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Sun Yat-Sen Institute for Social Sciences and Philosophy (ISSP) 2002f
Nankang Taipei 11529, Taiwan
tel:886-2 2782 1693 fax:886-2 2785 4160

Organizational Status: Independent institute, founded in 1981.

General Description: Originally called the Institute of the Three Principles of the People, ISSP took its current title in 1990. What sets the institute apart is its focus on the multidisciplinary study of the attributes of policies, values and institutions and the way they change over time. ISSP firmly believes that it is only through constant debate and mutual support between researchers working in different fields that researchers can come to an actual and complete understanding of the way society operates and ways those who live within it behave. It also firmly believes that the institute can, in this manner, offer unique academic analyses and true diagnoses of the problems that plague modern-day society. ISSP was founded after five years of planning and preparation. From 1976 to 1981, Dr. Chen Chao-Nan, head of the preparatory office, steered the institute through its initial stages, taking the position of director of the institute in 1981. In 1987, Dr. Mai Chao-Cheng took up the directorship, heading the institute till 1993. Dr. Peng Wen-Shien was director from 1993-1996, followed by Dr. Chu Yun-Peng, from 1996-1999. The institute's current director is Dr. Ki-Che A. Leung.

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(As of December, 2002)

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