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The department had been named ‘Department of Cooperative Economics’ since 1975, approved by Ministry of Education. This department encompasses three main fields, including ‘cooperative enterprise,’ ‘economic theory,’ and ‘Management'.

This department has dedicated in the education of cooperative enterprises. Since 1984, the department had signed a cooperative agreement with the Social Affairs Office of Central Government to provide advanced training programs for domestic cooperative staffs such as directors, supervisors, managers, and accountants. Until 1998, we had accumulated 486 lecture sessions with 19,231 trainees, 62 study workshops with 3,127 students, 41 graduate courses with 1,569 students, and 26 short training courses with 1,624 participants. The total number of courses reached 615 with 25,551 trainees, which shows our contribution in the education of cooperative enterprise.

In 1997, the night school of the department was integrated with the undergraduate continuing education program in university, based on the considerations of overall school development and continuing education policy launched by the Ministry of Education. About 60 undergraduate students are enrolled each year.

Afterwards, the development of our department has transformed towards the field of management by virtue of the emerging issues in cooperative operation and the execution of recurrent education policy promoted by the Ministry of Education. Since 1998, the department had offered credit courses of business management for communities at Xinying, Tianzhong, and Tainan. We had offered 129 credit courses with 3,743 trainees until Feb. 2000. The department’s contribution in education has received approval by the communities, laying the foundation of department transformation. On the other hand, our faculties co-authored and had the book, ‘Cooperatives Operation and Management’, published. To focus on management issues, the department also organized several academic conferences, commissioned by the government.

While transforming towards management, the department still emphasizes the specialized attributes of cooperative enterprises. We have dedicated to improve the performance of cooperatives and its management. In other words, both economic attribute and social attribute serve the essentials of cooperative enterprises. The cooperatives are educated not to pursue profit while pursuing efficiency and fairness. In answer of the needs of the cooperative operation, our course design includes not only management, but also sociology and psychology in core requirements as well as electives.

 As an increasing diversity of the society and environmental change, non-profit enterprises (e.g., schools, hospitals, groups, religions, and foundations) is prospering in Taiwan, bringing forth impacts on employment population, business development, scope of aid-recipients, and capital leveraging.

 In 2016, the department has been renamed “the Department of Cooperative Economics and Social Entrepreneurship”, by virtue of the extension of our core social enterprises to include both cooperative and non-profit enterprises into consideration. Though cooperative enterprise and non-profit enterprise share the similar mission (i.e., not for profit orientation), they are different in terms of organizational structure and institutional norms. We believe that combining both cooperative and non-profit enterprises will facilitate both academic and business development. With the basis of ‘Non-profit Cooperative Financial Insurance Research Institute,’ this department will continue to contribute to the social welfare and resource sharing with those who are in need of help.