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National Central University (NCU, Chinese: 國立中央大學, Kuo-Li Chung-yang Ta-hsüeh, or 中大, Chung-ta) was founded in 1915 with roots from 258 CE in mainland China. Founded in Nanjing in 1915, NCU was the leading academic center in southeast China; the phrase “North the Peking University, South the Central University” at that time revealed the significance of NCU.[3] NCU was renamed Nanjing University in 1949, and the former campus has been used by Nanjing Institute of Technology, which was later renamed Southeast University since Nanjing University relocated in 1952.[4] NCU was re-established in Taiwan in 1962. The school was initially located in Miaoli but relocated to Zhongli in 1968 and developed into a comprehensive university. It has become Taiwan's leading school in drama, film studies, cultural studies, and gender studies, Hakka studies, geophysics, space science, remote sensing, astronomy, optoelectronics, nanotechnology, and business management as well as the first university in Taiwan to research industrial economics[5] and economic development (Taiwan's Consumer Confidence Index is released monthly by NCU).[6] NCU is a member of AACSB.[7] In 2001, NCU was selected by the Ministry of Education as one of the eleven research-oriented universities in Taiwan.

National Central University
National Central University (logo).png
Motto in English
Sincerity and Simplicity[2]
EstablishedOriginated in 258 CE in Nanking.
Founded in 1915 during ROC.
Reinstated in 1962 in Taiwan.
PresidentJing-Yang Jou
Academic staff
746 (full time)
AffiliationsUniversity System of Taiwan

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.

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


Former National Central University in Nanking.
National Central University in Taiwan.

NCU was founded in the 4th year of ROC (1915) in Nanking, the new capital city of the early government of the Republic of China, and adopted its name in 1928. NCU moved to Chungking in 1937 when Sino-Japanese War broke out and returned to Nanking in 1946. After the ROC lost control of mainland China, it was renamed as Nanjing University when occupied by the Communist Party of China in 1949, and the former campus has been used by Nanjing Institute of Technology which was later renamed Southeast University since Nanjing University relocated in 1952. The NCU Alumni Association in Taiwan applied for reinstatement of the university in three consecutive years starting from 1956 and was approved in 1958. After four years' preparation, National Central University was reinstated in Taiwan in 1962, first as the National Central University Graduate Institute of Geophysics, in Miaoli County. 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 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 Taipei. The large, green hilltop campus, is some distance away from the busy downtown Zhongli. NCU is only half an hour 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 southern part of Taiwan island.

Colleges and DepartmentsEdit

National Central University
NCU Library
University rankings
ARWU World[9] 601-700
THE World[11] 801–1000
QS World[10] 415
Times Asia[13] 135
QS Asia[12] 70

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.

Partner InstitutionEdit

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.
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  8. ^ *《The History Evolution of National Central University》, ROC 26 (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 2018
  10. ^ 2019 QS World University Rankings
  11. ^ Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019
  12. ^ 2018 QS Asian University Rankings
  13. ^ Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2018

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