National Taiwan University

National Taiwan University (NTU; Chinese: 國立臺灣大學; pinyin: Guólì Táiwān Dàxué; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Kok-li̍p Tâi-oân Tāi-ha̍k; colloquially, 臺大; Táidà / Tâi-tāi)[lower-alpha 2] is a national university located in Taipei City, Taiwan. NTU is the most prestigious comprehensive university in Taiwan and one of the top-ranked universities in Asia by hosting the Secretariat of AEARU.[10] It consists of 11 colleges, 56 departments, 133 graduate institutes, over 60 research centers and a school of professional education and continuing studies.[11][12][13]

National Taiwan University
Seal of the National Taiwan University
Former names
Taihoku Imperial University
Motto敦品勵學,愛國愛人 Dūnpǐn Lìxué, àiguó àirén
Motto in English
Integrity, Diligence, Fidelity, Compassion[1]
TypePublic (National)
EstablishedFounded in March 16, 1928[lower-alpha 1]
Reorganized in November 15, 1945
Endowment$16,961,335,047 NTD
PresidentKuan Chung-ming
Academic staff
2,029 (2020-2021)[2]
Administrative staff
6,765 (2020-2021)
Students32,974 (2020-2021)
Undergraduates16,773 (2020-2021)
Postgraduates12,533 (2020-2021)
3,668 (2020-2021)
25.016°N 121.536°E / 25.016; 121.536
1.6 km2 (0.62 sq mi) (Greater Taipei combined);
344 km2 (133 sq mi) (Nantou County combined)
ColorsMaroon and gold   [3]
AffiliationsHarvard-Yenching Institute[4]
National Taiwan University System
Global research & industry alliance (Gloria) of Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of China
Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities
Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research
Washington University in St. Louis McDonnell International Scholars Academy[7]
Association for Computing Machinery[9]
National Taiwan University
Traditional Chinese國立臺灣大學
Taihoku Imperial University
Traditional Chinese臺北帝國大學

The University was founded in 1928 during Japanese rule as the seventh of the Imperial Universities, Taihoku Imperial University, to serve under the purpose of Japanese colonization. After World War II, the Nationalist government assumed the administration of the university. The Ministry of Education reorganized and renamed the University as National Taiwan University on November 15, 1945, with the root of liberal tradition from Peking University by former NTU President Fu Ssu-nien.[14]

Notable alumni include Tsai Ing-Wen, current president of the Republic of China (Taiwan), former presidents Lee Teng-hui, Chen Shui-bian and Ma Ying-jeou, Turing Award laureate Andrew Yao, and Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate Yuan T. Lee. NTU is affiliated with National Taiwan Normal University and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology as part of the NTU System.