The National Changhua University of Education (NCUE) was established in 1971 in the northern part of Changhua County, Taiwan, as the Provincial Taiwan College of Education although it roots back to 1745. It became a university in 1989.
Located in an important transport interchange, where mountain and coastal rail routes converge, Changhua City (known for its seated Buddha statue and for Taiwan’s oldest Confucius Temple, among other tourist attractions) is an hour away from Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city, Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city, and Taoyuan International Airport - and only 30 minutes away from several industrial and science parks.
NCUE’s 8,000 students study over seven colleges and 21 departments. The seven colleges are: education; arts; science; technology; engineering; management and social science and physical education. Among the departments, the department of guidance and counselling, the department of special education, the department of industrial education and technology, and the department of finance are the first of their kind in Taiwan. There are 43 master's programmes and 15 doctoral programmes.
Research activities in NCUE take place across the community counselling centre, the special education centre, the science education centre, the technical and vocational education centre, the environmental education centre, and the science and technology research centre.
NCUE facilities include: libraries, computer centres, outdoor athletic areas, gymnasiums, a healthcare centre, student psychological counselling and guidance centre, language centre. Meanwhile, student activities are wide in scope and are grouped under headings of autonomous clubs (attached to faculties); community service clubs (eg volunteering); recreational clubs (eg music, dance and sign language); academic clubs (eg astronomy, ecology; Buddhism, magic; handicrafts); fitness clubs (eg billiards, baseball, extreme skating and softball) and fellowship clubs where contacts are made within various communities eg a transfer students association.
The university has 149 international partner universities, nearly half of which are in China, but also across countries including: Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, USA, Germany, France, UK, Australia, Indonesia, Spain, Thailand, Russia and Turkey.