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Providence University

Providence University
Motto 進德、修業[1]
Motto in English
Virtue with Knowledge[2]
Type Private (Roman Catholic)
Established 1956
President 唐傳義
Academic staff
Students 11,895
Undergraduates 10,716
Postgraduates 1,179
Location Shalu, Taichung, Taiwan
24°13′37″N 120°34′48″E / 24.22694°N 120.58000°E / 24.22694; 120.58000
Affiliations Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia

Providence University (PU; Chinese: 靜宜大學; pinyin: Jìngyí Dàxué) is a Catholic co-educational institution in Shalu District, Taichung City, Taiwan. Providence University is the only University in Taiwan participating in ISEP program.[3]


Providence Hall

Providence University was founded by an American congregation, the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (Indiana, United States).[4] In the summer of 1919, Bishop Joseph Tacconi of Kaifeng, Henan Province, Republic of China, met with Sisters of Providence general superior Mother Mary Cleophas Foley to request sisters for a school for young women in Kaifeng. In 1921 Mother Marie Gratia Luking (1885–1964) and five other Sisters of Providence founded the Hua-Mei Girls' Elementary and High Schools there, one of the first schools for girls in China. In the spring of 1929, the school was forced to close because of political turbulence.

The Providence Sisters, enthusiastic about female education, endeavored to establish another school in spite of the critical situation. In 1932, by the effort of the Board of Trustees, Ching-Yi Girls' High School was instituted in Kaifeng. Cardinal Paul Yü Pin was the first chairperson of the Board of Trustees, and Chi-Liang Ing was the first president of the school. In 1942, Mother Gratia and the other sisters were imprisoned and did not regain their freedom until 1945.

In 1948, the war between the Kuomintang Party and the Communist Party forced the sisters to retreat first to Shanghai and later to Taiwan.[5]

In July 1989, it has turned into "Providence University for Women". From 1993, it turned into "Providence University", and started to enroll male students.


  • College of Foreign Languages and Literature
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Department of Law
    • Department of Social Work and Child Welfare
    • Department of Taiwanese Literature
    • Department of Chinese Literature
    • Department of Ecological Humanities
    • Department of Mass Communication
    • Graduate Institute of Education
  • College of Science
    • Department of Financial and Computational Mathematics
    • Department of Applied Chemistry
    • Department of Food and Nutrition
    • Department of Cosmetic Science
    • Department of Data Science and Big Data Analytics
  • College of Management
  • College of Computing and Informatics
    • Department of Computer Science and Information Management
    • Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering
    • Department of Computer Science and Communication Engineering

Providence University in the media

Recently Providence University hit the news with a new course offered in mass communication. Students learn how to appreciate and analyse viewers' reactions to porn movies.[6]


The university is accessible East from Shalu Station of the Taiwan Railways Administration. From Taichung Railway Station it takes about 1 hour by bus, the bus go in the campus and there are 2 bus stops in the campus. From High Speed Railways it takes about 40 minutes by taxi. Alternatively you can take shuttle bus from HSR station to Veteran Hospital/Tunghai University, then take bus for about 20 minutes.

See also


  1. ^ "靜宜特色". Providence University. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Who We Are". Providence University. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  3. ^ []
  4. ^ Providence University Homepage
  5. ^ About Providence University
  6. ^ "Porn offered as a university course", Cape Times, 16 January 2009