National Sun Yat-sen University

This article is about the National Sun Yat-sen University located in Taiwan. For the university in mainland China, see Sun Yat-sen University. For the Russian university, see Moscow Sun Yat-sen University.
National Sun Yat-sen University
Motto Chinese: 博學、審問、慎思、明辨、篤行
English: Study extensively; Enquire accurately; Reflect carefully; Discriminate clearly; Practice earnestly (taken from the Doctrine of the Mean )
Type Public, Research
Established Founded 1924
Re-established November 12, 1980
President Wu Chi-hua (吳濟華)
Academic staff
479 full-time, -- part-time
Undergraduates 4,635
Postgraduates 4,961
Location Gushan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Campus Urban
Nickname Formosan rock macaque University
Affiliations AACSB-Accredited
Taiwan Comprehensive University System
Website (NSYSU Home)
National Sun Yat-sen University
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU; Chinese: 國立中山大學) is a public, postgraduate-oriented research university located in Sizihwan, Gushan District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is essentially a national think tank attributed to its more than half organizations are research institutes, some of them were founded by the government of the United States, Japan and European Commission. Despite its medium size, NSYSU is considered as one of the most prestigious universities in the Cross-Strait territory. It ranks as one of world's top 400 colleges and Taiwan's 3rd best ranked business school, furthermore, one of 50 best universities under the age of 50 worldwide.[1] It presently receives funding from the "Aim for the Top University Project" of Taiwan’s Ministry of Education and is one of the four universities that make up Taiwan's Public Ivy, the Taiwan Comprehensive University System.

Named after Dr. Sun Yat-sen, NSYSU was founded in 1980 as a re-established version of the original Sun Yat-sen University. This re-establishment has been made possible through the efforts of alumni of both the original Sun Yat-sen University and the historical Moscow Sun Yat-sen University.

NSYSU campus is a habitat and natural fortress, it's surrounded on four sides by sea and mountain,[2] six colleges was set up and is known for its oceanography, cutting-edge technologies, business management, political science, and Chinese studies programs. Its scholars maintain strong ties to industry and government officials. The graduate school alumni include a President of the Legislative Yuan and the first Chinese citizen from mainland to obtain a doctorate degree in Taiwan.[3]


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 (國立廣東大學, 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 5 presidents, all carried the tradition of nurturing the university's growth and development.

When it was established, the university had four departments, two graduate institutes, and 189 students. Today, the university has six 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.

In 2002 NSYSU was named by the Ministry of Education as one of the country's seven major research-intensive universities. Two years later, Its College of Management received AACSB accreditation and became the first AACSB accredited public university in Taiwan.

In 2006 and 2008, NSYSU received the first/second stage grant of the "Aim for the Top University Plan" from the Ministry of Education.

In 2012, NSYSU & UCSD Joint Symposium.[4]


In history, all the Sun Yat-sen Universities were the products of one-party state, based-on the political ideology with socialism characteristics. In the beginning NSYSU staffs and students were members of Kuomintang (中國國民黨),[5] today NSYSU is already a normally university with conservative atmosphere.

NSYSU is considered as the think tank for government policy and Southern Taiwan's industry, it is focused on the "Combination of Industry, Official and University". There are many professors also country's bureaucratic or NGO advisors.

Founding spirit
The Three Principles of the People (三民主義), a political philosophy developed by Sun Yat-sen.
Spiritual norm[6]
  1. The Constant Promotion of Professional Excellence.
  2. The Contribution to Society through Cultivating Leaders across All Fields.
As Taiwan's UC San Diego.[7]


University sailboat
The university tunnel

Located alongside the Kaohsiung Harbor, the NSYSU campus faces the open waters of the Taiwan Strait. The Sizihwan beach sits right on campus which makes the campus one of the most beautiful campuses in Taiwan. There are several characteristics like:

Nature: 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 (哨船頭小山丘) to the left; Qihou Mountain on Qijin lies beyond the entrance to Kaohsiung Harbor in the background

In addition, the campus contain a research station in Pratas Islands.

