On the 14th of January, Tamkang University held a TKU Faculty Farewell Tea Party, a tribute to TKU teachers retiring at the end of this semester. The seven TKU teachers and employees set to retire were invited as guests of honor. They include Prof. Huang Fan-guang, from the Department of History; Assoc. Prof. Liao Guo-an from the Department of Physics; Prof. Yu-fan from the Department of Electrical Engineering; Prof. Gai Zhe-sheng from the TKU Graduate Institute of Educational Policy and Leadership; the Director of the Division of Continuing Education, Qiu Zhu-lin; and a staff member from the Office of Academic Affairs’ Registration Section. Tribute speeches were made by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang; the Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs and Administrative Affairs, Dr. Kuo-Hsing Yu and Dr. Po-yuan Kao respectively; the Chairman of the TKU Women’s Association, Huang Hong-zhu; and the Chairman of the TKU Retired Employee Association, Lin Yun-shan. They presented each of the teachers with a farewell memento. One of the teachers to be honored was Dr. Yu Fan, a veteran TKU professor from the Department of Electrical Engineering who has worked at TKU for the last 39 years. His youthful personality and fun-loving antics have been immortalized in countless anecdotes that will forever remain a part of TKU folklore.
Over the past semester, TKU freshmen have partaken in Community Learning classes. Of late, Community Learning students have been required to create a map of the most user-friendly campus routes for TKU disabled students. The participating students include freshmen from the departments of Civil Engineering, English, Japanese, and German. Together, they surveyed the entire Tamsui Campus, inspecting all disabled-friendly zones and facilities. They then produced sketches and diagrams of the most easy-to-use circuits of the campus based on disabled students’ needs. In the process, they analyzed the entry and exit points of each TKU building, and used different colored markers to differentiate between buildings and sites in the TKU Tamsui Campus that: i) Disabled students can access on their own ii) Disabled students can not reach on their own, and iii) Areas restricted for all students. To formulate the most precise Campus Map possible, disabled students were enlisted to participate. Volunteer disabled students thus took time out of their own schedule to assist in the activity. A “Friendly Campus Map 1.0” has now been published. In future, Community Learning courses will strive to continually refine and improve on this initial effort, to enable TKU disabled students to more readily make their way around the Tamsui Campus.
This year in April, members of the Higher Education and Accreditation Council of Taiwan will carry out an assessment of Tamkang University’s Tamsui Campus. To prepare for the assessment, TKU today held a “self-assessment” simulation activity. As such, external experts arrived at TKU today to appraise school performance in the areas of TKU market positioning, school governance and operation, teaching and learning resources, performance and social responsibility, and continual improvement and quality assurance. At 9:30am, the group of external commissioners held a self-assessment preparatory meeting. At 10am, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, presented a brief overview of TKU’s overall status and the commissioners then read and reviewed related TKU information. The group inspected the main library, the Center of Resources for the Blind, the theme-based simulation classrooms in the College of Business and Management building, the Center for Learning and Teaching, etc. At 1:30pm, talks were held between faculty, staff, and students, and at 3:50pm, there was a round of general discussions. As part of the evaluation, the commissioners each selected two teachers, two staff members, and two students, with whom they conducted interviews. The results of the self-assessment will provide a vital basis for the official assessment in April.
From May of last year, the TKU Department of Architecture has been working with the Taipei City Urban Redevelopment Office (TCURO) to set up a symbolic new display. The display is located at Dihua St., which is home to one of Taipei’s oldest markets, replete with baroque style buildings that date back to Japanese rule in the early 20th century. The display was designed to reflect the fusion of old and new embodied in the Dihua St. Market. The TCURO and TKU’s Department of Architecture were allotted a “public shop”, an unused plot of space in the Dihua St. Market, in which to set up the display. The display consists of relics from a time gone by, which TKU students arduously collected, one by one, from local merchants and residents. They include an old-style Chinese lantern, a Ginseng medicine box, ceramic bowls, an oil-paper umbrella, and an antique–style window frame, among others, all of which have been delicately presented on a huge row of wooden racks. Each of the antique items has a story behind it, which has been chronicled and exhibited for the benefit of visitors and future generations. The display has achieved its purpose. It has rendered into concrete form the collective memories of all of Taipei’s senior citizens. To such citizens, Dihua St. remains an undying vestige of Taipei’s City’s colorful past.
