The pursuit of "future-oriented education" is one of TKU's 'Three Objectives of Education', and is unique among Taiwanese universities. Tamkang is also a global leader in the development and real-life practice of future studies. Indeed, in the 2016 Ministry of Education's university evaluation, TKU was praised highly for its pioneering role in promoting future studies and advancing knowledge of future studies through creating platforms for discourse and designing related application modules. To continue pushing forward the frontiers of future studies, TKU is currently holding several related activities, including a future studies teaching contest, a future studies writing competition, and a future studies student exhibition, all of which are part of Future Studies Week at TKU. The activities kicked off on the morning of May 23 at TKU's Tamsui Campus.
As we make our way through the 21st century, human society is developing in leaps and bounds. Some of these developments far exceed our expectations, and serve to highlight the importance of sustainable development. The question of how to equip students with the ability to adapt to an ever-changing society, and to instil in students the need to care for others, is a prodigious challenge currently facing institutions of higher education. To produce graduates with the qualities needed to be upstanding citizens of the 21st century, Stanford University has launched the Stanford 2025 initiative, which works like a learning blueprint for the future. Tamkang University is also currently holding an exhibition that focuses on future innovation in learning and teaching. Located at the TKU Black Swan Exhibition Hall and held from May 22-26, the event features theme-based displays and related student work projects, and is an important event in TKU's continued push to advance the state of teaching and learning in Taiwan.
On May 19, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, led a delegation of senior TKU staff to attend the 2017 Cross-Strait and Australia Forum held in Suzhou, Mainland China. Tamkang University recently signed a sister university and student exchange memorandum of understanding with Suzhou University. The event was attended by the presidents of various universities, including the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Western Sydney, Barney Glover, among others.
When faced with hardship, many people get mired in depression and negativity, and find it difficult to turn their situation around. Artist Chang Jin-Lien, however, managed to escape the grasp of depression, and now uses her past experiences to help others. Along with 8 fellow artists, Chang set out to film a documentary that would inspire artists to continue along their path of innovation, and spent 9 months filming it and compiling a series of interviews with aspiring artists. On the afternoon of May 20, the TKU Department of Mass Communication held a preview screening of the documentary at the local Tamsui District Government performance center.
The Republic of China (ROC) and Latin America International Academic Conference is held by the TKU Graduate Institute of Latin American Studies once every two years. Now having been held for the 16th time, the Conference was this year hosted by the Dominican Republic – a country with close diplomatic ties to the ROC. As in previous years, it was organized primarily by the Graduate Institute of Latin American Studies, this time with the added help of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. The TKU delegation departed for Dominica on May 13, the team consisting of Kung Kwo-wei, the Dean of the Graduate Institute of Latin American Studies, and three other members of the same graduate institute. The schedule included tours of various campuses, pre-conference discussions and various related events.
On May 8, the 2017 Tamkang University United Nations Simulation was held at the TKU Tamsui Campus. The organizers of the event included the TKU Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs, the Department of English, the Association of the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, and the Alpha League student club. The theme of this year’s simulation was “Globalization vs Protectionism: Trade and Identities in an Ever-Changing World”. During the event, 22 TKU students assumed the role of international representatives from 15 countries around the world, including America, England, China, Japan, Bolivia, Malaysia, Singapore, and various others. Over 120 students attended. The purpose of the event is to allow students to emulate and thus familiarize themselves with how the United Nations operates and how it carries out international conferences, as well as gifting students the chance to practice their English-speaking skills. Indeed, apart from the students representing China, Malaysia, and Singapore – each of whom used Chinese to communicate – all other delegates conducted the discussion in English. The event featured opening remarks by the Dean of International Affairs and Cross-Strait Relations, Dr. Pei Wha Chi Lee.
