The Year of the Pig is almost upon us. To herald the coming of a new year, on Jan 11, 2019, Tamkang University – with assistance from the Ministry of Education and the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) – held the 2019 Foreign Student Spring Festival Dinner at Tamsui’s RegaLees Hotel. The purpose of the event is to help newly-arrived international and exchange students adjust to their new surrounds, allowing them to experience the festive atmosphere of Chinese New Year so that they feel more at home, and less homesick, during the holidays. The dinner event was hosted this year by the Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Lucia Chen, and attended by many high-level TKU staff and government dignitaries, including the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, the TKU Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, Mr. Chu To-ming of the Ministry of Education, and many others, with a total of 350 students, teachers, and dignitaries in attendance. In his opening remarks, President Keh explained that a traditional custom during Chinese New Year is for families to come together around a dinner table for a New Year’s feast. He emphasized that the event was designed to share this kind of festive warmth with TKU’s foreign students. He also thanked the various government dignitaries for participating in the event and for providing support for the event. Finally, he wished all in attendance a happy and safe New Year.
Each semester, TKU holds a farewell ceremony for faculty and staff set to retire. It is a means of showing gratitude to retiring personnel, people who have worked hard and dedicated themselves to TKU over the years. In the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year, a total of 21 employees will hang up their hats, including ten teachers, eight administrative staff members, and three maintenance workers. Out of these, the member who has served the longest at Tamkang has been here for a staggering 51 years. The most recent Farewell Luncheon was held on the afternoon of Jan 8, 2019. In all, eight retiring employees participated in the event, and over 70 TKU faculty and staff attended the event to bid their soon-to-retire colleagues farewell. The atmosphere at the Luncheon was lively. It commenced with an opening address by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, who presented the retiring members with plaques as a gesture of gratitude. Aside from thanking the employees for their contributions and diligence, President Keh also thanked attendees for their understanding regarding the impact of falling birth rates on universities, which has led to a noticeable drop in enrolment for all education institutions around Taiwan. President Keh wished the retirees a happy and fulfilling retirement and encouraged them to return often to TKU to catch up and keep abreast of all new developments. The event also featured speeches by senior TKU officials, including the Chairperson of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, as well as a heart-warming video that took the retiring members on a trip down memory lane, after which each of the eight members shared their thoughts and feelings on their time at Tamkang and retirement.
The College of Foreign Languages and Literature Faculty Joint Book Launch was held on Jan 3, 2019, at the TKU Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library, Tamsui Campus. The event marked the release of two new books written by Prof. Wu Hsi-Deh, Department of French, and Prof. Tsai Chen-hsing, Department of English. As the book launch commenced, the Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Dr. Wan-Bau Wu, introduced the authors of the two newly-published books, and invited Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, the TKU Vice President for Academic Affairs, to deliver opening remarks and offer words of encouragement. In attendance were a number of high-profile TKU faculty, including the Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Dr. Shi-Feng Chuang, the Dean of the Chueh-Sheng Memorial Library, Song Sheue-fang, the Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Hui-Huang Hsu, Associate Professor of the Department of Architecture, Dr. Huang Jui-Mao, as well as over 30 other students and faculty members. The title of Prof. Wu Hsi-Deh's new book is "I Resist Therefore I Am: Discussing the Modernity of Albert Camus's Works". The book provides a detailed look at Albert Camus, the contemporary writer who received the 1957 Nobel Prize in Literature. Prof. Wu emphasizes that this is the most comprehensive book in Taiwan to explore Camus's descriptive style and writing techniques. Prof. Tsai Chen-hsing's book, on the other hand, re-examines the ethical relationship between people and their surrounds (nature, the environment, the climate), and attempts to investigate whether "environmental policy" can in fact effectively improve imbalances in the ecosystem. After the two books had been introduced, the students and teachers in attendance enthusiastically took turns in asking questions about the two new tomes, receiving detailed responses directly from the authors. The event concluded as the participants came together for a large group photo.
