst for knowledge, I participated in those courses. In the first semester of my sophomore year, as the pandemic situation gradually improved, supported by the academic concept of "AI+SDGs=∞," Tamkang University signed a partnership agreement with Microsoft to become an AI cloud strategic partner. The selection process for "Campus Cloud Ambassadors" was also initiated on campus, and I joined at that time. Over time, I have laid a solid foundation, not only in developing my IT skills but also in cultivating a spirit of serving others. In today's generation, AI technology is highly emphasized, and Tamkang University is at the forefront. In addition to providing AI cloud computing tools for all faculty and students, the university has also established courses to teach students how to leverage AI in their respective fields, showcasing their expertise and keeping up with the trends of the times, and even leading the way. This semester, my classmates and I collaborated to develop an automated cloud-based service system using the knowledge we gained from Microsoft. This system is designed to analyze students' learning status and provide an automated chatbot for learning guidance. Through the practical application of our knowledge, we have seen the fruits of our learning over the past two years. This is my achievement at Tamkang University, and I hope that as a freshman, you can also create your own glory during your university years. The Triple Objectives of Education has given me the confidence to face the future Shan-Rou Ciou, a second-year student majoring in Education and Futures Design, also an Honors Program student, served as a staff member in the "Roaming Hostel and Taste Generation Camp”. I am someone who enjoys chatting and learning new things. During my high school years, I had the opportunity to host exchange students from Germany and Japan. I also participated in planning camps for rural elementary schools in Taiwan to enhance my skills. Therefore, I chose internationally-oriented Tamkang University to continuously explore and engage in various fields of communication. I entered Tamkang University through the regular admission process. I chose Tamkang University because it is a well-known school in the Greater Taipei area, and since I live in Taipei, schools in the northern region were preferred. Additionally, Tamkang University has collaborations with numerous internationally renowned universities, offering exchange programs and overseas internships, which was a major consideration for me in choosing Tamkang. Furthermore, Tamkang University has 8 colleges: Liberal Arts, Science, Engineering, Business and Management, Foreign Languages, International Studies, Education, and AI. There is a wide range of courses available, and in the past year, I have taken various courses such as Social Psychology, Excel Certification, and Current International Politics. There are even more courses waiting for me to explore and take as cross-domain electives. Speaking of the campus, my favorite place in Tamkang University is the Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library. During exam weeks, I love sitting by the window, gazing at the famous sunset of Tamsui. It instantly relieves my tired mind. The library not only provides a conducive studying environment but also offers discussion rooms where we can have meetings or work on group projects smoothly. Another highlight is the Multimedia Resource Area located on the fifth floor. During free time, I enjoy watching movies with my classmates. There is a wide range of movie genres available, allowing us to relax and indulge in the colorful campus life. The "Three Objectives of Globalization, Information-Oriented Education, and Future-Oriented Education is the educational philosophy of the school. Taking my major in Educational and Future Studies as an example, the department aims to cultivate students' abilities in future thinking and exploring trending issues in a rapidly evolving society. We often have discussions in the I201 scenario classroom on topics such as future thinking, design thinking, and issue analysis. I also participated in the "Roaming Hostel and Taste Generation Camp," where we used simple future studies methods (such as the Future Triangle and Bivariate Analysis) to analyze social issues and future events with high school students. This experience has given me more confidence in facing the uncertainties of the future society. Seeing My Personal Growth Through Service Tzu-Hui Hsu, a graduate student in the Department of Accounting, member of the Tamkang University Ambassadors Group, participated in over 20 ceremonial events as an ambassador and have served as a leader for multiple occasions, also served as the team leader for the 14th Tamkang University Ambassadors Group's winter social service team. Speaking of the most valuable memories in university, it would probably be everything I experienced in the clubs and organizations. Tamkang University offers 175 clubs, providing students with diverse learning and development opportunities. "Club Learning and Practice" is a characteristic required credit at Tamkang, highlighting its emphasis on cultivating students' soft skills such as communication, teamwork, creativity, and leadership, which are highly valued by companies according to the "Favorite Graduates by Enterprises" ranking by Global View Monthly and Cheers magazines. I was attracted by the charisma of the ambassadors during the club fair, so I chose to join the Ambassadors Group. After joining, I discovered that beneath the Ambassadors' charming appearance, there was a series of rigorous training courses. I dedicated two evenings every week to receive various training courses, covering everything from poise and etiquette to international protocols, requiring solid absorption and flexible application. With a certain foundation, I actively participated in serving at major ceremonies. From the initial nervousness to later being composed and at ease, with each accumulated experience, I truly witnessed my own growth from the bottom of my heart. The journey through the training of the ambassadors was not easy, but behind the hard work, I also developed numerous soft skills. Crisis management during ceremonies, verbal expression in guided tours, and crucial teamwork in every service played significant roles in nurturing these skills. Besides acquiring these abilities, what I cherish the most is witnessing how each ceremony becomes smoother and more successful because of our service. Every "thank you" from the guests as they leave has deeply touched me, allowing me to find moments of self-affirmation in "service" and become a more confident individual.
To raise public awareness of the application of new technologies in civil engineering, the Department of Civil Engineering hosted the "2023 Civil Tech Exhibition" on April 29 at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center. The event was guided by the New Taipei City Government and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the Ministry of Labor. Nearly 50 companies and institutions, including famous domestic construction companies, professional associations, AI intelligent startup technologies, and government agencies such as the Public Works Department and the Department of Rapid Transit Systems, were invited to participate in the exhibition. In the afternoon, the Department of Civil Engineering held a "Civil Engineering Technology Alliance" meeting to discuss cooperation plans for the application of technology in the civil engineering industry. During the opening ceremony, Academic Vice President Hui-Huang Hsu delivered a speech expressing his hope that through the Civil Tech Exhibition, the public's impression of civil engineering can be changed and the latest technology can be applied to civil engineering. Dr. Lin Chieh, Chief Secretary of the Public Construction Commission, Executive Yuan, pointed out that there are 3 aspects to the importance of technology in civil engineering: improving engineering efficiency, enhancing safety, and increasing sustainability. He appreciated that the Civil Tech Exhibition brought together industry, government, academia, and research, saying "This is not an easy thing to do." Dr. Tih-Ju Chu, Deputy Mayor of New Taipei City, expressed his happiness that the Civil Tech Exhibition was held in New Taipei City, a city that is currently under construction. He hopes that the young partners who will be involved in the future construction of our country can see the hope for the future. The Taiwan companies that participated in the exhibition included CECI Engineering Consultants, Inc., Taiwan, CTCI Chunghsing Construction Engineering, SINOTECH Engineering Consultants, Ltd., Moh and Associates, Inc., Parn Shuo Construction Co., Ltd., Kedge Construction, Fengyu Group, Chien Kuo Construction Co., Ltd., Pan Asia Construction, Ruentex Construction, Ally Logistic Property, LinkFast Technology Co., Ltd., ZenithBIM, Sanlien Technology Corp., Taiwan Engineering Consultants Group, Ho-Chien Engineering Consultants Corp., Chong Hong Construction Co., Ltd., Lih Pao Construction Co., Ltd., and 4 Dim Engineering Consultants Co. These well-known companies showcased their latest technologies in civil engineering, including interactive displays of RIEGL LiDAR scanners, GeoSLAM mobile LiDAR, Scan to BIM (point cloud aided modeling), unmanned flying vehicle applications, IoT technology, mixed reality technology, automatic theodolite, airborne LiDAR, facility management visualization, drone/LiDAR scanning in engineering applications, and more. Many of the companies also conducted recruitment activities on site. The co-organizers of the event included 1111 Job Bank, TechNice, as well as the Research Development Center of Construction Law, the Wind Engineering Research Center, and the Research Center for Building and Infrastructure Information Modeling and Management of the host university. Professor Roy Maxion, IEEE fellow and research professor of the Department of Information Technology at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the No. 1 university in the world in the field of computer science, was invited to deliver a speech online at the Civil Tech Exhibition. Scholars from the United States and Malaysia also participated online. Professor Maxion talked about his current research on how to analyze information from keyboard inputs for individual recognition and pointed out that even subtle data can leave evidence. This was followed by an opening show presented by Pan Asia Construction, BeeInventor Ltd., Ho-Chien Engineering Consultants, Kedge Construction, and LinkFast Technology Co., showcasing how they combine technology and products to address safety management issues at construction sites and improve the overall environment while efficiently planning project timelines. Dr. Su-Ling Fan, Chair of the Civil Engineering Department, said: "Technology can improve work efficiency and safety, while also reducing physical differences in the work environment. The purpose of this technology exhibition is to work together to transform civil engineering and change people's stereotypes of civil engineering.” Huan-Yu Hsieh and Yu-Tsung Chang, 3rd-year students from civil engineering department, found AI technology, unmanned aerial vehicle laser scanning, and other products to be very innovative and gained a greater understanding of the technology that can be used in civil engineering. Hsieh said that the most impressive product in the opening show was the smart safety helmet brought by BeeInventor. It is crucial to be able to monitor the situation of each person at the construction site, and he mentioned the application of safety helmets in site reconnaissance, which could complete reconnaissance without having to be physically present, praising the power of AI technology.
