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Chinese Culture University (CCU) is a private, Taiwanese university located on Yang Ming Mountain in the Shilin District of Taipei
Taipei City is the capital of the Republic of China and the central city of the largest metropolitan area of Taiwan. Situated at the northern tip of the island, Taipei is located on the Tamsui River, and is about 25 km southwest of Keelung, its port on the Pacific Ocean...

, Taiwan
Taiwan , also known, especially in the past, as Formosa , is the largest island of the same-named island group of East Asia in the western Pacific Ocean and located off the southeastern coast of mainland China. The island forms over 99% of the current territory of the Republic of China following...

. CCU was established in 1962 and is one of the largest universities in Taiwan with an enrollment of about 32,000 students. Satellite campuses are located in Chienkuo (Jianguo), Hsimenting (Ximending
Ximending is a neighborhood and shopping district in the Wanhua District of Taipei, Taiwan. It was the first pedestrian zone in Taiwan.-Overview:...

), and Chunghsiao (Zhongxiao
Zhongxiao Road
Zhongxiao Road is a major arterial and provincial highway in Taipei, Taiwan, connecting the Zhongzheng district in the west with the Daan, Songshan, Xinyi, and Nangang districts towards the east...

) East Road areas of Taipei City.

Originally founded as "Far East University" in 1962 by Chang Chi-yun
Chang Chi-yun
Chang Chi-yun was a historian, geographer, educator and politician. He was the founder of the Chinese Culture University and the Nanhai Academy...

, the school was renamed "College of Chinese Culture" by President Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek was a political and military leader of 20th century China. He is known as Jiǎng Jièshí or Jiǎng Zhōngzhèng in Mandarin....

 in 1963 and finally became Chinese Culture University in 1980. CCU is now organized into twelve academic colleges: Liberal Arts, Foreign Language and Literature, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering, Business Administration, Journalism and Communications, Arts, Environmental Design, Law, Agriculture and Education.


Over the last thirty years, Chinese Culture University has been reorganized many times. The Ministry of Education granted the University permission to establish studies in philosophy, Chinese, Eastern languages, English, French, German, history, geography, news, art, music, drama, physical education, domestic science,and architecture.


  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Foreign Languages
  • College of Science
  • College of Law
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • College of Arts
  • College of Environmental Design
  • College of Education


The main campus is located on Yang Ming Mountain
One of the eight national parks in Taiwan, the Yangmingshan National Park is located between Taipei City and New Taipei City, Taiwan. The districts that house parts of the park grounds include Taipei's Beitou and Shilin Districts; and New Taipei's Wanli, Jinshan, and Sanzhi Districts. During the...

, overlooks the Tienmu District, and is about a 45 minute drive from Taipei Main Station. The area is known for its extensive hiking trails and hot springs. The university is located just off of the main road that winds up the mountain where a 24 hour Wellcome Supermarket, 7-11, Starbucks, Mos Burger, and McDonald's can be found. Many of the students rent apartments in this small village area and the city buses have stops along the main road.

The Hwa Kang Museum

Established in 1971, the university museum, also called the Hwa Kang Museum is the first comprehensive museum of its kind in Taiwan. Its permanent collection consists of Chinese ceramics from the many centuries, modern Chinese painting
Chinese painting
Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. The earliest paintings were not representational but ornamental; they consisted of patterns or designs rather than pictures. Early pottery was painted with spirals, zigzags, dots, or animals...

s and calligraphic works, Chinese folk arts and woodblock prints. Some highlights of the collection include pieces by Wang Yangming
Wang Yangming
Wang Yangming was a Ming Chinese idealist Neo-Confucian philosopher, official, educationist, calligraphist and general. After Zhu Xi, he is commonly regarded as the most important Neo-Confucian thinker, with interpretations of Confucianism that denied the rationalist dualism of the orthodox...

, Wu Changshuo
Wu Changshuo
Wú Chāngshuò is the name for which Wu Junqing is best known. He was born in Zhejiang from a scholarly family and for a time toward the end of the Qing he served as an official in Liaoning. He settled in Suzhou in his twenties.Initially, he devoted himself to poetry and calligraphy with a strong...

, Woo Tsin-hang
Woo Tsin-hang
Woo Tsin-hang , born Wu Tiao , with the courtesy name Chih-hui , was a Chinese linguist and philosopher who was the chairman of the 1912–13 Commission on the Unification of Pronunciation that created Zhuyin and standardized Guoyu pronunciation.Woo Tsin-hang was born in Wujin ,...

, Yu Youren, Pu Ru
Pu Ru
Pu Ru also known as Pu Hsin-Yu was a member of the Qing Dynasty ruling Aisin Gioro family and grandson the Daoguang Emperor. The last emperor of China, Pu Yi, was his cousin...

