Taipei Medical University Celebrates 60 Years of Excellence

Source: Taipei Medical University

Published on 2021-01-14

Taipei Medical University (TMU) celebrated the 60th anniversary of founding on October 30, 2020, with more than 450 dignitaries, professors, students and alumni joining the diamond jubilee.

TMU’s 60th Anniversary Celebration. Distinguished guests from various fields attended the ceremony to mark the beginning of the next 60 years. From left, President Fu-Min Chang (張富閔) of the TMU Student Association, Deputy Minister Jui-Yuan Hsueh (薛瑞元) of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, TMU President Chien-Huang Lin (林建煌), Vice President Ching-Te Lai (賴清德) of Taiwan, Chairman Wen-Chang Chang (張文昌) of TMU Board of Trustees, Academician Yuan-Tseh Lee (李遠哲) of the Academia Sinica, Political Deputy Minister Mon-Chi Lio (劉孟奇) of the Ministry of Education, and President Yuan-Kun Du (杜元坤) of the TMU Alumni Association.

Commending TMU’s expertise in medical and biotechnology industries, Board of Trustees Chairman Wen-Chang Chang (張文昌 ) noted TMU’s apt application of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data in medicine, as well as its execution of the Digital Transformation project to provide precision medical care in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care services, thereby supporting the government’s comprehensive health policies. In terms of teaching, research and medical services, TMU will continue rising to the challenge to inject innovation in our discoveries in  science and technology and contribute to the needs of future medical fields for the well-being of people in Taiwan.

Speech by TMU Board of Trustees Chairman Wen-Chang Chang (張文昌)

TMU President Chien-Huang Lin (林建煌)

TMU President Chien-Huang Lin envisoned TMU’s future endeavor as it marches on for the next 60 years, including solving practical problems in health sciences through its education and research, making an impact on the society with medical innovation, and driving the socioeconomic development in its role as a world-leading university.

Speech by Vice President Ching-Te Lai

Taiwan’s Vice President Ching-Te Lai (賴清德) highly praised TMU for its contribution toTaiwan’s international medical diplomacy over the past years. The University’s involvement includes operating several medical missions, training in-country health professionals and stationing medical staff in Taiwan’s allies, such as the Kingdom of Eswatini and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. These actions fully reflected a borderless humanitarian spirit that is deeply rooted in the education ethos of the University.

Speech by Deputy Minister Jui-Yuan Hsueh (薛瑞元) of the Ministry of Health and Welfare

Deputy Minister Jui-Yuan Hsueh (薛瑞元) of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, a graduate of TMU in 1979,, recalled of his college years when the Taipei Medical University Hospital was still under construction. Four decades later, TMU now has 6 affiliated hospitals under different operating models, including independent operation, OT and BOT. He also appreciated the collective efforts of many TMU alumni, who have been working relentlessly to fight against the COVID-19 epidemic with the government.

Speech by Academician Yuan-Tseh Lee (李遠哲) of the Academia Sinica

Academician Yuan-Tseh Lee (李遠哲) of the Academia Sinica praised that TMU has become a pivotal university both at home and abroad. When he attended TMU’s 50th Anniversary Celebration 10 years ago, Academician Lee was focusing on the issue of global warming: today the world is facing a declared state of climate emergency. He expects that TMU will be able to heal people worldwide and the earth as well.

Many of TMU’s international partners and friends also sent their regards through videos, such as the University of California, San Diego, Case Western Reserve University, Georgia State University, Hokkaido University, Kyushu University, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Western Sydney University in Australia, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, as well as Nobel laureate Professor Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University. These message demonstrates TMU’s extensive global network and the long-standing partnerships as a result of solid collaboration.

Satellite Events of TMU’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

Founding schools’ 60th anniversary exhibition
The School of Medicine, School of Dentistry and School of Pharmacy have developed alongside TMU over the last 60 years. The founding schools’ 60th anniversary exhibition showcases the academic achievements of the three schools over the past 60 years which has led the trio to the excellent in the world.

Reminiscing of their old days at TMU, alumni gathered for the founding schools’ 60th anniversary exhibition

One-thousand-people Alumni Banquet
TMU, in its 60 years of history, has nurtured more than 46,000 alumni worldwide. The alumni have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in industries, governments, academia and research. On October 31, 2020, TMU successfully hosted a One-thousand-people Alumni Banquet where more than 1,300 alumni gathered together to celebrate their alma mater’s 60th birthday.

One-thousand-people Alumni Banquet

Second TMU-CWRU Joint Symposium Showcases a Wealth of International Collaborative Research
Part of TMU’s celebration of its 60th anniversary, the 2020 TMU-CWRU Joint Symposium showcased the years of international collaborative research under the academic alliance between TMU and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) through insightful speeches and a poster exhibition.

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Second TMU-CWRU Joint Symposium

60-year Fantasia Concert
Taipei Medical University invited the TMU Orchestra to perform in the 60-year Fantasia Concert on October 19, 2020. The orchestra played the TMU anthem and other pieces including Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, enchanting the audience with an extraordinary charm through their unique interpretation.

In recent years, under the leadership of Conductor Professor Chia-Hong Drapal Liao (廖嘉弘), the TMU Orchestra has not only performed on the stage of the National Concert Hall but also the hallways in many hospitals to bring the beauty of music into the life of patients.

Conductor Professor Chia-Hong Drapal Liao (廖嘉弘) (middle front row) and TMU Orchestra performing together

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