What to Eat During Spanish Festivals? Yu-Chih Chou Takes You on a Sweet Journey The Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library and College of Foreign Languages held a World Book and Copyright Day event on April 27 in the library's reading activity area. The event, titled 'Taste. Spanish Specialties: Food, Culture, and Literature,' featured a salon lecture. The first lecture, presented by Lecturer Yu-Chih Chou from the Department of Spanish, was titled 'Savoring the Sweetness: An Introduction to Traditional Spanish Festival Desserts.' Chou introduced the stories and recipes behind various desserts and prepared handmade snacks and coffee for participants to enjoy on-site. Ms. Chou explained that Spain's important festivals include Christmas, Epiphany, Holy Week, and All Saints' Day. Festive limited-edition desserts have also been developed, among which the taste of Turrón (almond nougat) is similar to that of Gong Tang, a traditional candy from Kinmen, Taiwan. When she was studying in Spain and making Tang Yuan, Chou found it difficult to obtain Asian ingredients and used Turrón as a filling instead, which turned out to be quite successful. The on-site prepared snack is Fried Milk Cinnamon Bread (Torrija), and Chou introduced its origin. One theory is that it was created to 'prevent food waste, by processing and seasoning fried bread to extend its shelf life.' Another theory is that it was designed to help pregnant women increase their calorie intake before and after childbirth, and to aid in the recovery of their physical condition. During the fasting period of Holy Week in Spain, where meat consumption is prohibited, it has become a small and sweet indulgence for locals. Regarding food and regulations, Ms. Chou suggested that when purchasing products, the EU certification label can be used as a selection standard. The 'Protected Designation of Origin,' 'Geographical Indication Protection System,' and 'Traditional Specialty Guaranteed' labels can be used to determine if the food is produced entirely in its place of origin or made according to traditional methods. After listening to the lecture, Chun-Yi Liao, a freshman from the Spanish Department, not only gained a better understanding of Spanish desserts, but also planned to visit Spain in the future to taste its cuisine. Beautiful and delicious, Rachid Lamarti Pastor Takes You to Taste the Cuisine in Poetry To celebrate World Book and Copyright Day, the Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library and the College of Foreign Languages held the 2nd salon lecture titled " Taste. Spanish Specialties: Food, Culture, and Literature " on May 2nd in the reading activity area of the library. Associate Professor Rachid Lamarti Pastor from the Spanish Department gave a talk on "Edible Spanish Poetry (Poesía a pedir de boca)" to introduce the food culture of Spain. Apart from sharing the characteristics of Spanish cuisine and the food culture in poetry, Dr. Rachid Lamarti also mentioned the differences he observed between the food and poetry of Taiwan and Spain. He started by introducing daily life vocabulary to help everyone appreciate Spanish cuisine and the differences between Taiwanese and Spanish cuisine. He amusingly pointed out that there are many words in Taiwan that are related to eating, such as "eating a loss" (suffer losses), "stir-fried squid" (get fired), and "tofu heart" (someone be soft inside), which are puns that reflect the important status of food in the hearts of Taiwanese people. In contrast, although Spanish people do not necessarily place as much emphasis on cuisine as Taiwanese people do, they do have their unique ways of appreciating food. Dr. Rachid Lamarti then used the concept of elements to explain Spanish cuisine, emphasizing that bay leaves, thyme, tomatoes, and other ingredients are the soul of Spanish cuisine, and that they are indispensable in well-known dishes such as seafood paella. He also mentioned that rabbit meat is a staple food in Spain, while the pork-based cuisine in Taiwan always makes him unable to adapt. Additionally, he noticed that Taiwanese desserts are not as sweet as he would prefer, and he recommended that everyone try authentic Spanish cuisine when given the opportunity. In terms of poetry, Dr. Rachid Lamarti introduced 5 Spanish-language poets, including 2 Nobel laureates in literature, Gabriela Mistral and Juan Ramon Jimenez. He recited lines from Spanish poems that describe the taste of ham, peppers, and other flavors. During the explanation, he also pointed out the difficulty of translating poetry between Chinese and Spanish, as not only are local idioms hard to translate, but syllables and rhythms are also difficult to balance while preserving the atmosphere of the original poems. He also shared the Spanish version of Sanmao's "Olive Tree," which aroused the listeners' interest. Finally, he shared a classic Spanish song, "Sabor de Amor" (The Taste of Love) by Danza Invisible, and explained the meaning behind the lyrics, conveying the love conveyed through the August oranges and April grapes, giving this lecture unique Spanish style. Pin Hsi Tseng, a senior from the Spanish department, shared that this was the first time she learned about food culture through poetry, which she found very interesting and exciting. She also realized that her perspective on things can easily be limited by habit, and she hopes to look at things from a different angle in the future to gain more diverse experiences. Yu Hsuan Wan, a junior from the Department of Information and Library Science, expressed her interest in culture and food, which led her to participate in this event. In addition to learning about Spanish cuisine, poetry, and songs, the lively interaction, interesting content, and relaxed atmosphere of the lecture also left her with fond memories. Enjoying Food While Reading Novels: Wen-Chin Li Takes You on a Journey through Soul Maze The World Book and Copyright Day event organized by the Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library and the College of Foreign Languages held a salon lecture titled "Taste. Spanish Specialties: Food, Culture, and Literature" on May 3 in the reading activity area of the library. The 3rd lecture was presented by Assistant Professor Wen-Chin Li from the Spanish Department, who discussed "The Encounter of Images and Taste Buds: The Intersection of 'Food' in the Maze of the Soul", introducing the author, story, and food featured in the novel. Handmade snacks and coffee were also provided for participants to enjoy during the event. Dr. Li first introduced the author Carlos Ruiz Zafón's life and related works. He particularly highlighted Zafón's musical talent, which is not commonly found among literary authors. Zafón would compose music specifically for his novels. The topic of this talk was the various famous and hidden Spanish snacks, desserts, and drinks mentioned by the protagonist during his visits to restaurants, bars, and cafes in Barcelona in Zafón's novel "The Shadow of the Wind". Next, Dr. Li shared the recipes for 2 of the dishes mentioned in the book: Croquetas de jamon (ham croquettes) and Carquinyolis (Catalan almond biscuits). Unlike the Japanese-style potato croquettes commonly found in Taiwan, the Spanish version has a soft and smooth texture, achieved by using milk, flour, and ham to make the filling. This snack is both high in protein and starch and is quite healthy. During the Q&A session, someone asked whether the dishes in the book were typical home-cooked meals or restaurant dishes. Dr. Li replied that they were almost all home-cooked meals and shared his own experience of sharing a kitchen with his landlord when he studied abroad. He had witnessed his landlord making croquettes and had seen him buying a large ham to slice and serve with red wine. The leftovers would then be cut into chunks and used as filling for croquettes or boiled with bones to make soup. Talking about the event preparation process, Dr. Li shared that at the beginning, when discussing the theme with the library, they found that whenever people talked about Spain, they would think of "Tapas," the world-renowned drunk food. Therefore, they decided to make easy-to-carry snacks and prepared homemade pastries. Li even recorded the process and made a video. As the number of participants increased, he added a "sweet and savory" combination to provide local cuisine for everyone to enjoy. He hoped to provide a rich feast for the senses of sight, hearing, and taste, while admitting that he has no special talents, and he did his best to make it happen. He said, "If I knew how to play the piano, I might have brought it here to play a tune." The participants responded positively with enthusiasm. They not only waited in line to try the ham croquettes and almond cookies but also gathered around Dr. Li to ask questions. Those who got the snacks also took out their phones to take pictures, and the scene was lively and enthusiastic.
The opening ceremony of the National Intercollegiate Athletic Games 2023 was held at Chung Yuan Christian University on May 6th. Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, TKU President, led the faculty and students into the venue. This year, there are 11 teams participating. As of press time, the TKU athletes have won 4 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze medals, as well as the first place in the general men's team of karate and the second place in the general men's team of soft tennis. In the judo event, Ken Taniguchi, a freshman from Japanese department won the gold medal in the general men's first weight class. In the karate event, Ji-Chien Yang, a senior from chemical engineering department won the gold medal in the general men's individual kata and the gold medal in the general men's 5th weight class, while Wei-Che Hsu, a 2nd-year student from mechanical engineering department won the gold medal in the general men's 4th weight class. In the soft tennis games, Hao-Yun Deng, a senior from the transportation management department won the silver medal in the general men's singles, and Yamasaki Ichika,a sophomore from the tourism management department, and Po-Hsuan Wu, a senior from the French department won the bronze medal in the general women's doubles. The general men's team also won the silver medal. Ken Taniguchi shared that he was very happy to win the gold medal. He started practicing judo since his first grade in elementary school. Although he suffered setbacks due to injuries in high school and missed the opportunity to join the national team, he never gave up and continued to improve. After being selected for the representative team this semester, he received weekly training from Professor Ku-Chen Huang from the Office of Physical Education, and conducted basic training in the gymnasium. If there is no training scheduled, he would go running, and his perseverance in training has led to today's good results. Captain of soft tennis team Hao-Yun Deng stated that this training camp was similar to previous years, with weather conditions affecting their ability to practice many times. Fortunately, with the help of alumni, they were able to train in Zhongli on weekends. In the singles championship match, he faced Geng-Yu Chao, a talented freshman from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Due to not being mentally prepared, he lost many points at the beginning, although he stabilized his footing later on. Unfortunately, he failed to handle the key points in the deciding set and missed the chance to win the gold medal. In the team competition, they broke their previous record, beating National Taiwan University in the semi-final, but failed to win the championship. "We never gave up during the process and persisted in showing our fighting spirit. Many referees praised the enthusiasm of the Tamkang team as the best among all teams, and I hope that younger students can continue to maintain it." Ms. Hsiao-Wen Chao, the coach of the soft tennis team and associate professor of the Office of Physical Education, said that many players who have received formal training participated in the tournament this year, making the competition very intense, with every game being fiercely contested. "We persisted and got the results until the seventh point in both the singles and team championship matches. Although we lost by a slight margin in the end, I believe that our team members have learned and grown a lot from this experience. In the future, they will surely take training more seriously to improve their skills. Our team got third place in the team event last year and second place this year. We hope that the Tamkang University Soft Tennis team can return to the championship next year with the same lineup and achieve even better results."
On the morning of April 22nd, the Center for Sustainable Development and Social Innovation (SDSI) and the Office of General Affairs were invited to participate in the 2023 Climate Change Exhibition "My City, My Guardianship ~ New Taipei Green Living" （我的城市，我守護～新北綠生活） hosted by the Sustainable Environment Education Center of New Taipei City (新北市永續環境教育中心), showcasing their achievements in promoting environmental and sustainable education along with other units. SDSI presented the "Great Tamsui Environmental Protection Chronicles" （大淡水環保志）produced by the team of Tamsui Good Days – TKU USR project, series of documentaries from the perspectives of environmental education, ecological education, water resources and marine waste, tourist farms, and sustainable development, recording how the protagonists in the videos contributed to the Tamsui environment. They also exhibited the results of the "Campus SDGs Environmental Sustainability Workshop" activity, showing the fish eye maps of the campus and the surrounding environment drawn by elementary school students in the Tamsui area, led by the head of SDSI's Social Practice and Strategy Section, Dr. Rui-mao Huang. Dr. Huang explained that unlike regular maps, fish eye maps are not limited by frames, and using them to draw can help students see the connection between the school and the surrounding landscape as a whole. "These schools are located in different places, some are on the mountains, some are by the river. Drawing fish eye maps can help elementary school students understand the relationship between the school and the city." The Office of General Affairs displayed the "CEED" app designed by the "Everyday Carbon Reduction CEED" (天天減碳CEED) project team of the Department of Information Management, as well as the university's "Zero Carbon Emission Schedule." Kung-Yao Lee, a 4th-year student of the Department of Information Management, explained that the purpose of designing "CEED" is to allow users to record their daily carbon emissions from the 4 aspects of "home, diet, transportation, and consumption" and identify which behaviors emit carbon. This helps users develop the habit of reducing carbon emissions. For example, the "bill scanning area" in the "home" theme can record the carbon emissions generated by water and electricity bills through text recognition. The "Zero Carbon Emission Schedule" is the university's plan for promoting carbon reduction from 2022 to 2050. Through "campus carbon emission disclosure" and "identification of major indirect emission sources," the university examines its carbon emission sources and makes relevant reduction plans to achieve the goal of "implementing 100% carbon neutrality, complying with environmental protection, social responsibility, and university governance" by 2050. The Center for Sustainability will also hold a sustainable campus life experiment competition, inviting students to propose relevant suggestions and implementation strategies for campus sustainability governance to build their vision of a sustainable campus.
