The College of Liberal Arts held an international scholar’s speech at the Ching-Sheng International Conference Hall from 1 to 3 PM on March 18th, inviting the ViewSonic Chairman James Chu with the topics of "Working hard, Hardworking, and Using the Right Methods: Discuss the Importance of Creative Ideas.” Business performance has experienced great storms and he relied on creative ideas and reverse thinking to seize opportunities and turn crises into turning points. The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Chen-Jung Lin presided over: “ViewSonic and the university’s strategic alliance, how to face problems in the ever-changing era, and how to turn around when encountering difficulties, Chairman James Chu nay provide experiences for students to learn from.” James Chu said: “He wanted to be an extraordinary person but he became the most ordinary person before his college years. If he didn’t change his life, he would never have the chance anymore.” In his first job as a salesperson, by relying on the mentality of trying many ways, not afraid of failures, he sold computers and language teaching materials, which he obtained outstanding results. He formally entered the computer industry in 1984, founded ViewSonic in 1990, and hit a record high in profit in 2020. James Chu led the company's team to achieve achievements in monitors, projectors, and digital whiteboards. He has also encountered ups and downs, such as the crisis of the product line being out of stock, the failure of the diversification of hardware thinking products, the collapse of display panel prices, and the 2008 financial turmoil. He was able to resolve the crisis confidently. In response to the pandemic, ViewSonic developed the myViewBoard digital teaching software to upgrade remote teaching equipment. After the pandemic era, he also predicted that compound teaching will solve the evolutionary problem of global education.
After more than 8 months of renovation, Sung-Tao Hall 4 and Hall 5 officially opened for trial operation at 10 AM on March 10th. The original faculty and staff dormitories of Gang and Yi are now transformed into beautiful areas with stylish designs, comfortable, secured, and family-style student dormitories. A junior in the Department of Computer Science & Information Engineering, Chung-Ting Cheng, moved in on March 8th. She mentioned, "The new dormitory is beautiful, clean, and there is plenty of public spaces." President Dr. Huan-Chao Keh stated during the opening ceremony that the opening of Sung-Tao Hall 4 and 5 will provide students with a very good living and learning space. He emphasized: "Tamkang University has a small and beautiful campus, and there is no space to build a new building. The University had to put students as the first consideration by asking its staffs and faculties to move." President Keh especially thanked the Vice President of Administrative Affairs Shi-Feng Chuang for leading the General Affairs Office and the Student Affairs Office to plan and execute this project. Dr. Jui-Fa Chen, an associate professor of the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, built a face recognition system, and Dr. Jui-Mao Huang, an associate professor of the Department of Architecture, participated in the design and planning of the dormitory. The Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Shih-Jung Wu introduced: the refurbished Sung-Tao 4 and 5 pavilions adopt a family-style design concept. Each household has three suites, accommodates up to 10 people, has a dedicated living room, dining room, as well as refrigerators, microwave ovens, induction cookers, and other facilities. "We encourage students to walk out of their dormitory, eat, chat with roommates, and create a home-like living space." In addition, the multi-functional activity space on the first floor of Sung-Tao Hall 4 is equipped with a coffee bar, study and discussion area, teaching and social networking area, and modernized vending machines. On the first floor of Sung-Tao Hall 5, there is a self-serve laundry area, a dance hall, and a herb terrace.
The Tamkang University Scout Group held the "2021 Five Tiger Hill Scout Academic Forum" at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center on March 6th. It was hosted by the Taiwan Scout Educational Association, in collaboration with Rover Scout. A total of 82 people from the Senior Girl Scouts and Five Tiger Hill Scouts participated in the event. There were also scouts from various regions in North, Central, and South. This forum provides a platform for academic exchanges and invites scout professionals to publish research articles to enhance the academic atmosphere of domestic scouting. The papers on the forum discussed the process and efforts of how the Tamkang Scout Corps expanded from the Tamkang campus to the Tamsui area. It also published the policies and guidelines of the World Scout Headquarters, as well as the publication of the book, "A History of Scouting." Tamkang University alumni, Fu-Min Wang, who is also a member of the Scout troop, provided all books related to scouting he collected throughout his life to the Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library, including Chinese, English Japanese, and more than 900 related books in nearly ten countries. The Dean of the Library Sheue-Fang Song act as a representative to accept and present the certificate of appreciation to Mr. Wang and hoped that Tamkang University could become one of the domestic research libraries on scouting. Feng-Shing Jiang, the Chief of the Scout Group of Tamkang University mentioned, "Appreciation to Tamkang University for its support to the Scout Group, providing such a novel venue, and also inviting scout members from all over the country to gather together, making this feast remarkable and joyful. We look forward to the future of our scouts and hope for a more prosperous academic atmosphere."
The Human Resources Department recently announced the 2020 academic year full-time teacher research award list, including academic journal articles, academic books, academic journal papers, academic book citations, creative performances, and sports competitions. The total amount is NTD $8.28 million dollars. Among them, academic journal papers awarded a total of 187 papers to 102 teaching faculties, with a total amount of NTD $7,501,980. In comparison with last year's academic journal papers for a single year, 174 papers to 94 teaching faculties were awarded a total amount of NTD $6,226,620. Regarding this result, the Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Chii-Dong Ho mentioned that in addition to the teaching faculties actively conducting research, the university remains full supportive by providing relative strengths. The "R&D Summit" gave the full-time teaching faculties of the university the opportunity to share relevant research experiences and also proposed to optimize the research environment; recently, team integration has been conducted through the R&D platform, introducing faculties with special achievements in R&D, providing cross-domain cooperation, and leading honorary students in the Ministry of Science and Technology College Student Program, etc. Appreciation and acknowledgment send to the faculties for their research efforts, allowing Tamkang's academic energy to grow continuously."
