Establish an evidence-based decision-making model to improve the higher education practice
In 2015, the Ministry of Education launched “Capacity Building Initiatives for Advancing Institutional Management”, encouraging higher education institutions to set up an institutional research office with the goal to establish an evidence-based decision-making model to improve the higher education practice. National Chiao Tung University and National Yang Ming University established the Big Data Research Center and Office of Institutional Research in 2015 and 2016, respectively. In February 2021, the two universities officially merged into National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU), and both units were then unified into the Center of Institutional Research and Data Analytics (CIRDA). In addition to conducting institutional research and maintaining university’s data warehouse, CIRDA has also been put in charge of promoting the core values of sustainable development on campus and enhancing NYCU’s international visibility and reputation.