SOAS Taiwan Studies Programme1999/10/1~2021/9/30
  • Project Description

    The SOAS Taiwan Studies Programme was established in 1999. Over the years it has expanded to become the largest Taiwan Studies programme of all universities in Europe or North America. It has particularly focused on Taiwan Studies teaching, Taiwan Studies academic events, and Taiwan Studies publications. A key reason for its success has been fruitful cooperation with Taiwanese partners including: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, the National Central Library, Shungye Museum, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and the Ministry of Culture.

    Key moments in the development of the SOAS Taiwan Studies Programme:

    2000   First Taiwan Studies course established

    2004   European Association of Taiwan Studies established by SOAS

    2005   MA in Taiwan Studies introduced and Taiwan Studies courses expanded

    2005   Centre of Taiwan Studies established

    2007   First SOAS Taiwan Studies Summer School

    2008   SOAS awarded French Taiwanese Culture Prize for promotion of Taiwan Studies in Europe

    2009   Cooperation with Taiwan’s Ministry of Education begins with appointment of Senior Teaching Fellow in Taiwan Studies; and second expansion of Taiwan Studies courses.

    2009   Routledge Research on Taiwan Book Series established

    2012   Professor Robert Ash awarded Republic of China Friendship Medal of Diplomacy in recognition of his contribution to Taiwan Studies

    2013   Opening of Taiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies in SOAS Library

    2015   SOAS hosts World Congress of Taiwan Studies

    2016    SOAS Taiwan Studies Summer School extended to five days 

    2019   10th Anniversary of Routledge Research on Taiwan Book Series: 27 academic books have now been published

    2019       20th anniversary of the SOAS Taiwan Studies Programme.

  • Outcome Feature Description

    SOAS is the world’s leading institution for Taiwan Studies. We are unique in a number of ways compared to other Taiwan programmes. The SOAS Taiwan Studies Programme has three main themes: (1) Teaching, (2) Academic Events, and (3) Publications.

    Teaching: While almost all the other Taiwan Studies programmes have focused on organizing academic events, SOAS has also developed the world’s first comprehensive Taiwan Studies teaching programme, and SOAS offers the only MA in Taiwan Studies outside Taiwan. By 2016–17 SOAS offered seven Taiwan Studies courses, making it by far the most extensive Taiwan Studies teaching programme in the world. Moreover, almost all of the courses run on an annual basis, unlike many other universities which run Taiwan courses irregularly. SOAS has gradually expanded the number and range of Taiwan Studies courses, which include the following:

    Postgraduate Level Courses:

    1. Taiwan's Politics and Cross-Strait Relations (year-long)
    2. Culture and Society of Taiwan (Term 1)
    3. Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora (Term 2)
    4. Law, Rights and Society in Taiwan (Term 2)
    5. Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan (year-long)
    6. Elementary Spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (year-long)


    Undergraduate Courses:

    1. Taiwan's Politics and International Relations (year-long)
    2. New Taiwan Cinema and Beyond (Term 2)
    3. Elementary Spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (year-long)

    For more details of the Taiwan Studies courses, please see:

    And for more information on the MA in Taiwan Studies, please see:


    Academic Events:

    Each academic year the SOAS Taiwan Studies programme runs the most extensive range of academic events of any Taiwan Studies programme in Europe or North America: between 40–50 public events, all free to attend and open to members of the public without prior registration.

    The academic events include small research seminars, policy relevant seminars, film screenings, music performances, and an annual conference. Many seminars are designed to complement the Taiwan Studies courses. In addition to purely academic events, practitioners—such as film directors, musicians, writers and politicians—are invited to share their experiences with our students.

    Each summer we hold the popular SOAS Taiwan Studies Summer School which includes lectures on a range of themes and postgraduate research training. For details on our events programme see: For the Summer School see:



    Since its establishment the SOAS Taiwan Programme has promoted academic publications on Taiwan. Numerous edited volumes of papers first presented at SOAS Taiwan Studies conferences have been published. The Routledge Research on Taiwan Book Series, edited by Dafydd Fell, was established in 2010. Since then the series has published 27 academic books on a wide range of Taiwan related topics. For more information on the book series see:


    • School:School of Oriental and African Studies
    • Continent:Europe
    • Country\Area:United Kingdom