National Tsing Hua University

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National Tsing Hua University
The Logo of National Tsing Hua University.svg
Former name
Tsinghua College (清華學堂)
Motto 自強不息 厚德載物[1]
Motto in English
Constantly strengthen and cultivate ourselves[2]
Established March 30, 1911 in Beijing; 1956 in Hsinchu, Taiwan
Type Public
Parent institution
Ministry of Education (Republic of China)
Endowment NTD 5,534,751,612.00
President Hocheng, Hong (賀陳弘)
Academic staff
Undergraduates 6293
Postgraduates 6199
Location Hsinchu City, Republic of China
Campus Urban, 1.06 square kilometres (260 acres)
Language Chinese and English
Flower Redbud and Chinese plum blossom
Mascot Giant panda
Affiliations AEARU
University System of Taiwan
NTHU name.svg
National Tsing Hua University
Traditional Chinese 國立清華大學

National Tsing Hua University (NTHU; Chinese: 國立清華大學) was founded in Beijing. After the Kuomintang fled to Taiwan following defeat by the Communist Party of China in the Chinese Civil War, NTHU was re-established in Hsinchu City in 1956. Today, there are 7 colleges, 17 departments and 22 independent graduate institutes in the university.


In 1955, the President of Tsinghua University in Beijing, Yi-Chi, Mei (梅貽琦) left and re-established the National Tsing Hua Institute of Nuclear Technology in Hsinchu city, and later based on the foundation of the original institute, National Tsing Hua University was founded in Taiwan.

The two Tsinghua universities both claim to be successors of the original Tsinghua University. As a result of this dispute, the universities claimed to be the rightful recipient of the funds from the Boxer Rebellion indemnity that was used to start Tsinghua University. This indemnity was transferred to the university in Taiwan after the Nationalist government (Kuomintang) retreated to Taiwan.

Today, both Tsinghua universities have deep mutual cooperation, including an establishment of Tsinghua Strait Research Institute, dual degree program, MOOC program, and academic exchange program.


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Replica of the Old Gate in Beijing, symbol of Tsinghua University

Since American Secretary of State John Hay suggested that the US$30 million plus Boxer Rebellion indemnity money paid to the United States was excessive, in 1909, President Roosevelt then obtained congress approval to reduce the Qing Dynasty indemnity payment by $10.8 million USD, on the condition that the said fund was to be used as scholarship for Chinese students to study in the United States. Using this fund, the Tsinghua College (清華學堂 Qīnghuá Xuétáng) was established in Beijing, China, on 22 April 1911 on the site of a former royal garden belonging to a prince.[3] It was first a preparatory school for students later sent by the government to study in the United States. The faculty members for sciences were recruited by the YMCA from the United States and its graduates transferred directly to American schools as juniors upon graduation. In 1925, the school established its College Department and started its research institute on Chinese Study.

In 1928, the authority officially changed its name to National Tsing Hua University (NTHU). During the Second World War in 1937, Tsinghua University with Peking University and Nankai University, merged to form Changsha Temporary University in Changsha, and later National Southwestern Associated University in Kunming of Yunnan province. After the war, Tsinghua moved back to Beijing and resumed its operation.

During the Sino-Japanese War, the library lost 200,000 of a total of 350,000 volumes.[4]

In 1956, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) was reinstalled on its current campus in Hsinchu, Taiwan.Since its reinstallation, NTHU has developed from an institute focusing on Nuclear Science and Technology to that of a comprehensive research university offering degrees programs ranging from baccalaureate to doctorate in science, technology, engineering, humanities and social sciences, as well as management. NTHU has been consistently ranked as one of the premier universities in Taiwan and is widely recognized as the best incubator for future leaders in industries as well as academics. Such stellar records are particularly exemplified by the outstanding achievements of alumni, including two Nobel laureates in physics Dr. Chen-Ning Yang and Tsung-Dao Lee, one Nobel laureate in chemistry Dr. Yuan-Tseh Lee and one Wolf Prize winner in mathematics Dr. Shiing-Shen Chern.

In recent decades, the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan has had increasingly close ties with the Tsinghua University on the mainland. Of all universities on Taiwan, the NTHU has arguably one of the strongest cooperations with universities in mainland China in academic research, projects, and with the creation of programs such as the "Center for Contemporary China."[5]


Meichu Tournament

Meichu Tournament, held in March annually, is a sport competition between National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University. Since its establishment in 1969, Meichu Games has become a tradition, and is considered as one of the most important activities between these two prestigious universities in Taiwan.

The history of the Meichu Games goes back to the 1960s. After the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University were both relocated in Hsin Chu, Taiwan and became neighbors. The geographic and academic closeness prompted many intellectual and social exchanges between two universities.

