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Coordinates: 25°2′8.9″N 121°25′59.4″E / 25.035806°N 121.433167°E / 25.035806; 121.433167

Fu Jen Catholic University
Latin: Universitas Catholica Fu Jen
Former name
Fu Jen Academy
MottoVeritas, Bonitas, Pulchritudo, Sanctitas (Latin)
Motto in English
Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Sanctity
TypePrivate Roman Catholic Research Coeducational Higher education institution
EstablishedFounded 1925
Religious affiliation
Catholic Church
Academic affiliations
PresidentDr Vincent Han-Sun Chiang
Academic staff
No.510, Zhongzheng Rd., Xinzhuang Dist., New Taipei City

Fu Jen Catholic University (FJU, FJCU or Fu Jen or Fu Jien; Chinese: 天主教輔仁大學 or Chinese: 輔仁大學) is a top private university in Xinzhuang, New Taipei City, Taiwan. The university was founded in 1925 in Beijing as Fu Jen Academy, at the request of Pope Pius XI, and re-established in Taiwan in 1961 at the request of Pope John XXIII.[3] Its name means "assistance" and "benevolence".[4]

Fu Jen is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit-affiliated institution of higher education in the Sinophone world, especially known for its strong ties with the Roman Curia.[5][6][7] The university has since grown to comprise twelve colleges and schools, among which are several Taiwan's first/only academic units, such as Italian language, information management, museology, religious studies, and philosophy.[8] Fu Jen is also the only university that hosts an A&HCI journal in the whole country.[9]

The university has been ranked as top 300 by Times Higher Education Impact Ranking,[10] top 100 in theology and top 500 in humanities and medicine by QS World University Rankings,[11] it has the nation's first business school there with AACSB accreditation and also the medical college was the earliest to promote PBL as pedagogy for medical education, furthermore, the transnational joint master's program "MGEM" was ranked 31st globally by Financial Times in 2019.[12] Currently, Fu Jen is Taiwan's 4th most popular university, 5th most impact university, and 5th best ranked business school.[13][10][14] Fu Jen alumni include the Premier Lin Chuan, former First Lady of China Wang Guangmei, a number of politicians represented in the Legislative Yuan and professors at various world-class institutions.[15]

Fu Jen is a member of the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities, along with the UTokyo, Waseda, Peking and others. The university has many collaborative institutions and exchange programs with top universities in G8 countries, such as Stanford,[16] Oxford, and Angelicum.[17] In addition, Fu Jen has established sister-school relationships with more than 376 universities worldwide that including Georgetown, Notre Dame, UC Berkeley, Tohoku, and C9 League universities.[18] Fu Jen is home of the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific, also a member of academic organisations like the Beta Gamma Sigma, the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia, the AWS Educate & AWS Academy,[19][20] and the International Federation of Catholic Universities.

The Fu Jen campus is served by Fu Jen University Station, a metro station named after the university.


Main entrance
Pope Pius XI funded £100,000 to support the founding of the University
Auxiliary the Hospital, North of Fu Jen Campus, and Taoyuan Airport MRT (2018)

The institution was originally established in Beijing in 1925 by the Benedictines of St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, at the request of the Holy See. Fu Jen, then commonly known as The Catholic University of Peking, was itself a successor to the Fu Jen Academy (Chinese: 輔仁社), which was created through the efforts of Catholic scholars Ma Xiangbo and Ying Lianzhi. The university's first president (1925–1927) was the American missionary George Barry O'Toole, OSB. He was succeeded by Chen Yuan, a Chinese Protestant, who remained university president until the school's forced closure by the Chinese Communist government in 1952.

In 1933 the Benedictines in the United States, in the midst of the Great Depression, were no longer able to sustain Fu Jen's mission. Administration of the university passed to the Society of the Divine Word in Germany. Its affiliation with Germany, an ally of Imperial Japan, helped protect university personnel from extreme brutality inflicted elsewhere by occupying Imperial Japanese soldiers during the Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945). After the Communists assumed power in China in 1949, religious organisations, including the Catholic Church, began to be systematically repressed. In 1952 this intensified and the government merged Fu Jen with the Beijing Normal University, Peking University, Renmin University, China University of Political Science and Law, and Central University of Finance and Economics. Fu Jen was re-established in 1961 in Taiwan. The new school opened under the auspices of the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference, the Society of Jesus, and the Society of the Divine Word.[citation needed][21]

The university has since grown to comprise twelve colleges and schools and a hospital. Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital was opened in September 2017. The College of Medicine can be used as a conduit for cooperation between different academic disciplines, and assume a leading role in bringing together the colleges of biotechnology, chemistry, physics, engineering, management, and foreign languages. The establishment of a completely new curriculum and unique program will include training in hospital management and medical translation, research in laser technology and biotechnology, integration of Western and Chinese medicine, and robotic surgery.[22]


The university motto, Veritas, Bonitas, Pulchritudo, Sanctitas in Latin, expresses four ideals: Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Sanctity.

