Charting Taiwan’s scientific and technological progress

Jan 16, 2020

[ Forward ] Nature Research

Leaders from Taiwan’s foremost research institutions welcome global collaboration and foster innovative education to spearhead advances on all fronts.

JAMES C. LIAO, President, Academia SinicaCredit: Academia Sinica

As a premier fundamental research institution in Taiwan, Academia Sinica has been leading the efforts in solving major problems in science and humanities. We aspire to be a leader in the fields we work on. Meanwhile, we shoulder the responsibility to reach out to society and advise on societal needs.

Our overarching goals are threefold: achieving globally-recognized research excellence; fulfilling social responsibilities in crucial areas; and attracting and cultivating talent. Our research spans the life sciences, mathematics and physical sciences, as well as humanities and social sciences, contributing to both fundamental knowledge and translational applications.

HOCHENG HONG, President, National Tsing Hua UniversityCredit: National Tsing Hua University

National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) is one of the best research universities in Taiwan and the top 10 worldwide among those with fewer than a thousand faculty. We have established strong links to industry, ranking among the global top 20 based on the number of US patents received, and leading in Taiwan in technology transfer revenues.

As a comprehensive university with 10 colleges, we are always on the forefront leading educational innovations. Based on our well-recognized strengths in science and engineering, we are committed to fostering interdisciplinary research and education, providing an outstanding opportunity to cultivate management, humanities, arts, and education.

HUEY-JEN JENNY SU, President, National Cheng Kung UniversityCredit: National Cheng Kung University

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), though small, contributes significantly to the welfare of the global community. With an ethical foundation, our faculty, staff, and students have built a culture to utilise their knowledge and technological innovations to support the disadvantaged for the betterment of society. This connects cities and nations, promoting the idea of prosperity for all.

The future of NCKU is intimately linked with enduring good for humanity. As NCKU prospers, so will those our research helps.

CHIA-CHU PAO, President, Chang Gung UniversityCredit: Chang Gung University

Chang Gung University is a higher education institution excelling in innovative teaching, interdisciplinary and forward-looking translational research, and technological collaborations with leading corporations. We have made substantial contributions to many scientific advances from artificial intelligence, biomedical engineering to green technologies. Our commitment to pursue excellence in basic, applied and translational research enables technological transformations that benefit society.

Our innovative teaching places equal emphasis on theory and practice. As outlined by our motto ‘Diligence, Perseverance, Frugality, and Trustworthiness’, we set out to prepare our students for the revolutionary challenges in the 21st century and beyond.

PAN-CHYR YANG, Dean, YongLin Institute of Health, National Taiwan UniversityCredit: Yonglin Healthcare Foundation

YongLin Institute of Health (YIH) is strategically positioned to lead the global battle against cancer through its innovative design for smart hospitals, including workflow and hardware, as well as interdisciplinary exploration of precision medicine. With Foxconn Technology Group’s scientific research achievements, manufacturing competency, and Internet of Things expertise, we have built strength in healthcare and state-of-the-art biotechnologies.

With an academic-industrial collaboration model, we aim to facilitate global exchange of biomedical talent and drive technological breakthroughs to promote wellbeing and longevity for the wider public.

HSIAO-WEI YUAN, Director, Center for Global Affairs and Science Engagement (GASE)Credit: Center for Global Affairs and Science Engagement

Launched in 2018, GASE has already built a strong foundation of cross-disciplinary alliance. We have seen rapid development in attaining our missions, including: enhancing closer partnerships with prominent S&T institutions worldwide; encouraging the internationalization of our academic institutions and research powers; and promoting young talents to become next-generation leaders.

We believe that in the era of digitalization, the developments of humanities and social sciences are equally important as S&T trends. Therefore, GASE strives to provide a platform to engage in collaborative networks with academic, government and industry partners worldwide to find solutions globally. With ongoing efforts to promote Taiwan’s presence in global research community, we are becoming a gateway to innovation and global connection.