Shao-Hsin Wang donated NTD $15 million dollars during the new year primarily to aid the financially disadvantaged students. "Shao-Hsin Wang donated money to current students mainly in the hope that Tamkang's younger generation will not have to work due to financial instability so they may concentrate on their academic career and gain more professional knowledge; the donations are also used to improve Tamkang's learning and research environment and provide students and faculties with more abundant resources." The Vice President for Administrative Affairs Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang mentioned the alumni from the department of mathematics, the chairman of SINBON Electronics, Shao-Hsin Wang, donated NTD $15 million dollars a few days ago with great intentions. "Therefore, we must make careful planning and make the most efficient use of the funds as the best response to our alumni Shao-Hsin Wang.” "This year, many alumni donated funds to the alma mater, including Hang-Chien Hsu, Shao-Hsin Wang, and Chin-Tsai Chen. Their support for the alma mater also encouraged many alumni to join the grand event and generously give back to the alma mater." Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang also hoped that " With more careful planning of relevant use of funds will lay a more solid foundation for the sustainable development of Tamkang."
Chin-Tsai Chen, Chairman of WIN Semiconductors Co., Ltd. and the President of the TKU Worldwide Alumni Association donated NTD $16 Million Dollars to sponsor the College of Artificial Innovative Intelligence. The donation ceremony was held at 9 AM on December 21st in the Chueh-Sheng International Conference Hall. The President of Tamkang University Dr. Huan-Chao Keh invited the Director of Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center Dr. Ben-Hang Chang to write the official script and the running script of "穩創新機誠更進，懋耕駿業信為財" with the meaning of “Steady innovation of opportunity through honesty and progression, hard-working and great business with the wealth of trust” couplet to Chin-Tsai Chen, cleverly embedding his name along with his company name and acknowledging him for his contributions to the alma mater. Four Vice-Presidents Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, Dr. Jyh-Horng Lin, and the university's first-level supervisors attended the meeting. President Keh mentioned: "I sincerely thank Chairman Chen for his generous donation and sponsorship of NTD $16 Million Dollars. The College of Artificial Innovative Intelligence was officially established on August 1st of this year as the ninth college of the university. On the day of the celebration ceremony, Tamkang and Microsoft signed the "AI Cloud Strategic Alliance Agreement" to enable 4 reality fields, and the software and hardware were quickly assembled and operated. The generous donations from our alumni have contributed to the sustainable development of the university."
At 10 AM on December 23rd, the university and Global Chinese International Co., Ltd. (1111 Human Resources Job Bank) held the "Cooperation Intention Signing Ceremony" at the Chueh-Sheng International Conference Hall. The President of Tamkang University Dr. Huan-Chao Keh and the 1111 Human Resources Job Bank President Wen-Xiong Lin signed a letter of intent together at this event. In his speech, President Keh emphasized that our university has been highly concerned about the issue of industry-academia cooperation for a long time. As we enter the fifth wave of transcendence, we will continue to promote and strengthen industry-academia cooperation, enhance industry-academia innovation and R&D capabilities, strengthen our university’s talent cultivation and industry connections, reducing the academic gap, and enhancing the employment competitiveness of students are the directions of active efforts for the period of "Transcending." "1111 Human Resources Job Bank is very influential in the society, especially the industry-academia cooperation platform and university network launched on November 11th, which not only matched industry and academia but also closely related to university admissions and industry understanding faculty’s expertise. The contract signing is only the beginning as we hope that we may cooperate closely in the future to create a win-win situation." Wen-Xiong Lin explained that this is the first time he attended a signing event. "In addition to his connection with Tamsui, he was also touched by President Keh's efforts to run the university." He recalled that the 1111 Human Resources Job Bank was established to help the social issue of students “unemployed after graduation.” Now that the company combines university resources to promote industry-academia cooperation, it cultivates future talents by enriching students' practical experience, and it helps companies by offering the selection of outstanding talents first.
Tamkang University signed a cooperation agreement with O-Bank and issued the "Tamkang University Affinity Card" at 2 PM on December 25th, at the Ching-Sheng International Conference Hall, Tamkang President Dr. Huan-Chao Keh and O-Bank President Elton F. Y. Lee carried out the signing ceremony. In the future, there will be 0.2% cashback to the university and 0.8% to the cardholder for each transaction amount of the affinity card. President Keh explained that there are cash rewards for every purchase and cardholders may also donate to the alma mater which creates a win-win situation. Elton F. Y. Lee mentioned that he is honored to cooperate with Tamkang, Tamkang alumni are spread all over the world, and the university has a great reputation, the signing of this agreement with the university will be issued immediately. He also stated that the affinity card is a debit card, individuals may swipe the QR Code and use the ID card along with the health insurance card to apply, as cardholders make purchases, the O-Bank will also reward and donate to the rural organizations for charity.
