TW | IShou University
Formerly called Kaohsiung Polytechnic Institute (KPI), I-Shou University (ISU) was established in 1986 by Chairman I-Shou Lin of E United Group to commemorate his mother as well as to benefit the villages and towns where he started his business. It was also Mr. Lin’s way of giving back to the society and accomplishing his lifelong mission of nurturing highly educated professionals for the country. With its excellent performance on teaching, research and administration, KPI was officially upgraded and renamed I-Shou University in August of 1997.
Located in close proximity to E-Da Hospital and E-Da Cancer Hospital, the Medical Campus was opened in Yanchao District, Kaohsiung City, in 2006 to accommodate medicine-related departments, providing students with a superior learning and training environment. In addition, ISU was approved by the Ministry of Education to establish the School of Chinese Medicine for Post Baccalaureate in the Academic Year 2010, and then the School of Medicine for International Students with all courses taught in English in 2013. To our greater delight, after thirteen years of efforts, the establishment of the College of Medicine was officially approved by the Ministry of Education in the same year.
Dr. Roger C. Y. Chen
Founded in 2009 with the aim of training and educating professionals for tomorrow’s global business needs, the International College offers a total immersion learning environment in English, while the establishment of the College of Communication & Design and the College of Tourism & Hospitality provides a favorable learning and training environment for students who wish to work in the cultural and creative industries or in the service sector. Built on a solid foundation of sustainable and continuous development, ISU currently has eight colleges: College of Electrical & Information Engineering, College of Science & Engineering, College of Management, International College, College of Language Arts, College of Tourism & Hospitality, College of Communication & Design, and College of Medicine, and it works toward becoming an international comprehensive university which equally values humanity and technology as well as cultivates professionals to serve the current and future needs of the industry.
In 2013, ISU passed with flying colors the 2013 Evaluation of General Education and the Second-Cycle Program Evaluation conducted by the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan, Province of China, making it the only university in Taiwan, Province of China to pass these two evaluations at once, and it was awarded a substantial grant under the Program for Promoting Teaching Excellence Universities from the Ministry of Education for a third consecutive phase, the No. 1 among private comprehensive universities in southern Taiwan, Province of China.
ISU’s future development efforts will be partly focused on biotechnology with the aim of narrowing the gap in resources between northern and southern Taiwan, Province of China. ISU aspires to develop non-polluting high technologies and stimulate local cultural and industrial development by establishing a “Cultural & Green Silicon Valley.” ISU expects a transformation into a green hi-tech university which puts equal emphasis on liberal arts and technology, and at the same time promotes cultural and industrial development in southern Taiwan, Province of China.
I-Shou University (ISU) has four goals: excellent teaching, featured research, excellent service, and international connections. Currently, it has nine colleges with some 16,000 students. It is a well-developed comprehensive private university with a strong conviction that education is the best way to change one’s destiny. With the support of E United Group and rich teaching and research resources, ISU will lead students to realize their dreams and make them the best talents for the international community. With the “ISU 2028 Project” I proposed, I aspire to take ISU to another level through seven domains on university affairs, including: 1) implementing outstanding and innovative teaching, 2) promoting self-learning in interdisciplinary fields, 3) extending holistic education, 4) extending education about creativity, innovation, creation, and start-up, 5) carrying out visionary and featured research, 6) entering the international stage to compete with the world, and 7) creating a sustainable and happy campus.
Objectives and Vision
- To establish learning arenas and multi-dimensional models that provide top-notch higher education to solidify students’ character buildups and professional capabilities.
- To deliver featured teaching and specialized research of academia with industries and communities, thereby promoting a platform for applying and sharing knowledge.
- To enhance international cooperation and exchanges to help enlarge all ISU members’ world views and concerns for global issues.
- To build a professional, respectful, and ethical environment that facilitates ISU members’ intellectual and life attainments while consolidating services and contributions to society in general.
- I-Shou University aims to be an international comprehensive university that champions Intellectual innovation, Social engagement, and Universal sustainability.
- Excellent Teaching, Featured Research, Excellent Service, International Connections
- Nurturing students to become pragmatic and innovative professionals who have good manners, behave with integrity, and always show their dynamism