National Central University

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National Central University
Motto in English
Sincerity and Simplicity[2]
Established1915 (in Nanjing); 1962 (in Taiwan)
PresidentJing-Yang Jou
Academic staff
746 (full time)
24°58′06″N 121°11′34″E / 24.96833°N 121.19278°E / 24.96833; 121.19278Coordinates: 24°58′06″N 121°11′34″E / 24.96833°N 121.19278°E / 24.96833; 121.19278
AffiliationsUniversity System of Taiwan, UAiTED

National Central University (NCU, Chinese: 國立中央大學, Kuo-Li Chung-yang Ta-hsüeh or 中大, Chung-ta) is a public research university with long-standing traditions based in Taiwan. It was founded in 1915. The school was initially located in Miaoli when it first moved to Taiwan, but relocated to Zhongli in 1962 and developed into a comprehensive university. It's the first university in Taiwan to research industrial economics[3] and economic development (Taiwan's Consumer Confidence Index is released monthly by NCU).[4] NCU is a member of AACSB.[5] In 2002, NCU was selected by the Ministry of Education as one of the national seven universities in research.[6]

NCU now has eight colleges in different areas, including College of Liberal Arts, College of Science, College of Engineering, College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, College of Earth Sciences, College of Management, and College of Hakka Studies, also with areas in sociology, law and government studies, etc.

The undergraduate population is represented by the Associated Students of National Central University (Chinese: 國立中央大學學生會; pinyin: Guólì Zhōngyāng Dàxué Xuéshēnghuì), founded in 1991.

National Central University
Traditional Chinese國立中央大學
Simplified Chinese国立中央大学


Based in Nanjing (Nanking) prior to 1949, National Central University was re-established in Taiwan in 1962, as the National Central University Graduate Institute of Geophysics, in Miaoli County. The university's original Nanjing site since became part of the campus of Nanjing University. In 1968, NCU moved to its current location in the Shuanglianpo (雙連坡) district of Zhongli, Taoyuan County (now Zhongli District, Taoyuan City), Taiwan and was renamed the National Central University College of Science. In 1979, it was officially reestablished under the name National Central University. In 2003, NCU and three other national universities established the University System of Taiwan cooperative partnership. Now NCU is a research-oriented national comprehensive university.[7]


The university's Taoyuan City campus is situated in the northern part of the island, about 45 minutes from the capital Taipei. The large, green hilltop campus, is some distance away from the busy downtown Zhongli. NCU campus is only 30 minutes away from the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), which makes it very convenient for international travel.

NCU Lulin Observatory is located near Yushan National Park, in the southern part of Taiwan.

Colleges and Departments[edit]

National Central University
University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[8]801-900 (2021)
QS World[9]521–530 (2022)
THE World[10]1201–1200 (2022)
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[11]87 (2022)
THE Asia[12]201-250 (2021)

NCU consists of eight colleges: Earth Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering, Hakka Studies, Health Science and Technology, Liberal Arts, Science, and Management. Each college houses numerous research centers, such as the Center for Space & Remote Sensing Research, Hazard Mitigation & Prevention, Taiwan Economic Development, Biotechnology & Biomedical Engineering, and several boutique-style humanities centers. In total, the eight colleges contain 19 undergraduate departments, 48 graduate institutes, and 38 research centers.

International programs[edit]

NCU participates in the Taiwan International Graduate Program in Earth System Science of Academia Sinica, Taiwan's most preeminent academic research institution.

Notable Alumni and Faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "關於中央大學﹣校徽/校訓/校歌 (Chinese)". Nat'l Central U. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "NCU Motto: Sincerity and Simplicity". Nat'l Central U. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
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  6. ^ Huang, Muxuan (黃慕萱) (2004). 書目計量與學術評鑑—國內七所研究型大學論文發表概況分析。引文分析與學術評鑑研討會論文集. Taipei. p. 135–152.
  7. ^ *《The History Evolution of National Central University》, (1937 CE) (《國立中央大學沿革史》 中華民國二十六年) *"Chinese Encyclopedia" {中華百科全書}
  8. ^ Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020
  9. ^ NCU - QS World University Rankings
  10. ^ NCU - Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  11. ^ 2021 QS Asian University Rankings
  12. ^ NCU - Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  13. ^ Peiyu, Liu (20 November 2020). "台灣閱讀教育重要推手 前國教院長柯華葳過世 享壽67歲" [Former Dean of National Education, Ke Hwawei, an important promoter of reading education in Taiwan, passed away at 67 years old] (in Chinese). SET News. Retrieved 4 October 2021.

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