National Taiwan University (NTU, 國立臺灣大學, Hō-ló-oē: Kok-lip Tai-oan Tai-hak, Tongyong Pinyin: GuóLì TáiWan DàSyué, Hanyu Pinyin: Guólì táiwān dàxué, Wade-Giles: Kuo2-li4 t'ai2-wan1 ta4-hsüeh2) is a university in Taiwan. The entrance examination score needed to enter NTU is typically the highest among universities in Taiwan, and using this ranking, it is widely considered the best university in Taiwan.
The university was founded as the Taihoku Imperial University (臺北帝國大學) of the Japanese Empire in 1928. Following Taiwan's handover to the Republic of China in 1945, it was renamed the National Taiwan University and reorganized into six colleges and twenty-two departments. It has since expanded to 11 colleges, 52 departments, 82 graduate institutes and the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Development.
Taiwan's two largest cities, Taipei City and Kaohsiung City, although on the island of Taiwan, are not part of Taiwan Province but are centrally-administered municipalities, with the same level as provinces.
Taipei City suffers from heavy air pollution as a result of the ring of mountains that surrounds it, effectively trapping soot and smog in the city.
In Taipei, it is not unusual to see two 7-Elevens across the street or several of them within a few hundreds of meters of each other.
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