National Central University


National Central University (NCU, Chinese: 國立中央大學; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Kok-li̍p Tiong-iong Tāi-ha̍k; Pha̍k-fa-sṳ: Kwet-li̍p Chung-yong Thài-ho̍k, Wade–Giles: Kuo2 Li4 Chung Yang Ta4 Hsüeh2 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] NCU as one of the national six universities in research selected by the Ministry of Education.[6][7]

National Central University
Motto誠樸(Pha̍k-fa-sṳ: shîn-phok; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: sêng-phok)[1]
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
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese国立中央大学
Traditional Chinese國立中央大學

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.


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.[8]


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 DepartmentsEdit

National Central University
University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[9]801-900 (2021)
QS World[10]521–530 (2022)
THE World[11]1201–1200 (2022)
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[12]87 (2022)
THE Asia[13]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 programsEdit

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 FacultyEdit

See alsoEdit


  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.
  3. ^ "國立中央大學產業經濟研究所". Archived from the original on 2010-10-21.
  4. ^ "歡迎光臨--台灣經濟發展研究中心資料網". Archived from the original on 2017-10-27. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  5. ^ "Search Accredited Schools | AACSB".
  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 list is: NTU, NTHU, NYCU, NCKU, NCU, and NSYSU.
  8. ^ *《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}
  9. ^ Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020
  10. ^ NCU - QS World University Rankings
  11. ^ NCU - Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  12. ^ 2021 QS Asian University Rankings
  13. ^ NCU - Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  14. ^ 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, died at 67 years old] (in Chinese). SET News. Retrieved 4 October 2021.

External linksEdit

  • National Central University (in English)