The project professor of the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Dr. Sue-Huai Gau led his team to participate in the "2020 Green Circular Innovation Technology Research Competition," and defeated more than 30 teams to win the championship with the "R&D of high-value ceramic filter membrane made from waste incineration ashes." Dr. Sue-Huai Gau mentioned that the issue of waste incineration flying ashes has been under discussion for more than 20 years. The project has been approved by the Ministry of Education to subsidize the university's industry innovation plan for the three-years research and development period. Under expectations, we won the championship and it helped us developed more confidence in resource utilization. For more than 30 years, incineration gradually became the mainstream of urban garbage disposal worldwide, but ashes caused by incineration became much more difficult to deal with. Thus, Dr. Gau devoted himself to the research and development of flying ash treatment and utilization, and successively obtained several domestic and foreign invention patents. In recent years, he obtained two gold medals and two silver medals at the Taipei and Tokyo International Invention Exhibition. Dr. Sue-Huai Gau explained that the ceramic filter membrane is further improved based on the previously developed humidity control ceramic technology. It can be used for civil sewage and industrial wastewater treatment and the wastewater during the process may be converted into hypochlorous acid water which may be used for environmental disinfection. If the product may not perform the filtering function, it may also recycle the raw materials used to make new products, thereby achieving the circular economy goal of "Zero pollution, Zero waste, and Zero emission." This product uses incineration flying ashes as the main raw material and the production cost is lower than that of commercially available products, which is a favorable condition for marketing. Dr. Sue-Huai Gau is confident to promote this product as it will eventually become the mainstream of the future market. The award-winning team composes both master and doctoral students from the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Sue-Huai Gau mentioned that their ability to defeat other institutions to win the championship affirms the research and development capabilities of the university's faculties and students and this also encourages students to have more confidence. Under the guidance of experienced faculties, as long as one works hard, one may obtain great results. He mentioned that in addition to continuous technical improvements, the team also hopes to obtain preferences in price and market. In the future, it plans to commercialize ceramic filter membranes and will continue to use humidity control ceramics and other multiple incineration flying ash resource products for research and development, contributing to the environmental recycling economy goals.
The Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs hosted the "Overseas Students Orientation and Thanksgiving Banquet" at the Chang Yeo Lan International Conference Hall of the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center at 6 PM on December 11th, the Vice President for International Affairs Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, the Chairman of the Tamkang University Global Alumni Association Dr. Jian-Xiang Lin, the Chairman of Tamkang University Golden Eagle Elite Club Cheng-Rong Jiang, the alumni of the Department of Mathematics and the president of SINBON Electronics Shao-Xin Wang, the Executive Director of Alumni Services and Resources Development Dr. Chun-Young Perng, and nearly 200 faculties and students participated in the event. The Dean of International Affairs Dr. Lucia Hsiao-Chuan Chen began by acknowledging all overseas student's efforts for their presence at Tamkang during the epidemic, and then thanked all the donors for their support, "With love from Tamkang, learning is not hindered." Tamkang is trying its best to let overseas students feel the warmth given by the people in Tamkang during the quarantine process. Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang mentioned that all students have different quarantine periods during the epidemic, so the orientation may not be hosted as scheduled. However, Tamkang welcomes and appreciates all students for their arrival, and hopes for success in their academic career. Dr. Jian-Xiang Lin, Cheng-Rong Jiang, and Shao-Xin Wang pointed out that they are grateful for Tamkang for providing them and all students a wealth of resources by presenting a broader vision through the concepts of "Globalization," "Information-Oriented Education," and "Future-Oriented Education," this also impacted students to have a grateful heart. "Through the inspiration set off from the simplicity, truthfulness, firmness, and perseverance, it transcended national boundaries, and we also hope to pass on this motivation to the younger generation and help Tamkang to continue its sustainability through love." The university badge representing the spirit of Tamkang will be passed on to the student representatives, hoping to continue the heritage of the "Love from Tamkang."
Tamkang’s College of Artificial Innovative Intelligence along with WIN Semiconductors Corporation, SINBON Electronics, Skwentex International Corporation, Namchow Group/Namchow Investment Holdings, Shin Zu Shing Group/ Shin Zu Shing, ViewSonic International, Union Bank of Taiwan, MAA Group Consulting Engineering, Asiatic Fiber Corporation, MiTAC Information Technology Corporation, and Studio A, a total of 11 companies, hosted the "Tamkang University and Leading Enterprises Strategic Alliance Signing Ceremony" at 10 AM on December 21st at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center WIN Semiconductor Meeting Room. The President of Tamkang University Dr. Huan-Chao Keh signed contracts with 11 leading companies, and over 100 first and second-level teaching and administrative supervisors, faculties, students, and industrial representatives witnessed the ceremony and collaborated with companies to cultivate digital talents within the AI era. President Keh acknowledged the companies for their vigorous support so that the software and hardware facilities within the College of Artificial Innovative Intelligence may be initiated promptly. The cooperation with the 11 companies is of great significance as Tamkang will initiate more in-depth cooperation in consulting, industry-academia cooperation, and talent cultivation. As Tamkang is entering the fifth wave of transcendence, the university continues to integrate the resources of both parties and strengthening industry-academia cooperation to create win-win and complementary results.
To implement the University Social Responsibility (USR), the university introduces the three-oriented education of "Globalization, information-oriented education, and future-oriented education" with the mid-range development vision of "Creating a great Tamsui and a Smarter Future." Faculties of each college guide students to use their professionalism to assist and participate in the region. Rather than just discovering problems, solutions were also formulated by the combination of local consensus and strength and jointly drive regional development to recreate local value. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the university’s founding, the USR Achievement Exhibition of "The Diary of Tamkang Creation" was held from November 2nd till the 7th, presenting the achievements of Tamkang faculties and students with 7 projects that are related to the 17 indicators of the SDGs United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It displays the co-prosperity and sustainable future of the university and the local area through the process of "Curriculum Innovation" and "Talent Cultivation." To encourage students to know more about the university, starting from the 2020 academic year, the "University Study" course will be included in the "Getting to Know Tamsui" unit, using the "Searching for Love" exploration package developed by our university to solve puzzles in reality by visiting the streets and alleys of Tamsui so students may transform from "People from Tamkang " to "People from Tamsui" and learn more about the local life and cultures of Tamsui.
