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This article is about the National Sun Yat-sen University located in Taiwan. For the university in mainland China, see Sun Yat-sen University. For the Russian university, see Moscow Sun Yat-sen University.
National Sun Yat-sen University
National Sun Yat-sen University
Motto Chinese: 博學、審問、慎思、明辨、篤行
English: Study extensively; Enquire accurately; Reflect carefully; Discriminate clearly; Practise earnestly (taken from the Doctrine of the Mean )
Established Founded 1924
Re-established November 12, 1980
Type Public, Research
President Hung-Duen Yang (楊弘敦)
Academic staff
-- full-time, -- part-time
Undergraduates 6,199
Postgraduates 4,116
Location Gushan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Campus Urban
Nickname Formosan rock macaque University[citation needed]
Affiliations AACSB, EUTW, Taiwan Comprehensive University System
Website (NSYSU Home)
National Sun Yat-sen University
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU; Chinese: 國立中山大學) is a public research university located in Sizihwan, Gushan District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is essentially a national think tank, more than half its organizations are research centers. Despite its medium size, NSYSU is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in Cross-Strait Economic Zone. In Taiwan, it is best mathematics research college, 6th best ranked higher education institution, and 3rd best ranked business school, furthermore, one of 50 best universities under the age of 50 worldwide.[1]

Named after Dr. Sun Yat-sen, NSYSU was founded in 1980 as a re-established version of the original Sun Yat-sen University. This re-establishment has been made possible through the efforts of alumni of both the original Sun Yat-sen University and the historical Moscow Sun Yat-sen University.

NSYSU comprises six colleges and contains several research institutes founded by the U.S. government, European Commission, and the Japanese government. It is well known for its oceanography, cutting-edge technologies, business management, political science, and Chinese studies programs. Its scholars maintain strong ties to industry and government officials. Its alumni include the first Chinese citizen from mainland to obtain a doctorate degree in Taiwan.[2] It presently receives funding from the "Aim for the Top University Project" of Taiwan’s Ministry of Education and is one of the four universities that make up Taiwan's Public Ivy, the Taiwan Comprehensive University System.

NSYSU campus is a habitat and natural fortress, it's surrounded on four sides by sea and mountain.[3]


In 1923, two years before his death, the Founding Father of the Republic of China (ROC), Dr. Sun Yat-sen, established two universities, one civil and one military. The civil university was National Kwangtung University (國立廣東大學, renamed National Sun Yat-sen University in 1926), and the military university was Whampoa Military Academy. Both universities generated remarkable contributions and played an important education role in modern Chinese history.

After National Sun Yat-sen University was established in Canton, it had to move south due to the Sino-Japanese War. The university moved first to Yunnan, and later to North Guangdong. Finally, in 1945, the university moved back to and resumed operations at its original campus in Canton.

In 1949, the government of the Republic of China moved to Taiwan. Its alumni expected the National Sun Yet-sen University (NSYSU) to be re-established in Taiwan, but the right timing never came along until 1980, when Moscow Sun Yat-sen University graduate, President Chiang Ching-kuo gave his approval, Dr. Lee Huan then led the project to establish the university on its current campus at Sizihwan in Kaohsiung City, the second largest metropolitan in Taiwan. Succeeding 5 presidents, all carried the tradition of nurturing the university's growth and development.

When it was established, the university had four departments, two graduate institutes, and 189 students. Today, the university has six colleges (Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Management, Marine Sciences, and Social Sciences) and over 9500 students, offering 18 undergraduate majors, 35 masters programs, and 26 doctorate programs. NSYSU has grown, and is now recognized as one of Taiwan's important research and learning institutions with international distinction.

In 2002 NSYSU was named by the Ministry of Education as one of the country's seven major research-intensive universities. Two years later, Its College of Management received AACSB accreditation and became the first AACSB accredited public university in Taiwan.

In 2006 and 2008, NSYSU received the first/second stage grant of the "Aim for the Top University Plan" from the Ministry of Education.

In 2012, NSYSU & UCSD Joint Symposium.[4]


In history, all the Sun Yat-sen Universities were the products of single-party state, based-on the political ideology with socialism characteristics. In the beginning NSYSU staffs and students were members of Kuomintang (中國國民黨),[5] today NSYSU is already a normally university with conservative atmosphere.

NSYSU is considered as the think tank for government policy and Southern Taiwan's industry, it is focused on the "Combination of Industry, Official and University". There are many professors also country's bureaucratic or NGO advisors.

