Ching-Fu Chen

Country of origin: Taiwan

Director General of the Transport Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government

The great reputation for research excellence and high ranking of LUMS attracted me to undertake my PhD study in Economics at this University. My PhD thesis investigated the intermodal transport competition in Taiwan which was under supervision of Professor Robert Rothschild.

During my studies at Lancaster, I was also very active at the Buddhist Society and participated in setting up a Buddhism meditation room at the Chaplaincy Centre.  

After completing my PhD, I eagerly returned back to Taiwan to start my academic career. My first academic appointment was Assistant Professor and, four years later, Associate Professor and Departmental Head at the Department of Tourism Management at the Nan Hua University, Taiwan. I moved to the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan, as Associated Professor in August 2006, and was promoted as Professor and Distinguished Professor at the NCKU in 2009 and 2012 respectively. My research interests include transport economics and management, tourism economics and management, quantitative analysis methods, and service science. I also received the Research Excellence Award of the National Science Council in 2013 in Taiwan. The PhD training in LUMS built up the sound academic foundation for my subsequent development.

I joined the Kaohsiung City Government, Taiwan and have served as the Director General of the Transport Bureau since February 2013. My major achievement so far has been successfully privatising the Kaohsiung City Bus service. The early study on privatisation during my PhD provided me with a resourceful knowledge and guidance to deal with the complexity of challenging tasks at work.