Established in 1960. Upgraded in 1977. Renamed in 2001
Brief History of Chung Shan Medical University
Due to the shortage of dentists in the post war era during the 54's in Taiwan, Dr. Ju-Chuan Chou founded Chung Shan Dental Junior College (the antecedent of Chung Shan Medical University) in 1960 with the purpose of training dentists. The school was named after Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, alias Chung-Shan, in recognition of his patriotism. The demand for the institute to be elevated to the college level was growing with the time. After much effort and program enforcement, in 1977, our school was granted by the Ministry of Education to advance to Chung Shan Medical and Dental College. Yet, we kept progressing and expanding. In 2001, the institute was reorganized as Chung Shan Medical University (CSMU).
Currently, the CSMU consists of five colleges, which are College of Medicine, College of Oral Medicine, College of Medical Sciences and Technology, College of Health Care and Management, College of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences. There are 21 academic departments and 18 graduate institutes. We have about 450 full-time faculty, 250 part-time faculty, and 260 staffs working on campus. And about 7,566 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled.
In addition, as a medical university, we have five affiliated hospital districts --- Da-Ching District, Chung-Kang District, Wen-Hsin District and Chung-Shing District. Each district has its own specialties and the state-of-the-art clinical facilities, e.g. the first PET scanning machine in Taiwan.
Contribution to the Society and Eminent Alumni
For the past 54 years, Chung Shan has educated numerous outstanding graduates. They devoted mostly to the medical care for societies all over the world. Many of our alumni also played a vital role in various leadership, like the Director of Department of Health in Executive Yuan, the Mayor of Taichung City, key cabinet members, Members of Parliament, and chairs in the related fields of medicine and dentistry.
I. From international airports to Taichung City:
(I)Taoyuan International Airport is about 156 kilometers distance from Taichung City. Ways to Taichung City from the airport:
1. Take a passenger bus directly for a Taichung City station - about 2 hours travel time.
2. Take the connecting high speed rail train [called "HSR" in Taiwan - from "high speed rail"] to the Tauyuan HSR station. Take the HSR train to Taichung City's Wu'r HSR station - HSR travel time about 38 minutes.
(II)Kaohsiung International Airport is about 200 kilometers distance from Taichung City. Ways to Taichung City from the airport:
1. From the airport, take the Kaoshiung subway/metro-rail-system [called "KMRT" in Taiwan, from "Kaohsiung mass rapid transit"] to the Dzuo'ing HSR station. Take the high speed rail train to Taichung City's Wu'r HSR station - HSR travel time about 58 minutes.
2. From the airport, after taking the Kaohsiung subway/metro-rail-system [called "KMRT" in Taiwan, from "Kaohsiung mass rapid transit"] to the Kauhsiung regular [non-high-speed] train station, transfer to and take a regular [non-high-speed] Taiwan Railway train or passenger bus to Taichung City - about 2.5 hours travel time.
II. From Taichung stations to the school: We suggest that for convenience you can take a taxi to the school - travel time around 10-20 minutes, and taxi fare somewhere around 100-200 NT Yuan.