In recent years, the rapid development of the welfare state in Taiwan, the demand for social work professional has increased dramatically. Soon after the Social Work Act of 1997 was enacted, social work licensure system was established accordingly. In responding to the high demand of social work professional, the Department of Social Work in the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology was established in 2000 and a BSW program was offered. In order to offer students a personalized education and customized to their interests and needs, the Evening and Weekend BSW program was created in 2001. To advance social work education and cultivate social work research skills, a MSW program was established in 2006.
1. Professionalization: to elevate student ability in utilizing social work professional theory and work management practice.
2. Comprehensive learning: to elevate student ability in professional services and know-how in minority groups as well as in care services.
3. Internationalization: to equip students with a multicultural viewpoint and international participation.
Curricular planning in the Department has two academic groups of “social work in family, children, and adolescents” and “the elderly, mental and physical disabilities, and long-term care” in the Undergraduate Division. The graduate institute has two academic groups of “care for minority groups” and “social work management.”