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[2020/03/20] NYMU Partners with Farglory Corporation to Create an International Free Trade Area Medical Center

President Kou (front row left 1) and Farglory Free Trade Zone Chairman Ye (front row right 1) representing both sides sign the Memorandum of Cooperation. Mayor Cheng (middle) as witness

 

On February 27th, National Yang-Ming University and Farglory Free Trade Zone Corporation signed the “International Medical and Biotechnology Industry Memorandum of Cooperation”. They will use Farglory’s Free Trade Zone as a base to jointly build an international free trade zone medical center. Such a center will seek to promote high-end medical services overseas. With the ongoing epidemic, the center also plans to be able to help improve border quarantine services, which will assist the government in preventing the spread of the pandemic in Taiwan.

 

The “Farglory Free Trade Zone” is located near Taoyuan International Airport and covers an area of approximately 45 hectares. Current enterprises include DHL and Starlux Airlines. The International Medical Center project is expected to start in the third quarter of this year and will be open in one and a half years time. The current plans are for a ten-story building and with a two story underground car-park. The total area of the center will be over 42,000 square meters and the core services offered will be high end medical services, both locally and internationally, as well as the promotion of international biomedical industrial development.

 

President Kou remarked that this cooperation plan not only serves Taiwan's people, but also help promote Taiwan’s excellent medical standards throughout the world. Ordinarily, the International Medical Center will be used to for international medical care. However, during an epidemic, the center can quickly convert into a national epidemic prevention center and serve as the country's first line of defense. This is fits with the idea “Health for all, Taiwan can help”. President Chen of National Chiao Tung University remarked that National Chiao Tung University and National Yang-Ming University will merge in August this year. With National Chiao Tung University’s excellent foundation in the field of semiconductors and communications, they will cooperate with National Yang-Ming University to promote biomedical technology development and talent cultivation.

 

The signing press conference held on February 27 in Taoyuan City Hall.

 

Chairman Ye of Farglory Free Trade Zone remarked that, due to the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic, all countries are now focusing their attention on border control and quarantine. Located next to the international airport, the free trade zone will be developed into an international medical center. As well as the development of medical tourism and vaccine production, when the country suffers from an epidemic, the medical center is able to be linked with the regional epidemic prevention system, which will increase the country's ability to carry out quarantine. This will help the government achieve their goal of epidemic prevention.

 

Mayor Cheng of the City of Taoyuan pointed out that the number of medical visitors to Taiwan has been increasing year by year. It is estimated that more than 20,000 foreign tourists come to Taiwan each year to receive a wide range of medical services, such as health examinations, medical cosmetology, organ transplants, assisted reproductive treatment and facial reconstruction. He looked forward to the plans for developing the free trade zone into an international medical center. This development will help Taoyuan City to become an Asia-Pacific medical area and help to drive the development of Taoyuan Aviation City.

 

Vice-President Stanton of National Yang-Ming University (back row right 3rd), President Chen of National Chiao Tung University (front row left 1st), former Presidents of National Chiao Tung University president Wu (front row left 3rd) and president Zhang (front row right 3rd) attending the signing press conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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