The TKU College of International Studies offers a unique curriculum that draws students from various countries. To showcase the special features of each of its departments and exhibit the fruits of years of high-level instruction and research, the College last week held a week-long College of International Studies Exhibition. The exhibition brought together a diverse range of fun activities, with interactive stalls providing knowledge, entertainment, and objects and food from various countries and regions around the world. Organizers also set up an air gun shooting range, to allow participants the change to test their accuracy. The event kicked off with an opening ceremony featuring the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, as well as the Vice-President of International Affairs, Dr. Tai-wan Chin, and numerous deans and chairs of TKU colleges and departments. The week-long event also attracted a handful of international dignitaries, including the Paraguayan diplomat to the ROC, Mr. Marcial Bobadilla Guillén.
In response to intense tertiary level competition brought on by a falling birth rate and thus lowered student enrolment, governments and tertiary institutions both locally and internationally have tried to alleviate the impact of such trends by implementing administrative changes and striving to innovate and push forward with creativity. In each of the major TKU meetings, symposiums, and conferences, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, has urged each Tamkang department and college to continue pursuing the university development plan of creativity and innovation, while also being even more pro-active when it comes to the TKU Triple Objectives of Internationalization, Information-oriented Education, and Future-oriented Education. With this direction, President Chang believes TKU will maintain its position as one of the leading academic tertiary institutions in Taiwan, despite heavy competition from a group of universities that are constantly plying forward and improving. With this as a backdrop, on Saturday, Oct 29, TKU a day-long conference called "Changing Toward Innovation; Creating a New Way of Learning". The event was attended by President Chang, along with the three TKU vice presidents, and senior staff from each of TKU's colleges, departments, and administrative divisions.
Two core features of the TKU Lanyang Campus are its dormitory-style construction, in which all students, faculty, and staff live in the confines of the campus, and its focus on international development and the nurturing of well-rounded, knowledgeable students. Each year, to create a sense of community closeness and mutual respect, administrators on the Lanyang Campus hold an event called the "High Table Dinner", a forum for students and teachers to bond over dinner, which allows new students - freshmen in particular - to voice their thoughts and provide feedback on their studies and the overall campus lifestyle. In turn, teachers have the chance to provide suggestions and advice to new students, providing guidance to get the most out of their tertiary study. This year's High Table Dinner was held at 6:30pm on Oct 25, and included a raft of fun activities.
On Oct 22, the founder of the world-renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theater, Lin Hwai-min, visited TKU's Tamsui Campus to deliver a speech. His talk represents the first in a series of lectures to be given by luminaries in various fields to coincide with the upcoming TKU 66th anniversary. During the speech, Lin explained various themes to do with dance and choreography, saying that the interpretation of artistic works has varied through different eras and temporal contexts. Lin repeatedly encouraged the young students in attendance to pay more attention to the geography, history and culture of their surrounding environment, and affirmed that they had the power to change the world.
Since Autumn 2013, tensions surrounding the South China Sea have grown. It has not only seen various sovereign nations pursuing their own regional interests, but also a symbolic flexing of the muscles between two superpowers – the US and China. On 12 July, 2016, the ruling on the South China Sea Arbitration case was issued, which further drew international attention to this fiercely disputed region. On Oct 22, the TKU Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies held the 2nd Model United Nations Security Council Conference. Several TKU departments assisted in organizing the event, including the TKU Department of Global Politics and Economics, the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, and the TKU International Affairs Learning Society (TKU IALS). Whereas the topic of last year's conference was the Syrian crisis, this year's conference centered around the “South China Sea Dispute”.
Oct is the mildest and most pleasant time of the year in Tamsui. It's the perfect time for a road race. Thus, on Oct 22 (Saturday morning), to help mark the upcoming TKU 66th anniversary, Tamkang University held the “U9 League 2016 Huwei Park Mini Marathon”. Participants included the presidents of each of the U9 League universities: Tatung University, Chinese Culture University, Fu Jen Catholic University, Shih Hsin University, Soochow University, Shih Chien University, Taipei Medical University, Ming Chuan University, and, of course, Tamkang University. A total of over 10,000 students, faculty, and staff took part. The establishment of the A9 League was a response to the phenomenon of falling birth rates coupled with increased numbers of colleges, which is a threat to the survival of many universities around Taiwan and the world. On Sept 28, 2012, the A9 League was formed as a coalition of Taipei-based universities with the purpose of banding together to support one another with the sharing of resources, and academic and administrative know-how.