Founding spirit
The Three Principles of the People (三民主義), a political philosophy developed by Sun Yat-sen.
Spiritual norm[6]
  1. The Constant Promotion of Professional Excellence.
  2. The Contribution to Society through Cultivating Leaders across All Fields.
As Taiwan's UC San Diego.[7]


University sailboat
The university tunnel

Located alongside the Kaohsiung Harbor, the NSYSU campus faces the open waters of the Taiwan Strait. The Sizihwan beach sits right on campus which makes the campus one of the most beautiful campuses in Taiwan. There are several characteristics like:

Nature: Montane ecosystem, Marine ecosystem, Coral reef.
Artificial: a seaside resort, a tunnel, a Japanese historic site.
Sizihwan in the foreground with the black sand beach of Sizihwan Bay on the right, Lianhai Road in the middle, and buildings of National Sun Yat-sen University and Shaochuantou mountain (哨船頭小山丘) to the left; Qihou Mountain (zh) on Qijin lies beyond the entrance to Kaohsiung Harbor in the background

In addition, the campus contain a research station in Pratas Islands.

Academic rankings[edit]

University rankings (overall)
THE Asia[8] General 62
QS Asia[9] General 69
THE World[10] General 351-400
QS World[11] General 431
ARWU World[12][13] Research 447
Administration Building
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities
According to Academic Ranking of World Universities (2015), NSYSU ranks as the 5th university in Taiwan's national universities (447th worldwide).[12]
Mathematics: 75-100th (1st Taiwan).[14]
Engineering: 101-150th[14]
Computer science: 151-200th[14]
  • Times Higher Education
According to Times Higher Education (2014-2015), NSYSU ranks as the 6th university in Taiwan (62nd Asia; 351st-400th worldwide).[15][16]
  • THE 100 Under 50 university rankings
According to Times Higher Education ranking of the 100 best universities under the age of 50 (2014-2015), NSYSU ranks as the 2nd university in Taiwan (49th worldwide).[17]
  • THES - QS World University Rankings
According to the THES - QS World University Rankings, NSYSU is within the world's 500 best universities, ranked at 401+ (2009).
  • Taiwan's World TOP 1000 Business School
By Eduniversal[18]
Taiwan Business School Level 2014 Recommendation Rate (per 1000) School
1 UNIVERSAL 252 ‰ National Taiwan University - College of Management
2 TOP 164 ‰ National Chengchi University - College of Commerce
3 EXCELLENT 140 ‰ National Sun Yat-sen University - College of Management
4 EXCELLENT 104 ‰ Taiwan Tech - School of Management
5 EXCELLENT 60 ‰ Fu Jen Catholic University - College of Management
6 EXCELLENT 56 ‰ National Chiao Tung University - College of Management
7 GOOD 72 ‰ National Cheng Kung University - College of Management

Academic Units[edit]

College of Marine Sciences
College of Marine Sciences
College of Marine Sciences
College of Marine Sciences
College of Marine Sciences
College of Marine Sciences


College of Liberal Arts
  • Department of Chinese Literature (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Department of Foreign Languages and Literature (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Department of Music (B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A.)
  • Institute of Philosophy (M.A.)
  • Department of Theater Arts (B.F.A., M.A.)
College of Science
  • Department of Chemistry (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Department of Physics (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Department of Biological Science (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Department of Applied Mathematics (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Institute of Biomedical Science (M.S., Ph.D.)
College of Engineering
  • Department of Electrical Engineering (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Departmentof Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Institute of Environmental Engineering (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Department of Photonics (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Institute of Communications Engineering (M.S., Ph.D.)
College of Management
  • Department of Business Management (B.B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.)
  • Department of Information Management (B.B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.)
  • Department of Finance (B.B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.)
  • Institute of Public Affairs Management (M.B.A., Ph.D.)
  • Institute of Human Resource Management (M.B.A., Ph.D.)
  • Institute of Health Care Management (M.B.A.)
  • Institute of Communications Management (M.B.A.)
College of Marine Sciences
  • Department of Marine Biotechnology and Resources (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Department of Marine Environment and Engineering (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Institute of Marine Biology (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Institute of Marine Geology and Chemistry (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Institute of Applied Marine Physics and Undersea Technology (M.S.)
  • Institute of Marine Affairs (M.S.)
College of Social Sciences
  • Graduate Institute of Political Science (M.S.S., Ph.D.)
  • Graduate Institute of Sociology (M.S.S.)
  • Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies (M.S.S., Ph.D.)
  • Institute of Economics (M.S.S., Ph. D.)
  • Institute of Education (M.Ed., Ph.D.)
  • Department of Political Economy (B.A.)