With the popularization of financial technology innovation and mobile technology, traditional payment methods have gradually shifted to digital payments using smartphones. This trend has also entered domestic colleges and universities, and mobile payments have been introduced to campuses one after another. The Vice President for Administrative Affairs Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang explained that Tamkang has been launching electronic transactions for many years and is the first to launch the service of the Ministry of the Interior Certification Authority (MOICA) to apply and purchase transcripts. Applicants only need to use MOICA and apply for the transcript through the ibon kiosks at 7-11 convenient stores. After confirming identity, amount of items, delivery location, and making the payment, individuals may receive the transcript within 2 to 5 working days. Since the 2019 academic year, Tamkang cooperated with the EasyCard Company and Hua Nan Bank Tamsui Branch to promote small amount payment mechanism, and swimming pool admission fees may be paid through the EasyCard; Tamkang is responding to the Ministry of Education’s “Colleges and Universities Mobile Payment Promotion Plan,” by continuing to integrate the existing payment methods, building the “Tamkang University Smart Payment Platform” (TKU Smart Pay), and cooperating with LINE Pay, Taiwan Pay, Easy Pay, and Jkos Mobile Payment to satisfy the needs of diversified payment methods for faculties and students, to achieve a smart and cashless campus. Tamkang’s smart payment platform is characterized by its information system and payment platform developed by the university, which can easily be incorporated into the university’s various locations. After discussing cooperation with the payment industry, the two parties communicate in the form of Web Services and interface information via Web API. In addition to reducing the duplication of data creation, Tamkang can also control the provision of data; when the user pays by mobile payment, the payment provider will only receive the payment slip number and fee, and will not know the user’s background information so all user’s personal information and privacies are well secured.
How teachers resolve issues encountered during teaching and further improves the effectiveness of students’ learning is the focus of the teaching practice research program. The Center for Teacher Professional Development of the Office of Academic Affairs held the "Tamkang University Teaching Practice Research Program 2019 Annual Project Outcomes Presentation Seminar" on November 16th. "Painting Results Presentation and Exchange Meeting", Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, the Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Chun-Hung Lin, the Chief Information Officer Dr. Chin-Hwa Kuo, and nearly hundreds of teachers attended the event. A total of 23 project hosts from the 2019 Teaching Practice Research Project were invited at the meeting, divided into "Engineering," "Business Management/USR/Technology," "General Studies (including Physical Education)," "Humanities/Engineering," "Education," "People's Livelihood/Society," six sessions to publish the results of the project, the seminar on the tips of how to proceed with the application for the project, posters of the results will be displayed on site for reference, and will be exhibited on the second floor of the library from November 17th till 22nd. At the seminar, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho stated that Tamkang is a research-oriented teaching university, actively encouraged and assisted by the Center for Teacher Professional Development of the Office of Academic Affairs, and with the attention and efforts of many teaching faculties, 36 projects were passed in the year of 2020. "Obtaining the first place in the country is not our main goal, we hope to witness that all teachers may advance their teaching methods through teaching practice and improve teaching quality and learning effectiveness. As of today, we do not need to invite teachers from other universities or colleges to share their project results, this shows that Tamkang's promotion of teaching practice research has been exceptionally effective. We hope that everyone will continue this enthusiasm and work together along this path." The Dean of Academic Affairs mentioned that he would provide necessary assistance and support at any time and welcomes all to fully utilize this resource. The Chief Information Officer Dr. Chin-Hwa Kuo also explained that the function of the iClass teaching platform is actively strengthened to help teachers grasp the learning status and changes of students.
The opening ceremony of the "Great Distances of Unimpeded Navigation -Tamkang 70th Internationalization Achievement Exhibition" was held on November 2nd at 11 AM on the 2nd floor of Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center. The President Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, Chairperson Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, Vice President for Administrative Affairs Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, the first and second level supervisors, faculties, students, nearly hundreds of people participated. The content presents the history and achievements of Tamkang University starting from 6 international partnered universities and institutions in 1950 to the 232 universities throughout 38 countries and across 5 continents around the world now, as well as 38 dual degrees being offered. Simultaneously broadcast blessing videos from 17 international partnered universities and institutions presidents and 15 international partnered universities students from locations throughout the world. The organizer, Vice President for International Affairs Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, explained that internationalization is one of the important concepts of Tamkang. The main theme of this event is "International Exchange," the content includes various waves of our university, international exchanges, and important international partnered universities and institutions of Tamkang, as well as the lectures and contents exchanges from the lecturers of the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair. Recognitions are noted to the hard work of the colleagues in the International and Cross-Strait Exchange Team; Chairperson Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang shared the process of communicating with partnered universities based on her own experiences. "We pay close attention to actual exchanges with partnered universities instead of the numbers." She also expected the International Office to pay close attention to the impact of the post-epidemic era on the future economy and technology, and at the same time have new changes and ideas about the direction of future international exchanges; President Keh mentioned that "Although no substantial international exchanges can be carried out this year, through this International Achievement Exhibition, Tamkang’s long-term promotion of international exchanges accumulated many great achievements." The Chief Audit Executive Dr. Der-Wen Chang stated, "Through this exhibition, we understand that the university has accumulated productive results in international exchanges and these are the results of the hard works of the predecessors. Under the United Nations sustainable development goal of "Achieving Goals and Partnerships," one of the key points of our Tamkang’s continuous promotion is to be ranked third in the world in terms of university influence. Our partnered university, the University of Western Sydney, Australia, can be our study object." Qi-Zhi Cheng, an alumnus of the Department of Transportation Management from Malaysia, believes, "Through this exhibition, I have a better understanding of how Malaysia and Tamkang established partnered relations and the status of the academic exchanges with Malaysia.”
