The Department of History is one of the major institutions for historical research in Taiwan, with an international reputation for its high standard of teaching and research. It was founded in 1928 by the Japanese colonial government as a part of the Taipei Imperial University and was reorganized as the Department of History, National Taiwan University in 1945. Since then, it has grown to be a leading center of teaching and research in history in East Asia.
At present, the Department of History has 27 full-time and a number of part-time faculty members. They are specialized on Taiwanese, Chinese, East Asian and European histories, offering courses and supervision on a wide range of historical subjects spanning from the ancient times to the twentieth century. The Department offers regular undergraduate lectures and postgraduate seminars. It also organizes a number of open lectures, special seminars and workshops for faculty members, visiting scholars and postgraduates to present their researches and exchange their views.
The Department of History has access to plentiful academic resources and facilities to support teaching and advanced research. The NTU Main Library is immensely rich in collections on Chinese history and archives on Taiwanese history. Recently, it has also increased its holdings on European history and electronic resources. Further resources can also be easily accessible in metropolitan and county archives. All these make the Department an excellent center for historical research.
The Department of history has always been active in research work and forward looking in developing new fields of study. Chinese history has been the major field of teaching and research since 1945. With the rising of Taiwanese identity in the 1980s, the history of Taiwan has gradually become a hot field of research. After 1990s, in response to the call for globalization, the teaching and research in world history has also played an increasingly important part in the Department of History. Currently postgraduate supervision is available in most areas of Chinese history, Taiwanese history and modern European history.
The Department of History has developed new strategy to face the new challenges of the 21th century. To coordinate and strengthen the teaching and research capacities, the Department of history set up a new system of “Instruction and Research Platforms” in 2008. It includes five platforms: “History of Cultural Exchange,” “Taiwan and Asia-Pacific Studies,” “Medieval and Early Modern Chinese History,” “Chinese Intellectual history” and “Modern Chinese History.” These platforms, each composed of several faculty members, have yielded an abundance of solid research results.http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~history/