Last week, the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, led a delegation of senior TKU staff to Japan, to visit four TKU sister universities. The trip helped to significanty strengthen the ties between Tamkang and its partner colleges in Japan. In particular, it expanded the scope of collaboration, creating more opportunities for professors from TKU to visit these partner colleges to deliver special guest lectures and vice versa. It also bolstered the chances of exchange and joint collaboration in the domain of academic research.
Starting today until May 21, the TKU Chueh Sheng Memorial Library will be holding a display that celebrates literature and travel. Centered around the theme "Traversing Culture, A Map of American Literature and Sister Universities in the US", the display coincides with 2017 World Reading Day, and aims to encourage students to better understand and appreciate the character of the cities and the cultural settings that helped give birth to some of the worlds' greatest literature.
The Executive Yuan Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) recently announced the recipients of the Outstanding Research Award for the 2016-17 academic year. Among the list of recipients was Dr. Guo Jong-Shenq, TKU's very own chair professor from the Department of Mathematics. This is the second time Dr. Guo has received this much-coveted award; the first time was in 2010. The award was established to recognize exceptional scholars who partake in continued academic research or research in the area of academia and business collaboration, and who serve to lift the standard of research in Taiwan and enhance the academic standing of Taiwan internationally. The Chair of the TKU Department of Mathematics, Dr. Huang,Yih-Huei, stated that Dr. Guo is an exceptional researcher who obtained his PhD from the Mathematics Department of the University of Minnesota, and who has been recognized for his excellent research standards with many prestigious awards.
From March 25-26, TKU clubs took part in the 2017 National College Club Evaluation and the 2017 Club Presentation and Awards Ceremony, both held by the Ministry of Education, in which several Tamkang clubs claimed top honors. The TKU Department of Information and Library Science Association received an 'Outstanding Club Award' in the category Autonomous, Comprehensive Clubs and Societies; while the TKU 'Praise Club' claimed an 'Excellent Club Award' in the category Academic or Artistic Clubs and Societies. The Dean of Student Affairs, Chun-Hung Lin, noted that this national evaluation of clubs and societies is the largest and most prestigious assessment of Taiwanese clubs annually. Out of a total 258 university clubs from colleges around Taiwan, moreover, TKU clubs and societies performed remarkably well, demonstrating the onus placed on club participation as part of TKU's 'Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education'.
From April 2-6, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, led a team of TKU senior personnel on a visit of 'Incubation Centers' in several cities of Mainland China, including Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and various others. The TKU delegation included the Vice President of Administrative Affairs, Dr. Hu Yi-jen, The Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Hsu Hui-Huang, the Director of the Office of Alumni Service and Resources, Dr. Peng Chun-Yang, the Director of the TKU Cham Pion Incubation Center, Chiang Jen-Shiun, along with approximately 30 alumni from around Taiwan. As part of the visit, the group toured various incubation centers in China, and took part in discussions and exchange events.
The Taiwan ‘Green University’ Alliance, established in 2013, is a conglomerate of 50 institutions of higher education which aims to reduce carbon emissions and create a more environmentally-friendly college environment in Taiwan. Starting from 2017, numerous ‘green university’ forums have been held in northern, central, and southern Taiwan, with the TKU Office of General Affairs responsible for organizing the northern Taiwan forums. On March 28, the northern Taiwan forum kicked off at the TKU Ching Sheng International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. Over 60 special guests from around Taiwan took part in the event. The TKU Dean of General Affairs, Dr. Luo, Shiaw-Shyan, said the theme of the forum this time was ‘Improving the Environment, One Bite at a Time’.
The 2017 Tamkang University Career Fair commenced at 10am on Wed, March 29, Tamsui Campus. It was organized jointly by the TKU Career Guidance Section and the New Taipei City Employment Service Center. This year's fair was larger in scope and size than previous years' fairs, with a total of almost 100 companies setting up stall; nearly 5,000 vacancies on offer. Businesses from various fields participated, including technology, banking, education, entertainment, food, and service. Among the more familiar names were brands like Ding Tai Feng, Wowprime, Uniqlo, and Gjun Computer, to name just a few. The Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Chun-Hung Lin, noted that each year TKU holds several lectures by local businesses, practical internship courses, and career-related events, such as the Career Fair. Through such events, students get to observe first-hand the types of personnel required by businesses in various fields, and to better assess the career path suited to them.
