Editorial: A Perspective on Taiwan’s Human Geography

  • Roger M. Selya University of Cincinnati
  • Jack F. Williams Michigan State University
Keywords: National Taiwan University


As part of the effort to internationalize the educational system in Taiwan, in line with the island's already vigorous participation in the global economy, and to elevate the level of academic research to what the government and university administrators regard as "international" standards, there has been a strong push in recent years for scholars on Taiwan to publish in international, foreign-language (especially English), referred journals that are cited in SSeI and SCI.

This issue of GRF is an indirect consequence of that effort. The two guest editors for this issue, drawing on long-standing academic linkages with NTU and its Department of Geography, invited members of the department to submit papers for consideration for publication in a special issue, designed to highlight the talents of geographers in Taiwan, but especially those affiliated with NTU. We did so in the belief that there is great talent among Taiwanese geographers, and the valuable research they do should receive greater visibility and appreciation by geographers outside Taiwan. We decided to limit the issue to human geography, on the rationale that physical geography is alive and well represented on Taiwan, and does not really need any assistance from us. Human geography, although it has made enormous progress in the last 20 years, still lags somewhat behind.


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