Beginning Dec 20, 2018, the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall has been home to the International Campus Planning and Design Exhibition. The Exhibition will run till the 15th Jan, and was jointly organized by the TKU Office of General Affairs, the Department of Architecture, and the Environmental Education Promotional Team as part of the Ministry of Education's Aesthetic Campus Restoration Program. The purpose of the exhibition is to assist local elementary schools and high schools in the Tamsui region by displaying posters depicting examples of successful campuses. Posters include topics relating to campus designs, environmental education, and community development, among others. Aside from the regular exhibition displays, which visitors can peruse, the Exhibition also features an International Campus Planning and Design Symposium, set to be held on the TKU Tamsui Campus Jan 9, 2019. During he Symposium, scholars and employees in related fields will share their past experiences implementing environmental education programs, with topics including campus-based aesthetic education, course design, and spatial planning. Local Tamsui elementary and high school students as well as staff will be among the attendees.
One of TKU's sister universities, the University of Electro-Communications, Japan, recently turned 100. So, from Dec 7-10 the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, led a TKU delegation of senior-level staff to take part in the 100th anniversary celebration. The TKU delegation included the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, the Chair of the Department of Japanese, Dr. Tseng Chiu-kuei, and professors from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Ching-Chang Wong and Dr. Wei-Tsong Lee. During the anniversary ceremony, President Keh gifted Dr. Takashi Fukuda, the President of the University of Electro-Communications, with an exquisite glass vase, which symbolizes good fortune and prosperity, as a way of expressing TKU's positive blessings. Moreover, President Keh was the only international guest invited to deliver an opening address during the ceremony. In his speech, he reflected on the close collaboration between the two universities and wished the university a prosperous future. His speech was well-received by President Fukuda, as well as all the other guests in attendance. Tamkang University and the University of Electro-Communications concluded a sister university agreement in 1998, and have been engaged in close collaboration and exchange ever since. Each year, the universities hold mutual student exchange programs along with academic and research-based cooperation programs. As of 2008, the University of Electro-Communications and the TKU the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering have been undertaking a new form of collaboration, which involves working together to develop robots and robotic technology. The Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, explained that during Tamkang University's 60th anniversary, a delegation from the University of Electro-Communications came to the Tamsui Campus to participate in the celebrations. He expressed his hope for even an closer partnership with the university, and for more department-level collaborative activities to be held in the future.
The 2018-19 National College Bodybuilding Championship was held on Dec 15, 2018 at the Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium. Organized by the Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation, this was TKU's second time hosting the competition, which this year drew 124 entrants from universities around the island who converged on the Tamsui Campus hoping to snag the coveted title of 'college bodybuilding champion'. The opening ceremony of the competition was hosted by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh. Also present at the competition were a number of senior TKU staff, including the Dean of Physical Education, Chen I-Cheng and the entire faculty of the Office of Physical Education, the Dean of General Affairs, Luo Shiaw-Shyan, the Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Hui-Huang Hsu, senior military instructor Chang Bai-cheng, and numerous other managers and high-level staff members. To follow, the rules of the competition were announced by the judges, and the competitors vowed to observe these rules. With the formalities out of the way, the contest officially commenced. Competition entrants are split into separate divisions based on height and weight, with entrants in the same division taking to the stage together to display a variety of poses that show off their muscles, curves, overall look and demeanor. These are some of the factors the judges assess when selecting finalists. In the finals, apart from the usual display of brawn made in the preliminary stages, participants get one extra minute to individually pose and showcase their muscles, and this is one of the criteria upon which judges choose the ultimate champion. This year, Hsiao Ming-yu of Shu-Te University was crowned male bodybuilding champion, while Hou Yu-ci of Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science took first place in the women's physique category.
