History and Future Prospects
The origin of our department traced back to 1949 when we were a part of the Department of Civil Administration in Taiwan Provincial College. Since then, a series of transformation has taken place, however, our mission statements have not. We continue to progress to become one of the best programs in the field of public administration and policy in Taiwan. With a total of more than 1200 students and 25 full time professors, our department has become one of the oldest and the most renowned in the field of Public Administration and Policy in Taiwan.
Our ProgramsOur department confers Bachelor Degrees, Master Degrees, Philosophy of Doctorates Degrees, Extension Education Program Degrees, and EMPA Degrees to students who are ready to embark on a career in the Public Administration and Affairs. We offer core and elective courses ranging from Quantitative Research Methods in Social Science to Organizational Theories as well as Practices of Public Administration and Policy.
Here in Department of Public Administration and Policy, we believe that a liberal art curriculum will cultivate potential candidates for competitive careers in the 21st Century. We specifically designed our curriculum this way for students to develop a solid and comprehensive understanding of Public Administration and Policy.
Courses planningCourses planning of our department balances between theories and practices. Courses for undergraduates are divided into four groups, which are: (1)Administrative Management (2)Public Policy (3) Political Economy and Government (4) Civil Society. Each course group contains 10 core subjects, in order to attain the demand of specialized study. Students are requested to major in one course group and take at least 16 credits among core subjects in each course group. Core subjects in different course groups can overlap for each group, and can also substitute as selective subjects in other course groups of others. At the master degree level, we provide 3 distinctive subdivisions: (1) public administration; (2) public policy; (3) political economy and government. They are all inter-disciplinary studies.
Future CareersBecause of the interdisciplinary and comprehensive research training that we offer in our program, many graduates select various career paths after completing their degrees. Many of our graduates perform extremely well in Civil Service Examinations. With more than 1600 graduates who currently work as public servants for the central and local government in 2018, our department takes pride in fostering students for a successful career in government. A great amount of our students also continue to pursue higher education to attain teaching positions and to conduct research in top universities of Taiwan.
Not only do our graduates succeed in the academia and civil services, but also our graduates are frequently recruited into private sectors, including such as but not limited to: Finance and Commerce, IT industries, Aviation industries, Retailing and Manufacture sectors. In sum, the training and teachings that we provide enable all of our graduates to triumph in whatever they decide to pursue in the future.