The 1st Northern Taiwan History Department Symposium was held May 11, 2019, at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. The event was held jointly by the history departments of four universities in northern Taiwan, members of the Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan (ELECT): Tamkang University, Soochow University, the Chinese Culture University, and Fu Jen Catholic University. It was organized by students from the Department of History, TKU College of Liberal Arts, who incorporated the features of each history department to create a forum for exchange and interaction. In the age of global competition, it is only through this kind of mutual cooperation and integration of resources that the Taiwanese education sector can offer students new perspectives, provide them with a broader space for learning, and enhance their future competitiveness. During the event’s Opening Ceremony, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Chen-Jung Lin, delivered an opening address in which she thanked the faculty, students, and supervisors from the four cooperating universities for their participation. She noted that the Symposium was entirely the idea of the students, and explained that “pro-active learning” has already emerged as a major development trend for higher education. “Quite clearly,” she added, “the students have already taken the first step on the path to pro-active learning.”
The 10th lecture of the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series was given by Dr. Daniel Drache, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at York University, Canada, and Associate Director of the Robarts Center for Canadian Studies. Dr. Drache’s fields of interest include issues related to globalization and policy considerations in various fields due to the impact of globalization. He has been commissioned multiple times to partake in research for various Canadian government institutions, and has visited numerous universities around the world to provide lectures and conduct research. Dr. Drache's lecture was held at 10:00 am on May 7, 2019 at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall. It centered on the following topic: Happy 5th Birthday Belt and Road: Has Beijing Much to Celebrate? Successes and Failures. During Dr. Drache’s visit to Tamkang University, he was also taken on a tour of the TKU Graduate Institute of China Studies and delivered a lecture to the faculty and students from the Department of English. TKU also arranged for him to tour famous sites in both Taipei City and New Taipei City, and anticipates even closer collaboration with Dr. Drache in the future.
On May 5, 2019, the Tamkang University “End Station” Lab held the Opening Ceremony for the Taiwan Photon Source 45A Beamline. The Ceremony was held at the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan. The product will soon be open for public use, and through this opportunity it is hoped that the members of the Tamkang University Synchrotron Radiation Research Team will get the chance to research brand new, energy-based nanomaterials and cooperate with international teams in similar fields. The research and application of synchrotron light source has been a long-term focus for development for the TKU Department of Physics. The Synchrotron Radiation Research Team is comprised of several faculty members from the Department (Prof. Way-Faung Pong, Prof. Chao-Hung Du, Assoc Prof. Dong Chung-Li, and Assoc Prof. Cheng-Hao Chuang), who have been conducting in-depth research in this field for many years, and their research accomplishments have placed them in the spotlight both locally and on an international stage. These researchers also took part in the planning and construction of the facilities for the Taiwan Photon Source (TPS) large-scale instrument lab.
The 18th Department of Information and Communication Graduation Project Exhibition was held at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall, Tamsui Campus, from May 6-10, 2019. Titled ‘6D Platform,’ the exhibition will be relocated to the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park and open to the public from May 24-26. The opening ceremony of the 6D Platform campus exhibition will be held at midday on May 6, and will be attended by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Chen-Jung Lin, the Chair of the Department of Information and Communication, Dr. Chen Yi-Wen, the Chair of the Department of Chinese Literature, Dr. Chou Te Liang, and the Chair of the Department of Information and Library Science, Dr. James C. Ouyang. The theme of this year’s exhibition is 6D Platform. Here, the 6D represents the six step process required for “self-reformation,” while the Platform refers to the ‘train platform’ used to carry strangers from all walks of life. The students from the Department of Information and Communication set up the display in the hope that visitors could leave the display with a deeper connection to their better selves. In his opening address, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, noted that a “platform” is not only a place where farewells are uttered, but will hopefully serve as the spark the students need to set out on a new chapter of their lives.
For the 9th lecture of the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series, TKU invited Dr. Philip Li-Fan Liu, the Vice President (Research and Technology) of the National University of Singapore, an academician at the US National Academy of Engineering, and an academician at Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Dr. Liu is an internationally renowned scholar in the field of tsunami science and fluid mechanics (theory, calculation, and experimentation). He is also widely known in the fields of marine engineering and hydraulic engineering. Dr. Liu’s lecture was held at 2:00 pm on May 6, 2019, at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. The event commenced with a joint opening address by the Dean of the TKU College of Engineering, Dr. Tzung-Hang Lee, and the Chair of the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Po-ching Lee. This was followed by an introduction of Dr. Liu’s numerous accomplishments by Yun-Ta Wu, an assistant professor from the same department. The topic of Dr. Liu’s speech was the 2018 Sulawesi Earthquake and Palu Tsunami. Dr. Liu told attendees about the response mechanism in place when Indonesian tsunamis occur and the new generation of tsunami alert systems that was later developed. He also described his research at Sulawesi Island in 2018, when he led a team to survey the area and test the local bay landscapes. In addition to Dr. Liu’s lecture, a series of discussions were also arranged in which the visiting speaker addressed the possibility of future collaboration on Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) research projects, while also discussing possible directions for future research and cooperation with both Tamkang students and faculty.
