The International Program of Biotechnology of Graduate Courses was set up in 2007 in the Department of Bioscience Technology at Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU).
The Department of Bioscience Technology was established in 2002, and was the latest department of the College of Science in CYCU. In 2003, the Masters Degree Courses were established as one of graduated course in the Department of Chemistry. The Department had 110 graduated students, and 13 students graduated from the master class up to 2007. At present, we offer 15 qualified graduated students each year and will increase to 20 in the future.
The Biotechnology building has finished on Sep, 2006 located inside Chung Yuan University campus. The Bioscience Technology department staffs’ laboratories located at 5th and 6th floor. Each staff has one PI office, one student office and an individual laboratory about 100 m2 space for essential equipments, such as cell culture facility, DNA, RNA and protein assay systems for molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology experiments.
There are over 300 m2 spaces for core facilities. Currently, we have real time PCR, ultrahigh speed centrifuges, Spectrophotometer, fluorescence microscope, confocal microscopes, ELISA reader, FPLC, CCD gel image system, spectrofluorometer, calcium image system, microinjection and a zebra fish stock room. The mutual cooperation between our staffs are great advantage in our department. And, we also have animal rooms at 8th floor.
The Department of Bioscience Technology at CYCU has highly－appraised atmosphere of academic research and outstanding academic achievements. There are 9 full－time faculties, including 2 professors, 2 associate professors and 5 assistant professors in our department. The department receives R&D fundings of about NT$ 15,000,000 every year. The expert fields of our professors cover: (1) stem cell research; (2) biotech health foods; (3) recombinant proteins production and (4) bioinformatics. In addition, the Bioscience Technology department also has alliance with VIA cord blood stem foundation. VIA cord blood Stem Foundation was found by VIA Technologies, Inc. Taiwan and aims to collect the cord blood stem cells. Foundation has Flow cytometer, Blood culture system, and Robotic liquid nitrogen storage systems. The new laboratory of foundation will be the 7th floor of Biotechnology building and occupy about 660 m2.
There are three areas of the new laboratories. One for seminar and presentation room, the second and third areas will assign to be cellular biology and/or epigenetic studies. VIA cord blood Stem Foundation had already garrisoned in our department and purchased the latest instruments for stem cell research. So the teachers and graduate students of this department can participate in the research works in this foundation directly. In addition to professional biotechnology training, the department also aims at training students to be intellectually, morally, professionally, and socially capacitated in the field of biotechnology, and also devoting its resources to academic research with the aim of serving the nation and society, and promoting the health of human beings. In terms of teaching, the Department of Bioscience Technology strives to balance both theory and practice, develop independent thinking, innovation, and problem solving ability.
The Program aims to cultivate excellent talents in biotechnology who have professional knowledge and creativeness and are surefooted, dedicated and have a balanced physical and moral quality, who have the ability in academic study as well as biotechnology research and development, so as to serve the industry and contribute to society and the country.
In consideration of the mission of the Institute, the following teaching objectives were adopted to cultivate excellent talents in nanotechnology:
-To teach the student to establish a concrete foundation in the profession and improve the ability of further study to cope with the changing biomedical science and biotechnology industry;
-To train the students’ customs of practice and realistic spirit, improve the ability in cross－industry study and the team playing spirit;
-To cultivate the students’ conscientious working attitude, and train students to face challenges and make innovations.
Objective 1 :
-To teach the students to establish a concrete foundation in the profession and to gain the ability of further study to cope with the dynamic changing life science and biotechnology industry.
-Graduates shall have a concrete knowledge base in bioinformatics, cell biology, genetic engineering, molecular biology and stem cells research.
-Graduates shall have computation skills and can solve problems with computers.
-Students shall have the ability to perform cell cultures, molecular cloning, animal anatomy, proteins expression and purification, animal physiological experiments and bioimage analysis.
-Graduates shall understand the development of the biomedical science and biotechnology industry and be able to update new cutting edge knowledge.
-Graduates shall understand the importance of lifelong learning and be willing to dedicate to learning.
To train the students’ customs of practice and realistic spirit, improve the ability in cross－disciplines study, and the teamwork spirit.
-Graduates shall be able to perform plan preparation and efficient schedule management for hand－on, experimental biology.
-Graduates shall have an ability in data collection, data analysis, oral and written reporting.
-Graduates shall have the ability to require themselves in safe operation.
-Graduates shall have the spirit of team work and a responsible attitude.
-To cultivate the students’ conscientious working attitude and to train students face challenges and making innovations.
-Graduates shall understand their responsibility in their profession and ethics.
-Graduates shall recognize their roles in modern society.
-Graduates shall have an adequate ability in communication and coordination.
-Graduates shall have a common knowledge in modern affairs and a basic foreign language ability.