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Soochow University (Taiwan)

Soochow University
東吳大學
Soochow University seal
Motto 養天地正氣 法古今完人[1]
Motto in English
Unto A Full Grown Man[2]
Type Private
Established Founded 1900,
"Reactivated" 1951
President Wei-Ta Pan (2012-)
Academic staff
448 full-time, 747 part-time
Undergraduates 12,000
Postgraduates 1,100
Location Taipei City, Taiwan
Campus Semi-rural, 37.5 acres (0.152 km²)
Endowment US$-- (NT$--)
Affiliations ACUCA
U12 Consortium
United Board[3]
Mascot None
Website www.scu.edu.tw (in English)
Soochow University
Traditional Chinese 東吳大學
Simplified Chinese 东吴大学

Soochow University (Chinese: 東吳大學) is a top private university in Taipei, Taiwan. Although Soochow University maintains a church and a Methodist[4] minister in residence, it may be considered a secular institution. The university is noted for studies in comparative law and accounting.[5][6][7]

History

The original Soochow University was founded by Methodists in Suzhou, Jiangsu, Qing dynasty in 1900 as a merger of three institutions: the Buffington Institute and the Kung Hang School in the city of Soochow (now spelled Suzhou), in Jiangsu Province, and the Anglo-Chinese College in Shanghai.

After the Chinese Civil War, members of the Soochow Alumni Association who fled to Taiwan established a new institution there in 1951. A law school was opened in 1954, and a full university was certified in 1971.[8] As a new Soochow University was later founded on the original site in 1982, there would be a Soochow University in Taiwan and a Soochow University in Jiangsu.

The campus is home to the tomb of the prominent Chinese politician and diplomat Dr. Wang Ch'ung-hui, who fled to Taiwan after the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

Publications

In 1981, the first joint-issued class-made magazine, completely founded by students, called Xu Ai,[9] appeared in Soochow University. Students voiced political opinions as to temporal society, but the magazine was quickly banned by the strong commend of the college.

However, the next year, the political students published another critical magazine, Monthly Political Magazine of Soochow University. It was banned, a result from publishing an advertisement of Shen Geng, which was a magazine of the Chinese Nationalist Party[10] control.

On 9 September 1982, the Academic Conference of Political Department[11] organized an audit for second year students about Taipei City Council.[12] But the lead teacher Huang Erxuan[13] was charged by leading a group of students to the council to listen the interpolation produced by the outside party senator. He was fired the next year.

Campus

Front entrance of Main Campus
Front entrance of Downtown Campus
Zhongzheng Campus Library
Goddess of Justice for Law School 100th Anniversary

Soochow University in Taiwan has two branches: a downtown branch near the Republic of China (ROC) presidential office in Taipei's Zhongzheng district and the main campus near the National Palace Museum in Taipei's Shilin district. The law and business colleges are in the downtown campus. All other colleges are located in the main campus.

Shilin Campus

The Shilin Campus 25°05′39″N 121°32′46″E / 25.094067°N 121.546216°E / 25.094067; 121.546216 is in the mountainous terrain of the Shilin District.

The Shilin campus is marked by signs in Chinese and English

Faculty and student housing are available on the main campus although they cannot meet demand. There are three female student dorms and two male student dorms with a total occupancy of 1,500. Many students commute to campus by bus and the subway system.

Downtown Campus

The Downtown Campus 25°02′18″N 121°30′35″E / 25.038303°N 121.509637°E / 25.038303; 121.509637 is in the Zhongzheng District.

Organization

Taiwan's first private university is headed by a president and a board of trustees. The University is divided into six schools or colleges, each having a variety of departments:

School of Arts and Social Science

  • Department of Chinese Literature
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Social Work
  • Department of Music
  • Center for Teacher Education

School of Foreign Language and Culture

  • Department of English
  • Department of Japanese Language and Literature
  • Department of German Language and Literature
  • Language Center

School of Science

  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Microbiology
  • Department of Psychology

School of Law

School of Business

  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of International Business
  • Department of Computer and Information Science
  • Undergraduate Program of Business

School of Big Data Management

Sports

Sports play an important role in campus life. The downtown campus has tennis and basketball courts. The main campus has indoor and outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, a race track, a mini rock climbing wall, and a field that is used for softball and soccer. Each year the university holds two major student athletic events.

