The University of the West (formerly known as Hsi Lai University) was founded in 1991 as a contemporary university intent on educating, inspiring, and preparing students to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and globally interdependent world. In the 21st century, the free exchange of ideas and traditions across cultures is no longer restricted by national borders but advanced through international collaboration, cooperation and community. University of the West is located at the center of this cultural and intellectual exchange as a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural institution that integrates the finest of liberal arts traditions with a global perspective in order to provide a comprehensive student-centered educational experience of the highest quality.
As reflected in its multidisciplinary educational objectives and culturally diverse faculty and student body, The University of the West is deeply committed to the interaction of diverse cultures and the comparative teaching of international perspectives. At University of the West, students and faculty come together as a community of scholars to participate in an ongoing dialogue between Eastern and Western perspectives to advance knowledge, address societal and cultural issues, and promote education and understanding across cultures.
The content of the curriculum at The University of the West is designed to educate students as well as enrich. While at the university, students are expected to acquire knowledge and skills and to develop moral, ethical and principled character that will be reflected in their personal and professional life. With the culmination of their studies, students will embark upon careers as professionally trained and intellectually fulfilled individuals who are pro-active, participating members in society, from local communities to international.
The University of the West is a:
- Member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
- Member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators
- Member of American Association Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
- Member of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)