Welcome to Tunghai University. Tunghai University was founded in 1955 and has been established for 55 years. Tunghai is the first private university in Taiwan and the first and only educational institution with a complete education program from kindergarten to Ph.D program. Also, Tunghai University is the first to establish and introduce General Education and Student Labor Program system in Taiwan. The pioneering programs have served as role models for other universities in Taiwan. To help guests to better appreciate the pioneering innovative culture of our school; below are the 12 unique features of Tunghai University.
Continuation of the pioneering spirit: liberal learning and Innovation
General Education, the Student Labor Program and open library stacks have been in place since the founding of the university. And, by observing, obtaining and utilizing insights from current trends, each year, Tunghai continues to innovate. Tunghai’s innovative spirit can been seen by the expansion of the IT facilities via the “Tunghai E-project.” In 2007 new colleges, such as the College of Fine Arts and Creative Design and College of Engineering were established. In 2008 a liberal arts school, POYA School, was founded. In 2009, College of Law was established. Currently, Tunghai has grown into 8 colleges, 34 departments and has the broadest range of academic disciplines in Central Taiwan. Tunghai University is also the first and only educational institution with a complete education program from kindergarten to PhD program. Currently Tunghai has a student body of approximately 17,000 students, and about 500 full-time teachers (88% are assistant professors or above.) By following its founding pioneering spirit, Tunghai continues to provide excellent all dimensional university-wide performance and continues to contribute to the higher education in Taiwan.
Student Labor Program
Tunghai’s Student Labor Program was established in the early founding days and is the first program introduced in Taiwan. The goal of the Student Labor Program is to foster volunteerism and develop students’ sense of social responsibility by carrying out environmental services via regular tasks on campus in their daily lives. By having students involved in maintaining the environmental cleanliness of the campus, students have a chance to develop better self management, and develop their interpersonal communicative skills by having students carry out the service in teams. Also, by participating in the Student Labor Program, students get to develop their characters and obtain attitudes of better sense of empathy, responsibility, and self-discipline. By participating in the Student Labor Program, not only has the program helped student develop a better sense of social responsibility, but it has also contributed to students’ learning. Consequently, the Student Labor Program has helped provide a balance in students’ learning and their character development.
Comprehensive integrated education environment
Tunghai University is the first in Taiwan to provide a well-rounded liberal arts education, where both general and professional knowledge are integrated in the curriculum. By learning in this integrated education environment, students develop an integrated understanding in natural sciences, science, social science, fine arts and humanities. As a result, the comprehensive integrated education environment help develop well- rounded characters in students. Besides providing students with knowledge and training in their area of expertise, there are also a wide range of Interdisciplinary courses and learning opportunities for students to explore and expand.
International teaching and learning environment
Starting from its founding days, Tunghai University has long valued the importance of developing English proficiency in students. Since the founding days, Tunghai has been well known for its intimate, small sized and interactive teaching and learning English classes and the wide range of extracurricular activities in its English curriculum. Tunghai’s English curriculum is coordinated by The English Language Center. To develop and enhance students’ English Proficiency, the English Language Center provides courses such as Freshman English, Non-Majors Electives and Summer Pre-FENM. To To enhance the effectiveness of students’ learning, students are required to take an English Proficiency placement exam prior to taking the Freshman English program. After taking the placement exam, students are than placed in the Freshman English course in the appropriate level. Besides the Freshman English Program, remedial courses in English Reading and Listening and Online English Reading and listening are being planned. Also, an Online English Assessment System (OEAS) has been built to further provide students an English learning tool outside of the classroom. The OEAS system is to provide a series of self-diagnostic online English Language Proficiency tests to provide students feedbacks about their English and help students to enhance their English Language Proficiency in their spare time.
With an understanding of mutual benefits, Tunghai University has been actively involved in promoting international exchanges in higher education by having academic exchanges with various foreign universities and scholars. Currently, Tunghai has signed partnership contracts with over 100 foreign universities. These partner schools located across the 5 major continents and they are from the following 19 countries, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Egypt, United States of America, Brazil, Argentina, England, Ireland, Germany, France, South Africa and etc. Tunghai has signed various international exchange programs with the above mentioned schools, hence, both faculty and students may study or contact academic research overseas and to help students participate in short term overseas study or obtain dual degrees.
Based on a Solid Education Foundation
With its central locality and its proximity to the Taichung Industrial Zone, Central Taiwan Science Park, Tunghai University’s academic development has been praised over and over again. All of Tunghai University’s industrial related departments have obtained IEET certificates, and various departments now are offering 5 year dual degree programs with overseas institutions. Also, with over 100 sister schools, Tunghai has built a global education network that foster international academic exchanges. At the same time, Tunghai University not only is one of the first to provide corporate training, MBA and EMBA programs, but it is also the first to establish an international internship program, which offers opportunities for Tunghai to further interact with global multi-disciplinary industry corporations and to obtain updated understanding of the latest markets trends.