The Center for University Social Responsibility, Ministry of Education announced on April 28 that the list of approved projects for the phase III (2023-2024) of the University Social Responsibility (USR) Program has been released. All of the 5 projects submitted by our university have been approved. Dr. Hui-Huang Hsu, the Academic Vice President and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and Social Innovation (SDSI), expressed his gratitude to the colleagues involved in the projects for their joint efforts in preparing the proposals and presentations for the application. Along with the recognition of past achievements, this excellent result was achieved. "USR is now a universal value, and the approval of these projects will allow our university to be more closely connected with the local community and provide more assistance in creation and development. Through the planning of SDSI, we will also guide more students to actively engage in the community and cultivate a spirit of service."
On April 24th, the Department of Information and Communication held the opening ceremony of its 22nd graduation exhibition “Immersed in Colors" (沐色之間) at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall. With the theme of " Immersed in Colors ", meaning “bathed in between colors”, the exhibition showcased the achievements of the department's students over their 4 years of university study, focusing on what they learned and developing their own strengths with it. The concept of "immersing oneself in the world of colors" was used to convey the idea of students finding their own colors and meanings within the vast sea of colors and participating in a colorful and vibrant world together. Vice President for Academic Affairs Hui-Huang Hsu, Vice President for International Affairs Hsiao-Chuan Chen, Secretary General Ay-Hwa Andy Liou, Dean of Academic Affairs Tzong-Ru Tsai, Dean of Student Affairs Shih-Jung Wu, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Huei-Chun Chi, as well as chairs of various departments and representatives from Tamsui District Office and Tamsui Historical Museum participated in the opening ceremony. The off-campus exhibition will be held from May 12th to May 14th at the Warehouse No. 2 of Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei. The 103 senior students of the Department of Information and Communication were divided into 12 groups, who combined marketing communication, aesthetic design, and technology application to respond to various social issues and jointly presented their creativity and ideas. The exhibition was jointly presented under the guidance of Associate Professors Hui-Chuan Liu, Yi-Wen Chen, Chien-Yu Sun, and Jiun-Shian Lin from the Department of Information and Communication. The students combined marketing communication, aesthetic design, and technology application to respond to various social issues. The general coordinator, Yi Wen Lin, a senior student of the department, stated that through their works, they aimed to enhance the observation and thinking abilities of the exhibition viewers, stimulate imagination, and encourage practical application.
Tamkang University and the Taiwan Environmental Protection and Education Foundation (EPF, 財團法人台灣環保文教基金會) cooperated to hold an "ISO 14064-1:2018" training course on April 22nd and 23rd at Taipei campus. The aim was to establish skills in verifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, enhance the concept of sustainable development, and learn how to effectively conduct verifications through group collaboration. More than 30 students participated. The course was taught by EPF, and its content included explaining the impact of GHG on climate change, introducing the content of ISO 14064-1:2018, relevant legal content and case studies, how to introduce GHG verification systems, and preliminary implementation of GHG verification on campus. It is hoped that participants can have a deeper understanding of the methods of verifying, reporting, and validating GHG emissions, and learn the operational mode of GHG verification through group discussion. During the speech, Dr. Sue-Huai Gau, the Chairman of the Foundation and Specially Appointed Professor of Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering at our university, said that environmental issues have become a global issue, and "students are the main force of the future society. I hope you can learn well in the course, apply what you have learned with enthusiasm and creativity, and contribute to the environmental cause together." Dr. Chi-Wang Li, the Head of the Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Section at SDSI, explained that our school will implement a carbon footprint verification (CVF) this year. In addition to cultivating assistance personnel through relevant courses, we also hope to gradually promote environmental sustainability and net zero carbon emission-related knowledge to all faculty, staff, and students. Students participating in the courses will form a "Carbon Detective Group" (偵『碳』小組) to assist the school in conducting GHG verification. In the future, more faculty, staff, and students will be recruited to promote the concept of environmental protection and sustainable development, and work towards the goal of "Net-zero campus on TKU 100th anniversary" together.
Participating in the Small Research Rocket Development Project led by the Taiwan Space Agency (TASA), the Department of Aerospace Engineering of our university has successfully developed the sounding rocket "TKU MK-1" and has completed the registration of the launch vehicle with TASA. The department has also obtained the launch permit from TASA. The test launch is scheduled between May 27th and May 30th at the Hsuhai national rocket launch site. This project is led by TASA and involves the participation of several universities, including National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Feng Chia University, and others. Our university will be the first private university in Taiwan to have the capability to launch rockets to several kilometers’ altitude. The "TKU MK-1" rocket has a diameter of 12 centimeters, a length of 182 centimeters, and a mass of 34 kilograms. It has a maximum speed of 340 meters per second and can reach an altitude of 5 kilometers. It uses a solid rocket engine with a total impulse of 13,000 N·s, making it a relatively large-scale rocket for amateur use. The aerospace department and its faculty and students have been conducting technical R&D since 2017. Originally, the launch was planned to take place at the Hsuhai area in Pingtung County at the end of 2022. However, due to site renovations, the launch was postponed to May of this year. Professor Yi-Ren Wang, the principle investigator, stated that since the team has no previous experience in launching large rockets, the main objectives of this test launch are twofold: 1. To test the team's ability in system integration; 2. To test the communication and telemetry systems in preparation for future rocket launches. Professor Wang also expressed gratitude to the faculty and staff at the Lanyang campus for their assistance in successfully testing the engine on 3 occasions. Professor Fu-Yuen Hsiao, the Chair of the Aerospace Department, stated that the manufacturing cost of the rocket is as high as 800,000 NTD. Fundraising is one of the most challenging parts of the entire R&D process, as the manufacturing cost of each rocket exceeds 400,000 NTD, not including other expenses. Moreover, rockets that have completed thrust testing cannot be reused. Without sufficient funds, it would be insufficient to cope with the system integration capability that a complete rocket should have, thus requiring a large investment in rockets. The exterior and aerodynamic design of TKU MK-1 rocket was carried out by Guang-Cheng Bao, a third-year graduate student from the Department of Aerospace. The design aimed for simplicity and high reliability, with the main structure being a single solid rocket engine. The front end was equipped with a nose cone, avionics system, and the rear end was fitted with fins for stability. Through computer calculations, the center of pressure was positioned 2.5 times the diameter length behind the center of mass, ensuring stable flight," said Guang-Cheng Bao. "Although there were doubts about the feasibility of my technology from the aerospace community since the beginning of the development project, I believe that true skills are not afraid of challenges. The successful ground tests of the rocket engine have proven that my design is sound. Regardless of whether the launch is successful or not, I have faith in my practical skills and mathematical capabilities. This is a significant attempt for me, the Department of Aerospace at Tamkang University, and even the amateur rocketry community in Taiwan," Guang-Cheng Bao added.
After a hiatus of 2 and a half years, the College of Liberal Arts hosted the first lecture of the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair. Professor Timothy J. Dowd, Chair of the Department of Sociology at Emory University in the United States, has been invited by the Department of Mass Communication to visit the campus. The lecture, titled "Music and Musician Careers in the Digital Era," was held on April 27th in the Chang Yeo Lan International Conference Hall of Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center. Dr. Huei-Chun Chi, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Da-Lun Tang, Chair of the Department of Mass Communication, and Assistant Professor Yun Tai accompanied Professor Dowd to meet with President Huan-Chao Keh and Chairperson Flora Chia-I Chang on the morning of April 26th at 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM respectively. In addition to the lecture, Professor Dowd also participated in a conversation-style program at the "Voice of Tamkang" podcast lab, engaging in discussions with teachers who research cultural industries. Professor Timothy J. Dowd holds a Master's degree in Literature from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University. His areas of expertise include cultural sociology, sociology of music, media sociology, organizational sociology, and creative career development. He has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar and has served as editor-in-chief or editorial board member for several international journals. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Poetics, Culture, Media, and Arts Empirical Studies, and has held a chair at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Tamkang University established the "Regulations of the Establishment of Tamkang University Founder Dr. Clement Chang and his wife Mrs. Carrie Chang Lecture Series" in May 2018, with the aim of enhancing the academic level and reputation of our university. All units are welcome to invite internationally renowned scholars and experts to serve as Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair. Due to the impact of the pandemic, the lecture series has not been held for 2 and a half years. Starting from this semester, each college will successively invite internationally renowned scholars and experts to give lectures and engage in academic exchanges on campus. All faculty and students are welcome to actively participate.
With the rapid advancement of AI technology, new discussions in the field of language learning have been sparked by phenomena such as "metaverse" and "ChatGPT". The Center for Murakamiharuki Studies in Tamkang University (CMSTKU), at the forefront of trends, held the "6th AI and Japanese Language Education International Seminar" at Ching-Sheng International Conference Hall on April 15th, attracting nearly 120 scholars from Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea to attend. The opening ceremony was presided over by Director Chiu-Kuei Tseng of CMSTKU. Prominent opinion leaders who are highly concerned about this issue were invited to deliver speeches through video conference, including Nagoya University of Foreign Studies President Kameyama Ikuo, the Japan Association of Comparative Culture President Harumi Yahiro, and Hokuyo University President Kuniyo Okumura. President Kameyama Ikuo stated that this initiative is worth learning from and has instructed the Chair of the Japanese Department at his university, Emiko Hayatsu, to learn from Tamkang University. President Ro Yu Gyeom (檢校裕朗) of the AI and Creative Learning Research Society in South Korea delivered a speech at the venue and presented a paper. He mentioned that he has been continuously participating in the series of international seminars with a focus on "AI and Japanese Language Education" since 2018. He paid tribute to the late Professor Ochiai Yuji, a distinguished professor of the Japanese Language Department at Tamkang university, who had long been a pioneer in the field of AI and Japanese language education, and presented a plaque of commendation. He also praised Director Chiu-Kuei Tseng for leading the trend and driving research in the field of AI and Japanese language education, putting Taiwan on the international stage, and achieving results that have surpassed those of Japan and South Korea, making Taiwan a benchmark for innovative Japanese language education worldwide. Dr. Chih-Yung Chang, distinguished professor from our university's Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, delivered a keynote speech on "The Explosive Power of Metaverse-triggered Japanese Language Education". The opening remarks was given by Dr. Hsing-Chin Hsu, the former president of Chinese Culture University. Dr. Chang incorporated the popular ChatGPT technology into the core of his speech, analyzing the advantages of language teachers utilizing revolutionary AI technology. He hopes to inspire teachers to enhance language teaching through the integration of new technologies, and create a new role for language teachers in the AI era. 2 scholars were invited to give presentations. President Ro Yu Gyeom, who explained South Korea's active implementation of the "Cosmic Policy" and its application in various fields of education, and Ms. Kim （金侊嬪）, a high school teacher from Seongwon High School in South Korea, who has years of practical experience in using cosmic technology in language education. Ms. Kim introduced free software for language teachers that utilizes cosmic technology to develop language teaching materials, making it convenient for language educators to use. The conference consisted of 4 sessions for paper presentations, with a total of 11 papers related to Japanese language being presented, becoming the first batch of literature in the field of AI and cosmic technology. Associate Professor Horikoshi Kazuo from our university's Japanese Department stated that future Japanese language education needs to be redefined. It should not only focus on transmitting knowledge related to the Japanese language, but also expand the perspective of language teachers to continuously improve their teaching abilities that are relevant to the current times, with a focus on enhancing learners' employability competency. Dr. Shu-Hua Yeh, the Dean of the College of International Studies and Foreign Languages at Chinese Culture University and a professor at National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, expressed admiration for Tamkang University's continuous innovation in combining AI with language education, which is undoubtedly advantageous for university enrollment. Professor Jiin-Chiueh Lai, a Distinguished Professor at Soochow University, expressed great pleasure in having the opportunity to join this innovative presentation and commended Professor Tseng's visionary achievements, which are truly admirable.
