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Tamkang University
Creating Excellence with a Soul
Motto
Simplicity, Truthfulness, Firmness, Perseverance
Triple Objectives of Education
Globalization, Information-oriented, Future-oriented
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Brief History

Founded in 1950 as the Tamkang Junior College of English by Mr. Chang Ching-sheng and his son Dr. Clement C. P. Chang, TKU was Taiwan’s first private college. It became the Tamkang College of Arts and Sciences in 1958, before being elevated to Tamkang University in 1980. From its humble beginnings as one of the first schools of higher education in Taiwan, TKU now has four campuses: the Tamsui Campus, the Taipei Campus, the Lanyang Campus, and the Cyber Campus; comprised of eight colleges, with a total of over 27,000 students, more than 2,100 faculty and staff members, and more than 250,000 alumni.
Tamkang is a university of ideals, vision, and creativity. It sees the pursuit of excellence and ongoing innovation as characterizing sustaining its fundamental management philosophy. Over the last 60-plus years, since its foundation, TKU has focused on developing academic research, teaching, and learning services with an innovative spirit. It was the first university in Taiwan to employ Total Quality Management (TQM), which it introduced in 1992. It has generated impressive results and garnered positive public feedback. TQM efforts were significant in helping TKU win the prestigious National Quality Award in 2009.
Since its inception as a university, Tamkang has had six scholar-educators serving as president: Clement C. P. Chang, Yea-hong Chen, Louis R. Chow, Yun-shan Lin, Horng-jinh Chang, and the current President, Flora C.I. Chang, who assumed presidency on August 1, 2004. A year after assuming presidency, President Flora C.I. Chang oversaw the establishment of the TKU Lanyang Campus. In doing so, she placed TKU on the path to becoming an internationally-renowned institute of learning.
Tamkang’s administrative teams have applied innovative strategies to promote the Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education. The “Three Circles” refer to Tamkang’s professional curriculum, core curriculum, and student activities curriculum, while the “Five Disciplines of Education” include conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork, and beauty. TKU has nurtured academic growth through its “Triple Objectives of Education,” which refers to globalization (the spatial pattern of the future), information-oriented education (the life pattern of the future), and future-oriented education (the time frame of the future). With its motto of “Simplicity, Truthfulness, Firmness, and Perseverance,” Tamkang strives to fully develop students’ potential. It aims to help every Tamkangian establish a firm foothold at school and seeks to become a world-renowned, top quality comprehensive university by providing students with the most modern learning resources and training possible.
School Badge
A school badge is a symbol of a school. Our school badge was designed as a big bell by a famous artist named Lan Yin Ding. ‘Zhong Ling,’ these two words which mean bell, were the childhood nickname of Zhang Ming, the late father of the school founder, Zhang Jian Bang. Other than to commemorate him, the bell was also used in teaching during the ancient times. In the olden days, a bell also represented Confucius. The upper part of the bell has a pair of wings to symbolize the spirit of ‘Fly high to advance by leaps and bounds’. Above it, two words ‘淡江’ were engraved.
School Flag
The background color of Tamkang University’s flag is blue and the school’s badge was placed at the center. In addition, three white stripes indicate the Three People’s Principles with the words, ‘淡江大學’, at the bottom part of the flag.
Tamkang University Motto
淡江大學校訓

Simplicity

stands for unassuming plainness, sincerity and honesty.

Truthfulness

represents vigorous implementation, law abiding and thoroughness.

Firmness

symbolizes the blending of toughness and gentleness, with uprightness and impartiality.

Perseverance

signifies courageous determination, with virtue and liberality of mind.
Tamkang University Anthem

O, grand Tamkang, roll out to seas,
You pave the way for exchange of thought.
In quest of learning, you never cease.
And worthy men are thus up brought
with humble heart for truth you seek.
Be true and brave.
Great deeds for speak.
O, young scholars, flowers of the time.
Bright stars soul; by steps up climb.
Waste not your youthful day.

