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From the chair

 

       

       We have been asked why the department is named Asia-Pacific Industrial and Business Management (APIBM). The establishment of APIBM was originally a support to the government’s Southward or Westward Policy of investment, attempting to expand the human resource pool for overseas Taiwanese business. On account of the rapid economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region, we were prompted to have a better understanding of this area. The unique APIBM was thus established on the island. Also, in one University Assessment, we were advised to have an in-depth exploration of the development of this region. To fulfill the intention and essence of Asia-Pacific, we revised our curriculum and designed many courses with Asia-Pacific as course names. This is the origin of APIBM.

 

    Over the past nine years since our establishment in 2000, we have provided one undergraduate program, one two-year undergraduate program for working professionals, one postgraduate (MA) programme, and one postgraduate (MA) program for working professionals, with an increasing number of students coming to us.

 

    Apart from local students, we recruit overseas Taiwanese students and exchange students from China. We also have foreign students from seventeen countries, including Canada, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Turkey, Brunei, Paraguay, Mexico, Swaziland, and China. Our Department is one where different cultures and values merge and one where multicultural tolerance is embodied. We have developed and maintained good cooperative and exchange relationships with foreign universities. We even established a dual-degree partnership with The State University of New York at Stony Brook, in the hope of expanding our students’ international perspective. Apart from various cooperation programs between enterprises and the Department as well as visits to enterprises, we organize intern abroad programs at overseas Taiwanese enterprises in China and Vietnam every year as a bridge between theory and practice. This has been widely recognized in business circles and supported by our students.

 

    In addition to local teaching staff, we have teachers from different countries, such as the UK, the USA, Japan, and Korea to strengthen our faculty development, helping demonstrate the advantage of interdisciplinary integration and upgrade the faculty members for EMBA, IEMBA, and EMLBA programs. It needs to be pointed out that, different from old universities, all our faculty members are young, cooperative, and very friendly.

 

    Our programs focus on the four domains: leadership, an international vision for Asia-Pacific affairs, innovation, and management science. Through the training of both basic and professional disciplines, we wish to provide students with professional skills of analyzing data, using information technology, improving operating systems, analyzing the operational environment, as well as integrating and solving problems.

 

    As the core values of the Department rest on discipline, innovation and perspective, we hold to the view that the secret of the successful cultivation of every student lies in discipline, which stresses order, ethics, and participation. With the core values in mind, we encourage our students to take the following attitudes in learning:

  • Like the wind – wide perspective, broad mind
  • Like water – unswerving determination, constant innovation
  • Like fire – strong actions, vigorous attempts

 

    Furthermore, we intend to equip our students with 7C dynamic capabilities:

 

    I’m convinced that, with the abovementioned strengths, our Department is the most qualified for the training of cross-cultural management personnel required for international investment and management. Our programs are especially designed to train students to be well-versed in problem solving and stay updated and sensitive to the changing environment, with plenty of practice and experience provided. We expect to equip our students with a wide international vision and professional skills of international businesses management.