Objectives and Vision

Dear NCU faculty and students,

National Central University (NCU) is one of the seven research universities selected by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan, ROC. The University has been growing rapidly in recent years, and has dedicated its efforts to maintaining a scholarly atmosphere and improving teaching and research quality. In 2004, the Ministry of Education proposed the five-year Plan to Develop First-class Universities, and on October 9, 2005, it was announced that 11 universities                   President Wen-Ling Chiang

 together with NCU were granted  subsidies for the plan to improve university quality to the top level of the world.     Looking to the future, NCU aims to learn from the world’s top 100 universities in planning and executing to develop the world’s No. 1 research fields, and to set a new model for college education. We hope the faculty and students can always pursue the goal to become one of the top universities in the world.

       The University has been granted NT$0.6 billion each year for the first two years of the plan, and NT$0.7 billion each year for the last three years of the plan. We have used, and will continue to utilize, this fund to provide a high quality academic environment for the faculty and students, and actively subsidize and recruit elites to raise cooperative effects. In Feb. 2010, in the progress report of the plan from the Ministry of Education, NCU is among the only four universities that are ranked excellent for all the first four years. Furthermore, by developing the five key research fields, i.e. Earth System Sciences and Environmental Technology, Plasma Sciences and Complex Systems, Humanities and Digital Learning, Space Science and Astronomy, and Optics and Optoelectronics, we hope to cultivate elites with abundant academic accomplishments. Regarding "Excellent Teaching," the University's General Education Core Courses are designed on the basis of the outstanding education for freshmen. NCU has enthusiastically initiated cooperation with the University System of Taiwan and industrial, governmental, and academic circles in the Taoyuan area. We endeavor to recruit international outstanding talents and Academicians, and make great efforts to run the school and enhance the quality of teaching and research. These lead to our continuous improvements in various world university rankings. In fact, NCU has been the university with the most dramatic growth rate in the last decade in the academic performance and the worldwide ranking.




Wei-Ling Chiang

Aug. 20, 2008



Recent excellent research result:Nature Vol. 460, doi:10.1038, pp. 919-923, 2010

A Change in the Optical Polarization Associated with a Gamma-ray Flare in the Blazar 3C 279
 (Nature, 18/2/2010)

W.P. Chen et al.
Graduate Institue of Astronomy,
National Central University, Taiwan

        It is widely accepted that strong and variable radiation detected over all accessible energy bands in a number of active galaxies arises from a relativistic, Doppler-boosted jet pointing close to our line of sight. The size of the emitting zone and the location of this region relative to the central supermassive black hole are, however, poorly known, with estimates ranging from light-hours to a light-year or more. Here we report the coincidence of a gamma (γ)-ray flare with a dramatic change of optical polarization angle. This provides evidence for co-spatiality of optical and γ-ray emission regions and indicates a highly ordered jet magnetic field. The results also require a non-axisymmetric structure of the emission zone, implying a curved trajectory for the emitting material within the jet, with the dissipation region located at a considerable distance from the black hole, at about 105 gravitational radii.


Visits of Nobel Prize Laureates

Nobel Chair The physics master - Osheroff
NCU Nobel Chair has invited Prof. Osheroff again to deliver a speech on June 9, 2010. Douglas D. Osheroff, the 1996 Nobel Prize laureate in physics and current physics professor at Stanford University, USA, discovered the super-fluidic of 3He in 1971, and opened up a new world for the field of quantum fluid studies.


Nobel Prize winner Theodor W. Hänsch visited NCU


On Nov. 3, Nobel Prize master Theodor W. Hänsch came to visit NCU and deliver a speech "What can we do with Laser Frequency?". In his lecture, he mentioned that to keep being curious is the motivation of doing research.