National Ilan University

The National Ilan University (NIU; Chinese: 國立宜蘭大學) is a public university in Yilan City, Yilan County, Taiwan.

National Ilan University
Motto篤學, 力行, 敬業, 樂群[1]
Motto in English
Studying diligently, practicing with earnestness, developing a respectful attitude toward professionalism[2]
TypePublic National
Established12 May 1926 (reformed in 2003)
PresidentDr. Po‐Ching Wu (吳柏青)
Academic staff
National Ilan University
Traditional Chinese國立宜蘭大學


National Ilan University was one of the first institutions of higher education in Taiwan. It was founded as the Taiwan Provincial Ilan School of Agriculture and Forestry on 12 May 1926. Since then, the name and focus of the institution have undergone a number of changes, from having been a five-year junior college (National Ilan Junior College of Agriculture and Technology), and a polytechnic college (National Ilan Institute of Technology). In 2003, the school was further reformed into its current status as a comprehensive university, offering BA, BS, MA and MS degrees in four colleges.


The main 15.3-hectare (38-acre) campus stands in the center of Yilan City. The school owns two larger tracts of land, mostly undeveloped, in Yilan City and Wujie Township in Yilan County.


NIU has four colleges: Humanities and Management, Engineering, Bioresources, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Also, there are 13 departments and 17 graduate institutions. The newest of the Graduate Programs is the MA Program in Foreign Languages & Literatures, the focus of which is the literature in English of nations within the Asian Pacific Rim region.


Dr. Po-Ching Wu was elected as the 5th NIU President by the NIU President Election Committee on July 4 and was on board from August 1, 2016. Dr. Wu is also a professor in the Department of Biomechatronic Engineering at NIU. He received his PhD in Food Engineering at the University of Massachusetts (USA).[3]

University resourcesEdit

The university has 150 laboratories, one computer center, a number of computerized language labs, and an Analysis and Technology Consulting Center which cooperates with local industries on their manufacturing and production. In 2006, the university also established an Incubator Center, which assists local industries in research and development. In addition to the aforementioned facilities and resources, NIU also has a library that occupies nearly 1.7 ha (4.2 acres) and holds over 200,000 books, including nearly 1000 periodicals relating to various research fields. In early 2006, NIU was granted the capacity to serve as the GigaPoP ("gigabit point-of-presence") for Taiwan Advanced Research & Education Network (TWAREN). As a result, NIU is in charge of providing a high-bandwidth network connection to research and academic institutes within Ilan county.

Programs for International StudentsEdit

College Department Bachelor Master Ph.D.
College of Humanities and Management Department of Foreign Languages and Literature*
Department of Applied Economics and Management
Department of Leisure Industry and Health Promotion
College of Engineering Department of Civil Engineering*
Department of Environmental Engineering
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering*
Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering*
Graduate Institute of Architecture and Sustainable Planning
College of Bioresources Department of Horticulture
Department of Food Science
Department of Biomechatronic Engineering
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources*
Department of Biotechnology and Animal Science*
College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of Electrical Engineering*
Department of Electronic Engineering*
Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering*

Most programs are taught in Chinese. * Some courses taught in Master Degree in English language.

  • NIU is one of the Bioresources education and research institute in Taiwan. NIU students of the Bioresources domainhave opportunity to visit Malaysia for off-site classes; to Canada for attending the joint program with University of British Columbia.
  • College of Engineering and College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of NIU are IEET accredited. IEET is a member of Washington Accord, Seoul Accord, Sydney Accord, and NABEEA. Being an IEET certificated institution, the degrees issued by these NIU departments are recognized in many countries, like USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia.

International CollaborationEdit

National Ilan University (NIU) has a strong international collaboration, with over 100 Universities and Research Institutions worldwide. Studying at NIU, students can apply for an academic exchange program with partner universities, they can take part in overseas volunteer activities and summer camps. Apart from these, NIU has a program with the University of Michigan Dearborn Business School, which offers a master's degree to NIU students.[citation needed]

Area Asia American Europe Oceania Total
Number of Partner Universities 83 13 4 2 102

Tuition & Miscellaneous FeesEdit

Tuition fees & other miscellaneous fees for International Students for the academic year 2016.

College Undergraduate Graduate
College of Humanities and Management NT$38,600 NT$37,300
College of Engineering NT$44,400 NT$45,390
College of Bioresources NT$49,500 NT$44,000
College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science NT$44,400 NT$45,390

Note: For details about Tuition Fees & other Miscellaneous fees for 「 Taiwan Scholarship Awardee」kindly follow the link [1]


  • Mobility Network Laboratory


The Ilan spelling in the school name perpetuates a twentieth-century romanisation for the name of the area. Yilan is now preferred by most national and regional authorities.

The standard abbreviated reference in English is the acronym NIU. The standard abbreviation in Mandarin Chinese is the portmanteau 宜大 Yi1 Da4. For this reason the romanisation "Yida" is often encountered in place names associated with the campus.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "國立宜蘭大學 (Chinese)". Nat'l Ilan U. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  2. ^ "History". Nat'l Ilan U. Archived from the original on 27 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Prof. Dr. Po-Ching Wu is elected as the 5th NIU President". NIU. Retrieved 2017-12-11.

Coordinates: 24°44′51″N 121°44′51″E / 24.7474°N 121.7476°E / 24.7474; 121.7476