Graduate Institute of Veterinary Microbiology

 

Objective:

 

      The main curriculum of the Graduate Institute of Veterinary Microbiology is designed to prepare the graduates for a career in research and teaching in veterinary microbiology, with special emphasis on applied microbiology, molecular biology, pathogenesis of microorganisms and biotechnology. The main goal of the Institute is to improve the quality of the diagnostic techniques and quarantine for the purposes of disease control, prevention, and public health due to emerging complexity of diseases and the importance of zoonotic as well as tropical animal diseases.

 

History:

 

Founded in 1994, this graduate institute has provided M. S. program ever since. All teaching faculty are well qualified with Ph. D. degree. A highly competitive entrance exam is held out each year for a growing number of students who take interests in the enrollment. Currently, this institute houses 24 M. S. students who came from a broad varieties of B. S. training backgrounds encompassing veterinary, agricultural, medical, and life sciences. It is the expectation of this institute that, upon graduation, each student will be strengthened in his/her ability to apply concurrent biological technology in veterinary microbiology. To cope with the trend in the field and to further help out the urgent demand from the national biotechnology industries, we have been preparing for a more intensive and advanced Ph. D. training program. The ministry of education has evaulated the graduate institute and approved for our initiation of Ph. D. training program in the year of 2001.

 

Course and Research:

 

This institute is the only institute in Taiwan that provides programs for master degree in veterinary microbiology. The courses emphasize not only on the basic and clinical application of biotechnology to veterinary services, but also on basic principle and advanced knowledge of regulation, pathogenecity and immunology of microorganisms. The future goals of this institute are: (1) Application of biotechnology in industry (2) Improvement of diagnostic techniques (3) Study on molecular pathogenecity and immunology of pathogenic organisms. Because biotechnology is the main goal for the development of this institute, other institutes and departments in National Chung Hsing University (NCHU), including those in College of Agriculture, College of Life Science, and College of Science could have collaboration with this institute. Therefore, the teaching and research in the development of biotechnology in NCHU could be integrated.

 

Faculty:

 

The institute is constituted of five faculties, a chairman and four associated professors with Ph.D. degree, and one administrative staff. Faculties of this institute are in close collaboration with faculties of the Department of Veterinary Medicine both in teaching and in research. For the past three years, 24 research projects have been granted to the institute with a total funding of NT$ 20,848,300 from funding agents of the government. Since 1997, there have been 52 scientific papers published. Furthermore, these young and enthusiastic faculties not only devote themselves in teaching and research of their own, but also share their expertise and research results with others around the nation. Currently, they are involved in the training program in “Fundamental Molecular Biology and Biotechnology” sponsored by the Bureau of Education. Response from the trainees has been magnificent.