External Examiners

Prof. Liang Kung YEN

Prof. Carlos Ascenso André

Programme examined: Public Administration (Bachelor's degree)

Professor Liang Kung Yen from Chengchi University, Taiwan, is a professor in the Department of Public Administration, where he has served as Department Head during 2001-2003, Director of its Master's programme in Taiwan Studies during 2005-2007, and Director of the Taiwan Studies Centre during 2011-2013.

Professor Yen is specialised in environmental governance in China, interaction between global governance and domestic policy, government and business, political economy, and philosophy of social sciences, with a PhD degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Yen is a frequent recipient of public research grants in Taiwan, having received over 20 grants from various government departments or institutions such as the Science Council, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence, Applied Research Laboratories, and Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. In the past 20 years, Professor Yen has published over 60 research outputs in the forms of academic papers, book chapters, books, and research reports, which include amongst others the publication The Paradigm Problem in Public Administration (1998). He has also been serving on the editorial boards of various major academic journals in public administration in Taiwan. Currently he is working on a book on global governance and domestic policy change in the Greater China areas.

Along with his devotion to research, Professor Yen is also keen on teaching in the area of Public Administration. He has been Visiting Professor at Georgetown University (1996-1997), Stanford University (1997 summer), and University of British Columbia (2003-2004; 2013-2014). In recent years, he has been engaged in giving short-term lectures in Macao Polytechnic Institute (2011), the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2012), and the University of Vienna, Austria (2013). An upcoming project is expected to be in the European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan at the University of Tubingen, Germany, in the summer of 2014. Since 2010 he has also been a member of the evaluation committee of the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council in Taiwan.