What Tzu Chi University Has Accomplished in 2019
1. Implement of Innovative Approaches to Enhance Teaching Quality
Employed institutional research for guiding the University to establish its policies, practices, and programs
Completed thirteen modules for analyzing issues faced by the University, and published a book entitled 2017: Tzu Chi University’s Endeavors in Institutional Research.
Ensured students’ learning effectiveness, narrowed the gap between their learning in the University and the employer’s expectations in workplace, helping them to pursuit their desired jobs.
In 2019, 93.59% of students stayed in the University to continue their studies.
The passing rates for University students/graduates taking various national licensure examinations are higher than national averages.
The percentage of graduates who were still looking for jobs dropped to 2%.
◎【天空學院】的2門MOOCs課程獲教育部2017磨課師標竿課程獎，更榮獲2019第三屆ELOE(e-Learning International Conference & Open Education Forum)年終大賞。
Two MOOCs courses won the 2017 Landmark Award from the Ministry of Education, and the University was also awarded at the 2019 3rd e-Learning International Conference & Open Education Forum for its MOOCs courses.
Empowered faculty members’ teaching and research capabilities
Since 2016, seven faculty members in the University have been applied to be promoted via the multi-track promotions, and four of them were successfully promoted.
Sixty-five percent of faculty members who applied for a “MOE Teaching Practice Research Program” received grants from the Ministry of Education; moreover, four of them received the “Research Excellence Award”.
Professor Chun-Yao Chen in the Department of Life Sciences received two awards for his book Thirty-eight Bacteria that You Love, namely the 43rd “Golden Tripod Award for Publications’ and “Best Book Award for Children and Teenagers” at the 2019 Taipei International Book Exhibition.
2. Develop the University’s Special Features
Based in Taiwan and maintaining open-mindedness to interact with others around the world
The University signed dual degree agreements with Mahidol University of Thailand and Andrew University of the United States.
During 2019-2020, international students comprised 9.9% of the student body.
In 2019, the University received an award from the Ministry of Education for its excellent work in serving international students during 2018-2019.
The University’s special features won international recognition.
The University became 146th in the 2019 Green Metric World University Ranking, up from 155th in 2018, and 200th in 2017.
The University received the Executive Yuan’s “2018 National Sustainable Development Award”.
The University was named “Life Education Featured School” by the Ministry of Education in 2019.
◎慈大華語中心獲選為108年THE KNOWLEDGE REVIEW雜誌東亞十大最有價值的語文學校，是台灣60間華語學校唯一入選。
The Chinese Language Center was recognized by Knowledge Review Magazine as one of the ten most valuable language schools in East Asia, and the Center was the only one among 60 language schools in Taiwan to be chosen.
◎本校2019年參加英國泰晤士高等教育Times Higher Education(THE)世界大學影響力排名(University Impact Rankings)，總體成績全球第67名台灣第一。
The University was ranked 67th in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings, and first in Taiwan.
三、 提升高教公共性 (強化慈大特色)
3. Expand Public Services
Welcome underprivileged students and attend to their needs
For the past three years, the percentages of students deciding to continue their studies in the University have been increasing, and the percentage of students taking leaves of absence or discontinuing their studies has been decreasing.
The University attended to the needs of underprivileged students, as well as indigenous students, by inspiring them to set learning goals, and inviting volunteers with extensive work experiences to accompany and assist them to seek employment.
Enhanced University governance that all departments and institutes and other academic units passed the various evaluations conducted by evaluation and accreditation institutions.
The University has carried out a university-wide self-evaluation mechanism for years. In 2019, all departments and institutes passed the phase I & II evaluations conducted by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan. Moreover, the Center for General Education passed the General Education Evaluation, and the Center for Teacher Education passed the Teacher Education Evaluation.
The School of Medicine passed the Taiwan Medical Accreditation Council’s evaluation with the highest approval, which is valid for six years.
The University will attend to the lifelong learning needs of volunteers around the world, and prepare students to become professionals with the spirit of volunteerism.
To serve the public, the Continuing Education Center offers courses in fifteen domestic locations and six overseas. The Center provides 3,300 courses every year to meet the lifelong learning needs of around 60,000 people.
Beginning in 2019, the University decided to take a big step to attend to volunteers’ needs around the world, by providing various programs, such as training in carrying out emergency relief work, grief counseling, skills for helping others, language learning, etc.
4. Fulfill Social Responsibilities
Carry out altruistic deeds and participate in the anti-drug abuse campaign
Volunteers of TCU SCLOVE won a bronze medal from the Youth Overseas Peace Corps. Two students were also awarded for their volunteer endeavors in education.
For the past ten years, the University’s faculty members, staff and students have taken part in 12,545 anti-drug abuse campaigns, sponsored by government agencies, schools of all levels and communities, and a total of 1,384,868 people have participated.
Fulfill University Social Responsibility (USR)
In 2019, 45 faculty members and 2,300 students regularly took part in USR programs.
A sustainable cooperative store was established on the Main Campus, to assist Hualien’s local small farmers and tribal people to sell their products to the public, and promote the local circular economy.
To better serve tourists, the University constructed a digital navigation program and developed an application (app) to provide Hualien’s tourist information.
The USR Team assisted Guangfu Township to become the first township in Hualien County to partially pass the Executive Yuan’s Local Entrepreneurship Program.
In responding to the Higher Education Sprout Project’s request that every university set long-term development goals, the University decided to be a model university that prepares students to become professionals with the spirit of volunteerism, assist volunteers around the world to pursue their lifelong educations, and carry out sustainable development practices.
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