Historical Development ⏳

The name of our university can be traced back to the establishment of “Jinan Academy" in Nanjing in the 32nd year of the Guangxu era (1906). It was founded by the Governor of Liangjiang, In the 16th year of the Republic of China, it was renamed National Jinan University in Shanghai. During the Sino-Japanese War, it was temporarily relocated to Jianyang, Fujian, and then returned to Shanghai in June of the 35th year. The goal of the university was to mainly admit overseas Chinese students and spread the moral standards and cultural education of the Chinese nation to various overseas regions, such as Nanyang.

In the 38th year, when the government of the Republic of China relocated to Taiwan, there were requests from the faculty and students of the original Jinan University to reestablish the university in Taiwan. Through communication and coordination between the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission and the Ministry of Education, efforts were made to promote the reestablishment movement from political and educational perspectives, but they were not successful. It wasn't until 1990 that the Ministry of Education, in order to alleviate the competition for higher education admissions and balance regional development, proposed the establishment of Chi Nan University.

Our university upholds the motto of "Sincerity, Simplicity, Perseverance, and Practicality" and embodies the spirit of "Humanities as the foundation, Science and Technology for practical use," reflecting the true essence of Chinese culture, "adhering to the middle way and pursuing the ultimate goodness." The founding philosophy of the university aims to strengthen talent cultivation, enhance overseas Chinese education, balance regional development, and promote international academic exchanges. In addition to fundamental academic research, emphasis is placed on Southeast Asian regional studies, industry-academia collaboration, outreach services, and the cultivation of talents in the overseas Chinese community.


Establishment Preparations

In July 1990, the Executive Yuan instructed the Ministry of Education and the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission to study the possibility of establishing Ji-nan University in Taiwan. After conducting the research, it was suggested to admit both overseas Chinese students and local students to facilitate cultural exchange. In March 1991, a planning group was established, and in September of the same year, the Executive Yuan approved the establishment of "National Chi Nan University." On January 30, 1992, the "Preparatory Office for National Chi Nan University" was established, and in February of the same year, the Ministry of Education selected Taomi Pit, Puli Township, Nantou County, as the site for the university.

Originally, the Preparatory Office was located in Taipei, but preparations for the campus construction were carried out. In January 1994, it was relocated to the premises of the Provincial Puli High School (now Chi Nan High School). Subsequently, efforts were made to establish academic departments and recruit personnel.

At the initial establishment of the university, the name was originally intended to be "National Chi Nan University." However, considering that it might cause confusion with the existing Jinan University in Guangzhou internationally, after discussions with various stakeholders invited by the Ministry of Education, the university was officially renamed "National Chi Nan International University" in April 1995. It was formally established on July 1 of the same year.


Significant Events from 1990 to the Present


The Executive Yuan instructed the Ministry of Education and the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission to study the feasibility of establishing Ji-nan University in Taiwan.


The Ministry of Education established the "National Chi Nan University Planning Group" and invited Dr. Yan Bingyi to serve as the convener. The Executive Yuan approved the establishment of National Chi Nan University.


On January 30, the Preparatory Office for National Chi Nan University was established, and Dr. Yan Bingyi was appointed as the director of the preparatory office. In February, the site for the university was announced as Taomi Pit, Puli Township, Nantou County.


On January 19, the Preparatory Office relocated and used the facilities of the Provincial Puli Senior High School as its office. On February 1, Deputy Minister of Education Yuan Songxi was appointed as the director of the Preparatory Office for National Chi Nan University.


On April 7, the Ministry of Education approved the renaming of the university to "National Chi Nan International University." On July 1, the university was officially established, and Yuan Songxi, the former director of the Preparatory Office, was appointed as the first president. In the first year, five graduate institutes were established, including Chinese Language and Literature, International Business, Comparative Education, Economics, and Social Policy and Social Work. A total of 76 students were admitted as the first batch of graduate students and registered on September 30.


