For detail information about international affairs, please refer to the following website: oia.mc.ntu.edu.tw/index.php/en, where you can find useful information such as 'how to apply for clinical electives', 'exchange agreements', 'funding opportunities', 'latest events', 'NTUCM student ambassadors', etc.
International Growth and Worldwide Collaboration
-- Globalizing Medical Education and Sciences
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) was established as the current office in 1997. The office aims to serve as
the window and information hub for National Taiwan University College of Medicine (NTUCM) faculty and
students to collaborate with their education and research partners around the world by enabling exchange
activities and reducing barriers. The OIA has developed a range of mechanisms to fit a variety of interactions
and works with overseas institutions to build partnerships from initiative contact and administer the
establishment of agreements for large collaborative programs. The office also takes a creative approach, fitting
mechanisms according to the type of activity being developed and the needs of the partners involved. Since the
first foreign collaborative agreement was signed with Harvard Medical School in 1988, the number of the
NTUCM collaborative schools abroad has increased to 59 by 2015.
The OIA has developed several international strategies in response to the rapidly increasing globalization of
education and research. These include (1) memorandums of understanding (MOU) for exchanges of staffs,
faculties and students in both basic and clinical sides, (2) the establishment of joint- and/or dual-degree
education programs, (3) the creation of international research collaborations, (4) the promotion of and
participation in joint educational and research meetings, and (5) the formation of liaisons with biomedical
agencies overseas. Through these collaborative agreements, over 200 undergraduate and graduate students
fulfill their elective trainings abroad, visit medical facilities and institutions overseas and attend international
conferences each year. In addition, hundreds of students from medical schools worldwide also visit our hospital
to complete their clinical education every year.
An important part of the core curriculum in our medical college is humanism, which includes medical ethics,
communication skills and empathy. In order to promote humanistic qualities, NTUCM also provides our students
with opportunities to participate in international humanitarian organizations. Moreover, we have established
outstanding facilities and programs. Therefore, foreign students and medical staffs are able to experience the
unique healthcare system of Taiwan. Taiwan has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, and our
college and hospital are the epitome of its success. Due to Taiwan's unique cultural and ethnic environment,
foreign medical students, faculty and physicians come to our school to experience our cost-effective
management and quality patient care, and leave with strengthened medical knowledge, increased cultural
competency and enhanced inter-disciplinary cooperation.
Over decades of effort, our college has developed in-depth collaborations with schools and institutions
worldwide. In the future, the OIA is committed to the following:
- To promote short-term education and study abroad programs with partner schools and institutions.
- To actively participate in and cooperate with international networks and organizations.
- To strengthen overall support for international students and scholars.