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Tel: +886 (0)2 28819471 ext.6252-6253(undergraduate)、6261-6262(graduate)
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E-mail: politics@scu.edu.tw
website: http://www.scu.edu.tw/politics

History
The Department of Political Science of Soochow University has over 50 years of history, being one of the four departments that existed during the reestablishment of the university in Taiwan in 1954. Other than its rich historical background, the Department of Political Science of Soochow University is also well known for its excellence in recruiting outstanding teachers, integrating different disciplines, planning of curriculum, sourcing in research materials, the interaction among students and teachers, the concept of “Holistic Education” and the expansion of relevant teaching facilities.

The Master program of the department was established in 1991; followed by the Doctoral program in 1998. In 2003, in a very rigorous review held by Soochow University, the Department of Political Science was evaluated excellent among the inspectors from the Evaluation and Review Committee of academic fields. The department is also awarded with financial support to help to fund many teaching and research activities and projects with unique features. The Department has also been funded by the Ministry of Education under the Teaching Excellence Projects. With more resources available, the Department has become more outstanding and competitive.

Over the past few decades, under the leadership of its chairpersons, the Department has continued to expand not only in terms of the size of its faculty but also its academic performance. For instance, Soochow Journal of Political Science, published by the Department, has been ranked as one of the best political science journals in Taiwan. In August 2006, Dr. Chih-Cheng Lo took over as the Chairman of the department. Dr. Lo is enthusiastic in promoting various academic activities and international exchanges, holding diversified activities for the teachers and students. He also helped set up the intern program and expanded the scope of international exchange, which contributed to the establishing of the brand image of the department.

Goals
Our goals are to help students develop international perspective, understand political issues, master social trend, and encourage them to tackle issues regarding public interests.

Program
In addition to basic trainings in political science, our program offers the following unique characteristics;
1.Emphasis on inter-field integration
2.Accentuation on international academic exchanges
3.Diversified curriculum and programs
4.Upgrading of internationalization

Faculty
The Department currently has 23 full-time faculty members including 18 Ph. D. holders. Among the 34 part-time teachers, 25 of them hold Ph. D degrees.

Students
Currently, there are 465 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students including, 85 in Master programs and 15 in Doctoral programs.

Performance
1.Research Projects
From 1999 to 2007, teachers of the Department have conducted 75 research projects granted by the National Science Council (NSC). Moreover, many teachers received research grants from other governmental agencies (such as Research, Development and Evaluation Committee of Executive Yuan, National Security Council, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Government Information Office, etc.).

2.Brown Bag
Since 2000, the Department of Political Science has been holding faculty research study presentations called the “Brown Bag”. Teachers are invited to take turns and share their research studies with theirs colleagues.

3.Research Center
In order to integrate cross-field research and study, the Department of Political Science established the following research centers: Center for Globalization Studies, Center for EU Studies, Legislative Research Center, Center for U.N. Studies, Metropolitan Governance Study Center, and Workshop of Human Rights and Democracy.

4.Publications
The teachers in the Department of Political Science are keen on the publications of their research in various journals or seminars. Since 1999, 448 research articles have been published by the department’s teachers and students.

5.The Soochow Journal of Political Science
With its first issue released in 1991, the Soochow Journal of Political Science has continued to develop its reputation. Besides its strict anonymous review system, it also invites papers from the public in order to be more diversified and resourceful in its content. In addition, the Soochow Journal of Political Science has been included in the in TSSCI (Taiwan Social Science Citation Index). Since the journal changed to a quarterly publication in September 2004, it has become one of the main reference publications in the field of social science.

6.Thesis Presentations
The Department of Political Science encourages students to present their theses and look for publications. Conference on MA Students' Theses and Conference on Doctoral Students’ Theses are held each year, furthermore, Soochow Forum for students who study international affairs has become a tradition.

7.Conferences
In order to enhance academic exchange and develop new knowledge, the Department of Political Science has invited many renowned intellectuals both in the academic and practical application fields to speak at Soochow University. The speeches and workshops have drawn much attention and have led to many interesting academic discussions. In the recent decade, we have held 18 large academic conferences, many of them are international ones.

Guidance for Students
1.Research Projects
From 1999 to 2007, teachers of the Department have conducted 75 research projects granted by the National Science Council (NSC). Moreover, many teachers received research grants from other governmental agencies (such as Research, Development and Evaluation Committee of Executive Yuan, National Security Council, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Government Information Office, etc.).

Future Development
Under the premise of amplifying niches, orienting unique features, establishing brand image, and maintaining advantages, the Department of Political Science has the following four visions as concrete methods to give impetus for the future of the department.

1.Internationalization
Over the past years, the international exchanges in the Department of Political Science have boosted. Under such basis, we will further expand and systematize international exchanges, including close collaboration between related departments and schools abroad, as well as political research think tanks. Foreign intellectuals will be invited to give workshops or short-term lectures at our department. In addition, teachers are all encouraged to lecture the courses in English in order to attract more foreign students to apply for our programs.

2.Practice application
In order to help students master their career plan, and be competitive in the professional field, the intern system now existing will be expanded and ameliorated, as it is one of the important future projects of the department. In terms of curriculum, besides the current theory courses, appropriate practice courses will also be introduced as a direction to plan and consider in the future. Furthermore, besides the regular curriculum, the Department of Political Science will also arrange workshops, inviting people from the professional field to provide students with their experiences and knowledge. This is also considered as one of the major projects, for the department seeks to nurture elite students developed in both theory and practical application issues.

3.Diversification
One of the major projects to help enhance the competitiveness of the students is to assist students gain broader view by accepting different fields of knowledge and scientific methods. Therefore, the next step of “Study Passport,” that requires students to participate in extra-curriculum academic activities, is to expand and diversify the content of the activities involved.

4.Integration
The Department of Political Science has the following research centers, Center for Globalization Studies, Center for EU Studies, Legislative Research Center, Center for UN Studies, Metropolitan Governance Study Center, and Workshop of Human Rights and Democracy. It is important that in the future these teaching platforms can be integrated so that the teaching and research studies can develop into curriculum and programs with foresight and unique brand features.

In sum, the Department of Political Science of Soochow University is a department that seeks improvement and creativity. Under the close cooperation and hard work between the students, faculty and staff, the fruit of our work has gained much admiration in recent years. It is hoped that in the future, the department can, under the current existing basis, provide stronger team of faculty, more unique features in programs and curriculum, more diversified academic activities, and more competitive and outstanding students to serve society.

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