The fourth lecture in the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series was delivered by Prof. Philip Hallinger, an internationally renowned scholar in the field of educational leadership. Prof. Hallinger currently serves as the TSDF Chair Professor of Leadership, Mahidol University, and previously worked at the prestigious Vanderbilt University, Tennessee. In 2009, he served as the Director of the Asia Pacific Center for Leadership and Change at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Prof. Hallinger has published a large volume of work in the area of leadership and reform research, and his studies have been cited over 23,000 times. Aside from his academic achievements, however, he is also a prolific innovator, having formulated the Principal Instructional Leadership Rating Scale (PIMRS), the most commonly used scale system globally for measuring instructional leadership. For many years, Prof. Hallinger has worked with public and private institutions in Asia, Australasia, the Middle East, and Africa to provide consultancy and training in the field of education and leadership. The fourth lecture in the Chang Panda Lecture Series was held on the afternoon of Dec 19, 2018 at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. The talk centered on the topic "Sustainable Leadership for the Fourth Industrial Revolution". During the speech, Prof. Hallinger outlined a effective long-term method of leadership that involves seeing the leadership potential in each member of a team. In attendance at the event were various high-level faculty and staff members, including the Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, the Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Hui-Ling Pan, the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Cheng,Tung-Wen, the Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Lucia Chen, the Director of the TKU Center for Learning and Teaching, Dr. Dian-Fu Chang, and the former Minister of Education, Dr. Wu Ching-ji. Other attendees included TKU faculty, staff, and students, as well as students from Tamkang Senior High School, for a total of over 300 people in all.
On the afternoon of Dec 14, 2018, the Ministry of Education approved an amendment to Lanyang Campus's organizational structure, which saw the Director's Office promoted to the status of Office of the Vice President. Subsequently, on the afternoon of Dec 17, a ceremony to mark the event was held at the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. Hosted by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, the ceremony was attended by close to 80 high-level TKU faculty and staff. The event proceeded with the symbolic handing of an envelope by President Keh to the newly promoted Vice President, Dr. Jyh-Horng Lin. During President Keh's opening address, he praised Vice President Lin, noting the latter's extensive experience, and his myriad credentials, which include previously serving as the chair of the Department of International Business, the director of the Center for Future Research, the director of the College of Community Development and College of Global Development, and the director of the Lanyang Campus. After becoming the director of the Lanyang Campus in 2004, he was responsible for planning and overseeing the renovation of the campus dormitories, and handling school admissions in preparation for the official opening of the campus in 2006. The small team he was in charge of overcame numerous difficulties along the way, and continued to promote the core principles of the then newly-established Lanyang Campus. These included the "three ‘alls’": all junior students travel abroad on exchange programs, all classes are conducted in English, and all students stay in residential colleges on campus. Its English-only environment has become a widely known feature of Tamkang University. The ceremony ended with heartfelt blessings for the continued success and growth of the Lanyang Campus, offered by teachers from each of Tamkang's campuses. It was a heartwarming way to conclude the celebration.
Over the past semester, TKU students have been working to develop and support clubs and societies embedded within local elementary schools. On Dec 12, 2018, a presentation event was held to display all the achievements spawned from this collaborative initiative. Despite it being the coldest day of winter so far, attendees poured in to Tongchou Square, Tamsui, including students from Tamsui Elementary, Deng Gong Elementary, Hsin Hsing Elementary, Tian Sheng Elementary, Yu Ying Elementary, and Chung Shan Elementary, as well as teachers and staff, for a total tally of 141 elementary school participants. There were also 52 Tamkang University club members, students who have provided guidance and assistance to strengthen these elementary school clubs, allowing them to flourish. Present at the event was Dr. Andy Liou, the General Secretary of Tamkang University, who was accompanied by Dr. Chun-hung Lin, the Dean of Student Affairs, along with section chiefs from each section of the Office of Student Affairs. The event began with an opening address by General Secretary Liou, who explained that this initiative, in which Tamkang University students assist local elementary schools to develop their clubs and societies, has been in place for over twenty years now. He also conveyed his gratitude to the participating schools for giving TKU students the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to serve the community at large. One of the aims of this program is to help guide young learners in coordinating and organizing club-based activities and community events, thus honing their organizational skills, enhancing their interest in extracurricular activities, and channeling their attention and energy into wholesome and fun recreational pastimes. The presentation event was punctuated by displays of skill and talent that students had picked up or improved during the course of the college-elementary school collaboration. This included performances by the wind orchestra and harmonica clubs of Tamsui Elementary School, the Deng Gong Elementary School Choir, and the Chung Shan Elementary School Traditional Chinese Music Club.
