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.”
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. In 1994, Tamkang was the first among all Taiwanese universities, both public and private, to implement the Junior Year Abroad Program. Since then, over 5,400 Tamkang juniors have traveled abroad for a year of study. At the Lanyang Campus and the Tamsui Campus’ Department of International Business, all courses are taught in English and all students must study abroad during their third year. Currently, Tamkang has 504 juniors studying overseas. Moreover, it enjoys academic partnerships with over 170 sister universities in 32 countries around the world. It is now home to over1,400 foreign and Chinese Mainland students and offers 14 joint-degree programs with renowned overseas universities.
In recent years, Tamkang University has been applying the “mass collaboration” model of Wikinomics to promote globalization. In putting more emphasis on multiple integration and innovation, Tamkang hopes to make globalization a “peer product,” from which faculty and students are able to benefit and make contributions. With such an orientation, faculty and students become “prosumers.” Tamkang’s long-term goal is to develop into a truly globalized academic institution. To achieve this goal, the number of high quality foreign faculty and students must grow significantly. Tamkang is now working to expand its body of foreign faculty and students, and expects that this group will soon reach a “critical mass.”
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. Its vision is to create the most attractive information-oriented campus available. To do so, it has adopted the following information-based goals: (1) to maintain a secure, reliable, and fast information environment; (2) to integrate information power and its applications on campus; (3) to continuously innovate and apply such innovations to campus operation; (4) to have applications available campus wide; (5) and to serve the university indefinitely. In recent years, Tamkang has set up an economical offcampus dorm network, a fast and convenient campus network, a multi-layer security network, and an innovative Digitalized Campus Teaching Support Platform, as well as actively developing easy and convenient mobile services. Together, these features make TKU’s campuses the most attractive e-Campuses available.
Tamkang is the first academic institution in the world to receive the ISO 20000 certificate, the international standard for an IT Service Management System. It is also the first academic institution in Taiwan to receive the ISO 27001 certificate, the international standard for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). Tamkang’s “e-Business Team”, made up of faculty and students, has helped Tamkang become the first private university to qualify as an “e-Service Institution” according to the Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. In E-Business Weekly Magazine’s survey of the digital environment of colleges and universities in Taiwan, Tamkang ranked number one out of a total of 127 universities, and was described as a “digital paradise.”
Tamkang is currently working in collaboration with mobile telecommunication businesses to set up an all-new borderless and wireless university. According to the 2011 Webometrics evaluation, TKU is ranked 272nd among 20,000 universities and research institutes worldwide, 33rd in Asia, 9th in Taiwan and 1st among private Taiwanese universities.
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. He founded “The Future of Tomorrow,” a pioneer magazine about Futures Studies, and encouraged the holding of seminars and courses on Futures Studies. By offering undergraduate and postgraduate Futures Studies courses, TKU teaches its students about how to navigate an unpredictable future society and how to develop foresight regarding the latest trends, so as to create a new generation of versatile, cross-discipline professionals who are insightful and capable of influencing the future. Given its outstanding achievements in the instruction of futures studies, Tamkang University received an award for the “Best Futures Studies Research Institution” from the World Futures Studies Federation in 1999.
Tamkang’s future-oriented focus is not only seen in its style of instruction, but also in its various stages of organizational change, which include: (1) its transition from the third to the fourth wave of education; (2) its employment of the model of Total Quality Management, adopted by the business sector, to strengthen its competitiveness in the future higher education market; (3) its emphasis on the Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education to create “excellence with a soul”; (4) its establishment of an English-style holistic education system at the Lanyang Campus; and (5) its application of the latest technology to create a vast virtual domain: the Cyber Campus. These strategies demonstrate TKU’s ability to navigate through the potential educational and social challenges of the future, and to change its organizational structure to adapt to contemporary trends. In the coming years, this futureoriented focus will serve as the impetus for continued innovation. Apart from actively integrating research institutes that will have a significant impact in the areas of innovative technology, economic reform, and climate change, TKU will also provide an ongoing dialogue between science, technology, and society (STS), as well as innovative research results to provide strategies and alternatives to solve emerging global problems.