Flora Chia-I Chang, Ed.D.
Message from the President
TKU President's Welcoming Address
Tamkang University was founded in 1950 as the first private institution of higher learning in Taiwan. With dedication, the university has grown through four major waves of development by observing the founding guidelines of simplicity, truthfulness, firmness and perseverance. The university pursues outstanding governance and academic excellence. Its campus space has extended from the Five-tiger Hills at the Tamsui Township to the Lin Mei Hill in Yilan County. Today as a comprehensive university, it has 4 campuses, 8 colleges, 18 doctoral programs, 46 M.A. programs, 23 Mid-career M.A.programs and 48 departments with a total of more than 27,000 students.
For several decades, Tamkang University has given emphasis to globalization, as well as information-oriented education and future-oriented education as strategies. It implements holistic education by emphasizing the “Three Circles consisting of professional, general education and extracurricular curricula as well as the Five Disciplines including conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork and beauty.” It sets the goal of cultivating students with 8 basic competencies: a global perspective, information literacy, a vision for the future, moral integrity, independent thinking, a cheerful attitude and health lifestyle, a spirit of teamwork and dedication, and a sense of aesthetic appreciation that helps conduct learning across disciplines. Moreover, Tamkang University’s credited student clubs and associations elevate students’ creativity, imagination and problem-solving abilities. It aims at equipping students not only with professional skills and expertise, but also excellence in soul. It values the refined integration of Asian and Western culture among students.
By its tireless efforts in the past 64 years, Tamkang University has won remarkable and distinct recognitions. TKU was awarded the 19th National Quality Award, and its campus received WHO’s Health and Safety Certification. It is the first university which has received the national “Distinguished Enterprises Environmental Protection Award” for three consecutive times. For 19 years in a row it is listed in Cheers Magazine as the top private university which nurtures “Most Desired University Graduates for Business and Industrial Sectors”. TKU was the only private university in Taiwan to have been ranked in a world survey by WRWU (Webometrics Ranking of World Universities). It was placed within the top 500 universities at 401st in the world and 8th in Taiwan.
Peering into the digital age of the 21st Century, higher education in Taiwan is faced with the challenge of a nationwide baby bust and intense global competition in educational resources. TKU is determined to surmount these challenges by adapting to the new age and further refining the existing culture of the university through innovative strategic planning. We shall faithfully implement total quality management, maximize teacher capabilities, deepen academic exchanges, strengthen academic research, pay more heed to student studies, aim at excellence in a thoroughly new environment, make better use of academic-industry partnerships, and upgrade international competitiveness. We will abide by the Blue-Sea competition guidelines and will be keen to the Matthew Effect so as to cultivate top students and brilliant scholars for the globalized world. It is our earnest hope that TKU’s holistic educational cause will unceasingly aim at and sustain success, making it one of the top comprehensive universities in the world.