National Formosa University

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National Formosa University
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Motto in English
Integrity, Righteousness, Spirit, Diligence
Established1980 (as Provincial Yunlin Institute of Technology)
PresidentDr. Wen-Yuh Jywe (覺文郁)
LocationYunlin County, Taiwan
CampusTown, 0.206 km²
National Formosa University
Traditional Chinese國立虎尾科技大學

National Formosa University (NFU; Chinese: 國立虎尾科技大學) is a technical university in Huwei District, Yunlin County, Taiwan. It is the only university in Taiwan to include the historical name of Formosa in its title. NFU was established in Huwei Township in 1980.

National Formosa University is organized into four colleges: the College of Engineering, the College of Electronics and Information, the College of Management, and the College of Applied Arts and Sciences. They provide 19 undergraduate, 18 postgraduate, and 2 doctorate level study programs.

The Research and Services Headquarters was formed in August 2007 to manage four research centers and two multi-purpose laboratories. The aim of these bodies is to organize academic resources and provide a platform for industry-academia cooperation. The research centers focus on technical services. They are the Energy Science and Technology Center, the Micro-Electronic Mechanical System Design and Application Center, the Opto-electronic and Display Technology Center, and the Precision Mechanical Device Development Center. The two research laboratories are the Micro/Nano Science and Common Technology Laboratory and the Ultra High Precision Machining Laboratory.


No Name Tenure of office Reason for departure
1 Dr. Tien-chin Chang (張天津) 1980 ─ 1989 Appointed National Taipei University of Technology president
2 Dr. Cheng-kuang Yu (余政光) August 1989 ─ June 1999 Appointed Nan-Kai Institute of Technology president
3 Dr. Chien-chang Lin (林見昌) October 1999 ─ October 2005 Retired
4 Dr. Jenn-Der Lin (林振德) February 2006 ─ July 2013 Retired
5 Dr. Wen-Yuh Jywe (覺文郁) August 2013 ─


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National Formosa University was founded in 1980 as Provincial Yunlin Institute of Technology by the Taiwan Provincial Government. Dr. Tien-Chin Chang was appointed as its first president. Five departments were established: Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Mechanical Design, Power Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.

In 1981, the school changed its name to National Yunlin Institute of Technology (NYIT).

The departments of Electro-Optical Engineering and Automation Engineering were added to NYIT in 1988.

In 1989 Dr. Cheng-Kuan Yu was appointed as the second president by the Ministry of Education.

In 1991, the English name of NYIT was changed to National Yunlin Polytechnic Institute (NYPI). The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management was established. Two years later, the Department of Vehicle Engineering was established. In 1994, the Department of Aeronautical Engineering started.

With the approbation from the Ministry of Education in 1997, NYPI was renamed to National Huwei Institute of Technology (NHIT), whose five-year junior college system was to be replaced gradually by two-year and four-year college systems.

Due to the retirement of President Cheng-Kuang Yu in 1999, Dr. Feng-Tsun Chen, Dean of Academic Affairs, served as the acting president. Dr. Chien-Chang Lin became the first elected president.

The Department of Information Management was established in 2000. On year later. The Department of Applied Foreign Languages began.

In 2002, the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, the Department of Finance, the Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical and Materials Science, and the Graduate Institute of Power Mechanical Engineering were established. In 2003, the Department of Business Administration and the Department of Biotechnology began.

In 2004, NHIT was renamed National Huwei University of Science and Technology (NHUST). Four colleges were established: Applied Arts & Science, Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Management. The Department of Multimedia Design, the Department of Leisure Management, the Graduate Institute of Industrial Engineering and Management, and the Graduate Institute of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering were established. A master’s degree program was added to the Department of Information Management.

In 2005, the English name of NHUST was changed to National Formosa University (NFU). President Chien-Chang Lin retired; Dr. Yeong-Ley Tsay, dean of Academic Affairs, served as the acting president. The Department of Electronic Engineering was established. The master's degree and doctoral degree programs were initiated at the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical and Materials Science, respectively.

In 2006, Dr. Jenn-Der Lin assumed the presidency of NFU. The Graduate Institute of Materials Science and Green Energy Engineering and the Graduate Institute of Business and Management were established. The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering was renamed the Department of Mechanical and Computer-Aided Engineering. The Department of General Education and the Center of Teacher Education were merged and became the Center for General Education.

In 2007, the Graduate Institute of Aeronautical and Electronic Engineering and the Graduate Institute of Innovation Engineering and Precision Technology were established. The Department of Leisure Management was renamed the Department of Leisure and Recreation.

In 2008, the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, the Department of Automation Engineering, and the Department of Biotechnology began master's degree programs.

The Department of Mechanical Design Engineering and the Department of Leisure and Recreation established master's degree programs in 2009. The Department of Electronic Engineering and the Department of Vehicle Engineering established master's degree programs the next year.

In 2011, the Department of Finance established a master's degree program. The Executive Yuan consented to NFU’s procurement of a new campus. The preparatory center for the new campus was started.

In 2012, the Executive Yuan allocated a land of 17.18 hectares in THSR Yunlin Station area for NFU new campus.

In 2013, NFU received funding from the Subsidy Directions for Developing Technological University Paradigms, the Ministry of Education. Dr. Wen-Yuh Jywe was elected as the president.


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  1. ^ "學校簡介 (Chinese)". NFU. Archived from the original on 2014-12-17. Retrieved 2014-09-22.

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