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Date 2020-02-11



The Institute constitutes 13 full-time (including jointly appointed) teachers, including 1 honorary professor, 4 professors, 4 associate professors and 4 assistant professor ; 4 part-time teachers, including 3 professors and 1 assistant professor.
Our distinguished faculty includes many prominent scholars who have served government positions in Taiwan. Among them are: Prof. Li Yuan-zu , the Vice President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (1990 -1996); Prof. Su Chi, Secretary General of the National Security Council (2008-2010); Prof. Chao Chien-min, Deputy Director of the Mainland Affairs Council (2008-2010); Prof. Kao Yung-kuang, Vice President of the Exam Yuan (2014-2016); and finally, Prof. Tung Chen-yuan, who has served many critical cabinet positions, and is currently Taiwan’s ambassador to Thailand.
The newly-recruited teachers in the last ten years all have the expertise of development studies, and are outstanding talents with political science, economics or sociology background, acquiring the abilities of international publication and foreign language teaching. They not only enrich the faculty of our institute, but students benefit greatly with their learning. The Institute also continues recruiting or inviting outstanding teachers through joint recruitment mechanism, hiring them together with other departments inside or outside the school or other research units.




The aims of the institute’s courses are to training students for capabilities of to achieve interdisciplinary integration in their respective academic fields. Teachings and studyies in this institute are based on the principle of interdisciplinary integration. Using the concepts and theories related to development studies, the institute, through a trans-interdisciplinarye methods way, cultivates students’ expertise in the realm of “Contemporary China” and ”Taiwan and Asia-Pacific SStudies.” Curriculum planning and development are mainly carried out in three areas:
(1) to strengthen the training of national development theory (political science, economics, sociology and policy planning).
(2) contemporary Chinese political, economic and social development research, as well as cross-strait relations research, so that China studies and Taiwan studies could combine with each other and build a new field of national development research.
(3) to strengthen the research and the understanding of Taiwan's political, economic and social development experience and the research of Asia-Pacific region, so that the Asia-Pacific affairs and Taiwan's development could interconnect with each other, and open a new direction for national development research.
Due toConcerning the interdisciplinary characteristic of our institute, we do not haveset up different admission requirements for proerspective students with different academic backgrounds. In additionBesides, Ph.D. students are not required to concentrate on specific research topics; instead, by utilizingimplementing two teaching modules, Ph.D. students cancould bring their talent and specialties into full play.
The GIDS offers its curriculum in both English and Mandarin Chinese. The curriculum includes fundamental courses in Social Sciences Theoretical Training, Social Science Methodologies, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Theories of Social Development, Theories of Economic Development, Theories of Political Development, and Theories of Sustainable Development.
Our theoretical training for Development Studies includes the following courses: Development Assistance, Global Economics and Business Developments, Development and Policy, Development Economics, Poverty and Inequity in the Era of Urbanization, Sustainable Development, Local Industry and Economic Development, Globalization and Regional Integration.
Our courses for development theories in the Asia-Pacific region include courses on East Asian Innovation and Development, Ethnic Development in Southeast Asia, Democracy and Democratization in East and South Asia, and Political Development in Southeast Asia.
Our courses on development theories relating to China and Taiwan include courses on Political Development of Mainland China, Comparative Studies of Cross-Strait Relations, Confucianism and Modern China, Environmental Governance in China, Poverty Alleviation in China, Public Opinions and Elections in Taiwan. The GIDS also participates in study-abroad programs. Students who fulfill the exchange requirements can take courses at the University of California, Berkeley; Eberhard Karls Universität in Tübingen; and Xiamen University, People’s Republic of China.




The institute offers several scholarships (subsidized by the university authority) every semester for both M.A. and Ph.D. students to apply (the amount receiveding by each student depends on the numbers of applicants and the budget concerns of our institute).
In addition, the Institute has established "Development Studies Excellence Scholarship" donated by the alumni since 2012 after the Chair, Tung Chen-Yuan’s plan and solicitation, providing 2 full-time students with 50,000 NT dollars each year. In addition, the Institute receives two scholarships for the students donated by the general manager of Athena Capital Management, Frank AY Wang, which are "Mr. Wang Zongshan 's Moral Scholarship" and "Ms. Li Jingli Education Scholarship", with 50,000 NT dollars respectively.
In addition, students are able to apply for "Labor-type Assistant" or "Award-winning Student" to take an assistant salary or study allowance based on work contracts or learning activity implementation plan. Moreover, the school authority of NCCU and the Ministry of Education also offers several kinds of scholarship thatfor the students of our institute canto apply for.




Our institute has three seminar rooms and sets up one study room. For multi-functional considerations, the Institute provides students with computers, journals, printing and photocopying, and research space for dissertation writing. There are 16 seats, 3 computers and 1 multi-functional printer. By using an access control system, this study room (open 24 hours) will be available only for our graduate students.

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