To celebrate the 66th TKU Anniversary, the TKU College of Foreign Languages and Literature released a new Tamkang University Campus Guidebook, which this year comes in seven separate languages, including Chinese, English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Russian. The original Chinese copy was compiled personally by the Dean of the College, Dr. Lucia Chen, and then translated into six other languages by faculty from each department. The guidebook incorporates commentary and majestic scenery, taking readers on a journey from sites in Tamsui that draw droves of tourists each year, to the lush greenery of the TKU Tamsui Campus, as well as the unique Taipei and Lanyang campuses. The books also provide detailed historical descriptions, transporting readers back through time to experience the Tamkang of old.
On Sat Oct 15, the Otaku International Academic Symposium took place at the Ching Sheng International Conference Hall and the Carrie Chang Music Hall, Tamsui Campus. It was held by the TKU Graduate Institute of Futures Studies and the National Chiao Tung University Program of Digital Cultural and Creative Industry, with help from gamer.com website personnel and the Taiwan Sociological Association of Art and Culture. During the event, a total of 21 approved dissertations were presented. They explored various aspects of the Anime, Comics, and Games (ACG) industry.
In an ever-changing world, in which the notion of ‘talented professionals’ unceasingly evolves, today's youth cannot simply settle for knowledge in one individual field, but must have the ability to constantly and rapidly absorb new knowledge and acquire new skills in multi-faceted areas. Companies like Taiwan Microsoft, Yahoo, and Quanta Computer helped create the ‘golden era’ of personal computers, and thus form an indispensable part of the world's technological landscape. With the flow of time, integrated circuit (IC) technology has come to the fore, and the three aforementioned companies have adapted to these changing times. Behind this push to integrate the latest technology are three general managers, each of whom graduated from Tamkang University. To try and gain an insight into the expertise and knowledge possessed by these three successful alumni, TKU and CommonWealth Magazine jointly held a discussion forum on Oct 15. Among those in attendance was the TKU President, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, who delivered an opening address.
On 10 Oct, the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, led a small group of senior TKU delegates to Japan, to visit one of Tamkang University's long-time sister universities, Waseda College. The group consisted of TKU Vice-President of International Affairs, Dr Wan-Chin Tai, and former President Secretary, Chang Hsiang-Chun. During the visit, the TKU delegation discussed possibilities for further collaboration between the two universities in the near future.
The TKU Cham Pion Incubation Center has been an active hub for the promotion of business enterprises for the past 18 years. To further enhance the services offered to students and alumni hoping to build their enterprises, this year TKU allocated extra funding to the refurbishment of the TKU Co-Working Space office area, with construction completed during the summer holidays. To mark the completion of the refurbishment, on Oct 4, 2016, the Incubation Center held an opening ceremony which involved a tea ceremony, and featured attendees from every TKU department, college, and office, including the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Keh Huan-Chao, the Vice-President of Administrative Affairs, Dr. Hu Yi-Jen, as well as the TKU Secretary-General, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, and the Dean of Research and Development, Dr. Bo-Cheng Wang.
At 3pm on Oct 1, alumni from around Taiwan and the world convened at a resort village in Changhua, Central Taiwan, for the 10th Annual Alumni Conference. The event was hosted by the conference chairperson, Chen Ding Chuan, along with the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the Vice-President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Hu Yi-Jen, the Vice-President for International Affairs, Dr. Wan-Chin Tai, as well as many other current and former senior staff and faculty from TKU. The Conference comprised of several activities. Attendees visited various successful Taiwanese enterprises, to observe their business practices and methods of operating; and there was an awards ceremony, in which outstanding alumni received certificates and prizes. The day culminated with a large evening banquet, in which TKU alumni interacted and enjoyed the festive atmosphere.
Starting from 2013, the Education Department, Yunlin County Government, has been collaborating with the TKU Science Education Center to promote the TKU Mobile Chemistry Lab, with more stops planned for schools in remote regions of Taiwan. Over the past 3 years, the TKU Mobile Chemistry Lab has visited almost every school in distant, rural Taiwan. On Sep 29, the Chemistry Lab arrived at Municipal Huwei Junior High School, marking an historical moment, the 300th pit stop of an ongoing educational tour.
Recently, when President Tsai was speaking of the benefits accrued from being part of the ASEAN alliance, she expressed her hope for wider collaboration with member nations in areas such as academia-industry collaboration, the training of skilled workers, agricultural development, and new sources of energy. In the future, she noted, Taiwan should draw on its experience in the areas medicine, education, technology, agriculture, and small and medium enterprise management to push for bilateral and multilateral cooperation. This sentiment of closer collaboration was reflected in a recent joint effort between Tamkang University and Solunet Inc, a large Malaysian company. The TKU Information Center for Water Environment have developed a unique alarm system to help forecast floods and water-based disasters, which plague the coastal regions of Malaysia. The collaborative effort was the first of its kind, which saw an overseas entity bankroll local Taiwanese experts to craft a water disaster prevention system. The Director of the TKU Information Center for Water Environment, Dr. Li-chiu Chang, said that in order to promote further research on water resources and the environment, in the 2015-16 academic year Tamkang University established the Center under the auspices of the TKU Office of Research and Development.
