The Department of Geography at National Taiwan University was founded in 1955, as the first geography department in Taiwan. It began offering Master’s Program in 1981, and became established as an innovative and influential program leading to the Ph.D. degree in 1989. In 2000, the department was renamed as "The Department of Geography ", and started offering the Executive Master Program in response to the academic trend and social needs. Relocated from the old Yellow House by the side of the Drunken Moon Lake (醉月湖) to its present site Luming Square in 2003, the Department has entered into another stage of development.
The department publishes the Journal of Geographical Science (TSSCI) four times a year, which includes articles from Taiwanese and international scholars on a range of issues across the dynamic discipline. Through the Recruitment of Visiting Science and Technology Personnel with Subsidies from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of China, the department sponsors world-renowned scholars for brief academic visits. International geographers deliver lectures and participate in collaborative researches with faculty and students in the department.
【Research Fields & Facilities】
The Department currently has 18 full-time and 5 part-time teachers. Faculty strengths are found in four general fields of interests: Physical Geography, Human Geography, GIS, and Environmental Resource Management.
The extensive collection of maps, aerial photographs, and EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Reports is an important component of our research and teaching resources. The GIS Research Center is equipped with data server, 3D Scanner, Large Size Scanner, plotter, and a computer room of 50 desktop computers installed with digital analysis packages, such as ESRI, ArcGIS and other professional software. The Physical Geography Lab has equipment such as Polarizing Microscope, Water Quality Analysis Meter, Fluid Speed Meter, Micro-Lysimeter, Auto Meteorological Station, Leica Smart Station, Gas Chromatography, and High Performance Liquid Chromatography. The department is also home to five other specialized laboratories, which support teaching and research needs.
【Future Goals & Development】
The Department of Geography offers a fine environment for advanced education and training in fields of Land and Environmental Monitoring, Urban and Regional Development, Spatial Information and Application, and Environmental and Resource Management, as an answer to the demand of geographic professionals in academic research, secondary and tertiary educations, as well as public and private sectors.http://www.geog.ntu.edu.tw/tw/