The laurel wreath symbolizes honor and peace while the twelve stars signify the Virgin Mary. The cross represents the Christian faith. The two colors on the shield suggest Christ's dual nature as the rounded shape of the shield recalls the Sacred Heart. The Latin words on the banner beneath the emblem, the university motto, express the four ideals of the university while the three folds of the banner suggest the Trinity.



College of Liberal Arts
College of Education
College of Science and Engineering
College of Human Ecology
College of Foreign Languages
School of Law
College of Management
College of Fine Arts
College of Medicine
College of Social Science
College of Communication
College of Fashion & Textiles

The University at present comprises 12 colleges with more than 25,000 students.[23]

  • College of Liberal Arts
    • Department of Chinese Literature
    • Department of History
    • Department of Philosophy
  • College of Fine Arts
    • Department of Music
    • Department of Applied Arts
    • Department of Landscape Architecture (CH)
    • Bachelor's degree program of Art and Cultural Creation (CH)
  • College of Communication
    • Department of Communication Arts
    • Department of Journalism & Communication Studies
    • Department of Advertising & Public Relations
    • Graduate Institute of Mass Communication
  • College of Education
    • Department of Physical Education
    • Department of Library and Information Science
    • Graduate of Educational Leadership and Development
    • Program of Sport Recreation Management
  • College of Fashion and Textiles
    • Department of Textiles and Clothing
    • Graduate Institute of Museum Studies
    • MA Program in Brand and Fashion Management
  • College of Medicine
    • School of Medicine
    • Department of Nursing
    • Department of Public Health
    • Department of Clinical Psychology
    • Department of Occupational Therapy
    • Department of Respiratory Therapy
    • Graduate Institute of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Science
    • MS Program in Transdisciplinary Long Term Care
    • MS Program in Biomedical Big Data Analysis
    • Ph.D. Program in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • College of Science and Engineering
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Life Science
    • Department of Computer Science & Information Engineering
    • Department of Electrical Engineering (Electronic Engineering)
    • Bachelor's Program in Medical Informatics and Innovative Applications
    • Graduate Institute of Applied Science and Engineering
    • Bachelor Program in Software Engineering and Digital Innovation Application
  • College of Foreign Languages and Literatures
    • Department of English Language and Literature
    • Department of German Language and Culture
    • Department of French Language and Culture
    • Department of Spanish Language and Culture
    • Department of Japanese Language and Culture
    • Department of Italian Language and Culture
    • Graduate Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies
  • College of Human Ecology
    • Department of Child and Family Studies
    • Department of Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management
    • Department of Food Sciences
    • Department of Nutrition Science
    • Ph. D. Program in Nutrition and Food Science
  • School of Law
    • Department of Law
    • Department of Financial and Economic Law
    • Graduate Department of Law
  • College of Social Science
    • Department of Sociology
    • Department of Social Work
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Religious Studies
    • Department of Psychology
    • Bachelor's Program in Catholic Studies
    • Master Program in Non-Profit Organization Management
  • College of Management
    • Department of Business Administration
    • Department of Accounting
    • Department of Statistics and Information Science
    • Department of Finance and International Business
    • Department of Information Management
    • Graduate Institute of Business Administration
    • MS Program of Technology Management
    • Master Program of Global Entrepreneurial Management
    • Master of Global Entrepreneurial Management (MGEM – FJU, IQS, and USF)
    • MBA Program in International Management (imMBA)
    • Master's Program in Social Enterprise
    • Bachelor's Program of Business Management


Fu Jen Medical School

Fu Jen University established Taiwan's first graduate-level program in conference interpreting, the Graduate Institute of Translation and Interpreting Studies (GITIS). Also Fu Jen has annexed a Mandarin Language Center, established in 1964[24] to address the need for foreign missionaries to learn Chinese teaching hundreds of students each semester from countries worldwide[25] Taiwanese,[26] and every semester offers cultural classes such as Chinese Poetry, Chinese calligraphy, and Taijiquan.[27][28]

The School of Medicine is one of the medical schools in Taiwan to adopt the pedagogy, "problem-based learning (PBL)", first developed at McMaster University Medical School in Canada, so that students can acquire medical knowledge from small group discussions and case studies. The implementation of PBL has won applause from the Taiwan Medical Accreditation Council and brought a wave of reform in medical education in Taiwan. In order to successfully practice PBL, the School has recruited basic scientists with specialties in various areas as well as more than one hundred clinicians as a strong backbone for teaching. Fu Jen's is the only medical school in Taiwan which uses PBL as a pedagogy for the third and fourth year curriculum.


