In 1995, National Chi Nan University (NCNU) was founded in Puli, Nantou County in central Taiwan. Today, it has a student population of over 6000 and a faculty and staff strength of 550. NCNU aims to distinguish itself through the following four vision statements: “Infuse local distinctive features”, “Integrate humanities and technology”, “Aggregate traditional and foreign education”, and “Combine ecology and environmental protection”.
Under the current development trends of the global economy, Southeast Asia is rising economically as global factories move southward; thus, this region has become a major market for Taiwan's international trade expansion. Through our continual efforts in developing higher education for overseas Chinese students and our research in Southeast Asian education, NCNU enjoys an advantage in the Southeast Asian higher-education market. NCNU houses the best Southeast Asia Research Institute and Southeast Asia Research Center in Taiwan and also has the largest enrollment of students from Southeast Asia. NCNU will soon establish a university-wide specialized curriculum on Southeast Asia. While we cultivate in NCNU graduates an international perspective, we particularly teach them an emphasis on Southeast Asia so as to enhance their competitiveness for international employment.
NCNU currently has College of Management, College of Humanities, College of Science and Technology, College of Education, and General Education Center. In total the university has 18 bachelor degree programs, 24 master degree programs, and 14 PhD degree programs.