Prof. Chung-li Wu
When the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica (IPSAS) was formally launched in August 2012, a full decade has passed since it was created in August 2002 as a Preparatory Office. Over the ten years, the Institute received words of encouragement and planning advice from numerous eminent scholars, beginning with Academician Fu Hu, who was the Convener of the Preparatory Consultative Committee of the IPSAS in September 2001. The Institute also benefited enormously from the efforts from the Director of the Preparatory Office, Academician Yu-Shan Wu. Although it has taken the proverbial “ten years” (to forge a sword), our persistence finally has its rewards.
At present, the IPSAS is composed of 15 research staff members, including five research fellows, six associate research fellows, and four assistant research fellows; it currently has the fewest number of research staff at Academia Sinica. The IPSAS has purposefully adopted a “small but elite” strategy, which means that it does not strive to achieve the comprehensive development of the fields of political science. This vision is consistent with the organizational goal and design of the Institute. Our working principle is that all research topics undertaken must be carefully selected, with the expectation of accomplishing the goal of “concentrating research resources for the pursuit of academic excellence.”
Even with a limited number of research staff, the IPSAS’s stellar academic performance should place it among the most elite institutes of political science research in Asia. Furthermore, in terms of overall research performance, the IPSAS is on par with political science institutes in Europe and the United States.
The IPSAS’s academic achievements were made possible by the high standards and organizational practices established under the leadership of the Institute’s first Director, Academician Yu-Shan Wu. Following Director Wu, the full devotion of former Director Ji-wen Lin, and the management of Director Tse-Kang Leng further cemented its first-rate status.