Clement C. P. Chang
Message from the Founder
Toward the Fifth Wave of Tamkang Unive
The rapid expansion of higher education has promoted the development of equal education, transforming higher education, which was originally offered only to the elite, into a universal phenomenon. As a consequence, the goal of education is no longer confined to cultivating the elite. Tertiary institutions now respond actively to the demands of the general public, and it is thus vital for a university to be aware of its own historical legacy, cultural heritage and mission, and to define its future development. With its four campuses, including the Tamsui Campus, the Taipei Campus, the Lanyang Campus, and the Cyber Campus, Tamkang University in a span of sixty-four years has undergone four waves of major development: the Foundation Period, the Positioning Period, the Uplifting Period, and the Transformation Period. Within these four periods, Tamkang has grown from a regional junior college into the top comprehensive private university in Taiwan. Future development toward the Fifth Wave will shape Tamkang into a world-renowned university possessing high ideals and modern notions of innovation, a place which cultivates and nurtures talent, not only in a professional, academic sense, but also in the Five Disciplines of Education, including conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork, and beauty, in line with its mission of creating “Excellence with a Soul”. Only by continuously striving to improve can Tamkang create an even better future.
American educator, Barbara Miller, once pointed out that leading universities, in resolutely carrying out their missions, rely on the cooperation of an administrative team, which works to implement and carry out strategies and plans for development. This is precisely how Tamkang University operates. It has a strong administrative team that implements a range of dynamic strategies and incorporates four separate models of governance: the Collegial Model, the Bureaucratic Model, the Political Model, and the Market Model. Moreover, Tamkang’s educational ideology of ‘Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education’, consisting of professional, core, and extracurricular curricula, has helped to shape Tamkang students into well-balanced young adults.
Despite Tamkang’s position as a leading Taiwanese university with a large administrative team, it must nevertheless be aware of the ‘Mathew Effect’. The Mathew Effect refers to the phenomenon in which renowned universities around the world gain an increasingly stronger foothold in the global market by virtue of their reputation. As a result, they enjoy ever-increasing resources as the gap between “leading” and relatively unknown universities continually grows.
To ensure that Tamkang University is among the world’s renowned universities, it must draw on the concepts proposed in Clark Kerr’s fifth edition of The Uses of the University. Kerr warns that in the Age of the Fox, typified by intense competition, change and transformation, universities must uphold their core educational values, propagate their traditions and cultural heritage, identify opportunities brought about by the times, be capable of integrating both internal and external resources, aptly adjust themselves to changes in the environment, and develop their unique characteristics; only then can they prevail in this global competition. Therefore, Tamkang University must perceive and adjust to global trends in higher education. In the spirit of the university motto “simplicity, truthfulness, firmness, and perseverance”, we must promote the deeper meaning of Tamkang culture, magnify the unique features of Tamkang University, and ensure that all Tamkangians redouble their efforts to establish a firm foothold at Tamkang University, hold the world in view, grasp the latest information, and create a brighter future by unwaveringly striding toward the Fifth Wave of development.