Soochow University (Taiwan)

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

Soochow University
Soochow University seal
Motto養天地正氣 法古今完人[1]
Motto in English
Unto A Full Grown Man[2]
EstablishedFounded 1900,
"Reactivated" 1951
PresidentPan Wei-ta (2012-)
Academic staff
448 full-time, 747 part-time
CampusSemi-rural, 37.5 acres (0.152 km²)
EndowmentUS$-- (NT$--)
U12 Consortium
United Board[3]
MascotNone (in English)
Soochow University
Traditional Chinese東吳大學
Simplified Chinese东吴大学


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]

Meanwhile in Suzhou, the original university 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, which revived the name Soochow University in 1982. However, while the English names are identical, the one in Suzhou uses the Chinese name 蘇州 (Soochow), not the original 東吳 (Tung-wu).

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

In 2014, the Japan–Taiwan Exchange Association listed Soochow University as one of the seven well-known Taiwanese universities.[9]


In 1981, the first joint-issued class-made magazine, completely founded by students, called Xu Ai, appeared in Soochow University.[citation needed] 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 control.[citation needed]

On 9 September 1982, the Academic Conference of Political Department[10] organized an audit for second year students about Taipei City Council.[citation needed] But the lead teacher Huang Erxuan[citation needed] 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.


Soochow University (Taiwan) rankings
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[11]351-400 (2022)

Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of TaiwanEdit

Soochow University is a member of the Excellent Long-Established University Consortium of Taiwan (ELECT),[12] which is an organization devoted to inter-school cooperation and sharing resources between schools. The twelve union universities were all founded over half a century with each of their own strengths covering professional fields of science and technology, commerce, agronomy, medicine, media, law, education, art and design, etc. These schools allow students to have multiple options, cross-domain learning and a broader adaptive development for their education.


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 CampusEdit

The Shilin Campus 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 CampusEdit

The Downtown Campus is in the Zhongzheng District.


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 ScienceEdit

  • 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 CultureEdit

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

School of ScienceEdit

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

School of LawEdit

School of BusinessEdit

  • 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 ManagementEdit


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.


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


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 alumniEdit

School presidentsEdit

Noted facultyEdit

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ "Our Network".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Soochow University (2010). History Archived 4 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  9. ^ 交流, No.879, p.6. A total of 5 public universities and 2 private universities were selected: NTU, NCKU, NTHU, NYCU, NCCU, Fu Jen Catholic and Soochow University.
  10. ^ "東吳大學政治系-學系介紹". Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  11. ^ "National Taipei University of Education". Top Universities.
  12. ^ "優久大學聯盟ELECT". Retrieved 30 December 2018.

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