Chinese Culture University

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Chinese Culture University
Chinese Culture University Campus.jpg
Campus Buildings, Chinese Culture University
Motto 質樸堅毅[1]
Motto in English
Temperament, Simplicity, Strength, and Tenacity[2]
Established 1962
Type Private
Administrative staff
717 teachers (161 Professors; 266 Associate Professors; 195 Assistant Professors, 95 Lecturers
Students 30,000
Location Shilin, Taipei, Taiwan
Campus Suburban, -- acres (-- km²)

The Chinese Culture University (CCU; Chinese: 中國文化大學; pinyin: Zhōngguó Wénhuà Dàxué; Wade–Giles: Chung1-kuo2 Wen2-hua4 Ta4-hsüeh2; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tiong-kok-bûn-hòa-tāi-ha̍k) is a private Taiwanese university located in Yangmingshan in Shilin District, Taipei, Taiwan. CCU was established in 1962 and is one of the largest universities in Taiwan with an enrollment of about 32,000 students. Satellite campuses are located in the Jianguo, Ximending, and Zhongxiao East Road areas of Taipei City.

Originally founded as Far East University in 1962 by Chang Chi-yun, the school was renamed College of Chinese Culture by President Chiang Kai-shek in 1963 and finally became Chinese Culture University in 1980. CCU is now organized into twelve academic colleges: Liberal Arts, Foreign Language and Literature, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering, Business Administration, Journalism and Communications, Arts, Environmental Design, Law, Agriculture and Education.


Over the last thirty years, Chinese Culture University has been reorganized many times. The Ministry of Education granted the University permission to establish studies in philosophy, Chinese, Eastern languages, English, French, German, history, geography, news, art, music, drama, physical education, domestic science,and architecture.


Traditional Chinese Huabiao at the Main Gate
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Foreign Languages
  • College of Science
  • College of Law
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • College of Arts
  • College of Environmental Design
  • College of Education


The main campus is located on Yang Ming Mountain, overlooks the Tienmu District, and is about a 45 minute drive from Taipei Main Station. The area is known for its extensive hiking trails and hot springs. The university is located just off of the main road that winds up the mountain where a 24-hour Wellcome Supermarket, 7-11, Starbucks, Mos Burger, and McDonald's can be found. Many of the students rent apartments in this small village area and the city buses have stops along the main road.

The Hwa Kang Museum[edit]

Main article: Hwa Kang Museum

Established in 1971, the university museum, also called the Hwa Kang Museum, is the first comprehensive museum of its kind in Taiwan. Its permanent collection consists of Chinese ceramics from the many centuries, modern Chinese paintings and calligraphic works, Chinese folk arts and woodblock prints. Some highlights of the collection include pieces by Wang Yangming, Wu Changshuo, Woo Tsin-hang, Yu Youren, Puru, Chang Dai-chien, and Li Meishu.


The relatively inconvenient and isolated location of CCU's main campus has presented students and staff with transportation problems. While the university operates a number of school buses to transport faculty, staff and students up and down the mountain every day, many students chose to ride scooters up to the main campus. This has resulted in a high number of student injuries and fatalities each semester. Public buses, the R5 and 260, also operate between the main campus and downtown Taipei. These buses also make stops at Jiantan and Shilin MRT train stations. Taxi service can be found on the main campus with taxis waiting for students and teachers in front of the university sports centre during the daytime hours.


CCU has four campuses in Taipei City. The main campus is located on Yang Ming Mountain and three other smaller campuses are located in Jianguo, Ximending, and Zhongxiao East Road in downtown Taipei. The Jianguo campus is the location of the Mandarin Training Centre, while the Zhongxiao East Road campus is the location of the International Language Institute. The Ximending campus offers a variety of both credit and non-credit courses in addition to being an extension campus for the College of Law.

Aboriginal Students[edit]

There is a large aboriginal society at CCU with many students from all over Taiwan participating in activities that celebrate their aboriginal cultures.

Martial Arts[edit]

CCU is well known in Taiwan for the martial arts programs offered at the Yang Ming Shan campus. The CCU Judo team is internationally competitive and a number of members have won their division in both national and international tournaments. The CCU Martial Arts Department also offers courses in Japanese ju jitsu, aikido and kung fu.



Notable alumni[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Intro to CCU (in Chinese)". CCU. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  2. ^ "CCU Logo". CCU. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°08′N 121°32′E / 25.133°N 121.533°E / 25.133; 121.533