The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange was formally established on January 12, 1989, being supported by both the ROC government and private organizations, while also earning distinction as Taiwan’s first international academic organization.
The inspiration for establishing the Foundation dates back to the year 1986, when Choyun Hsu, Ying-shih Yu, Kwang-chih Chang, and other scholars of Chinese descent at major North American universities felt increasing concern for the decline of Chinese Studies, and wrote a joint letter urging ROC President Chiang Ching-Kuo to establish an international foundation to promote Chinese Studies worldwide. President Chiang Chingkuo concurred with their views and instructed Premier Kuo-hwa Yu and Minister of Education Huan Li to do a feasibility study.
The Foundation’s mission involves more than supporting and encouraging research in Chinese Studies, but also encompasses promoting international scholarly exchanges. Under the leadership of former Chairmen K. T. Li, Kuo-hwa Yu, and Yih-yuan Li, as well as current Chairman Kao-wen Mao and President Yun-han Chu, the Foundation has striven diligently over the past 24 years to adhere to the principle of awarding grants solely on the basis of academic merit, while also promoting the globalization of academic research. The Foundation has earned a sterling reputation, while its support of international scholarly exchange has resulted in numerous concrete achievements. Today the Foundation stands as a model grant-making organization, while also working to promote leading research projects in Chinese Studies.
President, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
Professor Yun-han Chu became President of the Foundation in June 2001, after having served as vice-president of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation since April 1999. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1987, and in his distinguished research and teaching career since then has focused on the political economy of East Asian newly-industrialized countries (NIC’s), democratization, and comparative mass political behavior. Before taking his post at the Foundation, Prof. Chu served for eleven years as Director of Programs at the Institute for National Policy Research in Taipei, and from 1994 until 1997 was Coordinator of the Political Science section of the National Science Council. He currently holds a joint appointment as Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica, and Professor of Political Science at National Taiwan University. His most recent academic honor was being elected to the 2012 list of Academicians during Academia Sinica’s biannual Convocation of Academicians, held on July 2-5, 2012.
Professor Chu is a three-time recipient of the National Science Council’s Outstanding Research Award, the highest honor the Council bestows on individual professors. Publications to Prof. Chu’s credit include more than one hundred journal articles and edited volume chapters, as well as twelve books and edited volumes, most recently Crafting Democracy in Taiwan (Taipei: Institute for National Policy Research, 1992) and the edited volumes Consolidating the Third Wave Democracies: Trends and Challenges (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997), China Under Jiang Zemin (Boulder: Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2000), and How East Asians View Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2008). Prof. Chu is also a current editorial board member for several major research journals, including Journal of Democracy, International Studies Quarterly, Pacific Affairs, Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, and China Perspective. He was the President of the Chinese Association of Political Science (2003-2005) and a member of the Council of American Political Science Association (2009-2011). In October 2014, he received the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Achievement Award, which is the highest honor bestowed upon its graduates.