National Cheng Kung University

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National Cheng Kung University
Motto 窮理致知[1]
Motto in English
Intellectual Development through Persistent Pursuit of Knowledge[2]
Type Public (National)
Established Founded 1931
President 蘇慧貞
Academic staff
Undergraduates 11,840
Postgraduates 10,392
Location East District, Tainan, Taiwan
Campus Urban, 1.83 km²
Nickname Koxinga University
Affiliations AACSB-Accredited
Taiwan Comprehensive University System


National Cheng Kung University
Traditional Chinese 國立成功大學
Simplified Chinese 国立成功大学

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU; Chinese: 國立成功大學; pinyin: Guólì Chénggōng Dàxué)[note 1] is a research-led comprehensive university in Tainan, Taiwan. It is named after the given name of Koxinga, a Chinese military leader who drove the Dutch colonists from Taiwan and founded the Kingdom of Tungning.

NCKU is one of the most prestigious universities in Taiwan, with a high reputation in science, engineering, medicine, management, planning and design. U.S. News & World Report ranked it the #22 Best Global University for Engineering and Computer Science in 2014.[4] Times Higher Education- QS World University Rankings and Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, NCKU was ranked second or third among all universities in Taiwan.[5] Many surveys throughout the years have shown that its students are most desired by Taiwanese companies. NCKU has 9 colleges, 40 departments, 82 graduate institutes, and 54 research centers, and it is also a major university, educational, and area-network center in Taiwan.

NCKU is among the four universities of the Taiwan Comprehensive University System.


Currently, there are about 22,000 students at National Cheng Kung University in 9 colleges, 40 departments, 82 graduate institutes, and 55 research centers. Starting from 2006, the Ministry of Education has offered NCKU NT$1.7 billion annually for five consecutive years for its excellent academic performance and potential.[6]


National Cheng Kung University was originally established under Japanese rule in January 1931 as Tainan Technical College (臺南高等工業學校). In 1942, the school was renamed to (臺南工業專門學校). After the Japanese handover of Taiwan, the school name was renamed to Taiwan Provincial Tainan Junior College of Technology (Chinese: 臺灣省立臺南工業專科學校) in March 1946, and then to Taiwan Provincial College of Engineering (臺灣省立工學院) in October the same year.

When the government of the Republic of China moved to Taiwan in 1949, it was one of the three existing colleges in Taiwan. As the number of colleges expanded, it was upgraded to a provincial university in 1956 as Taiwan Provincial Cheng Kung University (臺灣省立成功大學), and then a national university in 1971 as National Cheng Kung University (國立成功大學). Former Minister for Education Wu Jin served as the first president of the new National Cheng Kung University.[7]


National Cheng Kung University

NCKU has 11 campuses: Cheng-Kung, Sheng-Li, Kuang-Fu, Cheng-Xin, Tzu-Chiang, Ching-Yeh, Li-Hsing, Dong Ning, Kuei-Jen, An-Nan and Dou-Liou Campuses.

On January 12, 2011, the Y. S. Sun Green Building Research Center was inaugurated.[8] It is the world's first green educational center as well as Taiwan's first zero carbon building.[9] The 4,800 m2 (52,000 sq ft)-facility cost NT$30 million (US$4.41 million) to construct, far below the original NT$180 million budget.[8] Natural ventilation, limited power usage, reduced window size, and energy efficient lighting all contribute to the building's carbon neutrality.[8]


The university has 9 colleges:

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  1. ^ The name of the university is translated using Chinese word order. By English grammar rules, it is Cheng Kung National University.


  1. ^ "校務基本資料 (School Profile)". National Cheng Kung University. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  2. ^ Dr. Chin-Cheng Chen, ed. (April 2011), NCKU Advancing (PDF), Dr. Hwung-Hweng Hwung, p. 2, ISBN 978-986-01-5608-9, retrieved 2014-06-20 
  3. ^,c14444-1.php.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ U.S. News & World Report 2014 Global Universities Ranking
  5. ^ Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities
  6. ^ Mao, Huan-wen (2005-06-09). "Universities get opportunity to excel". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  7. ^ "Former Education Minister Wu Jin dies at 74". China Post. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  8. ^ a b c "Quirky but efficient, Taiwan's first carbon neutral building opens". Focus Taiwan News Channel. 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  9. ^ Grace Kuo (2011-01-07). "NCKU completes Taiwan’s first zero-carbon building". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 

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Coordinates: 23°00′N 120°13′E / 23.000°N 120.217°E / 23.000; 120.217