Fu Jen Catholic University

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Coordinates: 25°2′8.9″N 121°25′59.4″E / 25.035806°N 121.433167°E / 25.035806; 121.433167

Fu Jen Catholic University
the seal of Fu Jen Catholic University
Latin: Universitas Catholica Fu Jen
Motto Latin: Veritas, Bonitas, Pulchritudo, Sanctitas
Chinese: 真善美聖[1]
Motto in English Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Sanctity[2]
Established Founded 1925, Re-established 1961
Type Private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
President Dr Vincent Han-Sun Chiang (江漢聲), PhD
Academic staff 1,942[3]
Undergraduates 22,395
Postgraduates 4,041
Location Xinzhuang, New Taipei City, Taiwan Republic of China (Taiwan)
Campus Suburban
Colors Yellow     
Nickname Xinzhuang University
Website www.fju.edu.tw
Fu Jen Catholic University
Traditional Chinese 大學
Simplified Chinese 大学

Fu Jen Catholic University (abbreviation: Fu Jen University or FJU) is a private co-educational university founded by the Holy See, located in New Taipei City, Taiwan. It is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in Greater China. When Fu Jen operated following approval by Pope Pius XI in Beijing until 1952, it was known as "The Catholic University of Peking". Colloquially the school is known as "FǔDà" (輔大).

The University comprises 11 colleges. It has earned particular distinction for its philosophy, sinology, linguistics, mass communication, textiles, law, management, physical education and clinical medicine programs. In Taiwan, its College of Management was the first one of AACSB accredited (2005), also the College of Medicine was the first college to promote problem-based learning as pedagogy for medical education.

Fu Jen has strong ties with Roman Curia. It has established sister-school relationships with more than 284 universities worldwide, including the Notre Dame, UC Berkeley, Tsinghua and Peking University.


The Main Entrance and plaza

The institution was originally established in Beijing in 1925 by the Benedictines of St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania at request of the Holy See. Fu Jen, then known commonly as the Catholic University of Peking, was itself a successor to the Fu Jen Academy (輔仁社), which was created through the efforts of Catholic scholars Ma Xiangbo and Ying Lianzhi. The university's first president (1925–1927) was the American missionary George Barry O'Toole, OSB. He was succeeded by Chen Yuan (陳垣), a Chinese Protestant, who remained university president until the school's forced closure by the Chinese government in 1952.

In 1933 the Benedictines in the United States, in the midst of the Great Depression, were no longer able to sustain the Fu Jen's mission. Administration of the university passed to the Society of the Divine Word in Germany. The university's affiliation with Germany, an ally of Imperial Japan, helped protect university personnel from extreme brutality inflicted elsewhere by occupying Imperial Japanese soldiers during the Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945). After the Communists assumed power in China in 1949, religious organisations, including the Catholic Church, began to be systematically repressed. In 1952 this intensified and the government merged Fu Jen with the Beijing Normal University, Peking University, Renmin University, China University of Political Science and Law and Central University of Finance and Economics. Fu Jen was re-established in 1961 in Taiwan. The new school opened under the auspices of the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference, the Society of Jesus, and the Society of the Divine Word.[citation needed]

Since 2008, the Global Leadership Program was started for students from 4 Jesuit universities in East Asia: Ateneo de Manila University in The Philippines, Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan, Sogang University in South Korea, and Sophia University in Japan, which share the common Catholic spirit.[4]

The "Fu Jen" name[edit]

Fu Jen is the Wade–Giles romanization of the Chinese characters 輔仁 (Furen in pinyin), literally meaning "assistance" and "benevolence".[5]


Academic rankings[edit]

University rankings (overall)
QS Asia
(Asian Ranking version)[6]
General 146
QS World[7] General 601+

Fu Jen ranks at the top of Taiwan's private universities for top-ranked fields of study and distinguished alumni. In UW-Madison's description, Fu Jen is one of Taiwan's top private schools.[8]

  • THES - QS World University Rankings
According to the THES - QS World University Rankings, the Fu Jen Catholic University ranks in reputation as 501+th university worldwide.(2009).
  • Asiaweek (Singapore) University Rankings
According to the Asiaweek, the Fu Jen Catholic University ranks in reputation as 63rd university Asia, 9th university Taiwan. (1999).
  • Taiwan's World TOP 1000 Business School
By "eduniversal.com":
Taiwan Business School Level Recommendation Rate (per 1000) School
1 UNIVERSAL 274 ‰ National Taiwan University - College of Management
2 TOP 150 ‰ National Chengchi University - College of Commerce
3 EXCELLENT 177 ‰ National Sun Yat-sen University - College of Management
4 EXCELLENT 124 ‰ National Chiao Tung University - College of Management
5 EXCELLENT 83 ‰ Taiwan Tech - School of Management
6 EXCELLENT 65 ‰ Fu Jen Catholic University - College of Management
7 GOOD 81 ‰ National Cheng Kung University - College of Management


The university motto, "真善美聖" in Chinese and Veritas, Bonitas, Pulchritudo, Sanctitas in Latin, expresses four ideals: Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Sanctity.

