Stages of Development
• Foundation: An Interdisciplinary, Inter-university Base (1997-2002)
Prior to formal establishment, the center traces its origins to the period of the National Science Council Council's “Characteristics and Development of Creativity in Technology – Comparative Studies of Creativity Contexts” project from 1997-2002. With its focus on creativity, this project set the conditions for the birth of the center with a foundation both transcending disciplines and universities.
• Creative Education and Lifestyles (2003-2005)
By August 2003, with the experiences of the prior interdisciplinary innovation project, the time was ripe to establish the center. Professor Wu Se-hwa, then dean of the College of Commerce, took the lead, stepping in to serve as the director of the center. Through academic research, development, promotion, and exchange, he led and sustained the expansion of creativity and innovation studies, undertaking various research projects related to creativity and education, accumulating rich resources in the field of creativity studies, and realizing rapid growth in research capabilities for the center.
• Practice of Creativity and Innovation (2006-2007)
Demonstrating the practical application and implementation of creative education research results within campus, in 2005, CCIS began planning for the Creativity Program, formally enrolling the first student cohort in December 2006. With Professor Chan Chih-yu, head of the creative education project, taking over as director in 2006, the center operated under a framework of three major tasks: stimulating creativity, generating academic publications, and international exchange. During this stage, center mechanisms, functions, and activities gradually expanded so as to realize the purpose of the center’s founding.
• Imaging the Future and Entrepreneurship (2008-2011)
Inheriting the operations of the previous two stages, Professor Wen Chao-tung of the Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation and Intellectual Property Management became director, further carrying out and expanding on the prior major focal points of stimulating creativity, academic publishing, and international exchange. At the same time, he led the center in collaborating closely with a long list of local and international organizations, initiating work on imagining the future, and actively developing entrepreneurship as a focus alongside creativity and innovation, encouraging students to express creativity and realize entrepreneurial possibilities from their personal learning experiences and thoughts. By hosting the Creative Education Forum “Imagining the Future”, and administering the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ “2025 – Lab for Future Shapers”, this stage sought to embrace the future with the trifold spirit of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
• Endowed Chair in Creativity (2009-present)
CCIS is home to the Endowed Chair in Creativity, the major driving force and knowledge base for expansion of innovation affairs. Professor Wu Jing-jyi has held the chair over the more than 8 years since its establishment. It is the first chair position at NCCU established with donations from students and members of society. The position was designed to enrich the field of creativity by conducting groundbreaking research on the foundations of creativity, unleash innovative potential by undertaking applied research on creativity in various professional fields, and nurture creativity and inspire entrepreneurship by expanding creativity education. Additional work includes assisting in the integration of educational and administrative units on campus related to creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and fulfilling an advisor role for cultural and creative industry research and administrative work within school affairs, arts and culture events, and innovation.
• Humanistic Innovation (2012-2013)
During this stage, the center continued to carry out the Innovation Studies portion of the Ministry of Education Aim for the Top University project at NCCU, while, under the directorship of Professor Lin Yeh-yun of the Department of Business Administration, expanded the development of innovation studies at NCCU in four major directions: evolution of communications and innovation, management of cultural and creative industries, service systems innovation and e-commerce, and innovation perspectives from the sciences and humanities. Through experiences with and observations of local connections, the center broadened its vision to consider the regional level, operating with the conviction that by mining life experiences to realize regional innovation capacities, while further activating the creative potential of various localities as creative cities and rural areas, we could in turn bring intellectual capital to bear in realizing national competitive advantages in creativity and innovation. To establish a system of humanistic innovation, integrate regional needs, unleash creative thinking, and localize innovation, the center employed four approaches: imagining the future, expressing creativity, life practice, and expansion of service systems. Further, to expand research capabilities, since 2012 CCIS has hosted three iterations of the International Conference on Innovation Studies. From a perspective of humanistic concern, these conferences dive deeply into the local context, allowing research teams from Taiwan and abroad to meet and learn from each other’s innovation experiences and together consider additional innovation opportunities.
• Diverse Innovation (2015-present)
With the experiences of the previous periods, CCIS has already made contributions to fields like education, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Yet, to face the rapid development of the digital information society and continue to broaden our thinking on innovation, CCIS also needs to build capacities in digital innovation. In this stage, Professor Liu Jyi-shane of the Department of Computer Science is leveraging his expertise in information technology, artificial intelligence, and digital humanities to drive the center to develop innovation in diverse directions. With a foundation as a platform for innovation across disciplines and fields, and based on the principle of “human-centered, local innovation for mutual value creation”, during this stage, the center is engaged in three major areas: educational, social, and digital innovation. Building on the results of previous stages by incorporating progressive, digital skills and technologies, the center is able to integrate expertise from various research teams to form a broader, deeper platform for diverse innovation.
It has been more than a decade since CCIS began in 2003. Through each stage of its development, CCIS has emphasized research in different areas. Yet this time has not been fragmented or disconnected. Each stage has formed and strengthened the center’s foundation, layer by layer. The “creative education and lifestyles” with which we began has been a focus of our projects and activities throughout, while we have continued to adhere to the center-established direction of “practice of creativity and innovation ” from 2006-2007, as seen when sparking creativity through practical action in diverse fields. The later areas of focus, like entrepreneurship and humanistic innovation, were also seeded in earlier stages of development, as throughout we have been devoted to nurturing entrepreneurship within universities and improving the capabilities of society and the nation to realize humanistic innovation. Finally, only through these past experiences can we claim the progress we make today in the stage of “diverse innovation”. We will continue to uphold our original intentions and integrate topics from previous stages while turning the page on a bright, new future.