The Information Network Division plays a primary role in the research and development of the university’s information network, primarily for the purpose of supporting the digitalization of university administration, providing intranet and Internet services, along with offering extension courses in computing applications and training courses for professional certification. With the goal of creating a high tech, high touch environment for the university, this division seeks to merge telecommunication, media, network, computers and hardware to achieve efficient resource sharing, information flow for teaching, research and administrative effectiveness.
The Information Network Division was established in September 1968, with Mr. Yang serving as the first director. In 1975, Mr. Chen assumed this post, followed by another Mr. Yang in 1982. One year later, Ms. Shen took the reins until handing the responsibility over to Mr. Chen in 1987. Mr. Nyou was director during 1991, followed by Mr. Lu beginning in 1992. Then, in 1995, Dr. Wang Jin-long served as division director for two decades. In August 2015, Dr. Ding took over as director. Since May 2016, Dr. Su Jui-yen concurrently serves as director of this division and the Digital Education and Internet Television Station Division.
Beginning with an IBM SYSTEM, the university changed over to a UNIVAC 90/30 system in September 1975. Then, in November 1980, the university converted to a HONEYWELL mini-computer linked to over 40 terminals as the initial effort to computerize the university’s administration. This also marked the beginning of computing classes at the school. In 1983, 8-bit personal computers were introduced to the computer lab for student practicums, followed in 1984 by the establishment of two 16-bit computer classrooms. In order to further improve the university’s teaching and research environment, UNIX computer classrooms were introduced in 1988. By 1990, the school had eight 16-bit computer classrooms, which were converted to 486, 586 machines and expanded to 14 rooms in 1995. The year 2000 saw further expansion to 17 classrooms running Pentium133 to Celeron533, adding one room in 2003 to make a total of 18 classrooms with Celeron500 to P4 /2.66G machines, with LCD display monitors in 11 of the rooms. In addition to being completely wired and connected to the Internet, all software necessary for instruction, along with multi-media peripherals allowing for optimal instructor-student interaction. All types of software and hardware are in place for training, consultation and other services.
The division director, who reports directly to the university president, has three section supervisors reporting to him: System Development Section,Taipei Information Service Section and the Taoyuan Information Service Section.