“O Formosa, so far away and so beautiful.
You are the love of my life. I love you all, each and every one of you,
regardless of your origin and the past.
To serve you with the only Good News I know.
Here is my life for you, a thousand times and more…” –G.L. Mackay
Those words, from a poem penned in Chinese by one of the early missionaries to Taiwan, exemplify the rich tradition of service that Chang Jung Christian University was founded on and strives to continue. From the time that the first Presbyterian missionary to Taiwan, James Maxwell, arrived in Taiwan in 1865, the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan has strongly supported education and literacy. Chang Jung High School, Taiwan’s first western-style high school, was founded by Presbyterian missionaries in the city of Tainan in 1885.
For many years, the directors of Chang Jung High School envisioned the establishment of institute of higher learning but were unable to move forward with their plans until 1985, when the Ministry of Education lifted its ban on the establishment of new universities. In that year, Dr. Huang Ren-Chun took over as Chairman of the high school’s Board of Directors and, along with the school's principal, Dr. Su Chin-An, renewed efforts to establish a university under the Chang Jung name. In 1993, thanks to their tenacity and the generous support of alumni and other friends, Chang Jung College of Management came into existence. In 2002, the longstanding dream of a Chang Jung Christian University became a reality when the school obtained university status. CJCU cherishes its historical roots as an educational pioneer in Taiwan and seeks to continue as a forerunner in Taiwanese Christian education in the 21st century and beyond.
Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU) is a private university located in southern Taiwan. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, CJCU is committed to developing the God-given gifts and abilities of each student within a culture of love, respect, and service. The university was founded in 1992 but is the outgrowth of a vision that began more than one hundred years earlier with the founding of Chang Jung Senior High School, Taiwan’s first western-style high school, in 1885.
There are currently twenty-six bachelors programs, eighteen masters programs, and one doctoral program.
- Chart a bold path for the future that maintains the Christian ideals on which the university was founded and builds upon the school’s strengths.
Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU) is affiliated with the Presbysterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) and seeks to continue the PCT’s role as an educational pioneer in Taiwan. The University offers a unique approach to education (全人牧育, quanren muyu) based on Biblical model of the Good Shepherd who is not willing to lose one sheep. It places great value on the potential of each student and yet, at the same time, seeks to build a culture of humble service that calls faculty and students alike to follow the example of Jesus, who washed the feet of his students on the night before he died.
- Be a leader in sustainability.Sustainability is a foundational principle at Chang Jung Christian University (長榮永續, Chang Jung yongxu). At this critical juncture in the history of the planet, we cannot afford to educate the current generation for “business as usual.” We are proud of the university’s achievements in sustainability, which include the River Restoration Center, a joint project of CJCU and the Taiwan Environmental Protection Agency, and we are committed to educating students who will be at the forefront of the sustainability movement.
- Seek excellence in our educational product.We must equip students with skills that will enable them to succeed in an increasingly competitive global marketplace, and in this age of rapidly evolving technology, we must prepare them to be lifetime learners. This means that we, as administrators and educators, must also master new technologies to their fullest advantage. We laud the efforts of CJCU’s Computer Center in this area.
- Aim for administrative excellence and sound fiscal management.Excellence in education must be accompanied by excellence in administration and wise stewardship of our resource base.
- Be a pioneer in lifelong learning.The broadening of the recruitment base is an economic imperative throughout higher education in Taiwan, but at CJCU, we are true believers in lifelong learning. One of our co-founders, Dr. Huang Ren-Chun, a physician who graduated from Kaohsiung Medical College in 1962, has set the pace by earning a master’s degree from CJCU’s Department of Fine Arts in 2012 at the age of 76.
- Partner with the community.Chang Jung Christian University seeks to build its relationships with the civic, industrial, and educational institutions in southern Taiwan through active service. As we grow in awareness of our community needs and strive to meet them, our value in the eyes of the community will grow.
- Expand our international relationships.CJCU is an institution that cherishes its local roots but seeks to prepare students who are responsible global citizens. This means that we must make them aware of the whole world and not just the privileged One-Third World.
These principles will bear good fruit, but only if they are put into practice, put into practice well, and practiced over a sustained period of time. They will keep us on a sure path toward our goal to be the best private university in southern Taiwan and to be a Christian university that, by the grace of God, changes the world. They will ensure that Chang Jung Christian University fulfills the destiny that is contained in its name (長榮, Chang Jung, “lasting glory”).