Founded in 2000 by the Taiwanese government, the National University of Kaohsiung (NUK) aims to promote the southern area’s economy and even out the educational standards in the country’s southern and northern areas.
Located in the Nanzi District of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, NUK is not far from the Nanzi interchange of National Highway 1. It is 30 minutes from Kaohsiung’s train station.
NUK is focused on innovation in humanities and technology, however there are 20 departments, including western and eastern languages and literature, kinesiology, health and leisure studies, government and law, applied mathematics, applied economics, electrical engineering, life sciences, traditional arts, finance and Asia-Pacific industrial and business management. The former is known for cultivating Taiwan’s industrial elite.
Research alliance agreements have been set up with many institutions around the world, including the China Steel Cooperation, Metal Industries Research and Development Centre, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Zuoying Branch of Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital and National Applied Research Laboratories.
The campus is known for its open space; for example, walls do not mark its boundaries. Biodiversity is a key feature at NUK and there are 60 different fish species in the Water Land Park’s pond. Facilities include a gymnasium, library and canteens.
Kaohsiung (population approximately: 2.7 million) is Taiwan’s largest port and its second-largest city. Despite being the nucleus for the country’s petrochemical industries, urban planning has succeeded in transforming its manufacturing roots with many cultural venues, waterside parks and cafés. There are also two swimming beaches and 10km² of forested land.