DATE 2019/01/09 VISITORS 1265
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.