Prof. Chen-hua Yu, a researcher at the Center for Election Studies/Professor of the Department of Political Science at National Chengchi University, is a Taiwanese-born faculty member ( with a PhD from Columbia University) who currently teaches EMI courses at National Chengchi University and has successfully guided students to apply for the Ministry of Science and Technology program for college students on numerous occasions. In addition, Prof. Yu has been supervised many thesis which then received awards from major political science organizations in Taiwan.
Prof. Yu's academic background is similar to that of most of the faculty members in TKU, in that he is a native of Taiwan and returned to Taiwan to teach EMI courses after receiving his PhD degree abroad. Professor Yu shared his personal experience and pointed out that the EMI curriculum, the Ministry of Science and Technology projects, and the faculty's own academic publications can be combined, to be complimentary and not antithetical to one another. The key lies in whether the faculty can integrate their own research into the teaching content, and to grow with the teaching given to the students. The critical element to the joint development of all three is to have a clear goal of guiding students through the curriculum and teaching. If they are independent, they would all be a burden, but when they are combined, the burden turns into a driving force.
Through the exchange with Prof. Yu, the attendees, who are all department chairs or current and prospective EMI program faculty, gained a clearer understanding of the future of the EMI program and their own teaching/research strategies, which will be very helpful in the long run.