On Dec 13, 2018, Tamkang University received a visiting delegation from the South China University of Technology, headed by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Zhang Xichun. After arriving, the guests were invited to attend an open forum discussion chaired by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, and attended by several senior TKU faculty and staff members, including the TKU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho, the TKU Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang, the Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Hui-Huang Hsu, the Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Lucia Chen, the Chair of the Department of Architecture, Dr. Mi Fu-Kuo, and an associate professor from the same department, Dr. Huang Jui-mao. Six years ago, the departments of architecture at TKU and the South China University of Technology established a collaborative partnership, and have engaged in close exchange and cooperation ever since. The main purpose of the SCUT visit was to expand relations from the department to the university level, and to formalize the new scope of cooperation by signing an official Memorandum of Understanding Agreement, which will lay the foundation for future academic collaboration and student exchange programs. The South China University of Technology is Tamkang University's 46th sister university from Mainland China, and its 211th sister university in all. Student exchange programs are set to begin between the two universities starting from the first semester of the 2019-2020 academic year. During the forum discussion, President Huan-Chao Keh noted that the South China University of Technology is ranked among the top 300 universities in the world, and is a Mainland Chinese university that has forged a reputation for academic excellence. It's an honor, he said, for TKU to count SCUT among its partner universities. Chairman Zhang Xichun, for his part, commended TKU for the various accomplishments it has achieved, and expressed his hope that the universities would continue to build on the firm partnership already forged by the departments of architecture, expanding this collaboration to include other areas and industries, such as robotics, the Internet, and general technological innovation.
Tamkang University invited Dr. Xueliang (Andy) Sun to deliver the third lecture in the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series. Dr. Sun is simultaneously a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Science, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He serves as a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Western University (Canada), and is one of Canada's foremost scientists and a renowned international expert in the area of nanomaterials and energy. The lecture was held on the afternoon of Dec 7, 2018, at the Lotus Room of the Shou-Chien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus, and centered on the following topic: the Development of Advanced Nanotechnology for Energy Storage and Conversion. The lecture event commenced with an opening address by the Dean of the TKU College of Science, Dr. Chou Zi-Cong. This was followed by an introduction of the renowned speaker by the Chair of the Department of Physics, Dr. Hsueh Hung-Chung. Next was the lecture itself, delivered by Dr. Sun. Explaining complex concepts in a simple and easy to understand manner, Dr. Sun described the applications of new and innovative nanomanufacturing and measuring technologies on advanced energy-related materials, emphasizing the significance of the topic of energy. Due to the vivid and interesting nature of the lecture, the event drew over 200 faculty and students, including many bachelor students. Not only did they gain a broadened understanding of the field of nanotechnology, they enthusiastically raised questions at the end of lecture. Liang Yu-hui, a PhD candidate who attended the lecture, said that she had learned a great deal from the talk, especially regarding the current development of battery technology. The teachers who attended the event also expressed their approval, saying that the talk had inspired them. "The content presented in the lecture represents a real breakthrough in nanotechnology research." they exclaimed.
On Dec 6, 2018, the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs, held the 25th National Quality Award presentation ceremony at the Taipei International Convention Center. During the ceremony, the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ying-wen, personally presented the Business Excellence Award to the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang. Two Tamkang University alumni – Chiang Cheng-rong and Weng Chun-min – were also honored during the ceremony, receiving the Role Model for Industry Support Award and the Role Model for Business Technology Award respectively. Over 500 guests attended this year's ceremony. During her opening address, President Tsai explained that, given the rapidly changing nature of the global economy, the government has been encouraging industries to more readily embrace innovation as they move forward. She commended the recipients of the National Quality Award, saying that "the award recipients have been actively promoting 'total quality management' and have shown exceptional leadership and management abilities in their respective fields." Moreover, she noted, their uncompromising standards of quality and constant innovations have served to elevate society as a whole. "It is thanks to exceptional people like you, the recipients" she remarked, "that Taiwan has such high-quality products and services, which in turn help to enhance Taiwan's competitiveness on the global stage." In her subsequent speech, the TKU Chairperson, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, stated that "quality is a long and never-ending road." Chang further noted that, while she had received the quality award granted to individuals, Tamkang University is presently in line to receive the National Quality Award for a business or organization for the tenth successive year. "This is a form of final recognition for the 26 years I've devoted to promoting quality management within higher education." Chang emphasized that the process is more important than the result. Thanks to the TKU "House of Quality", performance targets for staff to achieve are clearly defined, and this is in large part why TKU has been able to create such a friendly campus.
