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TNUA, as the first arts university in Taiwan, has a group of highly accomplished artists who have a strong sense of commitment to educating young talents, and a group of talented students who are passionate about culture and arts.
As the most important institution for educating artists in Taiwan, TNUA embraces a principle that stresses both the traditional and modern, and both the international and local. Our pedagogy gives equal emphasis to both the theoretical and the practical, with a mission to nurture generations of artists for Taiwan, and to elevate the country's overall artistic and cultural achievements.
TNUA currently has six schools: Music, Fine Arts, Theatre Arts, Dance, Film and New Media, and Culture Resources. Under them there are nine departments, 20 graduate institutes and five doctoral programs. It has received the Teaching Excellence honors from the Ministry of Education for ten consecutive years, and has been widely acclaimed by its peers and others.
A quarter of a century may not be too long for an educational institution, but with keen efforts by its entire staff and student bodies, TNUA has produced excellent achievements. Of all the tenured professors and alumni, 11 have won the National Awards for Arts and two have received the Executive Yuan Culture Award. Their distinguished achievements have been widely recognized domestically and internationally. In August 2010, TNUA, with a forward-looking vision,founded the School of Film and New Media to nurture talents for the cultural and innovative industries.
The TNUA produced opening ceremony for the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung was the fruit of careful planning and management that resulted in an excellent presentation of performances, music and spectacles mixing the tradition and modern to highlight the local culture and Taiwan's competitiveness. It has allowed art to become one of Taiwan's major attractions on the world stage. Such achievements and successes attest to TNUA's energy and competitiveness accumulated over the years. They are also giving us more momentum to accelerate our procession towards the next stage.
TNUA's educational goal is to nurture "innovators and creators" in the world of arts. It particularly stresses the importance of unleashing creativity in different fields. TNUA in the past few years has made maximum use of its energy to achieve many impossible tasks. In the future, we will still embrace this spirit to achieve sustainable development.
In 1979, the Executive Yuan, unveiling a plan to promote cultural and recreational activities, decided to set up a higher education institution dedicated to nurturing talents for fine arts, performing arts and academic research. So the school had to be founded on the "highest standards". The government at the time invested multiple resources and assembled a team of elite in order to provide new momentum for the development of the nation's arts and related human resources. On October 22, 1980 a preparatory committee was formed by leading figures from the arts and educational sectors, and on July 1, 1982 the National Institute of the Arts was born.
The school was founded with three departments: Music, Fine Arts and Theatre Arts. Classes were taught in rooms borrowed from the Taipei International Youth Center. In 1983, the school added the Department of Dance. In April 1985, classes were moved to facilities borrowed from the National Overseas Chinese Student University Preparatory School at Luchou, Taipei County. In September 1990, construction work on the Kuandu campus was completed. In late July 1991, the school was formally relocated to Kuandu. The school's entire staff and students took part in a ritualistic parade to the new campus, marking a brand new stage of the school's development.
In order to provide a platform for integrating various academic achievements, the Center for Traditional Arts was established in 1982. In 1992, the Center for Art and Technology was set up to become a champion of cross-disciplinary integration between art and technology. In 1993, the school founded the Performance Arts Center, becoming the only higher education institute in Taiwan to own a professional concert hall, dance theatre and experimental theatre. It was renamed as the Performing Art Center in 1994.
On August 1, 2001 the school was officially renamed as Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) with five schools: Music, Fine Arts, Theatre Arts, Dance, and Culture Resources.
In addition, in order to enhance its academic performance and expand its international presence, TNUA turned its research and development center into the Office of Research and Development and created the International Exchange Center on August 1, 2006. And to promote arts education into the community, the Center for Continuing Education and the Creative Resource Center for Traditional Arts were merged to form the Center for Arts Resources and Continuing Educational Outreach in 2008. In the same year, the Arts and Activity Complex was unveiled, with its movie theatre formally opened in October.
To further shape TNUA into a comprehensive arts university, the School of Film and New Media was founded in 2009. In 2010, the Department of Filmmaking and the Department of New Media Art were introduced.
Now TNUA has six schools covering major areas in arts and culture: Music, Fine Arts, Theatre Arts, Dance, Film and New Media, and Culture Resources. Its comprehensiveness and range of facilities－including a Concert Hall, Dance Theatre
Experimental Theatre, Movie Theatre and Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts －are rare among the world’s universities. It is an ideal training ground for arts talents through a pedagogy that places equal emphases on the academic and practical sides.
A new chapter for arts education
On the northern slope of Taipei Basin stands a beautiful school campus overlooking Kuandu Plain – the Taipei National University of the Arts. Its wide-open nature dramatized by lights and shadows represents a warm welcome to guests to share with its students and teachers a campus life that is vibrant with artistic creativity and cultural activities.
The university came into being under the leadership of its founding president, Mr Bao You-Yu, who, along with a dedicated faculty, laid a firm foundation for the school with a forward-looking vision. It has since given TNUA a firm place in Taiwan's art and cultural circle. He was also keen to expand Taiwan's presence in the world, promoting globalized exchange that has still been driving TNUA onwards in tandem with the trends of arts education in the 21st century.
During all those years under the proactive leadership of all of my predecessors, TNUA never stopped seeking growth, embracing a deep commitment to nurturing talent. It continued to set up new departments and doctoral programs, while teaching and creativity continued to be enhanced. International links were strengthened and expanded. Its outstanding educational achievements have already established TNUA as one of world's elite universities for the arts.
Thirty-four years of constant trials and tribulations have formed part of a TNUA identity characterized by a mission to carry on the tradition and pursue continued growth. Apart from its excellent campus designed to emphasize the spirit of humanity, TNUA has been outstanding in expressing artistic creativity and promoting exhibitions and performances. Now having established itself as a top arts university, TNUA aims to move beyond its foundation of teaching excellence towards a new milestone for its academic research and educational achievements.
A new era has come for the reform of arts education. TNUA, as a benchmark university, will continue to encourage independent thinking, creativity and imagination among its students and teachers, opening a new chapter for arts education and making the best preparations for the future. TNUA receives its resources from the country, and in turn TNUA's influence will spread throughout society.
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