The Department of Asia-Pacific Industrial and Business Management (APIBM), located in Kaohsiung, one of the hot spots of industry, trade, and transportation in the Asia-Pacific region, aims to train students with business management & leadership skills and help them cultivate sensitivity to Asia-Pacific industries. To assist local companies with investment in China and Southeast Asian countries to have an overview of the matters related to culture, geography, history, society and business of the invested countries in the hope of avoiding management problems caused by cultural misunderstanding, the Department sees the need to train skilled international management personnel with discipline, innovation and perspective. We are well equipped and experienced to upgrade the executive and technical staff of the invested country sent by Taiwanese business companies to the island for further education and training to facilitate the continuing development of the companies in the invested country.
The Department, established in August 2001, is the first of its kind on the island to provide programs which specialize in Asia-Pacific affairs. In accordance with the recurrent education policy of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the overall development of the University, a two-year undergraduate program for working professionals was launched in 2003. In accordance with national and industrial policies as well as the University’s development, a postgraduate program and a postgraduate program for working professionals were offered in 2006 and 2009 respectively.
The department aims to cultivate today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders in industrial and business management for the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to the core curriculum, the Department provides an innovative learning environment for leadership training. Students will gain intellectual perspectives and practical tools for lifelong achievements, with access to the finest faculty and all the resources NUK offers. The establishment of the Department rests on three core values: believe in disciplines and principles; be honest and upright; respect and empathize with people. Based on them, we know where to position ourselves and how to achieve objectives in pursuit of excellence.
The original idea underlying the establishment of the Department is to accommodate the development of regional economy and the changes of the industrial and business environment. We aim to train students to become professional management personnel with cultural awareness needed to work effectively in the fields of Asia-Pacific economy and overseas investment & management, helping them develop problem-solving skills, maintain sensitivity to environmental changes, and obtain practical experience. With rigid and professional training, the students are expected to have an international perspective and the ability to manage international corporations. The Department provides four groups of courses:
■ An International Vision for Asia-Pacific Affairs
■ Management Science