Tamkang University's Lanyang Campus is known for its Junior Abroad program, in which campus juniors go abroad on a comprehensive student exchange program; for its academic courses, which are all conducted in English; and for its residential college lifestyle, in which all students stay in the residential colleges on campus. These are the features that set Lanyang apart from other campuses. To enrich the education Lanyang students receive while staying at the residential colleges, the administration holds a diverse range of activities. On the afternoon of Dec 5, an activity was held at the Shao-Mo Memorial Activity Center, Lanyang Campus. Entitled "Reaching the Summit, Conquering One's Fear" the activity saw students come together to experience the thrill of rock climbing. Rock climbing is a sport that evolved from hiking, and training for it entails drilling skills typically used for hiking. The purpose of the activity was to help students gain a handle on and overcome the fear that arises while rock climbing. The day's activities required students to assist each other, to display mutual trust, and, above all, to develop a sense of teamwork. After rigorous training, the students eventually donned their safety harnesses and were ready to take on the challenge. Under the careful eye of the instructor, students pressed upward, one foot at a time, and at the end of the day, they had overcome their fears, successfully challenged themselves, and gained a taste of what it feels like to triumph.
For many years, Tamkang University has been promoting an information-oriented curriculum as a way of matching students' abilities with current development trends. Such trends include big data, artificial intelligence, mobile communications, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things. TKU's information-oriented approach also helps students deal better with the challenges and opportunities brought on by technological change. Looking forward, through a combination of IT education and campus service programs, TKU is hoping to create study hubs commonly referred to as "smart campuses". As part of this drive toward smart campuses, Tamkang University recently held the 2018 International Smart Campus Conference and Exhibition. The event was held at two separate locations: the Shou-Chien International Conference Hall (Nov 27-28), Tamsui Campus, and the TKU Taipei Campus (Nov 29). It centered on the theme "University Digital Transformation - Practice and Implementation" and touched on various topics, including an analysis of studies related to school administration, administrative applications of smart campuses, smart classrooms, teaching innovations, and information safety. Experts from various technical fields and employees working in these areas were invited to discuss these issues and share their experiences. Three keynote speeches were delivered in total. The Conference was organized jointly by Tamkang University and ELECT, which is a consortium of prestigious universities known as the Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan (ELECT). The event commenced with opening remarks made by the TKU President, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, and the TKU Chairperson, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang. The duo thanked the various members of ELECT for their attendance, while also extending gratitude to the numerous attendees from other local universities in Taiwan and sister universities in Mainland China. Opening addresses were also delivered by Shen Fu-ke, the Secretary General of the Information Branch of the Mainland China Higher Education Association, and Chang Feng-Yuan, Senior Executive Officer at the Department of Commerce, MOEA. Later in the Conference, with Senior Executive Officer Chang as an official witness, TKU President Keh signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation with Kuo Yong-Chi, the Chairman of the New Taipei City Smart City Consortium. The collaboration will generate internship opportunities for TKU students, while allowing the Consortium to draw on TKU's considerable academic resources. The Conference and Exhibition attracted attendees from 39 local Taiwanese universities, 12 Mainland Chinese sister universities and related divisions, and 13 local business, with a total attendee count of 285 people.
On Nov 30, a Tamkang University administrative team visited Grand Dynasty Industrial (GDI), a major Taiwanese plastics engineering company. The Chairman of GDI, Dr. Lawrence Lin, is the President of Tamkang University's Department Alumni Association, and had previously issued an invitation to Tamkang University, hoping that TKU administrative staff would take a tour of his company. The TKU team was led by the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, and the Chairperson of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, and comprised top-level managers from each department and administrative unit in TKU. The objective of the visit was to understand the method of corporate management employed by GDI. As such, the visit kicked off with a company introduction made by Chairman Lin himself, who described the various stages the company had undergone, from its initial establishment, to the subsequent research and develop phase, all the way to employee training initiatives and the development of a unique company culture. He explained that the reason the company was able to eventually turn a profit, after initially operating at a loss, and to pave a path of success in the cutthroat plastics market, was primarily due to its emphasis on research and development, as well as providing customer-oriented product solutions, and producing tailor-made products in small volumes to help clients keep down costs, while also ensuring GDI itself made reasonable profits. Chairman Lin places immense value on staff discipline and education, requiring that employees apply themselves diligently, and strictly implementing SOP procedures and PDCA quality management processes. In order to enhance the quality of his products, Lin spared no expense, purchasing two high-tech 3D printers – which he uses to produce high-end products – for the staggering fee of NT $60 million. Following the tour, the administrative staff took part in the 163rd TKU Administrative Conference, held at the GDI office, and then attended a banquet event arranged by Chairman Lin, who had also invited a host of exceptional TKU alumni to join in on the festivities.
