June 4, 2024

Transcending the Boundaries of Medical and Allied Medical Education: SNS Participates in Taiwan-Philippine Medical University Leaders’ Forum

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Pushing the frontiers of education is par for the course for a respectable higher education institution like the University of Baguio. Ensuring that it measures up to both local and international standards is integral to guaranteeing that the university is constantly producing highly capable graduates who can navigate the professional world with ease.

Following this pursuit of providing balanced quality education, the School of Natural Sciences (SNS) represented by Dean Teresa Villanueva flew out to Taiwan to participate in the 2024 Taiwan-Philippines Medical University Leaders’ Forum. A gathering of brilliant minds in the medical education field, the forum saw a total of thirty-five (35) delegates from thirteen (13) different universities across the Philippines and was led by Dr. Charlotte Chiong, the dean of the UP College of Medicine. 

For three days, the delegation visited four major universities in the cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung: Taiwan National University, Chang Gung University, Kaohsiung Medical University, and National Sun Yat-sen University. With each visit, they were introduced to the institution and its facilities, including several operational hospitals and research facilities. They also convened with representatives from twelve (12) Taiwan universities, delving into how best to advance medical and allied medical education in both countries.

Discussions of joint research ventures as well as student and faculty exchange geared towards academic mobility were highlighted during the plenary sessions, emphasizing the importance of collaboration among the higher education institutions of both countries. Through active work with one another, the universities aim to build a brighter future for medical and allied medical education programs such as Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, Physical Therapy, Nursing, and Doctor of Dental Medicine.

The Taiwan-Philippine Medical University Leaders’ Forum was a successful look into the future of medical and allied medical education at the University of Baguio. Moving forward, the university hopes to continue forging partnerships with industry leaders and fellow higher education institutions to ensure that the students always have access to the best learning opportunities the world has to offer.

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