Chang Gung Medical Foundation in Taiwan has been strengthening its cooperation with medical institutions in Malaysia since 2017 under the country’s New Southbound Policy. As of 2019, Chang Gung Hospital has trained more than seventy Malaysian medical students. Due to the pandemic, many students were unable to present themselves for the training. Undeterred, Chang Gung Hospital decided to launch new training model to keep up the training that is inline with its One Country One Centre mission under the New Southbound Policy. In 2019, Chang Gung signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Medical University (IMU) to promote a joint mobility programme. Chang Gung Memorial Hospital branches in Linkou and Kaohsiung have created a distant learning platform with IMU to overcome the restrictions imposed on global travel.
Since the end of 2020, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital has produced training videos for 11 specialisations including Cardiology, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology, and more. The training materials also include handouts and discussion topics designed to suit the students’ learning environment and to promote student participation. Chang Gung Memorial Hospital will issue certificates to students who complete the training. Through the live streaming training programme, tutors and students are able to interact real-time, thus creating an open and borderless learning environment.
A virtual ceremony took place in conjunction with the class commencement on May 25. The virtual ceremony took place in conjunction with the class commencement on May 25.
|Representing IMU was Prof Zabidi Hussin, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic.|
|“Our vision has always been to create transformative learning experience. Although the pandemic has challenged the way education is delivered and received, but we are heartened to learn that our partners are determined to circumvent the obstacles and provide an alternative dimension to our international mobility programme. This collaboration has restored our students’ pathway to experience cross border learning and knowledge exchange,” said Prof Zabidi Hussin.|
|Sue Huei – Chen, Vice Chief Executive Officer of Chang Gung said|
|“In response to the epidemic and the rapid development of the Internet, online cooperation will flourish and become more popular in the future. We will strive to break the existing international medical training restrictions and cooperate with Malaysia, and maintain close cooperation to increase the international visibility of Taiwan.”|