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Features of Teaching

1. Pay Equal Attention to Theories and Practices: We offer “Practice of Public Administration,” “Internships,” and “Final Project” courses. Through the practices of these courses, the students can apply what they learn at school to the workplaces. After they graduate from college, they will adapt themselves quickly to the employment environment and fully demonstrate what they have learned.
2. Interdisciplinary learning: We provide multiple interdisciplinary programs and request our students to take 9 credit hours from other departments as one of the graduation requirements. Besides, we also offer multiple certificate or practical courses in the department, such as “Project Management,” “Interpersonal Relationship,” and “Negotiation” etc., to equip our students to be interdisciplinary “pi-type” professionals and increase their competitiveness in the workplaces.
3. Public policies and their implementation: We study the theories and the practices of policy science from the aspects of policy planning, formulation, implementation and examination. We also study the role that government and administration reforms play in the process of decision-making in democratic societies.
4. Computer skills and econometric analysis: We particularly pay attention to the training in statistical analysis and research method. Combine with the application of multiple statistical analysis software, we take our students to explore the world of public opinion and make comments on the policy decision-making according to the analysis results.
5. Administrative management: We explore the roles and functions that human resource, public finance, general affairs and general administration play in democratic societies, and discuss the applications of organizational behavior and interpersonal relationship in administrative management.
6. Regional development and intergovernmental relationship: We focus on the interactions among/between the local governments in Taoyuan-Hsinchu-Miaoli area, the local governments and the enterprises, and the local governments and civil society. Based on these observations, we further discuss certain modern public administration issues, such as regional governance, government reform and privatization.
7. Non-profit organizations: We emphasize the role and function that non-profit organizations play as the third sector in public administration and public policies.
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