Tzu Chi University

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Tzu Chi University
The Logo of Tzu Chi University
Motto 慈悲喜捨 (Chinese)[1]
Motto in English
Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Unselfish Giving[2]
Type Private
Established 1994
Endowment NT$ 1.2 billion
($ 40 million)
President Pen-Jung, Weng
Academic staff
Undergraduates 3,308
Postgraduates 579
Location Hualien City, Taiwan,  Taiwan
23°59′37″N 121°35′21″E / 23.99353°N 121.58918°E / 23.99353; 121.58918Coordinates: 23°59′37″N 121°35′21″E / 23.99353°N 121.58918°E / 23.99353; 121.58918
Campus Suburban, 0.69 km²,
(168.28 acres)
Colors Green and Silver         
Mascot Cheng Yen
Affiliations JPMAS
Website (English) (Chinese)
Tcu banner green.png
Tzu Chi University
Traditional Chinese 慈濟大學

Tzu Chi University (TCU; Chinese: 慈濟大學) is a private university located in Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan. It was founded by the Tzu Chi Foundation (UN's NGO member) and is famous in Taiwan for the quality of the medical education it provides. TCU has strong ties with Hualien Tzu Chi General Hospital (located on the same premises as the university) as well as five teaching hospitals in other parts of Taiwan.[3]


The institution was established as the Tzu Chi Medical College in April 1994. Humanities and Social Science students have been accepted since 1998, when the name was changed to Tzu Chi College of Medicine and Humanities. In July 2000, the name was changed again to Tzu Chi University.


The Buddhist Tzu Chi University as seen from the main gate.
The Da Ai building (Great Love building)
The Jing Si Hall
College of Humanities & Social Science

Tzu Chi university is headed by a president and a board of trustees. The University is organized into 4 colleges which contain 18 research institutes and 17 academic departments.

  • College of Medicine
    • School of Medicine
    • Master Program in Biochemistry
    • Master Program in Microbiology and Immunology
    • Master Program in Physiological and Anatomical Medicine
    • Master/PhD Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology
    • Graduate Institute of Medical Science
    • Department of Nursing
    • Department of Medical Informatics
    • Department of Public Health
    • Department of Laboratory Medicine & Biotechnology
    • Department of Physical Therapy
  • College of Life Science
    • Department of Life Science
    • Graduate Institute of Life Science
    • Department of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics
    • Graduate Institute of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics
  • College of Humanities & Social Science
    • Department of Human Development
    • Department of English Language and Literature
    • Department of Social Work
    • Institute of Religion
    • Institute of Social Work
    • Department of Oriental Philology
  • College of Education & Communication
    • Department of Communication
    • Department of Child Development and Family Studies
    • Institute of Education

The university also runs the Affiliated Senior High School of Tzu Chi University, a daughter institution for secondary-school students in Taiwan.

Academic Centers[edit]

  • Medical Simulation Center
  • Doping Control Center
  • English Education Center
  • Centers for Language Studies
  • Health Communication Center
  • Animal Experimentation Center
  • Continuing Education Center
  • Tzuchi University Radio Station (FM 88.3 MHz)


The sports complex
  • Library: Around 350,000 volumes and Internet connection to other libraries in Taiwan.
  • Information System Center: Computer training courses for students, staff, and faculty and a multimedia room.
  • Gymnasium: Indoor facilities for badminton, basketball, table tennis, aerobics, and fitness, an indoor Olympic standard swimming pool, and outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and a jogging track.
  • On-campus dormitories: 4 students share one room with a bathroom.
  • Cafeteria: vegetable meals, NT$15 for breakfast, NT$25 for lunch and dinner.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The university has 56 student clubs or societies.(2010)


  • 10 km Road Race: Before students graduated, every undergraduate student should pass the marathon within 80 min biyearly. Starting from 2013, however, it becomes non-requirement for the students to participate.

List of presidents[edit]


Top 4000 World Universities: 821 (webometric, Jan 2011) [4]
Top 4000 World Universities: 1217 (webometric, Jan 2010)

International academic exchanges[edit]

Sister Schools[edit]


The university is accessible within walking distance west from Hualien Station of Taiwan Railways Administration.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "校訓". Tzu Chi University. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Our History". Tzu Chi University. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ten Years of Healing"
  4. ^

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