Alumni from the Department of Management Sciences, Hang-chien Hsu, has become known as a financial mastermind because of his ability to invest and save money while continually making generous contributions and donations. Because of his donation of 120,000,000 NT to Tamkang University, he is now listed as one of the Heroes of Asian academics in Forbes Magazine. The Magazine listed 48 persons responsible for the greatest academic contributions of Asia for 2013-14, recognizing four Taiwanese alumni. This great honor bestowed upon Hang-chien Hsu also illuminates the reputation of Tamkang University. President Flora Chia-I Chang stated, “I'm so pleased to see that Hang-chien Hsu has been listed as one of the Asian Philanthropists in Forbes Magazine. I’m eternally grateful for all of the contributions made to the university over the years. Last year’s contribution will be a key component to the development of the Shou Chien International Conference Center.” President Chang finished by expressing that this contribution is not only a major benefit to TKU, but also displays the great care and change that can be made in society by giving. Hang-chien Hsu stated, “Tamkang University has a great reputation in the business world. In recent years it has grasped even more attention because of its continually growing potential and prosperous development.”
Tamkang University celebrated the annual International Flag Ceremony for 2014 with a total of 505 participants. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang who invited Minister of the North American Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yi-peng Liang, Ministry official of the Department of International and Cross Strait Affairs of the Ministry of Education, Chun-chun Chang, member of the American Institute in Taiwan’s Cultural Center, Ms. Amelia Ortiz, Chairman of the Taipei Economic Cultural Office Canada, along with many other honored guests. Currently Tamkang University has approximately 1,500 international students, officially making it a globalized institute of academic diversity. For the Flag Ceremony third-year students of the department of International Business Management, Guan-ling Liu and Yu-heng Wu, were invited to share their experience of their 2013 study abroad program in America. Also many other students shared their experiences abroad including programs at Suffolk University and California State Polytechnic University. Three students were presented scholarships for their participation in a contest, giving a detailed account of their overseas experience. First place winner was fourth-year student of the Department of German Language, Yong-fang Lin, second place winner was third-year student of the Department of French Language, Wan-yun Lu and third place winner was fourth-year student of the Department of Japanese Language, Shao-qi Huang. In 1968 Tamkang University established its first international relationship with sister university in Japan, Chuo Gakuin University. Now TKU has signed an agreement marking the 170th international academic exchange program. In recent years TKU has made great effort to create more international programs with universities all around the world with aspirations of creating a global academic network. This strategy of internationalization assures that students at TKU will have a well-rounded learning environment, giving them global competitive skills.
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Sinn-cheng Lin, recently mentioned that there should be new additions to the Tamsui Wiki website that will give viewers a chance to gather an in depth understanding of Tamkang University. The website will contain information regarding TKU’s history, culture, festivals, tourist sites information, popular shops and more. This year Tamsui Wiki will provide video documentaries focused around merchant groups and organizations. This year on Tamkang Campus there will be a press conference to share the achievements and experience of the documentaries that will include 9 different shops and groups. Assistant Professor of the Department of Mass Communication, Weitsy Wang, stated “The nine 15-minute short films will include Ching An Massage, Yon-ji Sesame Oil Firm, Foursquare, Tamsui Old Church, Kong-yen Cultural Center, Li Tien Lu Museum, Golden Bough Theatre, Glastory Art Center and Taiwan Fuji Latex Condoms Discovery Center. Teachers and students are faced with difficulties of working with personal businesses and it’s essential to develop trust and respect before being able to cooperate together.” Assistant Professor of the Department Chinese, Yen-wen Chou, stated, “One film that was made for research about the controversial second phase of Danhai New Town called the Distance of Guanyin Mountain. The project received many voices about the effects of individuals immigrating from Guanyin Mountain to Danhai New Town and how it relates to the natives in the area. The film attempts to grasp all of the different opinions from both sides related to the topic.” Third-year student of the Department of Mass Communication, Yi-qun Yang, stated, “I’m really surprised that the projects that we created will be able to be utilized for educational purposes. It’s great to be able to get many of these relatively conservative people’s ideas into the public eye so that they can be discussed and attended to.” Sinn-Cheng Lin expressed, “Tamsui Wiki was established to give people a link that connects them to the diversity of culturally related projects that are always happening in the area.” (For more information visit link http://tamsui.dils.tku.edu.tw/ )
Every academic institution in the nation is dealing with issues of diversity, marketing, a low birth rate and insufficient funding, which has lead to the need to create more academic alliances in order to strengthen the possibilities of the future. A wide variety of concrete and effective exchange agreements with many institutions are needed in order to guarantee academic prosperity. On June 18th Jin He High School, Yong Ping High School, Zhu Wei Gao Ji High School and Yong Quan Gao Ji High School signed a strategic agreement with Tamkang University to design a project that focuses on second language study, international activities, and the concept of older students assisting younger student learning. Dean of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, expressed, “It is my hope that this alliance can create a model of cooperation as we combine our resources, promote the development of excellence and increase our students’ competitive abilities.” Huan-chao Keh mentioned that the schools will work together for an extended period of time, assisting in areas such as Multidisciplinary Ability Assessment, Specified Subject Testing and High School Level English Listening Exams. Huan-chao Keh also stated that the cooperation would cover five main areas: curriculum support, professor development, social group cooperation, fundamental development and international education. President Flora Chia-I Chang stated, “This alliance has been brought together in accordance of the Ministry of Education’s plan of the University and High School Academic Unification Project and also the Sharing of Regional Academic Resources Project. We at Tamkang University wholeheartedly welcome these four schools into our academic family. After President Chang’s speech the four high school principals offered their gratitude to Tamkang University for this opportunity and eagerly anticipate working together.