The Taiwanese “Tree King”, Lai Bei-Yuan, has spent much of his NT $2 billion fortune planting 300,000 trees over the past 30 years. Wen Shou-yu, on the other hand, is a strong-willed artist who has dealt with the difficulties related her physical condition with courage and persistence. What would happen if these two figures met? The answer is a new picture book displaying the beauty of trees, titled “Building Dreams for a Millennium – Lai Bei-Yuan, the Legend of the Taiwanese ‘King of Trees’”. The book shares her happy world view and positive outlook with us and all future generations. Wen Shou-yu recently received a literary excellence award for her book from the Chou Ta-Kuan Foundation, which was presented to her at a ceremony held on May 10 at the TKU Chueh-sheng Memorial Library, Tamsui Campus. Wen Shou-yu is currently a junior studying in the TKU Department of German Studies.
From May 4-10, 2017, the National Intercollegiate Athletic Games were held at National Taiwan University, Taipei. After several days of intense competition, Tamkang University claimed first place among all Taiwanese private universities, with a total of 10 gold medals, five silver, and seven bronze. The accomplishment is all the more noteworthy given that, unlike many institutions of higher education, TKU does not have a department specifically dedicated to sports or physical education. The Athletic Games brings together 12,000 top athletes from 165 colleges around Taiwan. TKU was represented in the Games with 165 students in 10 separate events. Before the Games kicked off, the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, offered encouraging remarks during the flag-presentation ceremony.
This year marks an important milestone for the Tamkang University Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, which will celebrate its 35th anniversary. From May 6-7, the Institute held its annual conference, known as the "Tamkang School of Strategic Studies 2017 Annual Event". It was attended by over 200 participants both from academia and business, including the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang and the Dean of Strategic Studies, Li Da-jung. Dean Li noted that the School of Strategic Studies has held the annual conference for many years, wishing to maintain its standing as a leading institution of strategic studies in Taiwan, and regularly drawing dignitaries from around the world to partake in discussion and dialogue regarding international affairs and strategic studies. This year, it attracted esteemed members of academia and business from America, India, Japan, and Singapore, among others.
From May 5-7, the TKU Department of Mass Communication held an off-campus exhibition at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, entitled "Blow Your Mind". Meanwhile, the second phase of the on-campus display of "Blow Your Mind" is scheduled to be held at the Black Swan Theater from May 10-13. The exhibition is centered around an important message: in the era of sensational media, don't lose sight of what's real. The exhibition will showcase graduation projects from ten separate groups of senior students, and feature special lectures by renowned Taiwanese speakers.
On May 1, 2017, the TKU Department of Business Administration held the 2017 Entrepreneurship and Business Management Conference, in which attendees had the chance to react to real-life business simulations, to practice handling a range of scenarios. Over 160 scholars and businesspeople from both Taiwan and Mainland China attended the event, which focused both on management and practical business operation skills. The Chair of the TKU Department of Business Administration, Dr. Yang Li Ren, noted that the scope of this year's conference has expanded to also include three academic forums, one practical hands-on forum, and two keynote speeches.
This week, , the TKU Department of Information and Communication has been holding a five-day Graduation Thesis Exhibition at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall. From May 11-14, the Exhibition will move to the Huashan 1914 Creative Park. The off-campus exhibition allows TKU students to showcase their hard work and creativity to the general public, and the event will also feature lectures on various topics, providing participants with a more all-round exhibition experience.
On May 1, the TKU Science Education Center in a joint initiative with the Bureau of Education, New Taipei City Government, held a large-scale science learning event in Taipei City. The New Taipei City "Science Lab" event drew almost a thousand students from 20 high schools around Taipei, who sported a white lab coat and took part in various scientific experiments. The students were guided in their experiments by the New Taipei City Deputy Mayor, Hou You-yi, and the TKU Dean of Research and Development, Dr. Bo-Cheng Wang. The theme of this year's science gathering was "energy resources", and as such, students conducted chemistry experiments related to Daniell Cell and solar powered batteries. Deputy Mayor Hou explained that to promote a better understanding of foundational science among young learners, it had teamed up with Tamkang University to provide students with this fun and interesting experiment activity, but also regularly hosts its own science events, including mini-experiments, science exhibits, science fairs, and others.
