Nanhua University

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Nanhua University
Type Private
President Lin, Tsong-Ming (林聰明)
Academic staff 220
Undergraduates 5,154(2013)
Postgraduates 1,525
Location Dalin Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan
Campus Rural
Website Nanhua University

Nanhua University (NHU; Chinese: 南華大學; pinyin: Nánhuá Dàxué) is a university located in Dalin Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan. Founded in 1996 as the Nanhua College of Management, it was elevated to university status in 1999. The university was founded by the Buddhist monk Hsing Yun of Fo Guang Shan. It is adjacent to National Chung Cheng University.


Located in Chiayi, Taiwan, Nanhua University was founded in 1996 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. Through the support of millions of Fo Guang Shan worshippers, the first comprehensive university of Fo Guang Shan was funded. The school is also a member of “Fo Guang Shan’s Associated Universities,” the country’s first cross-nation university system. Currently, the school has about 5,200 students and a strong faculty of 220 full-time teachers. The proportion of assistant professors to full-time teachers above is more than 96%, and the proportion of doctorates among them is 91%, which means the school ranks among the top private universities.

The school is built on a mountain slope and set in a quaint garden. The school area is about 63 hectares, with vast grasslands and towering trees. The unique natural environment of the elegant and quiet campus has earned the school the name “Forest University.” The rare and protected species and the natural and cultural ecology make the school the perfect model for promoting green campuses and environmental education.

The school primarily focuses on general education and the humanistic spirit. It is an important institution in the southern region for national general education, and the school currently has General Education Center and Five Colleges: Management, Humanities, Social sciences, Arts, and Science and Technology. There are 21 undergraduate departments, 24 master’s programs, and a doctoral program. The Department of Life-and-Death Studies is renowned nationwide. Other well-known departments include the Department of Biotechnology, the Department of Tourism Management, the Department of Architecture and Landscape Design, the Department of Ethnomusicology, the Graduate Institute of Religious Studies, the Graduate Institute of Nonprofit Management, and the Graduate Institute of Natural Healing Sciences. Moreover, general education with award-winning performance year after year has further raised the school’s good reputation.

At the same time, transnational learning programs, including international student exchanges, overseas study, and e-learning platform (wireless internet / digital media / language learning), strongly promote the unique features and competitiveness of the school.[1]


  • College of Management
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Arts
  • College of Science and Technology

Graduate Institutes[edit]

  • Graduate Institute of Religious Studies
  • Graduate Institute of European Studies
  • Graduate Institute of Sociology of Education
  • Graduate Institute of Information Management
  • Graduate Institute of Natural Healing Sciences

Exchange Institutions[edit]

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Coordinates: 23°34′09″N 120°29′39″E / 23.5693°N 120.4941°E / 23.5693; 120.4941