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About the Department & Development

The department was accredited by The Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET) accreditation in 2013. Again, in 2016 fall, the department was accredited for the second time. IEET accreditation is a non-government, peer-review process with a student-outcomes based orientation.

Our mission is to develop frontier technologies facilitating research in biomedicine, and improving public health through studies using: artificial intelligence algorithms, computational methods, 3D printing, and biomaterials.
For the undergraduate program, the course curriculum is designed to educate students to have the ability to manage and analyze biological as well as medical data. For the MS program, the course curriculum is designed to educate students to possess the ability to utilize advanced knowledge to analyze biological and medical information. For the Ph.D. program, the course curriculum is designed to educate students to acquire the ability of applying advanced knowledge, integrating diverse information, and conducting original biomedical research independently.

Founded in 2002, our department is the first institute in Taiwan that offers programs in biomedical informatics leading to BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees, and prepares students for careers in academia, government and private sectors in bio-pharmaceutical technology, computer science, and healthcare. 

Future development
Due to the recent advancement of personalizing mobile devices, 3D printing, biomedical informatics, artificial intelligence and data science, starting from August 2015 the Department was renamed as the Department of Bioinformatics and Medical Engineering to reflect the global technological changes and the department focus. Developing advanced biomedical materials is one of the major core areas of training and research in the department.  In particular, the course curriculum is designed to educate students to analyze biomedical images, biomedical signals, maintain and develop healthcare electronic equipment. Graduates go on to develop their careers in the academia, government and private sectors in the biotech, information technology, 3D printing and healthcare industries.

Development focus
Degree programs are in line with national policy development.
The global financial tsunami in 2008 and the economical regression demand the government to think of the urgency to adjust national industrial structure. In March 2009, Executive Yuan planned the “six emerging industries,” which include “biotechnology,” “green energy,” “tourism,” “medical care,” “exquisite agriculture,” and “culture creative,” hoping the future industrial development in Taiwan could go in these directions. Later, in 2010, Executive Yuan promised to promote four emerging intelligent industries including “cloud computing,” “intelligent electronic cars,” “intelligent green buildings” and “invention patent industrialize”. The purpose is to arrange long-term industrial development to transform Taiwan’s industries from “Made in Taiwan” to “Create in Taiwan” with the brain and innovation and increase international competitiveness and added value. The development of the Department is in line with the biotechnology medicine industry and medical care, as well as the cloud computing industry in four intelligent industries. We train talents to meet with the demands of national important industry policies so that the students are provided with the proficiency for employment, and shorten the distance between practicals and academic.

Close collaboration with medical university and affiliate hospital
In collaboration with the China Medical University (CMU) and the China Medical University Hospital (CMUH), the department has set up several research programs; including precision medicine, drug repositioning, and 3D printing. Our department has shown strength in information technology; whereas, CMU and CMUH are leading research centers in biomedical science.

Promotion Strategies for Recruitment
1.Establish a clear brand/feature of the department: AI, precision medicine, 3D printing.
2.Degree programs are in line with national policy development.
3.Admissions information: provide various admissions information of the department, including scholarships and courses information, etc.
4.Excellent Faculty Members: fellows of world renowned professional academia societies; such as, AAAS, IEEE, and SDPS.
5.joint internship programs with both Asia University Hospital and China Medical University Hospital.
6.Advertise major achievement information of teachers and students.
7.Advertise the department on social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.
8.Promote the department through hosting international conferences, job fair/exhibition.
9.Build strong relationships with sister universities.

10.Create research resources.
11.Target potential audience who may not know our department.