Making NCCU’s Academic Research Highlighted Is the Priority: Wang Jenn-hwan
|New National Chengchi University (NCCU) Vice President Wang Jenn-hwan (王振寰) Photo: Vickie Lo (羅皓恩)|
By Yvonne Wu (吳映璠)
New National Chengchi University (NCCU) Vice President Wang Jenn-hwan (王振寰) said in an interview with NCCU Journal on Feb. 4 that making NCCU’s academic research projects highlighted by the international community will be the priority of NCCU.
To become one of the top universities in the world, Wang said that NCCU professors will be encouraged to elevate their research, publish the results and introduce them to the international academic community.
The new vice president, meanwhile, also mentioned that the current quality and quantity of English courses does not meet the needs for the increasing number of international students at NCCU.
Wang also said that he is planning to request the Office of International Cooperation to help each department improve its English website, which has been a main source for international students to learn more about the campus.
Regarding the challenges that NCCU has encountered, such as the limited funds from Ministry of Education and the fierce competition with other universities. Wang said that NCCU still needs more funds and better mechanisms to elevate teaching quality but the most important thing is to make the university and its achievement recognized by more international academic institutions.
Wang mentioned the new policy, which were the “better mechanisms” he mentioned previously, NCCU will be carrying out this year – that professors will have fewer classes so that they are able to spend more time doing research and improving teaching quality. He said that each professor at National Taiwan University and National Cheng Kung University is responsible for only two courses each semester.
Wang said that the project has started when Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) was still the university president. Wang hoped that the initial achievement of it could be realized within next two years, and now is the time for us to start communication with all teaching faculty.
Wang said that research and studies in the humanities and social sciences are still highlighted at NCCU, one of which - Center for Humanities Research - is the most important site for the studies of the history of the Republic of China.
In addition, China studies have also been the area of strength at NCCU. Wang said that it has long been the hub of talent in China studies in Taiwan and attracted many outstanding scholars each and every year, which makes NCCU stand on the vantage point to become the frontier in this area.
Wang said that doing research and helping doctoral students remain the top two responsibilities he enjoys the most; however, due to his administrative responsibilities as a vice president now, he could not spend as much time as before on teaching and research. Wang said that he hopes that more NCCU graduates will start their teaching career at other institutes since it is the most effective way for NCCU to have impact on academics.
In addition to his new responsibilities as the vice president from Feb. 1, Wang is also the chair professor of Graduate Institute of Development Studies. Prior to his new job, he served as the Dean of Research and Development from 2006 to 2008, Director of the Center for China Studies as well as the Executive Director of Top University Program from 2008 to 2014.