Sun Yat-sen American Center[edit]

Established in 1999, the Sun Yat-sen American Center (SYSAC) at NSYSU is Southern Taiwan's only American research institute, it is founded by American Institute in Taiwan - the quasi-embassy in Taiwan.[19]

European Union Centre[edit]

Established in 2009, the European Union Centre at NSYSU is Southern Taiwan's only EU research institute, it is founded by European Commission, and integrated by the National Taiwan University.[20]

Center for Japanese Studies[edit]

Established in 2010, the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at NSYSU is Southern Taiwan's only Japanese research institute, it is founded by Interchange Association, Japan - the quasi-embassy in Taiwan.[21]

International Exchange[edit]

Every year there are about 50 international exchange students that come to study courses, mostly management and business focused, in English and learn about Taiwanese culture as well as some of the varieties of Chinese. The university also has a separate language institute where fee-paying students can study Mandarin and Taiwanese. There are also around the same number of out-going exchange students each year to NSYSU's partner universities. NSYSU has an active International Student Association. In 2009-2010 well over 250 international students were members of the association at NSYSU, participating in over 20 student events. ISA has five key points: Student Services, Public Services, Social Events, Sports and Scholarship. The 2010-2011 International Student Executive Board will tentatively be elected in the fall of 2010 at NSYSU. The Office of International Affairs at NSYSU has traditionally monitored the election process.

Notable alumni[edit]

List in Chinese version
Hsieh Tung-min
Lu Ruihua
Su Chia-chyuan
Chen Chu
Xi Zezong
Yuei-An Liou
Hwang Yau-tai
Yang Huimin
Yang Cho-cheng

Honorary doctorate[edit]

Name Year Reason
Lien Chan 1995 the Vice-President of the Republic of China
14th Dalai Lama 1996 Nobel Peace Prize winner
Yuan T. Lee 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner
Kao Ching-yuen 1997 Uni-President Enterprises Corporation CEO
Robert C. Merton 1998 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner
Lee Huan 1999 the Premier of Taiwan
Gao Xingjian 2000 Nobel Prize in Literature winner
Peter Raven 2001 an academician of National Academy of Sciences
Vernon L. Smith 2003 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner
Alex Horng 2004 CEO, Sunonwealth Electric Machine Industry Co., Ltd.[22][23]
Gennady P. Turmov 2004 President, Far Eastern State Technical University, Russia[24]
Chi-Huey Wong 2007 president of Academic Sinica

Affiliated school[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ #Academic rankings.
  2. ^ 全台首位 陸生博士出爐 - 中時電子報
  3. ^ 照亮世界的新光 諾貝爾物理獎得主天野浩ISSLED閉幕演講 - 國立中山大學National Sun Yat-sen University
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  5. ^ 葉文心,《民國時期大學校園文化(1919——1937)》,第五章。
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  8. ^ "National Sun Yat-Sen University". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved Aug 26, 2015.  Text " Times Higher Education " ignored (help)
  9. ^ "National Sun Yat-sen University". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved Aug 26, 2015.  Text " Undergraduate " ignored (help); Text " Top Universities " ignored (help)
  10. ^ "National Sun Yat-Sen University". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved Aug 26, 2015.  Text " Times Higher Education " ignored (help)
  11. ^ "National Sun Yat-sen University". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved Aug 26, 2015.  Text " Undergraduate " ignored (help); Text " Top Universities " ignored (help)
  12. ^ a b "ShanghaiRanking Consultancy". 
  13. ^ "中央通訊社". 
  14. ^ a b c 2015世界大學學術排名 中山大學穩居全球500大 - 國立中山大學National Sun Yat-sen University
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  22. ^ "[Honorary doctorates]" (in Chinese). National Sun Yat-sen University. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  23. ^ "Honors". Sunonwealth Electric Machine Industry Co., Ltd. 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  24. ^ "[Honorary doctorates]" (in Chinese). National Sun Yat-sen University. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 22°37′36″N 120°15′57″E / 22.62667°N 120.26583°E / 22.62667; 120.26583

  1. ^ "Glossary of Names for Admin Divisions" (PDF). Ministry of Interior of the ROC. Retrieved 12 June 2015.