On April 1st, the Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Chien-Mu Yeh, and the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Tzong-Ru Tsai, led their teams and students to Malaysia. In addition to participating in the "2023 Taiwan Higher Education Expo" organized by the Federation of Alumni Associations of Taiwan Universities, Malaysia to introduce relevant information about the university to Chinese students in Malaysia, Dr. Chien-Mu Yeh and Dr. Tzong-Ru Tsai also visited 15 Chinese independent schools in Malaysia, including Payfong Middle School, Jit Sin Independent High School, and Muar Chung Hwa High School, with the strong assistance of local alumni. They had face-to-face exchanges with school presidents, vice presidents, and teachers to discuss topics such as school environment, students' learning conditions, and aspirations for further studies. This visit fully embodied the good tradition of alumni being closely connected with their alma mater. This education expo is the first large-scale education expo held in Malaysia in the post-pandemic period, taking place in 5 cities in East Malaysia and West Malaysia. It has attracted nearly 17,000 visitors. Ms. Mei-Lan Lee, the Director of Center for Admission Strategies, and Ms. Cadence Wang, an administrative staff from the International Student Guidance Section, were responsible for the planning on behalf of our university. With the assistance of Assistant Professor Tsung-Yuan Chen from the Department of History and alumni from the Alumni Association of Tamkang University in Malaysia, they introduced the university and its departments to students and teachers who visited the expo, and answered relevant questions. The response from students was enthusiastic. Ms. Lee mentioned that local students showed strong interest in studying at our university, with many inquiries about various colleges. Among them, the College of Business and Management received the most attention. "We hope that through the education expo, we can increase students’ understanding of our university and enhance their willingness to study at Tamkang University," Ms. Lee said. Dr. Chien-Mu Yeh expressed that the purpose of visiting the middle schools is not only to enhance friendship, but also to understand each other's needs and the resources and assistance that our school can provide through face-to-face communication. "We appreciate the warm reception from the visited schools to our team. They are happy to see our school visiting for exchange, especially the schools that our school's recruitment team has visited during the winter break, which has given our school affirmation and encouragement. We hope to continue visiting and promoting our school locally, providing relevant information about our school. In addition, we will reorganize the list of the source schools of our current Malaysian students, considering factors such as school size, number of students, and demand for Tamkang University, and revise the relevant admission methods." He pointed out that a certain proportion of Malaysian students have the willingness to study abroad, and our school adopts a strategy of "resource sharing, alliance for mutual benefit", sharing our educational and administrative resources to assist partner schools in enhancing their functions, helping each other, and building a high-quality image, strengthening our presence, and effectively arousing the interest and attention of teachers, students, and parents. During this trip, Dr. Tzong-Ru Tsai discovered that local Chinese independent middle schools lack learning resources. Many presidents of independent middle schools expressed their hopes for deeper cooperation with their schools in the future, including joint learning activities to benefit local students. Dr. Tsai suggested considering sharing EMI resources and developing MOOCs with 6+2 English-taught courses, such as "Cabin Management" and "Asia-Pacific Regional Studies" offered by the College of International Affairs, and opening up possibilities for Malaysian middle school students to take these courses. If further expanded to high schools in countries in the New Southbound Policy, it could be greatly beneficial in attracting overseas students from Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and other countries.
The Alumni Association of Tamkang University in Japan held its 55th anniversary celebration on April 1st, and President Huan-Chao Keh, Vice President for International Affairs Hsiao-Chuan Chen, Executive Director of Alumni Services and Resource Development Chun-Young Perng, and President of the Alumni Association of Tamkang University in Japan Hai-Chun Mo specially attended to offer congratulations. Deputy Representative Ming-Yaw Tsai from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, as well as former President Nakayama Osamu and Vice President Horiuchi Kazunobu from partner school Reitaku University, were also present to join the celebration. The event was filled with enthusiastic interactions and exchanges among alumni, exchange students, and other attendees. During President Keh's speech, he expressed that our school has received positive evaluations in recent years for its academic performance, as reflected in international university rankings. In addition, Cheers magazine has ranked our school as the top private university for the favorite graduates by companies for 26 consecutive years. He further explained that Tamkang University is currently in the fifth wave of surpassing, and one of the key focuses of our academic work is to strengthen interaction with alumni and foster a sense of unity among them. Therefore, after the lifting of pandemic restrictions, visits have been made to the United States as the first stop, followed by Japan as the second stop. "There are a total of 151 alumni associations of various types around the world, with approximately 300,000 alumni who have achieved outstanding performances in various fields. I am deeply grateful for the strong support of our alumni, which is the most important driving force for the sustainable development of Tamkang University." Mr. Ming-Yaw Tsai, an alumnus of the Department of East Asian Studies (now the Department of Japanese), also expressed his joy in meeting everyone. He mentioned that many alumni are currently serving in representative offices and if they need any assistance, both he and the education section are willing to help. The new president of the alumni association was elected during this conference. Ms. Ming-Chu Yang (楊明珠), an alumna of the Department of Japanese and a special correspondent for the Central News Agency in Japan, has been appointed. She previously served as the president during the first year of the Heisei era during her stay in Japan, and she expressed her gratitude for the support of the alumni. She hopes to re-launch the activities of the alumni association after the pandemic, and to connect and unite alumni in Japan, strengthening the ties with the alma mater. She also mentioned that in the past, alumni association presidents were often international students who would return to their home countries after completing their studies, causing difficulties in promoting the activities of the association. Therefore, in recent years, alumni who have long resided in Japan have been appointed as presidents, as they can more smoothly promote the activities of the association and provide more support and assistance to junior alumni and the alma mater.
As part of the "Administrative Staff Training Program" organized by the Office of Human Resources, a lecture was held on March 27th at the Ching-Sheng International Conference Hall. The keynote speaker was Ms. Shih-Hsin Chu, a consulting psychologist and the founder of Howmatch Consulting Company (好合顧問公司). The topic was "Emotional Management and Stress Adaptation". More than 80 faculty and staff members participated in the event. Before the course started, Ms. Chu reached 3 important consensuses with the participants. Firstly, stress is an inevitable part of life, and we need to learn to coexist with it peacefully rather than trying to eliminate it. Secondly, people usually live according to their own beliefs and values, but sometimes it's not easy to do so. Lastly, the formation of one's personality mostly comes from developed habits, and usually these habits make up 80% of one's personality. Next, Ms. Chu mentioned that Aristotle believed that happiness comes from 2 elements: pleasure and a meaningfulness. To illustrate this point, she used a video of a police officer catching a rooster to explain that when we find something meaningful and valuable, our attitude will naturally become more positive. But if we feel that something has no meaning or value, our attitude will turn negative. She reminded everyone to have a deeper understanding of the nature of happiness and to find meaningful and valuable things in life to enrich it. She then listed 10 situations that could make people lose their passion for work, including "work is too easy or too difficult", "salary is not balanced with work", "too much repetition in work", "work affects family life", "feeling that work has no future", "work is often interrupted", "concerned about performance being seen", "encountering difficulties and unable to find solutions", "feeling constrained in the work process", and "heavy sense of responsibility". She also pointed out that people who pursue perfection are often more likely to lose their passion for work. Finally, Ms. Chu specifically reminded everyone to do a good job in "health management", "time management", and "financial management", and also reminded that "leisure arrangement" should be included in the aspect of time management. Finally, with the words "appropriate pressure plus encouragement will stimulate people's potential," she encouraged everyone to coexist with stress smoothly, face things from different perspectives, and discover different lives.
Dean Tzenge-Lian Shih of the College of Science, Dean of Research and Development Hung-Chung Hsueh, Chair of Department of Physics Cheng-Hao Chuang, and 6 faculty members from Physics department visited the Chairman of Integrated Services Technology Inc., Mr. Wei Been Yu, a physics department alumnus, together on March 22nd. iST is a laboratory for verification and analysis of electronic industry (chip doctor), providing IC debugging, analysis, quality assurance, and serving as a R&D partner for customers to speed-up the time to market. The company has more than 1000 employees. Dr. Hung-Chung Hsueh introduced the Research and Development Office of our school as "assisting in the research of industry-academia collaborations and creating sustainable highlights". Dr. Cheng-Hao Chuang then presented the characteristics and future development of our school's physics department, expressing his gratitude to alumnus Wei Been Yu for listening to the academic highlights of our physics department and ideas for future collaborations in just 2 short hours. In particular, he mentioned that Chairman Yu treats the Tamkang physics department as family and is willing to focus on talent cultivation and trial future collaborative projects. The physics department hopes to continue close contact with iST and seek collaborative projects. Mr. Yu said, "I have benefited a lot during my time studying at Tamkang University and I spare no effort in giving back to my alma mater." He pointed out that iST has provided scholarships to Tamkang University for many years and donated advanced materials analysis equipment to the school, hoping to help more students. At the same time, Mr. Yu also encouraged Tamkang faculty and students to engage in deeper industry-academia collaborations with iST and jointly publish academic papers. Ms. Judy Chen, Vice President of Administrative Division at iST, stated, "iST will work together with Tamkang University to contribute to the academic community and cultivate more outstanding students and talents." Mr. Yu further stated that Tamkang students are very welcome to join iST and that teachers are also welcome to recommend talents. He emphasized that "being eager to learn" and "being responsible" are the basic requirements for iST's recruitment. In the future, they will assist the alma mater with a family-like attitude for feedback.
On March 30th, the Department of Chemistry at our university signed a MOU for industry-academia collaboration and talent development with FOCI Fiber Optic Communications Inc. The signing ceremony was held in Chung-ling Chemistry Hall. The MOU was signed by Assistant Professor Chung-Hung Hsieh on behalf of the Department of Chemistry, and Mr. Jeffrey Wang, Vice President of FOCI. In the future, both parties will collaborate long-term to implement talent development programs and conduct research and industry-academia cooperation together with faculty and students from the Department of Chemistry. Professors Bo-Cheng Wang and Professor Chih-Hsin Chen from the Department of Chemistry also participated in the signing ceremony. Before signing the MOU, Dr. Chung-Hung Hsieh guided Mr. Jeffrey Wang and Mr. Kenneth Wei, Vice President of R&D Department of FOCI, through the laboratories of the Chemistry Department and the Instrumentation Center at Chemistry Hall. Both of them praised the well-equipped laboratories and the scale of them. FOCI is a listed company that primarily engages in the development and manufacturing of products related to the optical fiber communication industry. It is recognized as a pioneer in fiber optic interconnect, FBT (Fused Biconic Taper), and PLC (Planar Lightwave Circuit) technology development in Taiwan. Dr. Yau-Hung Chen, Chair of Chemistry Department, expressed great joy in signing the MOU with FOCI, and looks forward to working together in the future to create a win-win situation for both parties and for the employment prospects of students. This industry-academia collaboration allows students to understand the talent needs of the industry and the knowledge they need to possess, so that they can plan their future career development and find the right fit. Dr. Chung-Hung Hsieh explained that currently corresponding projects are being identified, and he looks forward to conducting academic research together in the future. Mr. Jeffrey Wang looks forward to entrusting the research and development of chemistry-related materials to our school's faculty and engaging in a mutually trusting and beneficial cooperation. He expressed that the industry is in great need of experts in chemistry, and FOCI requires understanding of chemical materials. He hopes for practical collaboration between the school and the company, which can provide a starting point for students. "As long as they are talented individuals, the company has needs in various aspects of development."