According to a study by the Ministry of Education, Taiwanese children born to foreign brides typically spend less than an hour a day completing or revising their homework. The reasons parents are unable to help such children with their homework include a “lack of time due to the need to make a living” and “poor language ability”, cited the study. This is a problem faced by disadvantaged children across Taiwan. In an attempt to mitigate and even reverse this trend, several organizations and initiatives have been set up throughout Taiwan in the hope of helping young students from disadvantaged families “keep up” academically. One such initiative, the Little Sunshine Project, has been serving local families in Tamsui. For the past semester, as part of TKU’s Community Learning program, Tamkang freshmen have been helping care for children from the Little Sunshine Project in Tamsui. Each week, they help young children to read and write, and to finish their homework. Yet as the current semester rapidly draws to an end, their Community Learning duties will soon be over. So of late, they have been thinking feverishly of how to make a lasting difference in the children’s lives. Their answer: a musical tribute; a symphony concert, dedicated to the children, that would give the children a chance to appreciate fine music – and art in general – and provide them with a snapshot of university life, around which they may build and create a successful future. The concert was held on Wednesday, December 29. As the concert was about to begin, the children handed gifts and hand-written cards to the TKU students who had been looking after them. One of the participating TKU students, Zhao Li-ya, commented that “The Community Learning program will soon be over. While interacting with the kids at the concert this evening, I could sense that they were excited…Although we’ve only played a very minor role in their overall process of growing up, I hope that they’ll remember us; remember that they once had a group of older ‘brothers and sisters’ who helped them with their homework”.
Statistics have shown that as Taiwanese students go from elementary school to high school to university, the likelihood of them partaking in regular exercise declines. To counter this trend, TKU has set up a “Healthy Campus” course. In the course, faculty members from the Office of Physical Education provide students with professional exercise and dietary information. Promoting health and safety is also an essential component of TKU’s Community Learning program. At the beginning of this month, as part of Community Learning, students surveyed the TKU Tamsui Campus to find the best routes for visually impaired students. The Center of Resources for the Blind was also enlisted to give students help and advice. During the Community Learning course, to gain a clearer idea of how the campus landscape feels for a blind student, students wore blindfolds, wielded white canes, and walked together carefully in rows. Department of Japanese student, Liu Yi-shan, said that “even just five minutes of walking blindfolded was a challenge. We don’t realize how lucky we are to be able to always see exactly where we’re going. It is so difficult for blind people to get around. We should do our best to help blind students by trying to lessen their burden”.
On the evening of the 22nd, TKU’s Tamsui Campus came alive with lights and music from two separate but equally festive events. One of the events was a light ceremony. It was a symbolic display, a celebration of Tamkang’s 60th anniversary, and a gesture to mark the imminent arrival of the 100th year on the Chinese lunar calendar. The ceremony was held at the University Commons, a popular quadrangle that had been decorated specifically for the light show. In the depths of winter the quadrangle remained warm thanks to two pyramid-shaped campfires and a battery of shining lights. In attendance was the TKU President, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, who got the light show under way and gave a brief opening address. She voiced her hope that students may demonstrate courage and wisdom when facing changes and challenges, and urged them to strive for their full potential by always applying the values of simplicity, truthfulness, firmness, and perseverance. Just as her speech was finishing, music began to pour forth from the nearby Student Activity Center. The 2010 White Christmas Masquerade had begun. Inside, where the music was blaring, was a sea of masked faces, of men in suits and women in dresses, dancing, laughing, and shrieking with joy. The event was jointly held by the TKU Office of International Exchange and International Education (OIEIE), along with the Volunteers of International Students (VOIS). Together, they had organized an evening of Christmas-style entertainment. A highlight of the evening was the party pageant, in which a “party king” and “party queen” were chosen from a group of 10 candidates. The announcement of the party king and queen brought jubilant screams from the crowd, and was followed by a round of waltz performances, which capped off a truly memorable Masquerade.
Tamkang University was established in 1950. Under the leadership of its pioneering founder, Dr. Clement C.P. Chang, as well as current president, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, it has today become one of Taiwan’s leading private universities. It has also received various accolades and awards for its outstanding accomplishments in sports and athletics. To celebrate six decades of success, a spectacular sports and martial arts show was held on the evening of Dec. 20 at Tamsui Campus’ Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium. The extravaganza was called the “60-year Sports Spectacular” and comprised ten jaw-dropping performances that showcased the product of months of practice and intensive training. The opening performance was a kendo demonstration with an unexpected twist. It began as several members of TKU’s kendo club – clad in dark blue, heavily-padded kendo uniforms – walked onstage. One of the members then took off the traditional kendo mask that was covering her face. The audience gasped in delight, as standing before them was the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang. The display of kendo sparring that followed mixed humor with the traditional discipline and beauty of Japanese martial arts to dazzle and captivate the vast audience. There was also a traditional Chinese lion dance, pommel horse and rhythmic gymnastics displays, Kung Fu and Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, a cheerleading performance, ballroom dancing, fencing, and extreme dancing. The Director of TKU’s Office of Physical Education, Hsiao Shu-Fen, commented that “this is a sports demonstration that combines strength and beauty…it is an innovative and original activity that shows the vibrancy and energy characteristic of Tamkang University”.
