Research Policy

Description of the Hakka Knowledge System Platform and Hakka Academic Study

The issue of how to pool universities’ resources in order to upgrade Hakka academic study and promote development of the Hakka knowledge system has always been an important concern for the Hakka Affairs Council. It has been our wish to integrate Hakka studies as part of the academic mainstream by enlarging the Hakka knowledge social group and developing the space for development of Hakka studies. 

The HAC is now making that wish a reality. On June 12, 2003, The National Central University established the world’s first College of Hakka Studies and began recruiting students. The National Chiao Tung University established the College of Hakka Studies on March 7, 2004 and began recruiting students in the summer of the same year along with the College of Hakka Studies at the National United University. On October 28, 2004, the National Kaohsiung Normal University established the Institute of Hakka Studies. The establishment of these institutions cement Hakka studies as a key academic field in Taiwan’s higher education system. 

In the future, the HAC will continue to foster the growth of Hakka studies in northern and southern Taiwan, building on the different strengths and advantages of various universities. Taking into account different universities’ specialties, the focus of Hakka studies in southern Taiwan can be coordinated by the National Kaohsiung Normal University, Meiho Institute of Technology, and the National Pingtung University of Science & Technology, whereas the focus of Hakka studies in northern Taiwan can be coordinated by the National Central University, the National Chiao Tung University, and the National United University. In the meantime, inter-university Hakka culture courses are to be promoted to take full advantage of academic research resources, creating an environment of knowledge exchange and enhancement for Hakka studies. 

To encourage academics, experts, individuals in Hakka studies, and graduate school students to engage in Hakka studies, the HAC has drawn up plans to subsidize research, theses, and dissertations on Hakka studies. The subsidies cover a number of subjects ranging from migration and development, folk customs and beliefs, architecture and landscape, art and culture, linguistics, society and economy, industrial history, and people and ecology. In addition, to bolster the foundation for Hakka studies, the HAC has drawn up Rules Governing the Subsidization of Purchase and Collection of Hakka-related Books and Information, which would subsidize universities or academic research institutions having a college or department of Hakka studies or courses on Hakka studies for their purchase and collection of Hakka-related materials. In order to make Hakka academic studies information available to the public, the National Central Library has been commissioned to establish the Taiwan Hakka Digital Library. All Hakka books and literature have been compiled, digitized, and made available to the public for query and reference.