, Chang Dai-chien, Li Meishu
Li Meishu
Li Meishu was a renowned western-educated Taiwanese artist.Li was born in Sanjiaoyong, Taiwan . Zushih Temple in Sansia was rebuilt under his supervision....


The relatively inconvenient and isolated location of CCU's main campus has presented students and staff with transportation problems. While the university operates a number of school buses to transport faculty, staff and students up and down the mountain every day, many students chose to ride scooters up to the main campus. This has resulted in a high number of student injuries and fatalities each semester. Public buses, the R5 and 260, also operate between the main campus and downtown Taipei. These buses also make stops at Jiantan and Shilin MRT train stations. Taxi service can be found on the main campus with taxis waiting for students and teachers in front of the university sports centre during the daytime hours.


CCU has four campuses in Taipei City. The main campus is located on Yang Ming Mountain and three other smaller campuses are located in Jianguo, Ximending, and Zhongxiao East Road in downtown Taipei. The Jianguo campus is the location of the Mandarin Training Centre, while the Zhongxiao East Road campus is the location of the International Language Institute. The Ximending campus offers a variety of both credit and non-credit courses in addition to being an extension campus for the College of Law.

Aboriginal Students

There is a large aboriginal society at CCU with many students from all over Taiwan participating in activities that celebrate their aboriginal cultures.

Martial Arts

CCU is well known in Taiwan for the martial arts programs offered at the Yang Ming Shan campus. The CCU Judo
is a modern martial art and combat sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the object is to either throw or takedown one's opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue one's opponent with a grappling maneuver, or force an...

 team is internationally competitive and a number of members have won their division in both national and international tournaments. The CCU Martial Arts Department also offers courses in Japanese ju jitsu, aikido
is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to...

 and kung fu.


  • Hu Lancheng
    Hu Lancheng
    Hu Lancheng was a Chinese writer and editor. He was married to the novelist Eileen Chang from 1943 to 1947....

     - Chinese writer and editor.
  • Li Meishu
    Li Meishu
    Li Meishu was a renowned western-educated Taiwanese artist.Li was born in Sanjiaoyong, Taiwan . Zushih Temple in Sansia was rebuilt under his supervision....

     - Artist and builder of Zushi Temple.
  • Mou Zongsan
    Mou Zongsan
    Mou Zongsan was a Chinese New Confucian philosopher. He was born in Shandong province and graduated from Peking University. In 1949 he moved to Taiwan and later to Hong Kong, and he remained outside of Mainland China for the rest of his life...

     - Chinese New Confucian philosopher.
  • Nan Huai-Chin - Professor of Chan Buddhism.
  • Ch'ien Mu
    Ch'ien Mu
    Ch'ien Mu , was a Chinese historian, educator, philosopher and Confucian considered one of the greatest historians and philosophers in 20th-century China....

     - Chinese historian, educator, philosopher and Confucian considered one of the greatest historians and philosophers in 20th-century China.
  • Song Xi
    Song Xi
    Song Xi , also known as Sung Shee or Sung Hsi, was an important Taiwan historian, geographer, educator and governmental official. Song was the 4th President of the Chinese Culture University.-Life:...

     - History Professor
  • Sanmao (author)
    Sanmao (author)
    Sanmao , literally "three hairs" though it is not considered to have a meaning, was the pseudonym of the popular Taiwanese author Chen Ping . She adopted her pseudonym from the acclaimed caricaturist Zhang Leping's most famous work "Sanmao", which tells the story of a Shanghai street child named...

     - Associate Professor in the Chinese Language Department.
  • Sheng-yen
    Sheng-yen was a Buddhist monk, a religious scholar, and one of the mainstream teachers of Chinese Chan Buddhism. He was the 57th generational descendant of Linji in the Linji School and a 3rd generational descendant of Master Hsu Yun...

     - Founder of the Dharma Drum Mountain
    Dharma Drum Mountain
    Dharma Drum Mountain is an international Buddhist spiritual, cultural, and educational foundation founded by late Ch'an Master Sheng-yen. The international headquarters of this organization is located at Jinshan District, New Taipei City, Taiwan .Dharma Drum Mountain is one of the most...

  • John Ching Hsiung Wu
    John Ching Hsiung Wu
    John Ching Hsiung Wu was a Chinese poet, lawyer, and writer. He wrote works in Chinese, English, French, and German on Christian spirituality, Chinese literature and on legal topics. He was the principal author of the constitution of the Republic of China...

     - Chinese poet, lawyer, and writer.
  • Zhang JinLan
    Zhang JinLan
    Zhang JinLan was the first female supreme court judge of the Republic of China.-See also:...

