National Chung Cheng University

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National Chung Cheng University
國立中正大學
Official Logo of National Chung Cheng University.gif
Motto 積極創新,修德澤人[1]
Motto in English To innovate with earnestness; be virtuous with altruism[2]
Established Jul. 1, 1989
Type Public (National)
President Jyh-Yang Wu
Academic staff 475
Undergraduates 6,580
Postgraduates 5,269
Location Minxiong, Chiayi County, Taiwan
23°33′43″N 120°28′29″E / 23.56194°N 120.47472°E / 23.56194; 120.47472Coordinates: 23°33′43″N 120°28′29″E / 23.56194°N 120.47472°E / 23.56194; 120.47472
Campus Suburban, 332 acres (1.34 km²)
Endowment US$-- (NT$--)
Mascot None
Affiliations Taiwan Comprehensive University System
Website www.ccu.edu.tw

National Chung Cheng University (CCU; Chinese: 國立中正大學; pinyin: Guólì Zhōngzhèng Dàxué; literally: "Chiang Kai-shek National University")[3] is a public research university located in Minxiong, Chiayi County, Taiwan. It is distinctive among universities in Taiwan in that it is dedicated to the core humanities and the basic sciences, both natural and social. In both quality and quantity of research it annually places among the top 5% of universities in Taiwan (see reference section).

Chung Cheng is among the four universities of Taiwan's Public Ivy - the Taiwan Comprehensive University System.

History[edit]

National Chung Cheng University was the first public university established after Taiwan's economic boom of the 1980s. In 1986, in order to promote research and to develop higher education in the Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan areas, the Executive Yuan of the Republic of China (Taiwan) approved a plan to establish a strongly research-oriented university in Chiayi. It was named after Chiang Kai-shek (Wade-Giles: Chiang Chung-cheng) and officially founded on July 1, 1989. Lin Ching-Jiang (林清江) served as its first president.

Lin established the original five colleges: namely, the College of Humanities, the College of Sciences, the College of Social Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Management. He stepped down in 1996, and was succeeded by Guo-Shuen Jeng (鄭國順, 1997–2001), who in turn was succeeded by Ren C. Luo (羅仁權, 2001–2008).

Jyh-Yang Wu (吳志揚) , a professor of mathematics, is the current president. One among Wu's most significant accomplishments as a scholar is the Grove-Petersen-Wu Finiteness Theorem.[4]

Academics[edit]

Profile[edit]

National Chung Cheng University is alone among Taiwan universities in devoting itself primarily to the most basic fields of scholarship: physics, chemistry, biology, economics, mathematics, philosophy, history, and literature. In Taiwan, only National Chung Cheng University and National Taiwan University are able to offer a complete, traditional liberal arts curriculum, a curriculum similar in spirit to that of the University of Chicago's Common Core.

One of the distinctive aspects of National Chung Cheng University's liberal arts program is that it is the only university in Asia that provides a complete course of study in Analytic Philosophy. Philosophy of this type predominates among most of the highly ranked universities in North America, Great Britain, and Australia. This philosophical approach establishes strong links with the other core fields of scholarship, including the empirical sciences, mathematics, law, and linguistics.

CCU is the first in Taiwan to establish a TEAL (technology enabled active learning) classroom. It is modeled after the design used at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In construction of a multi-media facility, through its personal response system, and by installation of the software program, TEAL not only helps to increase class attendance, it also promotes student engagement with the class content.[5]

Collaboration with universities in Taiwan[edit]

Recently, the university has forged a Taiwan T4 Alliance with the three other main research-intensive universities in central and southern Taiwan--National Cheng Kung University, National Sun Yat-sen University, and National Chung Hsing University. Purposes of this alliance include: pooling of educational resources, promotion of collaborative research with local industries, and the fostering of inter-university research projects.

International collaboration[edit]

CCU is also involved in multiple forms of international collaboration. For example, the College of Engineering is now working with the German gear manufacturer, Klingelnberg GmbH, to develop a quality analysis software for bevel gear.[6] And, included among its partner universities are: University of Pittsburgh (US), Indiana University (Bloomington) (US), UCLA (US), Tohoku University (Japan), and Korea University (Korea).

