The Chinese Language Education Center (CLEC) at Providence
Catholic University (PU) was established at the direction
of the previous President of the University, Dr. Chia-Tong
Lee, in the winter semester of 1994. And it was accredited
by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on the 15 of November
of 1996. It is an affiliate institution under the immediate
control of the College of Liberal Arts and belongs to the
group of thirty Chinese teaching institutions enjoying by the
MOE recognition. CLEC used to be an affiliate institution under the immediate control of the College of Liberal Arts. Recent transition, however, has taken place and CLEC is under the Office of International Affairs beginning the first semester of 2011. CLEC is located in Shalu, the west of Taichung,
and is said to have the best weather conditions on the island.
Temples and old houses scattered in this small town will
definitely lead you to investigate more about its history.
CLEC aims to provide interested students with the best possible
opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese and to study various
aspects of Chinese culture. The center’s instructors
are all native Mandarin speakers and most of them are able
to speak English and other foreign languages. Instructors
are able to offer bilingual instruction to beginners and
entirely Chinese instruction to advanced students. They
have all received rigorous training in Chinese and foreign
languages, linguistics, literature, history and philosophy.
CLEC Mission: To uphold Chinese culture and promote International student exchange.
CLEC Goal: To provide Chinese Mandarin language and cultural classes to all foreign students.
CLEC, at the present, has 24 full-time and part-time instructors.
Teachers are holders of master’s or bachelor’s
degree with professional experience in Chinese language
instruction. Our teachers have been trained by CLEC, National
Teacher Normal University, Taipei Language Institute, and
Chinese Department and the Graduate School of Western Language
and Literature. The teacher/student ratio is kept at 1:7.
At the present, there are foreign students from 40 countries
studying Chinese in CLEC. They are from Japan, Korea, Singapore,
Philippines, Indonesia, Israel, Vietnam, Russia, Saudi Arabia,
India, Turkey, Jordan, Malaysia (Asia), America, Canada,
Brazil, Valenzuela, Columbia, Peru, Prague (America), Germany,
England, Ireland, Hungry, France, Swiss, Netherlands, Spain,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway,
Belgium (Europe), South Africa, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria
(Africa), Australia and New Zealand (Oceania).
* Small classes
* Professional in teaching
* Many extra-curricular activities
* Clean environment
* Free use the equipment of school, like library, swimming
pool, video center., etc.
Agreements with Forein Institutions
The CLEC of Providence University admits exchange students
from sister' institutions, namely Victoria University of
Technology (Australia), Australian Catholic University,
the University of Notre Dame (Australia), Kagoshima Immaculate
Heart University (Japan), Fukuhara Gakuen University (Japan),
Seisen University (Japan), Shirayuri College (Japan), Saint
Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) in Indiana (U.S.A.), Assumption
College in Massachusetts (U.S.A.), University of Utah (U.S.A.),
the University of Montana (U.S.A.), University of Northern
Colorado(USA), the University of Texas at San Antonio (U.S.A.),
Assumption University in Bangkok (Thailand), Bournemouth
University (UK), the University of Northumbria at Newcastle
(UK), St. Mary's College (UK), La Universidad de Salamanca
(Spain), La Universidad de Valladolid (Spain), Pazmany Peter
Katolikus Egyetem (Hungry), Universidad of Santo Tomas (Chile),
Universidad Catolica de Honduras Nuestra Senora Reina de
la Paz, (Honduras), Universidad Santo Tomas de Oriente y
Mediodia, Granada (Nicaragua), The Universidad Pontificia
Bolivariana Seccional Bucaramanga (Colombia), Phillips Exeter
Academy in Massachusetts (U.S.A.) and Association of Christian
Universities and Colleges in Asia Member Institutions.