I-Shou University

I-Shou University

I-Shou University
Former names
Kaohsiung Polytechnic Institute (高雄工學院)
Motto 務實創新
Motto in English
Pragmatism and Innovation
Type Private university
Established 1986 (as Kaohsiung Polytechnic Institute)
1997 (as ISU)
President Dr. Jei-fu Shaw (蕭介夫)
Vice-president Dr. Julia L. Lin (林麗娟)
Dr. Liang-cheng Lee (李樑堅)
Provost Dr. Jaw-min Chou (周兆民)
Dean Dr. Chin-wen Chuang (莊景文)
Dr. Chih-sheng Ku (古志生)
Dr. Tai-kuang Peng (彭台光)
Dr. Kuo-hsiang Chen (陳國祥)
Dr. Shang-pao Ye (葉上葆)
Dr. Mavis Shang (尚惠芳)
Dr. Han-jung Chen (陳翰容)
Dr. Sasala Taban (台邦.撒沙勒)
Founder Mr. I-shou Lin(林義守)
Academic staff
567 (Full-time)
Students 17,500

Main Campus
No.1, Sec.1, Syuecheng Rd.,
Dashu District,
Kaohsiung City 84001,
Taiwan, R.O.C.

Medical Campus
No. 8, Yida Rd.,
Jiaosu Village,
Yanchao District,
Kaoshiung City 82445,
Taiwan, R.O.C.
22°26′00″N 120°14′32″E / 22.4333°N 120.2423°E / 22.4333; 120.2423Coordinates: 22°26′00″N 120°14′32″E / 22.4333°N 120.2423°E / 22.4333; 120.2423
Campus Suburban
Website www.isu.edu.tw
I-Shou University
Traditional Chinese 義守大學

Formerly known as Kaohsiung Polytechnic Institute (KPI),I-Shou University (ISU; Chinese: 義守大學) is a private university located in Dashu District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. ISU was established in 1986 by Mr. I-Shou Lin, the founder of E United Group, to commemorate his mother as well as benefit the villages and towns where he started his business. KPI was officially upgraded and renamed I-Shou University on August 1, 1997.

Currently ISU has nine colleges and one center: College of Electrical & Information Engineering, College of Science & Engineering, College of Management, College of Communication & Design, International College, College of Tourism & Hospitality, College of Language Arts, College of Medicine, College of Indigenous Studies, and Center for General Education. In 2016, it has 41 departments offering 20 master’s programs, 7 doctoral programs, 4 bachelor’s degree programs for indigenous peoples, 16 evening bachelor's degree programs, 2 two-year in-service bachelor's degree programs, and 11 in-service master’s programs.

In 2014, ISU was endorsed by the National Academy of Investors as one of the top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents and included in the list of prominent innovation universities. In terms of university ranking, ISU was ranked among the top 800 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016. ISU was ranked 344th worldwide under the index of industry income. According to the most recent rankings released in June 2016, ISU was ranked among the top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education Asia University Ranking 2016.

In 2016, the College of Management, the College of Tourism and Hospitality, and the International College received the AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation. ISU is the 14th institution that earns the AACSB accreditation in Taiwan and was the first university in the world receiving the three-college accreditation with one review visit.


ISU Presidents

Year President
1990-2011 Dr. Shen-li Fu
2011-2012 Dr. Wan-long Hong (Acting)
2012–Present Dr. Jei-fu Shaw

International partnerships

University rankings

Title Year Place
THE World University Rankings 2016-2017 801+
THE Asia University Rankings 2016 191-200
THE World University Rankings 2015-2016 600-800
Webometrics Rankings of World Universities 2016 908
UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 2015 5 (Taiwan)
Center for World University Ranking 2014 994

Evaluations and accreditation

Notable alumni


The Main Campus is situated in the Guanyinshan area, and accommodates the College of Electrical & Information Engineering, the College of Management, the College of Science & Engineering, the College of Language Arts, the College of Tourism & Hospitality, the College of Communication & Design, the International College, the College of Indigenous Studies, and the Center for General Education.

The Medical Campus, located across from E-DA Hospital in Yanchao District of Kaohsiung City, was opened in 2006 to accommodate the College of Medicine. ISU was approved by the Ministry of Education to establish the School of Chinese Medicine for Post Baccalaureate in Academic Year 2010, and then the School of Medicine for International Students with all courses taught in English in 2013. The establishment of the College of Medicine was officially approved by the Ministry of Education.

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