Tunghai University

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Tunghai University
The seal of Tunghai University
Motto 求眞 篤信 力行[1]
Motto in English
Truth, Faith, Deeds[1]
Type Private
Established 1955
President Mao-Jiun Wang
Location Xitun, Taichung, 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 Suburban, 1.35 km2 (0.52 sq mi)
Affiliations AALAU, ACUCA, United Board[2]
Mascot None
Website www.thu.edu.tw
Tunghai University
Traditional Chinese 東海大學
Simplified Chinese 东海大学
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; traditional Chinese: 東海大學; simplified Chinese: 东海大学) was founded by Methodist missionaries in 1955 as a comprehensive university, the first private university and the second oldest university in Taiwan.[citation needed] The university is located in Xitun District, Taichung, Taiwan, an urbanized area. On the grounds, the Luce Memorial Chapel (designed by noted architects Chen Chi-kwan and I. M. Pei) is a local landmark. The logo of the university contains a 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".[1]

The name "Tunghai" is the Wade–Giles romanization of the Chinese characters 東海 (Dōnghǎi in pinyin), literally meaning "the east coast of the Taiwan Strait".


Tunghai University was founded on the Dadu Plateau, west of Taichung City, in 1955 by Methodist missionaries.[3] The sitting US Vice President, Richard Nixon, had spoken at the ground-breaking ceremony in 1953.[4] The school was named "Tunghai" ("east sea") based on its position east of the Taiwan Strait.[5]

List of presidents[edit]


Tunghai University is organized into nine colleges of agriculture, engineering, fine arts & creative design, humanities (called the "College of Arts"), international studies, law, management, science, and social science, which contain 34 academic departments.[6]

Chinese Language Center[edit]

Established in 1970,[7] Tunghai's CLC was the first language training center in central Taiwan.[citation needed]


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.[8]

Student societies[edit]

Wei-Mei Climbing Wall

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. ^ a b c "Tunghai Totems (in Chinese)". Tunghai U. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  2. ^ https://unitedboard.org/about-us/our-network/
  3. ^ "History". Tunghai U. Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  4. ^ Li, Xiaobing; Li, Hongshan (1998). China and the United States: A New Cold War History. Lanham, Maryland, US: University Press of America. p. 159. ISBN 0761809775. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  5. ^ "Tunghai Totems (in Chinese)". Tunghai U. Retrieved 2014-11-06. 杭氏見該地適在臺灣海峽的東側,傾向用「海東」兩字,經凌純聲先生建議「東海」一名更佳,乃告決定。(Transl.: Mr. Hang, seeing the site on the east side of the Taiwan Strait, proposed the name "Haitung" ("east of the sea"). Mr. Ling proposed that "Tunghai" ("east sea") would sound better, and it was decided.)
  6. ^ "Introduction". Tunghai U. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  7. ^ "Introduction". 東海大學 華語中心 (Tunghai CLC). Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  8. ^ Library of THU, Trad. Chinese
  9. ^ Woodworth, Max (2002-03-17). "Atypical Taiwanese". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  10. ^ "Ben Wang". Georgia Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2013-03-25.

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