National Kaohsiung Normal University

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National Kaohsiung Normal University
The main gate of Ho-Ping Campus, National Kaohsiung Normal University 20101011.jpg
Former names
Taiwan Provincial Kaohsiung Teachers’ College
Motto 誠敬宏遠[1]
Motto in English
Sincerity, Reverence, Greatness and Profundity[2]
Type Public (National)
Established Founded 1967
President 吳連賞
Vice-president 王惠亮, 王政彥
Academic staff
313 (full time)
Undergraduates 3,370
Postgraduates 3,393
Location Kaohsiung, Taiwan
22°37′32″N 120°19′11″E / 22.625562°N 120.319843°E / 22.625562; 120.319843Coordinates: 22°37′32″N 120°19′11″E / 22.625562°N 120.319843°E / 22.625562; 120.319843
Campus Ho-Ping, Yen-Chao
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National Kaohsiung Normal University
Traditional Chinese 國立高雄師範大學

The National Kaohsiung Normal University (NKNU;Kaohsiung Normal University),[3] founded in 1967, is a public university located in Lingya District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The university has two campuses — Ho-Ping and Yen-Chao. The University currently has five colleges: College of Education, College of Humanities, College of Science, College of Technology, and College of Arts. NKNU has been considered as one of the best universities in Taiwan.


National Kaohsiung Normal University (NKNU), formerly known as Taiwan Provincial Kaohsiung Teachers’ College, was founded in August 1967 by Taiwan Provincial Government. The University’s founding mission was to train secondary-school teachers for the implementation of the nine-year compulsory education. On July 1, 1980, the Institution was renamed National Kaohsiung Teachers’ College. On August 1, 1989 it was re-designated as National Kaohsiung Normal University. In 1989, the University initiated the plan to build the second campus in Yen-Chao district and inaugurated the campus in 1999.


The University is notable for the quantity, range and quality of its recreational offerings. There are currently more than 60 intramural student organizations, each with a faculty member as a consultant. The eight-floor multi-purpose Activity Center makes space available for clubs and recreational activities. Both on Ho-Ping and Yen-Chao campuses, the University provides men’s and women’s dormitories. Meals are provided on campus and coordinated by a food committee. Respectively on each campus, there is also a Medicare Center with physicians, dentists and psychiatrists to provide medical services to faculty and students.

Ho-Ping Campus[edit]

NKNU’s Ho-Ping Campus is uniquely situated in a region with one of the greatest concentrations’ of cultural facilities and intellectual talent in the nation. Located in urban Kaohsiung, opposite the Chiang Kai-shek Cultural Center, the campus covers an area of 13 hectares. The interweaving of academic buildings and areas for relaxation—green lawns and trees and cultural spots—on the compact campus ensures the enjoyment of the educational resources. The University is particularly proud of its self-maintained lush landscaped gardens and sports field.

Yen-Chao Campus[edit]

In September 1999, NKNU inaugurated its second campus at Yen-Chao, which is a scenic area of 50 hectares about 30 minutes drive from downtown Kaohsiung.

Committee of International Student Admissions[edit]

  • National Kaohsiung Normal University - International Cooperation Section Office of Research and Development

Registration and Tuition & Fees[edit]

  • Each academic year in Taiwan begins on August 1 and ends on July 31 of the following year.
  • First semester classes usually begin in mid-September or late September and ends in mid-Jan.
  • Second semester classes begin in late February of the following calendar year and ends in mid-June.


NKNU offers Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees, and Doctorate degrees in many disciplines.

  • Programs Degrees Offer to International Students
  • Undergraduate Program: 4–6 years
  • Master Program/Postgraduate Program: 2–3 years
  • Doctoral Program: 2–6 years
  • National Kaohsiung Normal University Bulletin of International Student Admissions 2013-2014 Academic Year
  • Application from 21 March 2013 to 15 April 2013
  • Delivery of Application Postmarked by 15 April 2013 (Taiwan Time)

International sister universities[edit]

Program for Promoting Teaching Excellence of Universities[edit]

Program for Promoting Teaching Excellence of Universities is a competitive project. Only excellent universities possessing individual academic features, extraordinary performance and innovative teaching style are qualified to receive the subsidy from Ministry of Education in Taiwan. National Kaohsiung Normal University indicates that it has been supported by this program nine years in row and the accumulated amount reaches NT 275 million.

Nature Publishing Index Asia-Pacific[edit]

  • Institution rankings for Taiwan : NKNU, The Top 5 Research Institutions in Taiwan.
  • Based on the number 1 of papers that were published as Articles, Letters and Brief Communications, or Reviews from institutions in Taiwan that were published within the last 12 months in Nature and Nature monthly research journals.
  • Top Institutions in Taiwan | Nature Publishing Index Asia-Pacific

Center of Language and Culture Teaching[edit]

  • The CLCT offers a variety of non-credit language courses for international students and overseas Chinese students.
  • The CLCT maintains a teacher to student ratio of 1 to 8.
  • In addition to language courses, the CLCT also offers a variety of cultural workshops, such as Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese food, paper cutting and traditional handicrafts.

Research Center for Adult Education[edit]

  • National Kaohsiung Normal University set up the Research Center for Adult Education on December 1, 1991 to actively promote lifelong learning for all citizens.
  • This Center’s aim is to promote adult education research and practice in southern Taiwan and thus to help citizens keep up with the time.
  • The center also organizes a group of adult education volunteers who enthusiastically support the center’s various activities.

Center for Environmental Laboratory Services[edit]

  • Members of Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (ELITE) by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "校訓 (Chinese)". NKNU. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 
  2. ^ "University Profile". NKNU. Retrieved 2014-09-05. 
  3. ^ The name of the university is translated using Chinese word order. By English grammar rules, it is National Normal University of Kaohsiung.