National Sun Yat-Sen University
National Sun Yat-sen University
National Sun Yat-sen University
English: Erudite, Interrogated, Deliberate, Discerning, and Persistent (taken from the Doctrine of the Mean )
TypePublic, Research
EstablishedFounded 1924
Re-established November 12, 1980
PresidentYing-Yao Cheng ()
Academic staff
479 full-time, -- part-time
LocationGushan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
NicknameFormosan rock macaque University[]
Taiwan Comprehensive University System
Website(NSYSU Home)
National Sun Yat-sen University
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National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU; Chinese: ) is a public research-intensive university renowned as an official think tank scholars' community as well as an academic center of oceanology and management studies, located in Sizihwan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan and Pratas Islands, South China Sea. NSYSU is the first national comprehensive university of the Southern Taiwan,[1] and is the first top 7 research universities in the whole country.[2]

The university was founded twice in 1924 and 1980 in response to the national development needs, the alumni of both the original Sun Yat-sen University and the historical Moscow Sun Yat-sen University have also contributed to the re-established of NSYSU. In the beginning all the Sun Yat-sen Universities were adopted a Soviet Sun Yat-sen University Model and based-on Dr. Sun Yat-sen's philosophy,[3] present-day NSYSU is already a normally public university, but it is still famous for its powerful political and commercial relations.[4]

The university is organized into six colleges, but it consists mainly of a considerable number of research institutes.[5] NSYSU has traditionally been called Taiwan's top three with the programs in applied science, business school, marine sciences, and social science. In addition, NSYSU is often ranked among the world's top 400 universities overall.[6][7] In addition, the exchange offices of the US Federal government, the Japanese government, and the European Commission are present on the campus.

The university faculty maintain strong ties to industry and government officials, many of them also serve as elite bureaucrats and NGO advisors.[8] Furthermore, NSYSU is the birthplace of the first Sinophone bulletin board system () and is also one of the four universities that make up Taiwan's Public Ivy, the Taiwan Comprehensive University System (TCUS).


In 1923, two years before his death, the Founding Father of the Republic of China (ROC), Dr. Sun Yat-sen, established two universities, one civil and one military. The civil university was National Kwangtung University (, renamed National Sun Yat-sen University in 1926), and the military university was Whampoa Military Academy. Both universities generated remarkable contributions and played an important education role in modern Chinese history.

After National Sun Yat-sen University was established in Canton, it had to move south due to the Sino-Japanese War. The university moved first to Yunnan, and later to North Guangdong. Finally, in 1945, the university moved back to and resumed operations at its original campus in Canton.

In 1949, the government of the Republic of China moved to Taiwan. Its alumni expected the National Sun Yet-sen University (NSYSU) to be re-established in Taiwan, but the right timing never came along until 1980, when Moscow Sun Yat-sen University graduate, President Chiang Ching-kuo gave his approval, Dr. Lee Huan then led the project to establish the university on its current campus at Sizihwan in Kaohsiung City, the second largest metropolitan in Taiwan. Succeeding several presidents, all carried the tradition of nurturing the university's growth and development.

When it was re-established, the university had four departments, two graduate institutes, and 189 students. Today, the university has 6 colleges (Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Management, Marine Sciences, and Social Sciences) and over 9500 students, offering 18 undergraduate majors, 35 masters programs, and 26 doctorate programs. NSYSU has grown, and is now recognized as one of Taiwan's important research and learning institutions with international distinction.

NSYSU was named by the Ministry of Education as one of the country's seven major research-intensive universities in 2002. Two years later, the College of Management became the first AACSB accredited public university in the whole country. In addition, NSYSU received the first/second stage grant of the "Aim for the Top University Plan" from the Ministry of Education in 2011 and 2016. Four years later, the university has held the 1st "NSYSU & UCSD Joint Symposium" on international academic cooperation.[9]

In the last two months of 2014, two Nobel laureates (Akira Suzuki and Hiroshi Amano) visited the university one after another.