Along with 11 other private universities in Taiwan, Tamkang University has helped to establish an association of exceptional universities known as ELECT – Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan. Aside from Tamkang University, the Consortium includes Datong University, Chung Yuan University, the Chinese Culture University, Shih Hsin University, Soochow University, Feng Chia University, Fujen University, Ming Chuan University, Shih Chien University, Taipei Medical University, and Providence University. Each month the Consortium holds a "Presidents' Meeting", in which members convene to discuss mutual issues affecting all universities in Taiwan. This month, the meeting was held at the Shou-Chien International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus, on Nov 28. The date and location were chosen specifically, enabling participants to partake in another, simultaneously-held event on the Tamsui Campus: the 2018 Asia Pacific Intelligent Campus Symposium and Exhibition, organized by the TKU Office of Information Services. At the start of the Consortium meeting, the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh, welcomed the guests to the Tamsui Campus and introduced the newly-appointed President of the Chinese Culture University, Dr. Hsing-Ching Xu. During the meeting, apart from a briefing on recent items of business, delivered by the Consortium Director, Wen-Hui Tsui, an additional report was presented by Ying Chi-Shun from Shih Hsin University, who outlined the current status of the Consortium's recent advertising and marketing campaign. The objective of the Consortium, at its essence, is to share knowledge and information among its members and to integrate and pool its resources to the benefit of each participating university, thus creating a better overall study environment and ultimately helping students gain a foot up in the workforce.
The Ministry of Education launched the University Social Responsibility (USR) Initiative in 2017 with a three-fold objective: to fortify the connection between universities and their broader communities, to assist universities hoping to embrace social responsibility, and to nurture and train university students capable of creating greater value for local areas. Under the USR scheme, students are guided to form cross-disciplinary teams and identify and explore local issues that require tackling. Students then divvy up the tasks involved and work together to solve local, district-based problems. In the process of carrying out this community-based work, participants experience a sense of being "needed" or relied upon by the community, and gain a taste for helping others. To showcase the progress made to date as part of the scheme, an exhibition was held Nov 27-30 at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall, Tamsui Campus. Through the exhibition, visitors gained an insight into all the effort invested and goals achieved by Tamkang students. A ceremony to mark the start of the display was held on the 27th, and featured opening remarks by the TKU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chii-Dong Ho. In his speech, Dr. Ho noted that Tamkang University's professional knowledge and service learning courses allow students to accumulate practical experience and gain real-life knowledge by serving the wider community. He expressed his hope that, though freshmen may enter university as "Tamkang students", due to the influence of the USR project, they may leave college as "Tamsui residents". On Nov 28 the Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, accompanied visitors from Western Sydney University, as well as members of the Ministry of Education, on a tour of the exhibition.
The Tamkang University Scout Group has for a long time been collaborating with the Taipei Blood Center. Each semester, the TKU Scout Group promotes activities related to blood-donation, hoping to inspire students and faculty to put into action the sentiment behind the popular slogan "one donation can save one human life". To help garner more support for the cause, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh – the newly-appointed President of TKU – personally visited the recent blood-donation drive held on the morning of Nov 27, 2018 at the Tamsui Campus. While at the event, he donated blood and was in fact the first donor and the first individual blood donor of the day. President Keh remarked that by taking part in the event, he wished to serve as a role model and to lead by example. He was accompanied at the event by numerous senior TKU faculty and staff members, including the Chair of the TKU Scout Group, Wen-chih Huang, the Dean of Student Affairs, Lin Chun-Hung, the Section Chief of the Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, and experienced girls scout guidance counselor, Chen Hui-Chuan, among others. Among the participants, Mr. Huang, the Chair of the Scout Group, holds an incredible record for blood donation, having donated blood over 100 times. To encourage even more students to participate in public service activities, the TKU Department of History Association was enlisted to help promote the event. Located on the TKU Tamsui Campus near the Business Building, the two blood donation trucks will remain on the campus where they will be accepting donations until 5pm on Nov 29.
