Tamsui is a location that is thriving with history, trade and culture. Tradition and heritage are the trademark of this New Taipei City area. In 2002, the government titled it as a “Potential World Heritage Site in Taiwan.” Tamsui along with other locations that have earned this esteemed title have attracted lots of tourist attention in the last 10 years, offering a new experience for visitors. In order to give feedback to the Tamsui community while bringing local resources to campuses and spreading cultural knowledge to students, the Ministry of Education has implemented the “People, Culture and Science Education- International View Project.” This plan has already awarded subsidies leading to the development of sending a science education vehicle to isolated areas around Taiwan. It also lead to the publication of a tourism book of the local region that was translated into six different languages. In order to give the world a closer look at the People, Culture and Science Education project, a forum was held in Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall on May 13. In attendance was Tamsui Official, professors, media personnel and related key figures. Host of the event, Tamkang University’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, expressed, “This project will involve the College of Liberal Arts, College of Sciences and College of Foreign Languages and Literature providing their unique expertise in promotion of three parts: Cultural Education, Science Education and International Identity. The College of Liberal Arts will utilize the resources of both the campus and the city to create culturally-related academic-industry courses, providing fundamental data through innovative methods. It will also peer deep into the artistic and historical realm of the northern region. In addition, the College of Science will continue to promote science through the use of mobile transport to teach knowledge in the more isolated areas. Lastly, the College of Foreign Languages and Literature will use 6 languages in the promotion of new courses related to communication skills and translation.”
News stories have really picked up in intensity both inside and outside of Taiwan in the last few years. There are stories of drug-related issues, kidnappings, terrorist organizations, stabbings and more. Senior students of the Department of Mass Communication have selected these intense stories as the theme for their graduation achievement display that took place from May 6-8 at the Song Shan Cultural Park. On May 10 the display will be brought to Tamkang University’s Black Swan Exhibition Hall. The theme has been titled “Born to be Wild.” It refers to an ideal of Tamkang University’s 30 years of collecting data for news that is connected and unbiased. Event Organizer of the graduation achievement display, Lo Tsai, expressed, “The title of this event points to the fact that we will not be restrained as we seek to give a continual stream of media that impacts our lives. In step with the operations of the Cultural Park’s Campus Connection, we’ve gathered a versatile surplus of achievements to share with the rest of the world. It consists of awards given for filming, editing and telling of stories that have better helped us face issues of modern society.” In recent years the Taiwanese community has becoming increasingly uneasy. On the news there is a constant stream related to drug incidents and drug abuse. Statistics point out that 1 in every 100 persons is a drug abuser. 6 students of the Department of Mass Communication: Jia-ying Hu, Qi-hua Zhang, Qi-ting Cent, Xin-yan Liu Yi-ru Chen and Feng-shi Lin have made their documentary titled “Embrace” to enlighten people on the dangers of a lifestyle involving drugs. Their project, in addition to works of other diligent students of the department will make for an exciting and informative academic display.
In order to raise knowledge regarding science in Taiwan, the Ministry of Science and Technology is adopting a strategic approach, promoting innovation into educational science. For the sake of this objective, from May to June of 2016 a series of 10 events will be held in various places in Taiwan for what is being deemed as “People’s Science Week.” The plan consists of TKU and 15 other academic institutions in cooperation with the Taiwan Railway in order to smoothly and efficiently pass the knowledge of science around the entire island. The train began its journey starting from Taipei on May 3 and is estimated to return within 4 days. Tamkang University’s College of Science was responsible for the portion of activities that took place at Banqiao Station; beginning with a warm invigorating welcome while providing scientific performances in both the station as well as the passenger cars. Director of the Center of Science Education, Chang-bo Wang, expressed, “People’s Science Week began at the beginning of April, holding events to promote science to the many remote areas of Taiwan. By way of the train, we will be able to make a trip from Ban Qiao, Tao Yuan, Xin Zhu, Miao Li, Tai chung, Zhang Hua, Nan Tou, Yun Lin, Jia Yi, Tainan City, Kao Hsiung, Ping Dong, Tai Dong, Hua Lian, Yi Lan and Ji Long. It’s estimated that it will return to Taipei on May 6.”