Tamkang University held it’s graduation ceremony on June 14th in the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium. The event was hosted by President Flora Chia-I Chang, who invited Ambassador of the Republic of Kiribati, Teekoa Luta, and President of the Board of the Alumni Association, Zhao-shen Chen, to give inspirational speeches. This year’s graduation ceremony was a bit unconventional containing music videos and films by the Student Association that magically captured four years of study at Tamkang University. It also served as an encouragement for students to be critical thinkers as they bring new innovations and ideas into the career world. At the start of the event President Chang first congratulated the students on their magnificent accomplishment. She expressed that TKU offers an information-oriented, future-oriented, and internationally-oriented educational program so that students are able to make great innovative strides in society. She expressed, “TKU graduates are the embodiment of the ideology of the Three Circles and Five Disciplines, cultivated through a professional, core and extracurricular curricula that include the concepts of conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork, and beauty. This educational perspective also teaches a global vision, circulation of data, healthy lifestyle, morale character, independent thinking, and self-restraint.” For this year’s graduation five students received awards for excellent mentorship: Guan-yong Qu, Jian-fu Zheng, Ming-wen Hu, Hui-ying Lin, and Jian-mu Ye. For the musical performance winner of the 25th annual Musical Composition Award, Yun-ping Zhang, sung “Invisible Wings” and “Proud of You” to show his appreciation for his four years of study at TKU. The event ended with President Chang, Ambassador Teekoa Luta and Zhao-shen Chen giving warm words of inspiration for the graduating students to take with them on their new journey.
This year the graduating students of 2014 presented short films to share for their graduation ceremony. In the film they shared some of the knowledge and ideas they accumulated over the years with teachers, students and alumni. They were able to successfully capture and display the unlimited creativity and diversified educational methods that are offered at Tamkang University. The film called, “The Day’s Silhouette”, was directed by fourth-year student of the Department of Transportation Management, Cheng-yi Cai. Cheng-yi Cai is a good friend of his department and has won countless awards in many different types of competitions. He stated, “Finding inspiration comes from the difficulties and trials that we are faced with in our lives. Later those difficulties can be made into something beautiful that can use to inspire people in need. I hope that this short film will find meaning in the hearts of the graduating students and that they will be encouraged to face the challenges ahead.” The film, “The Day’s Silhouette,” follows a young girl who is in the gym holding her graduation diploma. She begins to feel a surge of emotions as she remembers her experiences at the university. As she goes through an array of different feelings she is faced with the conflict of having to move on. In the end the director illustrates that graduation is not the ending, but a new beginning. The film an “An Eighth of Youth” displayed all of the many pieces involved in graduation including filming, testing, speaking and ceremony preparation. The story gave the audience warm feelings as it touched on areas of friendship, family and love. Both films can be found via youtube: The Day’s Silhouette《那一天的身影》 http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%E6%B7%A1%E6%B1%9F%E5%A4%A7%E5%AD%B8 An Eighth of Youth《八分之一的青春》 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-w0tCKSLac&feature=youtu.be
On June 7th Lanyang Campus held their 6th annual graduation ceremony in the newly constructed Shao-mo Memorial Activity Center. The ceremony was hosted by President Flora Chia-I Chang as she expressed congratulations to graduates from the Department of Business and Management, the Department of Engineering, and the Department of Social Sciences. Special guest included Head Government Official of Yilian County Farm Industries, Ching-an Chou, who represented Yilan County’s Legislative Councilor, Tsung-yuan Chiang. Also in attendance were Vice Presidents Gwo-hsing Lu, Po-yuan Kao, and Wan-chin Tai. President Chang stated, “The theme of this graduation is the Three Circles and Five Disciplines Education System Brings Prestige to Future Careers. Tamkang University has been ranked number one as the most desired graduates for employment by 2000 Taiwanese enterprises for 17 years in a row. I believe that today’s graduating students will truly benefit from this esteemed reputation in the near future. Take the teachings and blessings of your professors to create new and magnificent opportunities.” There were 173 individuals in attendance for the graduation ceremony and students carried fresh flowers and various symbols promising success. The atmosphere of Lanyang’s graduation ceremony closely resembled that of the Oscar Film Awards. Among the excitement they presented Student Awards, Leadership Awards, International Awards and awards for outstanding performances. As part of tradition the ceremony ended with the graduation students singing, “Proud of You”.
