National Tsing Hua University
|Tsinghua College (清華學堂)|
Motto in English
|Constantly strengthen and cultivate ourselves|
|Established||March 30, 1911 in Beijing; 1956 in Hsinchu, Republic of China|
|Ministry of Education (Republic of China)|
|President||Hocheng, Hong (賀陳弘)|
|Location||Hsinchu City, Taiwan|
|Campus||Urban, 1.06 square kilometres (260 acres)|
|Flower||Redbud and Chinese plum blossom|
University System of Taiwan
|National Tsing Hua University|
National Tsing Hua University (NTHU; Chinese: 國立清華大學) is a research university located in Hsinchu City, Republic of China. Although the university was first founded in Beijing, after the Kuomintang fled to Taiwan following defeat by the Communist Party of China in the Chinese Civil War, NTHU was re-established in Hsinchu City in 1956. Today, there are 7 colleges, 17 departments and 22 independent graduate institutes in the university.
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Tradition
- 4 Campus life
- 5 Academics
- 6 Presidents
- 7 Rankings
- 8 Notable alumni
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
In 1955, the President of Tsinghua University in Beijing, Yi-Chi, Mei (梅貽琦) left and re-established the National Tsing Hua Institute of Nuclear Technology in Hsinchu city, and later based on the foundation of the original institute, National Tsing Hua University was founded in Taiwan.
The two Tsinghua universities both claim to be successors of the original Tsinghua University. As a result of this dispute, the universities claimed to be the rightful recipient of the funds from the Boxer Rebellion indemnity that was used to start Tsinghua University. This indemnity was transferred to the university in Taiwan after the Nationalist government (Kuomintang) retreated to Taiwan.
Today, both Tsinghua universities have deep mutual cooperation, including an establishment of Tsinghua Strait Research Institute, dual degree program, MOOC program, and academic exchange program.
Since American Secretary of State John Hay suggested that the US$30 million plus Boxer Rebellion indemnity money paid to the United States was excessive, in 1909, President Roosevelt then obtained congress approval to reduce the Qing Dynasty indemnity payment by $10.8 million USD, on the condition that the said fund was to be used as scholarship for Chinese students to study in the United States. Using this fund, the Tsinghua College (清華學堂 Qīnghuá Xuétáng) was established in Beijing, China, on 22 April 1911 on the site of a former royal garden belonging to a prince. It was first a preparatory school for students later sent by the government to study in the United States. The faculty members for sciences were recruited by the YMCA from the United States and its graduates transferred directly to American schools as juniors upon graduation. In 1925, the school established its College Department and started its research institute on Chinese Study.
In 1928, the authority officially changed its name to National Tsing Hua University (NTHU). During the Second World War in 1937, Tsinghua University with Peking University and Nankai University, merged to form Changsha Temporary University in Changsha, and later National Southwestern Associated University in Kunming of Yunnan province. After the war, Tsinghua moved back to Beijing and resumed its operation.
During the Sino-Japanese War, the library lost 200,000 of a total of 350,000 volumes.
In 1956, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) was reinstalled on its current campus in Hsinchu, Taiwan.Since its reinstallation, NTHU has developed from an institute focusing on Nuclear Science and Technology to that of a comprehensive research university offering degrees programs ranging from baccalaureate to doctorate in science, technology, engineering, humanities and social sciences, as well as management. NTHU has been consistently ranked as one of the premier universities in Taiwan and is widely recognized as the best incubator for future leaders in industries as well as academics. Such stellar records are particularly exemplified by the outstanding achievements of alumni, including two Nobel laureates in physics Dr. Chen-Ning Yang and Tsung-Dao Lee, one Nobel laureate in chemistry Dr. Yuan-Tseh Lee and one Wolf Prize winner in mathematics Dr. Shiing-Shen Chern.
In recent decades, the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan has had increasingly close ties with the Tsinghua University on the mainland. Of all universities on Taiwan, the NTHU has arguably one of the strongest cooperations with universities in mainland China in academic research, projects, and with the creation of programs such as the "Center for Contemporary China."
