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The creation of MingDao University’s vision and self-positioning was based on the need to integrate the following three things: the mid- to long-term development plan to re-coordinate administrative organs, the University’s demonstrated achievements thus far, and the objective external trends and challenges facing the University. MingDao University’s earlier strategy was to be a stand-alone college, founded as the MingDao College of Management in 2001, and the initial college-type was to be an instructional institute. In 2007, the MingDao College of Management was upgraded to the status of comprehensive university by the Ministry of Education, and renamed MingDao University. With the new name came a new plan to be an instructional and integrated research-oriented institute. In 2010, in response to the threat of climate change to food, water, and energy security, green, organic, and healthy became the new motto. In 2014, due to the dramatic decrease of birthrates in Taiwan over the previous generation, an issue that will strongly impact college enrollment and create new social issues, a shift in vision for higher education was needed. While continuing our current projects and building on existing achievements based on the visions of earlier phases, the new administration, taking international trends, technological advancement, and societal needs into consideration, has cast a bold vision for a new direction. Thus, in order to become a first-tier institute of higher education, our new goal for MingDao University is to promote instructional excellence, diversity and internationalization, and corporate projects.
Instructional Excellence (IE): The aim of Instructional Excellence (IE) is to ensure every student has access to state-of-the-art technology to develop the skills necessary for their future careers. Students are strongly encouraged to undertake internships during their junior and senior years. With a strong foundation in both theory and practice, they will be competitive as future graduates.
Diversity and Internationalization (DI): The reason for Diversity and Internationazation (DI) is to equip students with “portable capability”, a set of cultivated skills that can be applied in any social environment on earth. Among our internationalization efforts, MingDao University has established joint degrees with six colleges in the US and Canada. This will not only satisfy the needs of international studies but also advance students’ competitiveness in inter-cultural exchange and international business.
Corporate Projects (CP): The goal of Corporate Projects (CP) is to give students the joint benefits of their professors’ guidance along with real-world work experience. Hands-on experience on corporate R & D projects will putstudents to the test with challenging real-world problems, instead of leaving them perhaps to ponder abstract ideas comfortably in classes. Thus, not only will students gain insiders’ know-how, but will also be able to see the big picture on problem-solving and practical operations in business environments. Students will be more entrepreneurial, and their ability to execute business plans will be sharpened.