National Cheng Kung University

National Cheng Kung University
National Cheng Kung University
NCKU Logo 2011.png
Motto 窮理致知
(Discover the truth, Devoted to knowledge.)
Established Founded 1931
Type Public (National)
President Hwung-Hweng Hwung (黃煌煇)
Academic staff 1323
Undergraduates 10,420
Postgraduates 9,843
Location Tainan City, Taiwan
Campus Urban, 1.83 km²
Affiliations Taiwan T4 Alliance
Website (English) (Chinese)
National Cheng Kung University
Traditional Chinese 國立成功大學
Simplified Chinese 国立成功大学

National Cheng Kung University (traditional Chinese: 國立成功大學; simplified Chinese: 国立成功大学) is a national university in Tainan City, Taiwan. Its abbreviation is NCKU. In Chinese, its name is shortened to 成大 (Chéng Dà). Cheng Kung is named after Zheng Ch'eng-Kung, who defeated the Dutch and founded the Kingdom of Tungning in Taiwan.

NCKU is one of the most prestigious universities in Taiwan, with a high reputation in science, engineering, medicine, management, planning and design. According to Times Higher Education- QS World University Rankings and Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, NCKU was ranked second or third among all universities in Taiwan. Many surveys throughout the years have shown that its students are most desired by Taiwanese companies. NCKU has 9 colleges, 40 departments, 82 graduate institutes, and 54 research centers, and it is also a major university, educational, and area-network center in Taiwan.



Currently, there are about 22,000 students at National Cheng Kung University in 9 colleges, 40 departments, 82 graduate institutes, and 55 research centers. Starting from 2006, the Ministry of Education has offered NCKU NT$1.7 billion annually for five consecutive years for its excellent academic performance and potential.[1]


National Cheng Kung University was established under Japanese occupation in January 1931 as Tainan Technical College (臺南高等工業學校; from 1942 to 1945 臺南工業專門學校?). After the end of Japanese occupation, the school name was changed to Taiwan Provincial Tainan Junior College of Technology (台灣省立台南工業專科學校), and then Taiwan Provincial College of Engineering (台灣省立工學院).

When the central government of the Republic of China moved to Taiwan in 1949, it was one of the three existing colleges in Taiwan. As the number of colleges expanded, it was upgraded to a provincial university in 1956, and then a national university in 1971. Former Minister for Education Wu Jin served as the first president of the new National Cheng Kung University.[2]


Chi Mei Building, Tzu-Chiang Campus

NCKU has 11 campuses: Cheng-Kung, Sheng-Li, Kuang-Fu, Cheng-Xin, Tzu-Chiang, Ching-Yeh, Li-Hsing, Dong Ning, Kuei-Jen, An-Nan and Dou-Liou Campuses.

On January 12, 2011, the Y. S. Sun Green Building Research Center was inaugurated.[3] It is the world's first green educational center as well as Taiwan's first zero carbon building.[4] The 4,800 m2 (52,000 sq ft)-facility cost NT$30 million (US$4.41 million) to construct, far below the original NT$180 million budget.[3] Natural ventilation, limited power usage, reduced window size, and energy efficient lighting all contribute to the building's carbon neutrality.[3]


University Road

The university has 9 colleges:

President Michael Ming-Chiao Lai (賴明詔) headed NCKU from 2007 to January 31, 2011.

Previous directors

  • Shih-An Wang (1946–1952)
  • Ta-Chun Chin (1952–1957)
  • Cheng-Hsing Yen (1957–1965)
  • Yun-Ping Lo (1965–1971)
  • Chao Nee (1971–1978)
  • Wei-Noon Wang (1978–1980)
  • Han-Min Hsia (1980–1988)
  • Jer-Ru Maa (1988–1994)
  • Jin Wu (1994–1996)
  • Ting-Chia Huang (acting) (1996-1996)
  • Cheng-I Weng (1997–2000)
  • Hung-Shan Weng (acting) (2000–2001)
  • Chiang Kao (2001–2007)

Notable alumni

See also

External links


Coordinates: 23°00′N 120°13′E / 23°N 120.217°E / 23; 120.217

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