Established in 2018, ICI as the 10th college at NCCU but the 1st college dedicated to cultivate international young talents with global mind-set and interdisciplinary skills. Under the pillars of Innovation and Internationalization, ICI surpasses the insular boundaries confined by traditional mono-disciplinary education, introducing students the frontier knowledge from various disciplines such as laws, politics, communication, data science, and business.
Most of ICI’s courses focus on interdisciplinary studies. Does ICI have specialized research/study area?
Knowledge acquisitions should have no boundaries. And we would always tell our student to “Design your course schedule as you would design your life!”. At ICI, we wish to educate elites that are well-rounded instead of insular elitism. The program includes three fields of specializations: Asian Society and Sustainable Development, Global Governance and Democratic Governance, and Global Technology and Innovation Management. In the first two years, students will receive trainings for fundamental theories in respective fields that serve as gateway courses for the third and fourth year. Students in their senior years will choose two of the three specializations by following different optional courses ranging from risk management, disaster mitigation, evidence-based policies as well as proactive measures for sustainable development.
Our courses integrate resources across universities and subjects that allow students to observe the world through different lens of disciplines: the Anthropocene and Geopolitics course is in collaboration with Taipei Fine Arts Museum and five top universities in Taiwan (e.g. National Taiwan University, and National Yang-Ming University…ect.) for the bi-annual exhibition curating by the world-renowned sociologist, Prof. Bruno Latour. As a proactive response to the COVID-19 outbreak, ICI’s other featured course, Global Health Governance, also showcasing our continuous efforts in creative development of our course contents. Students can examine current global health system from the lens of public health, sociology, laws, and communication through WHO simulation, bringing them the most real-time experiences through role playing and expanding their world-views.
These specialized courses are meant to serve as preparation for our students before entry into future job placement and is a strategic way to develop worldview. Incorporating reflective practice can build problem-solving skills and shape attitudes to prepare student competent as leaders in the prospective fields. ICI has the most innovative courses that connects issues with disciplines. These serve as the springboard to a more informed involvement and inclusion in policy-level discussions, upscaling students to be future leaders of high potentials.
Each year, ICI takes on 10 domestic students and 40 international students. Upon its established, our first years’ (Yr. 2020) domestic intake had been highly competitive among the star-lit high schools. Over 400 students were vying for the limited quota (10 people) for domestic student places and more from myriads of nations for international admissions this year.
ICI is known to celebrate interdisciplinary education. The college encourages inter-academic courses to extend the application of relevant knowledge and training. Students are encouraged to take on double or minor major. For details and regulations, please contact ICI’s staff for more information.
For international students whose native-language isn’t Chinese, ICI also provides students the 24-credits compulsory Chinese courses (IUP courses) to upgrade their language proficiency with our dedicated lecturers. Students can have full immersion to the Chinese learning environment, with up to 10 weekly study hours for a duration of 2 years. ICI will be in close connection with Foreign Language Center at NCCU for other foreign language courses in the future.
Our goal is to incentivize ambitions students to become leaders well-gigged with considerable skills and insights—capable in providing solutions and adaptable in cross-fields study. Students can engage at international institutes or think-tanks as analysts; joint NGO as project leaders; involve in tech-industry as product developer; or work at international enterprise for business management.
All courses at ICI are English-taught by top researchers or lecturers domestic or overseas. We also invite enterprise leaders, governors widely known for their professions and inspiring achievements for seminars and workshops. With close connections with both the academia, governmental and private business, students at ICI offers multiple opportunities for internships at international institutes, NCO and third-party sectors.
Our English-Chinese courses are provided by worldly-renowned faculty members including distinguished professors, ambassadors, retired admirals, legislators, and top-performing CEOs. With a diverse background of participants in ICI, constructive dialogues and cooperation can be engaged via exchanged views, perceptions, experiences and information from every region of Asia. ICI does not just teach. It fosters promising connections to your future career.
Will students have opportunities to engage in overseas exchange programs? What are the listed-universities?
Other than pragmatic research practice, students at ICI are required to engage in overseas exchange program for at least an academic semester. By leveraging our edge in international connections, students may also take on short-term overseas research in their senior years. With support from the university, ICI carry the most well-meshed relations with our partner schools world-wide, over 600 universities are in active cooperation for student and research exchange. Some of the listed universities are at its forefront (Top 10) for QS rankings in respective fields.
ICI is proud of its diverse student body. Our students come from all corners of the world (e.g. South-east Asia, east Asia, middle east, central-south America, Europe). All students, whether domestic or of foreign origins, are skilled in multiple languages and shows remarkable performance in statistics, data science, social sciences and knowledge in business.