In January, the administration building was completed, and all faculty and staff officially began working on campus. The first batch of undergraduate students began there studies on campus. On October 7, the "Campus Inauguration and Opening Ceremony for the 85th Academic Year" was held, which became the founding day and annual celebration day of the university. The university took over the mission of the Overseas Joint Admissions.


Comprehensive Teaching Building completed construction. The first issue of the "Journal of Chi Nan University" was published. The first student publication of the Chinese Department, "Yunhu," was established.


On September 21, the 921 earthquake occurred at 1:47 am, causing damage to the university buildings and disrupting external communication. Students and faculty eagerly awaited rescue. President Li Jiatong decided to relocate to National Taiwan University, and classes resumed on October 13.


Campus reconstruction was completed, and on March 8, students and faculty moved back to Puli. The first campus fun run event for the university's anniversary was held.


On December 13, Puli High School was renamed as "National Chi Nan International University Affiliated Senior High School," and an unveiling ceremony was held.


On October 23, the earth moving ceremony was held for the Library and Information Building.


The university celebrated its 10th anniversary with the first campus-wide "Journey for Chi Nan - 'Sending Love to Taomi'" spring hiking event. The College of Humanities building was completed and inaugurated. The university received approval from the Ministry of Education for the "Teaching Excellence Project" and received a subsidy of NT$90 million. The track and field stadium was completed and put into use.


President Zhang Jinfu presided over the inauguration ceremony of the Library and Information Building on October 12. The first student association was established. The digital learning companion program in remote areas was initiated.


The College of Management building was completed and inaugurated. The Center for Aboriginal Culture, Education and Livelihood Development was established. Local residents, faculty, and students were invited in for the first time to visit the university for cherry blossom viewing and this became an annual event.


The Office for Advanced Technology Development of High-Tech Equipment was established in the Central Taiwan Science Park.


On September 28, the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs was established. Puli Veterans Hospital (now renamed as Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Puli Branch) opened a clinic on campus. The Sports and Health Center was completed and opened.


The university passed the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification and received the SGS certificate. Collaboration with the Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration began to co-host the Chi Nan Sakura Tea Party, which became an annual joint event.


During the Sakura Tea Party, the university presented a plaque of appreciation to Chairman Huang Bingsong of the Cow's Ear Stone Carving Art Park, expressing gratitude for his donation of Taiwania trees along the central axis of the Chi Nan campus in 1995. The Research Center for Shui Sha Lian and Humanistic Innovation and Social Practice in the College of Humanities was established.


The Outstanding Alumni Selection Committee was formed to select the first batch of outstanding alumni. The College of Education applied to the Ministry of Education to host the University for elderly students for the first time.


The groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of the baseball field took place. In celebration of the university's 20th anniversary, the library organized a Southeast Asian special exhibition.


The university hosted the “2016 National University Presidents' Conference" with the theme of "Higher Education Innovation and Transformation, Strengthening International Talent Nurturing.” The "Research Center of Shui Sha Lian, and Humanistic Innovation and Social Practice" in the College of Humanities was restructured into the "University-level Research Center Shui Sha Lian and Humanistic Innovation and Social Practice" and established the “Shui Sha Lian Regional Cooperation Promotion Committee."


The university held the 1st "Taiwan Education Philosophy Association Annual Conference and Symposium."


The "Aboriginal Language Learning Center at Nantou" of the university was unveiled.


On February 1, the inauguration ceremony for Nantou Bus Route 1 entering the campus was held. The university was honored with the "17th Institution Archives Management Golden Archives Award" by the National Development Council's Archives Management Office, presented by Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang.


"CommonWealth Magazine" held the "2020 Outstanding University Social Responsibility (USR) Program" award ceremony, and the university won the Industry Collaboration Model Award in the "Creating a Green Shui Sha Lian Community: Transforming the Water and Milk-Producing Industries" category.


Shui Sha Lian College was established.


The Nursing Department was established. The Central Taiwan Outdoor Exploration Education Center was established.


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