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【FORUM】2020 NCKU International Virtual Forum on COVID-19

The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan, is inviting our domestic and global partner universities, government officials, and healthcare experts to participate in a one-day virtual forum on  April 21, 2020 , to share best practices concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. The struggle against this disease continues worldwide, but the success of the Taiwan Model in effectively fighting COVID-19 has already been internationally acknowledged. 


Theme: How universities respond to emergent crisis and partner via networking



Date |  April 21, 2020

Time |  9:30 AM to 20:55 PM  (GMT + 8, Taiwan Time)

Organizer | National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan

Co-Organizers | Ministry of Education (MOE), Taiwan
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan
Presidents' Forum of Southeast and South Asia and Taiwan Universities (SATU  Presidents'Forum)

Live streaming | Opening & Session I

                   Session II

                   Session III



Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan



  • Assoc. Prof. C. Jason Wang , Director, Center for Policy, Outcomes, and Prevention, Stanford University (USA)
  • Deputy Minister Dar-Bin Shieh, Minis try of Science and Technology, Taiwan



Session I: Building academic resilience in response to COVID-19

  • Prof. Huey-Jen Jenny Su , President, NCKU and Chairperson, SATU Presidents' Forum
  • Prof. Kyosuke Nagata , President, University of Tsukuba (Japan)
  • Prof. Yong Zulina , Associate Vice Chancellor (International), Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and International Office, University of Malaya (Malaysia)
  • Prof. Pham Le An , Director of Family Medicine Training Center and Director of Grant and Innovation Center, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
  • Asst. Prof. Nopphol Pausawasdi , Acting Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs, Mahidol University (Thailand)

Session II: Challenges for regional coordination and communication engagement

  • Deputy Minister Dar-Bin Shieh, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • Dr. Sandeep Sancheti , Vice Chancellor SRM Institute of Science and Technology (India)
  • Prof. Ondrej Dostal , Masaryk University (Czech Republic)
  • Dr. Achara Changsiri, General Manager, North-Eastern Wattana Hospital and Nong Khai Wattana Hospital (Thailand)
  • Ms. Bouphamany Chounramany, Manager, AllianceInternational Medical Centre (Laos)

Session III: Perspectives on global research partners

  • Prof. Chong H. Ahn , Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Cincinnati (USA)
  • Prof. Nan-Yao Lee, Division of Infection, Department of Internal Medicine, NCKU Hospital
  • Prof. Hans-Uwe Simon, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Director, Institute of Pharmacology, University of Bern (Switzerland)
  • Prof. Woei-Jer Chuang, Associate Vice President, NCKU
  • Prof. Teyfik Demir, Member of Board of Director, Turkey Institutes of Health Administration (Turkey)
  • Prof. Peter Lennie, Executive Director, Worldwide Universities Network




This forum will provide the first step in establishing a new collaborative platform for our partner universities, government officials, and healthcare experts to share best practices concerning this pandemic. Future discussions will also be planned for more comprehensive medical and technical cooperation and the development of new research alliances. Moreover, NCKU invites all of our partner universities to work with our existing platform consisting of more the one hundred member universities of the SATU Presidents ' Forum (or SATU for short) located in South and Southeast Asia and Taiwan.


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