National Chi Nan University
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|Established||1906 in (Guangdong)
1995 (in Taiwan)
|President||Dr. Yuhlong Oliver Su|
|594 (as of 2015)|
|Undergraduates||4179 (as of 2014)|
|Postgraduates||1478 (as of 2014)|
|324 (as of 2014)|
|Location||Puli, Nantou County, Taiwan|
|National Chi Nan University|
|Literal meaning||National University of Reaching Southward|
The National Chi Nan University Planning Committee was established on 1 March 1991 in order to establish a university with the following missions:
- To provide more higher education opportunities.
- To improve the education of Overseas Chinese.
- To assist in developing industries as a part of Six-Year National Construction Plan of Taiwan.
- To balance cultural and educational development between regions.
Land which had been the property of the Taiwan Sugar Corporation was selected as the campus of the new university in January 1992. The initial phase of construction of the university was completed in July 1995. The first classes of graduate students were enrolled at the University in September 1995. The first classes of undergraduates registered in September 1996, along with the official opening of the campus.
When the devastating 921 earthquake struck Nantou County on 21 September 1999, all major buildings and dormitories in campus were critically damaged, and the University suffered a great loss of equipment and basic infrastructure. President Ricard Lee had led the three-day evacuation of the entire student body and the provisional relocation to the campus of National Taiwan University in Taipei City for one semester. The restoration of the campus was mostly completed in the following six months. The student body and all the Colleges went back to the campus in the next semester.
Origin of the name
The name Chi Nan ([from north] to south) comes from Chapter of Tribune of Yu of Classic of History, where a passage reads: "His speech and teachings spread from north to south, until they reached the four corners of the world." More than a century ago, Chi Nan was first used as the title of an academic organization—Chi Nan Academy, established in 1906 near the end of the Qing Dynasty and dedicated to educating talented Chinese youths born or raised abroad. The founders of the Academy relished this ancient Chinese quotes and named the Academy accordingly to manifest its mission. After the founding of the Republic of China in 1912, Chi Nan Academy was reorganized into Chi Nan University in Guangzhou. These two organizations are directly related to National Chi Nan University in Puli, Nantou County, and traditionally, the name Chi Nan conveys the University's mission of education beyond China.
National Chi Nan University has aimed for academic excellence and been growing intensely. There are three colleges and six research centers at the University. Each of them has its own mission and emphasized area.
- The College of Humanities:
- Dept. of Chinese Language and Literature
- Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literature
- Dept. of Social Policy and Social Work
- Dept. of Public Policy and Administration
- Dept. of History
- Grad. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
- Grad. Institute of Anthropology
- Grad. Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
- The College of Management:
- The College of Science and Technology:
- Dept. of Computer Science
- Dept. of Civil Engineering
- Dept. of Electrical Engineering
- Dept. of Applied Chemistry
- Dept. of Applied Materials and Optoelectronic Engineering
- Grad. Program of Optoelectronic Technology
- Grad. Institute of Communication Engineering
- Grad. Institute of Earthquake and Disaster Mitigation Engineering
- Grad. Institute of Biomedicine and Biomedical technology
- The College of Education:
- Research Centers:
- The Affiliated Senior High School of National Chi Nan University (formerly National Puli Senior High School)
- In Planning
- The College of Social Science
- The College of Tourism and Art (formerly National Artist Village Project)
- The Taiwanese drama series, Hana Kimi was filmed here.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to National Chi Nan University.|
- "校名校徽 (Chinese)". Nat'l Chi Nan U. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
- The name of the university is translated using Chinese word order. By English grammar rules, it is Chi Nan National University.
- International Admission Site (Chinese)
- The Affiliated Senior High School of National Chi Nan University