On the evening of Dec. 18, the Tamkang EMBA year-end gala was held at the Taipei International Youth Activity Center in Taipei. The gala was different from previous years. It was a banquet and a talent contest, where students, faculty, and staff of the TKU EMBA programs took turns to deliver energetic acts and lively dance performances. At the beginning of the program, the hosts – Huang Ya-jun and Wang Wei-jia – dressed up as Santa Claus and went from table to table handing out Christmas candy. This was followed by the first performance of the evening, an up-tempo and interactive session of aerobic boxing by Department of Business Administration student, Zhu Tian-xiang. An action-packed cheerleading performance was to follow, and featured dazzling flips and several series of somersaults. There was choir singing, ballroom dancing, classical Chinese music, and comedy skits. Yet possibly the most entertaining show of the night was that performed by the “techno dancing divas”, a colorfully-attired gathering of directors, CEOs, and professors from the College of Business and Management. Together, they performed a lively dance act that at once bedazzled and amused the audience. The evening was a great success. The light-hearted fun and exuberant atmosphere was the perfect culmination to a year of hard work and arduous efforts.
From December 16-18, the TKU Department of English will be hosting the Fifth International Conference on Ecological Discourse. Participants at the conference include local Taiwanese scholars and overseas scholars from Japan, Korea, Australia, Mainland China, India, America, Spain, and Turkey. The conference will feature 8 lectures by various experts in the field, and two separate areas will be set up to display almost 60 academic theses. The development of ecological discourse at Tamkang can be traced back to the visionary ideas of the former TKU Dean of the College of Foreign Language and Literature, Dr. Lin Yao-fu. Over a decade ago, he helped to establish one of the very few academic bodies that focused on ecological discourse research in Taiwan. The topic of this year’s conference is “Eco-criticism in Asia: Reorienting Modernity, Reclaiming Nature?” It will explore and discuss issues related to ‘modernity’ and ‘nature’ in the context of Asia. More specifically, discussion will center on the problems triggered by rapid economic growth in Asia and global warming. The Chairman of the TKU Department of English, Dr. Peter Huang, noted that for this year’s conference, important scholars from various regions around the world will be in attendance. He voiced his hope that together they may produce substantive, long-lasting breakthroughs in the field of ecological discourse, and generate awareness on environmental issues in a variety of regions around the world.
Beginning this semester, TKU freshmen have been going into the community to make a difference. Their regular visits into the community have been part of a community learning scheme, implemented by Tamkang to help students gain even more social experience, to nurture in students a sense of responsibility and social awareness, and to blend academic learning with community giving. One part of community learning involves drawing “green maps”. This means going into the community to map out unique cultural relics, areas of particular environmental value, and popular tourist sites. The Green Map Movement began in the U.S. and has now spread to over 50 countries and 600 cities worldwide. Tamkang has incorporated the Green Map concept to imbue in students the importance of getting to know and interacting with one’s local community, caring for the environment, and affecting sustainable development. In the last several weeks, TKU freshmen have thus been entering the community to draw maps of local sites that mean something to them. The completed projects were displayed at an exhibition in the TKU Tamsui Campus from the 12th to the 14th of December. One of the maps charted the location of every local church and temple. Another portrayed the old-style, heritage-listed buildings in Tamsui; while yet another showed all of Tamsui’s parks and “green areas” from a bird’s eye view. The activity has not only helped students form a bond with their beautiful surrounds, but has also allowed TKU freshmen the chance to appreciate Tamsui’s venerable history, its vibrant natural features, and its vivid, character-filled architecture.
At the beginning of this month, the Ministry of Education, the Industrial Development Bureau, and Google Inc. jointly held an event widely recognized as the Olympics of university-level data management: the 2010 University Information Service and Data Management Competition. Out of 76 participating universities and a total of 329 university teams, Tamkang’s Department of Information Management claimed a vast bundle of first placings and emerged from the competition as the team with the most wins. Over the years, one of TKU’s guiding principles has been the promotion of information-oriented education. This consistent focus has bred an atmosphere of excellence in information service and management. One of the TKU teachers who supervised students before and during the event, Prof. Hsiao Jui-hsiang, said that “in the context of this annual competition, whether students win or not is not the point. Our target and responsibility as teachers is to help the students showcase the fruits of their four years of study, and to guide students to solve problems and apply their creativity".
At the Tamsui Campus on the evening of Dec. 6, art and science achieved a delightful fusion in a musical display put on by the TKU College of Science. The event was held at the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, and was a concert with the catchy title “A Dialogue between Art and Technology”. As part of the evening, College of Science faculty and students teamed up with students of other TKU colleges and used the piano, violin, harmonica, flute, and guitar to perform a number of musical pieces, including the theme music from the Japanese cartoon Spirited Away. Among the talented line up of performers were the winner of the TKU Jinshao Music Award, Zhan Yu-ting, and a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Eric Wang, whose violin solo dazzled and astonished the audience. There was also a magic show, in which 4th year science student, Zhu Geng-qing, performed a series of comical stunts and tricks to humor the crowd, bringing levity to the artistic event and filling the concert hall with laughter. In attendance at the concert were various members of TKU faculty, including the TKU Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Wan-chin Tai, former TKU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Kan-nan Chen, and the Dean of the College of Science, Prof. Wang Bo-Cheng. Prof. Wang noted that as other colleges have not yet held such an event, the concert was a pioneering step toward musical appreciation at TKU. The purpose of the fun-filled evening was to enable students from each faculty of the College of Science to become better acquainted, and to help nurture an appreciation of art among science students, thus producing balanced, well-rounded science graduates. At the end of the evening, TKU teachers were invited onstage. And as the ballad tribute “The Fruit of 60 Years” played in the background, the teachers danced and cheered, and capped off what was a memorable and thoroughly entertaining evening of art and science.
