Introduction

  STU offers comprehensive recurrent education programs. These programs reflect the positive rationale and the practicality this institution seeks: an appreciative and a well-minded campus culture. After obtaining accreditation from the Ministry of Education in 1998, the Continuing Education Division started to offer the four-year bachelor's degree program for in-service students. The two-year bachelor's degree program began in 1999. In 2001, the master's degree program was added. These programs offer opportunities for academically driven people from the general public to reinforce academic prowess. The programs are also designed to meet the needs of regional industries in terms of workforce preparation. The effectiveness and the significance of the programs are widely recognized, and the Continuing Education curriculum of STU has become a role model for regional institutions. In order to integrate human resources of the division and offer full-fledged services, the division was merged with the Extension Education Center in 2007. In addition to regular office hours, the combined offices are also open in the evening and the weekend whenever program courses are scheduled. The ongoing four-year bachelor's degree program, the four-year bachelor's degree program for specific industrial sectors, the two-year bachelor's degree program, the two-year bachelor's degree program for specific groups, and the master's degree program offer excellent opportunities for students to obtain expertise and degrees through evening and weekend courses.

  The head of the division is currently Dr. Feng-Teng Lin from the Department of Finance. The division is staffed with sections for academic affairs, student affairs, and general affairs to offer timely and effective services for students. The mission of the division aims to maximize the effectiveness of the classroom space, faculty specialties, teaching facilities, and administrative resources at STU. The division works by combining skillful talents and outstanding performance in order to reach the goals hailed by the university motto: to be academic, intellectual, happy, and hopeful. The division also organizes courses for prospective students who plan to acquire practical knowledge and skill training. The division cooperates with related parties to arrange practical training courses for Technician Certification and Licensing exams administered by the Council of Labor Affairs, to help integrate teaching and training, as well as to nurture talents with expertise for the industries.