The History of NCKU Achievements in Taiwan
2021 marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of NCKU. In January 1931, the office of the Governor-General of Taiwan issued its first decree to establish the Tainan Higher Industrial School. Since then, the school has gone through several stages of reforms. It started as a technical school and proceeded as a college specializing in engineering before it was upgraded in 1971 to National Cheng Kung University. In 2021, NCKU ranked as Top 1 university in Taiwan by Times Higher Education in its University Impact Rankings. Over the past 90 years, NCKU, an engineering-based university, has expanded with the establishment of the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Planning and Design, Management, Medicine, Social Science, Biotechnology, Interdisciplinary College X, and Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. With its solid research capacity, comprehensive array of colleges and research facilities, as well as its diversified and innovative development, NCKU aspires to enhance its international connection, exchanges and cooperation, and present itself as a top university in the world.
As an educational institute based in Tainan, NCKU has always served as a reliable guardian of southern Taiwan to provide support in response to major crises and disasters across the nation. In the 70’s, NCKU worked to solve the sediment transport problem at Taichung Harbor under the Ten Major Construction Project, and establish the first aeronautic technology laboratory in line with the government goal for the development of the aeronautic industry. In recent years, NCKU helped to control the dengue fever epidemic in 2015, participated in the rescue and relief mission for the earthquake in 2016, and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. With its academic and scientific capacity, NCKU is able to exert its positive influence on the progress of communities in Taiwan and around the world. Prospectively, NCKU aspires to become a university worthy of community support and of national pride.