Founder and President

淡江大學創辦人
Dr. Clement C. P. Chang
Founder, Tamkang University

Transcending

With the rapid spread of higher education, the scarcity of government resources, and the intense competition among Taiwan’s more than one hundred domestic universities, Tamkang University finds that it must now emphasize its operational strengths to further burnish the Tamkang brand. Over the years, TKU has experienced Four Waves of Development: “the Foundational Period, balancing quality and quantity,” “the Positioning Period, emphasizing quality,” “the Uplifting Period, featuring strategic academic internationalization,” and “the Transformational Period, involving diversification, in line with the times”.
淡江大學校長
Flora Chia-I Chang, Ed. D. President
President, Tamkang University

TKU President's Welcoming Address

Founded in 1950, TKU has emphasized “Triple Objectives” as Globalization, Information-oriented Education, and Future-oriented Education. TKU provides a holistic educational environment, aims at equipping our students with such eight qualities as: a Global Perspective, Informational Literacy, a Vision for the Future, Moral Integrity, Independent Thinking, a Cheerful Attitude and Healthy Lifestyle, a Spirit of Teamwork and Dedication, and a Sense of Aesthetic Appreciation. TKU strongly encourages students to achieve excellence in their coursework, take part in student activities, and expand their creativity, all while learning the practical tools of problem- solving.

Board of Trustees

“Tamkang University’s greatest assets lie not in its campus grounds, buildings or costly books and facilities, but in the members of the Board of Trustees, who are wholeheartedly dedicated to school administration; the members of TKU staff and faculty who share not only the sweet but the bitter of school operations and instruction; the numerous alumni at home and overseas who are striving to promote Chinese culture and are undertaking the great task of “constructing the Republic and thus are forming the great Commonwealth” and, last but not least, all the students who are absorbed in academic research.”
Chairperson, Board of Trustees
Polly S. Chang
Chairperson, Board of Trustees
  • Trustee Steve LeeTrustee
    Steve Lee
  • Trustee Kun-yen LeeTrustee
    Kun-yen Lee
  • Trustee Sush-der LeeTrustee
    Sush-der Lee
  • Trustee Charles C. LinTrustee
    Charles C. Lin
  • Trustee Hong-shang HongTrustee
    Hong-shang Hong
  • Trustee Ching Nan ChenTrustee
    Ching Nan Chen
  • Trustee Haydn H.D. ChenTrustee
    Haydn H.D. Chen
  • Trustee Chien, Yi PinTrustee
    Chien, Yi Pin
Supervisor Supervisor
Mei-lan Wang

President

Flora Chia-I Chang, Ed.D.
President, Tamkang University
  • PRESENT STATUS
    • President of TKU
    • Professor of Graduate Institute of Educational Policy and Leadership TKU
    • Chairperson of Taiwan Higher Education Society
    • Managing Supervisor of the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan
    • President of Chinese Excellent Management Association
  • EDUCATION
    • B.A., Economics, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, R.O.C.
    • M.A., Economics, San Francisco State University, U.S.A.
    • M.A., Education, Stanford University, U.S.A.
    • Ed.D, Education, Stanford University, U.S.A.
  • EXPERIENCE
    • Vice President of Administration, TKU
    • Chairperson of the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan
  • SPECIALIZATION
    • Higher Education Administration
    • Higher Education Total Quality Management