The National Intercollegiate Athletic Games ended on November 4th, and Tamkang achieved rewarding results, winning 10 golds, 4 silvers, 8 bronzes, and was ranked first among private universities in non-physical education. The Dean of Physical Education Dr. I-Cheng Chen stated "Affected by the epidemic this year, the competition in May was postponed to November. Due to budget, Tamkang adopted the "Gold Picking Plan" this time. The elite plan to reduce the list of players is also known to the coaching staff. Under the pressure, winning 10 gold medals. Thanks to all of the players and the coaching team for their hard works. We hope that the National Intercollegiate Athletic Games next May will be the same as Tamkang’s anniversary celebration slogan, transcending from the heart!” One of the most exciting news was the track and field contestant Jia-Ni Shen, who won 1 gold and 1 bronze, obtaining the championship of "Female Open 800m Track and Field" and the third place in "Female Open 400m Track and Field." Dominating the record of first place within the 800m competition. The Fencing team won 3 golds, 2 silvers, and 3 bronzes. The Soft Tennis team obtained 2 golds, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. The Tennis team obtained 2 golds this time. The Karate team won 1 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronzes. The Taekwondo team obtained 1 gold and 1 bronze. During the competition, Tamkang’s "Male Fencing Team Championship" and "Male Soft Tennis Team Championship" both won first place. The Chief of the Physical Education Instruction and Activities Section Dr. Ku-Chen Huang mentioned, "Thank you to all of the coaches and instructors for their hard work over the past few days. Even under the hot weather in southern Taiwan, they still led the students to shine on the sports field. The results surpassed the 2019 academic year’s record!" After the tournament, the teammate of the Soft Tennis team mentioned, "Thanks to the team leader for cheering for the players during the championship game, as well as the extra budget for food provided by the Dean of Physical Education along with the remote support, we fully felt the support of the Dean as if he was here with us!" The results of the National Intercollegiate Athletic Games were brilliant, revealing the daily training efforts of the players and coaches, and the strength of Tamkang University’s sports teams. "Tamkang 70, Transcending from the heart" appreciates the players for winning glory for the university, hoping Tamkang University may be able to create a new success and great achievement next year!"
Congratulations on the 70th anniversary of Tamkang University! The Office of Academic Affairs held a celebration ceremony on the 7th floor of Shao-Mo Memorial Stadium at 10 am on November 7th. The 34th Tamkang Elite Golden Eagle Award and the Donation Appreciation Award will be presented. The President Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, Chairperson Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, and Tamkang’s alumni, the Ministry of Education Executive Deputy Chief Ten-Jiao Lin participated and delivered a speech, inviting attending alumni, distinguished guests, first- and second-level supervisors and faculty members to celebrate the 70th birthday of the university. The Golden Eagle Award was awarded at the celebration to commend the 6 outstanding alumni: the Dean from the Office of Research and Development, alumni of the Department of Chemistry Bo-Chang Wang; the Chairperson of the Powerlogic., Ltd., alumni of the Department of Civil Engineering Wen-Fang Hsu; the President of Lucky Group, alumni of the Department of Business Management Zhao-Xiong Yeh; the Chairperson of QST International Corporation, alumni of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Wu Rong-Bin Wu; the President of the National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, alumni of the Department of Information Engineering Nan-Zhen Xie; and the Chairperson of Skwentex International Corporation, alumni of the Department of Chemical Materials Yang-Yuan Chen. Next, donation appreciation awards were given to donators such as WIN Semiconductor Corporation, Grand Dynasty Industrial Co., Ltd., Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd., Skwentex International Corporation, and Boltun Corporation, showing appreciation of all donations and support. Finally, President Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, Chairperson Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, and the World Alumni Association President Jin-Cai Chen cut the birthday cake together, and a "Baby Egg Roll" sung the birthday song and the Tamkang University Anthem with everyone in the university. The Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, the Vice President for Administrative Affairs Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, the Vice President for International Affairs Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, former President Dr. Rong-Yao Zhao, Dr. Yun-Shan Lin, Board of Trustees Charles C. Lin, Wan-Chin Tai, and Honorary President of the Alumni Association Headquarter of the Republic of China Jin-Cai Chen all attended. Alumni Activities Starts Noon at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the university, the Departments and Alumni Union Clubs hosted outstanding department awards in the Chang Yeo Lan International Conference Hall on the 3rd floor of the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center at noon. A total of 50 alumni received awards; then the World Alumni Association, Elite Club, and the Alumni Association Headquarter of the Republic of China hosted alumni dinner parties on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center. The Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development held the alumni and corporate donation ceremony on the 2nd floor of Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center at 3:30 PM. The Alumni Association invited alumni, companies, and faculty members to host a Thanksgiving dinner at the Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Tamkang at 6 PM later that evening. Tamkang Anniversary Celebration hosts "Beauty of Orchids" Orchid Exhibition "Lady of the Night" Wins the Oiran To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Tamkang, the Office of General Affairs held an orchid exhibition from November 5th to November 7th from 9 AM to 5 PM. The theme of the exhibition is the "Beauty of Orchids," gathered from all over the country, a total of 307 orchids were exhibited. Chairperson Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang went to see it in person around 10 AM on November 6th and took photos with the award-winning orchids. The Dean of the Office of General Affairs Ruey-Shiang Shaw explained that every year the orchid exhibition presents a different appearance. This was the first time in the year that Tamkang co-organized with the Taiwan Orchid Breeders Association, thus providing many new varieties of orchids within the exhibition, some of which have not even been publicized. This orchid exhibition can be said to be "The First Issue Nationally." “Every orchid has a story of its own, we welcome everyone to join us for the exhibition.” One of the evaluation committee members, Shi-Zhang Sun, who has been committed to orchid cultivation for a long time, explained that this review is divided into four various categories: Phalaenopsis Orchid, Cattleya Labiata Orchid, Paphiopedilum Orchid, and other rare species. The awards and overall rankings of each group are selected in order. A total of 135 orchids gained recognition. The championship was won by the "Brassavola" cultivated by the "Charm Sun Phalaunopsis Garden" in Tainan. The white Brassavola from