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The Department of Applied Economics at NUK was established in 2000. Currently, the Department offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs, with over 200 students enrolled in the undergraduate program and around 15 students in the postgraduate program.

To infuse new economic and management thinking into Kaohsiung, a harbor city once acclaimed as the most important industrial city in Taiwan, the Department focuses on teaching and research in major areas of applied economics, with particular emphasis on a solid theoretical background.

The Department is particularly strong in management economics, international economics, industrial economics, development economics, environmental economics, game theory, and macroeconomic theory and policy. It is also expanding research interests in applied econometrics and labor economics.

The Department has set objectives for academic excellence, entrepreneurial interactions, and comprehensive economics education. All graduates are expected to be well-equipped with the skills necessary to explore intriguing questions about economic change in the global context.