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National Cheng Kung University

In 1931, the school is established as Tainan Technical College, located on the present Cheng-Kung Campus, total area of 18.3 hectares. NCKU offers an open learning environment characterized by classical Western and modern eastern landscape. NCKU has attracted numerous distinguished visitors around the world for its rich and welcoming campuses. In addition to two off-university campuses, 

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National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) was established during Japanese occupation in January 1931 as "Tainan Technical College" with only one campus, Cheng Kung campus, covering an area of 18.3 hectares


The organization of the university can be divided into the three systems of teaching and researching, research centers and administrative support, along with other subordinate divisions. The NCKU teaching and researching system has 9 colleges (College of Liberal Arts, College of Sciences, College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Planning and Design, College of Management, College of Medicine, College of Social Sciences and College of Bioscience and Biotechnology), 43 undergraduate programs, 75 master degree programs, 54 doctoral programs and 18 master's degree for working professionals.


According to Essential Science Indicators (ESI) in 2011, NCKU has been listed within the top 1% of all research institutes based on the number of citations of papers published in 13 out of 22 academic fields in the past 10 years. Papers published by NCKU on engineering, material science and computer science fields have been ranked 10th, 27th and 40th respectively, a performance that takes the lead nationwide, especially in these particular fields.


NCKU graduates have topped in the "Favorite Recruits" rankings for many years and many NCKU alumni have become leaders in many different fields. For example, more than a hundred NCKU alumni have assumed the position of deans in local and foreign universities. According to annual surveys conducted by prestigious Taiwanese magazines including Common Wealth, Global News and Cheers, NCKU graduates have been awarded "Most Favored Recruits for Industry" every year since 1993.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

In 1988, NCKU founded the International Cooperation Team and later established the Office of International Affairs (OIA) in 2007. The role of OIA includes managing, coordonating and implementing all aspects of NCKU's international affairs, such as learning, research and care of international students and teaching staff. NCKU uses its excellent R&D capabilty and extensive overseas alumni network to cultivate connections in Southeast Asia and then expand them all over the world.

Housing services

Each and every college is located in the main campus area, thus enabling students to choose and attend courses across disciplines and to acquire multiple professional skills. The proximity of the campuses promotes knowledge exchange and sharing among students and faculties.

Library services

When National Cheng Kung University was established in January, 1931, the NCKU library was also established.In early 1984, the library opened a branch in the College of Medicine. With the increase of the material in the library, the capacity in the main library was far from enough. 

ICT services

The aims of the computer and network center are

1) creating an Information Technology(IT) service infrastructure;2) supporting researching, teaching, and training;3) handling the computerization of university the administration;4) making good-link and interaction between university, government institutions and industry;5) building up campus networks for all of the faculty and students.

Medical services

This division is under the subordination of the Office of Student Affairs. Its official capacity is the responsibility for the protection of campus health care and sanitation.

Our goals are to provide our students and faculty with proper concepts of health, good hygiene and to strengthen physical and mental health in order to provide a healthy and safe campus environment for studying and other.

Student Life

Campus life

The Housing Service Division was founded as an agency under the Office of Student Affairs. It functions to highlight the fact that dorm life constitutes an essential aspect of a student’s college career. Nowadays, a student dormitory is more than a place for meals and accommodation, it is also a venue for life education in which students are allowed to learn and internalize social and interpersonal values and behaviors. Therefore, in addition to providing high quality services, the Housing Service Division should work to create an excellent residential environment and realize a philosophy of harmonious coexistence between people in order to cultivate the value of living a carefree life in resident students.

Student clubs

International Relations Division

The International Relations Division is primarily engaged in promoting and facilitating the international collaborations and exchange programs with mainly academic institutions around the world.

International Student Affairs Division

The International Student Affairs Division serves as a vital platform connecting the NCKU administration with international students and visiting scholars to our University.

There are presently 131 student associations, which can be categorized into seven types: Departmental Associations, Academic Associations, Art Associations, Recreational Associations, Service Associations, Athletic Associations, and Social Associations.


NCKU has passed the Ministry of Education's University Evaluation for the 100th Academic Year with flying colors in 2012. For the previous term between the 96th and 100th academic years, NCKU has achieved an implementation rate exceeding 90% for the various goals set in its own intermediate university development plan. 

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