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COURSES AND CHINA STUDIES PROPRAMResearchers affiliated with the CCS are already offering courses related to China studies and Cross Strait relations in NCCU’s graduate institutes. Topics already include China’s government and politics, economic development, social change and transformation, CCP reform, education research, international governance and related issues. CCS also encourages our research teams to collaborate to offer courses incorporating their more recent research results facilitating students’ access to the most recent research findings and approaches. New offerings cover China’s environmental governance, rural economies, theories of the nation state and China studies, and Sino-Russo relations, etc. The courses are designed to offer both introduction to theory as well as data about the contemporary situation in China. We’ve also invited Xiao-gang Yu, Director, Green Watershed, China, and Professor Jing-jun Li, University of California, Los Angeles, to give a series of keynote speeches.
Another teaching project is the “Cross-Disciplinary China Studies Program,” which we began to plan for in 2011. In 2013, the program’s advisory committee, composed of NCCU professors Chien-wen Kou, Director, Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies; Zhen-yuan Tong, Director, Graduate Institute of National Development; Jenn-hwan Wang, Director, Center for China Studies; Arthur S. Ding, Director, Institute of International Relations; Wen-chieh Wang, Dean, College of Law; Hsin-hsien Wang, Professor, Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies; have already pushed forward the current developments under the current system and using existing resources. First, delineate the existing China studies courses offered by Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies and Graduate Institute of National Development as required courses for the programs core. Next, simplify the list of courses offered: the advisory committee reviewed the list of proposed courses and excluded those which were focused on historical China studies or those infrequently offered, focusing the course list on contemporary China studies. The final course list is more sustainable and will give students a clearer picture of which courses they can choose. Finally, by adding the Directors (or Assistant Directors) of the College of Law and the Institute for International Relations to the program’s advisory committee, the program’s course offerings have been strengthened.