Fu Jen Catholic University

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Coordinates: 25°2′8.9″N 121°25′59.4″E / 25.035806°N 121.433167°E / 25.035806; 121.433167

Fu Jen Catholic University
Latin: Universitas Catholica Fu Jen
Other name
Motto Latin: Veritas, Bonitas, Pulchritudo, Sanctitas
Chinese: 真、善、美、聖[1]
Motto in English
Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Sanctity[2]
Type Private
Established Founded 1925, Re-established 1961
Affiliation Roman Catholic
President Dr Vincent Han-Sun Chiang (江漢聲), PhD
Academic staff
Undergraduates 22,395
Postgraduates 4,041
Location Xinzhuang, New Taipei City, Taiwan (Republic of China)
Campus Suburban
Colors Yellow     
Nickname Fuda (輔大)
Affiliations AACSB-Accredited
U9 League
Website www.fju.edu.tw
Fu Jen Catholic University
Traditional Chinese 大學
Simplified Chinese 大学

Fu Jen Catholic University (FJU, FJCU or simply Fu Jen; Chinese: 輔仁大學) is a private comprehensive university in New Taipei City, the most populous city in Taiwan. At the request of Pope Pius XI and Pope John XXIII, the university was founded in 1925 in Beijing and re-established in Taiwan in 1961.

Fu Jen is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit-affiliated institution of higher education in the Chinese-speaking world, it is especially known for its strong ties with the Roman Curia.[4] Among the Chinese, the university takes its name Fu Jen meaning "assistance" and "benevolence",[5] it is colloquially known as "FǔDà" (輔大). It has been ranked as one of Asia's top 100 and world's top 500 universities,[6][7] its transnational joint master's program "jMGEM" was ranked 43th globally by Financial Times in 2017.[8] To date, it is the 5th best ranked business school, top 8 colleges in alumni employment and the second largest university in the number of students in the country.[9][10]

The university has many collaborative institutions and exchange programs with other colleges in G8 countries, such as Stanford University in the US,[11] the University of Oxford in the UK, and Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Italy.[12] In the whole of Taiwan, it is the only university with an Italian Language and Literature Department,[13] the first one school there with AACSB accreditation (2005), and also the college was the earliest to promote PBL as pedagogy for medical education. Fu Jen alumni are referred to as "FǔDàRén" (輔大人), they include the Premier Lin Chuan, former First Lady Wang Guangmei, a number of politicians represented in the Legislative Yuan and professors at various world-class institutions.[14]

Fu Jen has established sister-school relationships with more than 376 universities worldwide,[15] such as the Notre Dame, UC Berkeley, Tohoku, and C9 League universities. In addition, Fu Jen is home to the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific, and also a key member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia, and International Federation of Catholic Universities.

Its campus adjoins the Fu Jen University Station, a metro station named after the university.


Main entrance
College of Medicine, and School of Continuing Education
Inside of the Cardinal Paul Yu Pin building


The institution was originally established in Beijing in 1925 by the Benedictines of St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, at the request of the Holy See. Fu Jen, then commonly known as The Catholic University of Peking, was itself a successor to the Fu Jen Academy (輔仁社), which was created through the efforts of Catholic scholars Ma Xiangbo and Ying Lianzhi. The university's first president (1925–1927) was the American missionary George Barry O'Toole, OSB. He was succeeded by Chen Yuan (陳垣), a Chinese Protestant, who remained university president until the school's forced closure by the Chinese government in 1952.

In 1933 the Benedictines in the United States, in the midst of the Great Depression, were no longer able to sustain Fu Jen's mission. Administration of the university passed to the Society of the Divine Word in Germany. Its affiliation with Germany, an ally of Imperial Japan, helped protect university personnel from extreme brutality inflicted elsewhere by occupying Imperial Japanese soldiers during the Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945). After the Communists assumed power in China in 1949, religious organisations, including the Catholic Church, began to be systematically repressed. In 1952 this intensified and the government merged Fu Jen with the Beijing Normal University, Peking University, Renmin University, China University of Political Science and Law, and Central University of Finance and Economics. Fu Jen was re-established in 1961 in Taiwan. The new school opened under the auspices of the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference, the Society of Jesus, and the Society of the Divine Word.[citation needed][16]

The university has since grown to comprise twelve colleges and schools and a hospital (2017).