5th year TKU Department of Architecture student, Li Chen-an, has taken top honors in the 2009-2010 design competition “form‧Z Joint Study Program”. For his award-winning piece, entitled “Launching from Taipei 101”, Chen-an designed a futuristic, fantasy-style model of Taipei City, with a central focus placed on Taipei’s prominent 101 building. In the model, Taipei 101 becomes the central hub from which small, translucent shuttlecrafts disembark, flying passengers to various points around Taipei. During their trip, passengers are able to glance out from the craft’s glass shell for a spectacular 360 degree view of Taipei. The concept combines a renowned Taipei landmark – in the form of 101 – with a brand new means of transportation, to redefine the way in which Taipei residents view their city. Li Chen-an said that having been born and raised in Taipei, he had a vast pool of ideas from which to draw on in creating his design. He also received a silver medal for his “man-powered vehicle” design, which incorporated a 3D model to focus attention on the severe environmental issues currently faced by mankind. In addition, TKU Department of Architecture student, Cai Wan-lin, also received a silver medal for her piece, entitled “Green Knight on a Motorcycle”. The design draws on the recent Taipei Flora Expo to depict a mobile garden that floats through the air, by creating hi-tech backpacks and helmets with floral designs to be worn by drivers of scooters. TKU was the only Taiwanese university to receive awards in the 2009-2010 form‧Z Joint Study Program competition.
On Nov. 30, the Ministry of Education held a forum which showcased the results of their push toward cyber space. The forum hosted Taiwanese universities with substantial web based learning platforms. Tamkang University offers one of the leading, most comprehensive learning platforms of all Taiwanese universities. TKU’s Cyber Campus provides masters degrees, international distance education, and cross-cultural distance learning programs. Given TKU’s prominent role in Taiwanese cyber education, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, was asked to help open the forum, along with two other dignitaries, including the Minister of Education, Wu Qing Ji. In his opening speech, Minister Wu explained that there are now a total of nine online masters programs offered by Taiwanese universities, which collectively offer 117 certified courses. He commended Tamkang University’s ongoing efforts in providing online learning, and particularly applauded TKU on its cooperative distance learning program with Waseda University in Japan. President Chang, in her subsequent speech, announced that starting from next year, TKU would be offering a masters program to be conducted entirely in Spanish. The program will cater to students in Central and South America, and will comprise a focus on economics, trade, politics, and culture in the Asia Pacific region. It aims to spread digital learning technology and educational resources to Central and South America, and in doing so, provide people in such regions with access to higher education.
In the 2009 academic year, Tamkang University implemented an “Intellectual Property Campus Protection” initiative. The practical measures applied under the scheme have now born fruit: the Ministry of Education recently conferred TKU with awards for “administrative supervision, educational promotion, and guidance appraisal” as well as “campus publication and photocopy management”. TKU is the only university to claim two awards in the Ministry of Education’s intellectual property evaluation. The awards were distributed during the prestigious 2010 Intellectual Property Symposium, at which TKU Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Po-yuan Kao, accepted the accolades on behalf of TKU. In May of 2001, TKU set up an Intellectual Property Protection Announcement and Implementation Team. The team formulated policy and practical measures to help safeguard intellectual property at each of TKU’s campuses. The measures covered all aspects of TKU administration, including administrative supervision, lesson planning, educational promotion, campus-based management of photocopying, campus internet management, and guidance appraisal and rewards. In the future, TKU intends to strengthen its protection of intellectual property, by increasing its promotion of intellectual property, enhancing faculty awareness of related laws, and implementing even stricter intellectual property regulations.
Following on from recent TKU Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the TKU Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies partnered up with the Ministry of National Defence to jointly host a TKU 60th Anniversary National Defence and Military Exhibition. The event was held at the Tamsui Campus on the 25th of November. To open the event, brief speeches were made by the President of TKU Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang and Ministry of National Defence spokeswoman Major-General Lisa Chi. This was the first exhibition by the Ministry of National Defence to be held at the TKU Campus. It showcased close to 20 different kinds of light and heavy military equipment, including traditional weapons such as rifles and trench mortars, and other military items such as a Hummer truck, a field medical vehicle, and chemical rescue equipment. Students were even allowed to experience operating some of the safer items in the display. The exhibition was a chance to not only celebrate the long history of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, which was one of the first institutes of its kind to be established in Taiwan, but was also an opportunity to provide students with a more in-depth understanding of Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence.