Vice President

Dr. Huan-chao Keh
Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • PRESENT STATUS
    • Vice President for Academic Affairs, TKU
    • Professor, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, TKU
  • EDUCATION
    • B.A., Department of Horticulture Science, National Chung Hsing University, ROC.
    • M.S., Department of Computer Science, Oregon State University, USA.
    • Ph.D., Department of Computer Science, Oregon State University, USA.
  • EXPERIENCE
    • Director of Extracurricular Activities Guidance Section, TKU
    • Dean of Student Affairs, TKU
    • Chair of Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, TKU
    • Dean of Academic Affairs, TKU
  • SPECIALTY
    • Data Mining
    • Medical Resource Management Information Systems
    • Clinical Medicine Information Systems
Prof. Yi-jen Hu
Vice President for Administrative Affairs
  • PRESENT STATUS
    • Vice President for Administrative Affairs, TKU
    • Professor of Department of Insurance, TKU
  • EDUCATION
    • B.A., Dept. of International Trade, Feng Chia Univ.
    • M.A., Dept. of Insurance, Feng Chia Univ.
  • EXPERIENCE
    • Chair of Department of Insurance, TKU
    • Director of Educational Development Center
    • Editor of Insurance Issues and Practices
    • Dean of College of Business, TKU
    • CEO of Division of continuing education
  • RESEARCH EXPERTISE
    • Insurance Theory
    • Act Insurance
Dr. Wan-chin Tai
Vice President for International Affairs
  • PRESENT STATUS
    • Vice President for International Affairs, TKU
    • Professor, Institute of American Studies and Institute of Russian Studies, Tamkang University
  • EDUCATION
    • Ph.D., Institute of American Studies, Tamkang University, 1984-1989
    • Winner of the Best Ph.D Dissertation Award by the Chinese Political Science Association in 1989
    • M.A., Institute of American Studies, Tamkang University, 1976-1982, with thesis “John Foster Dulles’ Massive Retaliation Doctrine”
    • B.A., English Department, Fu Jen Catholic University, 1972-1976
  • EXPERIENCE
    • Director, Institute of American Studies, Tamkang University, 1994-1997
    • Director, Institute of Russian Studies, Tamkang University, 1991-1994
    • Foreign Editor, China Times Express, 1987-1988, 1989-1991
  • TRAINING
    • Australian Studies Seminar, Griffith University, Australia, from late January to mid-February, 1998
    • The America and World Program, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, U.S., June-August, 1992
    • Summer Russian Language Program at Moscow State University, 1991
    • Exchange Ph.DStudent at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, January-June, 1988

Governing Principles

House of Quality

The Management Objectives of Tamkang University

The management objectives of Tamkang University have been constructed by its founder and presidents through consensus among TKU faculty and staff gathered in numerous meetings over a long period of time. The objectives, imaged as the main parts of the University’s Chinese palace-style classroom, are embodied by the “House of Quality” for Tamkang, bearing upon the mission, vision, values, strategies, and governance of TKU. The House of Quality has served as a blueprint for full participation by the entire school.

Mission

To maintain Tamkang’s venerable heritage, create a positive influence on society, and nurture talented, ambitions professionals.

Vision

To realize educational ideals in private schooling and create an environment of academic excellence.

Values

To pursue the university motto of ‘Simplicity, Truthfulness, Firmness, and Perseverance’, while upholding academic freedom and institutional autonomy.

Strategies

Wave-by-Wave Development and Four Distinct Campuses

Since its inception in 1950, Tamkang University has undergone four separate “waves” of development. The first “wave” began in 1950 and continued until 1980. During this phase, Tamkang University placed equal emphasis on quality and quantity in education. The second phase, from 1980 to 1996, focused on quality over quantity. Subsequently, from 1996 to 2005, Tamkang’s “third wave” of development involved the internationalization of university operations and academic pursuits. Since 2005, TKU has been working on its fourth phase of development. This phase is characterized by transformation. During the fourth wave, the Lanyang Campus was completed. It is one of Taiwan’s more pioneering campuses, with over 90% of its courses offered in English. TKU now has four campuses: the Tamsui Campus, the Taipei Campus, the Lanyang Campus, and the Cyber Campus. These campuses, although each displaying unique characteristics, work in unity to bring about each new wave of university development.

The Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education

The ‘Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education’ refers to the structure of education adopted by Tamkang University for the purpose of producing successful, well-rounded graduates. The ‘Three Circles’ corresponds to three kinds of courses: professional, core and extracurricular. Professional courses are the regular courses offered by TKU colleges and departments. Core courses, on the other hand, are those provided by the Center for General Education and Core Curriculum. Together, these courses have produced outstanding results. The third link in the ‘Three Circles’ are extracurricular courses, which are designed by the Office of Student Affairs and help to foster a spirit of teamwork among students. The ‘Five Disciplines’ of education refers to the qualities of conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork, and beauty. By integrating these values into the professional, core, and extracurricular curriculum, Tamkang University helps to produce well-rounded students skilled in identifying and solving problems. As a result, TKU students develop characteristics favored by both local and overseas employers.

