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Founded in 1922, the United Board's work in its first three decades focused on 13 Christian colleges and universities in China: Fukien Christian University, Ginling College, Hangchow University, Huachung University, Hwa Nan College, Lingnan University, Nanking University, St. John’s University, University of Shanghai, Shantung Christian University, Soochow University, West China Union University, and Yenching University. United Board support came in the form of capital construction, library collections, student scholarships and other critical educational functions including sponsoring visiting American faculty and staff.

Unable to continue its work in China after 1951, the United Board shifted its efforts to areas outside the mainland, becoming the largest single source of funding support of Tunghai University in Taiwan and providing major support to Chung Chi College in Hong Kong in its early years.  Elsewhere in Asia, the United Board provided critical assistance to International Christian University in Japan, Yonsei University in Korea, and Silliman University in the Philippines.  In the 1970s, the United Board began working with institutions in Thailand, Indonesia, India, and several other countries.  The United Board was formally invited to return to China in 1980.

Today, the United Board works in partnership with over 80 institutions of higher education across 14 countries and regions in Asia.  Our China program continues to be the largest part of our work, with the most partner institutions, grants, and sponsored projects.