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Introduction

Rigorous Educational Programs

      Based upon the ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Computing Curriculum, the Department devised com­pre­hensive undergraduate curriculum featuring large number of technical elective courses, senior project topics and overseas study opportunities. It also pays special attention to hands-on practice, programming skill development, and creativity incubation. The entire curriculum is divided into three programs with specific concentration. The Network Engineering Program includes topics such as broadband networks, wireless communication, mobile computing and network security. The Multimedia Engineering Program covers multimedia signal processing, 3D virtual reality, computer graphics, games and digital contents. The Information Engineering Program embodies computer architecture, embedded hardware/software systems, System-on-Chip (SoC) design and software engineering. In addition to the regular classes, the Department also arranges exchange programs with top-notch education and research institutes and distinguished lectures offered by world-renowned scholars. All these are a part of the holistic training offered to our students as the preparation for their careers as global IT professionals.

Accelerated Advanced Studies

      The Department encourages students to challenge themselves to complete their degrees faster than the normal requirement. Under these programs, students may receive both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees within five years and their doctorates in seven years.

Excellent Career Prospects

      By creating three professional programs with distinct emphases on Networking, Multi­media and Information Engineering, the Department aims at providing our students with technical knowledge and professional skills that match the demands of Taiwanese IT industry. The Department is conveniently located on the NCTU Hsinchu Campus adjacent to the famous Hsinchu Science Park, which holds more than 50% market share of the global IC foundry during the past decade. Throughout its history, the Department has maintained close ties with industrial vendors: many founders of prominent Taiwanese IT companies were the alumni of the Department, and the graduates from the Department have always been highly sought after by both local and international firms. In recent years, most of our graduates have found their careers in the industries of personal computers/PDAs, mobile phones, computer games, communication networks, IC design and digital content. A significant portion of them also chose to pursue doctoral studies immediately or in later stages of their careers.

Distinguished Research Achievements

      As a research-oriented institution, the Department (with more than 70 faculty members) has the largest doctoral-degree-holding faculty body among the computer science departments in Taiwan. Moreover, our graduate (MS and PhD) students account for over 50% of the total enrollment. The Department is also proud of its exceptional research achievements, including: ranking number two worldwide in the amount of software en­gineering research publication and number one among domestic computer science departments in terms of SCI paper count per faculty member. The Department also won the highest number of awards in the field of Computer and Information Sciences. Many faculty members are holding eminent positions (senior members or fellows) in inter­national academic and professional societies including AAAS, ACM, IEE and IEEE, esta­blishing academia-industry collaboration with prominent technology vendors such as Cisco, Intel, Microsoft and Xilinx as well as running company sponsored on-campus research centers.

Fully-equipped Teaching Laboratories

      The Department satisfies equipment needs for teaching and research with abundant supply of top-end hardware and software including numerous desktop/notebook computers, digital cameras, scanners and laser printers updated every 3-4 years. Experiments offered by various courses are conducted in specialized teaching laboratories including two Multimedia Teaching Labs, two Microprocessor Teaching Labs, Information/Network Security Teaching Lab, Digital System Teaching Lab and Computer Graphics Teaching Lab. Senior year projects are often performed in corporate-sponsored research centers such as those sponsored by Cisco, EMC, Intel, Microsoft and Xilinx. Daily computing services are providing and maintaining by an elaborate computing center opened 7x24 year round. All research and teaching laboratories are connected to the Internet through gigabit Ethernet. In addition, the entire department building is covered by multiple Wireless LANs.

Undergraduate Programs with Specific Concentrations

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