Tamkang University has always been distinctive in appearance because of it’s embrace of the plant life and spectacular trees. The campus has been blessed with an atmosphere of greenery that creates both a healthy and inspiring view. However in recent years due to the brown root disease, many of the trees have died and TKU has lost some of its fresh air and forestry. In order to replenish the plant life on campus as well as create an appreciation of the environment amongst teachers and students, the Office of Student Affairs held the “People and Trees Communication” event on June 4th. Dean of Student Affairs, Chih-en Ko, expressed, “By singing folk songs on the grass amongst the trees it creates an awareness and appreciation of our environment. In this event we wish to honor that tradition with a musical performance in similar fashion. It will serve as a wonderful reminder to teachers and students to cherish the beauty of our university. You could say that events like these serve as seeds to a healthy ecosystem in the future. I hope the the memory of these old trees stays with the students and that they come back to see them in the future.” 12 trees were planted for the restoration project in various locations: the Chemistry Building, Cheu-sheng Plaza, Track and Field, European Flower Garden, Post Office, Library, Audio-visual Education Building, Ying Yuan Guest House, Business and Management Building, Maritime Museum, and the Sunset Meadow. The Student Association kept detailed and descriptive records of the newly planted trees so that they will always be remembered and cherished in the years to come. During the event the musical performance created a joyful and relaxed atmosphere as many members of the faculty described the scenery of TKU in earlier years. Graduating student from the Department of Economics, Zhi-yu Xie, stated, “I’ve been at the university for 4 years, but this is the first time I’ve ever taken the time to notice and appreciate the environment here. After this event, I will make sure that in the future I don’t take something so precious for granted.”
In order to communicate the importance of responsible drinking to the young people, Tamkang University has collaborated with the New Taipei City government for a promotion focused on designated drivers and the dangers of drinking and driving. On Wednesday June 4th in the Student Activity Center on Tamsui Campus the “Designated Driver Press Conference” took place. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Secretary from the Taiwan Beverage Alcohol Forum, Jessica Fu, Head of the Ministry of Communications Committee, Tai-sheng Xu, and New Taipei City Government Secretary, Yu-ning Hsu. Dean of the Department of Transportation Management, Chi-chung Tao, expressed, “Every year we hold Transportation Management Week and this week we especially wanted to touch on the issue of traffic safety. We have connected with resources outside of the university to paint a clearer picture of inherent dangerous effects alcohol has involving driving.” Jessica Fu spoke on the importance of having a designated driver before engaging in outings with alcohol. President Chang shared her thoughts of drinking and driving and the effectiveness of recent safety promotions. Tai-sheng Zhong spoke on young social groups that promote taking preemptive steps to avoid drinking and driving. Yu-ning Hsu described the procedures and standard policies of drinking and driving prevention. Third-year student of the Department of Transportation and Management, Zhen-yao Zhang, stated, “I’m happy to be able to participate in this event because I often see news related to accidents that are caused by drinking irresponsibly. Every time I see this type of news I feel so bad for the victims and their families, but It also makes me especially angry at the offenders. Yet the only thing I can do is remind myself to be responsible so that I won’t make the same mistakes.”
Korea’s Chung-ang University sent three representatives to visit Tamkang University on June 3rd. Among the visitors was Chung-ang University President, Yong-goo Lee, who met with President Flora Chia-I Chang to sign an agreement to officially establish an academic exchange. Back in March when President Chang attended the academic forum in Korea, she met with Chung-ang University President and agreed to form a university partnership. Currently Tamkang University has 167 sister universities, 9 of which are in Korea. Before signing the agreement, the honored guests were given a tour of the university including the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library, the palace lantern classrooms and the Intelligent Automation and Robotics Center. Afterwards the exchange agreement was signed in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. Also in attendance was Executive Director of the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan, Hui-mei Chen, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of Science, Bo-cheng Wang, Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu, Dean of the Office of International Affairs, Pei-wha Chilee, and Dean of the Department of Statistics, Shu-fei Wu. Chung-ang University is one of the most prestigious and well known universities in Korea. It was established in 1918 and has 19 colleges and 14 graduate institutions and has been recognized for outstanding resources for 6 years in a row. It is also well known for having an extraordinary film department.
