Chung Yuan Christian University
||This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. (May 2010)|
Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU; Chinese: 中原大學; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tiong-gôan-tāi-ha̍k) is a private university in Jhongli City, Taoyuan County, Taiwan. The university was established as Chung Yuan Christian College of Science and Engineering in 1955 by a group of Taiwanese and American Christian educators to train science and engineering talent in the Christian spirit. The school was upgraded to a full university and renamed Chung Yuan Christian University in 1980.
Education mission and ranking
CYCU promotes higher education for the benefit of the Chinese people, aiming at the pursuit and advancement of knowledge in order to maintain Taiwan's cultural heritage and, thus, to serve humankind.
As the University grows in reputation, the Ministry of Education has on several occasions evaluated and rated CYCU as the best private comprehensive university.
In 1953, a group of Christian educators and local gentry got together to establish an agricultural and engineering college in Taiwan to train science and engineering talent in the Christian spirit. After several name changes and long preparations, the Chung Yuan Christian College of Science and Engineering (CYCC) was established in October 1955 upon approval by the Ministry of Education. With “education through honest, diligent pursuit and practical experience” as the school’s motto, the College was composed of four departments: the departments of physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, and civil engineering. Upgraded to the status of a full university, CYCC was renamed Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) on August 1, 1980.
CYCU has seven colleges, 26 departments, 24 Masters programs, and 12 PhD programs. CYCU has more than 70,000 alumni.
- College of Science
- College of Engineering
- College of Business
- College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- College of Design
- School of Law
- College of Humanities and Education
After five decades, CYCU has developed with support from all members of the Board of Trustees, as well as contributions from past presidents and administrators Kuo Ke-tee, Hsieh Ming-shan, Han Wei, Yuan Ta-nien, Yin Shiu-hau, Chang Kwang-cheng, and Hsiung Shen-kan. On December 19, 2006, Dr Wan-Lee Cheng became the eighth president of Chung Yuan Christian University and the first alumnus President in CYCU’s 50-year history.
Although with similar school names like the Tsinghua and Jiaotong university system, Chung Yuan Christian University does not have any relationship with the following universities in China: the Zhongyuan University of Technology in Zhengzhou, and the short-lived Zhongyuan University which was founded by Deng Xiaoping, existed in the 1940s and 1950s, and later merged into Zhongnan University of Economics and Law and Huazhong Normal University, both in Wuhan.