On Nov. 30, the Ministry of Education held a forum which showcased the results of their push toward cyber space. The forum hosted Taiwanese universities with substantial web based learning platforms. Tamkang University offers one of the leading, most comprehensive learning platforms of all Taiwanese universities. TKU’s Cyber Campus provides masters degrees, international distance education, and cross-cultural distance learning programs. Given TKU’s prominent role in Taiwanese cyber education, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, was asked to help open the forum, along with two other dignitaries, including the Minister of Education, Wu Qing Ji. In his opening speech, Minister Wu explained that there are now a total of nine online masters programs offered by Taiwanese universities, which collectively offer 117 certified courses. He commended Tamkang University’s ongoing efforts in providing online learning, and particularly applauded TKU on its cooperative distance learning program with Waseda University in Japan. President Chang, in her subsequent speech, announced that starting from next year, TKU would be offering a masters program to be conducted entirely in Spanish. The program will cater to students in Central and South America, and will comprise a focus on economics, trade, politics, and culture in the Asia Pacific region. It aims to spread digital learning technology and educational resources to Central and South America, and in doing so, provide people in such regions with access to higher education.
In the 2009 academic year, Tamkang University implemented an “Intellectual Property Campus Protection” initiative. The practical measures applied under the scheme have now born fruit: the Ministry of Education recently conferred TKU with awards for “administrative supervision, educational promotion, and guidance appraisal” as well as “campus publication and photocopy management”. TKU is the only university to claim two awards in the Ministry of Education’s intellectual property evaluation. The awards were distributed during the prestigious 2010 Intellectual Property Symposium, at which TKU Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Po-yuan Kao, accepted the accolades on behalf of TKU. In May of 2001, TKU set up an Intellectual Property Protection Announcement and Implementation Team. The team formulated policy and practical measures to help safeguard intellectual property at each of TKU’s campuses. The measures covered all aspects of TKU administration, including administrative supervision, lesson planning, educational promotion, campus-based management of photocopying, campus internet management, and guidance appraisal and rewards. In the future, TKU intends to strengthen its protection of intellectual property, by increasing its promotion of intellectual property, enhancing faculty awareness of related laws, and implementing even stricter intellectual property regulations.
Following on from recent TKU Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the TKU Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies partnered up with the Ministry of National Defence to jointly host a TKU 60th Anniversary National Defence and Military Exhibition. The event was held at the Tamsui Campus on the 25th of November. To open the event, brief speeches were made by the President of TKU Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang and Ministry of National Defence spokeswoman Major-General Lisa Chi. This was the first exhibition by the Ministry of National Defence to be held at the TKU Campus. It showcased close to 20 different kinds of light and heavy military equipment, including traditional weapons such as rifles and trench mortars, and other military items such as a Hummer truck, a field medical vehicle, and chemical rescue equipment. Students were even allowed to experience operating some of the safer items in the display. The exhibition was a chance to not only celebrate the long history of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, which was one of the first institutes of its kind to be established in Taiwan, but was also an opportunity to provide students with a more in-depth understanding of Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence.
Tamkang University PhD student, Chen Hong-ming, together with National Taiwan University graduate student, You Ya-ting, have taken overall first place in the recently-held Light Metal Contest. For their efforts, they received a total cash prize of 200,000 NTD. Their success was in no small part due to the guidance and assistance of Professor Chen Zhen-cheng from TKU’s Department of Architecture. Another factor integral in their success was Ya-ting’s vast range of background knowledge, with cross-disciplinary expertise in the fields of architectural and environmental control, residential electricity use, and ecological projects. Although studying at different universities, Hong-ming and Ya-ting have been close friends for over ten years. Hong-ming said that winning the Light Metal Award was not the end but the beginning of their continued research and application of light metal. Their next ambition is to apply light metal technology in creating commercial products. Hong-ming pointed out that for those thinking of entering the contest, the best available resource is the Light Metal website, which provides a spectrum of information on everything related to light metal.
