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Completed under the management of Zhang Guang-Shi, Xu Li-De and the college president, Chen Wei-Zhong, the school (then a two-year private junior college) started its first semester in September 1972 as Lien Ho Industrial and Technological Junior College. This college was the only higher education institution in the Miao-Li region at the time. On 1 August 1973, it was renamed to Lien Ho Junior College of Technology.
Initially for industry-related technologies, business and commerce courses were added into the curriculum. In 1992 the college was renamed Lien Ho College of Technology and Commerce. On July 1, 1995, the Board of Directors of the initial private college donated the school to the Ministry of Education, and the college officially became a public institution named the National Lien Ho College of Technology and Commerce. In 1999, the College was reorganized into an institute of technology as National Lien Ho Institute of Technology. On August 1, 2003, the institute was official upgraded to university status as National United University.