Colleges established by Dr. Sun Yat-sen
Established Re-established
"One civil"
Sun Yat-sen University
In 1924
Guangzhou, Canton, China
In 1980
Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
"One military"
Whampoa Military Academy
In 1924
Guangzhou, Canton, China
In 1950
Kaohsiung County, Taiwan


Despite its small-medium size, National Sun Yat-sen University has always had outstanding research capabilities. The "Asia Pacific Ocean Research Center" at NSYSU is a world-class Kuroshio research center, it possesses the most advanced marine current power generation technology worldwide.[10] The "Electronic Commerce and Internet Society Research Center" at NSYSU is the only social science research center in Taiwan that has been selected for the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme (FP7) SSH-NCP.

Distinctive government think tanks

Sun Yat-sen American Center
Established in 1999, the Sun Yat-sen American Center (SYSAC) at NSYSU is the Southern Taiwan's only American research institute, it is founded by American Institute in Taiwan - the quasi-embassy in Taiwan.[11]
European Union Centre
Established in 2009, the European Union Centre at NSYSU is the Southern Taiwan's only EU research institute, it is founded by European Commission, and integrated by National Taiwan University.[12]
Center for Japanese Studies
Established in 2010, the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at NSYSU is the Southern Taiwan's only Japanese research institute, it is founded by Interchange Association, Japan - the quasi-embassy in Taiwan.[13]
Lee Teng-hui Center for Governmental Studies
Named in honor of former Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui, the " Lee Teng-hui Center for Governmental Studies" established on February 1, 2017 (succeeding the "Dr. Teng-Hui Lee Political Economy Seminar" founded 2002). The center as a regional think tank, with the purpose of providing prescient and integrated research or advice for governmental policies and social issues.[14]
Center for Market Research and Public Opinion Polling
The Center at NSYSU is the most important social science research center and public opinion survey unit in Southern Taiwan. The Center and National Chengchi University's Election Study Center are listed as Taiwan's two major university polling institutions.[15]

Campus and facilities


University sailboat
The university tunnel

Located alongside the Kaohsiung Harbor and a military base, the NSYSU campus surrounded on three sides by mountain and also faces the open waters of the Taiwan Strait, this makes it a natural fortress. The Sizihwan beach (one of Eight Views of Taiwan) sits right on campus which makes the campus one of the most beautiful campuses in Taiwan.[16] There are several characteristics like:

Natural: Montane ecosystem, Marine ecosystem, Coral reef.
Artificial: a seaside resort, a tunnel, a Japanese historic site.
Sizihwan in the foreground with the black sand beach of Sizihwan Bay on the right, Lianhai Road in the middle, and buildings of National Sun Yat-sen University and Shaochuantou mountain () to the left; Qihou Mountain [zh] on Qijin lies beyond the entrance to Kaohsiung Harbor in the background

Pratas Islands

Academic rankings

University rankings (overall)
THE Asia[17] General 62
QS Asia[18] General 69
THE World[19] General 351-400
QS World[18] General 379
ARWU World[20][21] Research 447
Administration Building
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities
According to Academic Ranking of World Universities (2015), NSYSU ranks as the 5th university in Taiwan's national universities (447th worldwide).[20]
Mathematics: 75-100th (1st Taiwan).[22]
Engineering: 101-150th[22]
Computer science: 151-200th[22]
  • Financial Times - Executive MBA Ranking
According to Financial Times (2015), NSYSU Global Executive MBA programme is ranked at #64 in the world in the 2015 Financial Times EMBA rankings[23] and #86 in the 2018 ranking, the only institution ranked from Taiwan.[24]
  • US News Best Global Universities
According to US News Best Global Universities (2016), NSYSU ranks as the 6th university in Taiwan (663th worldwide).[25]
  • Times Higher Education
According to Times Higher Education (2014-2015), NSYSU ranks as the 6th university in Taiwan (62nd Asia; 351st-400th worldwide).[26][27]
  • THE 100 Under 50 university rankings
According to Times Higher Education ranking of the 100 best universities under the age of 50 (2014-2015), NSYSU ranks as the 2nd university in Taiwan (49th worldwide).[28]
  • THES - QS World University Rankings
According to the THES - QS World University Rankings, NSYSU is within the world's 500 best universities, ranked at 401+ (2009).
  • Taiwan's World TOP 1000 Business School
By Eduniversal[29]
Taiwan Business School Level 2014 Recommendation Rate (per 1000) School
1 UNIVERSAL 252 ? National Taiwan University - College of Management
2 TOP 164 ? National Chengchi University - College of Commerce
3 EXCELLENT 140 ? National Sun Yat-sen University - College of Management
4 EXCELLENT 104 ? Taiwan Tech - School of Management
5 EXCELLENT 60 ? Fu Jen Catholic University - College of Management
6 EXCELLENT 56 ? National Chiao Tung University - College of Management
7 GOOD 72 ? National Cheng Kung University - College of Management

