Finding common ground
Distinguished Professor Yuan-Soon Ho from TMU gave an overview of the university’s cancer research to officials and faculty at a UM-TMU Joint Collaboration Forum on October 19. Prof. Ho and the cancer research team at TMU have been awarded the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology’s largest scientific research grant for the past several years.
Prof. Ho and Prof. Huang discussed TMU research and facilities relating to cancer and stem cells, and Dr. Chuang did the same for infectious disease studies. The University of Malaya team in turn discussed the Faculty of Medicine’s strategic research plan focusing on ageing and regenerative medicine, cancer and drug discovery, and parasitology. The TMU team received tours of several labs and learned about UM’s state-of-the-art research facilities, including labs for mosquito breeding and medical microbiology.
TMU Office of Global Engagement Dean Pei-Shan Tsai joined the UM networking meeting to give feedback on areas of common interest. She expressed TMU’s strong interests in working with YBhg Professor Dato’ Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, dean of the UM Faculty of Medicine, to expand educational and research collaborations that began with a UM group’s 2009 visit to TMU.
Dean Kamarulzaman, a signatory to the first agreement between the universities in 2010, noted that during her team’s visit to Taiwan, “TMU stood out [during a tour of Taiwan hospitals]… It’s not fancy, like some medical tourism hospitals here, but it’s very functional. We have a lot to learn from you.”
The University of Malaya is Malaysia’s leading university, and was founded in Singapore by British colonists as King Edward VII College to train doctors in 1905. Some 30,000 students are enrolled in ten colleges on a verdant 304-hectare main campus. A handful of administrative and student exchanges have ensued between the two schools’ medical and public health faculties.