Tamkang University PhD student, Chen Hong-ming, together with National Taiwan University graduate student, You Ya-ting, have taken overall first place in the recently-held Light Metal Contest. For their efforts, they received a total cash prize of 200,000 NTD. Their success was in no small part due to the guidance and assistance of Professor Chen Zhen-cheng from TKU’s Department of Architecture. Another factor integral in their success was Ya-ting’s vast range of background knowledge, with cross-disciplinary expertise in the fields of architectural and environmental control, residential electricity use, and ecological projects. Although studying at different universities, Hong-ming and Ya-ting have been close friends for over ten years. Hong-ming said that winning the Light Metal Award was not the end but the beginning of their continued research and application of light metal. Their next ambition is to apply light metal technology in creating commercial products. Hong-ming pointed out that for those thinking of entering the contest, the best available resource is the Light Metal website, which provides a spectrum of information on everything related to light metal.
On November 16, five delegates from the Bejiing Institute of Technology (BIT), including the President, Dr. Hu Haiyan, arrived at Tamkang University’s Tamsui Campus, to attend the 7th Cross-strait Academic Symposium. During their visit, the President of BIT, Dr. Hu Haiyan, signed an agreement with the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, which inaugurated sister school relations between the universities. The relationship will entail close academic collaboration and the implementation of student exchange initiatives. After the formal signing process, President Chang delivered a short speech. In her speech, she welcomed BIT into the vast network of TKU sister universities, and expressed her belief that the agreement will deliver real and practical chances for cooperation and exchange. President Chang explained that at present, most TKU students on exchange in Mainland China are students of arts, commerce, management, or international studies. She stated her hope that academic collaboration with BIT may increase the number of science and technology students going on exchange, and thus produce a more equal distribution of exchange students across TKU’s academic departments. BIT is one of Mainland China’s 16 key universities; and in 2008 and 2009, the number of national science and technology awards earned by BIT placed it 4th and 6th respectively among universities nationwide. After President Chang’s address, President Hu gave a brief outline of current developments at BIT, addressing topics such as student training, scientific research, and international cooperation. All TKU faculty and staff in attendance expressed deep praise for BIT’s academic and research based achievements, and voiced their earnest hope for close collaboration with BIT in the near future. For their part, the BIT delegates were impressed by the surrounds and facilities at the Tamsui Campus, and grateful for TKU’s friendly reception. The Symposium, and the signing of agreements allowing for close academic cooperation and student exchange, will without doubt project TKU and BIT onto a new level of substantive mutual collaboration.
To celebrate Tamkang University’s 60th anniversary, the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center is holding a special “Diamond Jubilee Exhibition”. To prepare for the exhibition, six months before its official opening the Center invited dozens of renowned artists from a variety of artistic backgrounds to visit the Tamsui and Lanyang campuses and produce artwork depicting the campuses’ beautiful natural surrounds. Under the delicate touch of the artists’ brushes and cameras, the diverse beauty of TKU’s campuses was brought to life, and a magical world was constructed. A world in which colorful flowers shimmer in the sun’s golden rays; in which a winding narrow path leads to a magnificent Chinese garden; and a straight brick lane is cast in soft violet light, from a line of lanterns with silky light shades. These are just some of the scenes that artists captured at the TKU Tamsui and Lanyang campuses. The collection of 80 plus pieces includes Chinese paintings, western paintings, calligraphy, and photographic compositions, which will serve as ongoing testimony of the gentle beauty of TKU’s campuses. The exhibition displays the works of 69 distinguished artists. It will last from the 3rd of Nov. to the 31st Dec. 2010, and is being held at the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center.
In recent years, the Taiwanese government has vehemently advanced the need to reduce carbon emissions. It has drafted various laws hoping to spur the development of cleaner energy, with a particular focus on one specific form of alternative energy – biomass. However, government efforts are limited, especially as Taiwan is not yet a recognized member of the United Nations. It is thus vital that Taiwan strengthen ties with countries in Europe and SE Asia regarding energy-based technology and policy. Such collaboration would enhance the development of new energy technologies and the institution of policies relating to such new energies in Taiwan. With this in mind, on the 9-10 Nov, the Graduate Institute of European Studies held an International Conference on Sustainable Biomass (ICSB) at Tamkang’s Tamsui Campus. The objective of the conference was to enhance discourse and mutual exchange between Taiwan and France on topics related to biomass energy. The participation of scholars from SE Asia not only added to the diverse perspectives represented at the conference, but also heightened the possibility for further cooperation between Taiwan and SE Asia in the near future. With over 40 experts in attendance, the conference was a great success and has generated various new possibilities for future collaboration on issues regarding biomass between Taiwan and several countries around the world.
