I-Shou University

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I-Shou University
義守大學
義守大學校徽.jpg
I-Shou University
Former names
Kaohsiung Polytechnic Institute (高雄工學院)
Motto 務實創新
Motto in English
Pragmatism and Innovation
Type Private university
Established 1986 (as Kaohsiung Polytechnic Institute)
1997 (as ISU)
President Dr. Jei-fu Shaw (蕭介夫)
Vice-president Dr. Julia L. Lin (林麗娟)
Dr. Liang-cheng Lee (李樑堅)
Provost Dr. Jaw-min Chou (周兆民)
Founder Mr. I-shou Lin (林義守)
Academic staff
567 (Full-time)
Students 16,373 (2016)
Location

Main Campus
No.1, Sec.1, Syuecheng Rd.,
Dashu District,
Kaohsiung City 84001,
Taiwan, R.O.C.

Medical Campus
No. 8, Yida Rd.,
Jiaosu Village,
Yanchao District,
Kaohsiung City 82445,
Taiwan, R.O.C.

22°26′00″N 120°14′32″E / 22.4333°N 120.2423°E / 22.4333; 120.2423Coordinates: 22°26′00″N 120°14′32″E / 22.4333°N 120.2423°E / 22.4333; 120.2423
Campus Suburban
Website www.isu.edu.tw
I-Shou University
Traditional Chinese 義守大學

Formerly known as Kaohsiung Polytechnic Institute (KPI), I-Shou University (ISU; Chinese: 義守大學) is a private university in Dashu District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. ISU was established in 1986 by I-Shou Lin, the founder of E United Group, to commemorate his mother as well as to benefit the villages and towns where he started his business. KPI was officially upgraded and renamed I-Shou University on August 1, 1997.

ISU has nine colleges and one center: College of Electrical & Information Engineering, College of Science & Engineering, College of Management, College of Communication & Design, International College, College of Tourism & Hospitality, College of Language Arts, College of Medicine, College of Indigenous Studies, and Center for General Education. It has 42 departments offering 19 master’s programs, 7 doctoral programs, 4 bachelor’s degree programs for indigenous peoples, 19 evening bachelor's degree programs, 2 two-year in-service bachelor's degree programs, and 12 in-service master’s programs.

In 2014, ISU was endorsed by the National Academy of Investors as one of the top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents and included in the list of prominent innovation universities. ISU has been included in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for three years in a row (2015-2017) and ranked among the top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings for two years in a row (2016-2017). Moreover, ISU was selected as one of the best universities in the Asia-Pacific region by the Times Higher Education in 2017.

In 2016, the College of Management, the College of Tourism and Hospitality, and the International College earned the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation. ISU is the 14th institution that earns the AACSB accreditation in Taiwan and was the first university in the world receiving the three-college accreditation with one review visit.

History[edit]

  • 1986: Kaohsiung Polytechnic Institute was founded.
  • 1990: Initial student recruitment
  • 1997: The institute was renamed as 'I-Shou University'.
  • 1999: The establishment of the Yanchao Campus was approved.
  • 2006: The Yanchao Campus was inaugurated.
  • 2009: The International College was established, providing students with a total immersion learning environment in English.
  • 2010: Initial student recruitment for the School of Chinese Medical for Post Baccalaureate
  • 2011: The College of Communication & Design and the College of Tourism & Hospitality were established.
  • 2012: Initial student recruitment for the bachelor's degree Program for Indigenous Peoples in Communication & Design and the bachelor's degree Program for Indigenous Peoples in Tourism & Hospitality
  • 2013: Initial student recruitment for the School of Medicine for International Students and the bachelor's degree Program for Indigenous Peoples in Nursing. The College of Medicine was officially established after 13 years' effort.
  • 2014: The Yanchao Campus was renamed as the Medical Campus.
  • 2015: Initial student recruitment for the bachelor's degree Program for Indigenous Peoples in Long-term Care
  • 2016: The College of Indigenous Studies was established.
  • 2017: Initial student recruitment for the Department of Medical Laboratory Science

ISU Presidents[edit]

Year President
1990–2011 Dr. Shen-li Fu
2011–2012 Dr. Wan-long Hong (acting)
2012–present Dr. Jei-fu Shaw

Academic Programs[edit]

College of Electrical and Information Engineering[edit]

The College of Electrical and Information Engineering aspires to cultivate young and promising engineers, explore new possibilities in the fields of electrical and information engineering and information management technology, and form interdisciplinary research teams. There are seven major research areas:

  • machine learning and evolutionary computation;
  • intelligent information systems;
  • e-business;
  • image/video processing and analysis;
  • high-speed network;
  • optoelectronics; and
  • prospective communication network technology.

