NCKU-National Cheng Kung Aim for the Top University Project

Welcome to NCKU Aim for the Top University Project


National Cheng Kung University was initially established as a technical college. After the addition of the Medical School, the school began to be developed into a comprehensive university school; the subsequent additions of the College of Social Sciences, the Art Center and the Museum since 1997 developed a balanced course offering of technology and the humanities. In 2000, the school became a nationally recognized research university in the "Program for Promoting Academic Excellence in Universities", which was jointly promoted by the Ministry of Education and the National Science Council. In 2006 and 2011, the Ministry of Education twice awarded the school in the "Aim for the Top University Project", making the school a well recognized top university. The objective that the school has set is to be a first-class teaching and research university, a goal to which it continues to move towards.
The second article of the school’s organization regulations stipulates that "The university shall be devoted to carrying out academic research, nurturing talents, enhancing culture, providing social services, and promoting national development." To carry on past heritage and open up the future with sustainable management and excellent development, the school has established the following educational goals: "the pursuit of academic excellence, the nurture of individuals who have professional and elite leadership, ethics and humanities, creativity and an international vision," all in the hope of becoming a “comprehensive university of excellence." In accordance with that goal, the school's mission declaration is as follows: "Cheng Kung University shall uphold the cultural traditions of the capital university of Taiwan, with a comprehensive vision of sustainable development for the university, the pursuit of academic excellence, the cultivation of professional and leadership skills, ethics and humanities, creativity and all elite international perspectives, community solicitude, contributions to the nation and the benefit of mankind."
By reviewing the past and looking forward toward the future, the second phase of the development plan focuses on specialty areas that are based on the results of the first phase of the Aim for the Top University Project plan, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education’s promotion of project goals, combined with top-quality teaching and innovative research and development as the main framework of the second phase moving towards being the future top university. The school policy contains three main focuses: cultivating talents, developing specialty areas, and maintaining sustainable infrastructure. The second phase of the Aim for the Top University Project plan is directed by the "Aim for the Top University Project promoting center", with President Huang Huanghui as the general coordinator, Vice President Su Huizhen as the chief executive officer, and the Vice President of Research & Development as the deputy executive officer. The five originally established areas, teaching, research, university and industry collaboration, international affairs and fundamental constructions, due to the important links between the collection of school information and the set up  of the development strategy, are accompanied by the new group, school information,  which is responsible for the collection and analysis of school information. This mode of operation in a few short years will have a significant effect that will quickly update teaching software and hardware and achieve the desired curriculum integration, as well as build the infrastructure to accelerate the development of the necessary international connections, nurture talents and recruit international scholars. Both the quantity and the quality of academic study have shown significant improvement. According to figures from the Evolutionary Studies Institute (ESI) in 2013, among 22 areas, the school has 13 areas cited several times in the top 1% of the world's research institutions within 10 years.From 2003 to 2013, 23,448 papers have been published, and said papers have been cited 179,737 times. These brilliant results have the school ranked second in the country, especially with the excellent growth performance in high-quality papers published. University-industry cooperation, which is ahead of most domestic institutions, has also made some brilliant accomplishments. According to the post of the Times Higher Education (THE), the school is ranked among the top ten universities in the world for industry-university cooperation. The results of the school’s internationalization efforts are especially impressive. The attending rate of foreign students who come to the school for a degree has grown to the nation's highest, which reflects frequent international exchanges. Furthermore, the promotion of research work has increased since the first phase of the project with comprehensive development, while the focus of the second phase is to attract a large number of interdisciplinary research specialties that move in the direction of top interdisciplinary cooperation. To actively recruit world-class research teams, the school has provided a facilitating academic environment, improved livability for international scholars, and renovated the dormitory. Furthermore, the school has set up featured laboratories for various fields and specialties at the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy, the College of Planning and Other Design, and the College of Biosciences and Biotechnology; the Laboratory Animal Center was also upgraded to construct the infrastructure required for an international academic institution of higher education.