The centerpiece of the Tamkang University 60th Anniversary celebrations was the Diamond Jubilee Official Ceremony, held at 10 am on November 6. It was a prestigious event, attended by the President of the Republic of China, Mr. Ma Ying-jeou, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Jim Bolger, and numerous university presidents and vice-presidents from Tamkang University’s overseas sister universities, as well as Tamkang University alumni. It was held at the Shao Mo Memorial Gymnasium, in a large hall adorned with balloons, greetings banners, and dolphin-shaped figurines. Amid this festive backdrop, the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, delivered an opening address, in which she expressed her gratitude to President Ma for attending the Official Ceremony, and identified a common objective held by the Taiwanese government and Tamkang University: the internationalization of Taiwanese education. In terms of internationalization, Tamkang University was the first Taiwanese university to implement a Junior Abroad overseas study program. Today, Tamkang enjoys sister school relationships with universities in Asia, Europe, America, Australia, and New Zealand. Close to 100 delegates from 35 of these sister universities attended the Official Ceremony. And in part thanks to this push toward internationalization, Tamkang University has been voted by Cheers Magazine as the leading private university in Taiwan for 13 consecutive years. For his part, President Ma reflected on how he was captivated by the beauty of Tamkang’s Tamshui campus when visiting for the first time during a summer camp 41 years ago. He also commented on Tamkang’s rapid evolution since that time, into what is today Taiwan’s leading private university. On a personal note, President Ma added that, being born in 1950, this year is his 60th birthday, too. Brief speeches were made by the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Bolger, as well as the President of the Tamkang Alumni Association World Federation, Mr. Chen Qing-nan, and awards were offered to major contributors among Tamkang alumni; after which Mr. Chen was honored for his substantial financial donation to Tamkang. Tamkang University’s alumni, which number over 220,000, are a major source of impetus for development. Each year, Tamkang awards alumni who have made significant contributions to Tamkang’s growth and to the larger society. This year, Tamkang also held a “Tamkang Evening Banquet”, where over 1,000 Tamkang alumni gathered under the one roof to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their former university. Other items in the anniversary schedule included special lighting ceremonies, a screening of the movie “Lessons Learned at Tamkang”, a concert held at the University Commons, and two separate presidents’ forums, among a range of other activities. The activities were lively, fun, and varied. They were not only a great success, but also a reflection of the collective vision and unity of the entire body of Tamkang staff and students.
To celebrate its 60th anniversary, from the beginning of this week, Tamkang University has been holding a number of colorful activities, including two separate light displays and a major concert. The lighting display at the Tamsui Campus began at dusk on the 5th of Nov. It was held at the University Commons, where long lines of multicolored lights were threaded through trees, bushes, and along the grassy perimeter of the square enclosure. Projection lights were set up, as were laser lights, and machines that sprayed mist. The Lee Shuan Che Monument, located within the University Commons, was the centerpiece for the show. And as the show began, loudspeakers started to project rhythmic tunes, and laser lights and mist spouted from the monument. The show was a symbol of the Tamkang spirit of ‘lighting up the path with wisdom’, a vivid reminder to always apply the values encapsulated in the University Motto “Simplicity, Truthfulness, Firmness, Perseverance”. Half an hour later, as the show came to an end, students headed over to the nearby Student Activity Center, where a major concert was just beginning. The concert featured various Tamkang alumni artists and entertainers, including TV personality, Bu Xue-liang – who hosted the event – as well as an array of talented singers: Xiao Huang-qi, Shi Hsiao-rong, Guo-jing (Claire), Ma Nien-Hsien, and Crowd Lu. The artists not only sang their own hit songs, but also came together to sing the Tamkang campus song. Meanwhile, Tamkang University’s Langyang Campus, in far away Yilan County, also came alive with a stunning light display. The display was planned using computer simulation. It lit up Mt. Linmei, the mountain on which it is perched, with powerful lights that formed the message “TKU 60”. So expansive was the display that county residents living hundreds of meters below in the flatlands called to enquire about what the message meant. Tamkang staff explained that “TKU” is a reference to Tamkang University, and “60” alludes to Tamkang’s historic 60th anniversary, which is shaping up to be an unforgettable celebration of Tamkang’s history as one of the leading Taiwanese private universities.
The movie “2012” depicts a future scenario, in which a flood ravages the Earth, and only a select few survive by boarding a specially designed “arc”. Although just a movie, “2012” raises issues related to our collective future, including concerns about human rights, a plummeting birthrate, and the state of the world’s natural ecosystems. Such concerns can no longer be resolved by one country alone. With this in mind, Tamkang University invited America’s Foundation For the Future (FFF), and Korea’s Kyung Hee University, to hold a joint seminar on the theme “Global Transitions and Asia 2060: Climate, Political-Economy, and Identity”. The seminar will be held at the Ching-sheng International Conference Hall from 4-5 Nov. One important goal of the seminar is to draft inter-regional cooperative agreements aimed at reducing carbon emissions in Asia. It is also a chance to discuss the possibility of regional cooperation and a blurring of national barriers to form an Asian equivalent of the European Union. The format of the seminar will differ from previous years. In the past, a speaker would stand on stage and tell the audience about his or her opinions and ideas, thus precluding the chance for a mutual exchange of knowledge. This time, however, participants will be divided into groups and will engage in discussion while seated around circular tables. This will allow for a greater interflow of ideas and perspectives. The primary topics to be explored involve climate change, globalization, new information and communication technologies, and the rapid changes occurring right now in Asia. The seminar is not only a forum for the interchange of ideas, but also a symbolic step toward establishing a beneficial and lasting Asian Union.
