Institute of Applied Economics
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| History |
The Institute of Applied Economics, formerly Institute of Fisheries Economics, was founded on August 1, 1992. It is the first and sole academic institute created for teaching and research in fisheries economics in Taiwan. The Institute is committed to finding solutions for current and potential applied economic problems, to help improving economic efficiency of business management and to provide sound advices for public policy decision-making. The Institute trains students through academic courses, which include economic theory, quantitative methods, and specialized courses in applied economics. Research fields in the Institute include international trade, marketing management, recreation and tourism, environmental economics and resource management, production economics, demand and price analyses, fisheries economics, fisheries management and policy, aquaculture economics and management, and marine affairs management. The Institute is highly recognized among agricultural and fisheries scholars, economists, government officials, and industry and business executives for its significant contributions in resolving problems.
| Features |
The Institute offers a regular graduate program leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in applied economics. This is a 40-credit program with 25 elective and 15 required credits (cr.), consisting of seminars for 3 cr.; Thesis for 6 cr.; Microeconomics for 3 cr.; and Econometrics for 3 cr. For overseas students, the Ministry of Education requires a pre-entrance Chinese proficiency examination. The required language of the thesis is Chinese. The program is typically completed in two years. Applicant for the special on-job training program on marine and aquaculture affair management are required to have at least two years of experience in related activities.
The degree program is industry-oriented aiming at producing graduates with professional expertise in management of industrial and fishery enterprises. The program is also research oriented with an emphasis in training graduate students to conduct independent economic research addressing industrial and fishery issues. It provides excellent preparation for students seeking advanced studies in other Ph. D. programs or professional careers in the private and public sectors. In addition to coursework, the Institute trains students through research assignments, seminars, field trips, and discussion opportunities.
| Educational Goals |
A major goal of the Institute is to provide educated professionals with in-depth understanding of economic issues beyond the undergraduate level. It will equip graduates who wish to pursue a career in Taiwan’s dynamic economic environment with a variety of necessary training and skills in economic theory, quantitative methods and environmental economics. The students will be offered ample research opportunities in the area of international trade, marketing management, recreation and tourism, resource management, production economics, demand and price analyses.
The Institute also offers a special program on marine and aquaculture affair management, which is supported by Fishery Agency, Council of Agriculture to provide on-the-job training for workers in public and private sectors in meeting the need as fisheries economists and skilled fisheries managers for fishery policy, aquaculture economics and management, marine affairs management, and seafood processing industries. The faculty conducts various studies to help the government improving the efficiency of fisheries industry, the better utilization of fishery resources, and promoting the welfare of fishermen and consumers, as well as dealing with the complex issues of coastal and ocean management, developments in international ocean law, and the role of governments and inter-national organizations in Marine Affairs. Better understandings of the natural environment and changes in human values have resulted in the need for a governance system that incorporates consideration of ecosystems. Another goal is to strengthen the academic capability of the organization in facilitating economic and technical cooperation in business development between Taiwan and other countries.
| Development Directions |
1. Research Activities
Research efforts in the Institute have focused on the applied analysis of economic problems, management and policy, fishery industry and marketing and international trade issues of concerns to Taiwan. The purpose of management and policy study is to provide data and information to help administrators formulate programs leading to rational management policy and optimum use of resources as well as the development of a viable industry. Research activities for the industry include evaluation of the investment projects and international cooperation and joint ventures. In addition, the Institute has engaged in various marketing research projects such as the analysis of marketing channels, seafood price analysis, market structure of demand and supply, and forecasting of seafood products consumption. Facing with the pressure of globalization and trade liberalization, a series studies concerning the impacts of joining the WTO (World Trade Organization) and APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) have been conducted and completed in recent years. The strong commitment to research is manifested by the impressive number of cooperative research grants awarded by government agencies to Institute receives and by the publication of many scholarly works undertaken in the Institute.
2. International Activities
The faculty of the Institute actively participates in the international conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Agricultural Economics Association, the Institute of International Fisheries Economics and Trade, the World Aquaculture Society, and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. In addition, the Institute sponsors international conferences and workshops in Taiwan. For instance, the Institute organized an international conference entitled "International Cooperation for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development" in Taiwan, July 18-21, 1994; and hosted the 9th annual meeting Fisheries Working Group of APEC in Taipei in June 1998.
In 2001, the Institute organized the International Workshop on Fishery Policy and Management for the South-Pacific Region in Keelung held during July 10-24 and the International Workshop on Fishery Management and Seafood Trade Development held in Keelung on July 12. In 2002, the Institute organized the International Workshop on Sustainable Management of Tropical and Subtropical Fisheries during 15-31 July, the International Conference on Sustainable Management of Tropical and Subtropical Fisheries on 18 July, and an International Conference on Bluefin Tuna and Cobia Cage Farming on 14 November. Taking the advantage the opportunity of Taiwan hosting the Stock Assessment Group (SAG) and Scientific Committee (SC) Meeting for the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) international meeting from August 29 to September 8, the Institute invited several top international marine resource scientists who are on the Advisory Panel of CCSBT as speakers in a one day workshop, “International Workshop on Southern Bluefin Tuna Resource Management and International Perspective of Fisheries Management and Conservation,” held on August 28, 2005 in National Taiwan Ocean University.
| Faculty |
| Facilities |
The Institute has excellent computing facilities to support research and educational programs. The computer facilities include workstations, personal computers, telephone dial-up system, statistical software programs for socio-economic research, and information network systems. The research library contains periodicals, scientific journals, books on fisheries, economics, and statistics, and fishery databases.
| Advanced Study and Career Opportunities |
To improve the academic capability, the Institute has set up a joint program of Masters courses with the Department of Agricultural Economics, National Taiwan University and, more recently, a joint Ph.D. program with the Department of shipping and Transportation Management, NTOU.
Graduates form the MBA program of Institute of Applied Economics currently hold jobs in a variety of fields, including the financial, managerial and consulting, and work in both public and private sectors.