To give foreign students a taste of the local Taiwanese culture and folk rituals, the International Office organizes a cultural trip once every semester. These trips offer students the chance to appreciate Taiwan’s natural beauty, sample local delicacies, and experience slow living in Taiwan. This year's Spring Cultural Trip for foreign students was held May 4, 2019, with participants led by the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang. A total of 88 students from 24 countries took part, including overseas Chinese students, Mainland Chinese students, exchange students, and foreign students. The site of this semester’s cultural trip was Wulai, a patch of water upstream from the Nanshi River. Participants were taken to the top of a mountain in Wulai, to the Atayalbalay Aboriginal Village, where they swapped their clothes for traditional aboriginal garb, and experienced living like the Atayal. In the afternoon the group visited the Atayal museum, where it learned about Atayal history and ancient relics, and even witnessed a live rendition of an Ayatal musical instrument, the jaw harp, performed by the tour guide.
This year the TKU Department of Business Administration commemorates 60 years since its establishment. On May 1, 2019, the Department's alumni association held a range of celebratory activities, including a festive gala dinner - replete with dazzling performances - as well as ‘the 14th Competitiveness and Operations Management Symposium.’ The Symposium was held at the Business and Management Building on the Tamsui Campus. By integrating both theoretical and practical elements, the organizers hoped to provide business owners and high-level managers with practical ways of enhancing their competitiveness, and to motivate faculty members to pursue related research in the future. The celebratory gala event was organized to follow the symposium, and was held at the Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei. The purpose of the celebration was to strengthen and solidify the close friendship enjoyed by Department alumni, and also to thank such alumni for their long-term and selfless contributions, support, and care for TKU and for their old Department. Dignitaries present at the gala included: the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, the former TKU President and current Chair of the Retired Tamkang Faculty Association, Dr. Lin Yun-shan, the Dean of the College of Business and Management, Dr. Tzong-Ru Tsai, the Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resource Development, Dr. Yang Shu-Chuen, the Executive Director of the Tamkang University EMBA Program, Dr. Lin Ku-jun, the Chair of the Department of Economics, Dr. Lin Yen-Ling, the President of the Federation of TKU Department Alumni Associations, Mr. Lawrence Lin, the President of the Tamkang University Golden Eagle Club, Mr. Sun Jui-lung, and the presidents of various department alumni associations, and the presidents of various department alumni associations, including the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, the Department of Japanese, French, German, the Department of Statistics, and the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering.
The closing ceremony of the 2019 National Intercollegiate Athletic Games was held May 1, with the TKU team collecting a total of six gold, two silver, and four bronze medals. The result placed it first among all private universities (excluding sport universities) in Taiwan. TKU registered for various event categories this year, including fencing, judo, karate, Taekwondo, track and field, tennis, badminton, soft tennis, table tennis, and swimming. And it received medals in seven of these ten categories, for fencing, judo, karate, Taekwondo, track and field, tennis, and badminton.
From April 28-30, the TKU Debate Society took part in the 9th World Mandarin Debate Championship held in Nanjing, Mainland China, where it claimed top spot in the group stage of the competition, and entered the final 16. On May 1st it proceeded into the quarter finals and clinched victory to set up a semi-final showdown set to take place at 2pm on May 2. On the path to the finals, the TKU Debate Team was pitted against teams from various universities around the world, including the Nanjing Audit University, England's Manchester University, and renowned Australian institution, Monash University.
UNESCO designated April 24 as World Reading Day, a day when countries around the world hold celebratory activities related to reading. Over the past 14 years, the TKU Chueh Sheng Memorial Library has been holding reading events to coincide with international World Reading Day and in recent years has branched out, working with TKU departments and student clubs to incorporate library resources into student learning and campus life. The opening ceremony for World Reading Day at the Chueh Sheng Memorial Library, Tamsui Campus, was held April 30, and was attended by the Tamkang University chairperson, president, vice president, several first-level managers, as well as faculty and students. At the opening ceremony, the Dean of the Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library, Song Sheue-fang, explained that, starting from 2015, TKU's World Reading Day activities have been based on the theme "Reading, Traveling, and a Love of Sharing", and each year it selects a different country around which the activities are centered. This year it chose France, a country which has spawned a prodigious number of Nobel literature winners.
