National Central University

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For the successor to the National Central University in mainland China, see Nanjing University.
National Central University
National Central University (logo).png
Motto 誠樸[1]
Motto in English
Sincerity and Simplicity[2]
Type Public
Established Originated in 258 CE in Nanking.
Founded in 1915 during ROC.
Reinstated in 1962 in Taiwan.
President Jing-Yang Jou
Academic staff
746 (full time)
Undergraduates 5743
Postgraduates 6037
Location Zhongli District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, Republic of China
Campus Suburban
Affiliations University System of Taiwan
Website (English)

National Central University (NCU, Chinese: 國立中央大學, Kuo-Li Chung-yang Ta-hsüeh, or 中大, Chung-ta) was founded in 1915 with roots from 258 CE in mainland China. After NCU in Nanking was renamed Nanjing University in 1949, NCU was re-established in Taiwan in 1962. The school was initially located in Miaoli, but was relocated to Zhongli in 1968, and developed into a comprehensive university. It has now become Taiwan's leading school in the fields of drama, film studies, cultural studies, sex and gender studies, Hakka studies, geophysics, space science, remote sensing, astronomy, optoelectronics, nano scitech, and business management. In 2001, NCU was selected by the Ministry of Education as one of the eleven research-oriented universities in Taiwan.

NCU now has eight colleges in different areas, including College of Liberal Arts, College of Science, College of Engineering, College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, College of Earth Sciences, College of Management, and College of Hakka Studies, also with areas in sociology, law and government studies, etc.

The undergraduate population is represented by the Associated Students of National Central University.

National Central University
Traditional Chinese 國立中央大學
Simplified Chinese 国立中央大学


Former National Central University in Nanking.
National Central University in Taiwan.

National Central University (NCU) can trace its roots back to 258 CE, Nanking.[3] NCU was founded in the 4th year of ROC (1915) in Nanking, the new capital city of the early government of the Republic of China, and adopted its name in 1928. NCU moved to Chungking in 1937 when Sino-Japanese War broke out and returned to Nanking in 1946. After the ROC lost control of mainland China, it was renamed as Nanjing University when occupied by the Communist Party of China in 1949, and the former campus has been used by Nanjing Institute of Technology which was later renamed Southeast University since Nanjing University relocated in 1952. The NCU Alumni Association in Taiwan applied for reinstatement of the university in three consecutive years starting from 1956 and was approved in 1958. After four years' preparation, National Central University was reinstated in Taiwan in 1962, first as the National Central University Graduate Institute of Geophysics, in Miaoli County. In 1968, NCU moved to its current location in the Shuanglianpo (雙連坡) district of Zhongli, Taoyuan County (now Zhongli District, Taoyuan City), Taiwan province and was renamed the National Central University College of Science. In 1979, it was officially reestablished under its current name. In 2003, NCU and three other national universities established the University System of Taiwan cooperative partnership. Now NCU is a research-oriented national comprehensive university.


The university's Taoyuan City campus is situated in the northern part of the island, about 45 minutes from Taipei. The large, green hilltop campus, is some distance away from the busy downtown Zhongli. NCU is only half an hour away from the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), which makes it very convenient for international travel.

NCU Lulin Observatory is located near Yushan National Park, in southern part of Taiwan island.


  • Office of Secretariat
  • Office of Academic Affairs
  • Office of Student Affairs
  • Office of General Affairs
  • Research and Development Office
  • Office of International Affairs
  • Library
  • Computer Center
  • Center for Environmental Protection & Safety
  • Personnel Office
  • Accounting Office

Colleges and Departments[edit]

National Central University
NCU Library
College of Hakka Studies
College of Science
College of Earth Science
As of September 2016
University rankings
ARWU[4] 401-500
Times[5] 351-400
QS[6] 401-410
Times[7] 54
QS[8] 53

NCU consists of eight colleges:

  • College of Liberal Arts
    • Department of Chinese Literature
      • Graduate Institute of Kun Opera
    • Department of English
    • Department of French Language and Literature
    • Graduate Institute of Philosophy
    • Graduate Institute of Art Studies
    • Graduate Institute of History
    • Graduate Institute of Learning and Instruction
  • College of Science
    • BS Degree Program
    • Department of Physics
      • Graduate Institute of Biophysics
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Life Science
    • Department of Optics and Photonics
      • Graduate Institute of Lighting and Display Science
    • Graduate Institute of Statistics
    • Graduate Institute of Astronomy
    • Graduate Institute of Cognitive and Neuroscience
    • Graduate Institute of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics
  • College of Engineering
    • Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering
    • Department of Civil Engineering
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering
      • Graduate Institute of Opto-mechatronics Engineering
      • Graduate Institute of Energy Engineering
    • Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering
    • Graduate Institute of Construction Engineering & Management
    • Graduate Institute of Materials Science & Engineering
    • Graduate Institute of Biomedical Engineering
    • International Environment Sustainable Development (IESD) Program
  • School of Management
    • Department of Business Administration
    • Department of Information Management
    • Department of Finance
    • Graduate Institute of Accounting
    • Department of Economics
    • Graduate Institute of Industrial Economics
    • Graduate Institute of Human Resource Management
    • Graduate Institute of Industrial Management
    • Executive MBA Program
  • College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    • Department of Electrical Engineering
    • Department of Computer Science & Information Engineering
      • Graduate Institute of Software Engineering
    • Department of Communication Engineering
    • Graduate Institute of Network Learning Technology
  • College of Earth Science
    • Department of Earth Sciences
    • Department of Atmospheric Sciences
    • Graduate Institute of Geophysics
    • Graduate Institute of Atmospheric Physics
    • Graduate Institute of Space Science
    • Graduate Institute of Applied Geology
    • Graduate Instittue of Hydrological & Oceanic Sciences
    • International Graduate Program for Earth System Science (NCU-Academia Sinica)
  • College of Hakka Studies
    • Graduate Institute of Hakka Social & Cultural Studies
    • Graduate Institute of Hakka Language & Literature
    • Graduate Institute of Hakka Political Economy
    • Graduate Institute of Law & Government
    • The Executive Master Program of Hakka Studies
  • College of Health Science and Technology
    • Department of Life Science
    • Graduate Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Department of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
    • Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Ph.D. Degree Program (UST)
  • Office of Teaching Centers
    • Center for General Education
    • Center for Teacher Education
    • Language Center
    • Art Center
    • Office of Physical Education
    • NCU Press

Each college houses numerous research centers, such as the Center for Space & Remote Sensing Research, Hazard Mitigation & Prevention, Taiwan Economic Development, Biotechnology & Biomedical Engineering, and several boutique-style humanities centers.

In total, the 8 colleges contain 19 undergraduate departments, 48 graduate institutes, and 38 research centers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "關於中央大學﹣校徽/校訓/校歌 (Chinese)". Nat'l Central U. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "NCU Motto: Sincerity and Simplicity". Nat'l Central U. Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ *《The History Evolution of National Central University》, ROC 26 (1937 CE) (《國立中央大學沿革史》 中華民國二十六年) *"Chinese Encyclopedia" {中華百科全書}
  4. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities: Global". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ "World University Rankings 2015-2016". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2016/17". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Asia University Rankings 2016". Times Higher Education. 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "QS University Rankings: Asia 2016". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 

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Coordinates: 24°58′5.81″N 121°11′34.40″E / 24.9682806°N 121.1928889°E / 24.9682806; 121.1928889