Best universities in Taiwan 2018

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

September 20 2017
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 make it into the top 500 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, 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 4 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 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.

=3. National Chiao Tung University

Founded in 1896, National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu is primarily an engineering and management research institution. The university has the biggest engineering and computer science departments in Taiwan.

It works closely with high-tech companies in the Hsinchu Science Park – Taiwan’s Sillicon Valley – priding itself with having produced more than half of the CEOs of high-tech companies in Hsinchu.

Among its best research centres are the Nanoelectronic and Infotronic Systems, Centre for Bioinformatics Research, the Brain Research Centre, and the Disaster Prevention and Water Environment Research Centre.

The campus mixes nature, contemporary architecture and art, all designed with respect for feng shui principles.

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=3. 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.

Top universities in Taiwan 2018

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2018 results

Taiwan Rank 2018 World University Rank 2018 University  City 
1 =198 National Taiwan University Taipei
2 301–350 National Tsing Hua University Hsinchu
3 401–500 National Chiao Tung University Hsinchu
3 401–500 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taipei
5 501–600 China Medical University, Taiwan Taichung
5 501–600 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Tainan
5 501–600 National Taiwan Normal University Taipei
8 601–800 Chang Gung University Taoyuan
8 601–800 Kaohsiung Medical University Kaohsiung
8 601–800 National Central University Jhongli
8 601–800 National Chengchi University Taipei
8 601–800 National Sun Yat-Sen University Kaohsiung
8 601–800 National Yang-Ming University Taipei
8 601–800 Taipei Medical University Taipei
15 801–1000 Asia University, Taiwan Taichung
15 801–1000 Chung Yuan Christian University Chung Li
15 801–1000 Feng Chia University Taichung
15 801–1000 Fu Jen Catholic University New Taipei
15 801–1000 I-Shou University Kaohsiung
15 801–1000 National Chung Cheng University Min-Hsiung
15 801–1000 National Dong Hwa University Hualien
15 801–1000 National University of Tainan Tainan
15 801–1000 National Taipei University New Taipei
15 801–1000 National Taipei University of Technology Taipei
15 801–1000 National Taiwan Ocean University Keelung
15 801–1000 Yuan Ze University Taoyuan
27 1001+ Chaoyang University of Technology Taichung
27 1001+ Ming Chuan University Taipei
27 1001+ National Chiayi University Chiayi
27 1001+ National University of Kaohsiung Kaohsiung
27 1001+ Tamkang University New Taipei

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