The 10th Taipei City Alumni Association Gala was held on Mar 24, 2019. Celebrating the Association's 50th anniversary, the event comprised an evening banquet on a massive scale, featuring 60 large tables around which a wide variety of guests were seated. Such guests included the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, TKU Board of Trustees member, Dr. Wan-chin Tai, the Supervisor of the Board of Trustees, Mei-Lan Wang, the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, the Vice President for Lanyang Campus, Dr. Jyh-Horng Lin, the former President of TKU, Dr. Chen Ya-hong, and the former TKU President and current Chair of the Retired Tamkang Faculty Association, Dr. Lin Yun-shan. During the Gala, a commemorative video was shown that took guests on a nostalgic journey, and was accompanied by music and dance performances. This was followed by opening remarks by Chairperson Chang, who explained that the "Taipei City Alumni Association has a long and venerable history, and is a comprehensive organization bursting with talent." She also thanked the current and all previous presidents of the Association, noting that, without their collective efforts, today there wouldn't even be a 50th anniversary to celebrate.
The eighth lecture in the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series saw Dr. Janusz Kacprzyk deliver a speech to a packed auditorium. Dr. Kacprzyk is an academician at Academia Europaea and an internationally-renowned expert in the area of decision analysis and fuzzy set theory and applications. He has received countless awards, including the 2007 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society's Award for Outstanding Contribution, the IFSA Exceptional Academic Contribution Award, among many others, and his academic work has been referenced a staggering 23,884 times. The topic of the talk was ‘multi-attribute/criteria decisions under bipolar user testimonies and intentions.’ Dr. Kacprzyk noted that, in the context of contemporary decision-making theory and analysis, behavioral decision making is an independent research discipline with applications in fields such as economics, finance, and management. In the future, decision making, data, and calculation capacity can be used to practically develop the scope of robot learning. The speech was attended by over 300 faculty and students from a variety of TKU departments.
The first Campus Job Expo of the year was held at the TKU Tamsui Campus on April 10 by the Labor Affairs Department, New Taipei City Government. As part of the event, stalls set up by both small and large companies alike adorned ‘Poster Street,’ the main thoroughfare that flanks the University Commons. The President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, explained that "This year is the 11th Campus Job Expo, and today there are over 100 company stalls set up, with recruiters releasing more than 3,000 job openings. In recent years, the number of students participating in the event has also increased. We emphasize the different learning requirements that students have in different phases, and provide them with help as they transition from the campus into the workplace. Graduating students should seize the opportunity to participate [in the Job Expo], with the ideal outcome being that students enter the workforce as soon as they graduate." During the event, President Keh was interviewed by both FTV and Phoenix Television. The opening ceremony of the Expo was held at 10am, and corporate stalls included those set up by Muji, Nitori (a Japanese furniture retail company), and Lion Travel.
From March 30-31, the TKU ‘Youth Guidance Club’ and the ‘Modern Poetry Society’ took part in the 2019 National College Student Club Evaluation held at National Central University. In total, 258 clubs from 136 universities across the island entered the competition. Tamkang University's Youth Guidance Club – which last year turned up outstanding results – once again shone brightly, recognized with the accolade of "Exceptional Service-Based Club." The Modern Poetry Society, on the other hand, participated in the annual evaluation for the first time, and, from among 41 clubs, was selected to enter the final stage of the competition, where it received the Award for Holding the Most Interesting Club Activities. The Section Chief of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, Chen Jui-er, stated: "For student clubs that work hard and are keen to take part in the national evaluation, we are more than happy to give them this opportunity. Competing in the evaluation is a form of self-affirmation, and we hope that by participating in this event, students gain more chances to polish their skills, improve their abilities, and achieve success."
In April 2000, Tamkang University and the South-western University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) officially became sister universities. Ever since, the two universities have enjoyed close and frequent exchange, including mutual visits, faculty exchange to deliver talks and conduct research, jointly held conferences, mutual visits by faculty-led student delegations, and SWUFE students coming to TKU to conduct research and attend classes. On March 26, 2019, the president of SWUFE led a delegation of five senior faculty and staff to the TKU Tamsui Campus for a visit. The delegates were received by the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, who took them on a tour of the Tamsui Campus Maritime Museum. They were then shown around the campus' comprehensive exercise and sports facilities, and led through the newly-built Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall. After the campus tour, the guests took part in a forum hosted by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, and attended by numerous high-level TKU staff, including Vice President Wang, the Vice President for Lanyang Campus, Dr. Jyh-Horng Lin, the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Cheng Tung-Wen, the Dean of the R&D Office, Dr. Bo-Cheng Wang, the Dean of the College of Business and Management, Dr. Tzong-Ru Tsai, and the Section Chief of the International and Cross-Strait Exchange Section, Ms. En-ju Lin.
