Currently, the Department has approximately 428 undergraduate students and 422 graduate students, of the latter about 35% being doctoral candidates. Most of the undergraduate students enter the Department through the nation’s annual joint college entrance examination. In general, a student has to score in the top 15-20% of all examinees in order to be admitted to the Department. A small portion of the undergraduate students are overseas Chinese students who also have to pass a strict examination before entering the Department. While some undergraduate students go to work for industry, most students opt for advanced graduate studies after graduation. Students are entitled to direct admission to the Department’s graduate program on the merit of outstanding academic achievement. Some students choose to study abroad; others, including those graduated from other universities, are admitted to the graduate program after passing an entrance examination. The Department also provides full-time as well as part-time graduate studies for qualified candidates from industry.
The Department presently has 41 professors, 9 associate professors, 4 assistant professors, and 16 adjunct professors. Research activities have grown in steadily in recent years. Based on the last three years’ statistics, the average annual research grant of the Department is about three million US dollars.
The Department’s teaching and research activities can be categorized into four major areas, namely, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, hydraulic engineering, and transportation engineering. Two newly developing areas are Computer-Aided Engineering and Construction Management. The Department has close cooperation with the Institute of Environmental Engineering, the Institute of Applied Mechanics and the Institute of Building and Planning, and several of their faculty members are joint professors of both Departments. In pursuing research activities, the Civil Engineering Department works closely with other research organizations, such as the Hydraulic Research Laboratory, the Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, Yen Tjing Ling Industrial Research Institute of National Taiwan University, the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering, National Center for High-Performance Computing, and Taiwan Construction Research Institute. Many major construction projects in this country have been joint research efforts by this Department and the aforementioned organizations.
Chairman of Department of Civil Engineering