CCIS was nurtured on a foundation of creativity, and developed studying innovation in diverse fields like the humanities, education, science and technology, and social sciences, all carried out with an orientation toward practice and advocating for “humanistic innovation: human-centered, local innovation with mutually created value”. Creativity needs to be practiced, and creativity in action is a reflection of innovation. We therefore consider various methods of innovation from within the educational sphere, in the hope that our results will have a forceful impact and assist with government policy decisions. On the other hand, to meet the environmental challenges of new technology and new knowledge industries, we also delve into the sciences, aiming for progressive development in exploring science and technology through innovation studies. Besides the two specific fields of education and technology, we also hope to extend creative and innovative thinking into daily life. To this end, we also focus on service innovations, social enterprises, and the creation of social, human-centered, and economic value.
Research in this area is overseen by the Endowed Chair in Creativity, which was established in May 2009 to carry out foundational and applied research on creativity, promote creative education, and inspire entrepreneurship. The Endowed Chair in Creativity has played a vital role in NCCU’s promotion of educating for creativity, entrepreneurship, and the arts and culture
The center has expended significant effort in educational innovation, administering various projects subsidized or commissioned by the Ministry of Education (MOE), such as under the Rural Education Development Project. As a knowledge source and practitioner, CCIS has been responsible for articulating underlying principles of and designing frameworks for cases, making CCIS a major driving force behind MOE’s rural education policies. We have also administered student learning excellence projects, such as the “National Education Student Learning Enrichment Project”. Further, in the hopes of spreading knowledge globally, establishing diverse connections, and nurturing future Taiwanese talent with broad vision, we carried out the GHFxTed Global Educational Innovation Hub Practice Project with the Sayling Wen Cultural and Educational Foundation and iSee Taiwan Foundation. Within Taiwan, we sought models of educational innovation in the hopes of sharing these efforts with the world. Finally, we have established abilities in platform management and creative storytelling to achieve goals of integrating talent resources and co-creation across fields and disciplines.
Social innovation became the foundation for Creative Design and Innovation Studies, one of the components of the second stage MOE Aim for the Top University project at NCCU. With a core principle of “human-centered, local innovation”, we also undertook a Ministry of Economic Affairs general research project titled “3-Year Plan for Regional Knowledge Capital” and Ministry of Education “Production of Cultural and Creative Industry Knowledge, Creative Value-adding, Commodification and Commercialization – A Practice-based Think Tank” project.
While past projects undertaken by the center have primarily focused on the humanities, this year we have incorporated elements of science and technology, undertaking digital humanities projects and progressive unmanned aerial vehicle knowledge systems plans, while CCIS Director, Professor Liu Jyi-shane, was invited to offer a series of digital humanities classes that enabled students in humanities disciplines to establish foundational knowledge in the digital humanities.