Much of the sports facilities on the main campus are on land owned by the Taipei city government rather than by the university. The city government has considered reclaiming the land to build an expressway but has decided to back off with this project.

Clubs

The university has 183 student clubs or societies, such as Association for Diplomacy Research (SCU A.D.R.).

Traditions

The Ultramarathon
  • 24-hour International Ultramarathon: Runners from several countries, students, faculty, and celebrities such as Ryoichi Sekiya and Mami Kudo participate in this annual event. Only very few of the contestants venture running for the entire duration of the marathon. Portable toilets are set up near the race track with one or two toilets reserved for certain internationally renowned runners. Some spectators set up tents near the track and camp the entire night watching the marathon.
  • Campus Christmas Carol: Students from the music department visit the faculty residential apartment complexes sing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve. Having people singing carols in the neighborhood is a rare sight in Taiwan since Christians make up a small minority of the population.

Notable alumni

  • Jeffrey Koo Sr. (1957), businessman
  • John Chiang, Vice Chairperson of Kuomintang (2008-2014)
  • John Deng, Minister of Economic Affairs (2014-2016)
  • Tseng Chung-ming, Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare (2013-2015)
  • Shih Jun-ji, Vice Premier of the Republic of China
  • Shyu Jong-shyong, Deputy Secretary-General of Executive Yuan (2015-2016)
  • Sun Lih-chyun, spokesperson of Executive Yuan
  • Winston Chang, former President of the Soochow University
  • Bai Pei-ying, Minister of Finance (1992–1993); Board Chairman of the Chung Yuan Christian University
  • Cheng Chung-mo, Taiwan Grand Justice and Vice President of the Judicial Yuan (1999–2006)
  • Chou Chih-P'ing, Professor of East Asia Studies, Princeton University, U.S.
  • Kevin Chu, film director
  • Chang Chien-Chi, well-known photographer; Winner of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography (1999); member of the Magnum Photos agency, New York
  • Lee Choa-Hsiu, President of the Tainan National University of the Arts (2007–), and at the age of 42, was the country's youngest national university president.
  • Frank C.J. Liu., Former Franklin Templeton Investments chief representative for China and President of Franklin Templeton Investments (Taiwan).
  • Liu San-chi, President of the Yu Da College of Business; Former Minister of the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) of Executive Yuan, Taiwan
  • Hsu Shu-Hsiang, President of the Transworld Institute of Technology (2006–)
  • Lu Reng-kong, Chairman of the Da An Commercial Bank; Former Taiwan Finance Minister (1984–1985)
  • Shieh Jhy-Wey, Taiwan's Representative to Germany (Taipeh Vertretung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland; 2005.5 –); Dean of the School of Foreign Languages of Soochow University (1996–2002)
  • Tu Yin-tzyong, Chairman of the Citigroup Global Markets Taiwan Ltd; Executive Vice President of the Goldman Sachs Group, New York
  • Members of the Legislative Yuan: Chang Hung-lu, Chang Show-foong, Hung Chao-nan; Chang Ching-fang; Hsu Chung-hsiung; Cheng Kuei-lien; Lin Hsu Shao-Ping; Cheng San-yuan; Hsu Yuan-kuo
  • Chen Chih-ching, Minister of Council of Agriculture (2016)

Noted faculty

See also

References

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  2. ^ "About SU". Soochow U. Archived from the original on 16 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  3. ^ [unitedboard.org]
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  7. ^ [web-en.scu.edu.tw][permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Soochow University (2010). History Archived 4 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  9. ^ "蓄艾_百度百科". baike.baidu.com. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  10. ^ "中国国民党_百度百科". baike.baidu.com. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  11. ^ "東吳大學政治系-學系介紹". www2.scu.edu.tw. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  12. ^ "台北市议会_百度百科". baike.baidu.com. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  13. ^ "黄尔璇_百度百科". baike.baidu.com. Retrieved 2015-12-07.

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