Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) was initially established as Chung Yuan Christian College of Science and Engineering in 1955 by a group of Christian Taiwanese and American educators looking to train emerging engineering and science talent.
The school's founding motto was "education through honest, diligent pursuit and practical experience", and it was upgraded to a full university and renamed Chung Yuan Christian University in 1980. It has seven faculties with a particular focus on science, engineering, business, design and law.
In its mission statement, CYCU states that it is "founded on the spirit of Christian love for the world. With faith, hope, and love, we endeavor to promote higher education for the benefit of the Chinese people, aiming at the pursuit and advancement of genuine knowledge in order to maintain our cultural heritage and, thus, to serve humankind".
The institution's Office of International and Cross-Strait Education was set up by the university to engage in a variety of international affairs. It promotes exchanges of students with sister universities across the world, and provides services for international students preparing to study at CYCU.
Notable alumni of the private university include Chang Fan, a former deputy minister of finance in Taiwan; Hwang Jung-chiou, chairman of Taiwan Power Company and former vice-minister of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Deng Feng-zhou, a poet, historian, and environmentalist.
The university's campus is located in the Zhongli District of Taoyuan City, Northern Taiwan. It has a humid subtropical climate, with mild to warm winters and hot summers.