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. Tamkang’s history can be divided into four stages: the introduction period (1993 to 1995), groundwork period (1995 to 1998), development period (1998 to 2001), and advancement period (2001 to present). In 2006, TKU initiated the Tamkang Quality Award to recognize outstanding colleges and departments committed to TQM. In 2009, due to its continual efforts to evolve and improve, Tamkang University was awarded the 19th National Quality Award. In the future, TKU will continue to ensure customer satisfaction by setting up a comprehensive platform for knowledge management. It will serve as a benchmark for the development of TQM in Taiwan by implementing innovative management policies. Through its range of creative credit programs, TKU will cater for students’ multi-faceted learning needs. And by working with its alumni, TKU will continue to produce “enterprises favorite graduates” and generate positive social change.
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. The “eight essential qualities” include: (1) a willingness to learn, adapt, and be flexible; (2) the ability to cope with stress and remain reliable and consistent; (3) professional knowledge and skills; (4) the ability to work within a team; (5) the ability to solve problems; (6) an international perspective and foreign language skills; (7) the ability to innovate; and (8) the ability to integrate all these attributes into one’s job. TKU performed especially well in the areas of teamwork, consistency, and performance under pressure. During their time at Tamkang, students are shaped into confident professionals who are highly sought after by enterprises in various fields. The key to this process lies in TKU’s Three Circles (professional curriculum, core curriculum, extracurricular curriculum) and Five Disciplines of Education (conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork, and beauty). TKU also emphasizes the development of a global perspective, information 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. One other key factor that employers view as invaluable when hiring is the ability to lead. TKU instills this ability in students through various leadership-oriented courses and compulsory extracurricular activities. In the future, TKU will continue to apply this method to ensure its graduates remain on the top of the list of “enterprises favorites.”
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. Moreover, it has established committees to address the various issues covered in the indicators, while at the same time working with local government and community organizations to obtain an unbiased assessment of its overall safety standards.
The recommendations offered by the assessment committee were both feasible and practical. For example, the committee recommended that TKU set up an online system to record in detail all campus-based accidents, as well as the cause of such accidents, their locations and frequency of occurrence. It also recommended that TKU establish its own evaluation mechanism to assess the results of any implemented changes.
In 2008, Tamkang University was named by the WHO as an International Safe School. Subsequently, in 2012, it passed the WHO Safe School Re-evaluation. It is the first university in the world to be recognized as a safe school. In the future, Tamkang University will continue to ensure that its campuses are work-safe and student-friendly environments.
- In i ts evaluat ion of medium- range academic development plans designed by comprehensive Taiwanese private universities, the Ministry of Education (MOE) rated Tamkang University as “excellent”. Tamkang ranked first in the 1998-1999 academic year evaluation; and subsequently, in the 1999-2000 academic year, the MOE rated Tamkang University as “excellent” in all six categories under review: planning and implementation, instruction and student counseling, research, promotion of education, administrative management, and accounting administration. In the 2000-2002 academic years, Tamkang again earned an “excellent” rating in five separate categories.
- In 2005, on behalf of the MOE, the Taiwan Assessment and Evaluation Association conducted the first nationwide assessment of college performance, in which Tamkang was ranked first for the academic year 2003-2004. Groups of academic subjects under review included humanities, arts and sports, social sciences (including educational studies), natural sciences, and engineering. The six criteria used for assessment at the institutional level were teaching resources, degree of internationalization or globalization, promotion of education, student guidance and services, liberal or general education, and administrative support. Among all 76 universities and colleges being evaluated, Tamkang was assessed as “better” in all areas. This is a distinction achieved by no other university in Taiwan.
- In Taiwan’s first ever evaluation of English-friendly college campuses in 2003, the Ministry of Education ranked Tamkang as the number one university in Taiwan.
- 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 18 consecutive years.
- 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 and 2014; and first place in the HuroCup category in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
- In the 2006 International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Poster Contest, the poster designed by Tamkang’s Department of Information and Library Science won the Best Poster Award, making it the first academic department in Taiwan to win such an award.
- In 2001, “E-business Weekly” ranked Tamkang University number one in the “Digital Infrastructure Environment Evaluation of Taiwan’s Universities”, calling Tamkang a “Digital Heaven.”
- In the 1999 Evaluation of Institutions that Cultivate Teachers, Tamkang University’s Elementary Teacher Education Program received an “Outstanding” rating from the Ministry of Education. Earning almost full marks, TKU is the only institution to obtain such a distinction. In the 2005 Evaluation of Institutions that Cultivate Teachers, Tamkang University’s Elementary Teacher Education Program and Middle School Teacher Education Program both earned the highest rating offered by the MOE. Again, Tamkang is the only institution to have received such an honor.
- In 1999, the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) selected Tamkang University as one of just two universities in the world to receive a WFSF Award for Futures Institutions in recognition of Tamkang University’s tireless efforts to promote Futures Studies in Taiwan over the past three decades.
- On October 5, 2007, the Lanyang Campus received a “Green Building” award from the Ministry of the Interior in recognition of the campus’ environmentally friendly design and construction. The campus was also awarded a “Green Building” prize by the Executive Yuan, which was presented to Tamkang University during a ceremony on December 22, 2007.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tamkang University won the 19th National Quality Award on May 5, 2009.
- In 2009, Tamkang University received an award for Excellence in Physical Education from the MOE. In 2014, Tamkang University received the award once more. To date, it is the only university in Taiwan to have received this honor twice. 1
- Tamkang was ranked 272nd among universities worldwide, 33rd in Asia, 9th in Taiwan, and 1st among private universities in Taiwan by Webometrics, 2011.
- 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).
- In September 2011, Tamkang University became the first university in Taiwan to receive the prestigious EPA Environmental Award.
- In the 2011 MOE Evaluation of Institutes of Higher Education in Taiwan, Tamkang University received the highest recognition of “satisfactory” in all categories reviewed. These categories include “university market placement,” “university governance and operation,” “teaching and learning resources,” “performance and social responsibility,” and “mechanisms for continued improvement and quality assurance.”
- In September, Tamkang University received the 2013 Friendly Campus Award from the MOE, the only university in Taiwan to win the prize.
- The Department of Statistics at Tamkang University has the honor of being listed in the top 200 among England’s 2014 QS World University Rankings.
- This university was the first to set up grade transcript service at 7-11 convenience stores.
- The finest private comprehensive university in Taiwan with the longest history and the fastest rate
- 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.
- The first Taiwanese university to allow students to appraise teacher performance.
- The first university in Taiwan to offer General Education and Core Curriculum courses.
- The first university in Taiwan to allow student registration and course selection via phone or internet.
- The first university to invent software and hardware for visually impaired students, enabling them to use the Internet and other modern technology.
- The first university in Taiwan to implement a Junior Year Abroad (JYA) program.
- The first institute to inaugurate Futures Studies as an academic course in Taiwan.
- The only private university in Taiwan to fully implement policies of globalization.
- The first university in Taiwan to establish a “Digitalized Teaching Support Platform”.
- The first university in Taiwan to implement compulsory extracurricular courses.