On Nov. 2, the College of Liberal Arts was home to a “re-opening ceremony”. The ceremony marked the re-opening of Tamkang University’s Experimental Theater, which had been closed for refurbishment. For the ceremony, a number of activities were organized, including a theatrical performance, a brief report on the renovation process using diagrams and pictures, a scrumptious lunch, consisting of south European style food and wine, and a toast – by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang – to Tamkang University’s upcoming 60th anniversary. Tamkang University’s experimental theater was built in 1977, as part of the construction of the College of Liberal Arts. At the time, it was one of the very few comprehensive theaters built in a university campus. Its interior design and overall layout possesses a unique, very theatrical style, setting it apart from other theaters. It is used variously: for the Tamkang Drama Club’s regular rehearsals, the College of Languages and Literatures’ end of semester plays and scenario-based dialogues; even the Department of Architecture’s end of semester presentations are held there. For Tamkang students, being able to perform in a first class theater facility is a rare and precious experience. And so it is no surprise that many alumni, when reminiscing on their days at Tamkang, talk so fondly of this special theater. Its important place in Tamkang culture inspired drama instructor and Spanish Assoc. Prof., Lin Hui-ying, to give it a makeover. The first step in the process was to invite the Department of Architecture Assis. Prof., Sung Liwen, and Lecturer, Chen Xuancheng, to evaluate and appraise the theater premises. They found that the size and layout of the facility met the basic requirements for a university theater. However, they suggested that refurbishment of the existing facilities would enhance its diversity of function, increase its unique nature, and redefine its role in the context of the Tamsui Campus. Thus, in this year’s summer break, Assis. Prof. Sung and Ms. Chen enlisted a sizeable group of Architecture students to carry out renovations. They worked day and night, in sweltering heat, and succeeded in restoring the Experimental Theater to its former glory, as a sparkling beacon for theater and drama.
On the 31st of October, around 200 people hiked up Mt. Kuanyin in picturesque Tamsui. They scaled the mountain as part of “the Great Kuanyin Hike”, a bygone Tamkang tradition revived, in part, to mark Tamkang University’s upcoming 60th anniversary. The hike was a jointly organized event, and participants came from a number of local welfare and Cub Scout groups with connections to Tamkang University. A notable participant in the hike was the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, who doubled as a team leader. “Those who haven’t hiked Mt. Kuanyin can’t really call themselves Tamkangians”, exclaimed Tamkang University Prof. of History, Luo Yun-zhi. His comment was a reference to Tamkang’s close affinity with its mountainous natural surrounds. Tamkang students often win prizes for artwork depicting Tamsui’s mountains and rivers; and there is even talk of the Kuanyin Mountain hike one day becoming a compulsory activity for all Tamkang students. The importance of the hike owes partly to its place in Tamkang history as a venerable tradition. The tradition vanished for an entire decade, but under the joint efforts of various local groups, it has now returned. The hike is a chance for teachers, students, and participating groups to take a break from their busy schedule, and get out amongst nature. After the hike a raffle was held, and one lucky participant went away with a new laptop. All participants, however, came away with a memorable experience and a renewed appreciation for the beauty and tranquility of Tamsui.
On Oct. 27, Tamkang University’s Sunshine Society held its 4th annual Sunshine Ambassador Contest, as well as a range of “quit smoking” activities. The event took place at the Tamsui Campus’ Student Activity Center, and the theme for the day was underscored by the catchy slogan “Tamkang is 60 – quit smoking for you and me”. The event kicked off with a singing performance by Department of Insurance student, Pang Chu, followed by an anti-smoking oath taken by all students and staff in attendance. As the main program got under way, the Professor and Dean of Student Affairs, Ko Chih-en, gave an opening speech. He congratulated Tamkang students and staff for taking third place, out of all tertiary institutions in Taiwan, in the Bureau of Health Promotion’s “Prevention of Smoking-Induced Harm” initiative. He recalled how just three years ago, they would collect an average of 130,000 strewn cigarette butts per semester. Three years on, and today the vast majority of students and teachers who still smoke, do so in the designated smoking areas set up by Tamkang University. For their part in affecting such change, Prof. Ko thanked his colleagues, as well as the Sunshine Society, and many other enthusiastic students who have assisted in promoting and implementing several anti-smoking initiatives. Anti-smoking volunteer, Chen Shu-li, also made a guest appearance at the event. She praised Tamkang University on its efforts to discourage smoking, and urged faculty and students to continue their attempts to curb smoking among today’s youth. As the contest entered the final phase, eight entrants remained. Each of the entrants made a brief speech, explaining why they should be the next Sunshine Ambassador, and gave a short performance to showcase their talent in an area of their choice. In the end, the first prize of 5,000 NT was claimed by fourth year student, Wang Shi-ping. The event concluded with a group photo of all participating students and staff.
