Presidents List

The Navigators of NCTU

The origin of “Chiao Tung University” can be traced back to 1896. The Ching government minister Hsuan-Wai Sheng established “NanYang College” in Shanghai, and made “cultivating talents for the nation” as the highest purpose.

After the government moved to Taiwan, NCTU was reestablished in Hsinchu in 1958, starting with the “Institute of Electronics.” And “the study of electronics and computers” became the school’s main axis of development. Under the efforts by the university presidents, NCTU attained its present scale.

After Hsuan-Wai Sheng administered the school, Wen-Chih Tang and Hung-Hsun Ling etc., have steered the course in NCTU’s Shanghai period. After the school moved to Taiwan, the presidents were in order Hsi-Mou Li, Chiao-Kuang Chung, Hao-Chun Liu, Ching-Lai Sheng, Nan-Hung Kuo, Ta-Nien Yuan, Chi-Fu Den, Chun-Yen Chang, Chung-Yu Wu, Yan-Hwa Wu Lee, and M. C. Frank Chang.

Main Presidents of NCTU during the years in ShanghaiPresidencyEducational philosophy and Achievements
Hsuan-Wai Sheng (1844-1916)1896-1905Founded Nanyang College, the former name of NCTU. Considered to be the father of the University.
Wen-Chih Tang (1865-1954)1907-1920Advocated the study of Chinese classics. Emphasized both technology and humanities. Formed the tradition of honesty and integrity of NCTU.
Hung-Hsun Ling (1894-1981)1924-1927Played a key role in the establishment of the school in Taiwan.

Presidents of NCTU in TaiwanPresidencyEducational philosophy and Achievements
Hsi-Mou Li (1896-1975)1958-1967Shouldered the burden of leading the University during the establishment period in Taiwan.
Chiao-Kuang Chung (1907-1996)1967-1969
Served as the first Dean of the College of Engineering of NCTU.
Hao-Chun Liu (1910-1972)1969-1972Devoted entire time and energy to education.
Ching-Lai Sheng (1919-2018)1972-1978
Led the planning for campus expansion, which signifies a new era for the University.
Nan-Hung Kuo (1936-)Interim Presidency:1971-1973

Worked in pursuit of remarkable achievements with the expectation of NCTU to be internationally noted.
Ta-Nien Yuan (1940-)1987-1992
Advocated balanced and extensive academic works as the basis for advanced achievement.
Chi-Fu Den (1931-)1992-1998
Advocated success of education and recruiting of scholars as the conditions for the University to be ranked at top.
Chun-Yen Chang (1937-2018)1998-2006
 To be the best researching university which consists of outstanding academic skills and technology applications, and which contributes the most to the society.

Philosophy (Mission):
Create knowledge.
Apply knowledge to make contributions to the society.
Train students to become outstanding people who own independent thoughts, creativity, and are concerned for the society.

Strategy: Integrate electronic engineering, computer science with biology and social studies to establish a cross-domain team which brings great contribution to the society.
Chung-Yu Wu (1950-)2007-2011
Nature─ With the earnestness and modesty of our nature, we dedicate ourselves wholeheartedly to building the future of ChiaoTungUniversity.

Commitment─ With deep sincerity and high seriousness, we establish an efficient administrative system.

Thoughtfulness─ With the spirit of humanism and enthusiasm, we create an ideal environment for all-round education and outstanding research.

Universality─ We take a global perspective, joining the international community of the top universities of the world.

The acronym “NCTU” also means “naturally committed to uniqueness and universality.”
Yan-Hwa Wu Lee (1948-)2011-2015
President Wu had transformed National Chiao-Tung University into a world-class institution for higher education as well as R&D innovation center for high-tech industries through the following pillar & beam:

(1) Cross-sector leadership and cutting-edge research & development

(2) Internationalization, inter-school cooperation, and teaching while researching
M. C. Frank Chang (1951-)2015-2019
Core Vision:
A Great university must be able to identify, challeng and prepare future generation leaders and pioneers to advance human knowledge base or elevate human civilization in quantum scale.

Under the leadership of President Chang, ACT (A: Active education, C: Cross-discipline research, T: Trustees for institution & endowment ) has been put into full
Sin-Horng Chen (1954-)2019-2021

Presidents of NYCUPresidencyEducational philosophy and Achievements
Chi-Hung Lin (1961-)2021-