Central and South America has a small and lovely appearance, and its colors are usually white and green. It is also called "Lady of the Night" because it emits fragrance at night. The award-winning orchids are planted in full pots, and nearly a hundred flowers bloom, just like the starry night. The "New Floral Breeding Award" is a new addition to encourage floral farmers to research and develop new varieties. Thus, there were many orchids bred from different species such as the Mormodes, Cycnoches, and the Catasetum orchid which gave amazing floral shapes and color. Within the exhibition, orchid growers have successfully cultivated the unique and famous orchids of "Paph. Armeniacum" and "Paph. Micranthum" originated from China, one of which is bright and dazzling in yellow, and the other is alluring and bright in red. There were also orchid varieties from the desert and the polar regions, which were also mesmerizing. Orchid lovers are highly recommended to visit the exhibition. Anniversary Celebration "Tamkang Light Projection Show" Invites You to Experience a Visual Feast The Office of Secretariat presents the Tamkang Light Projection Show at 6 PM on November 6th, hosted by Secretary-General Dr. Andy Ay-Hwa Liou. The four bamboo slips presented a distinctive style featured with sound and light effects, which resulted in bursts of exclamations and applauses on the scene. Participants received a small shimmering badge as souvenirs. The President Dr. Huan-Chao Keh will host the event today, November 7th at 6 PM. If you haven't seen it yet, don't miss it!
Time: June 13th, 2020 (Saturday) 10 AM. Location: According to the policies of the National Health Command Center, everyone attending the ceremony must maintain a 1.5-meter indoor social distancing or wear face masks at all times. Tamkang University Tamsui Campus will carry out the 2020 Commencement at Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium (7th Floor) and broadcast the ceremony via live video. Participants: 1. President, Chairperson (Board of Trustees), and all related first and second level supervisors. 2. Certified and awarded representatives of graduates. 3. Graduate representatives from each college/department. 4. One-tenth of the maximum capacity of each ceremonial location is open to the graduates’ relatives and friends. Each graduate is limited to bringing one relative or friend, and the relatives and friends of the certified or award-winning graduates will have prioritized admittance. Explanation: 1. All entrants must present certified documents or identifications and conduct body temperature screening along with hand sanitization before entering. Face mask must be worn at all times with the following EXCEPTIONS: 1. On-stage teachers, commanders, and emcee, able to maintain a 1.5-meter safe social distancing. 2. Award-winning and certified graduates, and graduate representatives while addressing a speech 3. Graduates taking pictures with relatives or friends. 2. The list of graduates and graduates’ relatives and friends attending the ceremony will be conducted by each college. Please provide the roster of all attendants to the Office of Student Affairs before June 3rd for verification purposes. On the day of the ceremony, all colleges/institutes throughout campus must verify all entrants according to the roster provided, and the Office of Student Affairs will lead and seat entrants accordingly. No further inspections will be performed at the entrance of the ceremonial venue. 3. Graduates and relatives/friends of graduates who are unable to enter the ceremonial venues may walk to the resting area in front of the Communication Hall or the Student Activity Center to watch the live broadcast of the ceremony. 4. To avoid overcrowding at ceremonial campuses, entry access control will be strictly implemented on Commencement day. All visitors will not be allowed on campus (graduates’ relatives and friends exempted). All departments and colleges are advised to instruct all non-graduates to not come to school.
1. According to the instructions in confirmation No. 1090062542 of the Ministry of Education for the regulations of teachings swimming lessons are as followed. 2. With the relevant guidelines and principles of the National Health Command Center, Shao-Mo Memorial Natatorium Complex will open deliberately through phases. Courses conducted in the swimming pool will resume on May 25th, 2020; the fitness area will remain closed temporarily. 3. According to the written regulations of the epidemic prevention policies, in addition to the reinforcement of the monitoring of swimming pool water quality and environmental disinfection, measures such as flow control monitoring, body temperature monitoring, maintaining safe social distancing, and accentuating the concept of epidemic preventions are still required. 4. All faculties and staff members are obligated to assist with the body temperature monitoring, promoting the concept of epidemic preventions, controlling and monitoring of people entering the pool, and maintaining safe social distancing. 5. The follow-up control measures will be adjusted according to the status of the epidemic and the guidelines and specifications of the National Health Command Center.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Tamkang University and various celebrations will be held throughout the campus. The Office of the Secretariat released the 70th Anniversary Logo on April 10th, with two backgrounds; black and white, and placed them on the "Campus Material Library" under the category of the 70th Anniversary LOGO project so all units in school-related activities or publicity products may access them when needed. This LOGO was designed by professionals that based its theme on “Transcendence,” the handwriting of Dr. Ben-hang Zhang, the Director of Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center. The simple and modern designed number "70" was integrated and 1950 represents the University’s founding year. Through the color combination of gold and red, the 70th anniversary of Tamkang University was brought out to represent a new image of the dedication to transcend the past from our hearts and create a bright and innovative future. The Secretary-General Dr. Ay-Hwa Andy Liou explained that they were able to invite professional teachers and staff members from the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Office of Student Affairs, Department of Mass Communication, Department of Information and Communication, Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section and the Digital Design Section to participate in the discussion and brainstorming of the LOGO design. "The heart behind the calligraphy represents a dynamic and the feeling to jump and excel which symbolizes the meaning of transcendence." The Secretary-General welcomes all the units of the school to download and utilize the logo actively on seminar related documents, publications, T-shirts, envelopes, mugs, souvenirs, and other commemorative items related to the 70th anniversary. The 70th Anniversary will be celebrated extensively throughout the campus. All divisions are actively planning and organizing many large-scale activities. In addition to the Traditional Orchid Exhibition and Alumni Activities, the Tamkang Light Sculpture Show, the alliance of Tamkang University and the Microsoft Strategic Team’s Opening Ceremony of the Center of AI Experiences, USR + CSR: Opening Ceremony of Environmental Education and River Valleys Curriculum, History of Tamkang University and Dr. Clement C.P. Chang Memorial Hall Opening Ceremony, Tamkang PAPAGO Campus Reality Puzzle, Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Fund Achievement Exhibition, Tamkang Vision Wall Opening Ceremony will also be arranged.
