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 the first private college in Taiwan. It became the Tamkang College of Arts and Sciences in 1958, before being renamed as Tamkang University in 1980. As one of the first-established schools of higher education, TKU now has four campuses: the Tamsui Campus, the Taipei Campus, the Lanyang Campus, and the Cyber Campus; and 8 colleges, with a total of over 28,000 students, more than 2,100 faculty and staff members, and over 230,000 alumni.
Tamkang is a university of ideals, vision, and creativity. It sees the pursuit of excellence and ongoing innovation as the primary means of achieving sustainable management. 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. In 2006, the Tamkang Quality Award was initiated to recognize outstanding departments committed to TQM. It has generated impressive results and garnered positive public feedback. It also helped TKU win the prestigious National Quality Award in 2009.
Since its inception as a university, Tamkang University has had six scholar-educators serving as president: Clement C. P. Chang, Yeahong 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 internationallyrenowned 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 extracurricular 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 Tamkang University and seeks to become a world-renowned, top quality comprehensive university by providing its students with the most recent learning resources and training.