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Taipei Media School—an innovative approach to education
By Wendy Kuo
Taipei Media School (TMS), jointly established by Taipei’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Taipei Culture Foundation, opened for classes on Sept. 1. To mark this momentous occasion, the unconventional and experimental educational institute invited Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je to share some inspirational words with the students on their first day of school.
Mayor Ko talked of his own life lessons and experiences and encouraged the students to “just do it” when it came to their dreams and ambitions. Among his words of encouragement, he told students, “You are only limited by your imagination.” Ko also praised the learners for bravely steering away from the traditional paths of education available in Taiwan by choosing to enroll at TMS. “All of you have come to this school because you believe that you can do something different. So it truly is belief that can change the world,” he said.
The head of the Taipei Culture Foundation, Li Yuan, will be serving as principal at Taipei Media School as it embarks on a journey as an original and unconventional experimental education institution in Taipei, departing from traditional school forms and programs. Free from the restraints of the national education curriculum and its test-taking culture, TMS instead is able to focus on development in such areas as international mobility, information competency, communication ability, fitness, initiative, and professional skills in media and communication.
Located in the Treasure Hill artist village of Taipei’s Zhongzheng District, the unwalled campus eschews regular high-school classrooms to instead integrate students in a fluid and innovative learning environment. TMS accepts junior high school graduates, or those with equivalent qualifications, of all ages. Over 130 students applied for the first academic year at TMS, but only 41 students were accepted and will form three classes as they begin their three-year curriculum.
For more information, please visit the official Taipei Media School website: http://mediaschool.taipei.