About the Institute
Our Institute’s motto is “rooted in Taiwan, crossing the Taiwan Strait, encompassing East Asia, surveying the globe” (立足臺灣、跨越兩岸、環顧東亞、放眼全球).
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, it 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 response to global trends and transformations in Taiwan’s society, the 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. In 2013, this research field was renamed East Asian Culture and Thought and was added to the master’s degree program curriculum. In addition to strengthening theoretical and practical investigation of contemporary national policy-making, the Institute continues to emphasize inter-disciplinary research integrating the humanities and social sciences and to cultivate experts able to analyze and solve problems from a comprehensive perspective. Under the motto “rooted in Taiwan, crossing the Taiwan Strait, encompassing East Asia, surveying the globe,” we are currently the only domestic academic institution engaged in national development research capable of applying a multi-dimensional and integrated approach to the study of Taiwan’s development.