The Department of Athletic Performance was first conceived in 1999. Preparatory meetings and planning work began as early as 2000. The official establishment plan was submitted to the Ministry of Education in August the same year, and was approved subsequently. In September, the department began to execute both funding and student admission-related tasks, and finally became an official body on August 1st, 2001. Also, the graduate institute was established in 2006. The department aims to cultivate excellent athletes and professional coaches, and concentrate on scientific research in athletics.