The Department of Physics was established in 1986 starting with an undergraduate program. Located
within the ocean-front campus of Hsi-Tzu Bay near downtown Kaohsiung, the hillside Physics Buildin
was dedicated in 1992. Since the inception of the master's and doctoral programs in 1991 and 1996,
the number of full-time faculty has increased to 20 while student enrollment neared 350, including 231
undergraduate, 65 master's and 43 doctorate. Nearly all undergraduates continue for advanced
study upon graduation, and all master's or academia.
The department actively seek and cultivate promising young scientists while at the same time fervenly
recruits experienced scholars to lead visionary research. Funded mainly by the government, the
department advocates excellence both in teaching and in research, focusing on magnetism and
superconductivity, low-temperature physics, semiconductor physics, optoelectronics, computational
physics and energy - related sciences and technologies. Its research laboratories are affiliated with
the university's core - facilities and research centers, all equipped with modern advanced scientific
instruments. Powered by an annual research funding of circa 2 million US dollars, the department
publishes more than 80 academic papers each year in prestigious international jourmals. Meanshile, teaching also receives equal attention in the department's growth to its current level of maturity, with
agile curricula that adapt to the needs of changing time and constantly - refined pedagogical tools
and methodologies that meet the evolving student demands.