Department of Life Sciences was founded in 1982 previously known as the Department of Biology. Our goals are educating and training students in the fields of biomedicine, biotechnology and ecology. The department is located adjacent to the Medical school to strengthen collaboration between two institutes.
The M. Sc. and Ph.D. programs were established in 1993 and 1999, respectively. In 2004, the department changed its name to life sciences in response to technological advances in molecular biology and biotechnology, and the need to restructure the department. The department of Life sciences comprises all fields of science that involve the scientific study of living organisms. Our goals are not only fostering students with in depth theoretical knowledge in life sciences and innovative research, but also educate students understand the importance in conservation of our eco-system.
The life sciences will play an important role in understanding the biological and genetic basis of how living organisms interact with environmental change and degrading ecosystem. Emergence of new diseases and health issues also highlight 321_a5bf5547.jpgthe challenge in this century. The ability to genetically transform organisms; as well as advances in genomics, proteomic and nanotechnology provide us new tools to address many biological questions in plant, animals (including humans) and microbes; but also create new technical and ethical challenges. To make effective use of these tools and technologies, and to address some of the problems highlighted above, continued advances in the knowledge of the fundamental principles of biological functions (from the molecular to organismal level), the interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environment, as well as how and why biological systems have changed in the past are crucial.
We have to continue make advances in our knowledge base, disseminate such advances to our peers and the public, and nurture and train the highly qualified personnel that will lead us and shape our future. Life science research at universities must play a central role in this endeavor. Our vision includes a Department of Life Sciences that is recognized both nationally and internationally as one of top departments.
Biotechnology industry is viewed as one of the focal industries for Taiwan and the world in the 21st century. The government strongly promotes this high tech industry which combines other technologies in different disciplines.
NCKU has excellent researchers and resources in the areas of science, engineering, medical and agriculture. In order to integrate resources of teaching and research, it is necessary to set up colleges of life sciences and biotechnology to nurture talents and manage resources in this field.