Given the drastic changes taking place in various industries, and the altered patterns of demand for professional personnel, IBM Taiwan is now actively seeking to train college students to become better prepared for their post-graduation careers. On April 28, IBM Taiwan announced its plans to collaborate with Tamkang University to help train TKU students in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The training program will incorporate the cutting edge technology known as IBM Watson, along with providing expert guidance and advice to help foster an even higher level of expertise among members of the TKU Robot Research Team.
Last week, the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, led a delegation of senior TKU staff to Japan, to visit four TKU sister universities. The trip helped to significanty strengthen the ties between Tamkang and its partner colleges in Japan. In particular, it expanded the scope of collaboration, creating more opportunities for professors from TKU to visit these partner colleges to deliver special guest lectures and vice versa. It also bolstered the chances of exchange and joint collaboration in the domain of academic research.
Starting today until May 21, the TKU Chueh Sheng Memorial Library will be holding a display that celebrates literature and travel. Centered around the theme "Traversing Culture, A Map of American Literature and Sister Universities in the US", the display coincides with 2017 World Reading Day, and aims to encourage students to better understand and appreciate the character of the cities and the cultural settings that helped give birth to some of the worlds' greatest literature.
The Executive Yuan Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) recently announced the recipients of the Outstanding Research Award for the 2016-17 academic year. Among the list of recipients was Dr. Guo Jong-Shenq, TKU's very own chair professor from the Department of Mathematics. This is the second time Dr. Guo has received this much-coveted award; the first time was in 2010. The award was established to recognize exceptional scholars who partake in continued academic research or research in the area of academia and business collaboration, and who serve to lift the standard of research in Taiwan and enhance the academic standing of Taiwan internationally. The Chair of the TKU Department of Mathematics, Dr. Huang,Yih-Huei, stated that Dr. Guo is an exceptional researcher who obtained his PhD from the Mathematics Department of the University of Minnesota, and who has been recognized for his excellent research standards with many prestigious awards.
From March 25-26, TKU clubs took part in the 2017 National College Club Evaluation and the 2017 Club Presentation and Awards Ceremony, both held by the Ministry of Education, in which several Tamkang clubs claimed top honors. The TKU Department of Information and Library Science Association received an 'Outstanding Club Award' in the category Autonomous, Comprehensive Clubs and Societies; while the TKU 'Praise Club' claimed an 'Excellent Club Award' in the category Academic or Artistic Clubs and Societies. The Dean of Student Affairs, Chun-Hung Lin, noted that this national evaluation of clubs and societies is the largest and most prestigious assessment of Taiwanese clubs annually. Out of a total 258 university clubs from colleges around Taiwan, moreover, TKU clubs and societies performed remarkably well, demonstrating the onus placed on club participation as part of TKU's 'Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education'.
From April 2-6, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, led a team of TKU senior personnel on a visit of 'Incubation Centers' in several cities of Mainland China, including Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and various others. The TKU delegation included the Vice President of Administrative Affairs, Dr. Hu Yi-jen, The Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Hsu Hui-Huang, the Director of the Office of Alumni Service and Resources, Dr. Peng Chun-Yang, the Director of the TKU Cham Pion Incubation Center, Chiang Jen-Shiun, along with approximately 30 alumni from around Taiwan. As part of the visit, the group toured various incubation centers in China, and took part in discussions and exchange events.
The Taiwan ‘Green University’ Alliance, established in 2013, is a conglomerate of 50 institutions of higher education which aims to reduce carbon emissions and create a more environmentally-friendly college environment in Taiwan. Starting from 2017, numerous ‘green university’ forums have been held in northern, central, and southern Taiwan, with the TKU Office of General Affairs responsible for organizing the northern Taiwan forums. On March 28, the northern Taiwan forum kicked off at the TKU Ching Sheng International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. Over 60 special guests from around Taiwan took part in the event. The TKU Dean of General Affairs, Dr. Luo, Shiaw-Shyan, said the theme of the forum this time was ‘Improving the Environment, One Bite at a Time’.