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Founded in 1950 as 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 Tamkang College of Arts and Sciences in 1958 before being renamed as Tamkang University in 1980. As one of the best-established schools of higher education, TKU has four campuses: the Tamsui Campus, the Taipei Campus, the Lanyang Campus, and the Cyber Campus, and eleven colleges, with a total of over 28,000 students, 2,200-plus faculty and staff members, and more than 220,000 alumni.

Tamkang is a university of ideals, vision, and creativity. It sees the pursuit of excellence and ongoing innovation as its main goals in sustainable management. For nearly 60 years since its foundation, TKU has focused on academic research, teaching and learning services with an innovative spirit. It also is the first university in Taiwan to employ the principle of total quality management (TQM), as it introduced this and set up the Committee of Educational Quality Management in 1992.? In 2006, the Tamkang Quality Award was initiated to recognize outstanding campus units fully committed to TQM. It has generated impressive results and is applauded by the public.

Since its inception as a university, Tamkang University has had six scholar-educators serving as President: Clement C. P. Chang, Yea-hong Chen, Louis R. Chow, Yun-shan Lin, Horng-jinh Chang, and the current President Flora C.I. Chang, who has assumed presidency since August 1, 2004. Among them, Dr. Clement C. P. Chang, also Founder of this University, has made the greatest contribution to Tamkang University. He is currently re-engineering the Second Sigmoid Curve, leading the university in the new millennium to become a global academic kingdom. Under the banner of One Great University and Four Distinct Campuses, Tamkangs administrative teams have applied innovative strategies and four management models--the Collegial Model, the Bureaucratic Model, the Political Model and the Market Model, in order to promote the Three Circles and Five Disciplines of Education; that is, the professional curriculum, the core curriculum and the extracurricular curriculum, as well as the educational goals of conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork, and beauty. TKU has nurtured students under the Triple Objectives of 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). Under its motto of simplicity, truthfulness, firmness, and perseverance, Tamkang strives to fully develop students potentials. It hopes to help every Tamkangian establish a firm foothold at Tamkang and it seeks to become a world-renowned top-quality comprehensive university by providing its students with the most recent learning resources and training.