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National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)

Location

Cheng-Kung, Tainan City Taiwan

Ranking

# =215QS World University Rankings

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40Undergraduate programs

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155Postgraduate programs

International

2459International students

About National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), based in Tainan, is a university with a pragmatic academic climate, solid research strengths and an internationalised learning environment. Their main campuses are well-connected, the main campus located in downtown Tainan and the Kuang-Fu campus near the Tainan Railway Station. The Shalun rail line links Taiwan High Speed Rail Tainan Station with downtown Tainan. Outside the campus, fascinating backstreets and historic buildings can be found throughout Tainan, and the traditional local eats are particularly popular with students. 

NCKU has repeatedly received funding from the Ministry of Education under the ‘Aim for the Top University Project’ and is widely recognised as a leading university in Taiwan. In fact, it ranked fourth in Taiwan according to the QS World University Rankings 2023 and in the top 50 in the QS Asia University Rankings 2022. Looking to the future, NCKU aims to become a world-class research university with emphasis on outstanding teaching quality. Their development strategy has three points of focus: human resource development, developing distinctive academic strengths and sustainable infrastructure.  

National Cheng Kung University aims to be a university of global importance that develops high-quality, well-rounded graduates who are sought after by the business community. Their motto is ‘Pursuit of truth through exhaustive reasoning’. The university features a down-to-earth academic climate conducive to the pursuit of knowledge.  

About National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), based in Tainan, is a university with a pragmatic academic climate, solid research strengths and an internationalised learning environment. Their main campuses are well-connected, the main campus located in downtown Tainan and the Kuang-Fu campus near the Tainan Railway Station. The Shalun rail line links Taiwan High Speed Rail Tainan Station with downtown Tainan. Outside the campus, fascinating backstreets and historic buildings can be found throughout Tainan, and the traditional local eats are particularly popular with students. 

NCKU has repeatedly received funding from the Ministry of Education under the ‘Aim for the Top University Project’ and is widely recognised as a leading university in Taiwan. In fact, it ranked fourth in Taiwan according to the QS World University Rankings 2023 and in the top 50 in the QS Asia University Rankings 2022. Looking to the future, NCKU aims to become a world-class research university with emphasis on outstanding teaching quality. Their development strategy has three points of focus: human resource development, developing distinctive academic strengths and sustainable infrastructure.  

National Cheng Kung University aims to be a university of global importance that develops high-quality, well-rounded graduates who are sought after by the business community. Their motto is ‘Pursuit of truth through exhaustive reasoning’. The university features a down-to-earth academic climate conducive to the pursuit of knowledge.  

Available programs

NCKU values holistic education, providing creative and lively instruction that combines large- and small-class study and emphasises interdisciplinary learning. Selected courses taught entirely in English are offered in 27 departments. It has 43 undergraduate programmes, 36 independent graduate institutes and nine degree programmes. 

The university has a solid foundation in engineering and then expanded into the liberal arts and sciences. They now offer a comprehensive programme list with nine colleges : Engineering, Management, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Planning and Design, and Bioscience and Biotechnology.  

National Cheng Kung University values a holistic education and provides creative and lively teaching that combines class study sizes large and small. The university emphasises interdisciplinary learning, and selected courses are taught entirely in English . 

Students can qualify for scholarships and grants, such as NCKU scholarships , the ICDF scholarship and the Taiwan Scholarship . You can find information about scholarships for international students on their website

Candidates can apply for NCKU online through their application portal to a maximum of two departments for an application fee of NT $1,600 or US $60.  

NCKU offers a comprehensive postgraduate programme list within 11 colleges : fields of study include Engineering, Management, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Planning and Design, Bioscience and Biotechnology, Computing, and Innovative Semiconductor and Sustainable Manufacturing. They also have a range of research centres across industry, manufacturing, environmental research, medicine, humanities, social sciences and bioscience.  

NCKU values a holistic education and provides creative and lively teaching that combines class study sizes large and small. The university emphasises interdisciplinary learning, and selected courses are taught entirely in English

Students can qualify for scholarships and grants, such as NCKU scholarships , the ICDF scholarship and the Taiwan Scholarship . You can find information about scholarships for international students on their website

Candidates can apply for NCKU online through their application portal to a maximum of two departments for an application fee of NT $1,600 or US $60.  

University information

Bachelor

5+
69+

Master

5+
69+
22,232
56%
44%
2,459
56%
44%
2,201
89%
11%

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Rankings & ratings

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) is one of the top public universities in Tainan City, Taiwan. It is ranked #=215 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #=271
  • 2014
    #247
  • 2015
    #232
  • 2016
    #224
  • 2017
    #=241
  • 2018
    #222
  • 2019
    #234
  • 2020
    #225
  • 2021
    #234
  • 2022
    #=252
  • 2023
    #=224
  • 2024
    #228
  • 2025
    #=215

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