Meichu Tournament, held in March annually, is a sport competition between National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University. Since its establishment in 1969, Meichu Games has become a tradition, and is considered as one of the most important activities between these two prestigious universities in Taiwan.
The history of the Meichu Games goes back to the 1960s. After the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University were both relocated in Hsin Chu, Taiwan and became neighbors. The geographic and academic closeness prompted many intellectual and social exchanges between two universities.
In 1966, an informal tournament was held. The arrangement of the formal event, however, was not institutionalized until 1968, when Mr. Chian Feng, an executive officer of NTHU student activity center, received the permission from the university authority to plan sport events for NTHU and NCTU students modeling after the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.
While both side agreed on the plan to hold such an annual event, there was a disagreement on the naming of the Game. At last, Prof. Zhang Zhi-Yi solved this problem by proposing the conventional coin tossing. “If the head-side is up, the game would be called Mei-Chu; otherwise, the game would be called Chu-Mei.” As the head-side of the coin went up, the tournament was thereby named Meichu to commemorate the two founding presidents of NTHU and NCTU, Dr. Mei Yi-Chi and Dr. Ling Chu-Ming.
There are more than one hundred student clubs serving diverse interests. Club activities range from community services, music and sports, cinema and theater, dancing and martial arts, religion and philosophy as well as scientific and academic interests. While their interests vary, these clubs are all organized and run by and for students. When it comes to sports you can find all the common sports such as soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball, swimming and more. There is also a variety of martial arts selections such as:Hapkido, jujitsu, kickboxing and Kendo. Some other sports can be: hiking, horse riding, scuba diving and rock climbing.
If you are not that into sports there are also clubs dedicated to learn how to make drinks, classic dancing, modern dancing, street dancing, classic music, drama club, to direct events, to DJ, to become a PR of the university, to build up robots or simply practice your English.
There are eighteen dormitories on campus accommodating about 5000 students. Freshman, sophomore and most of the graduate students are allowed to lodge at dorms without drawing lots. The majority of NTHU faculty members are also living on campus.
Scholarships, fellowships, and financial aid
Scholarships and fellowships are awarded on a meritorious basis. Annually more than six hundred undergraduates and one hundred graduate students receive such supports. In addition, around four thousand graduate students are supported with teaching or research assistantships from academic units. For students with financial difficulties, the university provides student loans and emergency funds.
Health care and counseling services
A University Clinic, affiliated with Hsinchu Mackay Memorial Hospital, is conveniently located on campus where first aid and general medical services are provided by a team of physicians and health care specialists at a very reasonable cost.
The NTHU offers counseling service to students, faculty and staff members at the University Counseling Center. The clinic and the center not only provide services when needed and organize and present educational programs for all students.
NTHU consists of 7 colleges, 17 departments and 19 independent institutes, with 600 full-time faculty professors, offering diverse disciplines and courses.
