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New Breakthrough in NSYSU-KMU Collaboration: More Openings for Intercollegiate Transfers
Publish date : 2017-08-03
NSYSU and Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU) have collaborated in the NSYSU-KMU Aim for the Top Alliance for nearly five years. Now, in addition to cooperation on integrated programs, minor program, and double majors between NSYSU and KMU, a breakthrough intercollegiate transfers have been approved by the Ministry of Education allowing more transfer opportunities for students. This has become the first model of public-private university transfers that will not be limited by the restrictions of an equal number of student transfers bilaterally.

In the 2017 academic year, NSYSU has opened all departments to transfers from KMU students. KMU has also allowed application for NSYSU students to transfer into 17 departments, except for School of Medicine, Department of Renal Care, School of Dentistry, and Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Science which are still limited by the student admitted regulations of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health and Welfare. NSYSU and KMU students may transfer from one department to another if they are approved after submitting an application form and undergoing interviews.

NSYSU President Ying-Yao Cheng states that the two universities have collaborated for years to provide students more opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary research and choose a suitable disciplinary to study. Therefore, in addition to the inter-institutional minor program and double majors, NSYSU and KMU have launched to offer intercollegiate transfers in 2015. After careful evaluation and numerous discussions, the two universities actively sought for approval from the Ministry of Education and ultimately breaks the limit of equal numbers in student transfers, setting a new milestone for public-private university collaborations. This has also strengthened the strategy of “choosing NSYSU, possessing KMU; choosing KMU, possessing NSYSU.”

NSYSU Vice President for Academic Affairs Hsin-Ya Huang further elaborates that the Ministry of Education canceled the restrictions of an equal bilateral number of transfers which means if one NSYSU student transfers to KMU, only one KMU student is allowed to transfer to NSYSU. The new breakthrough of this policy makes the transfers more versatile and is advantageous in cultivating student competitiveness and excellence.

NSYSU and KMU have collaborated since 2012 and have established closer ties and widened research scopes in these five years. The research collaboration included medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, environmental health sciences, translational medicine, novel drug development, biomedical engineering, music therapy, medical appliances, healthcare management, and other interdisciplinary research. The number of journal papers published collaboratively has also gradually increased by about 10% each year. In 2016, a total of 292 collaborative journal papers of NSYSU and KMU has been published.
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