College of Social Sciences
Overview: Departments(7) Researchers(140) Publications(2454) Projects(1857)
About the NTU College of Social Sciences (COSS)
This historical development of the NTU College of Social Sciences (COSS) is itself an abbreviated history of the research in the social sciences in Taiwan. After the Second World War, the Imperial University was renamed as the National Taiwan University. The former College of Liberal Arts and Political Science was separated into the Colleges of Liberal Arts and College of Law. The College of Law at that time comprised the Department of Law, Political Science, Economics, and Management. After the establishment of the College of Management in 1987 and the College of Law in 1999, the College of Social Sciences was formally incepted in 1999 and developed into its current structure. Mirroring these organizational changes, our campus was also originally situated in the Hsu-Chow Road campus and finally relocated back to NTU’s main campus and into the new award-winning building in 2014. With the completion of the relocation and new College building, all the COSS departments, graduate institutes, and research centers are now adjacent to each other, allowing stronger partnership and synergy within COSS and with other NTU Colleges.
Today, we have four departments, three graduate institutes, and six research centers. We are home to more than 250 full-time and adjunct faculty members, and nearly 3,000 students both at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Together we strive to create an environment that encourages the flourishing of intelligent ideas, independent scholarship, and academic freedom. We are committed to delivering high-quality research that is relevant to social science debates in Taiwan and that explores innovative perspectives of thinking about and benefitting human societies. We pride ourselves in having many faculty members, students, and alumni who have exerted great impact both in the academic and non-academic contexts. Over the years, COSS has also accumulated a rich body of empirical data and produced a large volume of research with important theoretical and real-world implications.
Understanding that our current organization cannot simply cover all the different fields of modern social science research, we make every effort to forge interdisciplinary connections to law, medicine, engineering, the arts and the humanities. Our faculty members are also important contributors to NTU’s General and Liberal Education courses, through which students can learn beyond the boundaries of their respective degree programs. Collaborations are not only established across NTU colleges, but with leading research institutions both domestic and abroad. Through multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research centers, study groups and partnerships, we are able to push new frontiers and contribute to emerging fields such as neuroeconomics, STS, and East Asia studies. Our six research centers is another example of our commitment to integrate and elevate studies across a broad sweep of social science disciplines.
COSS faculty members have published an impressive volume of high-quality academic research papers, books, and the like. These works respond to current and emerging local and global challenges. To further advance leaning, knowledge, and research, NTU’s College of Social Sciences also publishes numerous peer-reviewed academic journals: four international journals include the Pacific Economic Review (PER), Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics (APJAE), Asian Ethnicity, and East Asian Science, Technology, and Society: an International Journal; and four TSSCI journals include the Taiwanese Journal of Political Science, Taiwan Economic Review, Taiwanese Sociology, and NTU Social Work Review. We work hard to ensure the success of these journals, which are all accessible worldwide in print and online.
NTU’s COSS has built an international reputation and in the future we hope to lead the University’s ambitions to delivering research excellence and becoming a leading academic institution in Asia.
KUO-HSIEN SU(蘇國賢)Full Bio
NTU College of Social Sciences (COSS) has always played a critical role in academia and government. Its missions are to provide scientifically rigorous studies and to promote intergration among diverse social science displines. I believe there is an unique opportunity for COSS to contribute to the advancement of social science and humanities.
The heavy workload and immense responsibility I shoulder in this position make me fear about not being able to live up to the expectations. I endeavor to carry out the administrative duties with great care and efficiency. On the foundation established by my predecessors and the supporting staff, I aim to work with the three deputy deans, heads of various departments, chiefs of various units, and all the professors and staff to pursue excellence and further growth, advancing to the top.
While I hold this position as the Dean of COSS, we will head towards the following directions:
1. Actively participate in the planning of the University district on Xuzhou Road, striving to preserve the historical sites and features.
The University district on Xuzhou Road is home to all the teaching staff and students in the College of Law and College of Social Science. It is the memory we all share. After the relocation, our College and the College of Law will actively participate in the planning of the former campus, and propose and implement plans to preserve the historical sites, including the allocation of building spaces for historical exhibitions.
2. Continue to improve the quality and quantity of academic research, emphasizing studies related to public affairs.
Our school ranked 72nd among international schools of social science in 2010 and advanced to 54th in 2012. This is the result of the concerted efforts of our staff. I hope we can maintain such efforts and pursue further improvement. In the future, in addition to continuously encouraging publication of academic papers, we will work with research centers both within and outside our university to conduct research on issues related to the wellbeing of the public and of future generations. We aim to make suggestions on and participate in public policies, exerting the influence of our university and improving the competitiveness of our nation.
3. Implement brand-new e-Education facilities, add new programs, and nurture future leaders of the nation
The new COSS building features full-scale modernization and implementation of e-Education facilities. Spacious and elegant public space allows teachers and students to engage in more interaction and enjoy a closer bound. We will also seek external funds and use them for student scholarships and awards for capable early-career researchers. New programs including joint degrees will be added. We are also considering adding courses on professional and ideological education so that students can acquire some historical perspectives and learn about macro thinking, thus nurturing future leaders of the nation.
4. Push for globalization, encourage international exchange and communication, and improve international competitiveness.
Continue to encourage international academic exchange, participation of international conferences, and collaboration with overseas universities to publish joint papers. Strengthen courses taught in English.
Establish partnership with more universities and encourage our students to go overseas as exchange students. They can earn credits or take dual degrees and summer courses. The goal is for one-third of the students to participate in such exchange programs. We also encourage professors and Master's and PhD students to attend international conferences and publish papers.
Moreover, we will endeavor to admit more overseas students and establish a mentor-system for overseas students to provide them with better support.
5. Inject more energy into the research centers in our college, shaping them into renowned and professional research base.
Our school at present has five research centers: Center for China Studies, Public Economics Research Center, Risk Society and Policy Research Center, Hakka Research Center, and Center for East Asia Democratic Studies. The purposes of these centers are to conduct research in accordance with our professors' expertise and to establish COSS as a renowned research powerhouse through long-term continuous research efforts. In the future, we hope to spearhead the research momentum in our various centers by organizing research funds, hiring more adjunct researchers, and increasing office and research space. We anticipate that the joint force of these COSS research centers will develop COSS into an acclaimed research powerhouse with distinct characteristics and professionalism.
6. Encourage teaching staff and students to participate in administrative duties in the college. We welcome suggestions from you all.
The allocation of resources, hiring and promotion of teaching staff, and handling of student affairs will improve with time. We aim to allocate resources efficiently and effectively. We welcome teaching staff and students in the college to participate in administrative matters and drive the development of the College of Social Science. If you wish to make suggestions for the improvement of the college, you are welcomed to do so by directly submitting them to the school office or sending us an email. The door of the Dean's office is always open for you.