|ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
1. Department Profile NUPS (National University Preparatory School for Overseas Chinese Students) merged with NTNU on March 22nd 2006 and was renamed as the College of International Studies and Education for Overseas Chinese, with the campus in Linkou. The Department of East Asian Culture and Development was established under this College. The department focuses on issues such as regional cultures, global development trend, political and economic structures of the region and their transformations, industrial and eco-tourism in East Asia. In addition, issues concerning overseas Chinese, such as Chinese education, Chinese community, Chinese affairs, are also the focuses of this program.
2. Faculty Members The department recruits experts and academics from NTNU and other institutions in Taiwan and abroad to join our faculty. Their specialties include collective culture and philosophy in East Asia; respective cultures and philosophies in major areas; political/ economic/ social issues and regional organizations; cultural, industrial tourism; overseas Chinese affairs and education in East Asia. All faculty members have doctorates.
- Curriculum Framework
1. The Department of East Asian Culture and Development is not designed to nurture future teachers. Students of the department can take enroll in the Teacher Education Program in accordance with relevant regulations of NTNU. 128 Credit hours are required for graduation. 2. An introductory course titled “East Asian Culture: Tradition vs. Modernity” will be offered, and eminent scholars will be invited to give lectures. 3. Curriculum design centers on three disciplines: East Asian Culture Studies; East Asian Tourism and Recreation; International Law of East Asia and Politics and Overseas Chinese Affairs. 4. English is compulsory. In addition, students are required to learn an East Asian language as a second language. Japanese, Korean, Thai, or Malay language courses are offered.
I. Multi-dimensional curriculum: Our curriculum covers local issues and regional issues in East Asia, and further expands to issues concerns the world. Different courses complement each other dialectically. Such curriculum design helps students gain multi-faceted knowledge in the course of learning.
II. Integrated curriculum design: in regional studies, conventional division of disciplines often limits the scope of study, which in turn hinders the comprehensive understanding of regional issues and problems. To eliminate this hurdle, the department adopts an interdisciplinary curriculum which covers language, methodology, introductory and advanced information on East Asia. Introductory courses are offered at freshmen year. 2nd year students take courses in Taiwan and China. 3rd year students study North East and South East Asia. In the 4th year, students explore topics concerning globalization. The interdisciplinary program allows students to gain comprehensive understanding of the culture, tradition, politics, economies, and resource utilization in East Asia. III. Focuses on specialized knowledge and practical application: Aside from a comprehensive curriculum design, we also include three areas of professional studies in the curriculum. In addition to taking courses on regional issues, students can take one or two professional courses, such as Culture Development, Overseas Chinese affairs, and Industrial Tourism, according to their area of interests and future career plans.The professional courses add depth and breadth to the program and allow students to gain comprehensive knowledge on Ease Asia.
The Information Building at Linkou Campus is scheduled to complete in 2009 and will house the Department of East Asian Culture and Development. The department has begun enrolling students since 2007. The building which currently houses the department office, instructors’ offices, and classrooms is internet accessible and offers a multi-media teaching environment. The library on Linkou Campus has a collection of 150,000 volumes, whose circulation system is integrated with Hoping campus and Gongguan campus. In the future, the NTNU library will be linked up with other university libraries in northern Taiwan to form a joint library system.
In academic year 2007-08, the department rented six classrooms in Jingye Building and Lequn Building at Linkou Campus of NUPS for its program. Each classroom is equipped with an automatic screen. Several projectors are available for use in the department office for multimedia classes. In addition, there are two language labs, four computer labs, one specialized classroom, four audio-visualclassrooms, four classrooms with e-podiums, and three computer labs for teachers and students of the department.
Once Information Building is up and running in academic year 2009, students will be relocated to Zone B of the building for classes. The space allocated for our department is around 800㎥, equivalent of 10 ㎥ per student and 25㎥ per lecturer.
- Future Prospects
1. Our graduates can apply for graduate programs in NTNU or other institutions and pursue advance studies in history, geography, politics, East Asian studies, South E. Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, tourism, politics and economies, etc.
2. Our Graduates can also be employed in the following sectors: I. Research institutes on East Asian cultures and regional cultures. II. Governmental agencies specializing in diplomacy, culture, political and economic affairs related to East Asian nations. III. Cultural, industrial, and eco tourism in East Asia. IV. Overseas Chinese affairs, education, and communities in East Asia.
- Teaching objectives
To foster the ability to think globally, critically and reflectively: based on the foundation of traditional Chinese and Taiwanese studies, an East Asian regional framework is used to consolidate the content of cultural researches. The department approaches East Asian cultural studies from a brand new perspective, facilitates dialogs across the boundary of time and place, explores political and economic issues in depth and in broadness, and analyzes different dimensions of East Asian development.
To nurture tolerant, respectful students who have well-rounded learning in humanities: the curriculum design is inter-disciplinary, reflecting cultural, political and economic diversity in East Asia. Students will gain a good understanding of this region and transform the knowledge into genuine concern for this region. Students can contribute to Taiwan-East Asia relations with what they learned, while being in step with the world trend and be prepared for the challenges in the new era.
To equip students with knowledge about regional industries, economies, politics, and academia: build up students’ practical knowledge about different cultures and industries in East Asia. By conducting regional studies and observing the world trend, students can obtain a good understanding of national interests and international relations. The curriculum also aims to cultivate students’ competence in gathering information, formulating policy, and participating in foreign affairs. Graduates of thedepartment will serve as communication channels between Taiwan, East Asia, and the world. Moreover, the training lays a solid academic foundation in students to conduct studies in East Asian culture, in Chinese communities worldwide, and in overseas Chinese affairs.
- Future Developments
I. In the short term: focuses on overall development in east Asia, pays close attention to political and economic organizations in the region, facilitates cultural exchanges, observes regional and global trends, and understands the lives of Chinese immigrants and cultures of ethnic groups. Culture tourism and travel is another focal point in the near future.
II. Medium-term: establishes an East Asian study center, and builds databanks to preserve research results. Sets up master programs to promote researches in this area. Cooperates with universities overseas to offer double degree bachelor programs, master programs and doctorial programs.
III. Long-term: establishes doctorial programs in which research results of various disciplines can be integrated to form a comprehensive theoretical structure to provide guidance for future development in Taiwan. Our vision is to become a regional teaching and research platform in East Asia.
- Curriculum Features
1. The department does not aim to nurture future teachers.
2. The department invites eminent academics regularly to give lectures.
3. English is required; courses on East Asian languages are electives.