In 1953, a group of Christian educators and local gentries got together to establish an agricultural and engineering college in Taiwan to train science and engineering talent in the Christian spirit. After several name changes and long preparations, the Chung Yuan Christian College of Science and Engineering (CYCC) was established in October 1955 upon approval by the Ministry of Education. With education through honest, diligent pursuit and practical experience as the schools motto, the College was composed of four departments, namely, the departments of physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, and civil engineering. Upgraded to the status of a full university, CYCC was renamed Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) on Aug. 1, 1980.
After five decades, CYCU has developed with support from all members of the Board of Trustees, as well as immense contributions from past presidents and administrators Kuo Ke-tee, Hsieh Ming-shan, Han Wei, Yuan Ta-nien, Yin Shiu-hau, Chang Kwang-cheng, and Hsiung Shen-kan who represented stages in CYCU creation, foundation, growth, steadfastness, and expansion. On December 19, 2006, Dr. Wan-Lee Cheng became the 8th President of Chung Yuan Christian University and the first alumnus President in CYCUs 50-year history. Dr. Wan-Lee Cheng will carry on and develop the school tradition. CYCU currently has 7 colleges: College of Science, College of Engineering, College of Business, College of Design, College of Humanities and Education, College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and School of Law; 26 departments, 24 masters programs, and 12 Ph.D. programs. CYCU has more than 70,000 alumni who are nation builders during times of progress.
With a vision for the future, CYCU has established a unique competitive advantage by adhering to its educational philosophy and mission; Knowledge Economy, Care and Guidance, and Lifetime Learning are the Universitys development objectives, while holistic education and biotechnology research are the focus. As the University grows in reputation, the Ministry of Education has on several occasions evaluated and rated CYCU as the best private comprehensive university. CYCU is unwavering in its promotion of higher education; it aims to be an integrated university that is known and recognized worldwide for its good judgment, vivacity, values, integrity, prestige, and love, the qualities that exemplify Taiwan.