More than 25,000 alumni, specializing in medicine and related sciences, of National Yang Ming University (NYMU) have had a substantial influence on several areas in Taiwan, medicine, healthcare, life science, enterprise, government, and politics.
Embracing the spirit of the motto: ‘pursuing true knowledge; transforming it into action’, NYMU’s alumni are notably recognized for their achievements in the promotion of the public health of remote-and-rural areas of Taiwan, R&D of medicine and its related study, and governmental policymaking.
Dating back to 1976, healthcare agents of the Taiwanese government sponsored most of students’ education in the Yang Ming Medical College. All graduates had the opportunity to practice their medical specialties in remote-and-rural communities to help fill the gap found in medical resources between these areas and those of urban centers. Therefore, in the past three decades, their long-time efforts have significantly improved the quality of healthcare in these remote-and-rural communities of Taiwan.
In 1994, Yang Ming Medical College was transformed to become a comprehensive university-National Yang Ming University, focusing on the Research and Development of medicine and related sciences, genomics, brain science, cancer therapy, bioengineering, and so on. With a decades long record of outstanding R&D performance, NYMU’s alumni have again created substantial impact on both the private and public sectors. In the private sector, many notable alumni offer positive energy in helping drive the Taiwanese bio-industry moving forward. In the public sector, many alumni are policymakers of the governmental healthcare agencies working to develop public policy.
National Chiao Tung University was founded in the suburbs of Shanghai, China in 1896, at the suggestion of Sheng Xuanhuai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Qing dynasty. The University was first named Nanyang College. It was established to meet the need to introduce western civilization into China. The college focused only on politics, law, and the translation of western books.
In 1957, a group of Chiao-Tung alumni, then migrating to Taiwan with a great vision that the electronics industry could be an essential driving force for Taiwan’s economic growth. Hence, with their commitment to overseas fundraising and after seeking government support, National Chiao Tung University Institute of Electronics was formally established in July 1958, offering a two-year graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Dating back to 1970, NTCU’s faculty and students have considerably devoted themselves to the study of information and information technology (ICT) and as result had a major hand in creating the first wave of Taiwan’s ICT industrial development. As such, NCTU’s alumni have played such a crucial role in the contemporary history of Taiwan’s economic growth. NCTU has been long regarded as an entrepreneurship hub for cultivating talents engaging in startup innovation.
Presently there are more than 100,000 of NCTU’s alumni significantly influencing the Taiwanese and even the global ICT industry. In 2019 DigiTimes reported that one-fifth of electronic business and corporations in Taiwan are run by Chiao-Tung alumni. These facts reflect the oversized influence Chiao-Tung alumni play in such a crucial one of Taiwan’s industries. With a proven, decades old, track record of innovation, research, and design in ICT, NYCU alumni continue to exhibit extraordinary contributions across many spheres of Taiwanese influence.