The Graduate Institute of National Development at National Taiwan University was established in 1974. The Institute’s original mission was to strengthen academic research on the Three People’s Principles and to integrate Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s teachings with academic research in the humanities and social sciences. In 1977, the Institute transitioned from an independent graduate school to a sub-faculty within the College of Law. In 1985, responsibility for teaching courses on the Three People’s Principles was transferred to the Institute from the Office of Academic Affairs. The Institute was integrated within the College of Social Sciences in 1999 and established the Executive Master’s Program in National Development in order to encourage lifetime learning and provide further training for public servants and private sector professionals. In response to global trends and transformations in Taiwan’s society, the Institute’s official name was changed to the Graduate Institute of National Development on August 1, 2000. The Institute continued to conduct instruction and research in the areas of politics, economics, society, law, and cross-Strait relations.
In 2011, the Institute’s curriculum was streamlined and reorganized into three major research fields: Contemporary Taiwan, Mainland China and Cross-Strait Relations, and Globalization and Development. In addition, through cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a Culture and Civilization research field was established within the PhD program. The Institute’s present mission, in addition to strengthening theoretical and practical analysis of national policy-making, is to promote interdisciplinary research among the humanities and social sciences and to cultivate experts with the ability to analyze and solve problems from a comprehensive perspective.
1. The Institute invites renowned domestic and international scholars to speak at the Special Topics in National Development lecture series held regularly.
2. The Institute publishes the biannual Journal of National Development Studies.
3. The Institute conducts various academic exchanges and hosts numerous academic conferences.
4. In addition to domestic academic activities, the Institute’s faculty and graduate students actively participate in international conferences and frequently lecture and conduct research abroad. The Institute provides opportunities for graduate students to conduct field research overseas in order to combine practical experience with theoretical research.