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Background of Fu Jen University Foundation (FJUF)

Founded in 2001, the Fu Jen University Foundation (FJUF) is a U.S. nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization (Tax ID #94-3398863) based in Southern California. FJUF is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Originally composed of fourteen members, the board of directors currently has twenty-two members, with approximately one-third representing the university in Taiwan and two-thirds representing alumni primarily located in the United States.

Since its inception, FJUF’s objective has remained consistent: to enhance the effectiveness of teaching and research at Fu Jen Catholic University. Through the support of alumni and friends of Fu Jen, and the dedicated backing of board members, FJUF has realized its goal and provide steady financial support to the university in a number of vital areas, including the establishment of various student scholarships and professorships and the construction of several capital projects.

Funds raised by FJUF for the university have steadily increased over the years. By 2005 the foundation had raised approximately $1.5 million. To date, FJUF has collected just over $10 million. The Directors of FJUF and the Board of Trustees and the President of Fu Jen University are deeply grateful to all those who have contributed to the Fu Jen University Foundation in support of Fu Jen Catholic University. The dedication, generosity, and support of the Fu Jen community ensure that students will receive the finest education, both now and in the years to come.

History of Fu Jen Catholic University

Fu Jen Catholic University was founded in 1925 in Beijing by the Benedictines of St. Vincent Archabbey of Latrobe Pennsylvania, USA under the name Fu Jen Academy. In 1926 the name was changed to Fu Jen Catholic University. By 1929 the university already consisted of three colleges (Humanities, Natural Science and Education). In 1933, the administration of the university was transferred from the Benedictines to the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). In 1952, Fu Jen in Beijing was amalgamated into the Beijing Normal University.

In 1961, Fu Jen was re-established in Taiwan, beginning with the Graduate School of Philosophy. In 1963 Fu Jen Catholic University opened its Xinzhuang campus under the joint administration of the Chinese Diocesan Clergy, the Society of the Divine Word, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and the Society of Jesus.

Currently Fu Jen has eleven colleges (Liberal Arts, Arts, Communication, Education, Medicine, Science and Engineering, Foreign Languages, Human Ecology, School of Law, Social Sciences, Management) as well as the School of Continuing Education, with a student body of 26,000.

Over the years, Fu Jen has conferred international dignitaries with honorary degrees. These honorees represent the values and commitment that is a part of the tapestry of the university. This elite group includes but is not limited to: US Senator Barry Goldwater; Juan Antonio Samaranch, former head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC); Master Hsing Yun, a revered symbol of modern Buddhism; His Eminence Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi and former chairman of Fu Jen Catholic University; and Elaine Chao, former US Secretary of Labor and currently Distinguished Fellow of the Heritage Foundation.