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＊In 1966, Master Cheng Yen committed herself to fulfilling the Buddha’s compassion by establishing the Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. For the past 36 years, the Master promoted the philosophy of respecting life and upholding wisdom through the foundation’s activities of charity, medical care, education, and culture.
Today Tzu Chi has branches in over thirty nations and is internationally known for its dedication to helping the needy. Master Cheng Yen also established the first university specializing in medical science and humanities in eastern Taiwan. The Tzu Chi College of Medicine opened its doors to students on October 16, 1994. In August 1998, the college was renamed the Tzu Chi College Medicine and Humanities. In 2000, the school was given its current name of Tzu Chi University. That same year, the elementary and secondary school affiliated with Tzu Chi University began enrolling first year students.
Tzu Chi University provides students with an environment full of kindness, compassion, joy, and unselfish giving—the four components of its mission. Students learn and study according to their interests on a safe and beautiful campus.
By harboring Great Love, the school hopes that students will enjoy life without much suffering during their stay and after graduation. Tzu Chi University prepares students to develop diverse perspectives and also encourages them to achieve their goals and find meaning in life.
Tzu Chi University provides several scholarship opportunities including the Dean’s List Scholarship and Service Scholarship. Students can apply for a Service Scholarship to waive their tuition fees and cover living costs beginning from their sophomore year. After graduating, they are expected to serve at a designated location such as Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital or other Tzu Chi affiliates. Students who make it on the Dean’s list can receive a scholarship of twenty thousand NT dollars per semester. In addition to these two scholarships, the university also offers other scholarships to students with financial difficulties. However, most of these scholarships are not available to international students.
Tzu Chi University works in collaboration with other schools such as National Dong Hwa University, National Hualien Teachers College, National Chiao Tung University and Tzu Chi College of Technology.
Students can take courses from any of these schools. Furthermore, The University of California at Berkeley, Bukkyo University in Japan, British Columbia University in Canada, University of Indonesia, University of Hong Kong, University Sains Malysia and Mahidol University in Thailand are sisters to Tzu Chi University.
There are also a students exchange program with Colorado College in the United States, Bukkyo University in Japan and an academic exchange program with Beijing University in China. Moreover, distant learning programs exist at Tzu Chi offices worldwide.
College of Medicine
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No.701, Sec. 3, Jhongyang Rd., Hualien City