Formerly called Kaohsiung Polytechnic Institute (KPI), I-Shou University (ISU) was established in 1986 by Chairman I-Shou Lin of E United Group to commemorate his mother as well as to benefit the villages and towns where he started his business. It was also Mr. Lin’s way of giving back to the society and accomplishing his lifelong mission of nurturing highly educated professionals for the country. With its excellent performance on teaching, research and administration, KPI was officially upgraded and renamed I-Shou University in August of 1997.
Located in close proximity to E-Da Hospital and E-Da Cancer Hospital, the Medical Campus was opened in Yanchao District, Kaohsiung City, in 2006 to accommodate medicine-related departments, providing students with a superior learning and training environment. In addition, ISU was approved by the Ministry of Education to establish the School of Chinese Medicine for Post Baccalaureate in the Academic Year 2010, and then the School of Medicine for International Students with all courses taught in English in 2013. To our greater delight, after thirteen years of efforts, the establishment of the College of Medicine was officially approved by the Ministry of Education in the same year.
Founded in 2009 with the aim of training and educating professionals for tomorrow’s global business needs, the International College offers a total immersion learning environment in English, while the establishment of the College of Communication & Design and the College of Tourism & Hospitality provides a favorable learning and training environment for students who wish to work in the cultural and creative industries or in the service sector. Built on a solid foundation of sustainable and continuous development, ISU currently has eight colleges: College of Electrical & Information Engineering, College of Science & Engineering, College of Management, International College, College of Language Arts, College of Tourism & Hospitality, College of Communication & Design, and College of Medicine, and it works toward becoming an international comprehensive university which equally values humanities and technology as well as cultivates professionals to serve the current and future needs of the industry.
In 2013, ISU passed with flying colors the 2013 Evaluation of General Education and the Second-Cycle Program Evaluation conducted by the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan, making it the only university in Taiwan to pass these two evaluations at once, and it was awarded a substantial grant under the Program for Promoting Teaching Excellence Universities from the Ministry of Education for a third consecutive phase, the No. 1 among private comprehensive universities in southern Taiwan.
ISU’s future development efforts will be partly focused on biotechnology with the aim of narrowing the gap in resources between northern and southern Taiwan. ISU aspires to develop non-polluting high technologies and stimulate local cultural and industrial development by establishing a “Cultural & Green Silicon Valley.” ISU expects a transformation into a green hi-tech university which puts equal emphasis on liberal arts and technology, and at the same time promotes cultural and industrial development in southern Taiwan.
ACADEMIC AND INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT BY E-UNITED GROUP
E- United Group, to which ISU is afflilated , conducts the business in the sectors of manufacturing , medical service,education, as well as real estate&leisure development, including Yieh Phui Enterprise Co., Ltd. and Yieh United Steel Corporations,E-DA Hospital,E-DA World and etc.With the generous financial support from E-United Group , the University has equipment and facilities that are unparalleled among other universities in Taiwan. Also, the University is one of the few comprehensive univeristies that integrates theory into practice, and is cognizant of and responsive to the needs of industries.
COMPREHENSIVE UNIVERSITY: THEORY & RESEARCH
With the support of E-United Group, ISU provides substantial offers to recruit faculty members with research specialties and practical experiences from different disciplines and professions.Inregards to the curriculum design,ISU underlines the importance of both theory and experiments,Faculty members are encouraged to engage students in researching not only in their respective field, but tapping into interdisciplinary studies as well.
In addition to collaboration with affiliated companies of E-United Group,the University also actively seeks opportunities to work with other business entities for internship programs. By so doing,students are provided with more hands-on experience to work in different sectors. There are some 353 business entities working with the university in the form of industry-university collaboration,including industries of technology, electronics, medical service, iron & steel, hospitality, department stores,and hotels. TheUniversity aspires to meet the needs of different industries, cultivate professional talent, and carry out university-specific research projects.