National Chung Cheng University was the first public university established after Taiwan's economic boom of the 1980s. In 1986, in order to develop higher education in the Chiayi areas, the Executive Yuan approved a plan to establish a National university in Chiayi. It was named after Chiang Kai-shek, whose given name was Chung-cheng, and officially founded on July 1, 1989.
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From Taoyuan International Airport, one can choose from the following two public transportation systems: HSR - High Speed Rail (bullet train) or highway bus. If neither one is available - late arrival at midnight when neither HSR nor bus is in service - you can always take the taxi to CCU as the last resort, which would be much more expensive than either the HSR or the bus.
The campus occupies an open landscape of 132 hectares on a hill, with more than 200,000 trees of various species. On a campus tour, one may be amazed by the elegant buildings of different architectural styles, surrounded by tall trees, open green spaces, and winding roads flanked with flowering trees and bushes blooming in different seasons. The campus itself is a beautiful park with serenity and openness, and is literally a breath of fresh air in comparison to Taiwan’s more urban campuses.
The Administration Building in the center of campus is sinuous, Chinese style step-pyramid, acting as a grounding focal point for the activity happening around it. In front of it is a wide brick road leading to the main gate of the campus.Facing the Auditorium is the Library and Information Building, an impressive, towering landmark of the University. It has more than 891,610 books, 7,315 periodicals and more than 1,212,927 microfilms, microfiches and CD-ROMs (2010.01.17 updated). Its Computer Center supports academic research, computer assisted instruction, on-line registration services, video-conferences, long distance learning, and other multimedia services. The library’s Audio-Visual Center boasts the most updated, high-tech AV equipment.
The Gymnasium is one of the most splendid and expensive constructions in southern Taiwan. It has two Olympic-sized swimming pools (one indoors and one outdoors), a roller-skating rink, bowling alleys, and indoor courts for basketball, volleyball, and badminton. In addition, it has rooms for Judo, weight-lifting and circuit training, indoor rock climbing walls, an outdoor Olympic track and field stadium, and of course, ping-pong facilities.
The Student Activity Center is situated by Tranquility Lake. The structure itself is very unique with different elevations in the interior. From these floors one can have a gorgeous view of the beautifully arched bridge crossing the Lake. The Lake is a favorite spot for visitors and members of the University community.
In the spring of 2010, all departments were formally accredited by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (aka HEEACT). HEEACT began the process of systematically reviewing university departments and institutes in the Spring of 2007.