International Master’s Program in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies
University System of Taiwan
The University System of Taiwan (UST) breaks with existing modalities of higher education and ventures into cross-university alliances. It provides a platform that allows National Chiao Tung University, National Tsing Hua University, National Central University and National Yang Ming University to integrate their research and teaching resources. As a result of these alliances, the International Master’s Program in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (IACS) admits both local and international students. Each year, the four UST universities enroll students separately, but all students enrolled in the IACS program are entitled to pursue the inter-university curriculum.
IACS promotes the use of inter-Asian cultural connections as a novel framework for approaching world history and global cultures. Taiwan’s geographic and historical specificity makes it possible for students to connect the distinct sociocultural experiences of Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, India, and Australia, while benefitting from the academic resources of the Asia-Pacific region,. The Master’s program aims not merely to invest in future research talent and support worthy research projects, but also to foster transnational scholarly exchange so as to expand the scope of IACS and strengthen humanities and social science research within the region. In addition, the program’s interdisciplinary orientation engages the global academic community by actively and flexibly responding to emerging intellectual challenges.
We expect every IACS graduate to have an understanding of Asian societies, politics, and historical commonalities. As they grow knowledgeable about the latest developments in interdisciplinary studies across the humanities and social sciences, students also cultivate their sensitivity to everyday changes, on both the local and the global levels. Students learn to think and observe beyond disciplinary boundaries, while also receiving training in foundational disciplinary traditions.
Joyce C.H. Liu, Professor
Kuan-Hsing Chen, Professor
R212, HA Building 2, National Chiao Tung University
1001 University Road
Asia and the Pacific Rim
Fellowships and Potential Scholarly Affiliations
International Master’s Program in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Fellowships