There are so many privileges that become easily overlooked because we a born with them. Gifts such as sight, hearing: walking or talking, are all sensations that many people are born without. How would you explain sound to someone who has never heard before? Four graduating students have taken it upon themselves to create a new method of “listening” that would allow the hearing impaired to “sense” sounds visually. Students of Tamkang University’s Department of Information and Communication: Guan-yu Chen, Xuan-ting Zhang, Ding-yi Chen and Fan-xiu Lin make up the graduation team “Awakening” and have been working on a project that would allow people to see sounds since Oct. of last year. Team captain, Fan-xiu Lin, expressed, “We’ve been working with the teachers and students of the Taipei School of the Hearing Impaired for this activity. We have been interacting with the students while using different media platforms to better understand how they would imagine sounds visually and brought a variety of instruments and tools to assist us.” Initially, Awakening discovered that many of the students were unwilling to participate in certain activities so they had to be very patient in their communication. The group used MV and Line to illustrate sign language while explaining song lyrics and asking the feelings of participants at particular points. Finding that often times sign language moved too quickly to capture the intended feeling, they used pop up visuals during the video in order to enhance the visual effects. Fan-xiu Lin expressed that the project was very rewarding and it was an honor to make new friends. The encounter was filmed and made into a documentary that was later displayed at the Electronic Stream Graduation Gallery. Director of the Department of Information and Communication, Chien-yu Sun, expressed, “The graduation activity display was held from Apr. 25 to Apr. 29 and was themed Electronic Stream. We wanted to encourage students to use innovative forms of broadcasting and media regarding every aspect of life in order to express new ideas and concepts.”
Currently Tamkang University has developed a significant foundation in terms of Mainland Chinese Alumni Organizations: Guangdong, Huadong, Huabei, Macau and Xiamen. In order to keep relations tightly-knitted in southern China, President Flora Chia-I Chang was invited to attend a banquet regarding the Huanan Alumni Association Conference from Apr. 24-26. She brought a delegation that included Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu and Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng. Chun-young Perng expressed, “This type of activity is really great for deepening roots and expanding resources for all university members. It’s my hope that TKU alumni continue to help each other as we spread the spirit of the university around the globe.” The evening consisted of alumni leaders such as President of TKU Alumni Association Huabei, Guo-dong Yang; President of TKU Alumni Association Huadong, Su-hua Hong; President of TKU Alumni Association Hong Kong, Ya-kam Yip; President of TKU Alumni Association of Macau, Jia-yin Zhang and the Alumni Association of Malaysia, totalling to 70 honored guests. During the event a total of 1,680,000 NT was contributed towards the construction of the Shou Chien International Conference Center.
The Chueh-sheng Memorial Library in cooperation with the College of Foreign Languages and LIterature configured the second floor into a book display themed “When Shakespeare Met Cervantes” for World Book and Copyright Day (Apr. 23). Not only does the display showcase literature of the two artists, it also consists of studies related to places that the two artists had traveled to including Italy, Denmark, Rome, Balkans and other related themes of literature, culture, travel and history. Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsiao-chuan Chen, expressed, “It’s already been 400 years since these great artists have passed. The Department of English and the Department of Spanish collaborated to let young learners see these important historical works with fresh eyes to broaden their horizons.” The official opening of the display took place on Apr. 25 at noon in the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library. English treats and tea were served along with Spanish cookies, juice-wine and other delicacies. Hsiao-chuan Chen expressed, “The works of these two artists has forever impacted the shape of the world.” Professors of the Department of Spanish and English held discussions related to translations, food, film and literature of the two artists as participants went deep into their exploration of the art world. One participant, student of the Department of Japanese, Qiao-yu Lai, expressed, “It’s great that TKU would hold this exhibit. It really helps inspire creativity.”
Media and information continue to change shape throughout each generation. Even though newspapers still use a traditional paper format to tell stories, they are faced with many challenges to modify and adapt to the digital age. News industries and universities all over the world meet with this challenge by taking on electronic formats, cell phone apps, multiple languages and to keep up with the new age readers. Tamkang Times has continued to provide news for 63 years and every year it takes on more modifications to stay up-to-date with the information age, giving students and university members the latest stories. On Apr. 23 (Saturday) on Tamkang Campus, Tamkang Times held a tea party to celebrate its 1000th edition. President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “Tamkang Times has provided information on the latest changes for the last 63 years here on campus. It even keeps tabs on the latest global events, influential ideas and current trends. The hard work of the Tamkang Times members along with university students and alumni have played a crucial role in the raising of our academic standing. This special paper has contributed to the strengthening of our campus and spreading of the spirit of TKU.” Director of Tamkang Times, Yu-pei Ma, expressed, “In 63 years Tamkang TIme has covered every type of story and incident. As the the form of relaying information began to change, the paper was met with challenges of adapting to an ever changing industry. We had to become functional for the digital age and place our articles online for easy access. Not only do we now provide diverse stories, but we also provide more versatile options when it comes to viewing our news network.”
