|National Dong Hwa University|
University description (as per official university website)
On August 1, 2008, National Dong Hwa University integrated with the then National Hualien University of Education marking a new milestone for the University. The synergy effect of integration expanded National Dong Hwa Universitys academic disciplines and strengthened its research. Regarding the history of the University, it could be traced from the two campuses in Shoufeng and Meilun.
National Dong Hwa University was founded in July 1994 with the planning stage started three years earlier.
In October 1991, the National Dong Hwa University Planning Office was established in Shoufeng, Hualien, by the Ministry of Education as part of its mission to foster the balanced regional development of Taiwan through the even distribution of higher education systems in the north, south, east and west of the island. Professor Paul Tzung-Tsan Mu was appointed to head the Office and led the development of plans for eastern Taiwan's first comprehensive university.
Taiwan Hualien Junior Normal College was founded on October 27, 1947, with Professor Fan-Jian Lin as the founding President. The College was located on Mount Hua Gang in Hualien City offering two-year and four-year normal classes.
In 1949, the Affiliated Primary School of Taiwan National Hualien Junior Normal College was established to provide a training ground for the College's students.
The earthquake in October 1951 badly damaged most of the school buildings and the restoration took almost two years to complete.
National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA) is an institution dedicated to public education and research of marine biology. Besides aquarium exhibitions, the museum also aims for survey, collection, preservation and study of marine organisms around Taiwan. In addition to basic scientific research, NMMBA strives for the development of marine biotechnology and related products as well. In the meantime, National Dong Hwa University has proposed the School of Marine Science in the Planning Book when the
university was founded.
National Dong Hwa University currently consists of eight colleges: the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Management, the College of Indigenous Studies, the Hua-Shih College of Education, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Environmental Studies, and the College of Marine Sciences. In all, there are a total of 35 academic departments, 48 graduate institutes, and 17 Ph.D. programs. Totaling over 10,000 students, out of which about 3,800 are graduate students. Students are admitted to the University only after undergoing a rigorous screening process, which includes the College Entrance Examination and other equally stringent methods of evaluation. The student body comprises students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds from all over Taiwan and various foreign countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and Myanmar. At present, the University boasts over 500 scholars who dedicate themselves to teaching and research; more than ninety-eight percent of these full-time faculty members hold Ph.D. degrees from the world's most prestigious universities.
National Dong Hwa University is a research-based, teaching-oriented institution with great promise and potential in many areas. Through the steady addition of new academic programs over the next decade, National Dong Hwa University will eventually consist of the following nine colleges in humanities, natural sciences, engineering, management, social sciences, indigenous Studies, environmental studies, marine sciences, and fine and applied arts. Moreover, the University will house a wide range of interdisciplinary research centers ultimately catering to a student body of over ten thousand. We are fully convinced that National Dong Hwa University will attain its ultimate goal of becoming one of the finest institutes of higher learning in Taiwan - if not all of Asia and the rest of the world - in the years to come.