In 1966, an informal tournament was held. The arrangement of the formal event, however, was not institutionalized until 1968, when Mr. Chian Feng, an executive officer of NTHU student activity center, received the permission from the university authority to plan sport events for NTHU and NCTU students modeling after the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

While both side agreed on the plan to hold such an annual event, there was a disagreement on the naming of the Game. At last, Prof. Zhang Zhi-Yi solved this problem by proposing the conventional coin tossing. “If the head-side is up, the game would be called Mei-Chu; otherwise, the game would be called Chu-Mei.” As the head-side of the coin went up, the tournament was thereby named Meichu to commemorate the two founding presidents of NTHU and NCTU, Dr. Mei Yi-Chi and Dr. Ling Chu-Ming.

Campus life

Student clubs

There are more than one hundred student clubs serving diverse interests. Club activities range from community services, music and sports, cinema and theater, dancing and martial arts, religion and philosophy as well as scientific and academic interests. While their interests vary, these clubs are all organized and run by and for students. When it comes to sports you can find all the common sports such as soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball, swimming and more. There is also a variety of martial arts selections such as:Hapkido, jujitsu, kickboxing and Kendo. Some other sports can be: hiking, horse riding, scuba diving and rock climbing.

If you are not that into sports there are also clubs dedicated to learn how to make drinks, classic dancing, modern dancing, street dancing, classic music, drama club, to direct events, to DJ, to become a PR of the university, to build up robots or simply practice your English.


There are eighteen dormitories on campus accommodating about 5000 students. Freshman, sophomore and most of the graduate students are allowed to lodge at dorms without drawing lots. The majority of NTHU faculty members are also living on campus.

Scholarships, fellowships, and financial aid

Scholarships and fellowships are awarded on a meritorious basis. Annually more than six hundred undergraduates and one hundred graduate students receive such supports. In addition, around four thousand graduate students are supported with teaching or research assistantships from academic units. For students with financial difficulties, the university provides student loans and emergency funds.

Health care and counseling services

A University Clinic,[6] affiliated with Hsinchu Mackay Memorial Hospital, is conveniently located on campus where first aid and general medical services are provided by a team of physicians and health care specialists at a very reasonable cost.

The NTHU offers counseling service[7] to students, faculty and staff members at the University Counseling Center. The clinic and the center not only provide services when needed and organize and present educational programs for all students.


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NTHU consists of 7 colleges, 17 departments and 19 independent institutes, with 600 full-time faculty professors, offering diverse disciplines and courses.

  • College of Science
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Institute of Statistics
    • Institute of Astronomy
  • College of Engineering
    • Department of Chemical Engineering
    • Department of Materials Science and Engineering
    • Department of Power Mechanical Engineering
    • Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
    • Institute of NanoEngineering and MicroSystems
  • College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    • Department of Electrical Engineering
    • Department of Computer science
    • Institute of Electronics Engineering
    • Institute of Communications Engineering
    • Institute of Photonics Technologies
    • Institute of Information Systems and Applications
  • College of Life Sciences
    • Department of Life Science
    • Institute of Biotechnology
    • Institute of Molecular Medicine
    • Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology
    • Institute of Bioinformatics and Structural Biology
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Department of Chinese Language and Literature
    • Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
    • Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Institute of Anthropology
    • Institute of History
    • Institute of Philosophy
    • Institute of Sociology
    • Institute of Linguistics
    • Institute of Taiwan Literature
  • College of Nuclear Science
    • Department of Engineering and System Science
    • Department of Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Sciences
    • Institute of Nuclear Engineering and Science
  • College of Technology Management
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Quantitative Finance
    • Institute of Techonoly Management
    • Institute of Law for Science and Technology
    • Institute of Service Science
    • EMBA
    • IMBA
  • Commission of General Education
    • Center for General Education
    • Center for Teacher Education
    • Arts Center
    • Military Instructors' Office
    • Physical Education Office
  • Research Centers
    • Research & Development Office
    • Computer & Communication Research Center
    • National Center for Theoretical Sciences
    • IC Design Tech. Center
    • Center for Science Technology and Society
    • Center for Nanotechology, Materials Science, and Microsystems
    • Center for Photonics Research
    • NTHU/ITRI Joint Research Center
    • Center for Contemporary China
    • Center for Energy and Environmental Research
    • Brain Research Center
    • Laboratory Animal Room
    • Instrument Center
    • Nuclear Science and Technology Development Center
    • Electronic Business Center
    • Quality Research Center
    • Advanced Packaging Research Center
    • Bioinformatics Center



University rankings
ARWU[8] 201-300
Times[9] 251-300
QS[10] 155
QS (Global version)[11]
QS (Asia version)[12]

NTHU is generally considered to be one of the best universities in Taiwan.

