The Graduate School of Taiwanese Culture was founded on August 1st 2002 to train research and teaching specialists of Taiwan Literature. It was the first graduate school to offer the graduate program of Taiwan Literature among the education universities in Taiwan. On August 1st 2006, the Graduate School launched the master program of Taiwan Culture Education in the College of Continuing Education to promote the instruction of native culture and to improve the professional competence of teachers in primary and junior high schools. On August 1st 2007, the Graduate School renamed itself to the Graduate School of Taiwanese Culture in order to promote Taiwan Studies, and reorganized the master programs into two majors: Taiwan Literature and Taiwan History and Geography. More faculty members have joined the Graduate School to strengthen its research and teaching capacity. The major of Taiwan History and Geography turned to be Taiwan History since August 1st 2009 to focus on the development of research, teaching and promotion of Taiwan literature and history. With the combination of faculty’s specialization, student’s interest and social engagement, it aims at establishing an academic community that contributes to humanities studies and social practice. To train more specialists who are able to inherit and recreate Taiwan culture, the master program of Taiwan Culture Education has renamed as the in-service master program of Taiwan culture since August 1st 2015.
According to the University Development Objective, the Graduate School systematically, holistically, and comprehensively designed four major educational objectives:
1. To train research specialists of Taiwan literature and history to improve the quality of academic research.
2. To train teaching specialists who are able to comprehend both Taiwan literature and history to strengthen curriculum and instruction in primary and secondary schools.
3. To train prospective participants of culture and education policy, creative industry and management with the literacy of Taiwan literature and history.
4. To train professionals of cultural and historical guide and creative industry to promote tourism in Taiwan.