Brief History

The Institute of Political Science (IPS) was founded in 1993. It took another three years to establish and then offer the master program.  Subsequently, we added courses for credit in 1998, in-service master program in 1999, and the Ph.D. program in 2001.  We would like to duly acknowledge Professor Richard H. Yang’s leadership and Associate Professor Wen-Chun  Chen’s capable hand in the creation of our institute.  Under the leaderships of different directors, we have made notable achievements.

Office Term



Prof. YA-LI   LU


Prof.  Chong-pin Lin and Prof. DON M .Hong

3~ 4

Prof. Wen-Chun  Chen


Prof. Da-chi Liao


Prof. Roy Tzeng

7~ present

Prof. Da-chi Liao




Our value and policy

By way of embracing an “unconstrained approach to learning” that fosters “communication across disciplines” as our motto, we intend to train political scientists, theorists, researchers, and public affairs analysts who are capable of thinking independently and critically as well as solving problems with creativity.

A.    Unconstrained Approach to Learning

      Everyone at IPS approaches higher education without constraint or limit.  Not only is this our
      approach but also our vision, one that we defend and insist upon for both faculties and

B.     Communication Across Disciplines

As specified in our catalogue of courses, research projects, and academic goals, everyone at IPS is committed to inter-disciplinary communication.  Serving as the second half of our motto, we seek to promote developments along these three axes:

·         knowledge  Verfremdung  (cross-fertilization (strangification)

·         international exchange

            ·         practical training (social services and cooperation between industry and university)

International Exchange

In order to expand our students’ horizon, IPS continues to co-operate with foreign research institutes and centers.  We expect the bilateral co-operations to be intensive and serve to further our teaching and research goals.  Ultimately, because of our bilateral co-operations, we aim to be the leading center of political research in southern Taiwan.  Our research partners are these:




Bilateral Co-operation Agreement


Department of Political Science,

Missouri State University, USA


Department Agreement for a Student Exchange Program between Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, USA and National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan


Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon, France


Accord D’Échange Inter-Universitaire Entre L’Institut D’ Études Politiques De Lyon Et L’Institut D’ Études Politiques De L’Universite Nationale Sun Yat-Sen, Taiwan


Department of Political Science & Diplomacy,

Yonsei University, Korea


Memorandum of Understanding for Academic Exchange and Cooperation between Institute of Political  Science, National Sun Yat-Sen University and BK21 Research/Education Project, Dept. of Politics & Diplomacy, Yonsei University


Institut Catholique de Paris, France


Department Agreement for a Student Exchange Program between Catholic University of Paris, France and National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan


ERCCT (European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan), Germany


Memorandum of Understanding between European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCC) at the University of Tuebingen and the Institute of Political Science at National Sun Yat-Sen University


School of Government, Peking University, China


Framework of Academic Exchange and Cooperation between the College of Social Sciences at National Sun Yat-Sen University


IMMRC (Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Center, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium


Co-operation Agreement towards a Joint Doctorate between the National Sun Yat-Sen University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven with Award of a Double Doctoral Diploma


Purpose of our training

Our purpose is based on the core value and educational goals of National Sun Yat-Sen University (NSYSU) and consistent with the stated educational objectives of the College of Social Sciences (CSS).

The Core Value of National Sun Yat-Sen University

      ·       The Constant Promotion of Professional Excellence

Educational Goals of National Sun Yat-Sen University

·         The Enhancement of Academic Professionalism

·         The Inculcation of the Spirit of Humanism

·         The Pursuit of Unlimited Creativity and Innovation

      ·         The Balanced Promotion in All-around Education

Educational Objectives of College of Social Sciences

·         To  cultivate professional literacy and advance interdisciplinary academic communication

·         To strengthen emotional management and moral education

·         To foster independent thinking and enhance skills in integration, judgment, and problem solving

·     To promote international exchange and train students to have a global perspective

  Purpose of Training at IPS

·       To further our students’ abilities to think independently and fearlessly At IPS, we believe the aim of higher education is to further the student’s ability to think independently, without fear and without favor.  However, higher education has been eroded by the loss of humanism, the rise of instrumental reason, and the devaluing of authenticity.  The way to arrest this trend is to revive the spirit of humanism, encourage scholars to challenge knowledge hegemony of conventionalism and customary thinking, and arouse students’ sense of wonderment for the unknown.

·       To foster a nurturing environment where students can learn from one another Humanism can only be revived in an environment in which both professors and students attempt dialogic interactions as equal participants.  Professors should communicate with students rather than disciplining them.  At the same time, students should duly engage in scholarly discussions that are serious, respectful, and edifying.  In this way, all of us at IPS will create an environment that will withstand the test of time, like the Parthenon.

·        To enable our students to think reflectively and critically Self-awareness and reflection are vital for conducting research.  Self-awareness, as well as sympathetic criticism of others, may put the student on the path to seek the truth.  Only with this attitude will the student be able to break free of conventional thinking.  Reflection can lead the professor to make breakthroughs and overturn received views.   We believe that students and professors can enrich each other’s lives and creativity.  This is a tribute we pay to humanism.

·         To build cross-disciplinary exchange and cooperation

         ·     University does not exist in isolation from society-at-large; however, knowledge has  
                become increasingly ever more divided and specialized.  In order to overcome these
                sometimes dangerous boundaries of academic disciplines that tend to restrict free
                inquiry, we need to intensify inter-, pan-, and intra-disciplinary interactions.  In
                furthering the Verfremung of knowledge, all the faculties at IPS are committed to
                scholarly exchange and co-operation.  Every professor draws upon their research
                expertise and shares it with colleagues from allied disciplines of the social sciences. 
                Thus, the outcome is our research projects have in whole or in part become co-
                operative enterprises.  In doing this, we have achieved a good amount of co-operation 
                and exchange with scholars at home and abroad.  Outside of the academy, we have
                contributed to society-at-large through co-operation with industry, government, and
                non-profit and non-governmental organizations.  Naturally, we expect to continue and
                further our exchanges and co-operations.

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