The Department of Tourism at Shih Hsin University was originally a three-year continuing junior college program at 1976. In 1993, two years after the university changed its status from a vocational school to a college, the department was established. The department offers the foremost tourism and hospitality programs in Taiwan’s higher education. A four-year bachelor’s program, a master’s program, a continuing education master’s program and a continuing education evening college program, are included. Currently, there are approximately 639 students enrolled with the department. The Faculty includes 1 Professor、10 Associate Professors and 4 Assistant Professors.
The four-year bachelor’s program is divided into a hospitality management section and a travel and recreation planning section. The curriculum focuses on planning of tourist and recreational areas, and operation and management of travel, transportation and hospitality industries. The master’s program’s main academic direction and focus are on investment planning and operational measures in the tourism and recreation businesses. The continuing education master’s program and continuing education evening college program provide opportunities for the industry practitioners to advance their professional knowledge and capabilities. All the graduates are expected to be well prepared for fulfilling careers in the tourism industry and to be able to contribute to enhancing the quality of services and products provided by this industry.
The Department of Information Management was founded in 1993, in response to international trends of the development in information systems. The mission of the Department is to nurture students with a focus on applications of information technology, to increase their job skills, to achieve management objectives, and to enhance the competitive advantage of service organizations. The Department, with a total of around 1,131 students, presently maintains undergraduate programs both in day and evening schools, a regular master’s program, and a lifelong learning master program for executive students.
The Department maintains a strong faculty, with special strengths in information management, electronic and electrical engineering, computer science, multimedia design and management, business administration, and industrial engineering. The Faculty includes 3 Professors、13 Associate Professors、7 Assistant Professors and 4 Lecturers. Courses in the Department provide interdisciplinary subjects both in “information management” and “information technology.” Job prospects for our graduates range from working in the fields of information technology development to the research and creation of new information system management design.
The Department of Economics was established in 1994 with a mission to produce value-creating specialists in financial and economic policy analysis. In addition, the department offers introductory economics courses for students with other majors such as management, mass communication, law, humanities and social sciences. As of October 2005, the Department of Economics offers undergraduate and graduate (master) programs for both regular and life-long learning education. Now there are around 560 students enroll in this department. The Faculty includes 5 Professors、3 Associate Professors、7 Assistant Professors and 1 Lecturers.
To prepare undergraduate students majoring in economics for the job market or graduate study in economics or related fields, the curriculum in economics covers courses in finance, management, information technology, taxation, accounting and law. The purpose of regular graduate program is to develop students’ ability of economic analysis with a special emphasis on information, network economics and Chinese economy. To meet the needs of an era increasingly dependent on information, the students are expected to gain solid training in economic theory and quantitative methods. The goal of graduate program for lifelong education is to help professional managers developing strong capability in economic analysis, business management and decision-making.
In view of the urgent needs in the new era, the Department of Finance was established in 1995 with the mission of training top finance professionals. At present, the Department offers an undergraduate program, a MA program, and a continuing education MA program. Now there are around 530 students enroll in this department. The Faculty includes 3 Professors、3 Associate Professors、6 Assistant Professors and 1 Lecturer.
In general, the educational objective of the Department is to train the financial professionals needed in the current age. Students are provided with a solid theoretical and conceptual background, as well as strong ethical senses for finance people. As of employment prospects, students from the Department naturally have good opportunities. The Department’s carefully designed undergraduate curriculum provides both a solid theoretical framework and real-world issues. The courses of master’s programs are characterized by three fields: Behavioral Finance and Financial Engineering, and Emerging Financial Markets.
To give students a solid theoretical grounding, as well as enable them to be familiar with real-world procedures, the Department regularly invites working professionals with extensive experience in the field to regularly give lectures. Speakers include stock brokerage managers and executives from various industries. These lectures give students a first-hand account of the world of finance.
There is a broad range of opportunities for people with a background in finance. Graduates of the Department can pursue advanced studies, or find employment in financial holding companies, banks, stock brokerages, insurance companies, the real estate industry, futures companies, and other financial institutions, or in the finance departments of companies in any industry, in finance-related government agencies, in economic research institutes, or in financial consultancies.
The Department of Public Policy and Management was founded in 1996, with mission to train outstanding administrative management professionals with a comprehensive set of skills to aid in democratic reform within society, to enhance the efficiency of administrative management, and to develop cutting edge human resources. The Department currently runs four programs, including the undergraduate, Master of Public Administration, MPA degree, the continuing education of Executive Master of Public Administration, EMPA degree, and the doctoral program (in 2005). Now there are around 427 students enroll in this department. The Faculty includes 4 Professors、4 Associate Professors and 6 Assistant Professors.
The Department’s curriculum design is to offer interdisciplinary subjects encompassing political science, public administration, economics, management, computer fundamentals and other basic science courses. In addition, special designed courses focus on management in the public and private sectors, such as introduction to public policy fundamentals, policy analysis, policy implementation and evaluation, organization theory and behavior, administrative law, human resources management, public budgeting and financial management, statistics, accounting, and administrative information management. Moreover, the Department has a special emphasis on students’ English reading and writing abilities, and established courses in professional English for administrative management.
The Department of Business Administration was founded in 2005, with a focus toward training future talent in this sector, equipping them with professional enterprise management capabilities. The Department offers degrees in the College’s BBA, MBA, and EMBA programs. To assist business by providing information on management and marketing related topics, Center for International Business Management and Marketing Research was established in 2006. Now there are around 275 students enroll in this department. The Faculty includes 3 Professor、3 Associate Professors and 7 Assistant Professors. The curriculum is specially designed to provide an education in two main areas：ethnic Chinese business management and innovation and entrepreneurial management. The courses are developed to incorporate current trends in technology, classic and neo management concepts, and business applications. Not only will the students receive thorough scientific training in management, but they will also learn the art of the managerial theories. Finally, graduates will be well equipped to make an immediate contribution to both private and public sectors in Taiwan. Additionally, they will be well prepared for enrollment in more advanced academic programs. We take pride in training the future professional managers and entrepreneurs who can compete anywhere in the world.
With the development of civil society in Taiwan, a variety of nonprofit organizations and social enterprises are established to provide social services and deal with problems that cannot be properly addressed by the public and private sector organizations. In order to further the development of civil society, the Master Program of Nonprofit and Social Enterprise at Shih Hsin University provides an opportunity for practitioners working in nonprofit organizations and social enterprises to acquaint themselves with the latest theoretical and practical knowledge. Designed as a platform of exchanging practical experience and learning managerial theories, the program intends to develop current and future executives for nonprofit organizations and social enterprises by integrating theories and practices to improve the performance of nonprofit organizations and social enterprises, to solve social problems, and to pursue public interests.
In order to achieve interdisciplinary learning, faculty members from the fields of public administration, business administration, information management, and speech communication, as well as the executives from nonprofit organizations and social enterprises are invited to offer courses or give lectures. By integrating theories and practices, and by emphasizing both professional expertise and ethical values, it is hoped that students can obtain core competencies necessary to become executives of nonprofit organizations and social enterprises for improving their managerial capacity, and for further the development of the third sector in Taiwan.