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The Programme

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Date 2023-02-23

Programme in European Union Studies

"We are the Programme in European Union Studies at National Chengchi Univeristy (NCCU), Taiwan. "


Our Mission

Due to the increased demand of exchange students between the European Union and Taiwan, it is evident that cooperation in the realm of higher education has been successful. Under this condition, the Taiwanese students have participated in exchange programmes lasting for one to two semesters or attended language schools for shorter periods of time across the European continent. It is in this current picture in mind that our Programme wishes to provide an international learning experience, to equip students with multi-disciplinary knowledge, politically, economically and culturally, and eventually, expanding the influence of NCCU as an educational institution in the field of European Studies.  

The programme will focus on the social and economic development of the European Union under the new power relations of international politics. This includes the following research fields:  economics and international commerce, legal matters, socio-political analysis, regional integration, cultural appreciation, etc.



According to our University's administrative meetings, the College of International Affairs (CIA) from NCCU initiated the preparations for this programme since October 2020 and from February 2021 onwards, the Programme would officially operate and serve the above purposes. During this time period, the CIA, under the leadership of professor Hong-Yi, Lien, the dean of the college, and professor Cho-Hsin, Su, the chair of the programme, has visited the Office from the European Economic and Trade Office in Taipei numerous times and established strong ties with its Head of the Office, Mr. Filip Grzegorzewski. Mr. Grzegorzewski had expressed great interest in our programme and enthusiastically stated the importance of the eventual academic cooperation and connection of the programme with the trade office, and even saw himself with the possibility of lecturing under the programme in the future.

In the meantime, the CIA and the European Union Centre in Taiwan (EUTW) from National Taiwan University (NTU), have collectively launched a platform for students to practice cross-campus course selection through a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure guaranteed eligibility of courses to NCCU students and NTU students, providing those students interested in European affairs the opportunity to establish an international interdisciplinary platform. The model would also be applied to other universities in the future. 


A Pioneer in European Studies

Our programme has prepared a total of 10 courses, 27 credits, in total ranging from topics of the EU law, EU trade, regional integration, cultural appreciation, history, human rights and jurisprudence issues, which all have a primary focus on the European Union and European Studies. Among these courses, the Introduction to European Union course (2 credits) offered by NTU and a summer school programme in Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (2 credits) are included, which translates into international mobility and highlights our purpose of being an international programme. In addition, professor Gustavo Martín Prada, the ex-advisor of international cooperation and development from the European Union to the United Nations, has planned to join the programme and give a course on EU external relations in the academic year to follow, which would foster our international faculty and provide students with first-hand knowledge on EU foreign relations. Currently, 46 students have enrolled in our programme and we believe that it is only the beginning of a fruitful academic journey for both the students and our programme. 

As for the state of play of EU studies in Taiwan and how our project could respond and contribute to the field of European Studies, there is presently a Seven Universities coalition led by the EUTW from NTU, by which our dean, professor Hong-Yi, Lien, is the vice-director. Our college was designated as the coordinator of the European Union Studies Programme. Since it is the first time ever for NCCU to offer a programme focused on European studies, our programme would only expand the overall influence and the number of students incorporated in this coalition. As a result, more students and personnel would be deeply involved in European Studies and devote themselves into the various cooperation and exchanges conducted between the European Union and the Republic of China, Taiwan in terms of education, culture, and commerce.


A Career in European Studies

In terms of internship and incorporating our students to the labour market, Mr. Filip Grzegorzewski, the head of the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) guaranteed us one opportunity per semester to participate in an internship in the EETO, which resonates with our intention to combine academic learning with practical experiences. The Programme highly corresponds to the core values of our university, which lay out as follows: “internationalization of students, international faculty, international language capabilities”, and continues to utilize it as the foundation to better serve the design of the programme. Throughout the process, students will become potential practitioners in European studies in the near future.

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