1. Teaching and Research
By formulating well-organized learning programs and integrated course maps and by fully utilizing the resources and the qualified instructors of the school and its teaching hospital, we can develop patient-oriented high-quality pharmacy training program via PBL and the OSCE evaluation method and nurture qualified pharmacists with the ability to understand clinical problems and how to care for patients.
Our college is well known for its outstanding research, especially in the fields of herbal medicine, TCM, analytical biochemistry, drug dosage form, nanotechnology, fragrance cosmetics, and organic synthesis. Research facilities for herbal medicine, medicine synthesis, bioactivity, analytical biochemistry, and drug dosage form have been integrated and the university has also established a new drug development center and a TCM new drug development center. Currently numerous pharmacy-related research facilities have been introduced and funded by the industry to develop new technology in cooperation with the Office of Research and Development with an aim of improving the productivity of domestic industries.
2. Service and Learning
The student-run Crucible Society has been responsible for the publication of The Crucible since December 1st, 1964. The publication includes contents in the pharmaceutical profession and humanistic care.
The importance of the publication in teaching people how to use a drug safely and how to stop the abuse of a drug along with the development of the service learning spirit of the student has turned the society into a service society and resulted in the establishment of the KMU Crucible Society Medicine Advocacy Team in October of 2004. The team has actively advocated correct the use of a drug and how to prevent drug abuse in neighboring secondary and elementary schools, organizations, and communities.
To improve the faculty and the students’ ability to internationalize, the college has been active in promoting and encouraging all sorts of international cooperation in order to broaden the student’s perspective. The university has signed sister university agreement with 28 international colleges. Previously, the college has already had sister colleges such as the University of North Carolina, Ohio State University, and Nova Southeastern University. Recently, we have also signed memorandum and academic cooperation with the Colleges of Pharmacy of the University of Southern California, University of California San Diego, Palm Beach Atlantic University, University of Uppsala and University of Szeged. The college has also established funding to support students and faculties studying abroad. In the past 2 years, students have studied for a four-week clinical pharmacy and computer-based drug design course in the University of Southern California. So far, a total of forty studied students have abroad. Ever since the start of 2010, the University of California at San Diego has been sending students annually to Taiwan to participate in a short-term internship. For the past 7 years, the Graduate Institute of Natural Products has cooperated with the Swedish University of Uppsala in global pharmacy course in which around 10 students and faculty members are involved annually. In addition, the college has accepted many summer international students from the University of California San Diego and the State University of New Jersey via the Ministry of Education, National Science Council, and the International Affairs Office of KMU. Furthermore, the college invites many international experts every year to teach courses for the undergraduates and graduate students. In 2011, we invited Vice Dean Professor Wincor from the College of Pharmacy at University of Southern California to help with teaching. This not only increased the depth of professional knowledge, but also helped the students understand the current key aspects and trends of pharmacy. In 2012, the university signed the Ph.D. dual degree cooperation agreement with the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and the University of Szeged, Hungary. The academic collaboration increases the international visibility of our institute, and provides more international resources and collaborative opportunities for our students and faculty.
4. Industry-University Cooperation
The cooperation between the college and the industry has produced 45 joint plans from 2008 through 2012. These plans have helped the industry construct the required new techniques and methods. For drug development, the college is focused on novel drug development; new dosage form design, and medicine quality control. These include new anti-cancer drug or anti-cancer adjunct development; improvement in Antrodia camphorate (Taiwanofungus camphoratus) dissolution rate; new dosage form for TCM such as radix ginseng radix, radix Saliviae miltiorrhizae, pearl powder, and Cordyceps sinensis; evaluation in the pharmacokinetic of Curcumin pills; improvement on many extraction methods and quality control in macromolecules and micromolecules involved in medicine provided by industries; and monitoring of clinical therapeutics and metabolites. The college also cooperates with the Development Center for Biotechnology, Industrial Technology Research Institute, and Food Industry Research and Development Institute in increasing indigenous Taiwanese plant and fungus collection, identification, and extraction. The college also provides consultants and professional assistance in TCM modernization to associate industries as well as knowledge in TCM alternative medicine to the general public. In the area of TCM development, we have established a platform to accurately identify the TCM constituents and their bioactivities, producing drug prototypes, optimization of manufacturing, and construction of the TCM fingerprint profile, and safety analysis. In the area of cosmetics, we have developed nano pearl powder, determined its dissolution rate, and cytotoxicity, and designed cosmetic products around it. We have also modified the distillation procedure of Yulan magnolia and lavender, improved peptide synthesis technology, determined the interaction between EGCG and fillers of cosmetics, constructed a standard in anti-oxidant quality, and developed liposome products. In the area of health food, we have assisted in developing menopausal alleviation supplements, anti-metabolic syndrome drugs such as anti-platelets, moderate anti-atherosclerosis, and medicine for high triglycerides, blood sugar, and lipids. Our college also aids related industries in drug development, improvement in cosmetics, TCM, biotechnology manufacturing, and generation of effective high quality products.