TMU is Taiwan’s only university with 2 MOE-approved ‘New Southward’ MOOC plans

 Source: TMU MOOCs

The Ministry of Education recently solicited massive online open course (MOOC) plans to meet learning needs in ASEAN nations and south Asia as part of the nation’s “New Southward” policy. These courses focus on the digital economy, smart machinery, medical technology, biotechnology, agriculture, information security, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, and other areas where Taiwan academics or industries have an edge in development. MOOCs are a new education format where anyone can utilize internet-based platforms to educate themselves for free at any time, making these courses popular among students of all levels and ages.

TMU’s plans for course series in pulmonary medicine and rehabilitation and good pharmacy practices were both accepted, making TMU the only university nationwide to have two courses approved and subsidized under the initiative.

Course 1

Pulmonary medicine and rehabilitation course


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Pulmonary diseases, particularly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease due to air pollution, are a public health problem for Vietnam as it develops its economy. The TMU pulmonary medicine and rehabilitation course brought together medical school professors and professional staff from the sleep center and rehabilitation departments at TMU’s Wanfang Medical Center and Shuang Ho Hospital to create video presentations on diverse health care techniques. At the same time, collaborative efforts have been made with Ho Chi Minh City Medical University and Haiphong Medical University to establish bilateral educational relationships.

Course 2

Good pharmacy practices course


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The good pharmacy practices course is a collaboration between TMU’s College of Pharmacy, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations, and Gadjah Mada University’s College of Pharmacy. Due to Indonesians’ practice of self-medicating by visiting pharmacies rather than consulting physicians, a pharmaceutical market structure has arisen where non-prescription medications account for 41% of the market. Health care thus depends on the quality of pharmacists. This MOOC is intended to help pharmacists understand good pharmacy practices and improve public safety in terms of medication use. These courses are part of a larger TMU plan to help ASEAN and other countries raise health care standards. If the Vietnam and Indonesia projects succeed, these courses will be promoted in Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and other nations.