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National Chi Nan University

NCNU @ heart of Taiwan.

In 1995, National Chi Nan University (NCNU) was founded in Puli, Nantou County, in central Taiwan. NCNU aims to distinguish itself through the following four vision statements:
“Infuse distinctive local features”- We conduct programs that address the unique needs of the local rural population, such as student-led community services, and tutoring programs for school children from remote townships. We also offer distinctive curricula that are synergetic with local economic activities, such as leisure and tourism, photo-electronics and the local industrial development.
“Integrate humanities and technology”- Through various interdisciplinary teaching programs, specialized courses and academic development projects, we encourage our students to embrace technology for the betterment of society, as well as humanistic enrichment that is in pace with technological advances.
“Aggregate traditional and foreign education”- Foreign students choose us thanks on the one hand to our traditional campus architecture and culture, and on the other hand to the efforts of the University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students, which is organized annually by NCNU. As such, we have maintained the highest foreign-student ratio in the country.
“Combine ecology and environment protection”- NCNU campus is surrounded by a natural and ecological diversity. Thus, we have always valued and attached great importance to carbon reduction, and environmental education and conservation.

Under the current development trends of the global economy, Southeast Asia is rising economically as global factories move southward. NCNU houses the best Southeast Asia Research Institute and Southeast Asia Research Center in Taiwan. NCNU will soon establish a university-wide specialized curriculum on Southeast Asia. While we cultivate in NCNU graduates an international perspective, we particularly inculcate in them an emphasis on Southeast Asia so as to enhance their competitiveness for international employment.

In 2013, NCNU received a grant from the Ministry of Education for the “Plan to Encourage Pursuit of Academic Excellence in Universities”. This plan aims to develop university teaching and research programs with a focus on enhancing the international standings and professional competitiveness of our graduates. Execution of the plan follows two design paradigms: creating a niche based on our local characteristics, and widening our international perspective. Based on these, four principle programs have been created:

1. Shuishalian Campus:
The Shuishalian Campus stands for a concept that combines NCNU educations resources with the abundant natural and cultural resources of the region, so as to achieve a symbiotic relationship between the university and the local communities. Its development begins in Puli of central Taiwan and gradually extends to the Shuishalian region. Based on this concept, unique courses on ecology, rural sociology and natural conservation are formulated. Besides extramural lectures and practical trainings aimed at community participation, NCNU students also step out of the classroom into the local communities and industries. This is possible via curricula that are designed for learning through practice and service, and to cultivate community awareness.

2. Great Swan Initiative:
Shuishalian has a strong track record in its innovation of traditional industries, development of leisure and tourism industries, creative and cultural innovations, as well as incubation of aboriginal enterprises. Alliance between NCNU and the local industries has also been on the rise. Based on such an advantageous setting, NCNU has proposed the Great Swan Initiative for the local industries aimed at enhancing our students’ understanding of traditional and local industries, thus to enhance their professional competitiveness. Under this initiative, students can benefit from lectures by industry leaders, mentorship under industrial professionals, and take part in undergraduate research collaborations with industry partners.

3. Overseas Chinese Education Program
This program is aimed at making NCNU the university of choice for overseas Chinese students. It is founded on the unique advantages that NCNU possesses, in the form of dedicated Chinese language courses, academic counseling for overseas Chinese students, internships programs in native countries, Southeast Asian cultural links, etc.

4. Southeast Asian Focus
NCNU distinctively focuses on Southeast Asia with university-wide Southeast Asia general education courses that enable students to expand their global perspectives. Through interdisciplinary courses the program aims to produce professional elites with a Southeast Asian advantage. Thus, we hope to strengthen our cross-border ties and to enhance the competitiveness of NCNU graduates in the growing Southeast Asian region.


Establish year : 1995

Type of institution : National University

Feature area : Education, Arts and humanities, Social sciences, journalism and library information, Business, administration and law, Natural sciences, mathematics and statistics, Engineering, manufacturing and construction

Contact : Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs

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TEL | +886-49-2912360

Faculty : 680

Student : 6623

Undergraduate 4693

Graduate 1868 International Students 62

Academics : 27

College 4 Department 19 Grad. Inst. 4