The Institute of Biological Science and Technology was established in 1994 with a master’s degree program, which is the first biotechnology-related academic department at NCTU. At present, the College of Biological Science and Technology is composed of the Department of Biological Science and Technology, the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Bioengineering, and the Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology.
The biotechnology industry is on the uptick in the 21st century. Many of the world’s major countries with high technology are all committed to assist in the development of their biotechnology industry and cultivate biotechnology talents. Our government has also extensively promoted the development of biotechnology industry and the cultivation of biotechnology talents for the past two decades. From the “Eight Major Technology Development Focus in Taiwan” in 1990, the “Two Trillion and Twin Star Development Program” in 1996, to the establishment of many national biotechnology science parks in the country in recent years, the government has invested a large amount of money annually. It also strongly encourages colleges and universities to participate in the cultivation of a new generation of talents on biotechnology research and development.
In view of this, National Chiao Tung University has proposed biotechnology as the key direction for the future development of the school as early as 1990. NCTU plans to combine the well-developed fields of electronics, informatics, science, engineering, and other related fields of the university to cultivate interdisciplinary biotechnology talents. With the fully integration of the science and research of biology and engineering, NCTU aims to achieve the goal of being a top international university with first-class teaching and research outcomes.