The Tamkang University Office of Quality Assurance and Audit announced on April 15th that The 8th Department Development Award includes the list of the following nominated departments/institutes: The Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Japanese, Graduate Institute of China Studies (Master’s Program), Department of Aerospace Engineering, Department of Banking and Financing, Department of Educational Technology, Department of Accounting, and Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has won awards for seven consecutive years, and the Department of Computer Sciences and Information Engineering with the Department of Statistics both won 5 times, will not participate in the evaluation this year. The audit will be held on May 15th at 1 PM in Chueh-Sheng International Conference Hall, and achievement/development presentations and briefings will be conducted by nominated departments and institutes. The Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering Dr. Cheng-Hisn Chang was grateful that they were nominated again this year. Having many award-winning experiences, the content of the briefing will be presented in accordance with the school ’s five major performance indicators, hoping to win the award again this time. The Chairman of the Department of Japanese Dr. Chiou-Guey Tzeng was quite surprised to be nominated. She will collaborate with all of the teachers and students to prepare for the briefing hoping to have an outstanding performance. The Director of the Graduate Institute of China Studies (Master’s Program) Dr. Chi-Keung Li was very pleased with the achievements of the department in the past year and the joint efforts of all teachers and students. The presentation will highlight practical teaching courses and demonstrate the roles of teachers and students in cross-strait affairs. The Department of Aerospace Engineering won the Development Award last year and was nominated again this year. Chairman Dr. Pu-Woei Chen thanked the University for providing all of the department teachers and students with such honor. They will well-prepare themselves for all of the necessary resources to face the upcoming challenges and hoping to create a diversified developmental department in the future. The Chairman of the Department of Banking and Financing Dr. Yu-Hung Chen was delighted to be audited again and she thanked all of the teachers and students in the department for their efforts. The Chairman is actively planning out for the contents of the briefing and trying to highlight the characteristics of the department, hoping to gain recognition. The Chairman of the Department of Educational Technology Dr. Shih-Chung Lee mentioned that this is their second nomination. In addition to the presentation of the five major performance indicators in the department, they will also feature their graduation topics and enterprise internships to emphasize the connections between students and enterprises. The Department of Accounting was awarded the Development Award last year. The Chairman of the department Dr. Fan-Han Kung was surprised and happy, however, the pressure and responsibility arose right after. They will be well prepared for this upcoming presentation. Since the strength of the Department of Accounting has always been fundraising, they plan to share the methods of fundraising and the "RSM Taiwan Industry-Academia Collaboration Program" in the briefing to help students get employed immediately upon graduation. The Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies received the Development Award last year, the Director Dr. Ming-Hsien Wong was very pleased to hear the news of the getting nominated again. He mentioned that our institute is the only institute in the country that focuses on international affairs and strategic studies. Our institute plays an important role in the development of national security and will continue to improve our teaching, researching, and conducting employment counseling collaborations with relevant units domestically.
The results gained by Tamkang University under its University Social Responsibility (USR) program were recently affirmed, as its applications for three separate USR projects were approved, amounting to a total USR subsidy in the 2020-21 academic year of NT $13.1 million. That figure is more than double the subsidy received for the two approved projects in the previous academic year. The Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, pointed to the close relationship between Tamkang University and the broader Tamsui district. He also noted that TKU boasts a wealth of talented and professional graduates capable of carrying out research on the culture of the Tamsui region, while also pushing for the sustainable development of Tamsui. “Through professional service learning courses, TKU has strengthened its bond with its surrounding area. Moreover, its dual emphasis on the Higher Education Sprout Project and the TKU Development Project has helped to lay a solid foundation for future growth.”
From Jan 14-18, Tamkang University was home to The East and West Culture Forum for Cross-Strait Youths, an event organized by the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs (OICSA). The OICSA invited students from TKU's sister universities in Mainland China to take part in exchange and interaction with local TKU students, with an overall attendance of close 50 teachers and students. The Forum featured an opening speech on Jan 15 by the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, who welcomed the visitors, stating that “the event is now in its tenth year, and has been extremely helpful in promoting cross-Strait communication and exchange.” He also expressed his hope that the event would continue to be held well into the future, allowing students from both sides of the Taiwan Strait to closely examine and understand differences in Eastern and Western culture. The event featured presentations of short papers centering on the themes of “Eastern and Western literature,” “Eastern and Western ideological trends,” “social development,” and “trade and culture.” A total of 18 papers were presented. Participating universities included Shandong University, Renmin University of China, Beihang University, Jilin University, Northeast Normal University, Nanjing University, Harbin Institute of Technology, and Chongqing University.
