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NSYSU Establishes the Lee Teng-Hui Center for Governmental Studies
Publish date : 2017-02-21
NSYSU College of Social Sciences collaborates with Lee Teng-Hui Foundation and establishes the Lee Teng-Hui Center for Governmental Studies.

The origin of Lee Teng-Hui Center for Governmental Studies can be traced back to 2002, when NSYSU leads all domestic universities through the establishment of the “Dr. Teng-Hui Lee Political Economy Seminar” by the Department of Political Economy. Since the establishment of the seminar, great success in academic exchange has been achieved through inviting numerous domestic and international scholars as visiting scholars at the Department of Political Economy.

Former President Lee stated that he is more than happy to attend the inauguration ceremony of the NSYSU Lee Teng-Hui Center for Governmental Studies. He hopes that the center’s academic achievement and social impact can help the center in becoming the policy think tank of Southern Taiwan, and in the long term, becoming at par with John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He hopes that the center will become a cradle to cultivate public policy leaders who can serve their people.

NSYSU President Ying-Yao Cheng emphasized that governmental studies is of crucial importance to national development. Around the globe, many famous schools have established governmental studies centers in the names of country leaders, with the purpose of providing prescient and integrated research or advices for governmental policies and social issues. For instance, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at University of Michigan, Hoover Institute at Stanford University, LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore are all renowned governmental study agencies named after their former presidents or leaders.

In the light of this, NSYSU thus established Lee Teng-Hui Center for Governmental Studies, and identified five major subjects as its core research areas. First, the “Industry Innovation and Activation” project aims to investigate the possibility of connection between green energy industries, and to become new energy for power industries in Southern Taiwan. Second, the “Demographic Dividend Restructure” project explores the influence of population structures on the ageing of communication, and will focus on the study of diversified long-term care systems. Third, the “Local Government Finance Reformation” project will focus on how to activate local economy, and balance governmental finance. Fourth, the “Harbor City Transformation” project aims to analyze how the Kaohsiung Harbor can transform from container terminals to Smart Logistics (Free Economic Pilot Zones) and become the economic hub to North-East Asia and South-East Asia. Fifth, the “Comparative Advantage Creation” project aims to explore the development of Taiwan’s industries, and to investigate the possibility of complementation and replacement of Taiwan’s industry to South-East Asia’s industries and economy.

Given the core projects mentioned above cover various discipline in the domain of social sciences, the Lee Teng-Hui Center for Governmental Studies comprises the academic units of the College of Social Sciences, including Department of Political Economy, Institute of Political Science, Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies, Department of Sociology, Institute of Economics, and Institute of Education. The center will further invite individuals from industrial, official and academia as center consultants, and form research collaboration groups and executive teams, to study and analyze current and future important policies.

The Lee Teng-Hui Center for Governmental Studies aims to be the think tank of Southern Taiwan, with the main research objectives of “regional balance” and “international connection,” and hopes to provide advice and advocacy on current political economic system and decision-making. Through conducting research projects, seminars, fieldworks, and collaborations among industry, official and academia, the center hopes to investigate the pros and cons of the current economic structures and social conditions in Southern Taiwan, and propose prescient research. In addition, the center will focus on the unique social and political conditions of Southern Taiwan, and examine its comparative advantage, in order to improve Southern Taiwan’s stance, and share the advantage of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and South Asian regional economy collaboration.
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