NCTU was established in Shanghai, China in 1896, and re-established in Taiwan by former Chiao Tung University faculty and alumni members in 1958, following the government of the Republic of China’s forced relocation to Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War.
The university’s main campus is located close to the Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan’s national research center. The area is referred to as the Silicon Valley of Asia. More than 400 technology companies have been established in the park. The NCTU campus is also one of top tourist attractions in Hsinchu area.