Academic Units

College of Marine Sciences
College of Marine Sciences
College of Marine Sciences
College of Marine Sciences
College of Marine Sciences
College of Marine Sciences


NSYSU has six colleges: Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management, Marine Sciences, Science, and Social Sciences.

Research centers

As of 2017, NSYSU has 68 research centers,[30] the following including most important key centers:

Top level
  • Asia Pacific Ocean Research Center
  • Electronic Commerce and Internet Society Research Center
  • Large-scale multi-antenna system Research center
  • Functional Crystalline Amorphous Complex Research Center
  • Medical Science and Technology Center
  • Centre for Humanities Innovation and Social Practices
University level
  • Sun Yat-sen Research Center for Social Science
  • Multidisciplinary and Data Science Research Center (MDSRC)
  • Management Studies Research Center
  • Engineer Technology Research & Promotion Center
  • Frontier Center for Ocean Science and Technology
  • Center for the Humanities

International Exchange

Every year there are about 50 international exchange students that come to study courses, mostly management and business focused, in English and learn about Taiwanese culture as well as some of the varieties of Chinese. The university also has a separate language institute where fee-paying students can study Mandarin and Taiwanese. There are also around the same number of out-going exchange students each year to NSYSU's partner universities. NSYSU has an active International Student Association. In 2009-2010 well over 250 international students were members of the association at NSYSU, participating in over 20 student events. ISA has five key points: Student Services, Public Services, Social Events, Sports and Scholarship. The 2010-2011 International Student Executive Board will tentatively be elected in the fall of 2010 at NSYSU. The Office of International Affairs at NSYSU has traditionally monitored the election process.

Notable alumni

List in Chinese version
Central official
Member of Legislative Yuan
And others: Ng Hong-mun (Guangdong period), Lin Ruo (Guangdong period)

Honorary doctorate

Affiliated school

See also



  1. ^ When NSYSU founded in 1980, NCKU is still a "Taiwan Provincial" university.
  2. ^ ,--(,2004),135-152?
  3. ^ Wen-Hsin Yeh, The Alienated Academy: Culture and Politics in Republican China, 1919-1937. Harvard University Asia Center (November 15, 2000). p.173-176.
  4. ^ NSYSU Annual Report 2015-16
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  7. ^ Highly-ranked French engineering school - MINES PARISTECH
  8. ^ NSYSU Annual Report 2015-16
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-17. Retrieved .
  10. ^ NSYSU Annual Report 2016-17
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  14. ^ NSYSU Establishes the Lee Teng-Hui Center for Governmental Studies - National Sun Yat-sen UniversityNational Sun Yat-sen University
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  17. ^ "National Sun Yat-Sen University". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ a b "National Sun Yat-sen University | Undergraduate | Top Universities". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  19. ^ "National Sun Yat-Sen University". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ a b "ShanghaiRanking Consultancy".
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  22. ^ a b c 2015 500? - National Sun Yat-sen University
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  31. ^ "Honorary doctorates" (in Chinese). National Sun Yat-sen University. Archived from the original on 24 December 2009. Retrieved 2012.
  32. ^ "Honors". Sunonwealth Electric Machine Industry Co., Ltd. 2010. Retrieved 2012.
  33. ^ "Honorary doctorates" (in Chinese). National Sun Yat-sen University. Archived from the original on 22 December 2012. Retrieved 2012.

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