Rankings[edit]

Although it is only 20 years old, among the more than 160 universities in Taiwan, its research performance is annually ranked among the top 5%. To illustrate this point, note that the National Science Council of Taiwan, when evaluating research project applications, rated Chung Cheng University as number 8, nation-wide, for the four-year period from 2003 to 2007.[7] In the 2010 Times Higher Education QS Asian rankings, the university advanced 30 places relative to its 2009 ranking.[8]

Within Taiwan, National Chung Cheng University has pioneered research into and the pedagogy of such diverse disciplines as opto-mechatronics and chemical engineering,[9] criminology,[10] and seismology.[11] The university also has highly ranked Colleges of Law,[12] Management,[13] and Engineering.[14] In 2010, the Computer Science Program was ranked number eight and the Electrical Engineering Program was ranked number nine, nation-wide, by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan.[15][16] Moreover, the university library is well suited for research: when ranked for both the provision of services and total resources (collections, personnel, expenditures, and buildings) it is among the top four in Taiwan.[17]

CCU has been ranked as the best school in Taiwan at protecting student rights.[18] Results of a survey conducted by the 1111 Human Resources Institute, published in July 2010, indicate that the university has advanced seven places (from 16th to 9th), when comparing on-the-job performance of recent graduates.[19]

Accreditation spring 2010[edit]

In the spring of 2010, all departments were formally accredited by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (aka HEEACT). HEEACT began the process of systematically reviewing university departments and institutes in the Spring of 2007.[20]

Campus[edit]

Administration Building of National Chung Cheng University
Library at National Chung Cheng University
National Chung Cheng University Campus

The setting[edit]

The university is located in north-central Chiayi County, one of Taiwan's main agricultural areas. It is fifteen kilometers (or approximately ten miles) away from the city of Chiayi, and just a bit farther from the Taiwan High Speed Rail Station that is located in Taibao. The campus sits atop a hill overlooking the township of Min-Hsiung, which is home to the Chiayi Performing Arts Center. The university is within convenient driving distance of many other attractions as well: to the east is the Alishan National Scenic Area of Chiayi, one of the most beautiful mountain districts in the world; to the west are various coastal towns along the Taiwan Strait, such as Budai, Chiayi, which is famous for its fish market; and, to the northwest, on the border with Yunlin County, is the township of Beigang, home to the oldest Mazu Temple in Taiwan, Chaotian Temple. Annually, on Mazu's birthday, which is the 23rd day of the 3rd lunar month (as early as mid-April or as late as early May), pilgrims flock to Beigang by the thousands to participate in the spectacular festival.

The campus itself[edit]

The campus itself is one of the most beautiful in Taiwan, noted both for its greenery and its distinctive architecture.[21] Among the many species of tree are the Bengal almond, the cotton tree, the Spanish flag, and the silk floss. Among the more striking edifices is the pyramid-shaped Administration Building, which is located at the campus center. No less impressive is the eight-story Library and Information Building, that has been rated as one of the five best university libraries in Taiwan. It was designed by the eminent architect Chiu-Hwa Wang (王秋華). Adjacent to the library is the gymnasium, which includes a fitness center, an indoor Olympic-size pool, and an outdoor pool. It is one of the best sports complexes in Taiwan. Near the entrance to the university is the Student Activity Center, which borders Tranquility Lake, a lake populated by a gaggle of black swans. This area has become a popular scenic spot for visitors and residents of the nearby community.

Organization[edit]

  • College of Humanities
    • Department and Institute of Philosophy.
    • Department and Institute of Chinese Literature.
    • Department and Institute of History.
    • Department and Institute of Foreign Languages and Literature.
    • Institute of Taiwanese Literature.
    • Institute of Linguistics.
    • The Taiwan Institute for the Humanities.
  • College of Sciences
    • Department of Physics*
    • Department of Mathematics & Graduate Institute of Mathematics & Graduate Institute of Applied Mathematics & Graduate Institute of Statistical Science.
    • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
    • Department of Life Science & Institute of Molecular Biology & Institute of Biomedical Science.
    • Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences & Graduate Institute of Seismology & Graduate Institute of Applied Geophysics.
  • College of Social Sciences
    • Department and Graduate Institute of Psychology.
    • Department and Graduate Institute of Political Science.
    • Department of Social Welfare.
    • Institute of Strategic Studies and International Affairs.
    • Department of Labor Relations and Graduate Institute of Labor Studies.
    • Department of Communication & Graduate Institute of Telecommunications.
  • College of Engineering
    • Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering.
    • Department of Electrical Engineering.
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    • Department of Chemical Engineering.
    • Graduate Institute of Opto-Mechatronics.
    • System-on-Chips Research Center.
    • Advanced Machine Tools Research Center.
  • College of Management
    • Department of Economics & Graduate Institute of International Economics.
    • Department of Finance.
    • Department of Business Administration.
    • Graduate Institute of Marketing Management.
    • Department of Accounting and Information Technology.
    • Department of Information Management.
  • College of Law
    • Department of Law.
    • Department of Financial and Economic Law.
  • College of Education
    • Department and Graduate Institute of Criminology.
    • Graduate Institute of Education.
    • Adult and Continuing Education.
  • National Chung Cheng University Library.
  • National Chung Cheng University Language Center.
  • National Chung Cheng University General Education Center.
  • National Chung Cheng University Physical Education Center.
  • National Chung Cheng University Computer Center.