President Jiu Ying Ma has put forth his ideology of education that states, “Work with care to cultivate the next generation with personalized well-rounded development and expand students’ international perception to harness their potential.” In recent years students have had a problem finding employment successfully after graduation, which has become an issue that the government has been trying to address. Dean of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng, stated, “Because of the problems finding employment Tamkang University has collaborated with the Shuai-lai Chen Foundation to hold the Tamkang University Alumni Summit at the Ching-fu ShipBuilding on May 30th. The purpose of the summit was to discuss the strategies of student cultivation in the near future.” For the event they invited speaker Xiang-ping Ma from the Ministry of Education, President of Dong Hwa University, Maw-Kuen Wu, and President of Jianguo High School, Wei-hen Chen to share ideas and experience. At the opening of the event President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “I am grateful to the Ministry of Education, Presidents and alumni that were able to participate in today’s summit.” She continued to express the history of Tamkang University as it has cultivated many elite members of society thanks to the contributions and support of the attending members. During the summit the speakers focused on the challenges and changes of higher education teaching methods. They discussed ideas of how to better approach and adapt to the 21 century. The decided objective heading into the future was to have teaching methods that carry a keen focus on globalization, competitive ability and adaptability with future needs and resources.
The recently established Female Faculty Alliance Choir held a performance in the Carrie Chang Music Hall on May 28th at 7pm. They have already had other performances including outside of the university, banquets, and the retirement tea party. Managing this choir performance was President of the Board of Trustees, Shu-feng Hsiao, Guidance Professor Yueh Hsueh Tsai, and Piano Instructor Hsuan-pu Chang. In addition to giving a beautiful performance using a traditional format, they also added a modern style dance performance that captivated the audience. Also singing along was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Administration, Po-yuan Kao, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, and Dean of Lanyang Campus, Jyh-horng Lin. Before the performance began, a small speech was given by President Flora Chia-I Chang. She stated, “My name Flora represents flower which is quite fitting for today’s Moon Night Flower Performance.“ She expressed that her wish was that everyone could momentarily put down the thoughts of work and relax while embracing the diverse melodies of the performance. A magical and charming atmosphere was created as the choir sang through an arrangement of 20 different songs including OP19, NO2, Cosi fan tutte, E amore un ladroncelo, Die Zauberflote, Zweite Arie der Konigin der Nacht, the Phantom of the Opera, Think of Me Edelweiss and many more. Every member of the choir represented a different story and theme of music which was expressed throughout the performance. Shu-feng Hsiao stated, “Even though music isn’t my specialization, music will always be important to everyone because it is a representation of life.”
Tamkang University has been promoting the credited student organization curriculum since 2011. These groups focus on giving students an involved education that covers more than general academics. Students are cultivated in areas such as attitude, teamwork, communication, innovation, and problem solving. These organizations are designed to enhance student skills and give them competitive abilities in the career world. Beginning from May 27th to May 30th the Black Swan Exhibition Hall will be holding an event titled “Magical Powers”, which is an activity displaying the achievements of each of the student organizations. In addition to the student group achievements there are also detailed descriptions of each group and their objectives. Students are able to see first hand what each group has to offer and the advantages they will benefit for their future employment. Also being displayed was “Student Diverse Learning”, which listed student organization leaders, TA’s, speakers and curriculum designers. At the opening of the event, President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed thanks to North Star Services for their contribution. She also expressed her gratitude to all of the student organizations that put forth so much effort and assistance in establishing the courses and curriculum. Various certificates of appreciation were presented to the many organizations and alumni groups including the Film Appreciation and Research Group, Table Tennis Society, TKU CCG, Animal Care Group, TKU Chia Yun Alumni Association, TKU Yilan Alumni Association, Tzuchi Youth Volunteer Group, Guitar Group, Information and Management Association, Finance Association and the Student Association. The Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section invited speakers and presenters to share experiences to stimulate and motivate students into the direction of their desired career.
After four long years of preparing Lanyang Campus’ Shao-mo Memorial Activity Center, it was finally opened on May 26th, 2014. The ceremony for the official opening began at 3pm and captivating performances were held by Sanmin Elementary School’s Japanese Drum Team and the International Alliance’s dance team. After the opening ceremony kicked off, President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice Presidents, Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of the Office of Physical Education, and Dean of the Financial Center cut the ceremonial ribbon. President Chang then gave a speech welcoming all of the honored guests as they opened champagne in celebration of the new activity center. Lanyang Campus has been established for ten years and the opening of the Shao-mo Memorial Activity center marks a new era of progress. The center has two floors that will be able to support a vast amount of events. Students and faculty will also be able to enjoy the relaxing view of the waterfall while partaking of the activities. The facility will be utilized for many events including basketball, volleyball, badminton, and tennis. Also in July the rock climbing wall will be completed and ready for use. There are also rooms that can be utilized for special training, ping pong and medical equipment. The center can hold up to 1000 individuals and there are LED televisions hanging along the walls. The center will be able to support various events and activities and in the near future it will be available 24 hours a day.
