Faculty Members and Staff Enjoy Participating In Tzu Chi University Sponsored TCU TED Session

Following the previous week’s education and training session, the University sponsored another TCU TED session for faculty members and staff before the first day of classes. It invited many distinguished speakers, such as President of Examination Yuan Jong-Tsun Huang, Tzu Chi Education Foundation CEO Dr. Pen-Jung Wang, Executive of Tzu Chi Culture and Communication Foundation Eric Yao, and Professor Shang-Jyh Liu and Professor Chih-Chieh Lin, both of National Yang-Ming Chiao Tung University to give presentations, each of which lasted up to 30 minutes. The University wished to enhance the attendees’ skills and knowledge in administrative procedures, crisis management, workplace ethics, organizational management, etc.

Around 300 faculty members and staff participated in the day’s TCU TED session. University President Ingrid Liu shared what the University’s achievementsfor the past two years have been and expressed her gratitude to faculty members and staff. She also pointed out that the University has achieved stunning results in enhancing teaching quality and student recruitment, improving research endeavors, building an internationalized and friendly campus, enriching teaching resources, and effectively carrying out administrative measures. President Liu presented certificates to the University’s distinguished professors for the year 2021-2022.

Tzu Chi Education Foundation CEO Dr. Pen-Jung Wang presented “How Tzu Chi People View Their Lives.” He mentioned that life is a matter of moments, and life comes and goes in each moment. Tzu Chi people live their daily lives like anyone else and attend to the needs of the underprivileged after joining Tzu Chi. They gradually realize the essence of life through caring for others and learn to live every moment. Dr. Wang also inspired everyone to switch to a vegetarian diet and live a simple life. He concluded that choosing a vegetarian diet will be helpful to reduce the number of major disasters and help us to live solemn lives.

Eric Yao from Tzu Chi Culture and Communication Foundation presented the topic of “Organizational Management and OKR” by citing the primary goal for an Non-Profit Organization (NPO) from Peter Drucker’s book “Managing the Non-Profit Organization” as transforming people. Mr. Yao pointed out two essential goals for Tzu Chi University, which arethe University’s brand and its worldwide impact. The University can provide education enabling learners to live their daily lives withtaste, which consists of altruism and aesthetics. Then, he shared OKR, an essential organization management tool that has been used in recent years. The “O” refers to the setting of objectives, and “KR” represents the key results. An NPO sets its goals, based onits missions, and then comes up with three key expectedresults. Eric Yao emphasized that an organization’s co-workers need to work with each other and with highteam spirit.

President of the Examination Yuan Jong-Tsun Huang gave a lecture on “Decision Making in a DifficultTimeand Crisis.” President Huang mentioned that making decisions in a difficult timeis very challenging. Every decision is affected by many factors, and the slight change of an element will affect other elementssignificantly. The best decision is made by considering the interests of the majority of people and the organization. President Huang used his vast experiences to illustrate that decisive decision-making will lead an organization in a good direction. To maintain a good reputation and enhance its strength, an organization should establish a solid system.

Professor Shang-Jyh Liu of National Yang-Ming Chiao Tung University shared the “Administrative Responsibility for Academic Supervisors” based on his many years of experience. To introduce how the law provides guarantees for university autonomy, he cited several cases where academic supervisors in Taiwan were accused of violations of laws and provided the opinions rendered by Supreme Court justices.Currently, it is difficult for university administrators to decide whether to do something or not to do it. Every University has its values and educational principles, on which its administrators can base their decisions. In his opinion, Tzu Chi University treasures kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, and faculty members and staff want to do things right, and do the right things. Moreover, they undertake tasks to help steer the University toward its values and educational principles.

The impact of the Internet is immense. Therefore, the University invited Professor Chih-Chieh Lin of National Yang-Ming Chiao Tung University to give a speech entitled “Expressing One’s Opinion onSocial Media.” Professor Lin suggested that we should ask ourselves certain questions, before expressing our opinions on social media, such as “Who are the users?” “What is our purpose of running this fan page?” In addition, we should pay attention to the content of our opinions, whenever we share them on social media. Photos and citations must not infringe on copyrights, and our comments should not insult others. When publishing work-related information, we must never violate privacy or reveal the secrets of others. As for conducting a press conference or press releases, we should think about what the public needs to know and never overstate anything.

Regarding the topic of “Gender Equality in the Workplace,” Professor Lin said that the human rights index in Taiwan has beenprogressingcontinuously. Currently, the laws have provided multiple public protections. Professor Lin pointed out that Taiwan has enacted three significant acts related to gender equality, which gives good public protection; she shared some cases of other campuses and pointed out the legal impact of those violations. Professor Lin urged everyone to use gender-neutral language to avoid any disputes.

A legal counsel, Shian-Ni Bo, gave a lecture on “How to Conduct a Meeting,” Tzu Chi University adviser Joyce Tsao presented “Human Resources related Laws and Regulations and the Relationship between Employee and Employer.” Accounting Office Director Shin-Yi Huang, and the Procurement Group manager shared “Procurement and Accounting.” Faculty members and staff participating in this session were grateful that the University provided such a fantastic session, and they also appreciated that the lecturers shared their views broadly and pointed out the roots of problems candidly. They felt happy to attend this TCU TED session.