The ROC Ministry of Education issues Exceptional College Awards to tertiary institutions that demonstrate excellence in the promotion of both individual and team-based physical and sports education. The deadline for award applications this year was the end of May, and award organizers held a preliminary evaluation, followed by the final decision. Previously, in the 2009-10 and 2013-14 academic years, Tamkang University entered the college evaluation and won awards. This year marked the third time that TKU received this honor. On Sep 20, the TKU Vice-President For Academic Affairs, Dr. Huan-chao Ke, accepted the Exceptional College Award on behalf of Tamkang University. The award ceremony was attended by many senior TKU staff and faculty, who attended the event to demonstrate their support.
As the world becomes more like a ‘global village’ by the day, interaction and exchange between members of different communities is becoming more frequent. To solve many of the social issues we currently face, international cooperation is required. Thus, from Aug 8-28, 2016, the 2016 Asian Community Leadership Seminar was jointly held by Tamkang University, in collaboration with Ritsumeikan University, Japan, and Kyong Hee University, Korea. The group of ten TKU students who took part in the Leadership Seminar was led by the TKU Vice-President for International Affairs, Dr. Wan-chin Tai. As part of the seminar, the students visited three universities in three countries over approximately three weeks. The first leg of the trip was Ritsumeikan University, Japan, where students stayed from Aug 8-12. From Aug 15-19, they stayed at Korea's Kyong Hee University, and the Aug 21-28 phase was held at Tamkang University. A total of 26 students (including students from the other two universities) took part.
September is the month in which new students prepare to begin their college career. As each university works to welcome new students with a slew of orientation-style activities, Tamkang University has carved out a unique tradition, greeting incoming students with a daunting new challenge. Climbing the ‘overcoming-difficulty’ slope is a one-of-a-kind initiation task for freshmen at TKU, who are accompanied up the steep steps by senior TKU Staff. On September 8 and 9 at 7:50 am, students met in front of the Statue of Mr. Chang Ching Sheng, Tamsui Campus, and were led up the 132-step slope carved into the hill face next to the campus. Among those who accompanied the students were the TKU President, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, along with senior staff and faculty from each TKU department and college. As part of the initiation event, TKU held several lectures to teach students about the Tamkang University culture, and the unique values and qualities that TKU helps to instil in its graduates.
Starting from 1990, TKU has admitted foreign and international students from countries across the world to study at Tamkang. At present, over 2,000 students from countries (and regions) outside Taiwan call Tamkang home. To welcome the latest group of incoming students, on Sep 7 the TKU Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs held an Orientation for Exchange and International Students. The orientation event was attended by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, the Vice-President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Yi-jun Hu, the Vice-President for International Affairs, Dr. Wan-chin Tai, and the Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Pei Wha Chi Lee, as well as senior-level staff and faculty from every TKU college and department. A total of 700 international and exchange students took part in the event, and were accompanied by local members of various organizations, such as the Federation of Overseas Chinese Association, the Malaysian Student Association, and many others.
20 teams took part in the recent grand final event of the 9th Hiwin Intelligent Robot Contest, held at the Nangang Exhibition Center. The TKU contingent, known as the Robot Research Team, was led by professor Ching-Chang Wong, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, along with Tsai Chi-Yi. As in previous years, the TKU Robot Research Team stole the show, claiming championship spots in two separate categories. More specifically, the TKU Made in Taiwan (MIT) Hornet group – which invented the 6DOF robotic arm – earned first place in the development category, while the Tamkang Shang Ying group received first spot in the applied category.
To celebrate this year's 66th Anniversary, TKU teamed up with a handful of local organizations to host the International Poetry Forum @ Tamkang. The forum was part of the 2016 Formosa International Poetry Festival @ Tamsui, and was jointly organized by the TKU College of Liberal Arts, the TKU College of Languages and Literature, the Tamsui Cultural Foundation, and the Movimiento Poetas del Mundo (PPdM). Held on Sep 2 at the TKU Tamsui Campus, the poetry festival kicked off with an opening ceremony and the aforementioned poetry forum. This year's poetry festival takes the theme of "poetry on land and at sea". It consists of various activities to be held over the coming month, many of which will take place near the picturesque Tamsui River. Over 30 local and overseas poets, as well as more than 100 poetry aficionados attended the opening ceremony, held on the morning of Sep 2 at the TKU Chueh Sheng International Conference Hall. Opening remarks were delivered by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the Chairman of the Tamsui Cultural Foundation, Hsu Hui-Ming, the Chief Planner of the Poetry Festival, Dr. Lee Kuei-shien, and the Dean of the TKU College of Languages and Literature, Dr. Lucia Chen.