Due to the ever increasing need of qualified and professional personnel in the industrial world, methods of practical and professional training need to be utilized to help university student development. Together Tamkang University and China Airlines have cooperated to promote the “Civil Aviation Program.” On the 20th of May President Flora Chia-I Chang and Chairperson of the Board of China Airlines, Huang-Hsiang Sun, came together to sign an agreement with the aim of cultivating professional aviation skills through the Civil Aviation Program. Tamkang University is the only junior college in Taiwan to have established such a relationship with China Airlines. President Chang stated, “In order to cultivate students in different fields of education, development of professional skills must be at the base of their curriculum. In every aspect the courses must be diversified and intertwined with the needs of industrial world. This type of educational program will help students prepare for the challenges of future careers by giving them practical skills and competitive ability. The needs of the aviation industry are becoming increasingly demanding as the world becomes even more globalized. This cooperation with China Airlines will allow students to get a running start into their desired career right after graduation.” Chairperson Huang-Hsiang Sun stated, “This Cooperation of Strategic Structural Personnel Cultivation Agreement will select students to become experts in the field of aviation. The designed curriculum will give them knowledge and experience that aviation companies are seeking most in potential employees. We at China Airlines are excited to have this magnificent opportunity to work with Tamkang University.” Dean of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, stated, “The Civil Aviation Program consists of the cooperation of multiple fields including the Department of Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Department of Transportation Management and China Airlines. Altogether the program contains 29 classes and 76 credits.” Third year student of the Department of Transportation Management, Zu-jie Lin, stated, “The rate of unemployment in Taiwan is very serious these days. I’m nervous about not being able to find a job when I graduate. These types of educational programs create a structure of support that can really give us an advantage in the industrial world in the future. I will definitely utilize the wonderful resources that are offered here at Tamkang University.”
Watching a movie seems simple enough, but how does someone enjoy a film when they’ve lost their sight? On May 13th on Tamsui Campus in B713 a film created by the Department of Mass Communication was played for the vision-impaired. The film was a specially designed documentary called “After the Night.” The audience was filled with over 200 individuals made up of both visually-impaired and visually-capable participants who enjoyed listening to the film together. The Producer of the film, Ya-ching Zhan, expressed, “The story involves a group of five visually-impaired female friends that travel around Taiwan enjoying different activities such as baseball, running, work and socializing. They were faced with their personal challenges and had to be brave enough to overcome them. As we came to the end of designing the film we were faced with another challenge: How do we let the actors see their film?” After doing a bit of research, the producer contacted speaker Ying-xiong Huang and You-ru Li who have offered descriptive video services for over 1000 movies. You-ru Li stated, “Traveling around Taiwan to help with this documentary was a very unique experience.” Producer Ya-ching Zhan gave the two video description specialists a special thanks for their contribution to the film.” Film critiques from the Huashan 1914 Creative Park called “After the Night” powerful, moving and a good time.
Dean of the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Ben-hang Chang, received recognition for his astounding investment in traditional calligraphy on May 5th at the 55th annual Literary Art Festival. He was personally presented the “Annual Chinese Art and Literature Prize” from Vice President Den-yih Wu. Ben-hang Chang expressed, “I’ve already been promoting traditional Chinese calligraphy for many years, it is so rewarding to receive this achievement. I anticipate that in the future this part of our heritage can be passed and developed both nationally and internationally. I hope the Ministry of Education is successful in implementing Chinese calligraphy in the elementary and middle schools as required curriculum.” The Chinese and Literature Prize was established by the Chinese Writer’s and Artist’s Association and is grand honor to be selected for the prize. Due to Ben-hang Chang’s amazing commitment, this year he has been honored with this award for the second time. He also received this award on the 39th annual Literary Art Festival. This reward is typically a lifetime achievement and receiving it two times says more about the fiber of Ben-hang Chang’s diligence than words ever could. Professor Ben-hang Chang’s courses at Tamkang University continue to be one of the most popular courses. The waiting list for his class is so difficult to get in that many students go four years without ever getting a seat in the course. The class has changed with the aid of technology and students are able to learn through the digital e-calligraphy program. This let’s students practice writing continually on computer software and they can iron out their mistakes before ever writing anything in ink.
On May 14th President of Nagasaki University, Shigeru Katamine, accepted an invitation from President Flora Chia-I Chang to visit Tamkang University. He came with another honored guest Secretary from the Ministry of Education, Department of International Cross Strait Education, Guo-lung Luo. The Japanese President graced the visit with a lecture themed around Educational Reform in Nagasaki University. During the Lecture, President Shigeru Katamine introduced the university governing concepts and principles responsible for the development of Nagasaki University. The lecture also described the current higher education revolution taking place in Japan. After the lecture, the guests were given a guided tour by Vice President of Administration, Po-yuan Kao. They were pleased to observe the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library, Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center and the different scenic views on Tamsui Campus. Nagasaki University was established in 1949 and in November 2004 it officially became the sister school of Tamkang University. They have four campuses and their curriculum is designed in areas of education, politics, medical care, dental care, medicine, engineering, environmental science and a variety of social studies. President Chang made an appearance to visit Nagasaki University in June of 2009. She also participated in Nagasaki University’s 60 year anniversary in November of 2010.