The curriculum highlights the importance of knowledge-action integration. To help students get more hands-on experience and gain a competitive edge in future employment market, the college invites industrial professionals to give lectures to broaden and deepen students’ knowledge as well as helping them better prepared for the job market in different sectors. Additionally, innovation is a key element of the education the college provides – helping students remain competitive and encouraging faculty members to use flipped classroom strategies for entrepreneurship cultivation.

College of Science and Engineering[edit]

The College of Science and Engineering aspires to nurture students to become all-round engineering professionals who have expertise in relevant fields, acquire mastery of the application of theories, and develop a habit of active learning. The cultivation of professional competencies is achieved through an integrated curriculum and a wide variety of inter-departmental/college programs (e.g., environmental engineering, electronic packaging, nanotechnology, green engineering, 3D printing, iron & steel, planning & management for leisure & tourism facilities). By so doing, students are offered with plenty of opportunities to develop competencies and gain a competitive edge in future employment market. Additionally, the College’s educational objective is to nurture science & engineering talents equipped with professional knowledge, practical skills, professional ethics, concepts of sustainable development and global perspectives, in hopes of giving students a solid foundation for future employment and further studies.

College of Management[edit]

The College of Management has six departments, including the Department of Industrial Management, the Department of Business Administration, the Department of Finance, the Department of Accounting, the Department of International Business, and the Department of Public Policy & Management, offering bachelor's degrees, evening bachelor's degrees, master’s, in-service master’s, and PhD programs to youth and adults for an opportunity to pursue higher education. In 2012, the IMBA Program was rated “highly recommended” by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China. In February 2016, the college earned the internationally recognized AACSB accreditation, making ISU ranked among the top 5% of more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees.

College of Communication and Design[edit]

The College of Communication and Design is one of the few in the world (and the only in Taiwan) that combines mass communication, product design, film & television, and digital media design within one college. The College offers bachelor's degree programs, evening bachelor's degree programs, and master’s programs. All the departments of the College pass the Program Accreditation conducted by the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan.

The college champions knowledge-action integration, promotes integrated teaching & research, seeks close cooperation with industries, and develops local features. In addition, the College actively applies for industry-government-university collaboration projects or research projects, establishes the Southern Taiwan Cultural and Creative Industry Alliance, and enters into partnership with industries for cross-industry cooperation and talent cultivation.

International College[edit]

The International College was established in 2009. It is an all English institute that offers bachelor’s programs in international business administration, international finance, international tourism & hospitality, and entertainment management. The college offers high quality course design and state-of-the-art facilities, and it has been highly recognized by the Ministry of Education and accredited by the AACSB. There are some 700 students, 1/3 of whom are international students. It has a stellar cast of 30+ faulty members, all of whom have PhD degrees from prominent universities worldwide and are highly international. The students and faculty represent more than 20 countries and enjoy a truly multicultural and inclusive learning environment.

College of Tourism and Hospitality[edit]

The College of Tourism and Hospitality was established in academic year 2011, and it has four departments: Tourism, Leisure Management, Hospitality Management, and Culinary Arts Management.

The college creates a learning environment equipped with state-of-the-art teaching facilities and applies the concept of learning by doing to its curriculum. In addition, all the students are required to complete an internship of at least six months in hopes of helping them better prepared with skills and knowledge required to enter the job market once they have graduated.

The college earned the AACSB accreditation in 2016, which greatly facilitates the internationalization of its curriculum. By bearing its mission in mind, the college will surely continue to flourish and cultivate more young talents in tourism, leisure management, and hospitality.

College of Language Arts[edit]

The College of Language Arts was established in 2011, and it has two departments and one center: the Department of Applied English, the Department of Japanese, and the Foreign Language Center. It has a student body of nearly 1,000, and some 70 full- and part-time faculty members specializing in fields including languages, teaching and translation. The college creates a learning environment equipped with state-of-the-art teaching facilities, such as multi-media computer centers, multimedia language learning labs, an English situation classroom, a simultaneous interpretation lab, reading rooms, etc. Both departments offer a wide variety of courses, including professional skill courses, all-English courses, modular courses, and service-learning courses, and make great effort to enter into industry-university collaboration projects and internship programs to help students get hands-on experience and serve the current and future needs of the industry.

