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Soochow University (1900–1952)

The original Soochow University was established in 1900 in Suzhou, Jiangsu in China. The original Soochow University and the university currently in Taiwan are named Dōngwú Dàxué (東吳大學), after the general region in which Suzhou is located. The university in the People's Republic of China (PRC) is named Sūzhōu Dàxué (苏州大学) after the city of Suzhou. The mainland successor Soochow University (Suzhou) is a Chinese Ministry of Education Double First Class Discipline University, with Double First Class status in certain disciplines.[3]

Soochow University
Motto養天地正氣 法古今完人[1]
Motto in English
Unto A Full Grown Man[2]
EstablishedFounded 1900
Republic of China
1952, split into Soochow University (Taiwan) and Soochow University (Suzhou)


The original Soochow University was founded by Methodists in Suzhou, Jiangsu, Qing Dynasty in 1900 as a merger of three existing 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 moved to Taiwan established a new institution in Taiwan in 1951 to make up for the Soochow University lost in mainland China. A law school was opened in 1954, and a full university was certified in 1971.[4]

After the establishment of the PRC, the institution in Suzhou merged with the Southern Jiangsu College of Culture and Education and the Department of Mathematics and Physics at Jiangnan University to form the Jiangsu Teacher's College in 1952. The English name Soochow University was revived in 1982; however, the original Chinese name Dongwu 東吳 was not adopted, and the institution was given the name Suzhou 苏州.

Successor universitiesEdit

Soochow University old gate in Suzhou, China

From 1900 to 1952, Soochow University (simplified Chinese: 东吴大学; traditional Chinese: 東吳大學; pinyin: Dōngwú Dàxué) operated in Suzhou.


  1. ^ "Facts about Soochow U." Soochow U. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  2. ^ "About SU". Soochow U. Archived from the original on 16 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  3. ^ "教育部 财政部 国家发展改革委 关于公布世界一流大学和一流学科建设高校及建设 学科名单的通知 (Notice from the Ministry of Education and other national governmental departments announcing the list of double first class universities and disciplines)".
  4. ^ Soochow University (2010). History Archived 2013-11-04 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2 October 2010.

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