On November 16, five delegates from the Bejiing Institute of Technology (BIT), including the President, Dr. Hu Haiyan, arrived at Tamkang University’s Tamsui Campus, to attend the 7th Cross-strait Academic Symposium. During their visit, the President of BIT, Dr. Hu Haiyan, signed an agreement with the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, which inaugurated sister school relations between the universities. The relationship will entail close academic collaboration and the implementation of student exchange initiatives. After the formal signing process, President Chang delivered a short speech. In her speech, she welcomed BIT into the vast network of TKU sister universities, and expressed her belief that the agreement will deliver real and practical chances for cooperation and exchange. President Chang explained that at present, most TKU students on exchange in Mainland China are students of arts, commerce, management, or international studies. She stated her hope that academic collaboration with BIT may increase the number of science and technology students going on exchange, and thus produce a more equal distribution of exchange students across TKU’s academic departments. BIT is one of Mainland China’s 16 key universities; and in 2008 and 2009, the number of national science and technology awards earned by BIT placed it 4th and 6th respectively among universities nationwide. After President Chang’s address, President Hu gave a brief outline of current developments at BIT, addressing topics such as student training, scientific research, and international cooperation. All TKU faculty and staff in attendance expressed deep praise for BIT’s academic and research based achievements, and voiced their earnest hope for close collaboration with BIT in the near future. For their part, the BIT delegates were impressed by the surrounds and facilities at the Tamsui Campus, and grateful for TKU’s friendly reception. The Symposium, and the signing of agreements allowing for close academic cooperation and student exchange, will without doubt project TKU and BIT onto a new level of substantive mutual collaboration.
To celebrate Tamkang University’s 60th anniversary, the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center is holding a special “Diamond Jubilee Exhibition”. To prepare for the exhibition, six months before its official opening the Center invited dozens of renowned artists from a variety of artistic backgrounds to visit the Tamsui and Lanyang campuses and produce artwork depicting the campuses’ beautiful natural surrounds. Under the delicate touch of the artists’ brushes and cameras, the diverse beauty of TKU’s campuses was brought to life, and a magical world was constructed. A world in which colorful flowers shimmer in the sun’s golden rays; in which a winding narrow path leads to a magnificent Chinese garden; and a straight brick lane is cast in soft violet light, from a line of lanterns with silky light shades. These are just some of the scenes that artists captured at the TKU Tamsui and Lanyang campuses. The collection of 80 plus pieces includes Chinese paintings, western paintings, calligraphy, and photographic compositions, which will serve as ongoing testimony of the gentle beauty of TKU’s campuses. The exhibition displays the works of 69 distinguished artists. It will last from the 3rd of Nov. to the 31st Dec. 2010, and is being held at the Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center.
In recent years, the Taiwanese government has vehemently advanced the need to reduce carbon emissions. It has drafted various laws hoping to spur the development of cleaner energy, with a particular focus on one specific form of alternative energy – biomass. However, government efforts are limited, especially as Taiwan is not yet a recognized member of the United Nations. It is thus vital that Taiwan strengthen ties with countries in Europe and SE Asia regarding energy-based technology and policy. Such collaboration would enhance the development of new energy technologies and the institution of policies relating to such new energies in Taiwan. With this in mind, on the 9-10 Nov, the Graduate Institute of European Studies held an International Conference on Sustainable Biomass (ICSB) at Tamkang’s Tamsui Campus. The objective of the conference was to enhance discourse and mutual exchange between Taiwan and France on topics related to biomass energy. The participation of scholars from SE Asia not only added to the diverse perspectives represented at the conference, but also heightened the possibility for further cooperation between Taiwan and SE Asia in the near future. With over 40 experts in attendance, the conference was a great success and has generated various new possibilities for future collaboration on issues regarding biomass between Taiwan and several countries around the world.
