Tamkang University (TKU) was founded in 1950. Adhering to the Triple objectives of Globalization, Information-oriented education, and Future-oriented education promoted by the Founder Dr. Clement C. P. Chang; undergoing three periods of development: "The Foundational Period," "The Positioning Period," and "The Uplifting Period," and “Transformational Period,” Tamkang University was further formulated into one comprehensive university with the integrations of Tamsui, Taipei, Lanyang, and Cyber campuses. In November of 2017, the Hsu Shou-Chlien International Conference Center was inaugurated under the donations of former TKU alumni; this continues the excellent heritage of Tamkang culture. With the quick infusion of new power, the new course of development of the Fifth Wave “The Transcending Period” was launched. Moreover, the Fifth Wave of Tamkang takes "Creation of a Great Tamsui; Embracing a Smart Future" as its mid-range vision.
As for the aspect of planning the teachers' teaching and the curriculum, Tamkang University has upheld the concept of "the learner is the center." From the first mile of incoming new students to the last mile of the graduating seniors, and to the first mile of facing job employment or starting a business, all require different stages of learning demands, and TKU has created a comprehensive learning plan and built a "student learning value chain" for students in their four undergraduate years. As for the aspect of students’ learning, Tamkang adopts the "Three Circles Curricula": Professional curriculum, General curriculum, and Extracurricular curriculum, and also honors program, cross-field courses, employment programs, and capstone courses as auxiliaries. TKU has not only achieved the effectiveness of intensive professionalism, learning application and advancement, and unified learning, but also has been able to deepen the five Educational Disciplines of "Conduct, Intelligence, Physical Education, Teamwork, and Beauty" to foster in students the possession of the eight essential qualities of “Global perspective, Informational literacy, Vision for the future, Moral integrity, Independent thinking, Cheerful attitude and healthy lifestyle, Spirit of teamwork and dedication, and the Sense of aesthetic appreciation,” to become an outstanding Tamkang graduate.
Tamkang established an international partner institution relationship with the Chuo University of Japan in 1968, it has now signed an academic cooperation agreement with 232 universities in 38 countries on five continents. In 1994, the first international mobility program for domestic juniors to study abroad was established. Each year, juniors are selected to study at overseas partner institutions, and as of 2019, 8,250 students had completed their dream of studying abroad. In 2015, Tamkang earned the Outstanding Internationalization Award from the Ministry of Education and thus becoming a model school for internationalization.
Tamkang has performed well in various world university rankings and Asian university ranking surveys, including THE, QS, and US News & World Report, ranking No. 19-22 in the nation, surpassing 2/3 of national universities. The "World University Network Ranking" published in January 2020, the university ranked No. 878th worldwide, ranked No. 175th in the Asia region, ranked No. 10th in the country, and ranked No. 1 consecutively in the domestic private universities. In the results of the school evaluation of the colleges and universities, the second period of the 2018 academic year, under the four categories of school governance and management, school resources and supporting system, school effectiveness, and self-improvement and sustainable development, Tamkang passed all. In 2020, "Global Views Monthly" magazine's "Taiwan's Best University Rankings", the school is ranked first in the "Literary Arts, Law, and Business" private school, ranking No. 3 in the country and exceeded many national universities, and is also ranked No. 1 in the "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs Contribution) Level."
The Triple Objectives of Globalization, Information-Oriented Education, and Future-Oriented Education were continuously cultivated as Tamkang steps into the fifth wave. In 2018, the “Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair” was established with the hope of being able to promote more internationally renowned scholars to conduct lectures, to engage in intensive lectures series, and to do cooperative research thus promoting Tamkang’s position on the stage of the global village. As of 2020, the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair Fund successfully invited 17 internationally renowned scholars from 9 different countries including United States, Canada, France, Austria, Poland, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Singapore; among them, seven scholars possess national academician qualifications. This gradually accomplishes the purpose of the formation of the Tamkang Clement and Carrie Chair, achieving the founder’s vision of creating a world-class University. As for the Information-Oriented Education, Tamkang takes “intellect” as its core spirit, implements a digital transformation, creates a smart campus 2.0, utilizes the new concepts of smart technology and service designs including; the big data, artificial intelligence, mobile computing, cloud computing, and internet of things. Inaugurated in the 2020 academic year as a virtual operational hub in Tamkang University, the College of Artificial Innovative Intelligence (AII) integrates the resources of academic units on campus, promotes interdisciplinary teaching and research, strengthens the industry-academia cooperation, and combines with USR to implement the concept of local revitalization effectively, adapting to highly qualified industries, reducing learning gaps, and cultivating students’ employability in the AI cloud era. Future-Oriented Education is located in having the characteristic of social responsibility in the diversity of “Collaborative Foresight” as this continues to refine future studies courses, upgrading teaching instructions in order to strengthen the clear understanding of students in their Future-Oriented Education and competency development.
Tamkang promoted TQM since 1992 won The 19th National Quality Award in 2009. The Chairperson of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, won the Business Excellence Award of the 25th National Quality Award in 2018. Tamkang was the first university worldwide to confer the International Safe School status by the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 18th, 2008. In 2012, Tamkang was once again issued the International Safe School Status after passing the WHO Safe School Re-evaluation. From 2011 till 2013, Tamkang continuously received the R.O.C. Enterprises Environmental Award and received the life-time prestigious EPA Environmental Award. The quality of running a university has been affirmed by various fields.
The immediate strength of more than 270,000 graduates in different industries allowed Tamkang University ranking No. 1, in 2020, among all private universities for 23 consecutive years in the "Top 2,000 Enterprises' Favorite College Graduates" survey conducted by Cheers Business Magazine, and No. 8 among all institutes of higher education in Taiwan. In the proportion of the survey’s nine main categories, among private universities, Tamkang ranked No. 1 in eight out of the nine categories. In the same year, the 104 Human Resources Center announced the "Rankings of Most Frequently Hired Universities by Enterprises," our University graduates won the first place in the "Software and Internet Industry" and the "Financial Industry." Tamkang is ecstatic to have such outstanding performance, yet this urges us to double our efforts in the future to add value to academic professionalism, strengthen teaching, enhance industry-academia cooperation, and establish a teaching ecosystem of innovative entrepreneurship. The Fifth Wave under the foundation of Tamkang Culture and the accomplishments of the Founder and other successive presidents, the outstanding achievements should again be carried on by building upon the initial successes and by taking the spirit of the old to create the new so as to erect a superb new look in the future of the university and march forward to be a first-rate, world-class comprehensive university.
President of Tamkang