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New EMI Program and Rehab Focus Responds to Globalization and Aging Society

NTNU has announced significant academic developments in response to evolving global trends and industry demands. Beginning in August this year, NTNU's School of International and Social Sciences will launch the 'Bachelor's Degree in Global Studies in English.' This program, which is the school's first completely English-taught undergraduate course, aims to attract international students and nurture talents in cross-cultural communication, reflecting the university's commitment to global education.

In addition, the university's Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counselling, established in 2004, will be renamed the Institute of Rehabilitation Counselling and Geriatric Welfare. This change underscores the institute's expanded focus on improving elderly well-being in the realm of rehabilitation counselling, responding to the challenges of Taiwan's rapidly aging population.

The NTNU Office of Academic Affairs has successfully secured approval from the Ministry of Education for modifications to degree programs and enrollment quotas for the 113th academic year. Under this new plan, the university will enroll 1,708 undergraduate students, 1,464 master's students, 208 doctoral students, and 779 professionals in the master's in-service program, totaling 4,159 students.

Aligned with Taiwan's Bilingual 2030 Plan and NTNU’s role as a bridge between Asia and the global community, the new Bachelor's Degree in Global Studies in English is designed to develop individuals proficient in interdisciplinary skills across humanities and social sciences. With a focus on understanding Taiwan and Asian societies, the program also aims to foster a global outlook and cross-cultural communication abilities. Dean Chih-Chien Steven Lai of the College of International Studies and Social Sciences emphasizes that the curriculum is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, covering global politics and economics, international business and innovation, cross-cultural communication, and social sustainability.

Dean Lai also notes the diverse career opportunities available to graduates, ranging from roles in multinational corporations, Taiwan's international units, NGOs, international organizations, and academic pathways for further studies.

The recent renaming of the Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Counselling to include geriatric welfare reflects the growing need to address the well-being of an aging population, particularly those with disabilities. Dean Huei-Mei Liu of the Institute explains that the name change is strategic, focusing on promoting occupational rehabilitation services for the elderly. The institute, one of only three specialized research centers in Taiwan, plays a crucial role in cultivating professionals in rehabilitation and contributing to comprehensive rehabilitation services.