The centerpiece of the Tamkang University 60th Anniversary celebrations was the Diamond Jubilee Official Ceremony, held at 10 am on November 6. It was a prestigious event, attended by the President of the Republic of China, Mr. Ma Ying-jeou, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Jim Bolger, and numerous university presidents and vice-presidents from Tamkang University’s overseas sister universities, as well as Tamkang University alumni. It was held at the Shao Mo Memorial Gymnasium, in a large hall adorned with balloons, greetings banners, and dolphin-shaped figurines. Amid this festive backdrop, the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, delivered an opening address, in which she expressed her gratitude to President Ma for attending the Official Ceremony, and identified a common objective held by the Taiwanese government and Tamkang University: the internationalization of Taiwanese education. In terms of internationalization, Tamkang University was the first Taiwanese university to implement a Junior Abroad overseas study program. Today, Tamkang enjoys sister school relationships with universities in Asia, Europe, America, Australia, and New Zealand. Close to 100 delegates from 35 of these sister universities attended the Official Ceremony. And in part thanks to this push toward internationalization, Tamkang University has been voted by Cheers Magazine as the leading private university in Taiwan for 13 consecutive years. For his part, President Ma reflected on how he was captivated by the beauty of Tamkang’s Tamshui campus when visiting for the first time during a summer camp 41 years ago. He also commented on Tamkang’s rapid evolution since that time, into what is today Taiwan’s leading private university. On a personal note, President Ma added that, being born in 1950, this year is his 60th birthday, too. Brief speeches were made by the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Bolger, as well as the President of the Tamkang Alumni Association World Federation, Mr. Chen Qing-nan, and awards were offered to major contributors among Tamkang alumni; after which Mr. Chen was honored for his substantial financial donation to Tamkang. Tamkang University’s alumni, which number over 220,000, are a major source of impetus for development. Each year, Tamkang awards alumni who have made significant contributions to Tamkang’s growth and to the larger society. This year, Tamkang also held a “Tamkang Evening Banquet”, where over 1,000 Tamkang alumni gathered under the one roof to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their former university. Other items in the anniversary schedule included special lighting ceremonies, a screening of the movie “Lessons Learned at Tamkang”, a concert held at the University Commons, and two separate presidents’ forums, among a range of other activities. The activities were lively, fun, and varied. They were not only a great success, but also a reflection of the collective vision and unity of the entire body of Tamkang staff and students.
To celebrate its 60th anniversary, from the beginning of this week, Tamkang University has been holding a number of colorful activities, including two separate light displays and a major concert. The lighting display at the Tamsui Campus began at dusk on the 5th of Nov. It was held at the University Commons, where long lines of multicolored lights were threaded through trees, bushes, and along the grassy perimeter of the square enclosure. Projection lights were set up, as were laser lights, and machines that sprayed mist. The Lee Shuan Che Monument, located within the University Commons, was the centerpiece for the show. And as the show began, loudspeakers started to project rhythmic tunes, and laser lights and mist spouted from the monument. The show was a symbol of the Tamkang spirit of ‘lighting up the path with wisdom’, a vivid reminder to always apply the values encapsulated in the University Motto “Simplicity, Truthfulness, Firmness, Perseverance”. Half an hour later, as the show came to an end, students headed over to the nearby Student Activity Center, where a major concert was just beginning. The concert featured various Tamkang alumni artists and entertainers, including TV personality, Bu Xue-liang – who hosted the event – as well as an array of talented singers: Xiao Huang-qi, Shi Hsiao-rong, Guo-jing (Claire), Ma Nien-Hsien, and Crowd Lu. The artists not only sang their own hit songs, but also came together to sing the Tamkang campus song. Meanwhile, Tamkang University’s Langyang Campus, in far away Yilan County, also came alive with a stunning light display. The display was planned using computer simulation. It lit up Mt. Linmei, the mountain on which it is perched, with powerful lights that formed the message “TKU 60”. So expansive was the display that county residents living hundreds of meters below in the flatlands called to enquire about what the message meant. Tamkang staff explained that “TKU” is a reference to Tamkang University, and “60” alludes to Tamkang’s historic 60th anniversary, which is shaping up to be an unforgettable celebration of Tamkang’s history as one of the leading Taiwanese private universities.
