Providence University

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Not to be confused with Providence College.
Providence University
靜宜大學
ProvidenceUniversityTaiwan-logo.jpg
Motto 進德、修業[1]
Motto in English Virtue with Knowledge[2]
Established 1956
Type Private (Roman Catholic)
President 唐傳義
Academic staff 346
Students 11,895
Undergraduates 10,716
Postgraduates 1,179
Location Shalu, Taichung, Taiwan
24°13′37″N 120°34′48″E / 24.22694°N 120.58000°E / 24.22694; 120.58000Coordinates: 24°13′37″N 120°34′48″E / 24.22694°N 120.58000°E / 24.22694; 120.58000
Affiliations Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia
Website www.pu.edu.tw

Providence University (PU; Chinese: 靜宜大學; pinyin: Jìngyí Dàxué) is a Catholic co-educational institution in Shalu District, Taichung City, Taiwan.

History[edit]

Providence University was founded by an American congregation, the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (Indiana, United States).[3] In the summer of 1919, Bishop Joseph Tacconi of Kaifeng, Henan Province, mainland China, met with Sisters of Providence general superior Mother Mary Cleophas Foley to request sisters for a school for young women in Kaifeng. In 1921 Mother Marie Gratia Luking (1885–1964) and five other Sisters of Providence founded the Hua-Mei Girls' Elementary and High Schools there, one of the first schools for girls in China. In the spring of 1929, the school was forced to close because of political turbulence.

The Providence Sisters, enthusiastic about female education, endeavored to establish another school in spite of the critical situation. In 1932, by the effort of the Board of Trustees, Ching-Yi Girls' High School was instituted in Kaifeng. Cardinal Paul Yü Pin was the first chairperson of the Board of Trustees, and Chi-Liang Ing was the first president of the school. In 1942, Mother Gratia and the other sisters were imprisoned and did not regain their freedom until 1945. In 1948, the war between the Kuomintang Party and the Communist Party forced the sisters to retreat first to Shanghai and later to Taiwan.[4]

Faculties[edit]

  • College of Foreign Languages and Literature
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Science
  • College of Management
  • College of Computing and Informatics

Providence University in the media[edit]

Recently Providence University hit the news with a new course offered in mass communication. Students learn how to appreciate and analyse viewers' reactions to porn movies.[5]

Transportation[edit]

The university is accessible East from Shalu Station of the Taiwan Railways Administration.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "靜宜特色". Providence University. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Who We Are". Providence University. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Providence University Homepage
  4. ^ About Providence University
  5. ^ "Porn offered as a university course", Cape Times, 16 January 2009