The NTU IM Department takes pride in its steady development over the years since its establishment in 1991, building upon the contributions made by all its past chairs and faculty members. After over two decades of continuous growth, the Department now has twenty full-time faculty members (including four joint appointments), five adjunct faculty members, and 229 undergraduate and 168 graduate students. Featuring highly professional yet comparatively young faculty members, a genuinely free scholarly atmosphere, and substantial interactions with the other departments in the College of Management, the Department can be safely named as one of the finest academic institutions in East Asia to train specialists in information management.
Recently, the Department has been remodeling its pedagogical role to a considerable extent, manifestly placing a particular emphasis on the convergence of the strengths of information technology and management. To make this sustainable, we have recruited new and truly extraordinary faculty members, renovated the curricula of the programs we offer, and planned for regularly hosting prominent international conferences. It is our sincere hope that these endeavors will enrich the Department, broadening the scope of our teaching and research and elevating the merits of our scholarship.
Thanks to the rapid advancement in information technology and the innovative development in business administration strategies, Information Management—the discipline that combines and elaborates these two thoughts—remarkably emerged in the last decades of the twentieth century. The significance of Information Management is increasingly appreciated in our highly information-dependent society, as this very discipline reflects not only the wide applicability of information systems in support of business administration, but also the subtlety in ensuring the proper function of fundamental information systems themselves. Whereas the perspectives of information technology and management lead to reasonably divergent views, the subject of how to enable these two perspectives to complement each other, and thereby evoke even more startling sparkles, has always been of central importance to us—the scholars of this field.
The Department of Information Management at National Taiwan University (NTU IM) was established to cultivate leaders in Information Management, pursue excellence in teaching and research, and continually engage in societal developments. The overall educational goal, and the most distinctive character, of NTU IM is training the students to possess: 1. solid foundations in Information Technology knowledge, 2. proficient skills in professional management, 3. a broad vision in strategic thinking, and 4. ethical integrity and caring for the society. For postgraduate programs, more specific objectives are set to train the students to become: 1. IT practitioners who can manage, 2. professional managers who understand technology, 3. independent researchers with a critical mind, and 4. team leaders with ethical integrity.