The movie “2012” depicts a future scenario, in which a flood ravages the Earth, and only a select few survive by boarding a specially designed “arc”. Although just a movie, “2012” raises issues related to our collective future, including concerns about human rights, a plummeting birthrate, and the state of the world’s natural ecosystems. Such concerns can no longer be resolved by one country alone. With this in mind, Tamkang University invited America’s Foundation For the Future (FFF), and Korea’s Kyung Hee University, to hold a joint seminar on the theme “Global Transitions and Asia 2060: Climate, Political-Economy, and Identity”. The seminar will be held at the Ching-sheng International Conference Hall from 4-5 Nov. One important goal of the seminar is to draft inter-regional cooperative agreements aimed at reducing carbon emissions in Asia. It is also a chance to discuss the possibility of regional cooperation and a blurring of national barriers to form an Asian equivalent of the European Union. The format of the seminar will differ from previous years. In the past, a speaker would stand on stage and tell the audience about his or her opinions and ideas, thus precluding the chance for a mutual exchange of knowledge. This time, however, participants will be divided into groups and will engage in discussion while seated around circular tables. This will allow for a greater interflow of ideas and perspectives. The primary topics to be explored involve climate change, globalization, new information and communication technologies, and the rapid changes occurring right now in Asia. The seminar is not only a forum for the interchange of ideas, but also a symbolic step toward establishing a beneficial and lasting Asian Union.
On Nov. 2, the College of Liberal Arts was home to a “re-opening ceremony”. The ceremony marked the re-opening of Tamkang University’s Experimental Theater, which had been closed for refurbishment. For the ceremony, a number of activities were organized, including a theatrical performance, a brief report on the renovation process using diagrams and pictures, a scrumptious lunch, consisting of south European style food and wine, and a toast – by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang – to Tamkang University’s upcoming 60th anniversary. Tamkang University’s experimental theater was built in 1977, as part of the construction of the College of Liberal Arts. At the time, it was one of the very few comprehensive theaters built in a university campus. Its interior design and overall layout possesses a unique, very theatrical style, setting it apart from other theaters. It is used variously: for the Tamkang Drama Club’s regular rehearsals, the College of Languages and Literatures’ end of semester plays and scenario-based dialogues; even the Department of Architecture’s end of semester presentations are held there. For Tamkang students, being able to perform in a first class theater facility is a rare and precious experience. And so it is no surprise that many alumni, when reminiscing on their days at Tamkang, talk so fondly of this special theater. Its important place in Tamkang culture inspired drama instructor and Spanish Assoc. Prof., Lin Hui-ying, to give it a makeover. The first step in the process was to invite the Department of Architecture Assis. Prof., Sung Liwen, and Lecturer, Chen Xuancheng, to evaluate and appraise the theater premises. They found that the size and layout of the facility met the basic requirements for a university theater. However, they suggested that refurbishment of the existing facilities would enhance its diversity of function, increase its unique nature, and redefine its role in the context of the Tamsui Campus. Thus, in this year’s summer break, Assis. Prof. Sung and Ms. Chen enlisted a sizeable group of Architecture students to carry out renovations. They worked day and night, in sweltering heat, and succeeded in restoring the Experimental Theater to its former glory, as a sparkling beacon for theater and drama.
On the 31st of October, around 200 people hiked up Mt. Kuanyin in picturesque Tamsui. They scaled the mountain as part of “the Great Kuanyin Hike”, a bygone Tamkang tradition revived, in part, to mark Tamkang University’s upcoming 60th anniversary. The hike was a jointly organized event, and participants came from a number of local welfare and Cub Scout groups with connections to Tamkang University. A notable participant in the hike was the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, who doubled as a team leader. “Those who haven’t hiked Mt. Kuanyin can’t really call themselves Tamkangians”, exclaimed Tamkang University Prof. of History, Luo Yun-zhi. His comment was a reference to Tamkang’s close affinity with its mountainous natural surrounds. Tamkang students often win prizes for artwork depicting Tamsui’s mountains and rivers; and there is even talk of the Kuanyin Mountain hike one day becoming a compulsory activity for all Tamkang students. The importance of the hike owes partly to its place in Tamkang history as a venerable tradition. The tradition vanished for an entire decade, but under the joint efforts of various local groups, it has now returned. The hike is a chance for teachers, students, and participating groups to take a break from their busy schedule, and get out amongst nature. After the hike a raffle was held, and one lucky participant went away with a new laptop. All participants, however, came away with a memorable experience and a renewed appreciation for the beauty and tranquility of Tamsui.
