Kaohsiung Medical University

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Kaohsiung Medical University

Kaohsiung Medical University logo
Motto 樂學至上,研究第一
Established Founded: 1954
Type Private
Principal Ching-Kuan Liu (劉景寬)
Academic staff 427 (full-time),
79 (joint and adjunct)[1]
Undergraduates 4,802
Postgraduates 950
Location Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Campus Downtown
Mascot None
Website www.kmu.edu.tw

The Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU; Chinese: 高雄醫學大學), originally known as Kaohsiung Medical College, is a private university located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


Kaohsiung Medical College (KMC) was established in 1954 by the former mayor of Kaohsiung City, Frank C. Chen, and Dr. Tu Tsung-Ming, the first Ph.D. of Medical Sciences in Taiwan.[2] At the time of its establishment, the college was the first private institution of its kind in southern Taiwan.

The college hospital, the Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital, was founded three years after the establishment of KMC in June 1957. Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital is the largest medical center in southern Taiwan and serves as a teaching hospital. In 1998, KMC, in agreement with the Kaohsiung Municipal Government, acquired an additional teaching hospital, the Hsiao-kang Hospital.

Kaohsiung Medical College was re-shaped into the Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU) in August 1999 with the permission of the Ministry of Education, Taiwan.

KMU was rated "superior" by the Ministry of Education, Taiwan in all categories of the "Mid-term School Administration Development Plan."[citation needed]

Kaohsiung Medical University


Kaohsiung Medical University has upheld a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. In the 2007-2008 school year, KMU offered over 36 academic programs in six faculties. The university also offers over 13 doctoral and master's graduate degree programs.

Up to NT$35 million of scholarships and student grants are offered each year. KMU is the only medical academic institution offering graduate-entry medical programs in Taiwan (the Faculty of Post-Bachelor Degree of Medicine), an admission system based on North American medical institutes.[3]


Kaohsiung Medical University Downtown Campus

KMU is associated with eleven major research centers and networks, and is engaged in research partnerships with other universities, government and industry in Taiwan and other countries.

  • The MedicoGenomic Research Center of Kaohsiung Medical University has successfully developed colorectal cancer diagnostic chip and determined molecular markers for tumors (including DNA and RNA markers) which can be used in the laboratory or clinical tests.
  • The Functional Proteomics Research Center is performing systematic research on cellular proteins' types, functions, differences in expression, and modification after translation.
  • The Chinese Herbal Medicine and New Drug Research Center is devising new drug models for herbal medicines and developing herbal prescriptions that meet international standards.[4]

Post-Baccalaureate/Bachelor Degree of Medicine[edit]

The Faculty of Medicine for Post-Baccalaureate

Established in the spring of 1983, the program enrols applicants with recognized undergraduate/bachelor degrees. Admission into the program is based solely on the two-staged PBD Medicine Entrance Examination (consisting of a written exam and an interview), which takes place annually in June. Subjects of written examination include English, Biology and Organic Chemistry. Enrolment into the program is highly competitive with admission rate in 2011 approximately 4.3%. The faculty currently enrols 261 students.

Post-Bachelor degree of Medicine is a five-year program. The program consists of two-year pre-clerkship (77 credits), two-year clerkship, and one-year internship. Pre-clerkship consists of 16 integrated blocks and problem-based learning (PBL). Individual and population health, ethical practices, and related issues are integrated into and emphasized, where appropriate, in all phases of the pre-clerkship. Each block consists of two semesters each with at least one mid-term written examination and ends with a final examination that concludes each semester of a block.


College of Medicine[edit]

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Medicine for Post-Baccalaureate/Post-Bachelor Degree of Medicine
  • School of Sports Medicine
  • School of Respiratory Care
  • School of Renal Care
  • Graduate Institute of Medicine
  • Graduate Institute of Biochemistry
  • Graduate Institute of Pharmacology
  • Graduate Institute of Medical Genetics
  • Graduate Institute of Physiology and Molecular Medicine

College of Dentistry[edit]

  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Dental Hygiene
  • Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences
  • Graduate Institute of Oral Health Sciences

College of Pharmacy[edit]

  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Fragrance and Cosmetics
  • Graduate Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Graduate Institute of Natural Products
  • Graduate Institute of Clinical Pharmacy

College of Nursing[edit]

  • School of Nursing
  • Graduate Institute of Nursing
  • Graduate Institute of Gender Studies

College of Health Science[edit]

  • School of Public Health
  • Graduate Institute of Public Health
  • Graduate Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • School of Medical Sociology and Social Work
  • School of Psychology
  • Graduate Institute of Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Biomedical Laboratory Science
  • School of Occupational Therapy
  • School of Physical Therapy
  • School of Medical Radiology
  • School of Medical Information Management

College of Life Sciences[edit]

  • School of Medical and Applied Chemistry
  • School of Biomedical Science and Environmental Biology
  • School of Biotechnology

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Database of Private School, 2002 Censorship on subsidy from Ministry of Education, Taiwan". Ministry of Education, Taiwan. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Kaohsiung Medical University Introduction". Kaohsiung Medical University. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Kaohsiung Medical University Outstanding Features:Teaching". Kaohsiung Medical University. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  4. ^ "Kaohsiung Medical University Outstanding Features:Research". Kaohsiung Medical University. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 22°38′51″N 120°18′38″E / 22.64752°N 120.31043°E / 22.64752; 120.31043