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Graduate Program of College of Hakka Studies, College of Hakka Studies, NYCU  

This Ph.D. program was established in 2018, and enrolled two full-time students that same year. The Program is under the administration of the College of Hakka Studies, with faculty from and courses taught by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Communication and Technology.

Taiwans empirical experience in preserving the Hakka ethnic group’s culture in terms of language, communication, festivals, cultural industry, education, and cultural governance is of exemplary significance in the study of the long-term trajectory of human civilization. Highly qualified researchers in Hakka studies contribute not only to the governance and overall social development of ethnic cultures in Taiwan, but also help to promote understanding, interpretation, and harmonious governance of ethnic cultures in China, the Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, and even the world at large. With a history of more than a decade ago, the College of Hakka Studies of NYCU has provided the Ph.D. program with a solid foundation to foster a new generation of Hakka studies researchers.

With Hakka studies as the core, the College of Hakka studies combines expertise in ethnic governance and communications technology. In terms of Hakka studies, Ph.D. students must possess core competencies in exploring Hakka research theories and methods, in discussing select readings of Hakka classical studies, and in examining Hakka studies around the world. With regard to conceptual and theoretical aspects of ethnic governance, they are required to be deeply involved in the study of ethnic and cultural theories, ethnic studies, global governance, and social innovation. At the same time, in terms of communication and technology, they are committed to deepening media culture, strategic communications, and communications technology.

In addition to being rooted in the regional and ethnic experiences in Taiwan, the Ph.D. program also emphasizes an international research orientation that links together the main threads of Asian regional studies and research frontiers. Hence, the training of our Ph.D. students integrates into the professional program-related resource platforms of the UST (University System of Taiwan), and of Academia Sinica’s Institutes of Ethnology, Sociology, and Taiwan History. Students are also required to engage in student exchange programs at partner universities or research institutions abroad.