Preface The emergence of ChatGPT, a large-scale language model developed by OpenAI in November 2022, has generated widespread discussions and unprecedented impact in various fields, especially in academia. National Tsing Hua University was the first university to establish a project team to discuss the potential implications of ChatGPT. National Taiwan University has issued guidelines on ChatGPT "Teaching Strategies for Generative AI Tools," providing strategies such as limiting student usage, enhancing practical exercises in class, and increasing the difficulty of assignments and exams. Academic debates are ongoing, and the repercussions continue to reverberate. As a comprehensive university with 8 colleges, including liberal arts, science, engineering, business and management, foreign languages, international affairs, education, and AI, how do teachers in different fields at Tamkang University respond to this new challenge? In addition to interviewing teachers' opinions, this report also opens a "Ask TKU Expert" page on Tamkang University's Facebook fan page (https://www.facebook.com/tku.official.fb ). Dr. Chih-Yung Chang, Distinguished Professor from the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, will reply to questions related to ChatGPT on the page. Faculty and students are welcome to ask questions. Unstoppable. Embrace and accept rather than prohibit ChatGPT embodies remarkable progress in natural language processing and generation capabilities. Compared to other chatbot models, it not only conducts complex and fluent conversations, but also has the ability to self-learn and evolve. Moreover, with its rich database, ChatGPT has a basic understanding of various professional domains. It is undoubtedly a significant advancement in the field of AI technology. ChatGPT has the ability to summarize and generate text, making it a useful tool for students to complete assignments and reports, like riding on a fast highway. However, there are some teachers who hold opposing views, and even some universities like the University of Hong Kong have banned the use of ChatGPT by students. On the other hand, there are also teachers who support and encourage the use of new technology by students. Dr. Chang, who voted in support, gave a speech titled "Unleashing the Positive Power of ChatGPT in Teaching and Learning" at the "Smart Future GO! SPROUT Lectures on Digital Learning" seminar held by the Center for Distance Education Development of the Office of Information Services on March 15. He shared his perspective that instead of banning students from using ChatGPT, it's better to understand and harness its capabilities. Dr. Chang believes that "with the rapid development of new technology, companies, organizations, and educational institutions should understand that the future of technology will only get faster and better. ChatGPT is like a tool for us, and we should train students to become tigers in using tools, enabling them to excel with the assistance of technology, and utilize it for human-machine collaboration to gain an advantage.” Similarly, Japanese Professor Chiu-Kuei Tseng and Associate Professor Sheng-Shiang Tseng from the Department of Education and Futures Design, who support the same opinion, also expressed their optimistic attitudes. Dr. Chiu-Kuei Tseng stated, "The era cannot be reversed now, just like how we do not prohibit students from using smartphones. Therefore, I hold an optimistic attitude and will encourage students to use ChatGPT more." Dr. Sheng-Shiang Tseng also shared, "I welcome its development, after all, it is an unstoppable force. Teachers should be accommodating and embrace ChatGPT. What we need to do is to teach students how to use it properly and let them unleash their uniqueness." Assistant Professor Hsiao-Tsu Wang from the Bachelor's Program in Advanced Materials Science holds a neutral stance and shares the pros and cons of students using ChatGPT. He says, "There are 2 aspects to consider. First, in terms of data searching, students can quickly obtain information and save a lot of time. However, their ability to search for information may not be adequately trained. Second, in terms of knowledge, students can quickly access relevant information, but at the same time, it may hinder their opportunity for self-reflection after searching through a large amount of information." The impact on the role of teachers and the need to redefine their professional positioning ChatGPT's versatility may make many industries feel threatened, fearing being replaced. So, is the job of teachers also at risk? Dr. Chang believes that the role of teachers will not be replaced. He says, "When ChatGPT can serve as a TA or a teacher's avatar to help students clarify complex concepts and knowledge, students will no longer solely rely on teachers as they used to. However, the role of teachers will not be replaced. Students can receive assistance from ChatGPT, and teachers can also utilize ChatGPT to enhance their own professional abilities and teaching methods." Dr. Chang also mentioned that ChatGPT can help teachers overcome challenges such as limited time and manpower to respond to students. ChatGPT can even provide suggestions to teachers on teaching methods, educational theories, and instructional strategies, upgrading teachers' lesson plans. Using bilingual instruction as an example, Dr. Sheng-Shiang Tseng shares how ChatGPT can help teachers: "Teachers of non-English courses often seek advice from English teachers, asking if the vocabulary they are using is too difficult or if there are any grammar errors. The emergence of ChatGPT can help these non-English teachers solve these problems.” Therefore, although ChatGPT will not replace teachers, it will indeed transform the role of teachers. The traditional image of teachers as encyclopedias or authoritative figures in the eyes of students may no longer be sustainable in the presence of ChatGPT. Professor Chiu-Kuei Tseng shares her perspective on this: "The role of teachers needs to be transformed. Teachers are no longer the sole authority giving instructions, but rather they need to become facilitators who accompany students in the process of learning and provide them with platforms for development." She also believes that the role of teachers in tailoring instruction to individual students, recognizing their strengths, and providing affirmation and consultation is irreplaceable by ChatGPT.
Preface In the “2023 Favorite University Graduates Ranking for Enterprises” published by the magazines Global View Monthly (GVM) and Cheers, our university ranked first among private universities. Notably, our alumni in the financial industry were among the top performers in the “industry performance” category, ranking 3rd in GVM and 5th in Cheers, which is impressive. GVM pointed out that for the human resources executives of the top 2000 enterprises, what they value most is not whether a major is popular or not, but soft skills such as problem-solving ability, interpersonal relationships, communication, stress resistance, and internship experience. This feature report will analyze the characteristics of our university students and alumni performance, introduce the university's layout for cultivating talents in the financial industry, for the benefits of the readers. The TKU motto of simplicity, truthfulness, firmness and perseverance nurtures the soft skills that cannot be tested in exams “Being able to play and study well” is the footnote that Mr. Chin-Tsai Chen, an accounting alumnus and the President of Tamkang University Worldwide Alumni Association, gave to Tamkang alumni. He said that Tamkang alumni are lively and intelligent, but when it comes to work, “I will do what others won't do, work harder than others to compete with them. Naturally, business owners will have a different impression of us.” “Not being proud is very important.” He believes that when entering the workforce, the values and school spirit of TKU motto of simplicity, truthfulness, firmness and perseverance naturally instill qualities of diligence, cooperation, and hard work. When seniors encounter younger alumni in the workplace, there is always a sense of warmth and mutual support. He said, “This is natural, sincere, and not pretentious.” Dean of Business and Management College Li-Ren Yang fully agrees with these qualities of Tamkang alumni: "These abilities are not tested in exams." During his tenure as the Chair of the Department of Business Administration, he found that EMBA alumni were not necessarily the best students, but they had developed the ability to maintain good relationships with customers and collaborate with each other through their experiences in society. He believes that "these abilities are developed through school activities.” Turn defects into merits and squat down to learn "The most obvious characteristic of our students in the department is their ability to solve problems," said Dr. Pei-Chien Lin, Chair of the Department of Industrial Economics, adding that it is also one of the educational goals of the department. "National university students' shortcomings are the advantages of Tamkang University students," she said. Having taught at Tamkang for 18 years, she observed that Tamkang students may face more challenges in their studies and may feel inferior, “but they are humble and willing to learn”. She herself graduated from a national university and understands the difference. When alumni return to share their experiences, she is often impressed and humbled by what Tamkang alumni have achieved. Hardworking, high EQ, and strong marketing skills The Chair of the Department of Banking and Finance, Dr. Yun-Yung Lin, proudly stated that "Tamkang students become the favorite graduates of enterprises because they possess the ‘Tamkang qualities’ of willingness to work hard and make progress. Only after entering society can they gain recognition from business executives." He cited Cathy Liu, the deputy general manager of IBF Securities, who was awarded Outstanding Alumni of the Department of Finance and Banking this year, as an example of excellent performance in the financial industry. Within a year, she was able to increase the visibility of IBF's underwriting market and the number of SPO submissions increased from only 1 to 12, ranking in the top 5 in the market. In addition, she significantly improved the department's operating performance in just one year, ending the long-standing deficit status the following year, achieving multiple growths and winning the "Top 100 MVP Managers in Taiwan" award from Managertoday magazine in 2020. Dr. Yun-Yung Lin analyzed that in addition to her strong financial analysis skills, "her marketing skills are also excellent. she is good at interpersonal communication, very friendly, and has a strong 'Tamkang quality’.” He mentioned that with 300,000 Tamkang alumni, the network of Tamkang is surprisingly extensive after Tamkang students enter the workforce. "When applying for a job, the interviewer may very well be a senior fellow student," he said. Tamkang alumni support each other, and the Tamkang traits not only foster the growth of students but also connect people and fate.” Able to bend and stretch, with strong resilience and communication skills The Chair of the Department of Economics, Dr. Yen-Ling Lin, believes that the unique characteristic of Tamkang University students is their ability to “adapt to different situations”. This advantage is mainly demonstrated in their ability to handle pressure, which is related to the university's emphasis on a liberal and self-directed learning environment in the process of cultivating talent. By allowing students to have freedom and autonomy in their learning, they are able to quickly transform pressure into motivation when faced with various pressures in the workplace, and still actively seek breakthroughs and opportunities for performance. She cites the example of Dr. Yi-Huang Chiu, one of the first alumni and organizer of the department alumni association, who is currently a branch manager at Bank SinoPac. After graduating from the university, he entered the financial industry and started from the basics. After experiencing the ups and downs of the financial industry, he became a branch manager at the age of 37, leading his team to complete the merger of Taipei Commercial Bank and Chien Hua Bank, demonstrating his outstanding leadership qualities and resilience. While actively seeking better performance for the company he works for, he also seeks self-improvement and is not afraid of pressure. He pursued a Ph.D. degree in finance at National Chengchi University while working and obtained his degree in 2022. Dr. Jyun-Ji Tien, Chair of the Department of Risk Management and Insurance, believes that under the influence of Tamkang University, students have developed excellent interpersonal communication skills and enhanced their understanding of the importance of teamwork, which are essential qualities for future professionals in the financial industry. He cites the example of Dr. Su-Chu Hsu, the Chief Auditor of Taiwan Financial Holdings, to illustrate this point. From an industrial perspective, auditing is a challenging profession that involves a wide range of specialized knowledge. Whether it's communication within a team, the ability to handle pressure when facing problems, or problem-solving skills, Dr. Su-Chu Hsu has demonstrated a perfect balance of these qualities. Despite facing many challenges, she persevered with great perseverance, which is admirable.
