President Chen's Remarks

I-Shou University has four goals: excellent teaching, featured research, excellent service and international connections. Currently it has nine colleges with some 16,000 students. It is a well-developed comprehensive university with a strong conviction that education is the best way to change one’s destiny. Under the support of E United Group and with rich teaching and research resources, I-Shou University will lead students to realize their dreams and make them the best talents for the international community. I want ISU to become the green cultural Silicon Valley of Taiwan so as to develop clean advanced technologies and to integrate outstanding research achievements with high-tech and innovative industries, thereby making great contributions to society.
Roger C. Y. Chen
I-Shou University


Brief Introduction

From KPI to ISU: Transformation and Continuous Growth

 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.



 The Guanyinshan area, where ISU is located, has picturesque scenery and lush landscape. Over the past years, E United Group has made a massive investment to develop E-DA World, a brand-new entertainment hub for ISU faculty members, students, staffers, and residents who live nearby. Within the proximity, there are two hotels, an outlet mall, and a theme park with replicated scenes from the Aegean Sea. Thanks to the establishment of E-DA World, ISU students have the best locations to gain practical experience.

 For the sake of safety and convenience, ISU, located in the rural area of Kaohsiung City, has contracted E-DA Bus to provide eight different bus routes that take ISU faculty members, students and staffers to locations within downtown Kaohsiung.


Learning Advantages

 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. In regard to curriculum design, ISU underlines the importance of both theory and practice, and incorporates them into teaching and experiments. Faculty members are encouraged to guide students in conducting not only research in their respective fields but also in interdisciplinary studies. To create a diverse situated learning environment, ISU has set up well-equipped laboratories for different disciplines, established the Chinese Culture Classroom and the Japanese Culture Classroom, and put up bilingual signs on campus. In addition, the establishment of the Multimedia Center and the Hospitality Operation Center gives ISU students a head start on gaining practical experience. ISU students may also take internships in the affiliated companies of E United Group or E-DA World based on their professions and needs. Hands-on experience gained before graduation is not only a great boost to students’ employability but a guarantee for their career success.


International Connections

 To broaden students’ international horizons and improve their competitive edge, ISU has entered into partnership with 396 institutes in Europe, the United States, Australia and Asia. Every year, ISU sends outstanding faculty members and students to partner institutes for visits and exchange, and holds international conferences for academic exchanges. To stay competitive in the global market of higher education, ISU has adopted a series of measure, including but not limited to recruiting international students, creating a total immersion learning environment in English, enhancing local students’ English proficiency, and offering courses taught only in English.  ISU offers various types of scholarships, such as Shue-Hai Scholarship, Shue-Wen Scholarship and MOE short-term study scholarships, to provide its students with an opportunity to take part in study tours or study abroad. There is also the “Eagle-Flying Scholarship,” which involves a thorough nurturing of outstanding students who are provided with an opportunity to study abroad at partner institutes with one year’s worth of tuition and other required fees. In addition to scholarships available at ISU, students are encouraged to enroll in double-degree programs developed by ISU and partner institutes. These measures provide an excellent platform for linking our outstanding students with the international community.


A Wealth of Industrial Resources

 E United Group, to which ISU is affiliated, engages in the businesses of manufacturing, medical services, education, as well as real estate & leisure development. In addition to Yieh Phui Enterprise Co., Ltd. and Yieh United Steel Corporation (ranked 3rd place in stainless steel production worldwide), E United Group owns Yieh Phui Polyester Pre-Painted Steel Sheets Company, E-Da Hospital, Eliter International Corp., E-DA Royal Hotel, E-DA Skylark Hotel, E-DA Theme Park, etc. With the generous financial support from E United Group, ISU has equipment and facilities that are unparalleled among other universities in Taiwan. Also, ISU is one of the few comprehensive universities that values both theory and practice and is cognizant of and responsive to the needs of industries.

 In addition to collaboration with the affiliated companies of E United Group, ISU actively seeks opportunities to work with other business entities for internship programs. By so doing, ISU students are provided with more hands-on experience that would prepare them for the job market in different sectors. ISU also forges industry-university collaboration alliances with over 300 business entities, including industries of technology, electronics, medical services, iron & steel, hospitality, department stores, and hotels. ISU aspires to meet the needs of different industries, cultivate professional talents, and carry out university-specific research projects.


Objectives and Vision

 1.To establish learning arenas and multi-dimensional models that provide top-notch higher education to
   solidify students’ character buildups and professional capabilities.
 2.To deliver featured teaching and specialized research of academia with industries and communities, thereby
   promoting a platform for applying and sharing knowledge.
 3.To enhance international cooperation and exchanges to help enlarge all ISU members’ worldviews and
   concerns for global issues.
 4.To build a professional, respectful and ethical environment that facilitates ISU members’ intellectual and
   life attainments while consolidating services and contributions to society in general.

 I-Shou University aims to be an international comprehensive university that champions Intellectual innovation, Social engagement, and Universal sustainability.

 Excellent Teaching, Featured Research, Excellent Service, International Connections

Educational Objective
Nurturing students to become pragmatic and innovative professionals who have good manners, behave with integrity, and always show their dynamism