Introduction

The domain of Electrical Engineering technology is extensive and covers both basic research and technology applications, so the courses of the department have to be well designed with the times. We usually provide basic courses for the prior-year students of undergraduate school, and courses and research programs with prospective and international views for students of the junior, senior and graduate school, in order to train students to cope with their future job and academic research.

Presently the department is divided into four teaching and research groups, Electronics, Solid State Device, Control System, and Communication groups. To promote the electrical engineering technology of the country, the faculty and graduate students of the EE department all actively strive to execute variant research programs.

Besides publishing research achievements on academic journals, we also provide perfect research environments such as research labs, instruments, computers, and related hardware to train students to have the ability to do research independently. We expect that students who graduate from the department not only with the trend but also can establish a milestone in the rapid developing high-technology industry and academic fields in their future.

Illustration of current situation

(I) The Curriculum:

In recent years, the Ministry of Education gradually releases the control of undergraduate curriculum. Seeing that old, rigid and incoherent undergraduate curriculum had made students unable to gain systematic understanding and independent thinking, we decided to process a new curriculum in 1995. We decreased the obligatory core courses and increased selective ones, but credits for graduating were not changed. Now there are four types of courses, Electronics, Solid State Devices, Control System, and Communication. Students can cover, at least, two types of courses and take selective courses to promote their professional knowledge at the same time. Some regulations have been also made to help courses and laboratory courses cooperate well.

(II) The Equipment:

Due to the rapid growing of technology knowledge, we get additional programmable Digital Signal Processor Lab, Molecule Beam Epitaxy Lab, Photoelectric Device Measurement Lab, Speech Recognition Lab, Wireless Communication Lab, High Speed Network Lab, and Signal Processing Lab to let faculty and students have good study environment. Seeing that the basic laboratory courses are important, we renew all equipment of basic laboratories such as Control Research Lab, Microprocessor Lab, and Communication Lab gradually in recent two years to make lab-teaching materials conform to the needs of the times.

(III) Talent Cultivation:

In the undergraduate, the Special Topics of research courses is emphasized to train students abilities to organize, research, resolve and implement problems and investigations. In the graduate, both thesis research and basic courses are stressed.Once registering, graduate students have to start to participate in seminars. We expect every graduate student to have sufficient abilities to do researches independently.

(IV) Practical Courses:

In the nine professional curricula offered by the university, we offer three, " Network Communication ", " Semiconductor ", and " Materials ". We provide students not just the opportunities of learning professional knowledge but abilities to get a job in the future.

(V) Resources Sharing:

We have cooperated researching and teaching with related organizations in recent years. For example, we have established an intimate relationship with the computer science and information engineering department and worked reciprocally in equipment, curriculum, and administration on the basis of professional specialties. And we also co-established Molecule Beam Epitaxy Lab of related research fields with the Optical Sciences Center of the university.

We also carry out integrated research projects with the Center For Space and Remote Sensing Research of the university. In the assistance of National Security Bureau, we establish the cross-field Forward-looking Communication Lab, responsible for every research on advance communication and networks.Outside the campus, the local Telephone and Telegraph Office is always our cooperative partner. The interaction with ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute) and other enterprises is also remarkably growing in recent two years and will be focally continued.

(VI) Current Situation:

1. Research :

The above form shows that the numbers of publishing theses, research projects, and persons awarded prizes by National Science Council are growing year by year in the department. And we have16 professors, 3 associate professors, 1 assistant professor, and 2 lecturers, and 22 of them are full-time. It obviously shows the achievement of our teachers who devote themselves to researches.

2.Teaching :

(1) The Ratio of faculty to students

(2) Tutor System

We encourage faculty to be as tutors for students, and, also according to the rules, each tutor in the university is supposed to assist 20 students. We assign the same tutor for one-class students through their undergraduate days to make the assistance coherent, promote the teaching quality, and help students solve problems.

(3) Curriculum Identification System

The Student Association and we provide curriculum and course evaluation for students in the middle and the end of the semester. The evaluation can be the reference for teachers of teaching.

3. Service:

(1) Education Spreading

To follow the Ministry of Educations policy, we offer a summer program of advanced courses of 40 credits for teachers of senior high schools and senior technology schools to promote the teachers teaching quality. It has lasted for many years and also won much appreciation

(2) Contact with Alumni

For years, our alumni either continue their education or get their occupations domestically or abroad. Their changeable addresses make contacting quite difficult. In recent two years, under the efforts of the EE Department the contact line has been enhanced and built.

Future Goals and Strategies

(I) Teaching:

1. Present plans of recruiting teachers for the department is listed below:

Electronics Group: VLSI System and Structure; Analog (or Mixed Signal) IC and System
Solid State Group: New Material / New Domain Electronic Devices
Control System: Microcomputer Control Electrical Machine Life Technology
Communication Group: Electrical Wave Engineering; Networks

The plan is designed to cover the lack of teachers in specialties. It considers the future trend of the whole environment of Electrical Engineering.

2. To get talented students, the entrance of undergraduate and graduate schools is widely open. Besides strictly professional training, students are also encouraged to broaden their knowledge and to think independently. To maintain teaching and learning quality, two classes for each year in the undergraduate school is kept and the numbers of graduate students is also appropriately increased. The ratio of graduate students to faculty is aimed at 2:1.

3. Besides the basic and important obligatory courses, to encourage students to take courses of different fields, we give students more freedom to choose the selective courses they like, but with a suitable guidance and assistance.

4. In order to know the interaction between faculty and students in class or after class well, we regularly do teaching evaluation for each course that functions as teaching references for faculty. Meanwhile, we also hold seminars for students and faculty to help each others communication and understanding.

(II) Research:

1. Besides faculty's personal projects, we also encourage faculty to engage integrated research cooperating with groups of different fields. Meanwhile, besides fixing projects of National Science Council (NSC) year by year, we strive for more teaching cooperation opportunities with other researching organizations and industrial circles to reach the goal that the ratio of NSC projects to teaching cooperation cases is 2:1.

2. Basing upon the principle of sharing resources, we make great efforts to gain more resources from other associations for faculty's integrated projects. We also subsidize faculty who is in charge of the projects.

(III) Academic Activities:

1. To localize the technology knowledge and to improve our facultys professional knowledge, we encourage the academic interaction, proceeded by exchanging interviews, cooperative researches and holding seminars, for examples. Especially, faculty is supported to hold seminars in the university.

2. Besides studying in class, students have practical opportunities to get working experiences in famous industrial companies. At the same time, we often invite experts of industrial circles to introduce the movement of technology and industry.

3. To train undergraduate students the ability of real practicing projects, we hold achievement competitions and exhibit their works in public.

(IV) Services:

1. Since every university has to raise fund by itself and the industrial circles' urgent needs of professionals , we assist to hold various spreading education, including the proceeding summer credits program for senior technological teachers and adaptive professional training programs for social people.

2. We continuously hold the EE summer camp for senior high school students and update the teaching materials.

3. We help the university to advertise and enroll senior high school students.

4. We update the introduction and the information of the EE department network web side .

Conclusion

We have been incessantly learning and growing since the department was established. A good foundation has been well constructed in all aspects, facultys quality, equipment, directions of researches, and administrative assistance, for examples. In recent years, we have successfully integrated resources with researches, connected with other research units and industries, and gained many teaching cooperative cases. Basing on the fulfillment, we will continue to strive for more excellent achievements. Besides, since the Electrical Engineering / Computer Science and Information Engineering College was established in 1997, to cooperate with the integrated plan of the college and to well process the manpower, equipment, and space in our institute have become our first goal.

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