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History and Focal Development of the Department
The Department of Real Estate & Built Environment, College of Public Affairs, National Taipei University originated from the Department of Land Economics & Administration, Taiwan Provincial Junior College of Administration set up in 1949, the very first department specializing in the subject of Land Economics & Administration in Taiwan. In 1955 it was promoted as the Department of Land Economics & Administration, College of Law & Commerce. In 1961 it was promoted as the Department of Land Economics & Administration, College of Law & Commerce, Taiwan Provincial ChungHsing University which was promoted to be National ChungHsing University in 1971. In February 2000 the Department was re-reorganized as a department under the College of Public Affairs, National Taipei University. In the light of a changing environment, coupled with the intention to enhance its competitiveness, the Department was renamed as the Department of Real Estate & Built Environment in August 2004.
Now the Department can accommodate 120 new undergraduates in two separate day classes (expanded from one class in 1992) while 60 in a night class (since 1961) besides 20 postgraduates (since 2000) each year. In total there are some 800 students taught by 20 full time and 17 part time faculty members. Most faculty members are qualified with PhD degrees yet the recruitment of excellent ones is an ongoing task so as to promote the quality of teaching and research.
The relevant committees of the Department have held many meetings to discuss how to emphasize its focal development since the re-name in 2004. Important conclusions have been reached and the future development of the Department is categorized into four areas namely: Land Administration and Management (LAM), Property Management (PM), Built Environment Planning (BEP) and Information. LAM is the core area providing the fundamental knowledge that the students in the Department have to be equipped with. Based on LAM the students may advance to either the PM or BEP areas for further study so as to increase the competitiveness in their career or research after graduation. The Information area is designed to fulfill a supportive function to the above three areas as indicated in Figure 1.
This department offers programs of bachelor, master and doctoral degrees with a high academic and professional standard to produce the future leaders. We constantly review our programs in line with feedbacks received from students and advisory boards from both academic and industry fields. Teaching in this department has long been held in high regard. Bachelor program is a blend of academic rigor and hands-on practice that well prepares our graduates for a variety of careers. This program consists of fundamental and specialized courses; the former courses introduce students to foundation knowledge and the later ones lead them further into the in-depth understanding in fields of real estate, spatial information, urban and rural planning, environmental ecology, cultural recreation and land management. Having completed fundamental courses, students are free to pursue their interests through taking courses in one or two of the above five specialized fields. This tailor-made type program facilitates students to exploit their best potential. The minimum requirement for the bachelor degree is 142 credits.
Master program educates the future leaders in both public and corporate sectors. Students are required to take the courses of research methodology and quantitative or qualitative research skills, and to attend weekly seminar throughout their study periods. In addition, provision of four clusters of advanced courses enables students to find the best combination to suit their individual needs for future careers. The four course clusters comprise real estate, urban and rural planning, spatial information and land administration. The minimum requirement for the master degree is 32 credits with a thesis examined by an expert committee.
PhD program is dedicated to the production of high-quality researchers working for universities or research institutions. The PhD program is built upon the faculty members’ proven capabilities of strong supervision and research. Except the compulsory attendance of the weekly seminar, doctoral students are given full discrepancy to arrange for their own selection of courses, subject to the prior consultation with the advisory committee. Success of the PhD program is further assured through close collaboration between students and faculty members. PhD students are encouraged to attend and present papers in both domestic and international conferences. The minimum requirement for the PhD degree is 24 credits with a dissertation examined by an expert committee.
This department has established an exchange program with the department of surveying in Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. Master and PhD students are, through this program, able to take courses exempted from tuition fees in the partner department. We will in the future continue to expand our international collaboration.
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