TKU’s Triple Objectives

Since its inception in 1950, Tamkang University has undergone four separate “waves” of development. The first “wave” began in 1950 and continued until 1980. During this phase, Tamkang University placed equal emphasis on quality and quantity in education. The second phase, from 1980 to 1996, focused on quality over quantity. Subsequently, from 1996 to 2005, Tamkang’s “third wave” of development involved the internationalization of university operations and academic pursuits. Since 2005, TKU has been working on its fourth phase of development. This phase is characterized by transformation. During the fourth wave, the Lanyang Campus was completed. It is one of Taiwan’s more pioneering campuses, with over 90% of its courses offered in English. TKU now has four campuses: the Tamsui Campus, the Taipei Campus, the Lanyang Campus, and the Cyber Campus. These campuses, although each displaying unique characteristics, work in unity to bring about each new wave of university development.

Setting up the Sigmoid Curve

Since its inception in 1950, Tamkang University has undergone four separate “waves” of development. The first “wave” began in 1950 and continued until 1980. During this phase, Tamkang University placed equal emphasis on quality and quantity in education. The second phase, from 1980 to 1996, focused on quality over quantity. Subsequently, from 1996 to 2005, Tamkang’s “third wave” of development involved the internationalization of university operations and academic pursuits. Since 2005, TKU has been working on its fourth phase of development. This phase is characterized by transformation. During the fourth wave, the Lanyang Campus was completed. It is one of Taiwan’s more pioneering campuses, with over 90% of its courses offered in English. TKU now has four campuses: the Tamsui Campus, the Taipei Campus, the Lanyang Campus, and the Cyber Campus. These campuses, although each displaying unique characteristics, work in unity to bring about each new wave of university development.

Promoting the Matthew Effect

Since its inception in 1950, Tamkang University has undergone four separate “waves” of development. The first “wave” began in 1950 and continued until 1980. During this phase, Tamkang University placed equal emphasis on quality and quantity in education. The second phase, from 1980 to 1996, focused on quality over quantity. Subsequently, from 1996 to 2005, Tamkang’s “third wave” of development involved the internationalization of university operations and academic pursuits. Since 2005, TKU has been working on its fourth phase of development. This phase is characterized by transformation. During the fourth wave, the Lanyang Campus was completed. It is one of Taiwan’s more pioneering campuses, with over 90% of its courses offered in English. TKU now has four campuses: the Tamsui Campus, the Taipei Campus, the Lanyang Campus, and the Cyber Campus. These campuses, although each displaying unique characteristics, work in unity to bring about each new wave of university development.

Governance

TKU’s Leadership System

The management team of TKU is headed by the President, who leads three Vice Presidents responsible for academic, administrative, and international affairs respectively. The Provost of the Lanyang Campus and each dean and chairperson play a critical role in the management team, which works to implement the four management models of TKU – collegial, bureaucratic, political and market-based.

Four Management Models

The four management models of TKU – collegial, bureaucratic, political and market-based – are applied to the teaching, administrative and leadership levels. Differentiated, individualized, holistic, and globalized thinking models are also adopted to attend to the problems of cost, efficiency, production and effectiveness. TKU implements these four management models of governance so as to adapt to the changing environment in a timely manner, and achieve the goal of sustainable management.

Total Quality Management

The concept of Total Quality Management (TQM) was introduced to TKU in 1992. The president at the time, who also served as the Chair of the TQM Committee, pushed for the comprehensive implementation of TQM on the TKU Tamsui Campus. Ever since, a TQM Seminar and a Teaching and Administrative Work Reform Seminar have been held each year to help faculty and staff improve their quality of instruction, administrative work and service. In 2006, the Tamkang Quality Award was introduced and is now awarded annually to offices and departments that display outstanding performance in TQM.

