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Origins of Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science (CNU)

After the end of World War II, medical resources in Taiwan were extremely scarce. With the compassion of salvation and the ideal of establishing schools to help people, the founder, Mr. Chen Wang, invited professionals in the fields of medicine and education to establish Private ChiaNan College of Pharmacy in 1966. Adhering to the school motto Truthfulness, we have grown steadily in response to the world trend, industrial development and social changes. We were awarded the third, second and first place respectively from 1991 to 1994 in the overall evaluation of the performance of private junior colleges. In 1996, thanks to the outstanding performance on the school management, we were upgraded by Ministry of Education to become ChiaNan College of Pharmacy and Science. In 2000, we were formally accredited with full university status, becoming ChiaNan Technical University of Pharmacy and Science. Further, we mapped out the educational objectives and development axes Whole Person Health Service. 

In 2014, we were renamed as ChiaNan University of Pharmacy and Science (CNU), with a view to nurturing professionals for LOHAS Innovative Services. We were awarded Teaching Excellence Program by Ministry of Education (MOE) from 2009 to 2017. We were further awarded Higher Education Sprout Project by MOE from 2018 to 2027. Currently, the existing colleges are College of Pharmacy & Science, College of Smart Living, and College of Sustainable Environment and Recreation.

The transition from the former ChiaNan Junior College to ChiaNan University of Pharmacy & Science is compared to the evolution from passive medical treatment to the active pursuit of health and wellness, symbolizing Truthfulness's history in inheritance and transformation. Since its founding in 1966 with an enrollment of 300 freshmen, CNU has nurtured more than 130,000 outstanding alumni in all walks of life, and they are currently making their marks in a wide range of professions. Our alumni are highly sought after by industry and are well known for their contribution to society. 

Teaching and Learning

Our educational programs feature the following characteristics:

  • Integration of theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
  • Strong training in foreign languages and information technology.
  • A firm grounding in liberal arts, fostering concern for society and a sense of global citizenship.
  • Active cooperation with industry to develop internships and future employment opportunities.

Educational Objectives

With pharmacy and health as the core axis, we integrate the efforts of faculty members and students to invest in developing innovative values in particular fields such as pharmacy, food, cosmetic, safety technologies, intelligent and healthy living, and sustainable environmental resources. Also, we integrate the resources of industries and academics, strengthen the industry-academia cooperation, and connect teaching, research, and industry-academia to promote the cultivation of talents for the "LOHAS" interdisciplinary service industry. With the vision of building the national examination promoter and the industrial license cultivation institution, we build ChiaNan as a comprehensive university for LOHAS, and foster elites who are well-versed in both professional skills and humanistic qualities.

Academic Programs

We currently offer junior college, undergraduate and graduate programs. Courses are offered among the three colleges: College of Pharmacy and Science, College of Smart Living, and College of Sustainable Environment and Recreation. We have 25 departments, 4 bachelor's degree programs and 9 associate's degree programs.

Academic Divisions

College of Pharmacy and Science
College of Smart Living
College of Sustainable Environment and Recreation
Center of General Education
CNU Affiliated Preschool


CNU has approximately 313 full-time faculty members engaged in teaching, research, service, and counseling. The majority of faculty members are highly experienced in practice. As of July 2023, we have 55 full professors and 90.4% of faculty members are assistant professors or above, which is by far the highest rate among private universities of technology in Taiwan. We also employ elite professionals from the industry to collaborate with full-time faculty members, teach their professional practical skills, and expand avenues to employment for students.

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