Administrative Offices And Library
- The Board of Trustees
TKU’s highest authority, the Board of Trustees, consists of community leaders interested in the welfare of the university. Members of the Board elect the TKU president from two to three candidates chosen by representatives of university faculty, staff, and alumni. The Trustees, in addition to shaping major policy and controlling the university budget, are also responsible for overseeing and approving all university functions.
- Office of the President
The president is the chief executive and chief academic officer of the university. The president has full responsibility under the Board of Trustees for long-term policy as well as day-to-day decision-making. The Office of the President is located in the Administration Building, Tamsui Campus.
- Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible to the president for all matters related to teaching and research. The vice president oversees the operation of Tamkang’s eight colleges, as well as the office of Research and Development, the Division of Continuing Education, the Office of Physical Education, and the Office of Military Education and Training.
- Office of the Vice President for Administrative Affairs
The Vice President for Administrative Affairs is responsible for each aspect of TKU’s administrative functions, including academic affairs, student affairs, general affairs, human resources, financial affairs, the library, information services, alumni services and resource development, learning and teaching, and the Tamkang Times Committee. The Office of the Vice President for Administrative Affairs is located in the Business Administration Building on the Tamsui Campus.
- Office of the Vice President for International Affairs
The Vice President for International Affairs is in charge of all matters concerning international exchange and international education, and is the chairperson for the Internationalization and International Exchange Committee and the Cross-Strait Task Group. Under the vice president’s supervision, the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs forms and maintains academic ties with overseas universities and offers advice and guidance to foreign and Chinese Mainland students. The Office of the Vice President for International Affairs is located in the Ching-sheng Memorial Building on the Tamsui Campus.
- Office of Lanyang Campus
The Provost of Lanyang Campus is responsible for all academic and administrative functions at the Lanyang Campus, including academic affairs, student affairs, general affairs, financial affairs, and library and information services. The Lanyang Campus Office is located in the Administration Building on the Lanyang campus.
- Office of the Secretariat
The Secretariat is responsible for the secretarial functions and public relations of the university. The Office of the Secretariat also provides staff services to the TKU president and vice presidents. The Office of the Secretariat is located in the Administration Building on the Tamsui Campus.
- Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center
The Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center was established in the year 2000. It is a two-story exhibition hall that is frequently home to both local and international art displays. The center consists of several subsidiary bodies: the Carrie Chang Music Hall, the Research Office of Chinese Calligraphy, and the TKU Maritime Museum. The Maritime Museum has a collection of more than sixty model ships from fifteen countries, ranging from 15th~17th century ships to futuristic superconductor-powered vessels.
Tamkang University founded the arts center to elevate the standard of artistic education at Tamkang, to increase artistic appreciation and interest by means of exhibitions, performances, instruction, promotion, collection, and to facilitate exchange among teachers, students, society, and the international community, with the hope of integrating art with education, the campus with the community.
- Office of Quality Assurance and Audit
The Office of Quality Assurance and Audit oversees operations in educational assessment and internal auditing of the university. It administers various academic evaluations, seminars and conferences, including Student Evaluation of Teaching, Departmental Evaluation, the Tamkang Quality Award, a Total Quality Management Seminar, Academic and Administrative Innovation conferences, and more. Systems of internal control and internal audit activities are designed and implemented to ensure the effectiveness and continued improvement of operations.
- Division of Continuing Education
To promote national development, meet the needs of society, and enhance cooperation between academia and industry, on August 1, 2003, Tamkang University merged the Extension Education Center and the Public Service Center to create the College of Continuing Education. The new college not only provided courses for on-the-job students, but also offered bachelor and master credit courses. Then in August 2005, the college changed its name to become the Division of Continuing Education. The Division originally composed of five centers: the In-service Education Center, the Extension Education Center, the Japanese Language Center, the Chinese Language Center, and the English Language Center. In August 2007, a new center was added: the Professional License Training Center. This center was established in order to assist students and employees in developing professional skills and obtaining professional licenses.
- Office of Physical Education
The office consists of two sections, the Physical Education Instruction Section and the Physical Education Activities Section. The former is in charge of the design and instruction of physical education courses. All Tamkang University undergraduates (excluding seniors) take two hours of physical education courses per week. Although this course does not carry academic credits, it is required for graduation. The curriculum for physical education consists of theoretical classroom learning and basic exercise routines. The Physical Education Activities Section is responsible for all athletic activities at TKU. However, students are also encouraged to organize teams for intercollegiate competition or for intramural sports such as basketball, baseball, table tennis, tennis, badminton, softball, soccer, volleyball, golf, rugby, martial arts, taekwondo, fencing, bowling, billiard, judo, kendo, track & field and swimming.
- Office of Military Education and Training
The Office of Military Training, in addition to providing regular military instruction, also renders counseling services and assistance to students in times of need and emergency. The Office also offers a two-hour noncredit military training course, which is a prerequisite for all freshmen. Elective military courses are also provided for sophomores and juniors. Military training involves lectures and drills in the basic military arts.
- Office of Academic Affairs
The Office of Academic Affairs provides both students and teachers with academic support services. These include services related to student enrollment, applications for transcripts and certificates, and support with issues related to teaching and research. The Office is divided into several sub-offices or ‘sections’, based on administrative function. These include the registration, curriculum, admission, and printing sections.
- Office of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for processing students’ requests for academic leave, helping students apply for insurance, and dealing with all matters relating to student associations. It also provides student counseling services and organizes on-campus student housing. The ‘Student Office’ (as it is commonly referred to) is divided into separate sections located throughout the Tamsui Campus.