Academic rankings

University rankings (overall)
THE Asia[8] General 62
QS Asia[9] General 69
THE World[10] General 351-400
QS World[9] General 379
ARWU World[11][12] Research 447
Administration Building
According to Academic Ranking of World Universities (2015), NSYSU ranks as the 5th university in Taiwan's national universities (447th worldwide).[11]
Mathematics: 75-100th (1st Taiwan).[13]
Engineering: 101-150th[13]
Computer science: 151-200th[13]
According to Financial Times (2015), NSYSU Global Executive MBA programme is ranked at #64 in the world in the 2015 Financial Times EMBA rankings.[14]
According to US News Best Global Universities (2016), NSYSU ranks as the 6th university in Taiwan (663th worldwide).[15]
According to Times Higher Education (2014-2015), NSYSU ranks as the 6th university in Taiwan (62nd Asia; 351st-400th worldwide).[16][17]
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).[18]
According to the THES - QS World University Rankings, NSYSU is within the world's 500 best universities, ranked at 401+ (2009).
By Eduniversal[19]
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


College of Liberal Arts
College of Science
College of Engineering
College of Management
College of Marine Sciences
College of Social Sciences

Sun Yat-sen American Center

Established in 1999, the Sun Yat-sen American Center (SYSAC) at NSYSU is Southern Taiwan's only American research institute, it is founded by American Institute in Taiwan - the quasi-embassy in Taiwan.[20]

European Union Centre

Established in 2009, the European Union Centre at NSYSU is Southern Taiwan's only EU research institute, it is founded by European Commission, and integrated by the National Taiwan University.[21]

Center for Japanese Studies

Established in 2010, the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at NSYSU is Southern Taiwan's only Japanese research institute, it is founded by Interchange Association, Japan - the quasi-embassy in Taiwan.[22]

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
Su Chia-chyuan: President of the Legislative Yuan
Chen Chu: Mayor of Kaohsiung
Lo Chih-chiang
Hsieh Tung-min (Guangdong SYSU)
Lu Ruihua (Guangdong SYSU)
Wu Hong-mo
Hwang Yau-tai (Guangdong SYSU)
Yang Huimin (Guangdong SYSU)
Yang Cho-cheng

Honorary doctorate

Lien Chan1995the Vice-President of the Republic of China
14th Dalai Lama1996Nobel Peace Prize winner
Yuan T. Lee1996Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner
Kao Ching-yuen1997Uni-President Enterprises Corporation CEO
Robert C. Merton1998Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner
Lee Huan1999the Premier of Taiwan
Gao Xingjian2000Nobel Prize in Literature winner
Peter Raven2001an academician of National Academy of Sciences
Vernon L. Smith2003Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner
Alex Horng2004CEO, Sunonwealth Electric Machine Industry Co., Ltd.[23][24]
Gennady P. Turmov2004President, Far Eastern State Technical University, Russia[25]
Chi-Huey Wong2007president of Academic Sinica

Affiliated school

See also


  1. #Academic rankings.
  2. 照亮世界的新光 諾貝爾物理獎得主天野浩ISSLED閉幕演講 - 國立中山大學National Sun Yat-sen University
  3. 全台首位 陸生博士出爐 - 中時電子報
  5. 葉文心,《民國時期大學校園文化(1919——1937)》,第五章。
  8. "National Sun Yat-Sen University". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved Aug 26, 2015.
  9. 1 2 "National Sun Yat-sen University | Undergraduate | Top Universities". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved Aug 26, 2015.
  10. "National Sun Yat-Sen University". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved Aug 26, 2015.
  11. 1 2 "ShanghaiRanking Consultancy".
  12. "中央通訊社".
  13. 1 2 3 2015世界大學學術排名 中山大學穩居全球500大 - 國立中山大學National Sun Yat-sen University
  23. "Honorary doctorates" (in Chinese). National Sun Yat-sen University. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  24. "Honors". Sunonwealth Electric Machine Industry Co., Ltd. 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  25. "Honorary doctorates" (in Chinese). National Sun Yat-sen University. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
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