National University of Tainan, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Culture, NUTN

Background

Wen-Tsui Building, the place for this institute.


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In recent years there has been a rapid and sustained growth in studies on Taiwanese culture, which has contributed to efforts to preserving native culture. In

 order to fulfill the mission to preserve traditional culture, as well as to develop cultural studies in the context of global perspectives, Ministry of Education

 has approved National University of Tainan to establish Graduate Institute of Native Culture in 1996. This was the second higher academic institution in

 Taiwan at that time devoted to humanistic study of Taiwan. At its inception, this institute aims at educating teachers of native cultures at the level of

 elementary school, as well as at conducting academic study on native cultures. In 2003 academic year the name of the institute was changed to Graduate

 Institute of Taiwanese Culture. As it accomplished its initial stage of mission, the institute launches into a new direction with its new name. Consequently,

 focusing on academic study of Taiwanese culture has become its primary mission. The curriculum of the institute has been redesigned to highlight the

 importance of teaching Taiwanese culture on its own right and of the importance academic research. We also encourage graduate students to conduct

independent research and to develop research skills. The goal of the institute is to train students who are able to conduct advanced research.

In December 2005 the institute has been awarded a grant, along with another grant from the university, to set up the resources center for Taiwanese

 humanities in southern Taiwan. As a result, the institute has become a major center in southern Taiwan for books, documents, and databases relating to

 Taiwanese studies. Therefore, the institute has positioned itself as a major center for the study of Taiwanese culture, as well as a major resource center in

 this area. In 2007 Dr. Chen obtain National Science Council project for Humanities and Social Sciences Books and will buy about 500 foreign books. The

institute also gain research evaluation at National University of Tainan in 2005. In 2007 the institute was awarded good website design at National University

 of Tainan.

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We anticipate cultivating more teachers, researchers with broad vision and scopes based on the existing fruitful studies and they can cherish and pay attention to Taiwan's culture in the field of

 education and academy.

Objectives

The objectives of the institute include the followings:

  1.To educate students who will have advanced academic and research ability to promote cultural construction.

  2.To make Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Culture as the Center for Taiwan Studies.

  3.To collect and compile materials related to Taiwanese culture, and to devote to academic research of Taiwanese culture and to publish journal and teaching materials.

  4.To hold seminars to study Taiwanese culture and extension education for local community.

  5.To train professional teachers to teach native cultures and to help primary and secondary schools to promote native education and courses.
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Features and Future Expectation

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      1.Taiwanese folklores, religion and rituals.

      2.Regional development and local society.

      3.Taiwanese urban cultural industry and spatial construction.

      4.Maritime culture and Taiwan development.
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   Future expectation:

       1.Fieldwork survey techniques

       2.Theoretical analysis

       3.Explanation and discourse

       4.Research methods

       5.Multi-language

       6.Academic paper publication

       7.Others

Employment

Primary and secondary school teacher, Ph. D. program, national examination, culture-historical tasks.

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