National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) is located at the heart of the Taoyuan-Hsinchu-Miaoli region, with a high concentration of Taiwan’s Hakka population. Since the re-establishment of NCTU in Hsinchu in 1958, the University has maintained close links with the Hakka community in the region. In view of the common goal of Taiwan’s Central Government and the government of Hsin Chu County (with the highest Hakka population density in Taiwan) to establish a College of Hakka Studies, a proposal entitled “The College of Hakka Studies, National Chiao Tung University” was submitted in 2002 to the Ministry of Education with the vision of transforming NCTU’s College of Hakka Studies into a world-class center for Hakka studies and policy research.
Upon approval by the Ministry of Education, the College of Hakka Studies, National Chiao Tung University was established on March 5, 2004. The College is comprised of several departments: the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, the Department of Communication and Technology, the Graduate Program of Ethnicity and Culture, the Degree Program of Hakka Society and Culture, the International Center for Hakka Studies, and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society (STS). NCTU’s College of Hakka Studies fully leverages Hsinchu’s rich Hakka social and cultural heritage and concentrated population by integrating research and community aspects. It has also been proactively launching various cross-disciplinary academic research projects in the hope of turning the college into a world-class center for Hakka Studies.
There are basically three units that constitute the College of Hakka Studies. First is undergraduate programs which include the Department of Humanities and Social Science and Department of Commnication and Technology. Second is graduate programs which include Ethnicity and Culture Studies Master Program, Communication and Technology Master Program and Degree Program of Hakka Society and Culture. Third is Research Center which contains International Center of Hakka Studies and The Database of Hakka Culture, History and Ethnic Communication.