Director of the Office of General Affairs,Shiaw-shyan Luo, explained that during Academic Observation Week more walkways, rest chairs and space for club activities were designed for the Business and Management Building to make life more convenient for students. There will also be more innovations to make the walkways greener, more exciting and more enjoyable for teachers and students alike. In addition, more provisions will be made for disabled persons and a mobile vendor will be added to make food more accessible. Second-year student of the Department of Industrial Economics, You-xing Li, expressed, “The new walkway and environment is a beautiful space that can be utilized for many purposes. First-year student of the Department of Resources Management, Meng-zhe Li, expressed, “If the vehicles in the area are reduced, it will certainly feel more comfortable.” After cancelling the renovations for a parking lot on the northern part of the building, 70 new parking spaces were added to the western part of the science hall. (Article written by Bi-yun Liu) Picture:Director of the Office of General Affairs,Shiaw-shyan Luo, explained that during Academic Observation Week more walkways, rest chairs and space for club activities were designed for the Business and Management Building to make life more convenient for students.
Well known actress and Tamkang University alumni of the Department of French, Lun-mei Gwei, expressed in an interview, “For my junior year at the university I travelled to France to study abroad for a year. It was the beginning of my need to seek out all of the diverse treasures that the world has to offer.” She stated that her wish was to one day travel to another unfamiliar place to once again capture that enticing feeling of learning a new language, culture and lifestyle. She highlighted that it is the most effective way for young people to grasp an understanding of the world. In order to enhance international learning for the youth of Taiwan, the Ministry of Education is promoting the “Improving Young Student Mobility Plan” from 2016-2019 which will be executed by the College of Education for the purpose of improving student global perception in terms of communication skills, adaptability, professional skills and practical application. Dean of the College of Education and project planner, Dian-fu Chang, expressed, “All around the world, enrollment numbers of international students is rising. However, beginning from 2009, Taiwan hasn’t seen any significant growth in terms of students studying abroad. Every year the Ministry of Education provides funding related to international study and through a unified effort, there is sure to be positive results.” Firstly, the Improving Young Student Mobility Plan will consist of 15 workshops that will take place in the northern, middle, southern and eastern regions of Taiwan. The workshops consist of teacher training and the first of these events took place on Apr. 12 in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. The second part of the plan, scheduled for the beginning of Nov., is an achievement exhibition that will include descriptions of successful projects, achievement displays and a short film activity. During the first workshop, Director of the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, Chin-mo Cheng, expressed, “Global Mobility has become an important criteria for the future of education in higher learning all over the globe. In addition to broadening the perspective of students, it also improves foreign language skills, strengthens international competitive ability and plays an important role with people of the community.”
In step with Tamkang University’s 66th Anniversary, the Department of Japanese invited last year’s winner of the Naoki Literary Award, Akira Higashiyama, to give a lecture on Mar. 29 themed, “Before Becoming an Author.” Akira Higashiyama is a Taiwanese born, Japanese descendant who has written 23 books, including a novel based on the renowned comic, “Naruto.” The success of his story “Flow” made him the third Taiwanese born citizen to be awarded the Naoki Literary Award. The content of this book follows the history of Taiwan, discussing the Civil War and other important historical events. Event organizer and Associate Professor of the Department of Japanese, Chun-young Perng, expressed, “This book received great praise in Japan even though many readers are not familiar with the history of Taiwan. Readers felt it was extremely well written and inciteful. It’s quite a treat to be able to have such an honored guest speaker.” Akira Higashiyama grew up loving sports, movies and music. While he was attending university, he loved to travel so he ended up reading many different types of literature. After graduating in 1991, he worked at an aviation company in Tokyo for a year. Because of the pressure of the job, he was recommended by a friend to return to school and get his masters. He received his masters at the nearby Southwest University. He then went to Ji Lin University in China to get his Phd. In the year 2000 his first son was born before he had completed his studies. He worked part time at a restaurant and also as a part time translator. Even with so much pressure, he said that when he began writing novels, he felt very peaceful. He stated that after his son became more independent, he started writing professionally. He then decided that writing was the path most necessary, for it helped him grabbed onto the reader’s soul and really make a difference in life.
