About IB

Our department boasts top-tier educational resources designed to lay a solid foundation in international business knowledge. Coupled with strong industry partnerships and a hands-on learning environment, we empower our students to develop innovative and exceptional execution skills. Further enriching the educational experience, specialized English courses and international exchange programs broaden our students' global perspectives. With access to these abundant resources, our graduates emerge as highly competitive business professionals on the international stage.


Our department has a rich history of adapting and evolving to meet the ever-changing demands of global business education. In 1989, the journey began when the Ministry of Education in Taiwan designated the National Kaohsiung Institute of Technology (NKIT) to establish a provisional Business Department. This department took over the responsibilities of the then-existing Department of International Trade of the Junior College of International Business.

By 1992, the Department of International Trade became an official entity, featuring two-year programs with both day and night school classes. Five years later, in 1997, NKIT underwent a significant upgrade, becoming the National Kaohsiung Technical College of Technology. The year 1999 marked another milestone: the department expanded its day-school division to a four-year program and was officially renamed as the “Department of International Trade”. An affiliated Institute of Continuing Education also launched a two-year program in Department of International Trade.

In the year 2000, the college received another promotion, becoming the National Kaohsiung University of Applied Technology. Four years later, the department evolved once again, adopting its current name, the “Department of International Business”. Further diversifying its academic offerings, the Master Program of International Business was initiated in 2006, followed by an In-service Master Program in 2007. The night-school division expanded to a four-year program in 2008, and by 2012, a Doctorate Program in Department of International Business was incorporated into the curriculum.

Reflecting its growing prominence, the university itself was elevated to the National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology in 2018. In recent years, the department has continued to innovate, launching specialized In-service Master Programs focusing on “International Business Operation and Finance Management” in 2020 and “International Marketing in Precious Metal and Jewelry” in 2021.


Department Features

1. Strong Faculty Team and Internationally-Oriented Courses
  • Department of International Business is categorized into four broad streams: International Corporate Strategy, International Marketing, International Finance, and International Economy and Trade with faculty members of 8 professors, 2 associate professors, and 2 assistant professors. Part-time lecturers with business and management backgrounds are contracted to provide courses integrating business experiences and practices.
  • Professional and diversified courses including International Business Practices, International Business Management, International Finance Management, International Business Strategy, International Business Case Study, Global Business Analysis, Multicultural Management, Foreign Exchange, International Finance Theory, and other related courses broad in content, but at the same time, featuring in the accumulation and nourishment of professional knowledge regarding international management.


2.Diverse Foreign Exchange and Learning Opportunities

College of Management


  • Double degree: University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences (UMDS), Australian Maritime College (AMC), and Athabasca University
  • Exchange program: University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences (UMDS), FH Joanneum FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Burapha University, and Fuzhou University


Department of International Business


  • Double degree: Sister School Partnerships with the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Exchange program: FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, Hof University, Ingolstadt University (FHWS), and International University of Kagoshima
  • Foreign internship: Following New South Bound Policy, students are encouraged to take foreign internships. From 2014 to 2019, students were subsidized to take internships in Vietnam each year.
  • Overseas visits: Every year overseas visits are organized to international corporations including AIRMATE (China), China Steel and Nippon Steel Vietnam Joint Stock Company, China Ecotek Corporation, GEM Terminal Ind. Co., Ltd., Tung Shin Industrial Co., Ltd. (VN), Mien Hua Precision Mechanical Co., Ltd., Hyundai Motor Company (Korea), and others.


3.Solid Industrial Connection
  • Accredited courses with credits
  • Steady alumni bond with the business field
4.Complete Academic System and Innovative Pedagogy
  • Department of International Business offers undergraduate programs of 4 years, graduate programs, doctorate programs, professional education, and continuing studies of undergraduate programs of 4 and 2 years, In-service Master Program, and Industrial Master Program. A comprehensive academic system provides students with a variety of options accompanied by cross-field courses emphasizing building up capacity and skills in the workplace and adopting multifunctional roles in the international business environment in order to enhance students’ competitiveness.
  • Innovative pedagogical courses
    • Consumer behavior: Based on consumer behavior theories, students are guided to apply them to marketing practices and present practiced work at the end of a semester including print ads design, micro-film advertising, logo or product package redesign, and other hands-on practices
    • Marketing research: Students work in groups to create new product concepts and conduct actual market surveys including focal group interviews and quantitative analysis of questionnaires.
    • International Marketing: Courses provide students with participation in service learning, charity sales, blood donation, care for small-holder farmers, and university social responsibility.
    • Cross-cultural management: Besides in-class lecturing, students are involved in various and diversified cultural experiences through films, in-school art events, off-campus visits, cultural academic papers discussions, and other multi-cultural content.


Future Vision

  1. To increase lectures in English: Recruiting foreign instructors and encouraging current faculty to engage in conducting lessons fully in English.
  2. To improve students’ English skills: Providing students with subsidies in learning and encouraging them to organize English learning workshops.
  3. To strengthen international exchange: Offering constant international internship opportunities, overseas visits, and international academic exchange events.
  4. To level up students’ competitiveness in the labor market: Assisting students in accessing professional certificates related to their career planning and providing consulting assistance accordingly.
  5. To expand facilities and resources: Setting up additional computer labs, teaching facilities, and research resources to enhance quality teaching and research achievement.
  6. To develop innovative pedagogical approaches: Encouraging faculty members to create and diversify pedagogical practices to stimulate students' motivation to learn and achieve learning effectiveness.
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