Motto in English
|Truth, Faith, Deeds|
|Campus||Suburban, 1.35 km2 (0.52 sq mi)|
|Affiliations||AALAU, ACUCA, United Board|
|Literal meaning||East (China) Sea University|
Tunghai University (THU; traditional Chinese: ?; simplified Chinese: ?; pinyin: ) was founded by Methodist missionaries in 1955 as a comprehensive university, the first private university and the second oldest university in Taiwan. The university is located in Xitun District, Taichung, Taiwan, an urbanized area. On the grounds, the Luce Memorial Chapel (designed by noted architects Chen Chi-kwan and I. M. Pei) is a local landmark. The logo of the university contains a cross in reference to the statement in the founding documents that it was "founded in the love of Jesus," and the three linked circles refer to the Holy Trinity as well as the motto, "Truth, Faith, Deeds".
Tunghai University was founded on the Dadu Plateau, west of Taichung City, in 1955 by Methodist missionaries. The sitting US Vice President, Richard Nixon, had spoken at the ground-breaking ceremony in 1953. The school was named "Tunghai" ("east sea") based on its position east of the Taiwan Strait.
Tunghai University is organized into nine colleges of agriculture, engineering, fine arts & creative design, humanities (called the "College of Arts"), international studies, law, management, science, and social science, which contain 34 academic departments.
The Tunghai University Main Library is located at the end of the Campus Mall. Library holdings include, approximately, 600,000 volumes, 6,515 current serials, 21,523 electronic serials, nonprint formats, and rare books.
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Tunghai has more than one hundred student societies.
The Wei-Mei Climbing Wall was completed in 2004, in memory of Wei-Mei Lin, a leader of the Mountain Climbing Club, who died in a mountain accident in 2001. It is 12 meters high and 9 meters wide. In 2007, the wall burned down. It is now being rebuilt.
,,?,(Transl.: Mr. Hang, seeing the site on the east side of the Taiwan Strait, proposed the name "Haitung" ("east of the sea"). Mr. Ling proposed that "Tunghai" ("east sea") would sound better, and it was decided.)