Full name in history[edit]

Registered Chinese Name Pinyin English Name Use
1 輔仁社 Fǔrén Shè Fu Jen Academy 1913-1918
2 輔仁社麥瑪那國學專修科 Fǔrén Shè Màimǎnà Guóxué Zhuānxiūkē McManus Academy of Chinese Studies 1925
3 北京公教大學附屬輔仁社 Běijīng Gōngjiào Dàxué Fùshǔ Fǔrén Shè Catholic University of Peking 1925-1927
4 私立北京輔仁大學 Sīlì Běijīng Fǔrén Dàxué Catholic University of Peking 1927-1929
5 私立北平輔仁大學 Sīlì Běipíng Fǔrén Dàxué Catholic University of Peking 1929-1950
6 國立輔仁大學 Guólì Fǔrén Dàxué Furen University 1950-1952
7 私立輔仁大學 Sīlì Fǔrén Dàxué Fu Jen Catholic University 1961-1974
8 財團法人私立輔仁大學 Cáituán Fǎrén Sīlì Fǔrén Dàxué Fu Jen Catholic University 1974-2013
9 輔仁大學學校財團法人輔仁大學 Fǔrén Dàxué Xuéxiào Cáituán Fǎrén Fǔrén Dàxué Fu Jen Catholic University 2013-present


The university motto, "真、善、美、聖" in Chinese and Veritas, Bonitas, Pulchritudo, Sanctitas in Latin, expresses four ideals: Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Sanctity.

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.


The music for the FJCU Anthem was composed by the Chinese musician Hwang Yau-tai. The lyrics to the anthem was composed by Cardinal Paul Yü Pin, who also served as the 3rd President of the University.

Lyrics (Traditional Chinese) :


Organization and administration[edit]

College/school founding
Year founded
College of Liberal Arts
College of Education
College of Science and Engineering
College of Human Ecology
College of Foreign Languages
School of Law
College of Management
College of Fine Arts
College of Medicine
College of Social Science
College of Communication
College of Fashion & Textiles

Colleges and Schools[edit]

The University at present comprises 12 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.[17]

Founded by the Chinese Catholic Bishops Conference
  • College of Liberal Arts (文學院)
  • College of Fine Arts (藝術學院)
  • College of Medicine (醫學院)
    • School of Medicine (醫學系)
  • College of Communication (傳播學院)
  • College of Education (教育學院)
Founded by the Society of the Divine Word
  • College of Science and Engineering (理工學院)
  • College of Human Ecology (民生學院)
  • College of Fashion & Textiles (織品服裝學院)
  • College of Foreign Languages (外語學院)

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[18] 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,[19] Taiwanese,[20] and every semester offers cultural classes such as Chinese Poetry, Chinese Calligraphy, and Taijiquan.[21] The LC accommodates hundreds of students each semester from countries worldwide.[22]

Founded by the Society of Jesus
  • School of Law (法律學院, formerly Faculty of Law)
  • College of Management (管理學院)
  • College of Social Science (社會科學院)
  • Fu Jen Faculty of Theology of St. Robert Bellarmine (輔仁聖博敏神學院)
The School of Continuing and Extension Education


Cardinal Paul Yü Pin


Fu Jen's Xinzhuang campus is a small forest; it is known as "tree house campus".[23]

Bird-eye's view of northeast-part of campus
Bird-eye's view of central-part of campus


Fu Jen Academia Catholica[edit]

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.


  • Kungpo Memorial Library (Library for College of Literature)
  • Schutte Memorial Library (Library for College of Engineering)
  • Fahy Memorial Library (Library for College of Law)
  • Paul Cardinal Shan Library (Library for College of Medicine)
  • Theology Library

University rankings[edit]

University rankings (overall)
QS Asia
(Asian Ranking version)[24]
General 146
QS World[25] General 601+

Fu Jen ranks at the top of Taiwan's private universities for top-ranked fields of study and distinguished alumni. In UW-Madison's description, Fu Jen is one of Taiwan's top private schools.[26] It has earned particular distinction for its philosophy, sinology, linguistics, mass communication, textiles, law, management, physical education, and clinical medicine programs.

