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BECOMING A WORLD-CLASS UNIVERSITY

from President Chien-Huang Lin, TMU 

Established in 1960, Taipei Medical University (TMU) has developed into a full-"edged university with 11 colleges, a general education center, 6,000 students, and more than 45,000 alumni at home and abroad. Besides, TMU possesses seven affiliated hospitals—TMU Hospital, Taipei Municipal Wanfang Hospital, Shuang Ho Hospital, Taipei Cancer Center, Taipei Neuroscience Institute, TMU Ning Bo Medical Center, Hsin Kuo Min Hospital— equipped with about 4,000 beds and operated by over 8,000 faculty and staff members.

TMU is established to be an institute of research with focus on both medical education and clinical practice. Upholding TMU’s core values “Humanity, Integrity, Innovation, Collaboration, and Service, ” we develop an integrated curriculum of teaching, research, industrial collaboration, and medical care, striving to train students with biomedical insights, humanitarian concerns, innovation capacity, and global vision. To achieve this educational goal, we have integrated resources within the university and hospitals while marching toward the status of a world-class university.

Our efforts have won growing recognition and reputation from home and abroad. This year, TMU is ranked 303th in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and 387th in QS 2021 World University Rankings. In Asia, TMU is ranked 35th in THE and 74th in QS 2020 Asia University Rankings. In Taiwan, TMU With the unsparing support from the board members, alumni, faculty and staff, we have been pushing forward new facility projects during the past years. Two new buildings—the Dream Way Building and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building—were launched in 2018, with another two constructions—Taipei Cancer Center and the Proton Center—to be completed in 2020. Furthermore, Shuang Ho Campus is scheduled to operate in 2022 with one building for teaching and research, the other for biotech and industry incubation. With a total floor area of 76,033 square meters, TMU Biotech Park will serve as a translational platform to bridge university, hospitals, and industry. In response to global trends, TMU faculty members and students have reached a consensus to formulate the “TMU 2030 : A White Paper for Ten-year Development.” To envision our goals and strategies in the next decade, we stick to the guideline of “embracing changes and creating values.” Our development strategies focus on six major areas—cultivating interdisciplinary biomedical talents, developing world-class research areas, building an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem, upgrading TMU’s international impact, enhancing the supporting ef!ciency of the administrative system, and strengthening the medical-industry chain. With a practical planning and steady steps, we endeavor to become one of the world’s leading universities. received a !ve-year NT$1.335 billion research grant (NT$267 million each year) from the Ministry of Education’s Higher Education Sprout Project in 2018, the highest grant ever offered to a private university.

In terms of education, the College of Interdisciplinary Studies was set up in 2018 with three subdivisions: an Interdisciplinary Learning Center, an Innovation Entrepreneurship Education Center, and a Digital Initiative Center. This college serves as a platform for innovation and entrepreneurship, and cultivates biomedical talents with interdisciplinary and comprehensive training. In research, our emphasis is increasingly put on expertise in cancer translational medicine, neuroscience, pulmonary medicine, AI in medicine, cell therapy, and medical device. With research strengths and results being recognized by the government and funding agencies, we have already secured several major research grants in these areas.

As for industrial cooperation, TMU has helped incubate 14 startups, and raised an Entrepreneurship Fund that offers support to accelerate the commercialization of research findings along with the establishment of TMU Biomed Accelerator. Finally, the imminent launch of TMU Biotech Park in Shuang Ho Campus will complete the ecosystem for TMU’s innovative entrepreneurship.

In terms of internalization, TMU has partnered with universities around the world, such as Johns Hopkins University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Southern California, Imperial College London, Université de Lille, and Hokkaido University, to name but a few. As of 2020, we have 708 international students, making up 11% of the enrollment; and the number of publications with international collaboration has reached a record high at 30.9%.

With the unsparing support from the board members, alumni, faculty and staff, we have been pushing forward new facility projects during the past years. Two new buildings—the Dream Way Building and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building—were launched in 2018, with another two constructions—Taipei Cancer Center and the Proton Center—to be completed in 2020. Furthermore, Shuang Ho Campus is scheduled to operate in 2022 with one building for teaching and research, the other for biotech and industry incubation. With a total floor area of 76,033 square meters, TMU Biotech Park will serve as a translational platform to bridge university, hospitals, and industry.

In response to global trends, TMU faculty members and students have reached a consensus to formulate the “TMU 2030 : A White Paper for Ten-year Development.” To envision our goals and strategies in the next decade, we stick to the guideline of “embracing changes and creating values.” Our development strategies focus on six major areas—cultivating interdisciplinary biomedical talents, developing world-class research areas, building an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem, upgrading TMU’s international impact, enhancing the supporting ef!ciency of the administrative system, and strengthening the medical-industry chain. With a practical planning and steady steps, we endeavor to become one of the world’s leading universities.

In the years ahead, TMU will strive to become the workplace where faculty and staff enjoy working with a sense of accomplishment, the school where students pursue their dreams in a lively and liberal environment, and the alma mater for our alumni to take pride in feedback. Together, we will visualize the blueprint of a new TMU with “joy, hope, and happiness” in the upcoming decade.