     - first female supreme court judge of the Republic of China
    Republic of China
    The Republic of China , commonly known as Taiwan , is a unitary sovereign state located in East Asia. Originally based in mainland China, the Republic of China currently governs the island of Taiwan , which forms over 99% of its current territory, as well as Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu and other minor...


Notable alumni

  • Winnie Hsin
    Winnie Hsin
    Winnie Hsin is a Taiwanese singer. She is best known for her crystal clear soprano voice.-Biography:In 1976, Hsin was admitted to the Taipei Hwa Kang Arts School, and in 1979 she studied music in the Chinese Culture University in Taipei. After graduating, she became a music teacher in the Yamaha...

    , pop singer (b. 1962)
  • Aaron Yan
    Aaron Yan
    Aaron Yan is a Taiwanese Mandopop singer, commercial model and actor. He is the youngest member of Taiwanese Mandopop vocal quartet boy band Fahrenheit.-Biography:Aaron Wu Geng Lin was born on November 20, 1986 in Taiwan....

    , pop singer, actor, in a famous boyband called Fahrenheit
    Fahrenheit (Taiwanese band)
    Fahrenheit is a Taiwanese boy band who has been active in Asia since 2005. The group debut with four members: Jiro Wang, Calvin Chen, Aaron Yan and Wu Chun. They are managed by Comic International Productions . The group's music is distributed by HIM International Music in Taiwan, by WOW Music in...

     (b. 1985)
  • Li Ang, acclaimed Taiwanese feminist writer and author of The Butcher's Wife
    The Butcher's Wife
    The Butcher's Wife is a 1991 romantic comedy film, in which a clairvoyant woman thinks that she's met her future husband , who she has seen in her dreams and is a butcher in New York. They marry and move to the city, where her powers tend to influence everyone she meets while working in the shop...

    (b. 1952)
  • Tsai Ming-Liang
    Tsai Ming-liang
    Tsai Ming-liang is one of the most celebrated "Second New Wave" film directors of Taiwanese Cinema, along with earlier contemporaries such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang...

    , Golden Lion
    Golden Lion
    Il Leone d’Oro is the highest prize given to a film at the Venice Film Festival. The prize was introduced in 1949 by the organizing committee and is now regarded as one of the film industry's most distinguished prizes...

     award-winning Malaysian film director
    Film director
    A film director is a person who directs the actors and film crew in filmmaking. They control a film's artistic and dramatic nathan roach, while guiding the technical crew and actors.-Responsibilities:...

  • Hsu Tain-tsair
    Hsu Tain-tsair
    Hsu Tain-tsair , a Taiwanese politician, served as the mayor of Tainan City from 2001 to 2010. Born in Tainan County , Hsu got his PhD candidacy in economics in the United States, where he started participating in the independence movement of Taiwan...

    , mayor of Tainan City from 2001 to 2010.
  • Huang Chih-hsiung
    Huang Chih-hsiung
    Huang Chih-Hsiung , Taiwan) is a Taiwanese athlete. Representing the Republic of China in the 2004 Summer Olympics, he won the silver medal at the Men's 68 kg Taekwondo event...

    , Olympic medalist in Taekwondo
    Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. In Korean, tae means "to strike or break with foot"; kwon means "to strike or break with fist"; and do means "way", "method", or "path"...

  • Jimmy Liao
    Jimmy Liao
    Jimmy Liao is a well-known Taiwanese illustrator as well as a picture book writer. The name Jimmy is his English first name which brought about his Chinese pen name, 幾米....

    , well-known Taiwanese illustrator as well as a picture book writer.
  • Frankie Kao, singer.
  • Kingone Wang
    Kingone Wang
    Kingone Wang was born 5 May 1980. He is a Taiwanese actor, singer and host. He was part of the boy band Comic Boyz and winner of Taiwanese Golden Bell Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series....

    , actor and singer.
  • Jenny Tseng
    Jenny Tseng
    Jenny Tseng mostly known in Cantonese speaking regions as Yan Nei, is a Macau-born singer, based in Hong Kong for much of her career. Her father is Austrian while her mother is Chinese....

    , Macau
    Macau , also spelled Macao , is, along with Hong Kong, one of the two special administrative regions of the People's Republic of China...

     born singer.
  • Richie Ren
    Richie Ren
    Richie Jen is a Taiwanese singer and actor. He has become extremely popular throughout Asia, particularly in the Chinese-speaking countries. He graduated from the Chinese Culture University's physical education department.-Films:...

    , singer and actor.
  • Wang Hsing-ching
    Wang Hsing-ching
    Wang Hsing-ching , who has a pseudonym of Nanfang Shuo , is a journalist, political commentator, and cultural critic. Today, he is the chief editor and writer of , with commentaries on current issues in major newspapers...

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