- College of Science
- Department of Physics
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Chemistry
- Institute of Statistics
- Institute of Astronomy
- College of Engineering
- Department of Chemical Engineering
- Department of Materials Science and Engineering
- Department of Power Mechanical Engineering
- Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
- Institute of NanoEngineering and MicroSystems
- College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Department of Electrical Engineering
- Department of Computer science
- Institute of Electronics Engineering
- Institute of Communications Engineering
- Institute of Photonics Technologies
- Institute of Information Systems and Applications
- College of Life Sciences
- Department of Life Science
- Institute of Biotechnology
- Institute of Molecular Medicine
- Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Institute of Bioinformatics and Structural Biology
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Department of Chinese Language and Literature
- Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
- Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Institute of Anthropology
- Institute of History
- Institute of Philosophy
- Institute of Sociology
- Institute of Linguistics
- Institute of Taiwan Literature
- College of Nuclear Science
- Department of Engineering and System Science
- Department of Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Sciences
- Institute of Nuclear Engineering and Science
- College of Technology Management
- Department of Economics
- Department of Quantitative Finance
- Institute of Techonoly Management
- Institute of Law for Science and Technology
- Institute of Service Science
- Commission of General Education
- Center for General Education
- Center for Teacher Education
- Arts Center
- Military Instructors' Office
- Physical Education Office
- Research Centers
- Research & Development Office
- Computer & Communication Research Center
- National Center for Theoretical Sciences
- IC Design Tech. Center
- Center for Science Technology and Society
- Center for Nanotechology, Materials Science, and Microsystems
- Center for Photonics Research
- NTHU/ITRI Joint Research Center
- Center for Contemporary China
- Center for Energy and Environmental Research
- Brain Research Center
- Laboratory Animal Room
- Instrument Center
- Nuclear Science and Technology Development Center
- Electronic Business Center
- Quality Research Center
- Advanced Packaging Research Center
- Bioinformatics Center
- Mei Yi-chi: 1956–1962
- Chen Ke-Chung: 1962–1969
- Yen Cheng-hsing: 1969–1970
- Shu Shien-Siu: 1970–1975
- Chang Ming-che: 1975–1981
- Mao Gao-wen: 1981–1987
- Liu Chao-shiuan: 1987–1993
- R. C. T. Lee: 1993–1994
- Shen Chun-shan: 1994–1997
- Chen Hsin-hsiung: 1997–1998
- Chung Laung Liu: February 1998 – February 2002
- Frank Shu: February 2002 – February 2006
- Wen-Tsuen Chen: February 2006 – February 2010
- Lih-Juann Chen: February 2010 – February 2014
- HoCheng Hong: February 2014 – present
NTHU is generally considered to be one of the best universities in Taiwan.
In 2012, ranking of world universities by Times Higher Education put National Tsing Hua University on the rank of 226-250 in the world. 2010 also saw QS World University Rankings put National Tsing Hua University 196th overall. The individual subject rankings from QS rankings were: 238th in Arts & Humanities, 67th in Engineering & IT, 197th in Life Sciences & Biomedicine, 171st in Natural Sciences, and 256th in Social Sciences. Nature Publishing Index gives NTHU the 3rd rank in Taiwan.
Humanities and Social Sciences
- Liang Qichao: well-known scholar, thinker, statesman, known as "the proud professor of speech"
- Wang Guowei: Guoxue Master, known as "the founder of modern Chinese academic," "New History of Kaishanzushi"
- Chen Yinke: linguist, historian
- Zhao Yuanren: linguist
- Zhu Ziqing: prose writer
- Xia Nai: archaeologist
- Feng Youlan: philosopher and historian of Chinese philosophy
- Ta-You Wu: physicist, the former president of Academia Sinica, the Republic of China (Taiwan)
- Hua Luogeng: mathematician and educator
- Yu-Fen Zhao: CAS academician, Tsinghua University, Beijing, Xiamen University, a professor of chemistry
- Shiing-Shen Chern: mathematician, Academician of Academia Sinica
- Chen Ning Yang: winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Academia Sinica academician
- Tsung-Dao Lee: winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Academia Sinica academician
- Yuan Tseh Lee: winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Academician of Academia Sinica, the former president of Academia Sinica, the Republic of China
- H. T. Kung: Harvard University Professor, Academician of Academia Sinica
- Typhoon Lee: Academia Sinica, director of the Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica academicians
- Way Kuo: former Bell Labs expert, Academician of Academia Sinica, President of City University of Hong Kong
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Wen-Tsuen Chen: President of National Tsing Hua University, Dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Distinguished Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science, National Chair of the Republic of China, IEEE Fellow, IEEE Technical Achievement Award & Taylor L. Booth Education Award winner
- Zhang Yong: Yang Rui, general manager of information
- List of universities in Taiwan
- Hsinchu Science Park
- National Experimental High School: A "Kindergarten through High School", established to provide special education opportunity to staff and faculty of NTHU and other Greater Science Park Area personnel.
- Academia Sinica
- Tsinghua University
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- LOST MEMORY - LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES DESTROYED IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (Archived at WebCite)
- Official website for National Tsing Hua University's "Center for Contemporary China"
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- "QS World University Rankings 2010 Results".
- "Nature Publishing Index (2013)".
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