Tunghai University

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Tunghai University
The seal of Tunghai University
Motto 求眞 篤信 力行
(Truth, Faith, and Deeds)
Established 1955
Type Private
President Ming-Jer Tang
Location Xitun, Taichung, Republic of China (Taiwan)
24°10′41″N 120°36′13″E / 24.1779605°N 120.6036615°E / 24.1779605; 120.6036615Coordinates: 24°10′41″N 120°36′13″E / 24.1779605°N 120.6036615°E / 24.1779605; 120.6036615
Campus Urban
Mascot None
Affiliations Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia
Website www.thu.edu.tw
The Luce Memorial Chapel is a Christian chapel on the campus of Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan. It was designed by the architect and artist Chen Chi-Kwan in collaboration with the firm of noted architect I. M. Pei, and named in honor of the Rev. Henry W. Luce, an American missionary in China in the late 19th century and father of publisher Henry Luce.

Tunghai University (THU; Chinese: 東海大學; pinyin: Dōnghǎi Dàxué; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tang-hái Tāi-ha̍k) was founded by Methodist missionaries in 1955 as a comprehensive university. Moreover, Tunghai University was founded as the first private university making it the second oldest university in Taiwan, which earned the school its fame and reputation. The university is located at Xitun District, Taichung, Taiwan, an urbanized area. On the grounds, Luce Memorial Chapel (designed by noted architect I. M. Pei) is a local landmark. The logo of the university contains the cross in reference to the statement in the founding documents that it was "founded in the love of Jesus," and the three linked circles refer to the Holy Trinity as well as the motto, "Truth, Faith, Deeds."


Beginning with the founding of St. John’s University in 1865, the Protestant Church established, in all, 13 Christian universities in regions of mainland China, making a great contribution to the nation’s higher education. However, after 1949 these institutions were forced to close, thereby frustrating Christian education. The following year, a group of enthusiastic Chinese educators proposed to the United Board for Christian Colleges in China to foster the spirit of Chinese youth by establishing an ideal university in Taiwan, that would both continue the work of Christian education in China and inherit the grand tradition of the 13 mainland universities. In 1952, the Board’s secretary, Dr. William P. Fenn, made a trip to Taiwan to investigate the possibility. He decided to establish a university that would meet Taiwan’s needs and also maintain the highest academic standards. In June 1953, the Board sent Dr. Thomas W. Graham of Oberlin College, Ohio representing the organization, together with Dr. Fenn to set up a preparatory office and board to oversee the establishment of the school. They appointed Dr. Li-wu Hang to chair both the office and board. After careful assessment, Ta-tu Hill, west to Taichung City, was chosen as the site of the campus. The school was named Tunghai University meaning Eastern Sea to China.


Tunghai University is organized into eight colleges which contain 35 academic departments. Tunghai has always had a deep respect for the arts and humanities and the eight colleges continues and further expands the university’s horizon.

Arts College[edit]

  • Chinese Literature
  • Foreign Languages and Literature
  • History
  • Japanese
  • Philosophy
  • Graduate Institute of Religious Studies
  • The Chinese Language Center

Agriculture College[edit]

  • Animal Science
  • Food Science
  • Hospitality Management

Engineering College[edit]

  • Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Management College[edit]

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • Information Management
  • International Business
  • Statistics

Science College[edit]

  • Life Science
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Social Science College[edit]

  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

Fine Arts and Creative Design College[edit]

  • Fine Arts
  • Music
  • Architecture
  • Industrial Design
  • Landscape Architecture

Law College[edit]

Extension Education School[edit]

Chinese Language Center[edit]

Open since 1971, Tunghai's CLC was the first language training center in central Taiwan, and has seen thousands of students from around the world learn Mandarin.


List of presidents[edit]


The Tunghai University Library

The Tunghai University Main Library is located at the end of the Campus Mall.

Library holdings include, approximately, 600,000 volumes, 6,515 current serials, 21,523 electronic serials, nonprint formats, and rare books.[1]

Wei-Mei Climbing Wall

Student societies[edit]

Tunghai has more than one hundred student societies.

The Wei-Mei Climbing Wall was completed in 2004, in memory of Wei-Mei Lin, a leader of the Mountain Climbing Club, who died in a mountain accident in 2001. It is 12 meters high and 9 meters wide. In 2007, the wall burned down. It is now being rebuilt.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Library of THU, Trad. Chinese
  2. ^ Woodworth, Max (2002-03-17). "Atypical Taiwanese". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  3. ^ "Ben Wang". Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 

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