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National Sun Yat-sen University was established in 1980 along the Sizih Bay in the city of Kaohsiung and has since been a thriving institution of higher learning. There are seven colleges: Liberal Arts, Science, Engineering, Management, Marine Sciences, Social Sciences, and Si-Wan. The university places equal emphasis on the teaching and research of humanities as well as science and engineering. Since 2006 NSYSU has been receiving additional funding from the Ministry of Education through the "Aim for the Top University Plan" and "Higher Education Sprout Project" to improve teaching and research. Outstanding academic achievements exhibited by many departments have landed NSYSU among the world's top universities in many academic rankings.

The NSYSU campus uniquely situates at the crossing of hills and sea, adjacent to the Kaohsiung Harbor. The geography prompts our feature advancements in marine research, which heeds to Kaohsiung's aspiration to develop into an Ocean Capital, as we become the leading academic institution of marine sciences in Taiwan. The university encourages interdisciplinary collaboration between oceanographic studies and other academic fields to stimulate new ideas and research directions. NSYSU is ranked in the top 200 by ESI in the areas of engineering, mathematics, and information engineering, and we are also highly competitive in the fields of communications engineering, electronic commerce, materials science, and optoelectronics.

NSYSU has sister-university agreements with over 250 universities from more than 40 countries around the world. Within these partnerships, we engage in student exchange, dual degree programs, joint supervision, research collaborations, and joint symposiums. We dedicate to creating an internationalized campus. Each year over 1,200 international students come to NSYSU for degree programs, exchange programs, research fellowships, or language learning. The vast array of activities provides ample opportunities for domestic students and international students to interact and bridge their understanding of different cultures.

The campus is located in the scenic Sizih Bay and surrounded by the Longevity Mountain and the Taiwan Strait. The spectacular beach offers a natural venue for recreation and water sports, and the sunset is the most splendid scenery sought by tourists from all over the world.