The Center for Holistic Education established in November of last year held its unveiling ceremony on March 21st in room T1117. The ceremony was jointly unveiled by President Huan-Chao Keh, the Chairperson of the Board, Dr. Chia-Yi Chang, President of Tamkang University Worldwide Alumni Association Chin-Tsai Chen, President of Tamkang University Alumni Association Headquarters of Department Tzu-Hua Chuang, President of Tamkang University Golden Eagle Club Chiang Cheng-Jung, Vice President of Tamkang University Alumni Association Headquarters Tsang-Chiang Chen, and the Academic Vice President and Director of the Center for Holistic Education, Dr. Hui-Huang Hsu. Many school supervisors were present at the event. Chairperson Flora Chia-I Chang gave a speech after the unveiling, saying "Today marks a new milestone." She recounted that since its establishment in 2005, the Lanyang Campus had pioneered all English-language instruction, full dormitory accommodations, and study abroad programs for all students, making it a distinctive feature of collegiate education in Taiwan. She mentioned that the Ministry of Education had once hoped Tamkang to replicate the Lanyang experience in Tamsui, and the current fifth wave is the perfect opportunity. The 3 conveners of the Center for Holistic Education - Executive Secretary and Convener of the Whole-Person Development Curriculum Working Group, Dr. Cheng-Hao Pao (Dean of the International Affairs College), Convener of the Full-Residential College Activities Working Group, Shih-Jung Wu (Dean of Student Affairs), and Convener of the Study Abroad Counseling Working Group, Chien-Mu Yeh (Dean of International Affairs) - had all previously taught at the Lanyang Campus and were therefore the most appropriate choices for their positions. Chairperson Chang also expressed her hope that the unveiling ceremony would mark a good start and that the whole-person education model would truly take root at Tamkang University. President Keh pointed out in his speech that when Lanyang Campus was established in 2005, Tamkang University not only pioneered the Three-All Education model but also proposed the Second S-curve, which became the starting point for Tamkang's entry into the fourth wave of development. These initiatives were closely linked to Tamkang's culture of the Three Circles and Five Disciplines, and the Three Objectives of Education, which have now evolved into the school's development direction of "glocalization, intelligent cloud, and sustainable future." President Keh also mentioned that the Three-All Education model at Lanyang Campus had repeatedly won praise from the MOE's grant review committee as an important teaching feature. As Tamkang enters the fifth wave of development, which goes beyond the Lanyang-Campus era, it is even more important to surpass the previous achievements. Mr. Chin-Tsai Chen, speaking on behalf of the alumni, expressed his excitement and said, "I hope that the transplantation of this seedling of education to Tamsui will become a big tree in the future."
At 2:10 PM, March 17th, the Office of Quality Assurance and Audit and Chueh Sheng Memorial Library jointly held the "Total Quality Management in Tamkang's 30th Anniversary Achievements Presentation" at the Learning Research Innovation Area of the library. The event showcased the results and achievements of the university's total quality management efforts over the years. Tamkang University President Huan-Chao Keh, Chairperson of the Board Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President for Academic Affairs Hui-Huang Hsu, Vice President for Administrative Affairs Chun-Hung Lin, Vice President for International Affairs Hsiao-Chuan Chen, all first- and second-level supervisors and colleagues, as well as the Chairman of CSQ, Mr. Robert Lu, attended the event. The event began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Chairperson Chang, President Keh, 3 vice presidents, and Mr. Robert Lu. Chairperson Chang stated that the school has been promoting TQM for 30 years. Therefore, a series of celebratory events were held since the signing ceremony with CSQ last year, and the TQM Seminar and Results Presentation Meeting were the second and third events respectively. The next event will be held at the end of May in collaboration with President Keh's vision of AI+ Sustainability, which involves “Collaboratively Creating a Great Tamsui” together with Tamsui community and the school. In addition, the school will collaborate more substantively with CSQ to jointly advance towards higher quality. President Keh stated that the most important aspect of TQM is "human motivation and practice". The school has actively promoted TQM for 30 years and gained many valuable experiences. He hopes to showcase the achievements through this opportunity, in addition to observing the experiences of other units, new colleagues can also understand the school's quality culture and receive basic quality education training. Mr. Robert Lu praised the school's efforts and achievements in TQM and commended the “consistency over the past 30 years”. Through the continuation of the school's philosophy under successive presidents and the ongoing "Teaching and Administrative Innovation Seminar" and "Total Quality Management Seminar," TQM has become the fundamental DNA of Tamkang University. This activity is organized by the first-level units of our school, with the TQM spirit, focusing on their respective businesses and demonstrating the effectiveness and results of promoting TQM through the PDCA process. Referring to the contents of the "Comprehensive Excellence" or "Functional Paradigm" categories of the National Quality Award, posters are designed to showcase the achievements. In the "Comprehensive Excellence" category, the focus is on customer orientation, vision leadership, shaping a culture of full participation and continuous improvement, and striving for excellence with effectiveness. In the "Functional Paradigm" category, specific achievements in the 4 areas of "management technology," "local management," "sustainable development," and "industry support" are recognized as exemplary model. The exhibition runs until noon on March 31st, and faculty and staff are welcome to visit.
High School Camp by the Department of Information and Library Science: Experience the Interactive light and Shadow of Metaverse On March 11th, the Department of Information and Library Science held the "High School Camp Interactive Light and Shadow of the Metaverse - New Experience of Reading". The 6-hour event combined digital hardware and software interactive teaching, with practical life and technology creation, to stimulate creativity and imagination, cultivate logical analysis abilities, assist in interest exploration, and produce finished products. A total of 27 high school students from Taipei City Municipal Datung High School, Bailin, Mingder, Nankang, Zhongli Home Economics and Commercial, Pingtung, and Zhuwei High School participated and received training certificates on-site. In the morning, Assistant Professor Chia-Ling Chang from the Department of Information and Library Science gave a talk titled "AR Interactive Design and Display". Starting with internet searches for resources related to AR interactive design and display, Dr. Chang taught high school students the concept of Creative Commons (CC), enabling them to find legal and non-infringing images, videos, and 3D graphics on the internet. Using AR augmented reality software, the students were able to create and design their own interactive picture books during the class. In addition to gaining knowledge about AR and other software, the students also learned about intellectual property rights, how to find legal information, and how to operate software such as QR codes, AR software, and server uploading software. In the afternoon, Associate Professor Hsuan-Pu Chang gave a lecture on "The Applications of Adobe InDesign in Publishing and Editing", enabling high school students to master the basic functions of InDesign and independently produce high-quality printed materials. The high school students learned how to use InDesign layout functions and styles during the lecture, created beautiful layouts, and were able to export the produced files as PDF documents to meet the requirements of digital publishing and physical printing. Hsiu-Chi Liu, a student from Datung High School, together with Yu-Tsen Cheng and Yi-Ning Weng, students from Zhuwei High School, produced a 9-page work containing text, pictures, picture books, and PowerPoint introductions, which impressed Dr. Chia-Ling Chang. She encouraged the high school students to form groups and used AR to attract attention, allowing them to see potential works. In the short 3-hour course, she also thanked alumna Ya-Ting Fan and Jing-Ya Chang from the grad institute of information and library science, who served as teaching assistants and respectively guided each group, allowing them to learn the latest technology to achieve results. The high school students said they learned a lot of knowledge and even shared their experience on stage, which was quite interesting. College of Science held High School Science Camp including hands-on experiments College of Science held a high school science camp in Liu-Hsien Memorial Science Hall. Over 20 students from Bailing, Minglun, Zhonglun, Yangming, and Dazhi High school participated in the event, listening to 3 scientific popularization lectures on mathematics, physics and chemistry and involving in experiments in Tamkang. In the first lecture, Associate Professor Zhi-Shi Pan from the Department of Mathematics introduced the secret to winning mathematical games by using theories. Assistant Professor Jun-Yi Wu from the Department of Physics explained the knowledge of quantum entanglement. Quantum entanglement is not only the forefront of contemporary physics, but also one of the keys to future scientific and technological development. The Chair of the Department of Physics, Dr. Cheng-Hao Chuang, also led high school students to operate laser engraving shows that combine physics with fun. In addition, the Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Yau-Hung Chen, introduced the future development and applications of the chemistry discipline to high school students, explaining that chemistry graduates can work in fields such as medicine, semiconductors, materials, and environmental protection. At the same time, Assistant Professor Chung-Hung Hsieh from the Department of Chemistry went beyond everyone's stereotypes of chemistry and explained the university social responsibility practice project (USR) of the chemistry department, combining it with issues related to the Tamsui area. He led high school students to use titration experiments to accurately quantify the amount of vitamin C in our daily diet. From Minglun High School, first-year student Jing-Yu Chang expressed that he was interested in science and therefore signed up for the camp. He felt that the whole day was very fulfilling, and the most impressive experience was doing experiments by himself. Second-year student Hsin-Tsu Peng from Minglun High School also said, "The most unforgettable experience was doing experiments in the university laboratory, which allowed me to have a deeper understanding compared to high school." Especially for the first time at Tamkang University, they felt that the environment was very beautiful. Dr. Chung-Hung Hsieh pointed out that the science camp allowed high school students to have a deeper understanding of the basic concepts and applications of mathematics, physics, and chemistry, and experience related experiments, which can arouse their interest. "Seeing that the students are very engaged, I feel relieved and hope to plant a seed in their hearts so that they will be willing to choose these majors in the future." College of Business and Management takes high school students to visit the MRT, cultivating their personal brand management To strengthen enrollment, the College of Business and Management 's 6 departments, including Business Administration, Accounting, Transportation Management, Public Administration, Economics, and Information Management, jointly held the "Campus Tour" event on March 11. About 50 high school students from high schools of Bailing, Yangming, Ming Lun, Zhonglun, Dazhi, Xiufeng, Yongchun, Dongshan, Wanfang, Fuxing, Tamkang, and Donggang, as well as Hwa Kang Arts School attended. They visited the Taipei MRT Beitou Depot in the morning and returned to the College of Business and Management in the afternoon to interact and exchange ideas with teachers from various departments. Dean Li-Ren Yang of the College of Business and Management gave a speech on how to manage personal branding, titled "Which major is suitable for me?" He emphasized that a brand image is built up from the details. The faculty of the College of Business and Management teaches students how to increase passive income and control desires, allowing them to save up their first bucket of gold as soon as possible. The College of Business and Management has 12 departments. For this high school camp, multiple departments in the college collaborated to help high school students find their interests, increase their academic stability, understand their own preferences, and find a more suitable major. Chair Chao-Che Hsu of the Department of Transportation Management stated, "When discussing cooperation with the principal of Taipei Municipal Yangming High School, we believed that conducting high school camps through classroom lectures might be too monotonous. Therefore, we arranged a visit to the Beitou MRT Depot to experience and understand the importance of evacuation in a more interesting way." Chair Yong-Sheng Chang of the Department of Business Administration shared, "The visit allowed high school students to understand transportation management and related experiences, as well as management content. In the afternoon, we had the high school students take a personality test to understand which majors they are suitable for. Nowadays, there are many diverse admission channels for students, and each school has many different departments. We hope to help high school students understand how to choose the correct major and have a clearer direction for their future career choices." Chair Chih-Wei Chen of the Department of Public Administration stated that a student from Pingtung was influenced by a public administration alumnus who was their civics teacher. They learned about the camp through the Public Administration Department's Line recruiting community and specifically traveled to the north to attend the camp. The student even invited a friend who attends high school in Taipei to join, which moved Dr. Chen. He was grateful for the positive reputation that alumni have established outside of the school. Yongchun High School student Yong-Ren Hsieh said, "I am interested in transportation management. Visiting the Beitou MRT Depot allowed me to experience something I had never experienced before. The design of the evacuation route was particularly fascinating to me." Yangming High School student Si-Yu Chen explained, "Through Dean Yang's sharing, I have a better understanding of the importance of brand image and also learned about the difference between general economics and industrial economics."
