About The ISIA
History and Vision
The Institute of Strategy and International Affairs (ISIA) is the only graduate school of its kind at a public university in Taiwan. Aiming at training specialists in the fields of International Relations (IR) and strategic studies, the Institute offers a broad range of courses including traditional ones such as International Relations Theories, Strategic Studies, U.S. Foreign Policy, International Political Economy, and Cross-Strait Relations, as well as state-of-the-art ones such as Human Security, Terrorism and National Security, Asia-Pacific Economy and Chinese Political Economic Development, and Strategy Planning and Problem Solving.
In light of the demand for human resources for both the public and private sectors, the National Chung Cheng University (CCU) set up the Preparatory Office of ISIA in 2005 and the Institute was formally established in 2006. Over the years the ISIA has been steadily developing and expanding. Currently it has seven fulltime and four adjunct faculty members. The student enrollment has been increased from 8 in 2006 to 27 in 2015. Considering a strong demand for part-time students interested in strategy and national security, the ISIA has also run an In-Service Master Program since 2007.
The ISIA enjoys an advantage of holding active and regular exchanges with governmental agencies of Taiwan, among them the most renowned are the National Security Agency (NSA), Ministry of Defense (MOD), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), and Ministry of Education (MOE). These connections enable the ISIA to enhance enormously the academic and practical capabilities of both its faculty members and students.
Academic Ranking and Positioning
Strategic Studies and International Relations (IR) not only are important fields of study in their own right, but also provide knowledge and theoretical tools necessary for those interested in understanding and advancing Taiwan’s geo-political and geo-economic position in East Asia. According to the traditional division of labor, such disciplinary orientation is usually incorporated as part of a graduate school of diplomacy, political science, or regional studies. The ISIA hence stands out as one of very few graduate institutes in Taiwan that emphasize security and strategic studies in particular.
With the generous support from various governmental bodies and relentless efforts of the faculty, the ISIA positions itself as an active and vibrant academic center in Central and Southern Taiwan. We have created a research community that pursues excellence in related fields. We also aim at providing students with practical knowledge and skills helpful for career building.
Many courses in the ISIA are interdisciplinary, but they can generally be categorized into three areas: International Relations and International Affairs, Asia-Pacific Security and Strategy, Policy Science and Strategic Management. At the intersection among these three areas are three core/compulsory courses: Theories of International Relations, Methodology of Social Science, and Strategic Planning and Problem-Solving. Click here for the course map of the ISIA.