  • THES - QS World University Rankings
According to the THES - QS World University Rankings, the Fu Jen Catholic University ranks in reputation as 501th university worldwide. (2009).
  • Asiaweek (Singapore) University Rankings
According to the Asiaweek, the Fu Jen Catholic University ranks in reputation as 63rd university Asia, 9th university Taiwan. (1999).
  • Taiwan's World TOP 1000 Business School
By Eduniversal[27]
Taiwan Business School Level 2014 Recommendation Rate (per 1000) School
1 UNIVERSAL 252 ‰ National Taiwan University - College of Management
2 TOP 164 ‰ National Chengchi University - College of Commerce
3 EXCELLENT 140 ‰ National Sun Yat-sen University - College of Management
4 EXCELLENT 104 ‰ Taiwan Tech - School of Management
5 EXCELLENT 60 ‰ Fu Jen Catholic University - College of Management
6 EXCELLENT 56 ‰ National Chiao Tung University - College of Management
7 GOOD 72 ‰ National Cheng Kung University - College of Management

Notable alumni, faculty, and staff[edit]

Faculty, and staff
Hu Shih, Weng Wenhao, Chien Shih-Liang, Ji Xianlin, Zheng Zhenduo, Luo Changpei.

Affiliated schools[edit]

Service-Learning Center[edit]

The Service-Learning Center consolidate resources to advance service-learning courses and enrich participants.[28]

In 2015, Fu Jen Catholic University Service-Learning Center orgnised the 5th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning.[29][30]

See also[edit]





  1. ^ "校歌". Fu Jen Catholic University. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ Fu Jen Life (PDF) (1), Fu Jen Catholic U., p. 8, retrieved July 15, 2014 
  3. ^ http://www.person.fju.edu.tw/statistics/99.htm
  4. ^ Due to its history and Catholic affiliation, it also uses the name '天主教輔仁大學'.
  5. ^ Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital Introduction-English Version
  6. ^ ASIANOW | The Asiaweek Best Universities 1999 | The Rankings | #63 Fu Jen Catholic University
  7. ^ moveonnet - Higher Education Worldwide — Fu Jen Catholic University
  8. ^ Business school rankings from the Financial Times - FT.com
  9. ^ Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan - Institutions - UniversityRankings.ch
  10. ^ CWUR 2015 | Top Universities in Taiwan
  11. ^ Taiwan Wellness Living Laboratory Stanford Medicine
  12. ^ 梵蒂岡官方報導教廷宗座聖多瑪斯大學與輔仁大學合作新學位計畫 - 最新消息 - 駐教廷大使館 Embassy of the Republic of China(TAIWAN) to the Holy See Archived July 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ http://www.italy.fju.edu.tw/layout/oneblue/vvindex.jsp?version=EN
  14. ^ List of Fu Jen Catholic University alumni.
  15. ^ http://aec.oie.fju.edu.tw/school/list
  16. ^ The University History
  17. ^ http://hompi.sogang.ac.kr/2009glp/2009glp_f_1_1.html
  18. ^ http://www.lc.fju.edu.tw/en_history.htm
  19. ^ http://www.lc.fju.edu.tw/en_normal.htm
  20. ^ http://www.lc.fju.edu.tw/en_particular.htm
  21. ^ http://www.lc.fju.edu.tw/en_culture.htm
  22. ^ http://www.lc.fju.edu.tw/en_student.htm
  23. ^ 輔仁大學-學務處-學生學習中心: 輔大戶外樹下學習平台的來龍去脈
  24. ^ "QS Asian University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  25. ^ "QS World University Rankings". QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2012–2013. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  26. ^ http://www.grad.wisc.edu/admin/gradcoordinators/iadmiss/000014041.html
  27. ^ http://www.eduniversal-ranking.com/business-school-university-ranking-in-taiwan.html
  28. ^ "Service-Learning Center". Fu Jen Catholic University. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  29. ^ "5th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning Focused on Community Engagement". meettaiwan.com. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017. 
  30. ^ "5th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning “Love Journey: Community Engagement through Service-Learning”". Fu Jen Catholic University Service-Learning Center. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017. 

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