Taipei Medical University

Coordinates: 25°01′30″N 121°33′40″E / 25.025°N 121.561°E / 25.025; 121.561
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Taipei Medical University
Former name
Taipei Medical College (1960)
Motto in English
Established1960 (as Taipei Medical College)
2000 (as Taipei Medical University)[2]
PresidentChien-Huang Lin
Address, ,
25°01′30″N 121°33′40″E / 25.025°N 121.561°E / 25.025; 121.561
AffiliationsU12 Consortium
University System of Taipei
Taipei Medical University
Traditional Chinese臺北醫學大學
Simplified Chinese台北医学大学
Taipei Medical University

Taipei Medical University (TMU; Chinese: 臺北醫學大學; pinyin: Táiběi Yīxué Dàxué; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tâi-pak I-ha̍k Tāi-ha̍k) in Taiwan is located in Taipei's Xinyi District. Founded as Taipei Medical College in 1960, it was renamed as Taipei Medical University in 2000. TMU has expanded into a world class university with ten colleges, 6,000 students per year, five hospitals (TMU hospital, Wan Fang Medical Center, Shuang-Ho Hospital, Taipei Cancer Center, TMU NingBo medical Center), and more than 40,000 alumni around the world.

In July 2017, Global Views Monthly Magazine released the ranking for Taiwan's Best Universities, in which TMU was ranked 9th. In particular, TMU was ranked top 1 in both the faculty-student ratio section (1:9.9) and the average annual budget per student section.[4] In February 2017, Cheers Magazine published the list of the Top 20 Universities of Excellence Performance.[5] TMU was at the 10th place in overall national ranking. Moreover, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Ranking 2017, TMU was ranked as 91st place.[6]


Dr. Shui-Wang Hu and Dr. Chien-Tien Hsu founded Taipei Medical College on June 1, 1960. The college started as three buildings. Dr. Shui-Wang Hu and Dr. Chien-Tien Hsu, together with other medical professionals and educators, ran the school, using their own personal books as textbooks. With the help of private donations, the school flourished.

In 2000 the school was renamed Taipei Medical University.


TMU is composed of eleven colleges and one center:

  • College of Medicine
  • College of Oral Medicine
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Medical Science and Technology
  • College of Humanity and Social Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • College of Management
  • College of Nutrition
  • College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Center of General Education

There are three affiliated hospitals throughout southern Taipei.

The university also has 12 undergraduate schools and 14 graduate institutes.

Area of study Undergraduate

(<2 years)

Undergraduate Associates

(2 years)

Undergraduate Bachelor's

(3–5 years)

Master's Degree Doctoral Degree
Humanities and Sciences Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Medicine and Health Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Science and Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes


TMU research focuses on traumatic brain injury, regenerative medicine, cancer, reproductive medicine, biomedical materials, and dental research. The annual funding TMU receives for research exceeds NT$600 million. In 2009, a Ministry of Education incentive program promoting university-industry cooperation selected the university to receive more than NT$50 million in grants over three years.


Taipei Medical University is located on Wuxing Street, a few blocks away from one of the tallest buildings in the world, Taipei 101. The campus is made up of 10 school buildings, each equipped with instructional rooms as well as research facilities. Adjacent to the campus is the Taipei Medical University Hospital, one of the university's three affiliated hospitals. The TMU website provides an online campus map.


The hospital runs a free shuttle bus to and from the Taipei City Hall MRT stop every 15 minutes. There is also a shuttle bus to and from the Liuzhangli MRT station, running every half hour. Other public transport to TMU are the public buses that stop near the university.

Green University[edit]

The university turned to international environmental diplomacy scholars, the former Director of Environmental Protection, Professor Chen Zhongxin, now the Chair Professor of International Health at Taipei Medical University. He and ten other environmental health professors help the university participate in carbon reduction as well as sustainable management. Taipei Medical University received the Taipei City "Green Procurement" and the Ministry of the Interior's "Green Building Award".


Located within a ten-minute bus ride from the university are some of Taipei's cultural centers. Taipei City Hall and Taipei 101 are down the street from the MRT station. A little further and there is Taipei World Trade Center. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is also located near Taipei 101. Close by are shopping centers as well as a Warner Village Cinema and an ESLite.

Student life[edit]

Residential life[edit]

There is one dormitory on campus and three international dormitories off campus, all within walking distance or reachable by bus. The Liuzhangli dormitories feature furnished, 2-bed rooms. The Wuxing Street dorms are available on four floors. All rooms are furnished. It is located near a traditional market and convenience store. The last dorm, located on Fuyang Street, is on the fourth and fifth floor of an apartment building, located near the Liuzhangli MRT station.


The university offers a food court in the basement of the United Medical Building. In the center of campus is a 7-Eleven as well as a French-Italian restaurant called Mr. J. The hospital contains a cafeteria that makes MSG-free food. In the streets near the campus are small restaurants, shops, and vendors for a quick meal or a sit-down meal.


The library, located in the United Medical Building's second to fourth floor, contains 150,000 volumes as well as DVDs and movies. Printed and electronic books are available in Chinese, English, Japanese, and other languages. There are spaces for students to study or to hang out with friends.

Clubs and facilities[edit]

TMU contains a computer lab, meeting rooms, and offices for its 80 student clubs.

Sports facilities include an indoor pool, aerobics room, gym, baseball field, basketball court, and tennis courts.

International missions[edit]

Taipei Medical University is involved in the International Cooperation and Development Fund. It helps organize and manage the medical mission to São Tomé and Príncipe, a Western Africa island. The project develops diplomatic relationships for the government of Taiwan. TMU sends medical personnel to the area, and provides medical services to its citizens, screens for parasites, and investigates water quality.

Affiliated hospitals[edit]

TMU has three affiliated hospitals, all located within Taipei.

Taipei Medical University Hospital, established in 1976, is the oldest of TMU's three affiliated hospitals. It is located next to the university and is composed of three buildings. The hospital researches In vitro fertilisation (IVF) as well as minimally invasive surgery.

Wan Fang Medical Center is the first privately owned and publicly run hospital in Taipei. It is located in the Wenshan District of Taipei, near its own MRT station. Some of its departments are the Cyberknife, reproductive medicine center, stem cell research, and joint replacement center.

Shuang-Ho Hospital is the newest of the three, opened in 2008. It is the largest hospital in New Taipei City. The hospital has a helicopter landing pad, allowing for 24-hour air emergency medical services to patients throughout Taiwan and to Taiwan's offshore islands. The hospital has the only Disabled Patient Oral Health Care Center in Taipei.

Awards and accreditations[edit]

Taipei Medical University has earned the National Quality Award and has been accredited by the World Health Organization as an International Safe School. The school is listed as one of the top 100 medical universities in QS Asia University Rankings 2011. All three of its affiliated hospitals have earned Joint Commission International status.

Sister schools[edit]

Taipei Medical University has 105 international sister schools.


North America[edit]

Latin America and the Caribbean[edit]




Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Motto (in Chinese)". TMU. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  2. ^ "Digital Archives Program of TMU". Taipei Medical University. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  3. ^ a b "TMU Facts". Taipei Medical University. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  4. ^ 遠見天下文化出版股份有限公司. "2017台灣最佳大學排行榜:國立大學大者恆大 南北競爭力持續失衡| 遠見雜誌". 遠見雜誌 - 前進的動力 (in Chinese (Taiwan)). Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  5. ^ "臺北醫學大學今日北醫-TMU Today: 北醫大獲《Cheers雜誌》「2017年大學辦學績效最佳Top 20」,評選為全國第10". Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  6. ^ "Taipei Medical University". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2018-03-23.

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