In 1966, in the light of Taiwan’s suffering from intense urbanisation and its growing problems, of which the country had had little experience, the government requested the United Nations arrange experts in urban planning to visit Taiwan and provide for advice. In aid of the advisory team, the government set up the Urban Housing and Development Committee (UHDC) under the Council for International Economic Development Cooperation (CIEDC).
The following year CIEDC consultant, Prof. Chou Yi-Kwei, visited the US to investigate its education in urban planning and urban development. He believed that, because it involved social background, political understanding, economic development, infrastructure, environmental quality and changing structure and values of civic life, urban planning was in fact an integrated social science. Based on his findings, Prof. Chou subsequently established, in August 1968, the Graduate Institute of Urban Planning in National Chung Hsing University, under the College of Law and Business. It was the precursor of the Graduate Institute of Urban Planning in National Taipei University and also the first in Taiwan for specialised training at an advanced level.
After Prof. Chou’s retirement in August 1972, the position of director has seen Prof. Li Jui-Lin (1972-1975), Prof. Hsin Wan-Chiao (1975-1981), Prof. Yang Ch’ung-Hsin (1981-1985), Prof. Hsieh Ch’ao-Yi (1985-1990), Prof. Huang Shu-Li, Prof. Hsin Wan-Chiao (1994-1997), Prof. Ch’ien Hsueh-Tao (1997-2000), Prof. Chou Tsu-Lung (2000-2005), Prof. Lin Chen-Chia (2005-2008), Associate Prof. Kuo Chao-Lee, Prof. Tsai Jyh-Fa (2011- present). In 2000, it became the Graduate Institute of Urban Planning in National Taipei University. For more than 40 years, through the tireless efforts of both the faculty and students, the institute has established itself as a distinguished research and teaching hub in Taiwan, specialising in urban/rural development, environmental planning and management.