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Introduction

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Introduction / Message from the Dean


 
I am extremely honored to have been chosen as Dean of the TMU College of Nursing, and I promise sincerely to bring more compassion, caring, and communication to our warm and enthusiastic team. I hope that we can work together to develop innovative ideas, and make the college a place where individuals can make a meaningful impact and change the world. We are fortunate to have an outstanding faculty that includes many leaders in the areas of nursing practice, research, and clinical technical training. Our numerous excellent instructors will also ensure that this college becomes the global standard for training nursing personnel, and our students and alumni will be influential in such areas as preventive medicine, innovation, healthcare, and social welfare research and practice.
 
We would like to thank our past deans, teachers, colleagues at the three hospitals, and students, as well as all alumni, for their ongoing, untiring efforts in sparking the successful development of this college. As a result of their dedication, we have jointly created many superb teams, a superior study environment, and exceptional learning results. The college began in 1963 by establishing a nursing & midwifery program. The program was reorganized as a nursing department in 1977, and since that time, the college has consistently respected students' individual differences, and earned a reputation for prioritizing the enrichment of student life and the quality of learning. The college's nursing department gives students’ full-scale, professional nursing training and education programs. The nursing department is also geared to systematically develop nursing personnel and high-end nursing professionals through a complete course of study, including undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. programs. In addition, the college has also been concerned about the global problem of an aging society and, consequently, established a Geriatric Nursing and Management Department in 2007 (renamed Geriatric Health Management Department), and offered a master's degree program in long-term care in 2013. Further, the college established a post-graduate nursing department in 2016 that is positioned to provide superior professional nursing personnel to serve the country’s medical community.
 
 Looking ahead, we will expand our college-level nursing research center, providing senior services and research, and focusing on healthcare, social care, cultural care, and ecological care as our core directions. We will engage in interdisciplinary and industrial/academic collaboration in the areas of culture, society, and ecology. In addition, we will collect long-term care and geriatric information for big data research and analysis, establish a practical long-term care education platform, provide consulting and training to relevant personnel when needed, and transform these pursuits into the country's long-term care policy research and development center.
 
 Future development for the college will include integrating instruction and research, incorporating scientific thinking in practice, and promoting interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary study spanning the areas of education, research, and disease care. All links between disciplines and departments at the college are developing in tandem and are mutually-influencing.
 
 To improve teaching, we will hire professional instructors, create an even stronger faculty, and consolidate our educational system. We will establish a teaching and research instruction system, provide new instructors to teach consulting methods and promote guidance, and establish professional learning growth communities. We will promote the tracking of research-oriented, teaching-oriented, and industry-academic collaboration-oriented instructors, and create diversified promotion pathways. We will integrate the core courses of the college, develop courses based on common core features, and improve course review and feedback mechanisms. We will strengthen professional specialty instruction and promote the study of exemplars of medical culture. We will also establish and review course teaching materials in order to ensure superior course quality. Together these efforts will promote improved teaching methods and establish a superior instructional environment. We will increase cross-domain learning between offered courses, strengthen practical industry-oriented courses, offer all-English courses and open online OCW and MOOCs courses, and actively encourage conformance with international trends.
 
 Research performance of the QS nursing department is ranked among the top 100 in the world and the top 10 in Asia. In the future, we will expand research and innovation, and continue to improve our superior research environment. We will boost instructors' research capabilities, broaden instructors' research scopes, advise instructors about English-language academic papers, and implement research training courses for instructors. We will enrich the research resources of the college by promoting international academic exchange, allowing instructors and graduate students to study overseas, strengthening the links with industry, increasing cooperation between the college and peer institutions, establishing models of international cooperation to increase the quantity and quality of academic papers, and recruit outstanding international professional staff. With the goal of expanding clinical translational research, we will encourage researchers to conduct clinical trials of experimental applications, increase the value-added benefits of health insurance and clinical care, and initiate medical big data development research. In addition, we will intensify research in distinctive areas, including strengthening existing college-level research teams, boosting research capabilities, training specialized research teams, and establishing inter-school linkage in key research areas. Our overall goal is to make the college a leading center for nursing in Asia and one of the world's finest nursing research institutions.
 
 This college will face a challenging road ahead considering the continued tight budgets at home and growing global educational and industrial competition. Students and teachers alike must leave their comfort zones, engage in greater self-examination and self-renewal. When tackling the difficulties and challenges, do not think that you are different from others; everyone is the same. When discussing ability and talent, do not think that you are the same as others, because everyone is unique.
 
 As Dean of this college, I am profoundly honored to have this opportunity to work with everyone, and to join with you as we strive to fulfill our mission of better health for all. This is an all-new beginning, and brings with it the opportunity for even more vigorous development. It will also give us the chance to establish even better clinical practice, applied evidence-based research, and innovative, pioneering nursing education, academic research and development. The contribution of the TMU College of Nursing and its influence in this city, region, Taiwan, Asia and the world, is certain to be even greater and farther-reaching. All of your hard work will ensure our shared success and future triumphs!
 
 
Dean, College of Nursing 
March 2017 

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