- Office of General Affairs
This office is responsible for overall campus planning and management of administrative affairs. The Office of General Affairs is committed to creating sustainable campuses that do more than just satisfy the requirements for teaching, research, learning, and life guidance. Core tasks for this office include maintaining campus health and safety, ensuring energy conservation and carbon reduction, and other related services that require efficient and effective delivery.
Top priorities in the 2011/2012 academic year are to ensure the sustainable management of current resources while introducing new and innovative campus features, implementing more efficient management practices, overseeing improvements in personnel management and service provision, and enhancing the overall aesthetics of the each Tamkang campus.
- Office of Research and Development
The Office of Research and Development was established to help spur national development and advance the quality of research conducted by TKU faculty. The Office deals with all administrative aspects of faculty research, including research applications, signing of contracts, and budget formulation for full-time TKU faculty. It also helps promote research results and apply for intellectual property rights. As of August 2011, the Office consists of a total of 13 separate research departments.
- Office of Human Resources
The Office of Human Resources (HR) provides professional and technical support in human resource development by helping employees enhance their personal strengths and creating a work environment that allows talented personnel to grow and contribute at the highest possible level. This is achieved by providing employees with information, programs and services that support employees’ professional and personal needs both at work and at home. For example, the Office provides employees with expertise and information on recruitment, insurance, professional growth and retirement benefits.
- Office of Finance
The Office of Finance is responsible for managing the university budget and overseeing all TKU financial operations. It is also in charge of maintaining all accounting information and financial internal auditing. The functions carried out by the Office allow TKU colleges to more efficiently utilize resources and therefore emphasize administrative performance. This, in turn, has helped to facilitate the steady development of Tamkang University.
- Chueh-sheng Memorial Library
The Chueh-sheng Memorial Library provides information resources and services that facilitate the processes of learning, teaching, and research. In addition to the main library, the university library has three branches, located respectively on the Taipei Campus, the Lanyang Campus and in the Chemistry Building on the Tamsui Campus.
At present, the university library stores more than 1 million printed volumes; 1.8 million electronic books; 60,000 periodical titles (including electronic journals); 120,000 non-book items; and 600 electronic databases. All materials are managed by the Library Integrated System named Virtua.
- Office of Information Services
The Office of Information Services provides computing and networking services to university administration, graduate and undergraduate instructors, and off-campus agencies. It is made up of the Office of the Chief Information Office (CIO) as well as several sub-offices, or ‘sections’, including the Project Development Section, the Education Support Section, the Administration Information Section, Network Management Section , Digital Design Section, and Operation Management Section.
- Center for Learning and Teaching
The Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) was established in August 2006 to improve the quality of instruction offered by TKU and to enhance learning outcomes. The Center consists of three ‘sections’: the Teacher Professional Development Section, the Student Learning Support Section, and the Distance Education Development Section. The CLT aims to provide a high quality learning and teaching environment for all students and faculty at Tamkang by emphasizing research planning, curriculum design, counseling, enhancement of digital teaching and learning, and distance education. These services are provided by each of the CLT’s three sections.
- Teacher Professional Development Section (TDP)：The purpose of the TDP is to support faculty to improve their teaching through effective use of teaching strategies. The responsibilities focus on providing faculty with professional development information, consulting faculty on multiple teaching methods and strategies, consulting faculty on providing instruction on student learning, making the best us of teaching sessions, offering training courses to teaching assistants, and providing services and assistance to fulfill instruction requirements around the campus.
- Student Learning Support Section (SLS): The SLS Section provides help and support to equip students with the academic tools necessary for success. Tertiary education is a period when students develop their abilities of independent thinking and learning. Moving from a high school system with rigid methods of teaching and learning to a relatively moderate university environment can be a real challenge for students. In order to achieve true excellence, the SLS Section helps students develop their own unique learning styles, overcome all learning-based obstacles, and identify learning methods and strategies that suit each individual learner. Students will be able to use the formula for success to achieve their own goals.
- Distance Education Development Section (DED): The DED Section integrates course domain knowledge, computers, network pedagogy, and learning technologies to develop e-learning courseware and create innovative learning environments. The DED section is also responsible for all teaching and learning activities in the TKU Cyber Campus, which erases spatial-temporal constraints and enhances learning.
- Office of Alumni Services and Resource Development
The Office of Alumni Services and Resource Development was established in 1995 to meet the demands of a rapidly changing society, to promote closer relations with alumni, and to raise funds and advance TKU’s academic standards. The Office, which was known as the ‘Office of University Development’ until August 2001, comprises the Alumni Liaison Section and the Fund Raising Section.
As of July 2011, the total number of Tamkang alumni has reached 230,000. Tamkang graduates have successfully organized up to 148 alumni associations based on departments and graduate institutes, regions, businesses, and others.
- Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs
The Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs is responsible for all aspects of exchange and interaction between students, faculty and staff from TKU and its overseas sister institutions. The Office consists of two subsidiary bodies: the International and Cross-Strait Exchange Section and the International and Mainland Student Guidance Section. The former deals with matters related to exchange between TKU and its sister universities; while the latter provides lifestyle and study assistance to international, overseas Chinese, and Mainland Chinese students.
The Committee of Globalization and International Exchange
The Committee is chaired by the Vice President for International Affairs. It supervises the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs and oversees various facets of international interaction between TKU and its partner universities abroad.
- Tamkang Times Committee
The university publishes a four-page weekly newspaper known as the Tamkang Times. The ‘Times’ provides faculty, students, and alumni with news concerning the current development of the university and student activities, and promotes relations between the university and its faculty and students. Starting in 2001-2002, news about important campus events also became available online in English. The Tamkang Times Committee is chaired by the Vice President for Administrative Affairs.