Fu Jen - Stanford
In September 2015, Fu Jen Catholic University has signed an agreement (MOU) to cooperate with Stanford Prevention Research Center, SPRC, promoted by Stanford University. The aim is to globally research the Wellness of humans.[29]
Fu Jen - Oxford
In September 2012, Fu Jen Catholic University cooperated with the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Italy and opened a new degree in philosophy and finance. The purpose is to emphasize the importance of the integrity for future Politicians and Financiers. The program combines the professional knowledge in finance and the idea in philosophy.[30]
Fu Jen - IQS -USF
Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management (MGEM) is a joint-program offered by Fu Jen Catholic University, Ramon Llull University (IQS in Spain), and the University of San Francisco (USF in the US). It is ranked 43rd worldwide on the FT Masters in Management Rankings 2017.
Fu Jen - UC Berkely
Professors from University of California, Berkeley, are constantly invited and hold lectures in Fu Jen Catholic University[31]
Global Leadership Program with universities in Japan, Korea and Philippines
Since 2008, the Global Leadership Program was started for students from four Jesuit universities in East Asia: Sophia University in Japan, Sogang University in South Korea, Ateneo de Manila University in The Philippines and Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan.[32]
Service-Learning Center
In 2015, Fu Jen Catholic University Service-Learning Center organised the 5th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning.[33][34]

Academic reputation[edit]

Fu Jen ranks at the top of Taiwan's private universities for top-ranked fields of study and distinguished alumni.[35][36] The University has always been ranked in the QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which is among the first (10%) or top 10 in the whole country.[11][37] In addition, Fu Jen and National Taipei University are the representative university of New Taipei City by QS Most Affordable Cities for Students Ranking.[38]

In 2014, the Embassy of Japan in Taiwan listed Fu Jen Catholic University as one of the seven well-known Taiwanese universities.[39]

Times Higher Education Impact Ranking
In 2020, Fu Jen is ranked as 201st-300th by Times Higher Education Impact Ranking (5th in Taiwan).[10]
Global Entrepreneurial Management rank no. 43 by Financial Times UK
In 2017, the cooperated Program "Master of Global Entrepreneurial Management" between Fu Jen, Instituto Químico de Sarriá Barcelona, IQS School of Management in Spain and University of San Francisco in the United States was awarded as no. 43 globally by Financial Times, United Kingdom. It has earned the top 80 global masters in management programmes.[40]
APQN Internal Quality Insurance Reward
In 2012, Fu Jen was awarded as a member of Asia-Pacific Quality Network, APQN. In 2013, Fu Jen has again passed the evaluation of the APQN International Conference Assessment. It was the only University, which was awarded in Taiwan.[41]
AACSB Global Business Accreditation
In April 2005, Fu Jen obtained the most authorized certification of business school and MBA degree from AACSB. Only five universities in Taiwan obtained the certification.[42]

Fu Jen Academia Catholica[edit]

Fu Jen Academia Catholica was inaugurated on August 1, 2008, to enable interdisciplinary pursuits in Catholic studies. The Academia consists of five Fu Jen academic institutes or centers: the Institute of Scholastic Philosophy, Institutum Historiae Ecclesiae, Center for the Study of Science and Religion, Monumenta Serica Sinological Research Center, and John Paul II Institute for Research into Dialogue for Peace.


Fahy Memorial Library
Kungpo Memorial Library
Schutte Memorial Library

The campus of Fu Jen Catholic University (including the University Hospital) is 40 million square meters, the size is close to the Vatican City and Osaka University Toyonaka campus.[43][44][45]

Fu Jen's Xinzhuang campus is known as "tree house campus".[46]


  • Kungpo Memorial Library (Library for College of Literature)
  • Schutte Memorial Library (Library for College of Engineering; abolished)
  • Fahy Memorial Library (General Library)
  • Paul Cardinal Shan Library (Library for College of Medicine)
  • Theology Library


Notable alumni and Honorary doctorates[edit]

Fu Jen alumni (輔大人) number near 200,000, they work in various fields. Alumni working in political fields include at least 25 congressman in Legislative Yuan, 3 Taiwanese Justices of Constitutional Court, 3 Taiwanese Premier/Vice-Premier, 2 Taiwanese Minister/Deputy-Minister of National Defense, a large number of Taiwanese diplomats, mayors and magistratea, and former Chinese first lady Wang Guangmei.

Notable alumni from science filed are Wei-min Hao, climate scientist and contributor to the IPCC (shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), Harvard professor Lee-Jen Wei, notable physicist Lee C. Teng. In addition, there are also alumni working at Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Georgetown, and Northwestern. So far, many academicians and university presidents such as Tsinghua's Liu Da have graduated from the university.

Affiliated schools[edit]

2016 Sexual Assault Scandal[edit]

In 2016, Fu Jen University was accused of pressuring students to remain silent on sexual assault cases and for covering up an incident of rape in 2015.[47][48] Following the accusation, the university issued an apology later in 2016.[49]

Partner Institution[edit]


See also[edit]

Founder and church[edit]



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