Soochow University is a private university located in Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China). Although the Soochow University in Taiwan maintains a church and a Methodist minister in residence, it may be considered a secular institution. The University's College of Law is considered to be one of the best in Taiwan.
The original Soochow University
was founded by Methodists
province of Qing Dynasty China
in 1900 as a merger of three existing institutions: the Po-hsi Academy, the Kung-hsiang Academy, and the Chung-hsi Academy.
After the Chinese Civil War, members of the Soochow Alumni Association who fled to Taiwan established a shadow Soochow University in Taiwan to make up for the Soochow University lost on the mainland. The original Soochow University was closed by PRC Government (Communist Party of China)in 1952. In 1986, a newly Suzhou University was established in Jiangsu, People's Republic of China.
The Soochow University in Taiwan has two branches: a downtown branch located near the ROC presidential office in Taipei's Zhongzheng district and the main campus located near the National Palace Museum in Taipei's Shilin district. The law and business colleges are located in the downtown campus. All other colleges are located in the main campus.
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.
Taiwan's first private university is headed by a president and a board of trustees. The University is divided into five 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
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 both 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 in the past to reclaim the land to build an expressway, but has decided to back off with this project.
The university has 183 student clubs or societies.
- 24-hour International Ultramarathon: Runners from several countries, students, faculty, and celebrities such as Ma Ying-jeou participate in this annual event. Only very few of the contestants venture running for the entire duration of the twenty-four hour 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 to sing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve. Having people singing Christmas carols in the neighborhood is a rare sight in Taiwan since Christians make up a small minority of the Taiwanese population.
Noted Soochow alumni
- Bai Pei-ying Former Taiwan Finance Minister (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.
- Chu Yen-Ping Taiwan Famous Films and TV Director
- Chang, John Kuomintang (KMT) Politician; Former Taiwan Foreign Affairs Minister and Legislator
- Chang, Winston Former President of the Soochow University
- 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.
- Liu, Frank C.J. Former Franklin Templeton Investments's 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 the 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
- Taiwan Legislators (members of the Legislative Yuan):Hung, chao-nan; Chang, ching-fang; Hsu chung-hsiung; Cheng, kuei-lien; Lin, Hsu Shao-Ping; Cheng, san-yuan; Hsu, yuan-kuo
Noted Soochow faculty
List of universities in Taiwan