Organization activation

When confronted with challenges, TKU is able to adjust its organization structures and reorganize rapidly to take full advantage. Responding in 2002 to the drive for multiple channels of admission recommended by the Ministry of Education, as well as a more competitive educational environment, TKU established an Office of Admissions. In 2004, the Office of Student Housing was set up to manage students housing both on and off campus. In 2006, the Center for Learning and Teaching was inaugurated to improve teaching quality and help students learn more effectively. Finally, in 2007, the position of Vice President for International Affairs was established to promote the integration of international exchange and education. As a result, TKU is always prepared to face any challenges that arise and respond accordingly.

Organization

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College Introduction

College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts is the oldest one in TKU’s long history. There are currently 5 undergraduate departments and a Research Center.

College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Huang-Ta Lin

Dean

College of Science

The College of Science is one of the oldest colleges in TKU. There are departments of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Advanced Material Science.

College of Science

Dr. Zi-cong Zhou

Dean

College of Engineering

The College of Engineer was established in 1966, and there are 8 undergraduate departments and 10 graduate programs. Both undergraduate and graduate disciplines have passed the Certification for Engineering and Technology Education as high quality teaching and research centers.

College of Engineering

Dr. Hui-huang Hsu

Dean

College of Business and Management

The College of Business and Management was established in 2012. It’s well-known for producing outstanding business talents with a global-view aptitude.

College of Business and Management

Dr. Chien-liang Chiu

Dean

College of Foreign Languages & Literatures

The College of Foreign Languages and Literatures was established in 1992 and is one of the largest colleges of foreign languages in Taiwan.

College of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Dr.Lucía Hsiao-chuan Chen

Dean

College of International Studies

The College of International Studies is a pioneering academic institute in Taiwan which focuses on international affairs and regional research. Its goal is to cultivate academic professionals and practitioners.

College of International Studies

Dr. Kao-cheng Wang

Dean

College of Education

The College of Education has 1 undergraduate department, 5 graduate schools and 2 research centers. The scope covers the areas of education planning and implementation.

College of Education

Dr. Dian-fu Chang

Dean

College of Global Development

The goals of the College of Global Development are to develop a new direction of higher education and train talents to have a global-view aptitude. In order to achieve the goals, all of the courses are delivered in English, and students here will have to study abroad as exchange students in the third year.

College of Global Development

Dr. Ay-hwa Liou

Dean

Triple Objectives of Education

The TKU Triple Objectives of Education are a set of educational goals adopted by the Founder of TKU, Dr. Clement C.P. Chang. They consist of Globalization, Information-oriented Education, and Future- oriented Education. Dr. Chang explains that “since the founding of the university, Tamkang has set the Triple Objectives of Education as its primary aim for development. Its ultimate goal is to generate quality research, improve instruction, and enhance social welfare.”

 

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Globalization
 
Even at its founding, in 1950, Tamkang University possessed an international outlook. In the years that followed, the policy of globalization became its logical direction. Globalization has long been one of the Triple Objectives of Tamkang University.
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Information-oriented Education
Tamkang has long been a pioneer in information processing. Since the establishment of the Information Processing Center (now the “Office of Information Services”) in 1968, Tamkang has applied computer technologies to administration, teaching, research, and services.
03
Future-oriented Education
 
Following the tremendous impact that technology had on Taiwanese society in the 1960s, the Founder of Tamkang University, Dr. Clement C.P. Chang, started to actively promote Futures Studies research in Taiwan.

4 Distinct Campuses

淡水校園
Tamsui Campus
  • http://www.tku.edu.tw/
  • No.151, Yingzhuan Rd., Tamsui Dist., New Taipei City 25137, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
  • (02) 2621-5656
  • (02) 2622-3204
台北校園
Taipei Campus
蘭陽校園
Lanyang Campus

Views in Tamkang

驚聲大樓
Ching-sheng Memorial Hall
校園鳥瞰
Tamkang Campus
校園鳥瞰
Tamkang Campus
驚聲大樓
Ching-sheng Memorial Hall
海豚吉祥物里程碑
University Milestone Statue
商管大樓
Business and Management Building
外國語文大樓
College of Foreign Languages and Literatures
海報街走廊
Student Activity Poster Alley
海事博物館飛機
Maritime Museum
外國語文大樓
College of Foreign Languages and Literatures
學習與教育中心外觀
Chueh-sheng Memorial Hall
會文館
Hwei-wen Hall
紹謨紀念體育館
Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium
教育館
College of Education
海事博物館
Maritime Museum
海事博物館
Maritime Museum
文錙藝術中心
Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center
文錙藝術中心
Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center