On March 14th, the Department of held an event in the Ching-Sheng International Conference Hall. Associate Professor Yueh-O Lee invited the media variety show godfather Wei-Chung Wang to give a speech on the topic of "Hey! Where was I?" to share his entrepreneurial experience and finding one's own position. He learned horseback riding at the age of 60, and no one believed it when he said it. He just wants to challenge the unknown. Mr. Wei-Chung Wang used his own experience and background as an example to explain that he has always loved drawing, writing, and comics since he was young. What attitude should media have when making programs? How to create? He said: "Having a detached attitude towards fame and fortune is critical to our industry." Chasing power and wealth will only lead to being immersed in the workplace all day and gradually losing oneself. The correct attitude is extremely important. You need to understand what you want to do and what you are pursuing. As for creation, "it is actually about daring to try something that you have never done before, being bold and not timid, challenging the unknown, making yourself feel that something is missing, and naturally working hard to produce and create." The Chair of the Department of History, Dr. Shang-Wen Kao, and Associate Professor Chi-Lin Lee were curious about how Mr. Wei-Chung Wang separates his personal life from work, and where he gets so many inspirations. The Dean of the School of Science, Dr. Tzenge-Lien Shih, asked how to select talents. Mr. Wei-Chung Wang responded that he often maintains curiosity, observes his surroundings, cultivates interests that do not affect daily life, and seriously feels life. He finds inspiration everywhere. Mr. Wei-Chung Wang chooses talents by not blindly trusting big names. He focuses on discovering new talents and finding what makes them unique. Szu-En Chen, a junior from the Department of Risk Management and Insurance, asked how to get superiors to accept different ideas. Chia-Hung Chu, a first-year graduate student in Mass Communication, was concerned about how to cope with the declining media ratings in the future industry. Yuan-Han Chen, a first-year graduate student in Management Sciences, was curious about how to deal with artists whose contracts are expiring and not being renewed. Mr. Wei-Chung Wang responded that the most important thing in getting others to accept one's ideas is to simply start doing it. No one knows the outcome, but it's worth a try. In Taiwan, the television and film industry face funding issues, making it difficult to compete with Korea and China. The key is to combine creativity with local culture to achieve more with less. When an artist's contract is expiring, "let them do what they want, let fate take its course, and part on good terms."
On March 15th, the Center for Distance Education Development of the Office of Information Services held the Smart Future GO! Digital Learning Deep Cultivation Lecture, inviting Distinguished Professor Chih-Yung Chang from the Department of Computer and Information Engineering and Mr. Kuan-Hao Liao, Cloud Solution Manager from Public Business Group at Microsoft Taiwan, to speak on the topics of " ChatGPT-A Positive Power in Turning Teaching and Learning " and "Microsoft & Open AI - The Advantages and Opportunities of ChatGPT @Tamkang University," respectively. The lecture attracted a total of 500 online and offline participants from inside and outside the university to learn about the hottest topic of today - "ChatGPT." Chief Information Officer Chin-Hwa Kuo pointed out that ChatGPT is the most discussed artificial intelligence recently. Discussing its impact on higher education allows the faculty, staff, and students, as well as the alliance partners of the school's “embracing a smart and magnificent future”, to understand, comprehend, and apply AI, thereby promoting digital transformation to enhance teaching, administration, research, and service effectiveness. Academic Vice President Hui-Huang Hsu stated in his speech that "We do not need to fear change and challenges, understanding and making good use of AI is the most important." In the speech "ChatGPT-A Positive Power in Turning Teaching and Learning," Dr. Chang provided various scenarios in which students and teachers could use ChatGPT, emphasizing the need for teachers to rediscover their own value. Dr. Chang stated that when revolutionary technology emerges, it is inevitable to worry about whether one will be replaced. As students become less reliant on teachers, teachers should stand with students and avoid being in opposition to ChatGPT. Instead, they should view it as a tool for extending knowledge and make good use of it to unleash its positive power, bringing greater benefits to all teachers and students. In the speech "Microsoft & Open AI - The Advantages and Opportunities of ChatGPT @ Tamkang University," Mr. Kuan-Hao Liao explained the comprehensive collaboration between Tamkang and Microsoft, including future talent development, collaboration of industry, official and academia, and alumni business services, to build a fully cloud-based Campus 2.0. Microsoft hopes to integrate AI technology into school administration, teaching, and research, including building chatbots to solve problems for teachers and students, integrating professional knowledge from various disciplines to add value to the teaching environment, and assisting in paper summarization and research field analysis. Mr. Liao emphasized that in the face of innovative AI technology and teaching in need of transformation, making good use of Open AI technology improves higher efficiency and quality. During the Q&A session, one audience member asked Dr. Chang, "Do you recommend any other SEO plugins to correct incorrect content for the accuracy of answers provided by ChatGPT?" Another audience member asked Mr. Liao, "Is there a concern for personal privacy leakage when using ChatGPT?" and "Can Open AI's API have a reference value for response reliability in the future?" Both speakers answered one by one: "In the future, if companies and schools upload their internal information, ChatGPT's answers will become more and more accurate", "Microsoft's cloud has legitimate regulatory standards, and customer data is only temporarily stored for 30 days", "Open AI's API is different from Microsoft's, and Microsoft's API design itself has such parameters."
9 Latin American political elites, including the Director General of Foreign Policy of Directorate-General of Bilateral Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Victor Humberto Ramirez Scaglia, came to Taiwan on March 5 to attend the in-person courses of the “E-Learning Executive Master’s Program in Asia-Pacific Studies” offered by the Department of Global Politics and Economics of Tamkang University. In addition to the courses and exchanges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a luncheon, and TKU also held a welcome tea party to introduce our faculty and campus. After a week of in-person classes, a farewell banquet was held before they departed on the 11th. The students come from various Latin American countries and are all public service elites. They are respectively: Victor Humberto Ramirez Scaglia, Director General of Foreign Policy of Directorate-General of Bilateral Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Luis Pablo Rodriguez Mondal, Deputy Director, Jorge Rafael Archila Ruiz, Consul General of Guatemala in North Carolina, Elena Barrientos Reyes de Vargas, Professional Consultant at the Legal and Treaty Department of the Guatemalan MFA, Rossana Isabel Hermoza Cardozo, Director of Human Resources at the Ministry of National Intelligence of Paraguay, Leiby Melissa Torres Zalavarria de Ortiz, Socioeconomic Administrative Manager at the Office of Mayor’s Wife of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Maria Jose Oviedo Pelaez, Consultant at the Ministry of Transportation and Public Works of Uruguay, Felipe Antonio Pino Latorre, Advisor to Valdo Mirosevic, a member of parliament from Chile, and Isabel Maria Enrriquze Jaya, a member of congress from Ecuador. The initiator who spearheaded the establishment of this program, Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Hsiao-Chuan Chen, expressed gratitude to the MFA for its support over the years. In 2010, planning began to establish the E-Learning Master’s Program for Asia Studies at the Institute of Asia Studies. After a year and a half of preparation, the program officially began in March 2012, becoming the first cross-border and distance-learning master’s program in the country. It has become a shining example of diplomatic success and a highlight of Tamkang University. In just one week, 12 hours of intensive courses were taught, including “research methodology”, “Taiwan and Asia-Pacific Security Issues”, “Diplomacy in the Context of Northeast Asia”, “East Asia-Latin America Cooperation and Development”, “The Cultural Development of Taiwan”. The students also made use of their spare time to visit important places of interest in their minds, such as the National Palace Museum and Fort Santo Domingo to learn about Taiwanese culture. At night, they went to Ningxia Night Market to experience Taiwanese snacks and enjoyed tea together.
On the afternoon of March 4, the Office of Academic Affairs held the “Chasing the Light – 2023 Tamkang University Department Expo” at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center. Nearly 1,500 students, teachers, and parents participated. Tamkang’s 41 departments of 8 colleges spared no effort in presenting information on their features, curriculum, and future development. The event not only allowed first and second-year high school students to explore their interests and future development directions, but also deepened the impressions of third-year students and increased their willingness to enroll in the university. The opening ceremony of the expo was held in the Chang Yeo Lan International Conference Hall. The Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Hui-Huang Hsu firstly introduced the history, characteristics, and development of the university, emphasizing that as a long-standing academic institution, Tamkang will continue to strive for excellence and surpass itself. He also emphasized the increasing need for interdisciplinary talents in recent social development, and how various departments of the university have been encouraging students to learn across different fields to create more advantages for future employment. The deans of each college then introduced the characteristics of their respective colleges and departments, and welcomed everyone to interact at their respective department booths to enhance mutual understanding. The booths of each department were arranged on different floors of the conference center and the Tongzhou Square, creating a bustling carnival atmosphere. Students and parents could be seen constantly shuttling back and forth, enthusiastically interacting with faculty and students from various departments. The Department of Artificial Intelligence and the Department of Education and Futures Design continued to receive a lot of attention from students and parents, with a constant stream of inquiries. Other departments also put in a lot of effort, with students from the Department of Russia and Department of Japanese specially dressed in traditional costumes to attract many students to take pictures and learn more about related information. The newly established “Dean’s Lecture” and “International Office Zone” of this academic year are also very impressive. Many students went to listen to Dean Tzung-Ru Tsai’s explanation of “Flexible Education System” to enhance their understanding of diverse learning. The Office of International Affairs also arranged many overseas students to participate in CHAT CORNER, where high school students can communicate in different languages, and many students were eager to participate. In order to help high school students understand the campus environment of Tamkang University better, campus tours were also specially arranged. Tour guides led students to visit the campus and provided simple explanations of the relevant learning environment and equipment. The tour guides fluently introduced various teaching buildings, the University Commons, Maritime Museum, Chueh Sheng Memorial Library, and other places, while students listened and took pictures with their phones to deepen their impressions. Many students and parents came from all over the country for this event. Lai, a senior high school student, thought that the booth staff explained things very clearly and enthusiastically provided information about learning and career planning. They even generously shared their experience of applying to Tamkang University. Mr. Kuo, a parent, said that the expo allowed him to have a better understanding of Tamkang University. “It let me and my child know more about the departments and break away from the traditional framework of science and engineering.” His child also expressed a great interest in the Department of Education and Futures Design and will actively consider applying for the second-phase interview.