In 2012, ranking of world universities by Times Higher Education[13] put National Tsing Hua University on the rank of 226-250 in the world. 2010 also saw QS World University Rankings[14] put National Tsing Hua University 196th overall. The individual subject rankings from QS rankings were: 238th in Arts & Humanities, 67th in Engineering & IT, 197th in Life Sciences & Biomedicine, 171st in Natural Sciences, and 256th in Social Sciences.[15] Nature Publishing Index gives NTHU the 3rd rank in Taiwan.[16]

Notable alumni

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Liang Qichao: well-known scholar, thinker, statesman, known as "the proud professor of speech"
  • Wang Guowei: Guoxue Master, known as "the founder of modern Chinese academic," "New History of Kaishanzushi"
  • Chen Yinke: linguist, historian
  • Zhao Yuanren: linguist
  • Zhu Ziqing: prose writer
  • Hu: former president of Academia Sinica, the Republic of China
  • Xia Nai: archaeologist
  • Feng Youlan: philosopher and historian of Chinese philosophy
  • Yu-hua: former Finance Minister, Central Bank president, the premier and other staff, for outstanding contributions to the development of the Republic of China Financial
  • Huang Yi-Nung: professor emeritus, University of Hong Kong, Taiwan Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social National Tsing Hua University, Academician of Academia Sinica
  • Tan Lay Moi: renowned Chinese Language Teacher, currently teaching in St. Joseph's Institution, Singapore


Nuclear Science

  • Xian-Su chapter: Executive Yuan, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission
  • Chen Guiming: Taiwan Power Company's chairman, the sixth National Tsinghua University Outstanding Alumni
  • Ouyang Min Sheng: former chairman of the Executive Yuan's Atomic Energy Commission


  • Li Yi: Chengde Oil Corp. chairman, National Tsinghua University fifth Outstanding Alumni
  • Zhong-Ming Liu: ITRI, director of the Institute of Material Science & Chemistry, the Eighth National Tsinghua University Outstanding Alumni
  • Tran Hong Van: science and technology, chairman of the body
  • Xu Mingde: Republic of China, chairman of the National Tsinghua University Alumni Association, the consortium corporate self-industrial Science Foundation chairman and executive chairman of the board and management of the apartment building-maintenance Corp. chairman, the first session of the National Tsinghua University distinguished alumni.
  • Chenghai Dong: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor of Materials Science, the City University of Hong Kong Professor of Materials Science, University of the East China Sea.
  • Suzong Tseng: ITRI director of the Center for Nano.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • Wen-Tsuen Chen: President of National Tsing Hua University, Dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Distinguished Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science, National Chair of the Republic of China, IEEE Fellow, IEEE Technical Achievement Award & Taylor L. Booth Education Award winner
  • Bor-Hung Sheu: National Taiwan University Professor Dian Jiji, the former head of the first President of Institute of Electrical information
  • Zhang Cheng-Chaun: National Chung Cheng University Professor, a professor of public funding, the former Dean of Engineering, IEEE Fellow, IEE Fellow
  • Ma Ying: Microsoft Research Asia Internet search and excavation, Senior Fellow
  • Lien-fang Kim: IBM the first Chinese head of global business, TSMC senior vice president of
  • Wu Qian: Applied Materials global group vice president, general manager of Applied Materials Taiwan, TSMC vice president of global customer service, the first session of the National Tsinghua University Outstanding Alumni
  • Xiong Fujia: vice president of Macronix
  • Liu Long Long: Cheung, general manager of Granville
  • Huang Yan: the photoelectric-chia, chairman of the National Tsinghua University Alumni outstanding second session
  • Yong-Qing Zhang: Compal Computer Industry Co., Ltd., executive vice president and chief operating officer in China, the first computer products group general manager and general manager of EC-Optics Inc., the eighth National Tsinghua University Outstanding Alumni
  • Chen Jianbang: Germany Inc. general manager, deputy general manager of TSMC, the second session of the National Tsinghua University Outstanding Alumni
  • Li Bingjie: wafer photoelectric company's chairman and general manager of the Fifth National Tsinghua University Outstanding Alumni
  • Huangzhou-kit: Sunplus Technology's chairman, the first session of the National Tsinghua University Outstanding Alumni
  • Lu Kunrui: Accton Corporation Senior Vice President
  • Zhang Yong: Yang Rui, general manager of information
  • Chen Zhentian: days, general manager of Han Keji
  • Chen Jiyuan-chi: general manager of Precision
  • Huang Ruirong-Yu: general manager of Symbol Technologies
  • LIU Jun-Ling: chairman of science and technology
  • Chen Lai-Ju: AUO president and chief operating officer


See also


  1. "校訓". National Tsing Hua University. Retrieved June 24, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Message from the President". National Tsing Hua University. Retrieved June 24, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Su-Yan Pan (2009). University autonomy, the state, and social change in China. Hong Kong University Press. p. 68. ISBN 978-962-209-936-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Official website for National Tsing Hua University's "Center for Contemporary China"
  8. "Academic Ranking of World Universities: Global". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "World University Rankings 2015-2016". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "QS World University Rankings® 2015/16". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "QS World University Rankings® 2015/16 (extracting Asian universities)". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "QS University Rankings: Asia 2015". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Times Higher Education World University Rankings".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "QS World University Rankings 2010 Results".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Nature Publishing Index (2013)".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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