From POYA school to a POYA way of learning
Since its founding days, Tunghai University has built its core values on providing a liberal arts education for the students. The aim of the POYA school is to develop students’ ability to integrate cross disciplinary knowledge, so that students may truly become free learners. During their studies, students also will develop a sense of self worth and the ability to set and reach their goals. POYA school offers various rigorous required courses that are meant to broaden students’ horizons and to deepen students’ perspectives. And to encourage and foster intensive cross disciplinary dialogues, admitted students from the different 34 majors are required to live together in the dormitory. By having small intimate classes, students have the opportunity to put theory into practice and participate in hands on learning. Inside the POYA school, 20 mentors from various disciplines are available to mentor less than 20 students in every aspect of their learning. During the last phase of study at the BOYA school, students are expected to be able to integrate their knowledge and skills obtained from the social services activities, overseas experiences and their self-learning skills obtained from the BOYA school experience.
A rich and vibrant culture of Fine Arts and Humanities
Tunghai University has always enjoyed having great reputations in the fields of Fine Arts and Humanities. Tunghai is the only university that has a College of Fine Arts and Creative Design. The college consists of the following departments, Fine Arts, Music, Architecture, Industrial Design, and Landscape Architecture. The college’s research is focused on the integration of Fine Arts and Design. A college level lab, the ‘ABC media Laboratory’ and a Fine Arts and Design program have been set up. Currently, the College is expanding in the area of creative digital design. Various overseas and domestic digital design professionals have been recruited and appointed as on campus artists. With its hands on learning opportunities, creative design facilities and access to creative industry professionals, the College not only provides multi-faceted channels of learning for students, but also a creative environment for students to put theory into practice and become potential design professionals with the technology know-how and a solid foundation in fine arts, aesthetics and design . With its close proximity to the Central Taiwan Science Park and the Taichung Industrial Zone, students are offered with plenty of opportunities to put their design into practice by participating in various industry co-ops opportunities. With this rich and vibrant culture and environment for fine arts and creative design, creative exhibitions and performances were displayed and showcased during the “Performance Arts” Month in May. By hosting creative events such as the “Performance Arts” Month, students get a chance to develop their appreciation of fine arts and culture.
Excellent learning resources
Tunghai University has about 500 full-time teachers (78% and above have obtained PhD degrees), and a spacious campus with a total area of 1,333,096 square feet. With this spacious campus, Tunghai provides each teacher and student the best and the most ideal teaching and learning environment.
Tunghai’s libraries are expanding digitally and broadening the scope of disciplines in the libraries’ collections to meet the learning needs and trends in students’ learning. To develop students’ interest in reading, each year, 60 million were allocated for the purchase of books, journals and resources for the library. In addition to the university library budget, Tunghai was awarded by the MOE with 10 million budgets for teachers and students to recommend purchases of books they would like to read. To encourage and develop students’ reading habit, digital media and tools such as the Facebook were used to provide information on the libraries’ latest collections. Furthermore, each year, each department has a high library and equipment budget to utilize in providing the best teaching resources to each student.
Tunghai also provides a broad range of internet services. Wireless connection is provided both on campus and off campus. For off campus access, teachers and students may log into their THU-ID accounts to obtain free wireless connection outside of Tunghai. To provide students with hands on experiences, Tunghai has set up several hands on classrooms, such as a professional classroom devoted to the field of finance, where students get to experience simulated business transactions scenarios. Besides a professional transaction classroom, there is also a special classroom for bartending. Furthermore, No. 43 in Tunghai, a former on campus housing unit, has been revamped and given a new life and has become an experimental playground, where students can explore their creative sides and put their imagination and creativity to work.
Comfortable and convenient campus living
There are about 6000 beds available in both the boys and girls dormitories. Each dormitory is equipped with lounges and public areas for students to socialize and mingle. Also, residential mentoring service is provided for students. To ensure the students’ housing safety, Tunghai has teamed up with the local law enforcement to set up a safe housing accreditation system, to help students locate safe housing options off campus. Also, by conducting surveys and random visits to off campus housing units, Tunghai University is the first to establish the outstanding landlord accreditation system to help students locate high quality off campus housing. Furthermore, to provide a forum for students to obtain quality housing, Tunghai regularly hosts housing fairs and housing newsletters for students.
To provide teachers and students a comfortable and convenient on campus living environment, several facilities are available to support them. There is a post office, Mega Bank, Caves Bookstore, convenient stores and 5 student dining halls available on campus. There are also shops, supermarkets, hospitals, malls and department stores located nearby. Tunghai is located on a convenient locale with easy access to the high way intersection. Also, Tunghai university is only minutes away from the Chaoma Bus Transfer station in Taichung. Also, teachers and students can enjoy an easy access to o downtown Taichung by taking buses. With its great locality, Tunghai provides a comfortable and convenient living for teachers and students alike.