The 2020 Tamkang University Lunar New Year Gala for Foreign Students was held on Jan 9 at the Regalees Hotel, Tamsui. Organized by the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, the Gala event saw the presence of the University President, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, the Vice President for Lanyang Campus, Dr. Jyh-Horng Lin, the General Secretary of Tamkang University, Dr. Andy Liou, and a slew of first-level TKU managers. In attendance, too, was Ministry of Education Counselor, Mr. Ouyang Yen-heng, Senior Executive Officer of the Overseas Community Affairs Council, Ms. Kuo Shu-jen, and Section Chief of the Straits Exchange Foundation, Mr. Hsu Li-jen.
Dr. Gau Sue-huai, a professor in the TKU Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, has worked at Tamkang University for over three decades, guiding over 100 master's and PhD students to gain postgraduate degrees. He possesses eight patents, both domestic and international. Two of these patents were granted for a technology that utilizes fly ash – created when incinerating garbage – to produce valuable humidity-controlling ceramics. The technology earned Gau a silver medal in an invention contest held during the 2017 Taipei International Invention Show and Technomart, as well as a gold medal prize in the 33rd Tokyo International Invention Expo (2019), and a gold medal in the 20th IIIC International Innovative Invention Contest (2019). Over the years, Gau has always found great joy in the dual pursuit of research and teaching. “My current lifestyle involves a lot of travel and sightseeing. I'm able to take in and appreciate the local sights and sounds while participating in symposiums in countries around the world.” He added: “While I'm still able, I hope to contribute as much as possible, to take part in expos and do what I can for the community. Only by doing so can you say you've lived a life of meaning.”
In his first time participating in the Taihe Cup Martial Arts Championships, fourth year German Studies student, Chiu Zi-hao, competed in two events and clinched bronze medals in both. Chiu practices a Chinese martial art known as Bajiquan. Laughing, he explained that this kind of macho combat sport, where you stand in a ring and swing at your opponent, is not for everyone. “It takes a lot of learning and practice! These days, whether it’s the Bajiquan Club, the Capoeira Club, or any other form of martial art, the main focus is on promoting exercise and sport. Before you can learn to defend yourself and perfect your technique, you have to undergo rigorous physical training.”
Dr. Li Chi-wang is a professor in the TKU Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. In college, he studied water resources and hydrology, but later came to focus on technology related to wastewater treatment and water quality. Professor Li remembers: “Of course, there were many setbacks as I changed the focus of my research, and many obstacles to face and overcome. It wasn't an area in which I was proficient, so I had to spend more time learning and be more studious than my classmates.” To date, Professor Lee has gained five patents. His research in recent years has seen him apply BioNET technology to remove water hardness from tap water and heavy metals from industrial wastewater. Lee believes that, once an individual has made a decision and is willing to research and delve deeply into a topic, there is nothing that cannot be achieved. He believes that research is similar to life. “We must seize our opportunities. Only after taking a leap of faith can we know the right path forward. It's like doing scientific research. Only through testing and verification can we obtain the results.”
The presentation ceremony for the 35th Madam Kao Li-chou Scholarship took place Dec 29 at the Tamkang University Taipei Campus. During the ceremony, the Chairwoman of the San Teh Foundation, Ms. Serena Kao, presented a total of three scholarships, valued at NT $50,000 each, to three students. The recipients are students from the TKU Department of Information and Library Science, Department of Public Administration, and Department of Educational Technology respectively. Various senior-level TKU faculty and staff participated in the event, including the Dean of the College of Business and Management, Dr. Tzong-Ru Tsai, the Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources, Dr. Yang Shu-Chuen, the Chair of the Department of Information and Library Science, Dr. James C. Ouyang, the Chair of the Department of Banking and Finance, Dr. Chenyu-Lung, and the Chair of the Department of Public Administration, Dr. Yi-ching Hsiao. To date, the Madam Kao Li-Chou and San Teh scholarships have given away a combined NT $18.6 million, helping a total of 372 students.
From Dec 24-27, the 2019-20 Republic of China Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament was held at the Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium on TKU's Tamsui Campus. Capitalizing on their home advantage, the TKU team played four teams in four days – Chihlee University of Technology, National Dong Hwa University, Ming Chi University of Technology, and Cardinal Tien College of Healthcare and Management – and won all of their games convincingly. In their final game, against Cardinal Tien College, they trounced the opposition by a staggering 102 to 29. The four successive victories saw them sail into the next round, coming in at the top of their group in the preliminary round. The captain of the team, fourth year student Lin Ju-heng, explained with a broad grin: “Our coach said that sometimes, when our offense isn't all that smooth, we have to start from defense so that we don't make as many errors. As we're on the court passing the ball to one another, everyone on our team helps with offense, and we all defend together as well. Coming together as a team allows us to earn victory. I want to thank all our team members for giving their all until the final buzzer.”
Tamkang University received a delegation from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) on Dec 26. The delegation visited the TKU Tamsui Campus and consisted of three members, including the President of TUFS, Ms. Hayashi Kayoko, and the Vice President for Education, Mr. Akio IMAI. The group was greeted by the Dean of the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs (OICSA), Dr. Lucia Chen, as well as several staff members from the OICSA. During the visit the guests attended a forum hosted by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, which allowed for a flow of ideas and opinions on exchange and collaboration between the two universities. President Keh first thanked the delegates for their warm reception and hospitality during the TKU visit to TUFS in July of this year. “After becoming sister universities in 2012,” President Keh commented, “The two universities have maintained close interaction in terms of both faculty and student exchange. We hope to further strengthen the scope of exchange and collaboration.” Meanwhile, President Kayoko of TUFS noted that this was her third visit to Tamkang University, remarking: “Every time I visit I notice new changes to the campus. This is certainly something we could learn from and improve on at our university.”