Education: Guide children to be moral and upright.
To address the lack of education and employment opportunities for women and girls in the indigenous communities of eastern Taiwan, Dharma Master Cheng Yen established the Tzu Chi Nursing College in 1989. In 2005, the college was upgraded and renamed Tzu Chi University of Science and Technology, while the Tzu Chi Medical College established in 1994, was officially upgraded to Tzu Chi University in 2000. Both schools continue to cultivate outstanding and compassionate medical professionals.
In 2000, Tzu Chi achieved its goal to develop a comprehensive education system, offering education from K-12, all the way to college, and graduate school. Today, Tzu Chi's education mission includes international schools, preschools, and weekend Chinese schools in various parts of the world. Additionally, the Tzu Chi Teachers Association, a volunteer group for teachers, strive to bring Tzu Chi's spirit into all schools to inspire the students toward goodness and create peace in society.
The shared vision of the Tzu Chi education mission revolves around the principles of "kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity." Its guiding ethos centers on "respect for life and faith in human nature," with the ultimate objective of providing a holistic education encompassing "virtue, life, and the development of the whole person."