About the College of Science
National Taiwan University was founded in 1928 during the Japanese occupation as Taihoku Imperial University and became known as National Taiwan University (NTU) after World War II. Science and Agriculture was one of the two major divisions, the other being Literature and Politics. Chemistry and biology belonged to the College of Science; while agriculture and agricultural chemistry belonged to the College of Agriculture.
Initially, there were four divisions in the College of Science: Chemistry, Zoology, Botany and Geosciences. Now being one of the eleven colleges of the University, the College of Science has acquired a high standard of scholarship, experiencing phenomenal growth, and has become a global educational institution in the last few decades.
The College of Science is now made up of seven departments, four graduate institutes and seven research centers. The scope of research covers the entire range of basic sciences, earth sciences and social sciences. The basic sciences are represented by the Departments of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, and Graduate Institutes of Astrophysics, Applied Physics, and Applied Mathematical Sciences. The earth sciences are represented by the Departments of Geosciences, Geography, Atmospheric Science, the Graduate Institute of Oceanography, and International Master/Doctoral Degree Program in Climate Change and Sustainable Development. The social sciences are represented by Psychology and Geography.
Seven Centers are currently housed in the College also: Instrumentation Center, Global Change Research, Spatial Information Research, Theoretical Physics, Typhoon Research, Atmospheric Resource and Disaster Studies, and Imaging Center for Integrated Body, Mind & Culture Research.
Each Department and Graduate Institute of the College fulfills the dual function of education and research. The seven departments provide specialized training at both undergraduate and graduate levels, offering B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees for each individual program. Several departments are responsible also for the general science courses taken by all students at the University. The College of Science therefore offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate training programs. The faculty members who are responsible for the education of our future professionals belong to the best and most competitive research teams in Taiwan. It is our belief that creative teaching lies at the heart of high quality research and that, at the same time, the advanced research performed at our College is a guarantee of solid training and broad interdisciplinary background so vital to scientists in the age of globalization.
Faculty members of the College of Science are actively engaged in research and are some of Taiwan’s best and most academically driven researchers in their respective areas of specialization. Scholars from the College are often invited to seminars, workshops and prominent international conferences for lectures concerning their latest work. Their research also appears in internationally renowned journals. The College of Science highly encourages the exchange of international scholars and students with leading institutions abroad.
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- To cultivate professional researchers in the fields of Basic Science, Earth Science, and Social Science.
- To consolidate major subjects between the Basic Sciences, Earth Sciences and Social Sciences, improve the quality of teaching standards, and increase diversity of subjects to provide students with a solid background in research and inspire their interest in learning.
- To augment teaching and research facilities and improve standards and global competitiveness so as to become a world-class academic organization.
- To enhance international academic collaboration, encourage college faculty and students to participate in worldwide academic activities, and further strengthen the reputation of the college by publishing research in top-notched journals.
- To encourage college faculty to engage in collaborative research and share resources across disciplines in order to inspire new ideas in advanced science and technology.
The strategies of development within the College of Science aim to foster a new mode of research that caters to the country’s overall development and social needs, as well as international trends. The College of Science has a record of superb academic performance and plays a leading role in every domestic field. Many of our research programs have been ranked among the top 100, or even top 50 worldwide. These highly-ranked programs include gas hydrate resource assessment in Taiwan’s southwest waters, TAIGER (Taiwan Integrated Geodynamics Research), neuroscience, psychology of aging and studies of life satisfaction, Gas hydrate research, Kuroshio power, high energy and particle physics, measurement of cosmic background radiation, neutrino astronomy, condensed matter physics, AMO (atomic, molecular and optical physics), nano-photonics, chemical biology, design and synthesis of functional materials, biomedical chemistry and technology, molecular structure and imaging technology, sustainable science, severe weather (typhoon and heavy rainfall), and climate change and earth system research.