Fo Guang University is a private university established in 2000 at Yilan County, Taiwan. It is a unique institution of higher learning dedicated in providing a traditional liberal arts education of global outlook in the grand Buddhist spirit. It is not mandatory for a student to study Buddhism or practice its tenets. Aim of university is that all aspects of the learning environment to be considered in building a new kind of seat of learning in Taiwan where the spirit of humanities-based study and education can flourish and flower. University is placed in exquisite forest with a constant flow of vigor, which makes it an ideal and peaceful environment for self-discovery, and pursuit of knowledge. It is reputed for its diverse teaching and research facilities, and friendly and close professor-student interactions. Universities mission is for glorifying traditional culture and becoming a model for modernized universities, and with an excellent line-up of professors, this young university enrich and nurture critical thinking skills, and enable students to take the first successful step into the world.
Master Hsing Yun, founder of Fo Guang Shan Monastery established the “Million-Member Fundraising Campaign,” gathering the kind support and intentions from millions of people and established this university. The campus buildings are constructed according to the terrain, and adapt the architectural style of classical Chinese learning academies, while the roadsides are covered with flowers of the four seasons, added with a variety of trees and plants creating exquisite scenery. The University is truly worthy of the title – The most beautiful university campus in Taiwan. Main focus of Fo Guang University is to actualize the learned and accomplished humanistic education in traditional learning academies, and to blend into the developing trend of worldwide universities. In terms of being a modern university, Fo Guang aims for a multi-disciplinary development that covers humanities, sciences and technology. University comprises the College of Arts and Humanities, College of Social Sciences and Management, College of Technology, and College of Buddhist Studies. All programs are taught in Chinese Mandarin, with the exception of the MA program in Buddhism Studies, which has both Chinese and English tracks. As of 2012-2013 academic years, its total enrolment is 3,400 students, including undergraduate and graduate students. The university library holds more than 253,000 volumes.