Preface As part of a 2-year plan, our school's "Competency-based Higher Education Learning Innovation Program" has completed its midterm report and received high praise from the MOE, building on the progress made last year. The program is led by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and Social Innovation, Dr. Hui-Huang Hsu, and 2 co-principal investigators, Dean of the College of International Affairs, Dr. Cheng-Hao Pao, and Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Tsung-Ru Tsai, all of whom recognize the efforts of the teaching faculty and administrative colleagues. The team is now working on writing the next phase of the project. As the program continues to move forward, a three-day exhibition of learning innovations was held in the Black Swan Exhibition Room starting March 1st. The exhibition showcased the achievements of the sustainability course for freshmen and the outcomes of the competency-based curriculum. Teachers from various departments shared their experiences, presenting the school's progress, achievements, and challenges in sustainability Competency education. In addition, the Center for Sustainability also invited teachers from our school and local partners to collaborate on the "Tamsui-Tamkang Guidebook" to further explore, develop and implement it as a guide for sustainable literacy education. This special report aims to briefly cover teachers' views on the implementation of sustainability curriculum over one semester, and record the dialogue and consensus between the faculty and staff of our school and the partners in Tamsui on Tamsui and Tamkang's sustainable actions. "Exploring Sustainability" as a Required Course for Freshmen, with Different Departments Competing for Excellence in Their Respective Fields. When the faculty members of each college hastily established this mandatory 1-credit course "Exploring Sustainability" for freshmen, they were all entrusted with the mission of "professional" guidance for this brand-new course theme. Therefore, in the same sustainability course, the teachers showcased different professionalism on the topic of sustainability. In the presentation of the course on the second day, the teachers from each department provided their experience in “Exploring Sustainability” course and engaged in dialogue, presenting the diversity and the continuous efforts of Tamkang in promoting the advancement of “Explore Sustainability” courses. Associate Professor Song-Ling Chyi from the Department of English of the College of Foreign Languages and Literatures incorporates travel literature and anthropology into sustainable thinking, teaching students to use anthropological observation methods to conduct field investigations. In her sustainability class, final projects can be drama performances, travelogues, or new poetry. Some students performed a story from Jimmy Liao's picture book near the Yilan train station, pondering whether Jimmy Liao Park will still exist 50 years later. Students can also choose a topic they care about to complete their project, such as one student who couldn't find the "Literary Cafe" in Tamsui. One group visited the Tamsui River and compared the differences between community colleges and Tamkang University. Another group of students observed a small temple by the river in the old street and discovered that both sides of the dilapidated temple entrance were rented to vendors, which raised their awareness of the relevance to SDG 17. Some observed Fort San Domingo or visited the historical displays of old stores at Sanxiecheng or Shinjencheng, caring about the issues of "sustainable cities and communities" in this way. Professor Chih-Te Yang's course in the Department of Business Management focuses on exploring how businesses or organizations implement certain SDGs in their product design, business operations, or actual practices. Students' exploration topics include the Indian government's "Garbage Cafe", TSMC's GRI guidelines, China Steel's "Happy Workplace" planning, Carrefour's "Food Preservation Program", IKEA's "Low-carbon Product Catalog", and Beitou Elementary School's "Sponge Campus". The Department of Physics stimulates first-year students to think about the optimal solution for Taiwan's energy through teaching design. The Department of Mass Communication uses documentary films to uncover more microscopic, specific events and less noticeable correlations. Through "micro-projects," students propose a sustainable goal for campus advocacy and seek solutions through design thinking. Assistant Professor Kaiti Wang from the Department of Aerospace Engineering links the course with SDGs 7, 9, and 13. Students explore sustainable topics related to aerospace through group reports and mutual voting. The teacher praised the students' reports: "These are not what I taught them. They did better than I imagined." Welcoming the New Students under the 108 Curriculum Guidelines with both Excitement and Fear of Potential Harm "What is the appearance of our new students? What does their learning look like? What is their learning attitude? How do they view life? What can we give them? Can they receive what the teachers give them?" With high expectations for students under the 108 Curriculum Guidelines, Teacher Chang-Chieh Lee, the project teacher of the Competency Project, asked a series of questions that reflect the common concerns of teachers. Associate Professor Hui-Ru Li from the Department of Chinese Literature launched the"Introduction to Chinese Classics" course. Through exploring the "XPlorer Project" of various universities, she realized that the goal of competency-oriented cultivation was to develop “the ability to solve problems in uncertain situations”. She carefully considered how to teach students such abstract abilities. She simulated the "Million Dollars Primary School" knowledge quiz TV program and used online learning platforms such as "kahoot!" and digital learning tools like VoiceThread to allow students to write questions online. She designed an information-based environment and demonstrated the “Flipped Thinking” of class management. However, during the process, she discovered that first-year students from Chinese department under the 108 curriculum were not very familiar with learning through computers or paperless methods. Some students even expressed concerns and asked if there was any way to receive remedial lessons, which forced her to rethink and revise her approach. "It’s totally fine if the students think imperfectly, as long as they are thinking. Our goal is to train them." Kuan-Lun Su, a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, emphasizes the cultivation of students' abilities to collect and organize information. Dr. Shun-Jie Ji, associate professor of the Department of Education and Futures Design, hopes that after completing the course "Exploring Sustainability", students can connect the concepts and spirit of sustainable development to their own lives and return to their own sustainable life paths." "High school students coming to university, we have a responsibility to cultivate students' abilities to take with them," said Dr. Rui-Mao Huang. The concept of the 108 curriculum is to help students become "lifelong learners". The next step for the Ministry of Education is to hope that universities can establish a sustainable departmental map, which requires step-by-step implementation. In addition, under the existing counseling mechanism, our school will also "design forward" and set up "sustainable mentors". Rui-Mao Huang said, "Today's achievement exhibition is to bring out these issues through discussion." Competency-based Curriculum Going through the Process of Teaching and Learning Adaptation. To welcome the new generation of the new curriculum guidelines, the "competency-based curriculum" has been developed with each college's professional competence as a path, offering 14 common courses for all departments and two general education courses. On the third day of the exhibition, the teaching faculty, including Associate Professor Pai-Hua Chueh from the Department of Japanese, Associate Professor Hui-Ru Li from the Department of Chinese, Assistant Professor Chih-Hung Chung from the Department of Education Technology, and Assistant Professor Chun-Ta Chiu from the Department of Educational Design, attended to share their course designs and student feedback, as well as express their expectations and directions for improvement in the coming year. The "First-Year Conversation " course offered by Dr. Pai-Hua Chueh aims to cultivate students' cross-cultural and sustainable development literacy through participation in transnational sustainable activities, Taiwan-Japan online classes, and digital learning. Within six months, the course has organized the "Onigiri Action" and the "World Dream - Calligraphy Competition," creating highlights of sustainable courses and international connections. For example, the "World Dream" is a transnational calligraphy competition in which hundreds of students from Japan, Taiwan, and Cambodia participated. Through the advantage of closer international connections and mutual communication, they were able to see each other's works. Such opportunities allow many students in the department who aspire to become teaching professionals to feel and practice cultural promotion in the classroom earlier in their education, and also promote the reputation of Tamkang University. Dr. Pai-Hua Chueh said that although 14 sessions have been held before, it was only through the support of the project this year that they had calligraphy master Ben-Hang Chang’s participation. She also admitted that funding is essential for organizing significant events. The College of Education has 2 departments, the Department of Educational Technology and the Department of Education and Futures Design, which have combined technology introduction and action research to offer "Future Learning and AI," one of the few practical courses in the curriculum. Taught by 2 teachers, the course leads students to explore “the most important topic "X" in future learning”, said Dr. Chun-Ta Chiu, “the “X” that the students fill in themselves.” During the "End-of-Term Creative Proposal Exhibition" competition, each group of students is given a table and a poster space, and with the guidance of skills in critical thinking, induction and integration, and problem-solving, they begin to search and reflect on future research directions in their first semester of school, and have the wings of mutual understanding and achievement with others. Assistant Professor Chun-Ta Chiu recalled that students' communication in creativity could not avoid some friction, but they learned how to logically and systematically discuss with others, try to accept others' opinions, and find a balance between creativity and feasibility. The process gave the students a greater burden and a lot of time, but their feedback and additionally designed forms showed that the students gained a lot of growth during the course. However, after the course ended, the teaching evaluation results received by the teacher showed a "slight sadness." Dr. Chun-Ta Chiu described this feeling as "pseudo-shared teaching + insufficient professionalism + practical exercises = ∞ of pain." Although the course was arranged with shared teaching, in practice, almost all of it was taught by both teachers together. In the case of insufficient professionalism, the freshmen students conducted practical exercises, and their discomfort was directly reflected in the teaching evaluations of the two instructors. Dr. Chih-Hung Chung also stated that he personally had "never had such a poor teaching evaluation record." He has proposed modifying the teaching evaluation questionnaire for the practical course through the appropriate channels. Rui-Mao Huang provided feedback that through the promotion of the "competence-based innovation project," there will be more resources and inter-school assistance in the future. Competence education is the benchmark for the next generation, and innovative learning programs require cultivation, accumulation, and inheritance, with the need for students' skills and curiosity, teachers' expertise and instructional design, and schools' support and flexible resources. He also stated that there may be different opinions on the definition of SDGs, but when sustainability is advocated, many actions will be implemented as a result. Just as we need to match many activities and courses with the 17 SDGs and label them to take stock of our achievements. Facing diverse opinions, he welcomes them all, because "we need to further examine our footsteps." Communication and Dialogue, Co-edited the "Tamkang-Tamsui Guidebook" Beyond taking stock of the current situation, the achievement exhibition also looks ahead - the preparatory activity for the "Agenda Tamsui 2030" democratic deliberation conference, which combines the USR project and the dimension 2 of the Higher Education SPROUT project. Dr. Rui-Mao Huang, the head of the Social Practice Section, defined the activity as "a realistic discussion that links to the actions of various colleges in the future. For our field partners, this is an occasion to take stock of the real urban life." After preliminary discussions among faculty members of the university, retired teacher of the Department of Spanish and the organizer of Formosa Poetry Festival in Tamsui, Dr. Sheng-Bin Lin, Bo-Jen Wei of the Anti-Danbei Road Alliance, Jing-Xiang Hung, planning officer of the Tamsui Culture Foundation, and Min-Hua Chiang, a teacher at the Tamsui Community College, and other partners from Tamsui were invited to campus to examine the 17 goals and 169 indicators listed in the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and complete the "Tamsui × Taipei Guidebook" together. In addition to sharing their efforts in various fields, 50 items will be selected as operational targets from the record of this event. The aim is to find common goals for joint efforts at this stage and to plan a more specific blueprint for the sustainable development of Tamkang, to continue to promote sustainability competency.