On Nov 26, 2018, the second installment of the TKU Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series was held at the Shou-Chien International Lecture Hall, Tamsui Campus. The lecture was delivered by internationally renowned scholar, Prof. Masakazu Anpo, who currently serves as emeritus professor at China's Fuzhou University, as well as working as an international consultant, a part-time professor at one of Japan's major national-level graduate institutes, and editor-in-chief of the esteemed academic journal Research on Chemical Intermediates. Prof. Anpo previously served as the Vice President of Osaka Prefecture University, an institution that has sister university ties with TKU. He specializes in the research and application of photocatalysis. Prof. Anpo's lecture centered around catalytic agents, taking the theme: The Science and Technology of Catalytic Agents – from Basic to Industrial-level Applications. During the lecture, Prof. Anpo introduced the technology behind industrial catalysts and outlined advancements made in research on titanium oxide-based photocatalysts. Aside from the lecture event, the TKU Department of Chemistry arranged for Prof. Anpo to visit the Tamsui Campus from Nov 22 - 28. On Nov 23, the Dean of the TKU College of Science, along with faculty from the Department of Chemistry, accompanied Prof. Anpo in a meeting with the Chairperson of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, and the TKU President, Dr. Huan-Chao Keh. Discussion in the meeting focused on future opportunities for academic cooperation, with Prof. Anpo expressing his willingness to assist in facilitating academic exchange and cooperation between TKU and China's Fuzhou University. The academic events which Prof. Anpo took part in during this recent visit include: a joint signing ceremony between TKU, Osaka Prefecture University, the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Dalat University, and Tay Nguyen University; a lecture delivered as part of the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Lecture Series; discussions with the TKU Department of Chemistry on the possibility of publishing a special issue academic journal; and helping to coordinate and organize an upcoming science conference to be held by the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology.
On the afternoon of Nov 22, 2018, the TKU College of Science signed a memorandum of understanding for academic cooperation and exchange with three Vietnamese universities. These include: 1) the College of Environment and Natural Resources, which is one of the colleges that makes up the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT), as well as 2) Dalat University (DLU), and 3) Tay Nguyen University (TNU). The agreement between TKU and HCMUT will only involve college-to-college exchange and interaction. TKU's agreements with DLU and TNU, on the other hand, will allow for both college-based and broader university-based exchange and interaction. The official signing ceremony was held at the TKU Tamsui Campus. Signatories to the agreement included Dr. Nguyen Tan Phong, the Associate Dean of Environmental and Natural Resources, HCMUT, Dr. Nguyen Van Ket, the Vice President of DLU, Dr. Tran Trung Dung, the Vice President of TNU, and Dr. Zhou Zicong, the Dean of the TKU College of Science. During the signing ceremony, which was hosted by Dean Zhou, representatives from each university delivered presentations introducing their respective universities and colleges. The spark that eventually led to this mutual collaboration, and to the signing agreement in particular, was initially lit by Dr. Wang San-lang, a professor from the Department of Chemistry who travelled to Vietnam during the summer break to meet with Dr. Nguyen Tan Phong of HCMUT and Dr. Nguyen Van Ket of DLU. During the meetings, they vowed to follow up with future exchange and cooperative agreements. TNU, on the other hand, had four faculty members undertaking postgraduate programs in the TKU Department of Chemistry, which is how the cooperative agreement with TNU came about. HCMUT is a national university located in Ho Chi Minh City. It boasts a student enrolment of 27,000 and comprises 11 academic colleges. DLU is located in Dalat City and has a student enrolment of 12,000, with 12 colleges in total. TNU is located in Buon Ma Thuot City, and has 28,000 students enrolled, with nine colleges and one research center.