On March 25, 2017, the TKU Alumni Spring Banquet event kicked off at the Shao Mo Memorial Gymnasium, Tamsui Campus, at 8:50 am. Present at the banquet event were the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, and the President of the TKU World Alumni Association, Lin Chien-Hsiang, who helped get the day's activities underway. Such activities included sports events, such as baseball, softball, badminton, soccer, basketball, and darts, with over 130 alumni divided into 18 teams taking part. Following the team sports events was an awards ceremony and a lunch banquet held at the TKU Student Activity Center. During the ceremony, alumni who had made significant contributions to their alma mater or to society in general were recognized, and presented with specially-made honor plaques. As part of the award ceremony, alumni from the TKU Department of Electrical Engineering donated money to establish a ‘Lai You-Ren Subsidy Fund’, to encourage students to give back to the community through volunteer work and service.
The 2017 Total Quality Management Conference was held on March 24 at the Student Activity Center, Tamsui Campus. The organizers arranged the conference to help TKU faculty and staff not just survive in a highly competitive environment, but to thrive, by giving play to their unique personal qualities. The spirit of the event was encapsulated in the theme ‘Applying Your Personal Traits to Develop Charisma and Ensure Service Quality’. During the event, keynote speeches were delivered by special guests, CEOs and managers of successful Taiwanese companies, and participants included all senior-level staff from TKU colleges, academic departments, and administrative divisions.
Dunhuang is a city located in Gansu Province, Western China. One of the richest sources of culture and history in China, Dunhuang has had an influence on religion, art, culture, society, music, dance, and decorative accessories. It stands as one of China's historical landmarks, along with the National Palace Museum, the Great Wall of China, and the Terracotta Warriors. To recognize the part Dunhuang has played in culture and history, an art exhibition commenced today (March 22) at the Carrie-Chang Fine Arts Center, Tamsui Campus, and will continue until mid-April. The exhibition is called ‘Valuable Treasures from the Silk Road - An Art Exhibition on Dunhuang Culture’, and places a special focus on the Mogoa Caves, a system of 492 temples also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes.
Times Higher Education (THE) is a research institute that each year publishes a world university ranking, placing institutes of higher education into sequential order. Among the rankings produced is a list of the top 300 universities in Asia according to THE. This year, for the first time, Tamkang University entered the list of 300 leading Asian universities, placing 251st. This accolade is the culmination of concentrated effort over many years, as TKU works to enhance its international standing by providing excellence in the areas of education, research, and service. The THE's list of Asian university rankings is based on five core metrics: teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students, and research), and industry income (knowledge transfer).
On the afternoon of March 16, the former President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-Jeou, arrived at the Tamkang University Tamsui Campus to deliver a keynote speech. He was invited by two separate TKU departments, the Department of French and the Department of Public Administration, in a collaborative effort designed to promote a more holistic, cross-disciplinary form of education. Former President Ma's keynote speech addressed the topic ‘Taiwan's Evolution: A New Role in International Society’. The speech was held at the Ching-Sheng International Conference Hall, which was filled to capacity with attendees, including the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, who opened the event with a welcome speech. President Chang noted that former president Ma is the same age as TKU. She stated that he cares deeply about the status of higher education in Taiwan, pointing to his regular attendance at university president forums each year, and his earnest desire to solve problems related to education. The keynote speech delivered by the former Taiwanese president touched on various themes, and was an insightful analysis of Taiwan's evolving role in international society. In the lively question and answer segment that followed, Ma answered several students' questions on a wide range of topics.
Taipei is slated to hold this year’s World University Games. From August 20-25, the weightlifting portion of the games will be held at Tamkang’s very own Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium, Tamsui Campus. To mark this important milestone, which is now only 160 days away, and to prepare for the historic event, from March 4-6 the 2017 National Collegiate Weightlifting Championships were held at the TKU Tamsui Campus. Several dignitaries attended the event and presented awards to winning contestants, including the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, The Vice Chair of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Yasuo Saito, and the Deputy Director of the Taipei World Games Committee, Cheng Fang-Fan. The TKU Dean of Physical Education, Hsiao Shu-Feng, explained: “The recent Collegiate Championships was akin to a practice or mock trial for the upcoming World Games. It allowed us to make sure that every aspect of the event, from the lighting and security, to the service provided and filming rendered, and even the award ceremony, was in line with official specifications. On March 6th, when the trial event ended, everyone gave us very positive feedback and was very happy with proceedings.”
TKU is currently holding the Tamkang University World Forum for Youth Leaders 2017, which will run from March 8-13. The Forum focuses on the theme “Prospects for the World: Meeting Challenges with Vision”. Topics to be discussed during the event include global governance and democracy, global food supply, energy sources and the environment, global culture and society, the global economy, and global politics. The Forum drew students from 15 universities in nine countries, including local TKU students, who gathered to present dissertations and partake in academic discussions. Present at the event was the TKU Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Wan-chin Tai, who stated: “this is our fourth year holding the TKU World Forum for Youth Leaders. The purpose of the Forum is to enhance students’ global awareness on issues such as democracy, governance, the economy, the environment and culture. It also allows students to work more closely with other students from TKU sister universities, and allows them to practice their English expression.”
