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DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

In order to effectively execute the “Cross Strait Relations and China Studies – the Formation of Modern China and Regional Security” research plan, we integrate NCCU’s leading scholars in the humanities, social sciences, law, and international relations. CCS will employ the following steps to strengthen the direction and output of our Cross Strait and China Studies research:
Establish research teams, investigate major research questions through our research teams. Each research team will pursue strategic development along its research axis, including working towards results in research, teaching, and internationalization.
 
Research teams will work employ research and academic activities, including conferences and workshops, to increase publication, including the results of cooperation with international scholars and English-language books. Moreover, as this plan strengthens Chinese academic publications, it also highly encourages English-language and international publications, to raise our international academic profile.
 
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International journal publication, including: CCS Director Wang has been the editor-in-chief of NCCU’s only SSCI journal Issues & Studies (http://is.nccu.edu.tw) since August 2012. In the future, the journal will feature a special issue with research results produced by the Top University plan. Also, the university’s Mainland China Research journal has begun internationalization with efforts to join JSTOR. The bimonthly journal Strategic Vision published by NCCU’s Institute for International Relations (IIR) will publish articles in English on regional security questions and the latest analysis of important topics in international relations putting forward the Taiwanese perspective on regional security. Under the Frameworks and Development of China’s Legal System research line the bilingual publication NCCU China Law Review has already been listed as a TSSCI journal and is an opportunity for our research to gain greater international exposure. The Formation of Modern China research line have already begun to publish the Journal of the History of Ideas in East Asia publishing work from domestic and international (Japanese and Korean) history and humanities scholars. Finally, CCS cooperates with NCCU’s Center for Religious Studies to publish the Chinese Religious Studies international journal, which after Berkeley’s Journal of Chinese Religion, is the second most respected publication on Chinese religious studies.
 
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Market the results of the plan, CCS distributes English and Chinese versions of the Cross Strait and China Research Newsletter. The quarterly newsletter shares the plan’s latest research results, newest academic publications, recent academic activities and research studies.
 
Intensify communication and cooperation among other NCCU research initiatives under the Top University structure
 
Showcase initial research results through working papers in the CFCS Working Paper Series. The working paper series compiles the research results of the plan’s four major lines of inquiry; enough research papers have already been collected to make a foundation for a journal or book publication. 
Construct academic research databases: CCS will continue to support the development of academic research databases with data on mainland China development. To present, the plan offers support for multiple databases. Under the Formation of Modern China research line a “Modern Chinese Archive” database of data surrounding Taiwan during the Cold War and Chiang Kai-Shek is being established. Professor Guan-Tao Jin’s Database for the Study of Modern Chinese Thought and Literature (1830-1930) (http://digibase.ssic.nccu.edu.tw/) is also being expanded under this research line. The China’s Institutional Changes and Economic Development research line are developing two databases: the “Chinese Communist Party Political Elites Database” and the “Social Protest in China Database.” The “Chinese Communist Party Political Elites Database” has already been recognized as an important resource for China studies researchers. Finally, under the Rise of China and Asia’s Regional Security research line, the China Energy Policy Database collects data about energy policies in China, Russia, Brazil, India, and South Africa, etc. and their relations to regional security. 
Expand the academic curriculum: CCS will work to consolidate courses on Mainland China within the university and offer new courses in this area. We also hold winter and summer workshops, and have established summer programs and workshops through cooperation with top international universities. 
 
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Continue to support internationalization: In addition to strengthening international publications and international teaching cooperation, this plan encourages each of its research lines to establish long-term cooperation with world-famous research centers. Examples of our progress include CCS’s cooperation with the Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley; the Framework and Development of China’s Legal System’s research team’s collaboration with Munich University (Germany); the Rise of China and Asia’s Regional Security Research team’s cooperation with the University of Turin (Italy), and the Formation of Modern China’s cooperation with mainland Chinese scholars and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 
 
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In addition to the governance mechanisms set up by the TOP University Office, we have voluntarily established our own governance mechanisms conducive to effectively executing this plan. They include: (1) twice-a-year meetings with the administrator in charge of NCCU’s Top University Plan, the Director of the CCS, and research axes to discuss future directions and goals; (2) CCS has built an advisory board with eight top domestic scholars and seven well respected international scholars. Since 2011, the domestic advisory board has met every spring to gather information and offer important recommendations for future development.