Tamkang University has again broken the mould in school celebrations. For this year’s prestigious 60th anniversary, Tamkang enlisted the talent of three acclaimed film directors, who have together produced a unique film portraying university life at Tamkang. The film, entitled “Lessons Learned at Tamkang”, is almost feature length, and interlaces three separately directed short films to form a coherent, intriguing plot. Ahead of its release, a press conference was held on the 26th of October, at Eslite Bookstore’s Xin Yi branch, Taipei City, with close to 200 people in attendance, including Tamkang alumni, faculty heads, and reporters. The film’s directors include Chen Hui-ling, the director of “Next Station, Happiness” and winner of this year’s Golden Bell Award for the category Best Director of a Drama Series; Yang Ya-zhe, a regular at the Golden Bell Awards and director of the 2008 Taiwanese box-office sensation, Orz Boys; and Xu Ming-chun, the director of several acclaimed documentary films, including “Baseball in Taiwan – A Tale of a Hundred Years” and “Stars are Born”. Applying their own brand of direction, each director drew from the myriad scenes, sights, and sounds imprinted in their minds while at university to create a vivid take on life at Tamkang. Two of the short films made for the movie – Yang Ya-zhe’s “Rehearsal” and Chen Hui-ling’s “Action” – were selected for exhibition at this year’s Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. “Lessons Learned at Tamkang” is not just a symbol and depiction of Tamkang’s 60 years as a leading institute of higher education; it is also a forum encouraging efforts to record, film, and reflect on life at Tamkang University. The feature film will be accessible on youtube during and after Tamkang’s 60th anniversary celebrations in early November. Literally one mouse-click away, the movie will become a platform, from which current students and alumni in every corner of the world may connect with the ever-flowing source of creative energy and innovation that is Tamkang.
On the 15th October, the student activity center at Tamkang University came alive with the sounds of shouting, cheering, and laughter. The event was a trivia contest, in which 53 groups of one to six people were quizzed on Tamkang trivia, as they vied for a spot in the semi finals. Quiz topics varied, from Tamkang’s history and culture, to its organizational structure, staff, teaching system, and even campus anecdotes accrued over the last six decades. The event, entitled “Trivia from 60 Years of Academia”, was organized to coincide with Tamkang’s 60th anniversary. The final, which will consist of 16 teams, will be held on the 6th of November – the very day of Tamkang’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – and the winning team will take home a symbolic cash prize of 60,000 NT. Inside the activity center, students huddled together, hanging on every last syllable voiced by the compare. With each question, teams broke into frenzied discussion, excited laughter, and began bellowing out responses. The lively event thrilled students and invigorated teachers, as teaching staff relived the long-forgotten feeling of being tested and quizzed. At the end of the event, participants expressed their hope that a trivia contest may be held each year, to promote a deeper knowledge of Tamkang history and culture, and to bring even more fun and laughter to the Tamkang Tamshui campus.
Tamkang University’s Chinese palace-style classrooms were built in 1954. Designed with clay-colored walls and light green roof tiles, they were the starting point of construction for Tamkang’s Tamshui campus. Today, they not only form a must-see scenic spot for visitors to the campus, but also house the carefree memories of countless alumni. As Tamkang University's Diamond Jubilee celebrations rapidly approach, the Chinese palace-style classrooms and walkway – the oldest part of the campus – have been transformed into a symbol of unity and togetherness. Now, artistic lights line the walkway, creating an air of elegant romance by night, and by day, a scene of celebration. Aside from old-style lights draped with flowing pink material, the area is now decorated with round tables covered in red silk, which will be on display from October 18 to November 12. To mark the beginning of the display, a “Lighting Ceremony” was held last night, on the 18th of October. The ceremony and the display itself were designed to convey a sense of coming together, of oneness and unity as we approach Tamkang University’s 60th anniversary. The display officially commenced as President of Tamkang University, Flora Chia-I Chang, turned on the lights and illuminated the night sky. The pink sheets of silk affixed to the lights fluttered brightly in the wind, and gave the night a magical feel. So, too, did performances by the classical Chinese music society, as well as impromptu body painting by the society of fine arts. The scene was one of joyous celebration. The round tables symbolized the coming together of one big family. They were placed around the light poles, enwrapped in red silk that draped down almost to the ground. Benches were laid out, and light fixtures were installed under the tables. When the lights were lit up, each table turned into a giant red lantern, and the lamp stands were laced with colorful decorations. This uniquely decorated area has a dual purpose. It is a space where students can get together, chat, and study, in a festive environment leading up to the TKU 60th anniversary celebrations. More importantly, it is a reminder to current students and alumni of the importance of family unity and togetherness.