It is an enormous privilege and pleasure to serve as dean of the College of Nursing at Taipei Medical University. As Dean of the CON, I am honored and humbled to lead such an accomplished group who are at the forefront of addressing the challenges of 21st century health care. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared 2020 to be the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. This is significant as it is the first time that WHO has declared a year to highlight a profession. Whether it is the world’s newest pandemic or an age-old health problem, nurses will stand ready at the frontline to meet the challenge. Many of our exceptional nursing graduates from the CON have made an impact in their community and health care institutions. This is in part due to our dedicated CON faculty members, who modeled for our students the way to achieve excellence in all areas of nursing service, scholarship and leadership. We are proud of their successes and enthusiastic about the potential for future high-impact research achievements.
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.
As Taipei Medical University celebrates the 60th year anniversary of its establishment, we are reminded to be grateful for all the abundant clinical resources from TMU’s five affiliated hospitals that provides an exceptional research environment for its faculty and students to demonstrate and focus on collaboration for greater research achievements. With all of our impressive accomplishments, it is no surprise that when Shanghai Jiao Tong University recently announced the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), our College of Nursing at Taipei Medical University, ranked No. 39 globally in the field of Nursing. According to the 2019 QS World University Rankings, Nursing subject ranking, Taipei Medical University’s CON ranked No. 73 in the world. This honor belongs to the entire faculty and students of the College of Nursing and the Nursing Department staff at our affiliated hospitals. The unity and synergy of the group allow teaching innovation, practice advancement, research quantity and quality of CON at TMU to increase continuously. However, challenges remain with the growth and improvement of our profession and excellence in health care. Our passionate faculty and brilliant students of the Taipei Medical University College of Nursing will continuously strive to become the best in the nation, to lead Asia, and in the world.
Dean, College of Nursing