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Department History

    The Institute of Tropical Agriculture (ITA) was established in August 1997 as part of the expansion of the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) in order to promote tropical agriculture and its related researches. In 1998 ITA began to recruit foreign students and agricultural specialists of TaiwanICDF technical mission for the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs.


    Since its establishment, the number of foreign students enrolled in this institute has continuously increased each year, and the interaction with foreign academic institutions has become much closer than it was before. Therefore, this institute was renamed as the “Institute of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation (ITAIC) in August 2002. In 2004, the institute went through another name change to “Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation (DTAIC)”, as a consequence of the establishment of the undergraduate program to accept high school graduates from Central America.  This name change effectively integrated the graduate institute with the department to reflect its academic functions and goals of future development.


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