[Course Description]

  • This is a 3 credit hour, face-to-face and distant-learning hybrid course.
  • It is also a teaching collaborating course operated by both NCHU and Texas A&M University (TAMU), USA.
  • In this course, we will :
  1. Learn fundamental knowledge, concepts, and topics regarding Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs);
  2. Review case studies in various aspects, such as agricultural resilience, rural sustainable development, and eco-friendly farming;
  3. Practice skills related to leadership development and communication. practicing skills related to leaderships development.
  • Our goal is to inform and exchange views. For each topic, your objectives are to understand the fundamental problems and potentials
  • At the onset, the instructor will work with students to learn implication s as an agricultural leader, and to develop their final projects as professional practicum.
  • Students are expected learn the framework on conducting an integrated, institutional assessment (e.g., NGO) based on his/her choice regarding the effectiveness of the organization and/or its programs.


[Guest Instructor]

Dr. Jack Elliot

Professor, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications, Texas A&M University (TAMU);

Regional Director of Africa Region, Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, TAMU


[Course Objectives]

This course is designed to:

  • To present trends and increasing power of NGOs relating to natural resource management, agricultural resilience and/or rural sustainable development;
  • To help students gain in-depth understanding of the organizational structures, functions, planning and management processes of NGOs;
  • To provide students with real world exposures and to help cultivate students' technical skills and leadership qualities for possible professional careers.

[Course Delivery]

  • This is a face-to-face and distant-learning hybrid course.
  • All class materials can be accessed through NCHU iLearning. NCHU iLearning may also be used to conduct parts of class assessments, to submit course assignments, to send announcements and so on. NCHU iLearning can be accessed via
  • Teaching methods include:
    1. Previewing and reviewing course materials.
    2. Leading and participating discussion forums.
    3. Assignment write-up.
    4. Practicing materials collection, synthesis, and analysis.
    5. Leadership development panel exercise.
    6. Final project development.
  • Office hours are running by the appointment-based policy.
  • Class handouts and a list of assigned readings provided by the instructor through NCHU iLearning.
  • Other supporting reference (NOT required to purchase): Crowley, J., & Ryan, M. (2013). Building a better international NGO: Greater than the sum of the parts? Boulder, CO., London, U.K.: Kumarian Press.
Course schedule:
Thursday, 9 am to 12 pm ; Online sections
Please register for this course first to view teaching materials