Best universities in Taiwan 2019

Explore the top universities in Taiwan using data from the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings

October 11 2018
Taiwan University hospital building

Taiwan is a popular destination for international students. The country promotes a liberal democracy committed to human rights, gender equality and freedom of the press.

Taiwan’s bustling cities, along with its breathtaking tropical forests, green and marble mountains, hidden gorges and enormous sea cliffs can also make it seem like a paradise for students. 

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The best universities in Taiwan are successful across a range of academic fields, including engineering, management and medicine.

Many of the country’s universities rank in top 600 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, and even more feature in subject rankings for strength in engineering, technology, social sciences, management, natural sciences, life sciences, medicine, and arts and humanities.

The capital city Taipei has a lot to offer culturally too. Its temples are not only used for prayer but also for cultural festivals and art house events.

Highlights of Taiwanese cuisine include steamed dumplings, shrimp rolls and a shaved ice dessert, all accompanied by fresh juices and local teas and beers. International students can get the full culinary experience at the regular night markets.

Some of Taiwan’s best educational institutions are the National Taiwan University, the National Tsing Hua University and the National Cheng Kung University. Read about some of the best universities below.

Top 3 universities in Taiwan

1. National Taiwan University

Set up in 1928, the National Taiwan University is one of the country’s most prestigious institutions. The main campus is situated in Taiwan’s capital city Taipei.

The wide ranging programmes cover liberal arts, science, social sciences, medicine, engineering, agriculture, management, public health, law, computer science and education. Many of these courses are available to study in English, although Chinese languages are widely spoken on campus.

Outstanding alumni include the Nobel laureate in chemistry Yuan T. Lee, computer scientist Andrew Yao and several heads of state in China and Taiwan, including Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen.

=2. National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech)

Founded in 1974, the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology is located in Taiwan’s capital city Taipei.

Its degrees are taught across seven colleges: the college of engineering, the college of electrical engineering and computer science, the school of management, the college of design, the college of liberal arts and social sciences, the college of applied sciences, and the college of intellectual property studies.

The school offers English-taught postgraduate programmes in engineering, architecture, industrial and commercial design, business administration, education and applied foreign languages.

The international student body includes large Indonesian and Vietnamese communities.

=2. National Tsing Hua University

National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) is situated in Hsinchu, which is known as a high-tech city for science and industrial innovation.

The liberal arts programme allows international students to take courses in medical science, mathematics, science, engineering, computer science, Chinese, foreign languages and literature.

NTHU’s main and often ground breaking research is in science and applied science, with a focus on collaborations with industry. The most distinguished alumni include three Noble Prize winners, one Wolf Prize laureate and 16 members of the prestigious national research academy.

The university engages in joint research with big companies such as Delta Electronics, Mediatek and Novatek Microelectronics Corporation, as well as with medical institutions such as the Chang Gung Medical Memorial Hospital, China Medical University and Mackay Memorial Hospital.

The 100-hectare campus abounds with stretches of green land, lakes and trees.

Student experience in Taiwan 

Taking part in an exchange programme to the University of Taiwan 
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Top universities in Taiwan 2019

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2019 results

Taiwan Rank 2019 WUR Rank 2019 University City
1  170  National Taiwan University Taipei
=2  401–500  National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taipei
=2  401–500  National Tsing Hua University Hsinchu
=4  501–600  China Medical University, Taiwan Taichung
=4  501–600  National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Tainan
=4  501–600  National Chiao Tung University Hsinchu
=4  501–600  National Yang-Ming University Taipei
=4  501–600  Taipei Medical University Taipei
=9  601–800  Chang Gung University Taoyuan
=9  601–800  National Sun Yat-Sen University Kaohsiung
=9  601–800  National Taiwan Normal University Taipei
=12  801–1000  Asia University, Taiwan Taichung
=12  801–1000  Chung Yuan Christian University Chung Li
=12  801–1000  Fu Jen Catholic University New Taipei
=12  801–1000  Kaohsiung Medical University Kaohsiung
=12  801–1000  National Central University Jhongli
=12  801–1000  National Chengchi University Taipei
=12  801–1000  National Chung Hsing University Taichung
=12  801–1000  National Dong Hwa University Hualien
=12  801–1000  National Taipei University New Taipei
=12  801–1000  National Taipei University of Technology Taipei
=12  801–1000  National Taiwan Ocean University Keelung
=23  1001+  Chaoyang University of Technology Taichung
=23  1001+  Feng Chia University Taichung
=23  1001+  I-Shou University Kaohsiung
=23  1001+  Ming Chuan University Taipei
=23  1001+  National Changhua University of Education Changhua
=23  1001+  National Chiayi University Chiayi
=23  1001+  National Chung Cheng University Min-Hsiung
=23  1001+  National University of Kaohsiung Kaohsiung
=23  1001+  Tamkang University New Taipei
=23  1001+  Yuan Ze University Taoyuan

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