Facilities near the University[edit]

Student organisations[edit]

Students' Association[edit]

The National Chung Cheng University Student Association (CCUSA) consists of Executive Center, the Student Council, the Advisory Committee. The President of CCUSA represents the students in Chung Cheng University and the outside world. The Secretary-General is the head of the Secretariat of the CCUSA, acting as the spokesperson and leader of the Executive Center. The Student Council, acting as an administrative supervision division, represents students from departments. The association is affiliated to the Taiwan T4 Alliance Student Association.

Officers[edit]

  • 10th CCUSA Officers (2010.06~2011.06)
    • President: Meng-Ju Sun
    • Vice President: De-Shiang Hong / Wei-Chun Kao
    • Secretary-General: Chia-Ying Chang
  • 11th CCUSA Officers (2011.06~2012.06)
    • President: Tzu-Fen Haung
    • Vice President: Ju-Kun Chou / Tai-Rong Qiu
    • Secretary-General: Chih-Han Chang

Media[edit]

Chung Cheng E Newspapers:

  • A Chinese E-News publish by Department of Communication & Graduate Institute of Telecommunications.
  • Website: http://enews.ccu.edu.tw/

2008 foreign student scandal[edit]

In 2008, the university's political science department received media attention for its treatment of an American doctoral student, William Terry Alred. Alred had stated in his application that he could not speak or understand Chinese, and was accepted into the program. Conflict occurred when one of his professors (whose course was required) refused to teach him in English, and according to Alred's account, maneuvered to have him expelled through subterfuge. Academic affairs dean Huang Buo-nung admitted that "Perhaps the department accepted students too quickly," explaining that the school could not force its professors to teach in English. Alred ultimately quit the program. The university responded by offering free Chinese classes to its foreign students, and by funding limited English-medium instruction.[22]

Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "認識中正 (Chinese)". Nat'l Chung Cheng U. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "University Motto". Nat'l Chung Cheng U. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ The name of the university is translated using Chinese word order. By English grammar rules, it is Chung Cheng National University.
  4. ^ "Controlled Topology in Geometry Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society". Projecteuclid.org. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Impact of Implementing TEAL". Philjol.info. October 18, 2011. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Collaboration with Klingelnberg GmbH". Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ NSC Research Grant Rankings
  8. ^ "Asian University Rankings". Universityreport.net. February 22, 1999. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Morphological and electroluminescent effects of Ao nanoparticles on light-emitting polymers Nanotechnology". Iopscience.iop.org. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Engendering Imprisonment: The State and Incarcerated Female Subjects in Taiwan Critical Criminology". Ingentaconnect.com. September 1, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Detecting Low-Frequency Earthquakes Within non-Volcanic Tremor in Southern Taiwan Triggered by the 2005 Mw 8.6 Nias Earthquake Geophysical Research Letters". Agu.org. August 25, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Law School Rankings". Taiwanlawresources.com. December 22, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Research Performance in Management" (PDF). Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Best Engineering Universities in Asia". Engineeringdegreeshelpline.com. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  15. ^ Computer Science Ranking 2010 HEEACT
  16. ^ Electrical Engineering Ranking 2010 HEEACT
  17. ^ Evaluation of University Libraries in Taiwan
  18. ^ "Protection of Student Rights". Chinapost.com.tw. August 26, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Human Resources Institute Evaluation of recent graduates". Project.1111.com.tw. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Full Report of Accreditation by HEEACT". Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Article from". the China Post. Taiwan (ROC). December 6, 2007. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  22. ^ community/2008/09/01/172669/Foreign-student.htm "Foreign student caught up in grim reality at local university." From the September 1, 2008 edition of the China Post (a Taipei English-language daily newspaper), p. 20.

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