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
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
independent research and to develop research skills. The goal of
the institute is to train students who are able to conduct advanced
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
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.
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
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
Features and Future Expectation
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.
1.Fieldwork survey techniques
3.Explanation and discourse
6.Academic paper publication
Primary and secondary school teacher, Ph. D. program,
national examination, culture-historical tasks.