Tunghai University (THU; traditional Chinese: 東海大學; simplified Chinese: 东海大学) is the oldest private university in Taiwan, established in 1955. It was founded by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA). It is located in Xitun District, Taichung, Taiwan. According to Times Higher Education's Impact Rankings 2020, the university is rated as the most impactful private university in Taiwan and third in the country.The first president, Beauson Tseng, said "Pioneering will be our watchword", hoping that Tunghai would become an outstanding and innovative university. Tunghai became the first university in Taiwan to introduce universal AI education, AWS-powered innovation school and the first in Central Taiwan to establish a Chinese Language Center. The university is known for its liberal arts education, and universal artificial intelligence curriculum.On the grounds, the Luce Memorial Chapel (designed by architects Chen Chi-kwan and I. M. Pei) is a local landmark. The logo of the university contains a cross in reference to the statement in the founding documents that it was "founded in the love of Jesus," and the three linked circles refer to the Holy Trinity as well as the motto, "Truth, Faith, Deeds". The university shares its name with Tokai University in Japan. The two universities have since entered a partnership agreement.
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