Following the educational policy of the ROC government to enhance continuing education and extension education, the Provincial Kaohsiung Institute of Technology decided to establish the evening division in 1965 with existing faculty and resources in the day division so that the workforce in Kaohsiung and Pingtung area would have more opportunities to pursue further study in the evening. Our intention was to increase the number of talented workers and to enhance economic development in Taiwan. In 1997, the original Institute was upgraded to National Kaohsiung College of Science and Technology and the evening division was combined with the original extension education center to become the Institute of Continuing Education and Extension Education. In 1998, the two-year program of the Institute started to recruit new students and in the following year, two-year on-job program was available. In 2000, the College was upgraded to become National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences and in 2002, on-job master’s degree programs were set up.
At present, the Institute has four colleges: College of Engineering, College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Management and College of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as 13 departments and 14 on-job master’s degree programs.
The goal of the Institute is to promote lifelong education in the era of e-commerce and knowledge economy by providing recurrent education for the workforce, giving people more opportunities to receive lifelong education and creating a society facilitating lifelong learning. With increased number of talented workers and enhanced national competitiveness, we can contribute to national development and economic development.
＊ Change of School System
In the past, the Institute recruited students to its two-year college of technology and two-year junior college. However, after the college was upgraded into a university, KUAS went through some adjustments and changes to meet society needs. The Institute ceased to recruit students to its junior college in the academic year of 2002 and the four-year college of technology was established in the academic year of 2003, recruiting students into the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
＊Length of Study and Class Time
For all departments in the four-year program, the length of study should not be less than four years or longer than seven years. For all departments in the two-year program, the length of study should not be less than two years or longer than five years. The minimum and maximum period of study for the on-job master’s degree programs must be one to four years. A master's degree will be awarded to students in on-job master's degree programs who complete the required master's degree curriculum, accumulated the minimum graduation credits, and pass master's examination. A bachelor’s degree will be awarded to students in the two-year and four-year programs who complete the required curriculum and accumulated the minimum graduation credits. Classes will normally take place in the evening from Monday to Friday. When necessary, some classes may be offered on Saturdays and Sundays.
Students can make their own decisions about what courses to take in each semester during initial selection and add/drop. Also, considering the workload and family needs of the students and to enhance flexibility, students of two-year program and four-year program may choose to apply to drop a course on the 13th week of each semester when necessary.
To improve teaching quality, the Institute has always been active in hiring qualified teachers with Master’s Degree and above who have worked in the field. In addition, the Institute has also worked to reduce teaching load of teachers. For selective courses, the number of courses offered is usually 1.5 times of the number of credits required for graduation. The Institute also encourages departments to offer practical selective courses according to the expertise of teachers, society needs and students needs so as to give students more choices.
＊ Student Clubs and Student Activities
The Institute has well-organized students clubs and all well-planned student activities. The chairperson of the Students’ Association is elected by all students. Chairpersons of students associations of various departments and leaders of student clubs meet regularly to discuss schedule of events and campaign strategies. Seminars are held regularly for class and students club cadres to teach students the strategies necessary for good leadership so as to improve the quality of various activities and students clubs.
＊ Extension Education
Considering society needs, KUAS also offers programs for adult education so as to create a lifelong learning environment for the workforce. Extension education can be divided into credit program and non-credit program for recurrent education of adults in a life-long learning society.