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About us

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Mission

       

◆ To cultivate experts of international affairs and diplomacy practitioners, the department actively promotes activities of learning in the hope that an education environment with vigorous and unique characteristics can be created.
 
◆ A globalized learning environment: Foreign students from Albania, Canada, Chad, India, Japan, Panama, South Korea, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam have attended graduate and undergraduate programs, and their presence creates a globalized learning environment for the department. The department also assists students to pursue short-term studies overseas as exchange students.
 
◆ The enhancement of students foreign language capability: The department helps students expand their world vision first by enhancing language proficiencies. All the undergraduates of the department are required to take 14 credits of English. Besides, the department strongly encourages students to learn Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish as second foreign languages.
 
◆ The promotion of academic exchanges and researches: The department very often invites distinguished scholars of international relations and international law to be visiting scholars. The department has also hosted quite a few academic conferences to discuss the important development of international affairs. Moreover, the department publishes Journal of International Relations twice a year as one of the leading professional journals in the country.
 
◆ The participation in Project International Communication and Negotiation Simulations (ICONS): The department regularly joins ICONS-supervised negotiation simulations. The Project ICONS is affiliated with the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland. Its simulations include college student participants from many countries. Participants bargain via message exchanges and hold real-time on-line conferences through the Internet. At the end of simulations, students analyze, review and compose final reports in order to ponder what has been through and better their understanding of the international relations and real-world negotiations. This is one of the most unique and exciting academic activities the department has.

 

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