Department's Mission and Advantages
To answer the challenges of extreme global climate changes, as well as a sustainable Taiwan and the issues of global city competition, the Department of Urban Planning and Disaster Management (UPDM) integrates three professions: urban planning/designing, disaster management techniques, and spatial geographic information system (as shown in figure 1), preparing college students to become professionals trained with general knowledge who possess the capabilities of integrating communities, townships and national land planning and disaster prevention/mitigation. In the future, UPDM aims to be a node of professional alliances for environmental planning/design and teaching/research/practice of hazard mitigation in northern Taiwan, and also a professional institute to integrate research groups in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Macao.
Department of Urban Planning and Disaster Management (UPDM) continues to strive for excellence in integrating Information Technology, Urban Planning and Disaster Management professions, preparing learners to become professionals trained with general knowledge, who possess a sense of responsibility, team spirit, and competitiveness. UPDM aims to create sustainable ecology for Taiwan’s rural and urban spaces through best practices in local communities and regions. To serve our nation and the general public, UPDM plans to become the future base of partnerships serving northern Taiwan in teaching and research on urban disaster management and spatial planning / designing.
G1. Integrate the Urban Planning/Designing, Disaster Management Planning, and Spatial Information Technology professions.
The Curriculum Planning Committee will gradually adjust the curriculum structure for the first and second years of study to establish students’ basic foundations in three disciplines – Spatial Planning / Designing, Disaster Management Planning, and Spatial Information Technology. Following, the focus of the third and fourth years is to connect these disciplines and to prepare our graduates to be well-rounded professionals. The curriculum is planned to fit the trends of today’s job market and participation in the public sector, integrating practical training and theoretical education through studio courses from the second to fourth years of study.
G2. Ensure students possess self-directed learning capability.
By increasing elective courses, UPDM plans to encourage students’ self-directed study. We also encourage voluntary participation in extracurricular activities, provide diverse learning channels, establish mechanisms to assist vulnerable students and through which students can plan their careers, as well as set up channels for international learning interactions.
G3. Faculty members’ research will excel both in quality and quantity, with results applied to teaching
UPDM promotes faculty members’ research quality and quantity. In addition, by connecting industrial-academic cooperation research projects to practical training in studio courses, UPDM will work closely with communities and the public sector to provide professional services that contribute positively to cultural and economic spatial development and the education of mitigation planning in Taiwanese society.
G4. Develop specializations and teamwork partnerships among faculty members and students.
Through each year’s professional studio course, UPDM encourages faculty members and students to participate in or to lead in planning of competitions and academic or out-of-class interactions, in order to establish both global view and capacity for local action. By means of cooperation among peers and teachers, UPDM develops students’ skills in communication and coordination, as well inter-institution and inter-disciplinary teamwork capabilities, to inspire each individual’s professional performance.
G5. UPDM graduates are able to earn a good reputation among the public sector and private industry.
Communication channels allow for UPDM graduates to not only share resources between the alumni and department, but for the experiences to be passed between different graduating classes and the industry, These resources include performance assessments, data on certification, percentage of graduates completing graduate school, and the percentage obtaining employment. UPDM will also establish the image of “Professional Services in Urban Planning and Disaster Management” through the Internet and alumni association, provide employment counseling as well information interchange, and conduct performance assessment of graduates within related industries.
8 Core Competencies
- 1. Solid, significant professional foundation
- 2. Practical skills and implementation abilities
- 3. Inter-disciplinary academic integration and teamwork abilities
- 4. Thinking and problem-solving abilities
- 5. Professional project planning and implementation abilities
- 6. Effective self-expression capability
- 7. Societal responsibility and world vision
- 8. Lifelong learning capability
4 Educational Objectives
- Nurture students’ fundamental capabilities in academic research by means of relating theories and methods
- Build up students’ practical skills and competitiveness through physical practice and models
- Integrate disaster management and spatial planning, to train students as well-rounded professionals of urban planning and disaster management
- Through curriculum introduction and interaction with other institutions, promote students’ local concern and international vision
Integrate the Spatial Planning/Designing, Disaster/Mitigation Management, and Spatial Geographic Information Technology professions by applying experiential education and case-based courses
Ensure students possess self-directed learning capability and competitiveness in the job market
Faculty members’ research will excel both in quality and quantity, with results applied to teaching their courses and providing public service
Encourage specializations and growing alliances among faculty members and students, as well as nurturing relationships through community partnerships
Assure that MCU UPDM graduates are recognized as professionals among industry, government, academia and non-profit organizations
Graduates' Future Prospects
UPDM provides first-year students with a course map for obtaining profession certificates and a course map for professional specialization in order to assist students in planning for their post-graduation futures based on their aptitudes and interests.
- Public and Private Sector Employment: urban development bureau, urban and rural development department, public works division of local governments; National Fire Agency, Disaster Prevention and Protection Commission, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction; as well as private companies and non-profit organizations engaged in real estate consulting, land development, asset and investment management, environmental engineering for disaster prevention, landscape design, urban renewal, etc.
- Earning Profession Certificates (by means of taking classes among different disciplines): qualifying as a professional urban planning engineer, community planner, fire protection engineer, real estate agent, environmental engineer, etc. by taking qualification or national examinations.
- Continuing Higher Education: In addition to seeking a graduate degree by studying in the UPDM Master’s Program or other master’s or doctoral programs at Ming Chuan University, students can also apply to other institutions’ programs in Architecture/Urban Design, Land Administration, Spatial Planning or Disaster Management, etc.
DEVELOPMENTS / ACCOMPLISHMENTS
(1)Public and Private Sectors: including urban development bureau, urban and rural development department, public works division of local governments; National Fire Agency, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster eduction; as well as private companies and non-profit organizations of real estate consulting, land development, asset and investment management, landscape design, urban renewal, etc..
(2)Continuing Higher Education: In addition to seeking higher education degree by studying at Master's Program in UPDM or other Master's or Ph.D's. program. Students can also apply other programs in Architecture/Urban Design, Land Administration, Spatial Planning and Disaster Management, etc..