From July 6-7, the TKU Graduate Institute of Educational Policy and Leadership and the Hong Kong Institute of Education held the Asia Leadership Roundtable 2017 (ALR) at the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. Present at the event were over 70 prominent educators from various countries and regions, including Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, America, England, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Israel, South Africa, and Chile. Also in attendance was the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, who provided opening remarks. The Dean of the Graduate Institute of Educational Policy and Leadership, Ya-Tsz Hsueh, noted that the Roundtable has been held each year since 2010 at countries and regions around the world. It represents a forum for discussion on how to expand and enhance the corpus of knowledge surrounding Asian educational leadership. Tamkang University was granted the opportunity to organize and host the 2017 Roundtable event, which took the theme "Seven years on: the state of the Asian knowledge base."
During the recent Peace Memorial Day holidays, a passionate group of students from the TKU Department of Mass Communication braved the icy weather to dip their feet in the cold rice fields of Dasi, Taoyuan, for a good cause. The group consisted of fourth year students Chen You-Hsuan, Lu Yu-An, Kung Li-Wen, Wang Yu-Ru, Yang Tsan-Yu, and Li Hao-Gang. The trip was part of a program that allows members of the public to adopt a plot of land to support local farmers, promote organic, pesticide-free farming methods, and ensure the sustainability of Taiwanese farmland. Kung-Li Wen, one of the participating seniors, said "Although it was freezing and my feet almost went numb in the wet rice fields, it was more than worth it. These days, people's knowledge of rice fields is very limited. Through our graduation assignment, we hope to raise awareness about the important of Taiwan's rice fields and encourage younger people to spend more time learning about how to work these fields."
At present, the TKU Department of Diplomacy and International Relations is the only university department in Taiwan in which international students outnumber local students. The Department was established two years ago, and each year only allows an additional 25 local students to enrol. Currently, there are 47 local students and 57 international students in the department, and students say that the classroom is so diverse "it's like stepping into a United Nations conference".
The Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Tamsui Campus, is currently holding a cross-cultural art exhibition. The purpose of the exhibition is to commemorate and celebrate the work of three deceased artists from three separate regions, who were well-known for their unique artistic styles, as well as promote closer exchange between artistic communities internationally, and give praise to the distinct characteristics of fine art in various regions around Asia. The three artists include Ryu Kyung Chai, a former professor and member of the Korean Academy of Painting, Sukeo AKIYOSHI, a former president of the Fukuoka Fine Art Association, and Lucas Kuo Jen, previously a professor at Taiwan Normal University. The display, titled the ‘2017 Asian International Art Exhibition - Taiwan Committee Members’, commenced on the morning of Feb 22 with an official opening ceremony, and will end March 17. The exhibition is organized and coordinated by TKU faculty member and renowned Taiwanese artist, Gu Chong Guang, and features artwork from 24 members of the Taiwanese Art Committee, with a total of 71 pieces on display.
According to estimates made by Boeing, the global demand for pilots in the next 20 years will come to about 500,000 pilots. Out of this pool of pilots, approximately 200,000 vacancies will need to be filled in the Asia market alone. Positioned in the heart of Asia, Taiwan could capitalize on this trend and transform itself into a pilot training hub for aspiring pilots throughout Asia. Yet at present, it only trains around 100 pilots a year - supply falls far short of demand. To balance this disparity, Tamkang University has embarked on a collaborative program with Apex Flight Academy, signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the morning of Feb 14 at the TKU Taipei Campus. In attendance at the signing ceremony were the TKU Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Keh Huan-chao, and the CEO of Apex Flight Academy, Mr. Wilson Kao. Under the collaborative agreement, TKU will offer credited study programs for aspiring pilots, and Apex Flight Academy will provide instructors, scholarships, and internship programs. The joint effort represents a push to develop Taiwan's education in the area of aviation, in an attempt to meet the future demand for pilots.
Cheers Magazine recently released its annual list of top Taiwanese universities. The list is a compilation of universities, ranked in order, based on the stated preferences of local enterprises in hiring university graduates. Before producing the list, Cheers goes about interviewing and surveying leaders and human resource personnel from 2,000 enterprises in Taiwan. This year, for the 20th year in a row, Tamkang University was ranked number one among Taiwanese private universities, which marks two full decades as the most favoured university for graduates among local Taiwanese enterprises, according to Cheers Magazine. TKU came in ninth spot overall, if you include both national and private universities. Among the characteristics inquired about in the survey, TKU ranked 4th nationally in the category ‘new graduates' work performance exceeded enterprises' expectations’. In seven other such categories, such as ‘possessing an international outlook and foreign language ability’, for example, TKU graduates placed first among all private universities in Taiwan.