Soochow University (Taiwan)

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Not to be confused with another university in mainland China also translated to Soochow University (蘇州大學).
Soochow University
Soochow University seal
Motto 養天地正氣 法古今完人[1]
Motto in English
Unto A Full Grown Man[2]
Established Founded 1900,
"Reactivated" 1951
Type Private
President Wei-Ta Pan (2012-)
Academic staff
448 full-time, 747 part-time
Undergraduates 12,000
Postgraduates 1,100
Location Taipei City, Taiwan
Campus Semi-rural, 37.5 acres (0.152 km²)
Endowment US$-- (NT$--)
Mascot None
Affiliations Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia
Website (English)

Soochow University (Chinese: 東吳大學; pinyin: Dōngwú Dàxué) or Dong Wu University is a private university located in Taipei, Taiwan. Although the Soochow University in Taiwan maintains a church and a Methodist minister in residence, it may be considered a secular institution. Soochow University is considered to be one of the best private universities in Taiwan.


The original Soochow University was founded by Methodists in Suzhou, Jiangsu, Qing Dynasty in 1900 as a merger of three existing institutions: the Buffington Institute and the Kung Hang School in the city of Soochow (now spelled Suzhou), in Jiangsu Province, and the Anglo-Chinese College in Shanghai.

After the Chinese Civil War, members of the Soochow Alumni Association who fled to Taiwan established a new institution there in 1951. A law school was opened in 1954, and a full university was certified in 1971.[3] As a new Soochow University was later founded on the original site in 1982, there would be a Soochow University in Taiwan and a Soochow University in Jiangsu.


Front entrance of Main Campus
Front entrance of Downtown Campus
Zhongzheng Campus Library

The Soochow University in Taiwan has two branches: a downtown branch located near the ROC presidential office in Taipei's Zhongzheng district and the main campus located near the National Palace Museum in Taipei's Shilin district. The law and business colleges are located in the downtown campus. All other colleges are located in the main campus.

Faculty and student housing are available on the main campus although they cannot meet demand. There are three female student dorms and two male student dorms with a total occupancy of 1,500. Many students commute to campus by bus and the subway system.


Taiwan's first private university is headed by a president and a board of trustees. The University is divided into five schools or colleges, each having a variety of departments:

  • School of Arts and Social Science
    • Department of Chinese Literature
    • Department of History
    • Department of Philosophy
    • Department of Political Science
    • Department of Sociology
    • Department of Social Work
    • Department of Music
    • Center for Teacher Education
  • School of Foreign Language and Culture
    • Department of English
    • Department of Japanese Language and Literature
    • Department of German Language and Literature
    • Language Center
  • School of Science
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Microbiology
    • Department of Psychology
  • School of Law
  • School of Business
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Accounting
    • Department of Business Administration
    • Department of International Business
    • Department of Computer and Information Science
    • Undergraduate Program of Business


Sports play an important role in campus life. The downtown campus has tennis and basketball courts. The main campus has indoor and outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, a race track, a mini rock climbing wall, and a field that is used for both softball and soccer. Each year the university holds two major student athletic events.

Much of the sports facilities on the main campus are on land owned by the Taipei city government rather than by the university. The city government has considered in the past to reclaim the land to build an expressway, but has decided to back off with this project.


The university has 183 student clubs or societies.


The Ultramarathon
  • 24-hour International Ultramarathon: Runners from several countries, students, faculty, and celebrities such as Ryoichi Sekiya and Mami Kudo participate in this annual event. Only very few of the contestants venture running for the entire duration of the twenty-four hour marathon. Portable toilets are set up near the race track with one or two toilets reserved for certain internationally renowned runners. Some spectators set up tents near the track and camp the entire night watching the marathon.
  • Campus Christmas Carol: Students from the music department visit the faculty residential apartment complexes to sing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve. Having people singing Christmas carols in the neighborhood is a rare sight in Taiwan since Christians make up a small minority of the Taiwanese population.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Bai Pei-ying, Former Taiwan Finance Minister (1992–1993); Board Chairman of the Chung Yuan Christian University
  • Cheng Chung-mo, Taiwan Grand Justice and Vice President of the Judicial Yuan (1999–2006)
  • Chou Chih-P'ing, Professor of East Asia Studies, Princeton University, U.S.
  • Chu Yen-Ping, Taiwan Famous Films and TV Director
  • Chang Chien-Chi, well-known photographer; Winner of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography (1999); member of the Magnum Photos agency, New York
  • Lee Choa-Hsiu, President of the Tainan National University of the Arts (2007–), and at the age of 42, was the country's youngest national university president.
  • Frank C.J. Liu., Former Franklin Templeton Investments chief representative for China and President of Franklin Templeton Investments (Taiwan).
  • Liu San-chi, President of the Yu Da College of Business; Former Minister of the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) of Executive Yuan, Taiwan
  • Hsu Shu-Hsiang, President of the Transworld Institute of Technology (2006–)
  • Lu Reng-kong, Chairman of the Da An Commercial Bank; Former Taiwan Finance Minister (1984–1985)
  • Shieh Jhy-Wey, Taiwan's Representative to Germany (Taipeh Vertretung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland; 2005.5 –); Dean of the School of Foreign Languages of Soochow University (1996–2002)
  • Tu Yin-tzyong, Chairman of the Citigroup Global Markets Taiwan Ltd; Executive Vice President of the Goldman Sachs Group, New York
  • Members of the Legislative Yuan: Hung Chao-nan; Chang Ching-fang; Hsu Chung-hsiung; Cheng Kuei-lien; Lin Hsu Shao-Ping; Cheng San-yuan; Hsu Yuan-kuo

Noted Soochow faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Facts about Soochow U.". Soochow U. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "About SU". Soochow U. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Soochow University (2010). History. Retrieved 2 October 2010.

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Coordinates: 25°05′43″N 121°32′44″E / 25.09528°N 121.54556°E / 25.09528; 121.54556