National Cheng Kung University

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU; Chinese: 國立成功大學/成大; pinyin: Guólì Chénggōng Dàxué)[note 1] is a public research university located in Tainan, Taiwan. NCKU is one of the best comprehensive universities in Taiwan and a leader in promoting industry-academia cooperation.[6] It has consistently been ranked as one of the top universities in Asia. The university is best known for engineering, computer science, medicine, and planning and design.

National Cheng Kung University
Motto in English
Pursuit of truth through exhaustive reasoning [2]
TypePublic (National)
Endowment641 million (2013)
PresidentHuey-Jen Jenny Su
Academic staff
1584 [3]
CampusMain campus in urban Tainan and satellite campuses in rural Tainan areas.
ColorsRed, Gray and White [4]
AffiliationsGlobal research & industry alliance (Gloria) of Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of China,[5] Worldwide Universities Network, Taiwan Comprehensive University System, AACSB, Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan
WebsiteEnglish, Chinese
National Cheng Kung University
Traditional Chinese國立成功大學
Simplified Chinese国立成功大学

As a top university in Taiwan, NCKU has played a vital role in creating the Taiwan Miracle by helping Taiwan to transform from an agriculture-based society to an industrialized economy during the 1960s and 1970s.[7] To this day, NCKU has many successful alumni in various industries in Taiwan. According to Linkedin data, many of its graduates work in companies including TSMC, MediaTek, UMC, Applied Materials, and more. NCKU has been taking the top spot at the Global Views Monthly (遠見雜誌) Taiwan Graduate Employability Rankings for 5 consecutive years.[8]

In 2005, NCKU was chosen by the Ministry of Education (Taiwan) as one of the seven universities in Taiwan for the Aim for the Top University Project (邁向頂尖大學計畫), which is similar to Top Global University Project in Japan and Universities of Excellence in Germany. Starting from 2006, because of its excellent academic performance and research potential, the Ministry of Education (Taiwan) has offered NCKU NT$1.7 billion annually for five consecutive years, which is the second highest amount received among the universities in the project.[9]

NCKU is a founding member of Taiwan Comprehensive University System, a strategic alliance of four leading research universities in the Southern Taiwan. The university is also a member of AACSB and IEET, and the only member from Taiwan in the Worldwide Universities Network.


National Cheng Kung University was originally established under Japanese colonial government in January 1931 as the Tainan Technical College. After the Japanese handover of Taiwan in October 1945, the school was renamed to Taiwan Provincial Tainan Junior College of Technology in March 1946, and then to Taiwan Provincial College of Engineering in October the same year.

When the 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 as Taiwan Provincial Cheng Kung University, named after Koxinga, a Chinese military leader who drove the Dutch East India Company from Taiwan and founded the Kingdom of Tungning. In 1971, the university became a national university and was renamed to National Cheng Kung University.

Former Minister for Education Wu Jin served as the first president of the new National Cheng Kung University.[10]


NCKU is located in Tainan City, Taiwan. The main campus is situated across from the Tainan Railway Station, offering convenient transportation. NCKU has 11 campuses occupying a total of 187 hectares of land in the greater Tainan area, including the Cheng-Kung, Sheng-Li, Kuang-Fu, Cheng-Hsin, Tzu-Chiang, Ching-Yeh, Li-Hsing, Tung-Ning, Kuei-Jen An-Nan and Dou-Liu campuses, and some areas designated for dormitory use.

On January 12, 2011, the Y. S. Sun Green Building Research Center was inaugurated.[11] It is the world's first green educational center as well as Taiwan's first zero carbon building.[12] 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.[11] Natural ventilation, limited power usage, reduced window size, and energy efficient lighting all contribute to the building's carbon neutrality.[11]

Organization and Academics

NCKU comprises 9 colleges, 43 departments, and 39 institutes. Academics at NCKU is organized into 9 colleges, including Liberal Arts, Sciences, Management, Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Social Science, Planning & Design, Bioscience & Biotechnology and Medicine, each with its own faculties, departments, and institutes offering programs up to doctoral level. The university currently offers 42 undergraduate programs, 74 master's degree programs, 53 doctoral programs, and 17 master's degree programs for working professionals. While most courses are taught in Mandarine Chinese, many are offered in English.

