Presentation on theme: "My inauguration was originally scheduled for January 22nd, 2012. January 22nd is Chinese New Years Eve. The date holds a special meaning to me. On January."— Presentation transcript:
My inauguration was originally scheduled for January 22nd, January 22nd is Chinese New Years Eve. The date holds a special meaning to me. On January 27th 1987 (which was the Chinese New Years Eve that year), twenty- five years ago, we discovered the YBCO high temperature superconductor in my lab in Huntsville, Alabama.
The object of the educational system, taken as a whole, is to produce experts who know how to make a living, in the mean time to produce responsible citizens who can make impact to the society and industry The object of the educational system, taken as a whole, is not to produce hands for industry or to teach the young how to make a living. It is to produce responsible citizens Robert Maynard Hutchins, President University of Chicago ( )
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I hope that the University we build becomes a more complete university with its own unique character. My ultimate hope is that a Dong Hwa student graduates with both professional training and a heart for the community.
I believe that what makes a university truly exceptional is its alumni. The alumni and university are part of one body, united in the goal of contributing to social progress and furthering human knowledge. We need a plan and vision that gains support from the whole Dong Hwa community – its faculty, staff, students, as well as the surrounding community. By increasing our ties with local communities, our students can learn how to better contribute to the advancement of local society, and gain training as leaders of not only our locale, but of our country, and even the world.
In our campus, the students are of course our main constituency. The four years of an undergraduate education is a formative period in a persons life. Other than focusing on their studies, students should also be involved in the events and affairs of the community. These connections will help students to adopt a more pro-active and positive attitude. Students need to discover their own interests, hobbies, and specializations. They need to find them inside and outside of the classroom.
I hope to create a familial atmosphere at Dong Hwa. I want students, staff, and faculty to feel that the university is like a family: were all living together, learning from each other, taking care of each other, growing together. My goal is to foster a stimulating learning environment, where teachers are both specialists and generalists, committed to communicating the newest ideas in their field, and where students are enthusiastic and filled with the energy to learn. This energy will allow Dong Hwa to retain and attract first-rate talent.
Most importantly, we want to construct a more complete and better learning environment, so students can get the education that they need, in order to cultivate the talent that they have. To the average student, we need to develop a curriculum that allows him or her to receive the required training within a four-year period, For extraordinary students, we want to create special opportunities that allow them to develop their own interests and abilities.
1. Create a more well-rounded learning environment To develop a more complete core curriculum, so that every student enters Dong Hwa leaves with a certain knowledge of a core set of texts and an understanding of a core set of values. Students will leave the university with an ability for critical thinking and the courage to take on challenges in their future careers. to new students. To develop a culture of open discussion and more engaged learning. This will provide students with the flexibility and engaged mind to meet the challenges in their next step. To encourage more international exchange by increasing the opportunities for exchange students and foreign students to come to Dong Hwa. This will help to develop our students international horizons, improve their English and foreign language abilities, and expand their intellectual boundaries. To have better communication and cooperation with local businesses and local society, in order to help students develop their love and concern for the larger community around them.
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How to build a Core Curriculum for Dong Hwa students (cont) ? Construct a more integrated (and flexible) curriculum that allows students to pursue the best of their interests during the years they are on campus Discuss the possibility to take out the policy to expell students because they do not pass the grade (students are to expell because of their misconduct) Design program to allow students to involve in research at senior (or junior) year Estalish the 3+2 (bachelor + master) programs for qualified students
How to develop a culture of open discussion and more engaged learning ? Digital Humanities as an example: A truly cross-disciplinary and multi-directional conversation, where people in the humanities brought their ideas and needs to the tech world, so that it could provide them with some new ideas about what sort of technologies or products that they could develop that would be interesting for all parties Taiwan is a unique place that provides insight to many of the important trends and historical developments of not only East Asia, but that of world history. Taiwan has many stories that need to be told. Taiwan also has a lot of local talent, ideas, and innovation that should be pushed to a wider platform.