Tamkang University’s Career Guidance Section and the New Taipei City Government Career Service Center jointly held the “2016 Tamkang University Career Exhibition.” On Mar. 30 at 10am in the Student Activity Center and Hai Bao Street a large display of career services related to technology, banking, education, film, dining and traffic were available for students to get a close look at internships and possible future careers. Many companies participated in the career fair, including Gigabyte Technology, HIWIN, Fetnet, Din Tai Fung, Grand Hotel, Shinkong, SET, Eva Air and more, sharing information related to 3,700 job openings as well as career entry examinations. Director of the Career Guidance Section, Ling-chan Wu, expressed, “TKU has held this career event in cooperation with New Taipei City Government with hopes of giving graduated students and alumni a personal advantage in the career world. It’s much like getting a running start into a good position.” At the opening of the event, an exciting lion dance was held to ignite the festivities. In attendance to cut the ribbon was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu, Dean of Student Affairs, Chun-hung Lin and Director of the New Taipei City Labor Bureau, Zheng-da Xia. Chen, a student of the Department of History, expressed that she will graduate in June and the career exhibition was extremely useful for obtaining valuable information. She stated, “I’m grateful to the university for holding this event. It will really be effective for finding a job.”
First year student of the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, Mu-yong Tao, travelled to Rome, Italy last week to participate in Harvard University’s “World Model United Nations” competition and won the Social Innovation Challenge Division, receiving 3000 US dollars. The competition consisted of 2,500 students from over 60 different countries discussing global issues. Not only did he bring great honor and attention to Tamkang University in this contest, he shined a spotlight on Taiwan. The event also included other Taiwanese universities:National Taiwan University, Tsing Hua University and Cheng Kung University. The competition was divided into 6 different divisions. The first three divisions required the international contestants to provide planning and schematics, answering inquiries and comments from the internet while continually making modifications. After conquering the first challenge (Mar. 14-18), the contestants then flew to Rome, Italy for the last three parts of the competition. Mu-yong Tao selected sustained energy development and reusable resources for his project. He mentioned that while studying in Taiwan, he learned a lot about reusable resources that could prove very beneficial in his country, Burkina Faso. He hopes to later be able to create a bridge between Taiwan and his country to transfer much of the needed knowledge and resources in terms of sustainable energy to improve the quality of life for his homeland. Director of the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, Chin-mo Cheng expressed, “Mu-yong Tao is an excellent student who is always asking questions and finding innovate methods to approach issues.”As Mu-yong Tao won the competition, he was asked if he was a member of NTU. “No I’m from Tamkang University.” He said proudly.”
Since 2005, Tamkang University has held the annual Spring Banquet activity, inviting alumni to enjoy a festival of fun different activities. This year the event took place on Mar. 26 in the Tamsui Campus Gymnasium, Student Activity Center and Lanyang Campus’ Shao-mo Memorial Activity Center. The festival consisted of 700 alumni holding hands and joining hearts. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, the three university vice presidents, Former President Yun-shan Lin, Former Vice President, Kan-nan Chen as well as first and second level administrators. The Team Games Competition took place on the 7th floor of the gymnasium and consisted of 18 teams of 129 alumni, dressed in exciting costumes as they competed in darts, mahjong, dice and black jack. The enthusiasm was uncomparable as many of the teams donned colorful garments to express their creativity. A total of 9 certificates of appreciation were handed out for alumni that had contributed 300,000-500,000 NT including Shen-ying Lin, Zhe-ming Li, Yuan-xun Chen, Shu-fan Xiao, Da-dao Chen, Wei-zhen Yang, Zhi-xin Lin, Wen-jing Zhang and Xing Wang. Also certificates were awarded to 24 individuals categories of Academic Excellence, Model Career Undertaking, Social Services, Management, Humanities, Public Employment and Well Balanced Achievements. In addition 49 individuals were recognized for excellence within each department. Consistent generous university donators: President of the Tamkang University Alumni Association, Ding-chuan Chen and President of the Department of Alumni of Tamkang University, Lawrence Lin, expressed gratitude and appreciation for the support of the TKU community, with hopes of even more prominent success in the future.
