The Department of International and Comparative Education was founded in 1995 as the Graduate Institute of Comparative Education. The Institute is one of the five pioneer graduate institutes created at the National Chi Nan University. In 1998, the doctoral program was established. In 2002, the undergraduate program was further included, thus the Institute was renamed as the Department of Comparative Education. In 2011, it is further renamed as the Department of International and Comparative Education. Best known in Taiwan as the only institution which specifically focuses on the study of international education and comparative education, the department offers a 4-year first-degree program with a total enrolment of more than 200 undergraduate students. In addition, there are currently more than 50 full-time and part-time MA and doctoral students registered in the department. The department encourages its graduates to:
(i) continue their studies in Taiwan or abroad;
(ii) work for the Taiwanese government in the fields of educational administration or cultural_affairs;
(iii) pursue appropriate careers in publishing or in international non-governmental organizations.
We dedicate ourselves to the following goals:
-to provide professional and academic training to practitioners and researchers in international and comparative education;
-to enhance the development of research and practices in international and comparative education;
-to build a unique perspective on research orientation in international and comparative education for Taiwan;
-to try to enhance the comprehension of societal and educational developments in countries around the globe
The curricula of the department are divided into two major categories: basic and field curricula.
A basic curriculum centers on the theories and methodologies of comparative education. It aims at strengthening students' recognition and understanding of the basic theoretical foundations, research methods, and issues which have to be addressed in comparative education.
The field curriculum in each case is divided into two subsections: thematic study and area study, and thus attempts to strike a balance between theory and practice, with the expectation that the students will be able to fully understand the trends of educational development around the world, and also engage in independent in-depth studies of specific comparative issues.
The important features of the department are as follows:
Globalization: The department strives to study the societal and economical contexts, as well as the educational systems, of many more or less advanced countries, such as the United States , the United Kingdom , Germany , France , Spain , Japan , Canada , New Zealand , Australia , and Russia . In other words, the teaching and research of the department centers around global educational affairs of both developed and developing countries. During 2005 ¡V 2010, there are in total 62 students (BA, MA and Doctoral students) going to England, France, Germany, Finland, Norway and Japan for short term and long term studies. At the same time, there are also full-time international students from Canada, United Stated, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Burma, Indonesia, and Macau studying BA, MA and Phd. programs in the department. These students have contributed to a lively multicultural learning environment for all.
- Foreign Fieldtrips: In order to broaden the students' vision, we not only periodically invite internationally and domestically renowned scholars specializing in comparative education to deliver lectures, we also encourage students to go to other countries, such as Australia and the United Kingdom , for short-term exploratory trips. Because of this, the department has already managed to establish academic links with some well-known institutions of higher-education abroad, a prominent example being the Institute of Education , University of London .
Continuity: The department offers comparative education courses at three levels, namely: the undergraduate, Master's, and doctoral levels. Thus, it has tried to cultivate a continuity of academic training from the basic to the highest levels.
The Information Center for International and Comparative Education: Funded by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan , the Center was established as a major data bank of international and comparative education studies some year ago. A very large number of journals, theses, dissertations, books, and various other kinds of publications have been collected ever since. The Center Website is: http://www.icice.ced.ncnu.edu.tw