The laurel wreath symbolizes honor and peace while the twelve stars signify the Virgin Mary. The cross represents the Christian faith. The two colors on the shield suggest Christ's dual nature as the rounded shape of the shield recalls the sacred heart. The Latin words on the banner beneath the emblem express the four ideals of the university while the three folds of the banner suggest the Trinity.


The 1st dormitory
Grow in virtue in the company of your friends,
and meet your friends in the spirit of refinement.
The soul of this university is truth, goodness, beauty, and holiness.
Yours is the eternal pursuit of knowledge,
and the living of a life of shining virtue.
Make yourself new with every new day,
and remember that talents arise with manners polite and dignified.
God's blessings surround you,
and the earth dwells beneath a sky of goodness.
As the world finds harmony,
the will of God is obeyed.
May Fu Jen University be blessed with prosperity.

Academic units[edit]

Colleges, Schools and Faculty[edit]

College/school founding
Year founded
College of Liberal Arts
College of Education
College of Science and Engineering
College of Human Ecology
College of Foreign Languages
School of Law
College of Management
College of Fine Arts
College of Medicine
College of Social Science
College of Communication
Founded by the Chinese Catholic Bishops Conference
  • College of Liberal Arts (文學院)
  • College of Fine Arts (藝術學院)
  • College of Medicine (醫學院)
    • School of Medicine (醫學系)
  • College of Communication (傳播學院)
  • College of Education (教育學院)
Founded by the Society of the Divine Word
  • College of Science and Engineering (理工學院)
  • College of Foreign Languages (外語學院)
  • College of Human Ecology (民生學院)
Founded by the Society of Jesus
  • School of Law (法律學院, formerly Faculty of Law)
  • College of Management (管理學院)
  • College of Social Science (社會科學院)
  • Fu Jen Faculty of Theology of St. Robert Bellarmine (輔仁聖博敏神學院)
The Evening Division

Fu Jen Academia Catholica[edit]


Fu Jen Academia Catholica was inaugurated on August 1, 2008 to enable interdisciplinary pursuits in Catholic studies. The Academia consists of five Fu Jen academic institutes or centers: the Institute of Scholastic Philosophy, Institutem Historiae Ecclesiae, Center for the Study of Science and Religion, Monumenta Serica Sinological Research Center, and John Paul II Institute for Research into Dialogue for Peace.

Graduate School for Translation[edit]

Fu Jen established Taiwan's first graduate-level program in conference interpreting. The Graduate Institute of Translation and Interpreting Studies (GITIS) (翻譯學研究所) is the only MA-granting program in a private university conferring degrees and training in translation and interpretation in Chinese<>English and Chinese<>Japanese combinations (Chinese<>French having been discontinued.) Small class sizes and individualized attention from faculty keep the program popular among applicants and its graduates remain highly competitive on both the Taiwanese and international markets.

Language Center[edit]

Fu Jen has annexed a Mandarin Language Center (語言中心), established in 1964[9] to address the need for the foreign missionaries to learn Chinese. In 1969, with the approval of the Ministry of Education the center was renamed as “Language Center” (LC), which teaches non-degree Mandarin Chinese[10] courses, also Taiwanese[11] and every semester opens different cultural classes as Chinese Poetry, Calligraphy and Taijiquan.[12] The LC has hundred of students every semester from different parts of the world.[13]


  • Kungpo Memorial Library(文圖)
  • Schutte Memorial Library(理圖)
  • Fahy Memorial Library(社圖)
  • Paul Cardinal Shan Library(醫圖)
  • Theology Library(神圖)

Chairman of the Board of Trustees[edit]

  1. Chang Chih
  2. Thomas Tien Ken-sin, SVD
  3. Madame Chiang Kai-shek
  4. Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, SJ
  5. Most Rev. Joseph Ti-kang
  6. Most Rev. Joseph Wang Yu-jung
  7. Most Rev. Peter Liu Cheng-chung


  1. George Barry O'Toole (OSB)
  2. Chen Yuan
  3. Cardinal Paul Yü Pin
  4. Archbishop Stanislaus Lo Kuang
  5. Most Rev. Monsignor Gabriel Chen-Ying Ly
  6. Dr. Tuen-Ho Yang
  7. Dr. Ning-Yuean Lee, KHS
  8. Dr. Bernard Li, KSG, KHS
  9. Dr. Vincent Han-Sun Chiang

Notable alumni, faculty, and staff[edit]

Faculty, and staff
Hu Shih, Weng Wenhao, Chien Shih-Liang, Ji Xianlin, Zheng Zhenduo, Luo Changpei.

Affiliated schools[edit]

  • Keelung Fu Jen Sacred Heart Senior High School (輔大聖心高中), Keelung City, Taiwan
  • Keelung Fu Jen Sacred Heart Elementary School (輔大聖心小學), Keelung City, Taiwan

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