International programs

NCKU has 401 cooperation agreements with 251 institutions and universities across the world. Student exchange agreements have been signed with 98 foreign partner universities including University of Southern California, Technical University of Munich, Leiden University, the University of New South Wales, Kyoto University, Seoul National University, National University of Singapore, etc.

More recently, NCKU partnered with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in Malaysia. In 2018, KU Leuven and IMEC reached dual degree agreement with NCKU.[13] During the same year, NCKU and Purdue University signed the agreement of collaboration for international dual degree program and online courses.[14] TU Darmstadt launched its liaison office in Asia at NCKU on May 21, 2019.[15]

NCKU participates in the Taiwan International Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience of Academia Sinica, the national academy of Taiwan.


University rankings
ARWU World[16] 201-300
Leiden World[17] 130
THE World[18] 301-350
QS World[19] 225
Times Asia[20] 41
QS Asia[21] 35

NCKU is generally considered to be a top tier university in Taiwan, along with National Taiwan University, National Tsing Hua University, and National Chiao Tung University. In 2019, the QS World University Rankings ranked NCKU 225th overall in the world, 35th in Asia, and 3rd in the nation.[22][23]

According to QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2017,[24] the NCKU ranked within the world's top 100 universities in the following fields: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering and Technology. It also ranks within the top 150 for the following programs: Computer Science and Information System, Education and Training, Materials Sciences, Architecture, Statistics and Operational Research, Art and Design, Environmental Studies, Chemical Engineering, and Social Science and Management.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranked NCKU 37th in the engineering field and 52nd in computer science in 2009.[25] From 2008~2011, NCKU ranked 82nd in the world according to CWTS Leiden Ranking.[26] In 2019, the U.S. News & World Report rankings, NCKU is the world's 98th best university for engineering.[27]

According to the ESI database, NCKU has published 18,333 papers in the last ten years and has respectively ranked the 24th and the 51st in the list of world top 100 universities respectively in the engineering and computer science fields.

List of Presidents

  • Wakatsuki Michitaka (January 1931 – August 1941)
  • Sakuma Iwao; 佐久間巖 (August 1941 – March 1944)
  • Shunsuke Suemitsu; 末光俊介 (March 1944 – October 1944)
  • Saburo Kousuke; 甲婓三郎 (October 1944 – October 1945)
  • Wang Shih-an (February 1946 – August 1951)
  • Yeh Tung-tse (August 1951 – February 1952)
  • Qing Dajun (February 1952 – July 1957)
  • Yen Cheng-hsing (August 1957 – December 1964)
  • Lo Yun-ping (January 1965 – July 1971)
  • Ni Chao (August 1971 – July 1978)
  • Wang Wei-nung (August 1978 – July 1980)
  • Hsia Han-min; 夏漢民 (August 1980 – July 1988)
  • Ma Che-ju; 馬哲儒 (August 1988 – July 1994)
  • Wu Jin (August 1994 – June 1996)
  • Huang Ting-chia; 黃定加 (July 1996 – February 1997)
  • Weng Cheng-yi; 翁政義 (February 1997 – May 2000)
  • Weng Hung-shan; 翁鴻山 (May 2000 – January 2001)
  • Kao Chiang; 高強 (February 2001 – January 2007)
  • Michael M. C. Lai (February 2007 – January 2011)
  • Hwung Hwung-hweng (February 2011 – January 2015)
  • Sung Hui-chen; 蘇慧貞 (since February 2015)

Notable alumni

See also


  1. The name of the university is translated using Chinese word order. By English grammar rules, it is Cheng Kung National University.


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