The “Hill of Victory” is a daunting stretch of steps that starts near the bustling center of Tamshui, Taipei County, and slopes upward, steeply, to the lush surrounds of the TKU Tamshui campus. Its Chinese name may be more literally translated as “The slope of overcoming obstacles”. This is a dual reference to, firstly, the arduous challenges faced during its initial excavation 57 years ago, and secondly, the persistence it takes to reach the top step. In recent years, the “Hill of Victory” walk has become somewhat of an annual ritual. Along with the opening ceremony and orientation lectures, it is now a compulsory activity for all new students. During the event, teachers and faculty staff lead freshmen up the 132-step slope, to teach the students a valuable life lesson: the importance of resilience in times of difficulty; and the need to face challenges head on, with a healthy body and courageous heart. In order to familiarize new students with Tamkang’s surrounds, from as early as mid-August, Tamkang began holding orientation activities for new freshman students, including a student and family symposium, a tour of the school dormitory, as well as freshman faculty camps. Aside from these activities, on the 9th and 10th of September, a Tamkang Clubs and Societies Expo was held at TKU’s Tamshui campus, bringing vibrant energy to the campus’ main street, where clubs and societies set up eye-catching stalls and vied for new members from the ranks of incoming freshman. Equally impressive was the Clubs and Societies Night held on the 15th of September, at which each of Tamkang’s 200 plus clubs and societies put on dazzling performances in the hope of attracting even more club members. This year is Tamkang University’s 60th anniversary. Therefore, this year more than ever, when the students take to the Hill of Victory, they take with them the most earnest hopes and expectations of the TKU teaching staff: that each and every freshman may enhance their intellect and character, and develop into well-rounded, forward-thinking graduates possessing a macro-level, international world view.
From July 5 to 17, TKU Cambodia Volunteer Service Group headed off to Kampot Province, a three-hour drive from the capital city of Cambodia, for their third time service. The aim of this service was to bridge the digital divide and continue the development of local information technology education. On the way to the destination, four laptops, two desktops and two LCD monitors were prepared as gifts again, and they are carefully carried by the volunteer members along the way. The service hours in this trip were extended and divided into two sections in two locations, offering Chinese curriculum as well as computer learning program. Moreover, the topics of Taiwan festival, folk culture and environmental issue were also integrated into the curriculum. TKU Cambodia Volunteer Service Group consisted of 15 members had been trained for three months to learn how to design/teach all the curriculums and organize the service activity. Through visiting the local village and interacting with Cambodian students, one of the TKU students said: “ ‘touching’ and ‘contented’ are the words which always appear in our mind. Using our expertise and technical capabilities to provide valuable service is great, and the feedback from this service is gaining much more valuable learning experience.” Through the questionnaire from the local participants, they all expressed their satisfaction in learning and hoped this activity could be continued, providing them more opportunities to learn and study. On seeing so many kids enjoy and eager for learning, TKU volunteers reflected on their lives and cherished all that they have with full of gratitude and happiness. TKU volunteer mission in Cambodia would not stop and it would keep helping the local to develop Chinese and computer education.