Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Taipei Medical University (TMU) formalized a collaborative research and education agreement during an official signing ceremony on June 19th, 2015. During the ceremony, President Barbara R. Snyder and her TMU counterpart, President Yun Yen, committed to a three-year agreement outlining initiatives to accelerate laboratory discoveries into new treatments and to foster the education of highly skilled scientists and engineers to encourage the next generation of global scientific and engineering leaders. Pamela B. Davis, Dean, School of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, and Jeffrey L. Duerk, Dean, Case School of Engineering, also signed the agreement. The agreement calls for research collaborations focused on areas of excellence for both organizations: cancer; brain sciences; biomedical engineering, medical device and drug development; and aging and long-term care.
As part of the agreement and to further support collaboration between the two institutions, each year TMU will contribute 5 Million New Taiwan Dollars (TWD), approximately $162,000 USD, and CWRU will contribute at least $10,000 per project for up to six projects per year into a new research fund. The CWRU Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) will provide additional administrative oversight by offering its pilot grant program, WebGrants, as a proposal portal that will result in recommended collaborative projects. TMU will identify the best compatible researchers to collaborate on selected projects, with input from a joint Advisory Board appointed by the presidents.
The agreement also envisions opportunities for faculty to work together on projects that involve potential commercialization opportunities. A TMU-CWRU Coordination Office will be established to facilitate and support these collaborations.
This is not the first time Case Western Reserve University and Taipei Medical University have worked collaboratively together. For the last two years, faculty and students have been participating in exchanges and the Case School of Engineering has been working with TMU to develop a dual master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering – which was also formalized during the June 19th signing ceremony. David Fleshler, Associate Provost for International Affairs noted, “This latest agreement builds on an already productive relationship with Taipei Medical University and creates an even deeper, mutually engaging educational and research partnership. As one of the top universities in Taiwan, TMU has a number of disciplines that overlap and compliment areas of strength at Case Western Reserve University.”
Professor Ye Fan Wang Galvin, with faculty appointments at CWRU and TMU, has worked in partnership with both universities to formalize the relationship – a point made by both presidents during the signing of the agreement.
This joint work builds on on-going efforts to internationalize CWRU and we look forward to the next phase and undoubtedly unique discoveries that will result from the combined research and educational cultures.
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