Fu Jen Catholic University (FJU or simply Fu Jen; Chinese: 輔仁大學), formerly The Catholic University of Peking, is a private, co-educational university founded by the Holy See, located in New Taipei City, Taiwan. It is the oldest Jesuit-Catholic university in the Sinophone world and is known for its strong ties with the Roman Curia. It takes its name from the ChineseFu Jen meaning "assistance" and "benevolence". Among the Chinese, it is colloquially known as "FǔDà" (輔大). To date, Fu Jen is the only university with an Italian Language and Literature Department in the country. The university was ranked in the top 400 worldwide in Arts & Humanities, and in the top 8 in Taiwan in alumni employment.
The University at present comprises 11 colleges with a student body of more than 25,000. It is especially known for its academic excellence in philosophy, sinology, foreign languages, mass communication, graphic design, law, management, physical education, medicine, applied science, and engineering. 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 their Catholic inspiration.
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, the university motto, express the four ideals of the university while the three folds of the banner suggest the Trinity.
Taiwan period (early)
Full name in history
1913–1918: Fu Jen Academy (輔仁社, pinyin: Fǔrén Shè)
1925: McManus Academy of Chinese Studies (輔仁社麥瑪那國學專修科, pinyin: Fǔrén Shè Màimǎnà Guóxué Zhuānxiūkē)
1925–1927: The Catholic University of Peking (北京公教大學附屬輔仁社, pinyin: Běijīng Gōngjiào Dàxué Fùshǔ Fǔrén Shè)
1927–1929: The Catholic University of Peking (私立北京輔仁大學, pinyin: Sīlì Běijīng Fǔrén Dàxué)
1929–1950: The Catholic University of Peking (私立北平輔仁大學, pinyin: Sīlì Běipíng Fǔrén Dàxué)
1950–1952:Furen University (國立輔仁大學, pinyin: Guólì Fǔrén Dàxué)
1961–1974: Fu Jen Catholic University (私立輔仁大學, pinyin: Sīlì Fǔrén Dàxué)
1974–2013: Fu Jen Catholic University (財團法人私立輔仁大學, pinyin: Cáituán Fǎrén Sīlì Fǔrén Dàxué)
2013–present: Fu Jen Catholic University (輔仁大學學校財團法人輔仁大學, pinyin: Fǔrén Dàxué Xuéxiào Cáituán Fǎrén Fǔrén Dàxué)
Fu Jen University 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 both in Taiwan and internationally.
Also Fu Jen has annexed a Mandarin Language Center (語言中心), established in 1964 to address the need for foreign missionaries to learn Chinese. In 1969, with the approval of the Ministry of Education, the center was renamed “Language Center” (LC). It teaches non-degree Mandarin Chinese courses,Taiwanese, and every semester offers cultural classes such as Chinese Poetry, Calligraphy, and Taijiquan. The LC accommodates hundreds of students each semester from countries worldwide.
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.