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 and economic development (Taiwan's Consumer Confidence Index is released monthly by NCU). NCU is a member of AACSB. NCU as one of the national six universities in research selected by the Ministry of Education.
|Motto||誠樸(Pha̍k-fa-sṳ: shîn-phok; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: sêng-phok)|
Motto in English
|Sincerity and Simplicity|
|Established||1915 (in Nanjing); 1962 (in Taiwan)|
|746 (full time)|
|Affiliations||University System of Taiwan, UAiTED|
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.
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.
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.
|Global – Overall|
|ARWU World||801-900 (2021)|
|QS World||521–530 (2022)|
|THE World||1201–1200 (2022)|
|Regional – Overall|
|QS Asia||87 (2022)|
|THE Asia||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.
College of Hakka Studies
College of Science
College of Earth Science
NCU participates in the Taiwan International Graduate Program in Earth System Science of Academia Sinica, Taiwan's most preeminent academic research institution.