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[2018/08/21]TVGH-NYMU Reaches out to Vietnam: A Prestigious University Visiting Exchange Program between Vietnam and Taiwan

Vietnam Hanoi Medical University's Vice-president, Nguyen Huu Tu (left), and President Kou of NYMU exchange memorandum.


The Taipei Veterans General Hospital-National Yang-Ming University (TVGH-NYMU) team is taking part in the Ministry of Health and Welfare “One Country One Center” program and this has involved the strengthening of medical exchanges with Vietnam. From July 17 to July 18, three prestigious Vietnam University Presidents, from Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi University of Pharmacy and VNU University of Science, led a group visit to National Yang-Ming University. They signed memoranda of cooperation that will allow teachers and assistant researchers from the three Vietnamese universities to study for their doctoral degree at National Yang-Ming University and there is also the possibility of the Ministry of Science and Technology establishing a technology research center in Vietnam in the near future.


Hanoi Medical University and Hanoi University of Pharmacy were both founded in 1902, which makes them part of the oldest and top university in Vietnam. The two Vietnamese universities and NYMU signed a memorandum of cooperation that strengthens our international exchange program, and allows dual master degrees, dual doctoral degrees and overseas surgical research center cooperation. VNU University of Science signed a similar memorandum of cooperation with NYMU during their visit on July 18.


Hanoi University of Pharmacy president Nguyen Thanh Binh (right) and NYMU president Kou sign the memorandum.


National Yang-Ming University has reached out to Vietnam for many years starting in 2009, when a professor from Vietnam came to NYMU to learn about biochip technology. In 2013, using the rare disease lysosomal storage disease as an opportunity, both universities began to take part in a medical research collaboration program. Over the last two years, more and more foreign students have come to Taiwan to take part in exchange programs; last year National Yang-Ming University welcomed 32 Vietnamese exchange students. This year, we already have 31 Vietnamese exchange students, five of whom are studying for their Master’s degree. Vietnamese exchange students are currently the fourth largest foreign student body at Yang-Ming, with only Indian, Malaysian and Swaziland students having greater numbers. With the help of Orient EuroPharma, National Yang-Ming University has formed a solid relationship with Hanoi University of Science and Technology. Adding three more prestigious Vietnamese medical universities to the above has resulted in there being great hope for more academic exchanges in the future.


Both Vietnam and Taiwan face the problem of an aging population and these two countries are also geographically close to each other. In the fields of tropical infectious disease prevention, healthy aging, pharmaceutical development and medical management, NYMU has various qualities than can help Vietnam to cultivate talented personnel for the biomedical industry and by the promotion cooperation between Taiwan and Vietnam in various areas of the medical health industry.


National Yang-Ming University's Director of International Affairs Wei, remarked that the Vietnamese students who come to NYMU study mainly studied in the Institutes of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, in the area of Chinese medicine, and in the area of international health. With the advantages available in Taiwan, Yang-Ming can help to train Vietnamese biomedical personnel and this also allows Yang-Ming's students to learn more about their Southeast Asian neighbors. The Vietnamese students at Yang-Ming will become the seed needed to develop new Taiwan-Vietnam industrial cooperation. Even after the signing of these memoranda of cooperation, details regarding dual degrees will need to be discussed in the future. Nonetheless, allowing students to receive dual degrees from both Taiwan and Vietnam will be a major step forward.


President Kou and the NYMU Deans of various departments welcoming officials from Hanoi Medical University and Hanoi University of Pharmacy, and begin discussion on the details needed for further cooperation.