A truck that is carrying scientific equipment and materials is making it’s way all around Taiwan to spread the joy of chemistry. This truck is known as the “Chemistry Mobile” and as soon as it arrives at a school, it transforms into a laboratory that captures minds with an intriguing scientific performance. The different experiments draw in students as it shows them the beauty of science and how it pertains to life. The project is sure to stir up the potential in youth and may create a colorful future painted by science. On May 13th the Chemistry Mobile shared the many pleasures of science with Hu Wei Middle school located in Yunlin County. Tamkang University’s Department of Chemistry in cooperation with the industrial world has been able to use unprecedented methods to spread education. The Chemistry Mobile was designed to promote science and its benefits to all of the regions in Taiwan. Starting from 2014 Yunlin County has begun a cooperation with the Department of Chemistry with the goal of reaching every school in the region. They started from Hu Wei Middle School and traveled to Lin Nei, Yi Wu, Shui Lin, Bao Zhong, Fei Shao, Niao Song, Kou Hu, and Zhang Hu. The journey gave young students a close up look at what a career in science may entail. Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Bo-cheng Wang, stated, “Since the development of the Chemistry Mobile, we have really been seeking an opportunity to connect with Yunlin. It’s excellent that we have had this opportunity to work with the government of Yunlin County to spread the joys and mysteries of science.”
The 2014 Athletic Games Flag Presentation Ceremony took place at noon on May 9th on the fourth floor of the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium. President Flora Chia-I Chang began the event by encouraging the participants as they gathered their focus for the great oncoming competition. The winner of the competition will receive 10,000 NT in addition to having their reputation promoted throughout all of the junior colleges in the nation. The 2014 Junior College Athletic Games Competition will take place from May 17th until May 24th in the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology. This year is the largest competition in history, holding 12 events with a total of 164 competing schools. Tamkang University participants include 157 faculty members and students competing in swimming, ping pong, badminton, tennis, taekwondo, judo, karate, fencing, archery and cricket. The Dean of the Office of Physical Education, Shu-feng Hsiao, waved the Tamkang University flag while giving chants of encouragement to the brave competitors. President Chang stated that this event was a key symbol for the Three Circles and Five Disciplines educational system. She showed her gratitude for the preparation and training that everyone has undergone for the event. Last year TKU received 6 gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 9 bronze medals showing the excellent physical prowess and teamwork of TKU. This year’s competition is sure to be another triumph for the university.
On May 9th the Department of Mass Communication held the 28th annual graduation and achievement exhibition for the student group, “Strongberry.” They will travel to Huashan 1914 Creative Park with 17 other academic institutions. Together they addressed issues of combining creative innovations with services and products that would tend to members of society with special needs including the elderly, and mentally or physically challenged individuals. They were successful in developing 11 different products that were displayed and share with the community. Organizer of the graduation exhibition, You-ru Li, stated, “The name Strongberry is a play on words that symbolizes the personality of the group. This year students developed their products by first investigating the different needs of people in our community. This type of project really lets us have a better understanding of ourselves and how we can directly affect our world in a positive way. Utilizing our knowledge of media and tailoring it to help those in need, is the backbone of Strongberry.” After returning from the Huashan 1914 Creative Park on the 13th their products will be displayed in the Black Swan Exhibition Hall for everyone to enjoy. Many Taiwanese foundations and organizations will cooperate to perfect these products and promote them throughout Taiwan. What was once creative ideas and designs on paper will be a reality.
Education is the root of development in every society and it leads into the direction of new advancements. In recent years the core education at Tamkang University has made the terms “teaching” and “learning” increasingly interchangeable. In order to promote student organization automation, the Center for Learning and Teaching will be holding “Teach, Learn and Share Week” from May 7th until May 15th on Tamsui Campus. This event will provide an opportunity for students, teachers and educational specialists to have an interactive exchange. This event was divided into five different parts for sharing achievements and development ideas. The first section was hosted by Executive Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, Chia-Cheng Yu and focused on “Professors Specialized Growth.” Second, head of the Teacher Curriculum Development Organization, Hung-yen Angela Sung, presented the achievements of teaching assistants. Third, Library Director, Sheue-fang Song, presented the reading achievement awards. Fourth, Director of Student Learning and Development, Ju-chieh Huang, presented the student organization achievements. Finally the Dean of the Office of International Affairs, Pei-wha Chilee, presented the achievements for the international Distance Learning program. In order to encourage students for their effort and studies, President Flora Chia-I Chang, personally presented selected students with a certificate of appreciation for leadership and mentoring. Chia-cheng Yu stated, “The Center for Learning and Teaching has been actively promoting student group automation and international studies. This semester we will focus on technological advancements.”
From April 21st to the 25th Dean of Tamkang University’s College of Liberal Arts, Sinn-cheng Lin, lead an expedition to Tongji University in Shanghai. He was accompanied by Director of the Department of Information and Library Science, Mei-yu Wang, Assistant Professor of the Department of Chinese, Ming-hao Ma, Assistant Professor of the Department of History, Yueh Wang, Assistant Professor of the Department of Mass Communication, Ming-yu Yang and Lecturer from the Department of Mass Communication, Hsian-fu Lu. Also attending the conference were representatives from sister schools, East China Normal University and Nanjing University. On this particular visit professors, deans and administrators had a discussion involving the designing and structuring of an academic exchange. During the discussion TKU representatives were able to discover strong aspirations for mainland students to travel to Taiwan for study. Also hopes there were expressed for the College of Liberal Arts to open a teacher and student exchange with Tongji University in the near future. Sinn-cheng Lin stated, “Tongji University will come to TKU in July to discuss strengthening our relationship and establishing an exchange program between our universities.
