National Taiwan Normal University launched in 1946 as an institute focused on teacher training. It became a university in 1994 and is affiliated to a senior high school.
It has three campuses spread over 127 acres: its main campus and Gongguan campus are in Taipei City while its Linkou campus is in New Taipei City. Taipei City is the capital and a special municipality of Taiwan. It is home to several architectural and cultural landmarks as well as Yangmingshan National Park.
There are 54 academic departments within 10 colleges at the university, including the colleges of education, arts, international studies and social science, liberal arts, music, management, science, sports and recreation, and technology. It has 163 student clubs.
It offers a wide range of degrees from arts and humanities, education and sociology to business management, athletics and the sciences.
The university also offers summer classes in its most-renowned subjects, which include education, music, arts and culture, and Mandarin. Its Mandarin Training Center, which launched in 2012, attracts 1,700 students from more than 70 countries every three months.
The institution is particularly well-regarded for its international outlook, in part due to a large proportion of international students.
National Taiwan Normal University is home to three Nobel Prizes among its current faculty.
Each year the university holds several events to celebrate Taiwanese culture and students’ achievements. This includes a Watermelon Festival, which takes place on the anniversary of its founding and during which men are encouraged to send watermelons to women to show their affection.
National Taiwan Normal University’s motto is: sincerity, integrity, diligence, simplicity.