College of Medicine[edit]

The College of Medicine has twelve departments: the Department of Biomedical Engineering (including a master’s program), the Department of Healthcare Administration (including a master’s program), the Department of Nursing (including a master’s program, a two-year in-service bachelor's degree program, and a bachelor's degree program for indigenous peoples), the Department of Biological Science and Technology (including a master’s program), the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences (including a two-year in-service bachelor's degree program), the Department of Physical Therapy, the Department of Occupational Therapy, the Department of Nutrition, the Department of Health Management (including an evening bachelor's degree program), the School of Chinese Medicine for Post Baccalaureate (including a master’s program), the School of Medicine for International Students, the bachelor's degree Program for Indigenous Peoples in Long-term Care, and the Department of Medical Laboratory Science. In addition, the College will continue to strive for the establishment of the School of Medicine.

College of Indigenous Studies[edit]

The Indigenous Development Center, the predecessor of the College of Indigenous Studies, was established in 2011 as one of the first-level administrative units. Since 2012, the University has established four bachelor's degree programs for indigenous peoples. In 2013, the university established the Pulima Innovation Workshop and initiated a project on cultivation of indigenous talents in cultural creativity. These initiatives have shown the university’s determination to nurture indigenous professionals in different areas.

To enhance the horizontal connection and communication among bachelor's degree programs for indigenous peoples, make the most use of teaching recourses at different colleges, and develop the curriculum that features indigenous cultures, the Indigenous Development Center was upgraded to the College of Indigenous Studies, the ninth college of the University, in February 2016. The college is the second indigenous college in Taiwan and the first one in western Taiwan. The upgrading to the College of Indigenous Studies will build a solid foundation for sustainable cultivation and development of promising indigenous youths.

Board of Management and Business Education[edit]

Center for General Education[edit]

International Partnerships[edit]

ISU has entered into partnership with educational establishments in Europe, the United States, Australia, Asia, etc., providing students with plenty of opportunities to study overseas, participate in an exchange program, or pursue a joint dual-degree. For example, ISU entered into the Plus One Agreement and the Dual master's degree Arrangement with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in February 2017. Students participating in the trilateral program for one-year exchange jointly established with Nottingham Trent University, England, and Solbridge International School of Business, Woosong University, South Korea, can complete part of their education overseas within one year.

There are 513 partner universities and high schools, including 45 in Europe, the United States and Australia; 24 in northeast Asia; 72 in other regions in Asia; 164 in mainland China; and 207 in Hong Kong and Macau.

For more details, please visit: http://www2.isu.edu.tw/interface/showpage.php?dept_mno=29100&dept_id=0&page_id=5949

Rankings[edit]

Title Year Place
THE World University Rankings 2017-2018 801-1000
THE Best Universities in the Asia-Pacific Region 2017 200+
THE Asia University Rankings 2017 201-250
THE World University Rankings 2016-2017 801+
THE Asia University Rankings 2016 191-200
THE World University Rankings 2015-2016 600-800
Webometrics Rankings of World Universities 2016 908
UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2015 5 (Taiwan)
Center for World University Ranking 2014 994

Evaluations and Accreditation[edit]

  • 2016: The College of Management, the College of Tourism and Hospitality, and the International College were accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
  • 2015: All the engineering-related departments passed the IEET (Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan) Accreditation, and the accreditation is valid for a period of three years.
  • 2014: All the departments established for three years or more passed the Second-Cycle Program Evaluation.
  • 2013: ISU passed both the 2013 Evaluation of General Education and the Second-Cycle Program Evaluation.
  • 2013: ISU was ranked as “Recommended” (the highest level) for the 2012 Evaluation Plan of Learning Environment for International Students in Taiwanese Universities/Colleges by the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan.
  • 2012: The IMBA Program of the College of Management was ranked as “Highly Recommended” for the evaluation of English-taught degree programs by the Ministry of Education.
  • 2012: All the engineering-related departments passed the IEET (Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan) Accreditation with a validity of three years.
  • 2011: ISU passed all five categories of the Institutional Accreditation.
  • 2011: ISU received “Recommended” for the evaluation of English-taught degree programs of the Ministry of Education.

Campuses[edit]

The Main Campus is in the Guanyinshan area and accommodates the College of Electrical & Information Engineering, the College of Management, the College of Science & Engineering, the College of Language Arts, the College of Tourism & Hospitality, the College of Communication & Design, the International College, the College of Indigenous Studies, and the Center for General Education.

The Medical Campus, across from E-DA Hospital in Yanchao District of Kaohsiung City, was opened in 2006 to accommodate the College of Medicine. ISU was approved by the Ministry of Education to establish the School of Chinese Medicine for Post Baccalaureate in Academic Year 2010, and then the School of Medicine for International Students with all courses taught in English in 2013. The establishment of the College of Medicine was officially approved by the Ministry of Education.

Campus Scenery[edit]

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