How to foster more international exchange and cooperation with local society? Build up more intenational partnerse.g. my recent visit to Iran…. Special summer programs for foreign participantse.g., combination of outdoor activities with language learning Programs for students to study abroade.g., summer visit; dual degree program; 3+2 (B.S. or B.A. + Master) Encourage students to involve in work study at senior year (Co-op program with industries) Industry (Job) fairs held on campus. ……
2.Strengthen the quality of teaching and research In order to create a University that has its own character, we need to re-think the evaluation system that the University employs. We need to create an evaluation system that values teaching, research, and service equally. We need to have more inter-disciplinary collaboration for research and study. We can cultivate more inter-disciplinary work by focusing on topics that are related to local concerns in the East Coast. Therefore, I want to encourage more research that is based locally and in the community. The experts in our community can aid the development of industry on the Eastern seaboard, which can further provide a model for the whole countrys industries.
A unique evaluation system to value equally faculty members teaching, services and researchesstrengthen the Peer Review process Key evaluation process is processed in the college, with the expertise recommended by the department. Outside expert supports are critical in the process The University level evaluation is to look into whether there is any flaw in the process without getting into the technical details External examiners (referees) are the key for proper (or accurate) evalutions How to create a University with its own character ?
Take out the departmental boundariesOne- department in College (such as Environmental Sciences) will forster a much better interactions among different disciplines and create better integrated programs Allocate resources to allow people from different discipline to identify problems of common interests and to work together Identify problems of local interest, such as effects of earthquake, typhoon to economy, to environment, and etc Stay tune with the current advanced research activitiese.g., music as a therapeutic tool; development of new materials for art design and innovation How to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations ?
Continue and expand the existing programs that already involve with local communitye.g. farmers market; ecological studies; industry- academic collaborations that can be for culture (such the exhibition at Kaoshiung now organized by Dean Pan) Research collaboration with local industrye.g., collaborate with Chung Hwa Pulp Corporation to establish the infrastructure for the development of Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology; development of value-added healthy products with local farmers Create advanced courses for people at work More involvement of the community in the school activities How to promote cooperation with the society ?
3. Cultivate deeper ties (especially in Education) with the surrounding community Dong Hwa should create closer ties with local schools, as well as other institutions of secondary and higher education. We should make Dong Hwas resources (especially its large amount of man-power) available to local middle and elementary schools in order to raise the quality of education in the area. We need to establish closer cooperation with local government, and provide active recommendations for surrounding land development. This will help us develop closer ties with industries in the region. Besides our focus on local projects, we also need to be actively involved in national projects, engage in research in the six major national project that the government encourages.
Dong Hwa should create closer ties with local schools, as well as other institutions of secondary and higher education. We should make Dong Hwas resources (especially its large amount of man-power) available to local middle and elementary schools in order to raise the quality of education in the area Allows student to have more self-oganized programstransportation, dormitory (such the utility control), food (restaurant) and environment Open the university facilties to outside How to establish an integrated education system that allows to cultivate young talents using the existing Dong Hwa resources ?
Closely work with the local government to help organize better project for regional development e.g., the development of green technologies Actively involve in the regional affairs that lead to better opportunities for our students career developmente.g., investigations on the development of better transportation system for the east coast region Actively involve in the execution of national projects, engage in research in the six major national project that the government has the highest priority How to establish a better relation with the local government and local communities ?
4. Active pursuit of international cooperation Encourage our recruiting includes more candidates from abroad, especially those who have strong interests in our culture, environment and programs Use our international connections and experience to establish further international collaboration with other universities, research institutes, and even industries Increase and attract international students, and increase the number of either short term or long term visiting professors on campus Allow students to experience international education without having to leave the country
Working Together We Can Advance Into Higher Orbit And Beyond …. Working Together We Can Advance Into Higher Orbit And Beyond ….