On Apr 9, 2019, Tamkang University held a Flag Presentation Ceremony as a formal send-off for athletes set to take part in the National Intercollegiate Athletic Games. Held at the TKU Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium on the Tamsui Campus, the flag presentation was conducted by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, who encouraged the participating athletes to display a spirit of sportsmanship and to give their all during the upcoming competition. A total of 138 TKU athletes, including 85 men and 53 women, will partake in the Games this year, which will be held from April 26-May 1, 2019. Tamkang University will compete in various categories this year, including track and field, swimming, karate, judo, table tennis, tennis, badminton, soft tennis, taekwondo, and fencing.
On Sat March 23, 2019, Tamkang University alumni returned to their alma mater to celebrate homecoming, a spring ritual filled with fun activities and entertainment. The day's activities started at 9am in the Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium with a melee of group games, in which pairs had to carry and shoot balloons into basketball hoops using only their heads, walk while balancing a basketball between their backs, and other such games. At 10am, participants took a tour of the newly-built Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus, and watched a video introduction that described how the structure was built and the various activities and events it has hosted since the completion of construction. This was followed by a lunch gathering in the Student Activity Center with all of the participants as well as high level TKU faculty, such as the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, who hosted the event, and the TKU Chairperson, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang. During the day's events, awards were given out to alumni who had contributed significantly to the University, donated money, or made substantial contributions to the broader community.
Tamkang University invited Prof. Steven G. Louie, an academic heavyweight in the field of condensed matter physics and materials science, to deliver the 6th Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture. Prof. Louie has received countless awards and honors. In 2005, he was named an academician of the United States National Academy of Sciences; in 2008, he was conferred academician status in Academia Sinica, Republic of China; and in 2009, he was selected to become an academician of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof. Louie currently serves as a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley and senior faculty scientist in the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is also scientific director of the Theory of Nanostructured Materials Facility at the Molecular Foundry. Prof. Louie's talk was held on the afternoon of March 25, 2019 at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus, and explored the topic: The Fascinating Quantum World Atomically Thin 1D & 2D Materials: Symmetry, Interaction, and Topological Effects. Close to 300 faculty members and students attended the talk, including those from the TKU Department of Physics, Department of Chemistry, Department of Math, the Bachelor's Program in Advanced Material Sciences, and the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. In addition, the talk drew many renowned scholars in related fields, such as the Director of the National Taiwan University Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, Dr. Michitoshi Hayashi.
On March 26, 2019, the 7th instalment of the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series was held at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, and featured an authority in the fields of artificial intelligence and distance education technology, Dr. Fuhua (Oscar) Lin. Dr. Lin is a professor in the Athabasca University School of Computing and Information Systems, having previously served as the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the School. His primary areas of research include intelligence systems, multi-agent systems, game theory, machine learning, and distance education technology. To date, he has published over 100 academic papers. The topic of Dr. Lin's talk was Multi-agent Systems with Reinforcement Learning, and over 300 faculty members and students attended the event. In addition to the talk, on March 27 Dr. Lin took part in a TKU forum on artificial intelligence technology in which participants discussed the research they previously conducted and their practical experience in the field of artificial intelligence.
International Culture Week is currently being held at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall, Tamsui Campus. The week-long exhibition commenced March 26, with an opening ceremony consisting of traditional Chinese lion dances, opening remarks from the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, and a ribbon-cutting ritual carried out jointly by many high-level TKU faculty members, including the General Secretary of Tamkang University, Dr. Andy Liou, the Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Tzung-Hang Lee, the Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Dr. Wan-Bau Wu, and the Dean of Physical Education, Chen I-Cheng. The event features specialty foods and other items from many countries around the world, and was organized jointly by a number of TKU student organizations. With the theme ‘Worldwide Odyssey,’ the exhibition aims to enhance participants’ awareness of foreign cultures by providing a space that replicates an airport – the site where travelers start their journey. International Culture Week runs until March 29. For more information, please visit the official Facebook fan page of the event: https://www.facebook.com/覓尋文化-Worldwide-Odyssey-淡江大學2019年境外生國家文物展-623453084767112/?modal=admin_todo_tour