On Oct. 27, Tamkang University’s Sunshine Society held its 4th annual Sunshine Ambassador Contest, as well as a range of “quit smoking” activities. The event took place at the Tamsui Campus’ Student Activity Center, and the theme for the day was underscored by the catchy slogan “Tamkang is 60 – quit smoking for you and me”. The event kicked off with a singing performance by Department of Insurance student, Pang Chu, followed by an anti-smoking oath taken by all students and staff in attendance. As the main program got under way, the Professor and Dean of Student Affairs, Ko Chih-en, gave an opening speech. He congratulated Tamkang students and staff for taking third place, out of all tertiary institutions in Taiwan, in the Bureau of Health Promotion’s “Prevention of Smoking-Induced Harm” initiative. He recalled how just three years ago, they would collect an average of 130,000 strewn cigarette butts per semester. Three years on, and today the vast majority of students and teachers who still smoke, do so in the designated smoking areas set up by Tamkang University. For their part in affecting such change, Prof. Ko thanked his colleagues, as well as the Sunshine Society, and many other enthusiastic students who have assisted in promoting and implementing several anti-smoking initiatives. Anti-smoking volunteer, Chen Shu-li, also made a guest appearance at the event. She praised Tamkang University on its efforts to discourage smoking, and urged faculty and students to continue their attempts to curb smoking among today’s youth. As the contest entered the final phase, eight entrants remained. Each of the entrants made a brief speech, explaining why they should be the next Sunshine Ambassador, and gave a short performance to showcase their talent in an area of their choice. In the end, the first prize of 5,000 NT was claimed by fourth year student, Wang Shi-ping. The event concluded with a group photo of all participating students and staff.
Tamkang University has again broken the mould in school celebrations. For this year’s prestigious 60th anniversary, Tamkang enlisted the talent of three acclaimed film directors, who have together produced a unique film portraying university life at Tamkang. The film, entitled “Lessons Learned at Tamkang”, is almost feature length, and interlaces three separately directed short films to form a coherent, intriguing plot. Ahead of its release, a press conference was held on the 26th of October, at Eslite Bookstore’s Xin Yi branch, Taipei City, with close to 200 people in attendance, including Tamkang alumni, faculty heads, and reporters. The film’s directors include Chen Hui-ling, the director of “Next Station, Happiness” and winner of this year’s Golden Bell Award for the category Best Director of a Drama Series; Yang Ya-zhe, a regular at the Golden Bell Awards and director of the 2008 Taiwanese box-office sensation, Orz Boys; and Xu Ming-chun, the director of several acclaimed documentary films, including “Baseball in Taiwan – A Tale of a Hundred Years” and “Stars are Born”. Applying their own brand of direction, each director drew from the myriad scenes, sights, and sounds imprinted in their minds while at university to create a vivid take on life at Tamkang. Two of the short films made for the movie – Yang Ya-zhe’s “Rehearsal” and Chen Hui-ling’s “Action” – were selected for exhibition at this year’s Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. “Lessons Learned at Tamkang” is not just a symbol and depiction of Tamkang’s 60 years as a leading institute of higher education; it is also a forum encouraging efforts to record, film, and reflect on life at Tamkang University. The feature film will be accessible on youtube during and after Tamkang’s 60th anniversary celebrations in early November. Literally one mouse-click away, the movie will become a platform, from which current students and alumni in every corner of the world may connect with the ever-flowing source of creative energy and innovation that is Tamkang.