The Office of Academic Affairs held the “2014 Spring Season Banquet” on April 30th. Hundreds of students, teachers and administrators came together on the pasture as a reminder of the early days of Tamkang University. TKU began it’s development on a pasture and now decades later, the humble history has been completely forgotten about. But still today the campus is surrounded by forestry, which has become the trademark for the lifestyle on TKU. There were also many student organizations invited to grace the audience with a variety of musical performances including singing, dancing and even guitar. At the start of the assembly Vice President of Administration, Po-yuan Kao, presented the awards to students for outstanding academic performances of the year 2014. Altogether 8 students and 3 student organizations were honored with this prestigious award. Po-yuan Kao expressed his confidence to the students that received rewards while encouraging all students and teachers to always strive for the spirit of excellence. Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs, Chi-en Ko, gave a speech that expressed special thanks to the Office of General Affairs for their assistance in organizing this event at the pasture. The Office of Academic Affairs will utilize this pasture again hold another event to discuss the preservation of trees on June 4th and everyone is encouraged to come and participate.
President Flora Chia-I Chang travelled to South America from April 20th to April 30th to visit universities in Chile and the Republic of Paraguay. She was accompanied by Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsi-deh Wu, Dean of the Office of Foreign Affairs, Pei-Wha Chilee, Dean from the Graduate Institute of the Americas, Hsiao-chuan Chen, Dean of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Hui-huang Hsu, and Professor of the Department of Spanish, Kwo-wei Kung. President Chang expressed, “In addition to cultivating and strengthening the exchange relationship between Tamkang University and University of Chile, we also signed an an agreement with the National University of Asuncion in Paraguay, making them an official sister school of TKU. The purpose of this trip was to deepen the connection between our countries.” Upon their arrival on April 21st, they were greeted at the airport by TKU alumni and Ambassador of the Office of Taipei Economics and Culture in Chile, Ming-wen Wang. They visited the University of Chile on the 22nd and signed an agreement to renew the student exchange program between the two institutions with President V. Perez Vera. The two universities have a great distance between them, but maintain a very close and intimate academic exchange. On April 24th they headed to the Republic of Paraguay and were welcomed by Ambassador Jose Maria Liu and Dr. Juan B. Ramirez. Last year in May, former President Federico Franco came to visit TKU which initiated the relationship between the two countries. In addition to creating and strengthening new ties, the TKU officials were given a tour of the many beautiful and scenic areas on their trip. On April 28th they had a meeting with the Vice President Juan Afara and afterwards they signed an exchange agreement at National University of Asuncion in Paraguay with University President Pedro Gonzalez, establishing the academic exchange and crystallizing the new relationship.
We are approaching May and all of the university campuses are preparing for their graduation ceremony. This week all of the graduating students from the Department of Information and Communication have their university achievements displayed in an exhibition. There is a large sphere with the words “What I care about”, which reflects the many basic concepts that the senior year students have learned and developed over the years. This exhibition points out the many layers of cultivation the students have undergone while showing how their achievements have impacted the community. Graduation student organizer from the Department of Information and Communication, Yi Zhang, expressed, “Our generation of communication is completely different from the ones before us. Today people don’t use the same resources as they have in the past and we must be pioneers as we explore a new future of possibilities. Through self exploration and modern media, we can pave a new pathway to the future. The value of our society is determined by spreading new innovations throughout the community.” Students from different departments and organizations happily wrote their concerns and ideas on the graduation sphere. It gave younger students and the outside community a chance to share the thoughts of the future workers of society. The sphere has been available for students to write on since last week and ideas such as “artistic unity” and “expressing love” are tattooed along the side. Yi Zhang added, “Students that take pictures with the sphere can put it on Facebook and will have a chance to win a raffle prize!”
In recent years there have been lots of controversial changes in the Asian Pacific region from emergence of Chinese economic power, North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, Taiwanese fishing rights, and the deployment of military vessels. All of these events have raised critical questions of safety, awareness and the strategic standpoint of Taiwan. What is the role of Taiwan in the Asia Pacific and how does it preserve and protect its way of life? Dean of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, Ming-Hsien Wong, stated, “Because of all of the recent changes in the Asian Pacific situation, we’ve held a three-day political meeting called the 2014 Tamkang Strategic Studies Conference.” During this three-day interactive forum, professors, administrators and alumni from departments of history, technology, international affairs and strategic studies will exchange various related books, documents and dissertations concerning Taiwan’s role in the event of a crisis. The first day of the discussion was themed around National Strategic Studies Masters’ and Doctoral Dissertation Group Discussion. This discussion was divided into 15 parts that covered safety measures in a crisis, strategic research, international relationship management, Chinese military diplomatic research, etc. The second day the discussion entailed, “China’s Military Capability and the Security Situation in Taiwan Strait. This meeting was graced with the input of international experts from America, Korea, Japan and Singapore. They also had a detailed discussion of the Regional Responses to China’s Military Growth. On the final day of the conference, the discussion revolved around National Security Strategy and Concepts.