On Mar. 25 the “2015-16 Total Quality Management Workshop” took place in the Student Activity Center on Tamsui Campus. The purpose of the workshop themed, “Change Challenges to Opportunities through Teamwork” was to raise the quality of university members in terms of academics and administration. Dean of the College of Global Development and winner of the 10th Total Quality Management Award, Ay-hwa Andy Liou, was invited to share his experience. In addition Executive Director of Dale Carnegie Training, Gerard Hei, and Executive Vice President of Hung Kuang University, Hung-yee Shu, were invited lecture, giving understanding and depth of the inner workings of successful management. The entire university team was in attendance, including first and second level administrators with the aim of stimulating growth and effectiveness in a cooperative effort. President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed in her opening address, “The Total Quality Management program has been established at TKU since 1992. Every year we hold this event to sustain and improve the capabilities of our institution. This year we’ve invited honored guests and former awardee of the Total Quality Management Award to share their experience, which I’m certain will be of great benefit both our academic curriculum and methods of administration.” As Ay-hwa Andy Liou shared his experience, he made emphasis of innovation being the new direction of higher education and the importance of giving personnel a more international perspective. Gerard Hei discussed the impact of teamwork, and that skills and attitude outweigh professional knowledge in terms of effectiveness. He encouraged everyone to see challenges as opportunities for new growth instead of being frustrations or obstacles. Afterwards, the workshop focused on the history of TQM and details of the award system, training and other activities.
From Mar. 19-20 Tamkang University participated in the “MOE 2015-16 Student Association Achievement Display Competition and Observation Activity” and the “2015-16 Annual Junior College Student Club Evaluation and Observation Activity.” Student associations and departments of public administration from 92 academic institutions with 278 student clubs once again displayed their greatness. For the second year in a row, the TKU Student Association was honored with the Award of Excellence and the Department of Public Administration was awarded with the Autonomy, Comprehensive Student Groups and Artistic Academics Award Even though two years ago in terms of the Student Associations elections, selection of candidates for council positions didn’t go as smoothly as hoped, the group has still maintained a very effective structure in terms of services, various events and regulations. The burden of becoming more organized has catapulted the group into a season of speedy development. Lead representative of the association, Zi-han Jian, expressed, “After deciding to participate in this contest, we spent an entire 3 months working hard to organize student information. I’m so grateful to the university for their support and guidance on this rewarding journey.” Even though the Department of Public Administration was awarded with a special prize for their efforts last year, they were not satisfied with the result. This year they did a complete remodelling of the inner workings of their foundation, rewriting and modifying regulations to make the governing system even more complete. Event Organizer, Min-zhu Yang, expressed, “This is the second time the Department of Public Administration has represented the university in this national evaluation. It’s an honor to receive this award and I’m thankful to TKU for its guidance.”
On Mar. 19 the Malaysian Alumni Association held the “2016 Night of TKU” banquet in the Hotel Istana, welcoming the group’s 20th anniversary. In attendance was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Director of Lanyang Campus, Jyh-horng Lin, Dean of the College of Global Development, Ay-wha Andy Liou, Executive Director of the Office Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng and directors of related departments. President Chang expressed, “From the time of Tamkang University’s establishment, it’s grown to include four campuses: Tamsui Campus, Taipei Campus, Lanyang Campus and Cyber Campus. It consists of 8 colleges that can hold 27,000 students and has nearly 250,000 alumni, making it one of the most significant higher learning institutions in the nation. It’s my wish that the united effort of the alumni will bring to completion the Shou Chien International Conference Center within the next two years, a resource that will certainly prove to be invaluable.” Chun-young Perng expressed, “The Malaysian Alumni Association has always held a very close relationship with the university. Every year TKU travels to Malaysia to give them a better understanding of what our university provides and to improve Malaysian student enrollment, leading to the successful, continual increase of international students.”
In celebration of the establishment of the Taiwanese Indigenous People Student Resources Center on Mar. 1, the Office of Academic Affairs held the Taiwanese Indigenous People Welcome Home event in the Shao-mo Gymnasium. Students and professors from Tamkang University as well as other Junior Colleges were invited to partake in all of the exciting aspects of Taiwanese aboriginal culture, song, dance and beauty. President Flora Chia-I Chang attended the ceremony to encourage students as she expressed her desire to see more native Taiwanese students at TKU in the years to come. Dean of the Office of Student Affairs, Jun-hong Lin, expressed, “In order to encourage Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples, the Ministry of Education has stated that universities with over 100 native Taiwanese students should establish an Indigenous Peoples Student Center. Here at TKU we have over 160 native Taiwanese students and have established this center to meet with the MOE policy and assist aboriginals to become more easily accustomed to their life at the university and adjust to the university curriculum while helping them prepare for their future careers.” The event was organized and executed by the Taiwanese Indigenous People Student Club, consisting of a diverse display of culture in forms of dance, plays, arts and crafts as well as other artistic demonstrations. In addition to the participation of university professors and students, Supervisor of the Executive Yuan’s Council of Indigenous Peoples, Zong-pan Li, and other members of organizations related to indigenous affairs attended this prestigious event.