On the 15th October, the student activity center at Tamkang University came alive with the sounds of shouting, cheering, and laughter. The event was a trivia contest, in which 53 groups of one to six people were quizzed on Tamkang trivia, as they vied for a spot in the semi finals. Quiz topics varied, from Tamkang’s history and culture, to its organizational structure, staff, teaching system, and even campus anecdotes accrued over the last six decades. The event, entitled “Trivia from 60 Years of Academia”, was organized to coincide with Tamkang’s 60th anniversary. The final, which will consist of 16 teams, will be held on the 6th of November – the very day of Tamkang’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – and the winning team will take home a symbolic cash prize of 60,000 NT. Inside the activity center, students huddled together, hanging on every last syllable voiced by the compare. With each question, teams broke into frenzied discussion, excited laughter, and began bellowing out responses. The lively event thrilled students and invigorated teachers, as teaching staff relived the long-forgotten feeling of being tested and quizzed. At the end of the event, participants expressed their hope that a trivia contest may be held each year, to promote a deeper knowledge of Tamkang history and culture, and to bring even more fun and laughter to the Tamkang Tamshui campus.
Tamkang University’s Chinese palace-style classrooms were built in 1954. Designed with clay-colored walls and light green roof tiles, they were the starting point of construction for Tamkang’s Tamshui campus. Today, they not only form a must-see scenic spot for visitors to the campus, but also house the carefree memories of countless alumni. As Tamkang University's Diamond Jubilee celebrations rapidly approach, the Chinese palace-style classrooms and walkway – the oldest part of the campus – have been transformed into a symbol of unity and togetherness. Now, artistic lights line the walkway, creating an air of elegant romance by night, and by day, a scene of celebration. Aside from old-style lights draped with flowing pink material, the area is now decorated with round tables covered in red silk, which will be on display from October 18 to November 12. To mark the beginning of the display, a “Lighting Ceremony” was held last night, on the 18th of October. The ceremony and the display itself were designed to convey a sense of coming together, of oneness and unity as we approach Tamkang University’s 60th anniversary. The display officially commenced as President of Tamkang University, Flora Chia-I Chang, turned on the lights and illuminated the night sky. The pink sheets of silk affixed to the lights fluttered brightly in the wind, and gave the night a magical feel. So, too, did performances by the classical Chinese music society, as well as impromptu body painting by the society of fine arts. The scene was one of joyous celebration. The round tables symbolized the coming together of one big family. They were placed around the light poles, enwrapped in red silk that draped down almost to the ground. Benches were laid out, and light fixtures were installed under the tables. When the lights were lit up, each table turned into a giant red lantern, and the lamp stands were laced with colorful decorations. This uniquely decorated area has a dual purpose. It is a space where students can get together, chat, and study, in a festive environment leading up to the TKU 60th anniversary celebrations. More importantly, it is a reminder to current students and alumni of the importance of family unity and togetherness.
The 2010 TKU Seminar on Instructional and Administrative Reforms convened at 9:30 am, Friday October 15. Held in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall, it was attended by a total of 187 people, including TKU president, vice presidents, deans of each academic department, faculty heads, secretaries, and teacher representatives. The Seminar on Instructional and Administrative Reforms is a core component of TKU culture and tradition. It is the cornerstone of TKU’s ongoing process of upgrade, reform, and success. This spirit of instructional and administrative reform began when the university was established six decades ago. Almost 20 years ago, in 1991, the unwritten desire to continually improve and adjust was assigned to paper in the form of annual goals and objectives, which were discussed in the context of each year’s seminar. The theme of each seminar reflects TKU’s evolution and growth over the past two decades. This year’s theme was “A successful diamond jubilee – moving forward to create a new era of glory at TKU”. In essence, this was a call from the President of TKU, Flora Chia-I Chang, to come together and think about how to move forward and increase TKU’s competitive edge in the wake of its 60th anniversary. As a step in this direction, each department presented a detailed work plan outlining their goals for the following