National Central University

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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, Taoyuan City, Taiwan
Campus Suburban
Affiliations University System of Taiwan

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. Founded in Nanjing in 1915, NCU was the leading academic center in the Southeast China; the phrase “North the Peking University; South the Central University” at that time revealed the significance of NCU.[3] After NCU in Nanking was renamed Nanjing University 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,[4] 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, and gender studies, Hakka studies, geophysics, space science, remote sensing, astronomy, optoelectronics, nano scitech, and business management as well as Economic Development studies (Taiwan's most prestigious Consumer Confidence Index academic research is released monthly by NCU).[5] 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.[6] 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.

Colleges and Departments[edit]

National Central University
NCU Library
University rankings
QS World[7] 401-410

NCU consists of eight colleges: Earth Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering, Hakka Studies, Health Science and Technology, Liberal Arts, Science, and Management. 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 eight colleges contain 19 undergraduate departments, 48 graduate institutes, and 38 research centers.

International programs[edit]

NCU participates in the Taiwan International Graduate Program in Earth System Science of Academia Sinica, Taiwan's most preeminent academic research institution.

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. 
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  6. ^ *《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}
  7. ^ QS World University Rankings 2018

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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