1. Contemplating pharmaceutical trends, planning pharmacy courses, and training professionals, the manpower of the Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmaceutical Care, and Biomedicine
Since its establishment in 1957, the School of Pharmacy has constantly adjusted its function and responsibility to fit in today’s society and has offered key courses in pharmacy, recruited outstanding instructors, and served as the cradle of pharmaceutical talents. Courses focus on pharmaceutical sciences, pharmaceutical care, and related applications. The department's 4000+ graduates have not only performed outstandingly as pharmacists, but also played important roles in society. Some serve as academicians of Academia Sinica or hold major posts in universities, governments, or multinational corporations. Pharmaceutical education around the world is currently shifting from drug-oriented training to patient-oriented training. We also incorporate KMU's first-rate teaching hospital resources to develop a patient-oriented clinical pharmacy, continue to promote the advanced pharmacy study, and nurture the graduate students in master degree, on-job master degree, and Ph.D. degree. The cooperation between academy and industry is also becoming increasingly closer.
2. Equipping students majoring in natural products with innovative research and development capacity for outstanding performance
To boost pharmaceutical research and development, we have successfully established M.S. and Ph.D. programs in pharmacy. An in-service M.S. program providing an avenue for lifelong study has also been established. Furthermore, we are the only graduate institute of natural products in the country. The college is heavily involved in research and has achieved outstanding results in areas such as natural products, herbal medicines, analytical technology, dosage form development, and organic drug synthesis.
3. Establishing standards for the study of fragrance and cosmetics
The Department of Fragrance and Cosmetics was established in 2003 and became the third member of the College of Pharmacy. Our goal is to breed professionals serving in different fields of fragrance and cosmetics. Therefore, it will facilitate students’ contribution in related areas of industry, government, academia, and research. Accordingly, our department is enthusiastically recruiting and integrating excellent teachers who specialize in medicine, biotechnology, and cosmetics technology. Currently, the first doctoral program in Fragrance and Cosmetic Science in Taiwan is in its infancy but we believe that our efforts will result in more top scientific experts in fragrance and cosmetic fields and further increase the diversified educational characteristics in the College of Pharmacy.
4. Fostering clinical pharmaceutical professionals and developing a pharmaceutical care system
Graduate Institute of Clinical Pharmacy (GICP) was established in 2004 and has recently been merged with the School of Pharmacy in 2013 according to the current expansion of pharmacy services and educational needs. Recently the roles of a pharmacist are more diversified in clinical pharmacy services. The mission of GICP is to develop a patient-oriented pharmaceutical care program, improve clinical pharmacy professional capacity, foster clinical pharmacy teaching and prepare research personnel to cope with current and future medical environment changes and trends.
5. Fostering interdisciplinary toxicological professionals and promoting the certification and registration program for toxicologists in Taiwan
The Ph.D. Program in Toxicology was established in 2011 to further develop toxicological research. This program will enhance our participation and promotion in the certification and registration program for toxicologists in Taiwan. We have designed a curriculum with comprehensive training courses in toxicology to assist our graduates obtain credentials in toxicology. Our missions are to provide effective strategies and medical care for assuring food and drug safety, and to resolve toxicology related health problems through international collaboration and academic publication. We also collaborate with industry and other multidisciplinary areaswith the aim of providing ultimate well beings to people.
6. Promoting pharmaceutical education reform and renovating the look of pharmacy
In response to the state-of-the-art pharmacy education directive, our college introduced the latest software to evaluate the pharmaceutical school system, program, and credits; recruit and nurture core instructors in biotechnology and clinical pharmacy to enhance teaching and research; construct a platform to bridge domestic and international institutes; and incorporate new knowledge. In accordance with the policy of the Ministry of Education, our college is endeavoring to promote the training of professionals. Collaboration of experts between the school and the industry can nurture top experts in TCM and genomics.
7. Passing on and rejuvenating the KMU Pharmacy heritage
Our college graduates have performed outstandingly in all aspects of society, becoming high-praised leaders in related areas of industry, government, academia, and research. Most graduates from the School of Pharmacy can successfully find jobs or continue with their studies. Most work as professional pharmacists in community pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufactories, and pharmaceutical companies. Others may also work as sales representatives or become involved in biotechnology industries, health insurance, academic research, cosmetic industries, teaching, and politics.