Awards

The National Quality Award
 
The National Quality Award
Tamkang University was the first university in Taiwan to employ the system of Total Quality Management (TQM), introduced into the university in 1992 by the founder, Dr. Clement C. P. Chang. This management model has increased the quality of teaching, research, and service at Tamkang University.
Enterprises’ Favorite Private University
畢業生
For 19 consecutive years, Tamkang University graduates have been voted as “enterprises favorites” in a survey conducted by Cheers Magazine. In each of the “eight essential qualities” identified by the survey, TKU graduates ranked first out of all graduates from private universities in Taiwan.
International Safe School Designation
安全學校
Tamkang University has been continually improving its status as a work-safe and campus-friendly environment. It has conducted a thorough review of its performance in this area based on the seven indicators listed in the Safe School Criteria.
Leading Characteristics
Leading Characteristics
  1. The finest private comprehensive university in Taiwan with the longest history and the fastest rate of development.
  2. The first university in Taiwan to inaugurate a College of International Studies with graduate institutes in the areas of Southeast Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, American Studies, Latin American Studies, European Studies, Slavic Studies, and China Studies.
  3. The first Taiwanese university to allow students to appraise teacher performance.
  4. >The first university in Taiwan to offer General Education and Core Curriculum courses.
  5. The first university in Taiwan to allow student registration and course selection via phone or internet.
  6. The first university to invent software and hardware for visually impaired students, enabling them to use the Internet and other modern technology.
  7. The first university in Taiwan to implement a Junior Year Abroad (JYA) program.
  8. The first institute to inaugurate Futures Studies as an academic course in Taiwan.
  9. The only private university in Taiwan to fully implement policies of globalization.
  10. The first university in Taiwan to establish a “Digitalized Teaching Support Platform”.
  11. The first university in Taiwan to implement compulsory extracurricular courses.
  12. This university was the first to set up grade transcript service at 7-11 convenience stores.
Approval Ratings
評鑑成果
  1. In the “2,000 Enterprises’ Favorite College Graduates” survey, conducted by the well-known Common Wealth Cheers Magazine, Tamkang University has placed first on the list of local private universities for 19 consecutive years.
  2. The TKU robot research team of the Electrical Engineering Department has been crowned world champion on many occasions in the FIRA RoboWorld Cup. The team took first place in the RoboSot category of the FIRA RoboWorld Cup in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; and first place in the HuroCup category in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  3. Tamkang University was the first university in the world to be conferred International Safe School status by WHO on November 18, 2008. In 2012, TKU was once again issued International Safe School Status after passing the WHO Safe School Re-evaluation.
  4. On January 6, 2009, Tamkang University was the first academic institution in the world to be certified as complying with the standards of the IT Service Management System-ISO/IEC 20000-1: 2005.
  5. Tamkang University won the 19th National Quality Award on May 5, 2009.
  6. In 2009, Tamkang University received an award for Excellence in Physical Education from the MOE. In 2013 and 2016, Tamkang University received the award once more. To date, it is the only university in Taiwan to have received this honor three times.
  7. TKU provides assistance for students wishing to take part in the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office. As a result, TKU students have been crowned world champions in the competition in 2009 (Excel 2007), 2010 (Excel 2003, Word 2003), 2011, and 2012 (PowerPoint 2007).
  8. During each year over 2011-2013, Tamkang University won the Environmental Protection Administration's Business Environmental Award and due to this became the first university in Taiwan to be granted the prestigious EPA Business Environmental Trophy.
  9. In September, Tamkang University received the 2013 Friendly Campus Award from the MOE, the only university in Taiwan to win the prize.
  10. Tamkang University won an excellent rating from the MOE for guidance in quality of internationalization among institutions of higher education.