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Founder of CCU

“Adopting Confucian teachings, embracing the essence of Chinese and foreign ideals.”

This University was founded in 1962. Its founder, Prof. Dr. Chang Chi-Yun, had graduated from the Division of History and Geography of National Nanjing Higher Normal School (later renamed National Central University and Nanjing University). Formerly Professor at Zhong Yang University, and Director of the College of History at National Zhejiang University, he had become Dean of the Faculty of Literature. In 1943, Prof. Chang was invited by the U.S. State Department to study two years as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. After he came to Taiwan in 1949, he became a representative of the First National Assembly, General Secretary of the National Party (Kuomintang) Central Committee, Head of the Education Ministry, Director of the College for Studies on National Defense, and more.

Among the most well-reputed and famous international scholars, Prof. Chang has been acknowledged for his achievements by many institutions worldwide, in receiving the Medal of Honor from the Seton Hall University, and St. John’s University, both U.S.A.; an Honorary Doctorate for Literature of Kyung Hee University, Korea; and the precious Imperial Seal of Japan. The Global Association of University Presidents awarded him the Seal for most outstanding achievements, and he was honored with the Culture Award of the National Executive Yuan, Taiwan.

It has been the founder’s greatest ambition and ideal to serve his country by dedicating his life to the promotion and growth of science and study. After he left his position as the Minister of Education, he contributed to the cultural reformation movement by founding Chinese Culture University, based on the guiding thoughts of Temperament, Simplicity, Strength, and Tenacity, and the motto: “To integrate the merits of the East and the West, while remaining up to date”. Under challenging starting conditions, Prof. Dr. Chang Chi-Yun whole-heartedly and strenuously strived to realize his ideals, developing the formerly called “College of Chinese Culture” into a comprehensive University, renamed Chinese Culture University (CCU). His memory and achievements are deeply honored on the CCU campus until today, including the exhibition of a collection of 25 volumes of his published written works.