three years. Additionally, the three TKU vice presidents in charge of academic, administrative, and international affairs, each delivered a report in their respective fields on plans for medium to long term development at TKU. During the seminar, President Chang gave an opening speech on the topic “developing a new era at TKU”. In her speech, she commented on several challenges that TKU is currently facing, brought on by the age of discontinuity, the black swan event, a plummeting birth rate, and other such trends in tertiary education. She asserted that TKU’s medium to long term focus should be firmly placed on enhancing instructors' teaching skills, increasing students' opportunities for learning, improving students' research abilities, maintaining strict quality control processes, building a first class campus, and transmitting positive life values through community service initiatives. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Yu Gwo-hsing, in his ad hoc report entitled “Forging the dawn of a new era in TKU academics”, emphasized the need to fully utilize TKU’s strengths and opportunities, and to closely monitor its weaknesses and possible threats. He formulated two separate seven-fold development plans in the areas of education and research for the period 2011 – 2013. He also set targets for the development of TKU’s academic standards, to be achieved by 2020. Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Kao Po-yuan, in his report “Development plan for 2011-2013”, stressed the significance of sustainability, efficiency, service, total quality management (TQM), and administrative support of education. Drawing on the principles of collective thinking, inter-departmental cooperation, and enterprise-oriented operation, he defined ten objectives for administrative development, which he hopes will create sustainable operation, optimal efficiency, and top quality service. The Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Tai Wan-chin, presented a report on “the process of globalization; a development plan for 2011-2013”. The report defined eight essential objectives for globalization, three major tasks to be achieved in the process, six strategies for implementation, and a plan to achieve the projected goals by using the PDCA problem-solving process. In the afternoon section of the seminar, deans of several academic departments delivered reports on key development plans for 2011-2013. This was followed by a general discussion on each of the reports. It is hoped that through the participation of all TKU staff and personnel and the effective use of resources, the clear identification of KPI, more diligent application of PDCA, and the implementation of processes of benchmarking, Tamkang will stride forth and create a new era of academic glory.
Tamkang University Department of Architecture students, Huang Bo-yu and Xie Ci-hui, recently participated in a nationwide students’ picture book competition organized by the National Taiwan Arts Education Center. Competing against students with backgrounds in fine arts and design, they received top honors for their work entitled “The Gift”. The competition required participants to design a picture book suitable for children 3-12 years old, and to deliver the story in illustration format. Bo-yu and Ci-hui’s picture book describes a small rabbit that lives in a white, snow-filled country. One day, the rabbit stumbles upon a magical gift box. Anything placed inside the box miraculously becomes bright and colorful. In the end, the box gets ruined; but everyone works together, using the newly-transformed objects to create a vivid, multi-colored environment. The picture book adopts a mainly white motif, yet is sprinkled with famille rose and acrylic pigments throughout. The method of illustration used is pointillism, which is a way of painting in which fine, distinct dots of color are patterned into a complete image. Throughout the picture book, Bo-yu and Ci-hui use pointillism to generate a stunning contrast between the pure white of the snowy surrounds and the dynamic colors of the magical “gift box”. Xie Ci-hui says “the most time-consuming part was the brushwork.” Using a 0.28 mm gel pen, they patiently dabbed away, dot after dot, until their illustrations came alive. It was their first time taking part in this kind of competition, and a 1st placing has given them the confidence to continue trying a diverse range of drawing styles in the future. Huang Bo-yu has always liked drawing. She participated in the competition in the hope of creating life-long memories during her time at university. She explains “the moral [of the picture book] is to help children understand the importance of working together with others to solve problems.” Not only have they succeeded in vividly transmitting their message through dazzling illustrations, but their first placing in a national competition is a memory that will stay with them forever, and an honor for Tamkang University.