This week in the Black Swan Exhibition Hall the news reporters from Tamkang Times are holding, “Behind the News, My Q301 Days.” At the this display observers can see the concept wall, writings, specialized film area, pictures, operation methods and the imagination room. Fourth year student from the Department of French, Jia-wen Lin, stated, “The people at Tamkang Times are always observing, communicating, recording, and listening. It’s like we are an invisible partner that no one can see or touch, but we bring the reality of what happens around campus to life. So by holding this exhibition we can attract people who are like-minded and interested in becoming the eyes and ears of the university.” Director of Tamkang Times, Yu-pei Ma, expressed, “The purpose of Tamkang Times is to act as a service to the students, teachers and alumni on campus. We provide information on up and coming events in order to strengthen the relationships in the university. It also raises the spirit of academics and research as individuals are able to grasp at the latest ideas and concepts. So by holding this event we have hopes to let the students have a better understanding of the media, editing, reporting and basically what carries on to make the news a reality.” General Coordinator, Jing-yi Yang, stated, “The photographer basically creates the pathway that the story takes. It illustrates the thoughts of the reporter. Editing and interviewing is really strenuous but are necessary pieces in order to bring the whole story to life. It is one coordinated attack!” The Tamkang Times news exhibition displayed different themes that explain the process of the Tamkang Times development: History, Specialty Writing Concepts and Objectives, Pictures and Illustrations, Reporter Interviews, Interaction with the Audience, News Outside of TKU, Visual and Audio Display, and the Rest Area.
Last week the Office of Academic Affairs held a cross-cultural event themed, “Super Taste.” The students brought snacks and cultural artifacts representing the different areas from all over Taiwan for an exchange to promote culture. This activity is a student collaboration designed to represent the 30,000 students and almost 1,500 international students. This opportunity let students explore all of the regions of Taiwan without having to travel a great distance. Supervisor of this event and member of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, I-ting Li, stated, “These students that are made up of 15 different alumni groups representing a variety of different cultures, have come together to sustain the culture and heritage of Taiwan by sharing snacks and artifacts. This event is designed to show people both nationally and internationally the essence and uniqueness of Taiwan.” Deputy Director of the event and second year student of the Department of Economics, Shi-ting Hong stated, “This entire event is the collaboration of all the different alumni group leaders. It took 4 months for us to finish all of the preparations for our objective. I’m so grateful to everyone involved for their effort and support. I hope that our work will be sufficient to give all of the participants a special and memorable time. Hai Bao Street on Tamkang Campus was filled with enthusiasm and cultural goodies. The students of each alumni group wholeheartedly shared and expressed the culture from their hometown: samples, snacks and artifacts of all kinds passed back and forth to familiarize students and teachers alike. Shi-ting Hong stated, “All of the different alumni shops have had excellent sales in only three days.” Second year Malaysian Student of the Department of Public Administration, Jia-xing He, stated, “Seeing all of the different culture in Taiwan is quite eye-opening. It has made me aware of the abundance of tourism resources that are here. It is also quite obvious that the students have put a lot of effort into creating such a lovely atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. They have done an excellent job. I especially like many of the handmade crafts that are so intricate and detailed.”
Last month Tamkang University participated in the 2014 National Junior College Student Organization Assessment, commissioned by the Ministry of Education at National Chiayi University. 289 elite student organizations were selected from junior colleges all over the nation for their outstanding achievements. Tamkang University’s Hualian Alumni Association known as “East Power” was honored with the award of Excellent Autonomous Comprehensive Student Organization and TKKF was honored with the Outstanding Health and Physical Education Award. One member of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, I-Ting Li, stated, “The East Power Organization has been established for 75 years. It has a long history of heritage and has promoted its services in both Hualian and Taidong. In this particular assessment competition they have performed beautifully, giving all of the members a sense of honor and pride. Former vice president of the group, Ying-ru Wang, acted as the spokesman for East Power. Ying-ru Wang stated, “ I’m grateful to all of the people that gave us support and made this possible. I’m also thankful to all of my team members that continued to work hard and never gave up.” Another member of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Yan-ming Li, stated, “The TKKF came completely into fruition after two years of development. Although they have been limited on resources, they have had an abundance of innovation and creativity. Group leader, Luo-zhang Chang, spoke on behalf of the group, “It’s so exciting to be able to participate in this assessment. It’s great to have an award, but we will continue to seek out a healthy lifestyle for years and years to come.”