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Introduction

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NCTU started Taiwan’s earliest computer research program in 1960, and founded the first Computer Science and Information Engineering (CSIE) Department in 1970. In the following year, the department developed the first indigenous mini-computer system. Then, in 1980, the department gave birth to a new Computer and Information Science (CIS) Department dedicated to the more theoretical pursues in computer science. Together, the two departments surpassed similar departments in the country by attaining a long list of distinguished achievements. For example, the two departments were ranked the 23nd worldwide in the amount of ESI academic publication about computer science throughout the past decade and then in 2005, moved up to rank number two worldwide in software engineering research publication; they also possess the largest numbers of highly-cited papers, the highest SCI paper count per faculty member, the most IEEE/ACM/AAAS/IET/IAPR fellows and the most national and international award winners.

In 2005, the CSIE and the CIS departments were united once again in the formation of the country’s first College of Computer Science. The new college adopted a matrix organization model in order to promote multidisciplinary studies and collaborative researches. In this new organization, the two departments were merged and restructured into parallel research programs including the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Program, the Networking and Multimedia Engineering Program, and the Computer Science and Engineering Program. As Taiwan’s largest and most vibrant department of computer science, NCTU CS Department is committed to becoming a top-notch research and teaching institution by building upon our proud tradition of academic excellence and technology innovation as well as rejuvenating with bold visions and new strategies.

Missions

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By adopting a new matrix organizational structure of One College, One Department and Multiple Institutes, the NCTU College of Computer Science aims at becoming a top-notch academy and a world-renowned research center in computer and information sciences. Specifically, the College is dedicated to the training of IT industry leaders with global vision and the innovation for next generation information technology. In response to the emerging paradigm shifts in global IT industry, the College also intends to engage aggressively in the research on e-Life by following a hu¬man-centric approach and the development of syner¬getic programs for hu¬man care and environ¬men¬tal preser-vation through the cross- breeding of engineer¬ing disciplines including com¬puter, electrical, elec¬tronic and biomedical en¬gin¬eering, and humanity studies especially, psycho¬logy, so¬ciology, architecture and applied arts. It is the mission of this College to lay down the foundation for the perpetual growth of Taiwanese IT industry by training the multi¬discipli¬nary talents and incubating the advance technology that Taiwan needs to prosper in the 21st century.

Goals

Guided by the above principles, the College of Computer Science intends to achieve the following specific goals:

  • Training high-tech talents: The College is dedicated to training IT professionals needed for the continuous growth of Taiwanese industry through high quality education en¬riched by multi¬disciplinary interactions and international collaborations.
  • Consolidating educational resources: The College combined the equipment and human resources of both CSIE and CIS departments to provide students with better attention and more hands-on practice opportunities.
  • Providing holistic education: Beside of the core IT curricula, the department also pay attention to students’ competence in humanities and management studies in its training of future IT industry leaders.
  • Becoming a global center for IT education and research: The College will establish an IT Education website, which will provide a window for the world to understand IT education and research in Taiwan.
  • Becoming one of the top-ten IT institutes in the world: With its outstanding faculty, abundant resources and comprehensive educational programs, the College aims at becoming one of the top-ten IT departments in the world.