Public Finance is a subject that examines the economic behavior of the public sector and its associated impact on the economy. The Department of Public Finance at National Chengchi University (NCCU) is a well-established and influential institution in this field of study. We strive to provide our students the highest level of undergraduate and graduate education through a very flexible curriculum that allows them to gain sustainable competitiveness in the global economy. At the core of this curriculum is the realization that the qualities that are most valuable in an environment with ever-changing needs and demands are the capability to identify potential threats before they become real issues, the ability to take on challenges when issues arise, and the expertise to study and analyze issues in order to develop effective measures to solve the problems that arise from them. Of equal importance is the indispensable skill of vertical and horizontal communication — in the private domain, to communicate ideas to supervisors and to staff members, and to work effectively in a team; in the public domain, to build a consensus among policy makers and the public, and to communicate policies to the public.
In the undergraduate program, the first- and second-year curriculum develops a deep-rooted and balanced background training in elementary and intermediate accounting and economics. On this strong foundation, the third- and fourth-year curriculum builds students’ understanding of taxation, public financial management, and public economics. This three-pillar structure allows a unique level of flexibility in the face of future changes, and cultivates qualities needed for success in the modern economy. Over the years, our graduates have become business leaders and decision-makers at the national and local levels of government. In the graduate program, a rigorous and demanding curriculum, together with the efforts of a highly selective and dedicated staff of instructors, develops students’ aptitudes in economic reasoning, and cultivates their ability to formulate economic models through econometrics and other quantitative techniques. Unlike other economics graduate programs, we emphasize a demand for policy-oriented research and for studies on problems of public concern. Over the years, our graduates have been shaping and directing national policies of economic development as practitioners in public finance, and have become researchers and educators in universities and professional schools in the area of public finance.