From Mar. 7-10 President Flora Chia-I Chang lead a group of Tamkang University representatives to meet with sister school, Doshisha University, Kindai University and Kansai University in Japan. The group of TKU representatives included Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Special Assistant Charles Hsiang-chuan Chang, Dean of General Affairs,Shiaw-shyan Chang, Director of the Graduate Institute of Asia Studies, Hsi-hsun Tsai and Director of the Department of Japanese, Yaw-hui Maa. As President Chang arrived to Doshisha University, she received an enthusiastic welcome from President Koji Murata and Vice President Murayama. The two university presidents had previously met for reasons of the Junior Year Study Abroad Program. This time Doshisha University’s Department of Politics and TKU’s Graduate Institute for Asia Studies were able to select students for future exchanges. The TKU representatives were very impressed with Doshisha University’s curriculum, beautiful campus and well known professors. When the TKU representatives arrived at Kindai University, they were welcomed by President Hitoshi Shiozaki, Vice President Daizo Musada and Director of International Affairs, Yoshihiro Omura. Kindai University is located in the Kansai region of Japan and it continues to be more popular as enrollment increases. The TKU team was able to observe the authentic English-speaking environment designed to help students’ international capabilities. On the final leg of the trip, President Chang travelled to Kansai University and was greeted by President Harushige Kusumi and Vice President Yutaka Maeda. This was President Chang’s second visit to this school and in the future, more academic exchanges will be established.
The Graduate Institute of Future Studies held the “Second Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Futures Network” from Mar. 10-11 in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. The international forum invited 30 educators from 15 different countries of the Asia-Pacific region to discuss possible future ideas and events involving society, small businesses and industries along with possible issues and challenges. This academic exchange gave an opportunity to share invaluable research and experience. Director of the Graduate Institute of Future Studies, Kuo-hua Chen, expressed, “There is no question that the modern study of future projections was first initiated in the west, especially including America. Yet, in the last 20 years future studies in Asia has become increasingly more popular and continues to rapidly mature. From Tamkang University’s Graduate Institute of Future Studies, South Korea’s New Vision, Singapore’s Office of Future Projections, Malaysia’s National Science, Iran’s National University Vision Project and more, we can see that the study of future events has become a mainstream ideology. These meetings allow us to stimulate new ideas while making adjustments for what is yet to come.” Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, expressed, “TKU is the number one private university in Taiwan. In the future we will have access to even more resources regarding research. I eagerly anticipate a time when future studies will become even more focused on.” President of the TKU Alumni Association, Ding-chuan Chen, expressed, “Future studies will raise the level of fundamentals in academics, allowing graduating students to resolve pressing societal problems.”
President Flora Chia-I Chang lead an academic expedition to Australia, from Mar. 1-3 to participate in the 2016 Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE). Accompanying her was Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu, Director of the Department of Economics, Tun-kung Cheng, and member of the Office of International and Cross Strait Affairs, Ching-yi Li. The travel itinerary began with a trip to the University of Melbourne, established in 1853, it is the first public university in Australia, consisting of a campus decorated in beautiful scenery along with an abundance of high-tech equipment and facilities. After the visit, the TKU representatives travelled to its two sister schools: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and the University of Queensland (QU). QUT and Tamkang University signed an agreement, officially becoming sister schools in Aug., 2011. Ever since, the two universities have mutually shared an active and prosperous relationship consisting of numerous academic exchanges. The TKU representatives were met by QUT President, Peter Coaldrake, as they partook in the enthusiastic discussion. The forum emphasized both national and international academic exchange programs, both parties gaining a much deeper understanding of each other’s educational policies. One of the main points of the discussion, was the “TKU-QUT Master’s Program of Finance (English Taught)” and the following steps needed to put the program in effect. The following day the President Chang and her team travelled to QU. TKU and QU have had a very extensive relationship that officially began in Dec. 2007. In Apr., 2015 the College of Business and Management signed an agreement, adding a dual major exchange program. During this visit, they discussed details of adding the participation of 7 departments in the near future. Not only did the President of QU give a warm welcome while expressing the significance of the two universities’ relationship, he mentioned details of creating more academic programs for the future.