Case Western Reserve University to Collaborate with Taipei Medical University on Research and Education Initiatives
President Barbara R. Snyder and President Yun Yen
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Taipei Medical University (TMU) formalized a collaborative research and education agreement during an official signing ceremony on June 19th, 2015. During the ceremony, President Barbara R. Snyder and her TMU counterpart, President Yun Yen, committed to a three-year agreement outlining initiatives to accelerate laboratory discoveries into new treatments and to foster the education of highly skilled scientists and engineers to encourage the next generation of global scientific and engineering leaders. Pamela B. Davis, Dean, School of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, and Jeffrey L. Duerk, Dean, Case School of Engineering, also signed the agreement. The agreement calls for research collaborations focused on areas of excellence for both organizations: cancer; brain sciences; biomedical engineering, medical device and drug development; and aging and long-term care.
As part of the agreement and to further support collaboration between the two institutions, each year TMU will contribute 5 Million New Taiwan Dollars (TWD), approximately $162,000 USD, and CWRU will contribute at least $10,000 per project for up to six projects per year into a new research fund. The CWRU Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) will provide additional administrative oversight by offering its pilot grant program, WebGrants, as a proposal portal that will result in recommended collaborative projects. TMU will identify the best compatible researchers to collaborate on selected projects, with input from a joint Advisory Board appointed by the presidents.
The agreement also envisions opportunities for faculty to work together on projects that involve potential commercialization opportunities. A TMU-CWRU Coordination Office will be established to facilitate and support these collaborations.
This is not the first time Case Western Reserve University and Taipei Medical University have worked collaboratively together. For the last two years, faculty and students have been participating in exchanges and the Case School of Engineering has been working with TMU to develop a dual master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering – which was also formalized during the June 19th signing ceremony. David Fleshler, Associate Provost for International Affairs noted, “This latest agreement builds on an already productive relationship with Taipei Medical University and creates an even deeper, mutually engaging educational and research partnership. As one of the top universities in Taiwan, TMU has a number of disciplines that overlap and compliment areas of strength at Case Western Reserve University.”
Professor Ye Fan Wang Galvin, with faculty appointments at CWRU and TMU, has worked in partnership with both universities to formalize the relationship – a point made by both presidents during the signing of the agreement.
This joint work builds on on-going efforts to internationalize CWRU and we look forward to the next phase and undoubtedly unique discoveries that will result from the combined research and educational cultures.
Faculty Seed Grant Highlight: Exploring International Graduate Exchange Programs with Popular Music Studies Programs Around the World
The Center for International Affairs has provided nearly $130,000 to fund 20 different projects over the last four years and is proud to highlight faculty seed grant awardees and the work they are doing to develop and progress sustainable initiatives to enhance internationalization at CWRU. The following is just one example:
Daniel Goldmark, Professor and Director of the Center for Popular Music Studies, Department of Music
In his words:
The Center for Popular Music Studies, based in the Department of Music, was awarded a Faculty Seed Grant in early 2015 to explore possible collaborations with other graduate level programs in popular music studies around the world. I had had initial conversations with several of my counterparts in other programs when I first formulated the seed grant proposal; once the funding was awarded, we extended several invitations.
The two institutions that ended up taking part were the University of Western Ontario, which has a Popular Music & Culture program, and the University of Finland, based in Turku, the home to the International Institute for Popular Culture. Professors Keir Keightley and John Richardson (from Canada and Finland, respectively) were in Cleveland for two days to take part in the mini-symposium on graduate exchange initiatives; Professor Norma Coates took part in the first day’s events via Skype.
The first full day of the gathering was held in Clark Hall, where we discussed the various benefits students in each program would gain from attending other institutions, which included: working with renowned faculty from around the world; making connections with other students in the discipline; taking classes that have differing cultural and pedagogical perspectives from one’s home institution; and the chance to live in another region (and culture) for an extended period of time. In the afternoon we had a visit from staff of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives, to talk about research opportunities for students who come to Cleveland. The second day included a tour of the Rock Hall’s facilities in the morning, and an extensive tour of the Library and Archives in the afternoon. The meeting ended with an overwhelming feeling of support from all parties for starting a graduate exchange program.
The Center for International Affairs will make announcements for Faculty Seed Grants in early fall 2015.