In line with the school’s leading role and social needs, as well as taking into account the status of academic research and industrial development, the school has re-integrated the following four research centers: the Medical Device Innovation Center (MDIC), the Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy (RCETS), the Center for Infectious Diseases and Signaling Research (CIDSR) and the Advanced Optoelectronic Technology Center (AOTC). These four research centers of the school all maintain the leading academic reputation in their field worldwide. The published volumes of SCI papers have taken the world's leading place and include research of the Advanced Optoelectronic Technology Center in light-emitting diodes (LED), gallium nitride (GaN) and zinc oxide (ZnO) related semiconductor materials and devices. In the past three years, the amount of patent licensing collaboration, the transfer of LED solid-state lighting, and the field of biophotonics industry cooperation and technology have exceeded $30 million, which is the highest among similar national research centers. The Medical Device Innovation Center adopts an innovative prospective of medical materials to create high market valued products. The Center for Infectious Diseases and Signaling Research is a highly integrated research institution that has published research papers on the dengue virus and enterovirus 71 in H-Index categories 28 and 23, respectively. The CIDSR cooperated internationally with Vietnam to complete the first clinical trial of milrinone treatment of severe EV71, of which the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the more numerous achievements into the treatment guidelines of EV71 infection, while the research on dengue was also implemented in teaching materials by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy has completed the  first self-developed floating wave energy generation system in Taiwan, whose microalgae biomass energy application creates the only Raman spectroscopy technology in the world that can measure the average oil content of a sample in 15 minutes. The RCETS is the only national energy contact point of the National Science Council’s European Unit Framework Program (EU-FP) and the Marie Curie Action fellowships.
Furthermore, based on the academic foundation of the Aim for the Top University Project, the school established two international research centers in 2012 that are the result of the transnational center project from the "Super Computing Research Center" and collaboration with the Academy of Sciences of Russia from the "International Wave Mechanics Research Center." Receiving the opportunity to cooperate with China Steel Corporation in the project of "The next generation of the industry-university cooperation program of steel and green manufacturing process and product innovation and application" was not considered easy, but the school has also obtained such a chance.
The school is going to implement a comprehensive reform on teaching, especially by promoting the expansion of courses, curriculum refinement, developing MOOCs, diversion programs, creating industrial research and development master programs, and actively cultivating doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Through the cooperation of industry, academia, and research domestically and overseas, the school is going to nurture students with leadership talents and global vision. The school uses three complete levels with four reviewing systems to recruit outstanding new teachers or experts with a research team (Clustering Hiring), prompting a willingness to stay in the position. The school is committed to the feature development of the four centers and the departments and also encourages the implementation of a development plan of the country or city to address emerging major issues in the world. The school funds grants to international research cooperation programs and cultivates top-notch research teams in the school to encourage senior scholars who can promote outstanding young fellow scholars to perform cross-school, interdisciplinary, cross-border cooperation of high-level research projects. The school actively uses funds of the project to promote a sustainable international campus environment and financial autonomy of the school to construct sustainable management, improvements in various areas of specialty laboratories, and construction of a safe campus to reflect the values and meanings of life. In addition to the physical infrastructure on campus, the school has placed more emphasis on the implementation of the system that improves teaching, learning, and academic status. In order to continue to receive resources from the Aim for the Top University Project, the school will institutionalize the school plans and adopt the long-term development plan of the project to achieve its ultimate goal.
Through the four areas of teaching, research, industry and university cooperation, and internationalization to foster continuous development, the school expects that the teaching and R&D hardware and software integration of the Aim for the Top University Project will merge into the blueprint of the long-term development plan. The vision of the school establishment a hundred years later is to continue to strengthen the characteristics of the school, to encourage the strongest industry-university cooperation, and to extend the school’s study resources and skills to implement research results into the corporation’s goals. Therefore, such efforts can lead the school towards sustainable development and independent and advanced thinking to enhance the competitiveness of research and development to a higher level in order to promote the development of the nation and the strength of the industry.