In 2006, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) and National University Preparatory School for Overseas Chinese Students merged to establish the College of International Studies and Education for Overseas Chinese, NTNU. Pursuant to the promotion of “innovative Taiwan and global deployment” from the Ministry of Education, the Department of East Asian Culture and Development and the Graduate Institute of International Sinology Studies were created. Commencing from the 2011-2012 academic year, the two units are integrated to form the Department of East Asian Studies. It has undergraduate and graduate programs, each with two groups, the sinology and culture group and the politics and economics group.

We emphasize the importance of teaching, research, and services with our faculty members to keep up with the world trends and pace. We expect our students to be equipped with independent thinking abilities, foreign language skills, enthusiastic spirits, international viewpoints, and appropriate manners and behaviors. Our curriculum emphasizes relevant research and analysis of East Asia. We aim to improve students’ professional knowledge and capabilities in sinology, culture, politics, and economics and to contribute to related governmental policy planning and implementation. As far as academic research and practices are concerned, our research scopes include sinology; East Asian history, culture, thoughts, politics, economics, and trade; business administration and related areas with a focus on the East Asian region.

Our vision is to become the emerging teaching and research platform for East Asian studies in order to train and equip students with fundamental skills to independently conduct research in the fields of sinology, culture, politics and economics. The short-term goal focuses on the overall development, regional politics, business and trade, international sinology, and cultural research of East Asia. The mid-term goal is to plan the establishment of project research laboratories to construct different types of databases to incubate professional research talents and to plan dual-degree programs with overseas universities. The long-term goal is to publish a leading academic research journal and to establish a doctoral program in order to integrate research evidence and findings to the theories and practices and contribute to future national development.