Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU) sits in the heart of Kaohsiung, a world-class industrial port city with the population of 2.8 million residents, which makes it the second largest city in Taiwan. KMU, established in 1954, is the first private medical college in Taiwan. A broad spectrum of specialised degrees for health care professional are offered respectively in 7 Colleges:
- College of Medicine,
- College of Dental Medicine,
- College of Pharmacy,
- College of Nursing,
- College of Health Sciences,
- College of Life Sciences,
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
KMU is the only university with both undergraduate-entry and graduate-entry medical programs (the School of Medicine and the School of Post-Baccalaureate Medicine) in Taiwan. KMU also runs several Dual Ph.D. Degree courses with foreign universities, such as Uppsala University in Sweden, the University of Szeged in Hungary, Aix-Marseille Université in France, and the University of California, Irvine in the U.S.A., to provide students with more international learning opportunities.
Among all the medical universities in Taiwan, KMU is the only university with all departments and institutes recognised by the Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT). In addition, KMU’s strong features include:
- A WHO-recognised international safe school.
- The most award winners of healthcare devotion in Taiwan.
- International medical charity service to help the people in need
- Conducts the 1st forearm transplantation in Asia.
- Teaching and learning excellence grant from Taiwan Ministry of Education since 2007.
KMU also has distinguished performance in research, especially in the fields of clinical medicine, pharmacology and toxicology, agricultural sciences, social sciences, chemistry, and botany and zoology, which are ranked among top 10% of universities in the world. Currently, KMU has 12 important research centers:
- Research Center for Environmental Medicine
- Orthopaedic Research Center
- Research Center for Biomarkers and Biotech Drugs
- Lipid Science and Aging Research Center
- Center for Infectious Diseases and Cancer Research
- Research Center for Nonlinear Analysis and Optimization
- Center for Stem cell Medicine
- Research Center for Natural products and Drug Development
- Center for Dengue Fever Control and Research
- Center for Long-term Care Research
- Center for Smart Health Care Research
- Research Center for Cijin Cohort Study
Moreover, KMU owns 4 affiliated teaching hospitals with more than 2,500 beds in total. KMU University Hospital, the medical center and the oldest first-class teaching hospital in Taiwan, has been providing medical service and training programmes since 1957. Those hospitals not only provide the people in Taiwan with comprehensive care but also integrated training for students and interns.