St. John's University, formerly St. John's and St. Mary's Institute of Technology, located in Tamsui, Taiwan, celebrated an upgrade from Institute of Technology to University of Technology with ceremonies on August 1st. Over 200 dignitaries, faculty, alumni, and government officials were in attendance for the day of activities. The accreditation as a university of technology, which became official on August 1, 2005, was marked by a morning service with Right Reverend David J.H. Lai presiding bishop in the Diocese of Taiwan addressing the gathered, followed by a ceremony formally announcing the upgrade with presentations from representatives of the Taiwan government and the unveiling of the University's new sign, and concluded with an afternoon celebration party.
Established in Taiwan in 1967, St. John's and St. Mary's was the successor school to St. John's University in Shanghai China which was in existence from 1879 to 1952. When its Board of Trustees decided to create a new university bearing the same spirit and tradition as St. John's this time in Taiwan, Taiwanese officials agreed, but it was to be a five year junior college not a formal university. Thus, the school got its second start as St. John's and St. Mary's Jr. College. In 1999 St. John's and St. Mary's became an accredited 4 year technical college. Most recently, the upgrade from institute to university, and the restoration of the school's original name St. John's marks one more milestone in the Board of Trustees continuing goal of becoming a formal university. Along with the university's president Peter Yang the Board of Trustees has set 2010 as the date by which they hope to accomplish this goal.
"It is a very great encouragement to the students as well as the faculty" said President Yang of the recent upgrade.
"Originally St. John's was one of the best universities in mainland China, with many great accomplishments by its alumni. Already here in Taiwan as an institute we have accomplished much. Becoming a formal university will mean finally restoring the great legacy of St. John's University."
St. John's University is a university of technology affiliated with the Episcopal Church, and is a member in good standing with the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion www.cuac.org. The university is located in Taipei County, just north of the city of Tamsui. For more information about St. John's University, visit www.sju.edu.tw .