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Research

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Introduction

 1. Historical Background

In 1996 the International Relations Research Center merged with National Chengchi University and organized the former Mainland China studies into the Division of Chinese Society and Economy, also known as the Fourth Division. The chair of the division is elected by a vote of all the members. The first chair was Tehchang Lin 林德昌 (1996-1998), followed by Kuo-chen Song 宋國誠 (1998-2000), Limin Fan范利民 (2000-2002), Kuangtai Tsu許光泰 (2002-2004), Te-sheng Chen陳德昇 (2004-2006), Shengji Liu劉勝驥 (2006-2008), Jenn-Hwan Wang王振寰 (2008-2011), Juei-Chi Wang 王瑞琦 (2011-2013), the current chair is Sucheng Chao 趙甦成 (2013-Present).

When this division first merged with National Chengchi University, asides from research it also served as a national think tank. It is only in recent years, as to accommodate the University’s academic research orientation, this division presently has already turned towards a focus on academic research.

 

2. Fields of Research and Research Emphasis

        Currently in terms of the two main research fields of China’s society and economy, this department’s research mainly focuses on Mainland China’s rural development issues, such as rural economy, social, religious organization topics, and a focus on society issues such as regional governance, environmental protection, migrant workers, urbanization, and NGOs. The economic field focuses on Taiwanese business in China, Cross-Strait industry cooperation, state-owned enterprises, energy organization reform, food safety topics, in addition to other topics that the department focuses on, such as Chinese higher education.

In 2008 Distinguished Professor Jenn-Hwan Wang became a member of the division and concurrently became division chair. With Professor Wang’s support the division established the China rural village research team. The team not only took the initiative to found Taiwan’s first China rural village field study team, but continues to this day to accumulate generous relative data on field study. At the same time, through the division’s connections, the team has provided the impetus for Cross-Strait comparative studies on the discussion and research of rural village issues. Chinese rural villages and even Cross-Strait village governance and development, has already become the division’s main research focus and a distinguishing characteristic.

 

3. Researchers and Vision for Growth

        This division presently has a total of 9 researchers, comprised of 8 full time researchers and 1 part time researcher. The researchers are divided into levels including: 4 Research Fellows, 2 Associate Research Fellows, and 3 Assistant Research Fellows. In the future the department desires to reinforce political economy and social stratum structure change research and to increase the division’s research line-up. At present, under the environment of higher educational internationalization and pursuit of excellence, the division posits “Promote Learning Quality,” “Expand Academic Networks,” Offer Academic Service.” The division is constantly striving forward and cooperating with other teams to mutually encourage, to work as one, and to devote all effort to raising academic research planning and publishing academic theses and books. On the basis of accumulation, the division will continue to accumulate a foundation to continue to assist the government, academia, society, and international academic communities, by providing the newest developments and future directions on relative topics.

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