On Saturday 9th October, a ceremony was held to inaugurate the building of a very unique kendo hall at Tamkang University. The opening ceremony was hosted by the president of Tamkang University, Flora Chia-I Chang, and was attended by almost a hundred former Tamkang students. What makes the hall so special is that it is the only kendo facility in Taiwan to employ professional Japanese standards in its construction and design. The kendo hall was donated to Tamkang University by the Tamkang Kendo Association, a group of alumni made up of former members of the Tamkang Kendo Club or Tamkang kendo team. The donation was both a token of their deep gratitude to Tamkang University, for helping to nurture their academic and athletic skills, and a symbol of their support for Tamkang’s enthusiastic promotion of sports and martial arts. The Tamkang Kendo Association was formed in 1969. It boasts a venerable 41 year history and a sizeable affiliation of close to 200 members. Its three-fold objective is to support and safeguard the growth of the Tamkang Kendo Club; to propagate the spirit and traditions of kendo among members of the club; and to encourage greater personal interaction and mutual support between club members. Year in and year out, the Tamkang Kendo Association brainstorms ways in which they can give back to Tamkang University. Many years ago, the founders of the association, Dong Guo-zhang, Lin Zheng-xiong, and Wu Xiang-luo, conceived the idea of building a kendo practice hall. In 2004, the then Tamkang Kendo Club instructor, Wu Jin-pu, retired after 33 years of service. His retirement banquet was a grand affair, with almost 100 former and present members of the Tamkang Kendo Association in attendance. After the banquet, members of the association gathered in a nearby restaurant, and together they shaped, molded and formed the idea of a kendo practice hall into a concrete, tangible project. On the spot, they began to raise funds, and drafted plans for future fundraisers. And they waited, patiently, for the day that their dream would finally turn into reality. To ensure the quality and authenticity of building standards, the Tamkang Kendo Assocation handpicked a renowned Japanese craftsman to oversee the technical aspects of the project. The craftsman they hired is the president of the Japanese Traditional Technique Association, and has extensive experience in the building of martial arts halls. The Tamkang Kendo Hall was his first overseas project and is Taiwan’s only kendo practice hall built according to professional martial art hall standards. Tamkang University hopes that the building of the kendo hall will create more chances for sport-related interaction between Tamkang and its overseas sister universities, as well as local Taiwanese kendo clubs. In attempting to pool their resources and finish construction of the kendo hall in a mere three months, the Tamkang Kendo Association encountered a multitude of difficulties. Fortunately, they received the support of several related university departments and benefactors. The completion of construction signals the birth of Taiwan’s first authentic, professional kendo hall, a facility that can be used for both practice and formal competition. As of next year, students will take part in club activities as part of their compulsory cirriculum. Tamkang University strives to strengthen ties with overseas sister schools, but not only in an academic sense. It also hopes to enhance club and society-based interaction and exchange with overseas universities. It is hoped that in the future, the Kendo Club and other such clubs may serve as exemplars for all of Tamkang’s clubs and societies.
To facilitate greater interaction between Tamkang University’s local and exchange / international students, the Office of International Exchange has set up a Tamkang “Chat Corner”. Starting from the 4th of this month, the Chat Corner will be held daily, from Monday to Friday between 12 and 2pm, at the Language Learning Lounge in the College of Foreign Languages and Literature. It provides the opportunity for local and international students to interact and converse in a number of languages, including English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Russian, and Korean. Students can take advantage of the Chat Corner program to improve their foreign language ability and gain a better understanding of overseas cultures. For each chat activity, a ‘chat leader’ will prepare a diverse and interesting range of topics, which will be discussed in a lively conversational format. Topics discussed may include aspects of daily life, such as food, entertainment, travel, music, movies, leisure activities, and so on. Both local and international students will be invited to serve as ‘chat leaders’, and it is hoped that all students will enthusiastically participate to promote cultural interaction and to enhance conversational proficiency in their chosen foreign language(s). If you, too, wish to study foreign languages in a casual, conversational setting, make sure you do not miss this valuable opportunity. The initial phase of Chat Corner began on October 4. Registration for Chat Corner can be made between 12 and 2pm Monday to Friday at the basement level of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature. In the last couple of years, there has been a large increase in the number of foreign students studying at Tamkang University. The rapid rise in numbers of foreign students not only helps to promote and expand Tamkang University’s overseas presence, but also adds to the international feel at Tamkang University’s several campuses. Tamkang University spares no effort in looking after international students and making them feel at home. To this effect, Tamkang University has held Chinese singing competitions, provides ongoing Chinese lessons for foreigners, organizes symposiums for international and exchange students, runs Chinese teaching workshops, and has set up a comprehensive student course catalogue in English. Last semester, the Office of International Exchange began trialing the idea of Chat Corner. In the Language Learning Lounge of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, local and international students exchanged language and culture, and built friendships. From the Lounge, the warm sound of laughter and lively discussion began to pour forth, as everyone chatted and conversed like one big family. It is hoped that students take this chance to improve their foreign language skills, and at the same time, help to firmly entrench Tamkang University on the path of internationalization.