Influencing tomorrow’s world
Influencing tomorrow’s world
he solid section means that after the cases have been accumulated to certain quantity, they will serve the purposes of explanation, analysis and prediction.
The case study may be divided into two parts:
The elite case study may be subclassified into two categories:
Presently, none of the colleges of social sciences in Taiwan have engaged in the development in this respect, and the case study is for the most part concentrated on medical science, psychology, education, business, chemistry, and other natural sciences and management sciences. With only a small portion of sociologists involved in case study, CSS may establish its own characteristics.
Harvard is the only university that has engaged in case study and teaching in the fields of political science, sociology and economics and is presently the “role model” for the NCCU to model upon through the entire First-Class University Plan. For example, a majority of the case study and teaching in the U.S.A. are concentrated on natural sciences, education, psychology and business management, etc. As regards the study on political, economic and social elites, the Columbia University in New York stands out for its study on historical persons and the oral history project of its Institute of East Asia Studies renowned throughout the world. As regards the study on general elites, a handful of individual scholars in the UCLA, University of Texas, Ohio State University, etc. have engaged in some isolated projects. Hence, if CSS may develop the event and individual (elite) case study, it will be able to establish some communication channels with Harvard, Columbia and other famous universities, which will benefit CSS by enhancing NCCU’s academic position in the field of social sciences.
The development of case study and teaching may work together in a mutually supporting way with the original development plans of CSS as set forth below:
Presently in the 2007 First-Class University Plan, the development of case study will be centered on establishment of the Case Study and Teaching Center for Public Affairs (hereinafter referred to as the “CSTC Plan”), which includes the following tasks:
The instructors will be delegated to take the case study short-term program at Harvard University;
The scholars engaging in the case teaching will be invited mainly from the Harvard University to CSS;
The case teaching is experimented with in one class of each of the three programs, namely, MEPA (Master for Eminent Public Administrators), IMTS (International Master’s Program in Taiwan Studies), IMCS (International Master’s Program in China Studies). Various and more short-term case teaching classes will be planned and promoted with the program design centered on Excellent Governance and Leadership.
To develop the case study plan, a number of seed instructors must first be trained up in addition to the annual overseas training program for the instructors delegated, a reading club will be set up as planned. On principle, every 7 to 10 persons will form a team to collect information, organize achievement publication conferences and hold seminars in the name of the Reading Club. The Reading Club (or research team) must try to select one of the event cases and elite cases to be the development focus for the team, but the elite case study may be further classified into two categories, namely, the case study on theoretically practical and socially devoted elites and the case study on academic theorists and masterminds.
A working group will be set up to program and carry out the basic tasks for the CSTC Plan, including determining the final version of the CSTC Plan, advancing preparation of the schedule, integrating design of the curricula, consulting with personnel of the Central Personnel Administration of the Executive Yuan and relevant organizations about the cooperation plans, etc.
We will actively win the support and assistance from the government and relevant organizations to carry out the CSTC Plan. For example, we will coordinate, consult, cooperate and establish partnerships with the Central Personnel Administration of the Executive Yuan, Training Institute of the Ministry of Finance, International Center for Land Policy Studies & Training, Research and Planning Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Development Fund, Examination Yuan, etc. and such relevant foundations as Taiwan Democracy Foundation, and open case teaching intensive programs targeting the foreigners.