Brief History

Brief History

                The MCU Japanese Language Section was officially established in 1990 to support training in a second foreign language. Basic Japanese courses: Japanese 1, 2 and 3 are offered, along with professional courses in Japanese for Trade and Tourism Japanese. Currently, there are 47 sections of Japanese being taught to undergraduate and work experience classes, with a total enrollment of 2,142 students. In order to train students in all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, most courses include a local teacher covering grammar and structure with a Japanese teacher responsible for listening and speaking. The university’s professional local and Japanese faculty have worked together to produce the materials used for teaching this course “New Practical Japanese Conversation”, volumes one to three. Moreover, to provide non-Japanese majors with an opportunity to display their achievements and heighten their interest, the Japanese Language Section works with the Japanese Club to hold a Japanese Language Speech Contest. Yearly, during winter break, the university hosts exchange activities with our sister schools in Japan, also welcoming these students to participate. Through these activities, our students deepen their understanding of Japanese culture and use the language skills they’ve been developing.

Developments / Accomplishments

            The first department of Applied Japanese in Taiwan, our department was founded in 1996. With clearly defined goals, professional and enthusiastic faculty, as well as customized teaching materials for students, the department emphasizes cultural competency as well as technological and equipment skills. For undergraduates, the focus is on cultivating graduates who can serve in Japanese administrative capacity and as Japanese teachers. Graduates' performances in the industries have been outstanding and highly praised. The features of this department are summarized below:

(1) Focus on the cultivation of talents for Japanese businesses and education;

(2) Market-oriented course design, integrating Japanese and professionalism;

(3) Professional and technological teaching, with many opportunities for student exchanges, achieving internationalization;

(4) Excellent environment featuring Japanese culture and digital equipment for education; and

(5) Students achieving outstanding performances in various competitions and graduates being favored by businesses as meeting needs for related talents.