Huafan is proud to be the first university founded by the Buddhist community among the Chinese-speaking countries. The University has incorporated the ideals of both Chinese education and Buddhist culture into its curricula. It was established by the Ven. Hiu Wan, artist and educator, in 1990, as Huafan College of Humanities and Technology and, then in 1997 was accredited its present status of a full-fledged university. Located in the rural area outside of Taipei, Huafan prides itself on its sublime educational ideals, its energetic teaching faculty, and its serene mountainous surroundings. Huafan’s goal as an educational institution is to help students improve themselves through self-education, or the "Education of Enlightenment" as advocated by its founder, the Ven. Hiu Wan. This involves self-awakening, self-development and human-oriented education based on Chinese ethics and Buddhist compassion. Huafan’s objectives are to cultivate the students' academic competency as well as the integrity of their personality, to help them achieve wisdom and compassion and to ultimately benefit mankind as a whole. Only by integration of Hua (Chinese culture) and Fan (Buddhism) in the education can this goal be reached.