Academia Sinica will hold a certificate conferral ceremony for this year’s graduates of the Taiwan International Graduate Program (TIGP) on Thursday, December 20th, 2018 in the 2nd Conference Room, 3rd floor, at the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Academia Sinica. This year a total of 55 graduates from fifteen countries will receive their TIGP Certificates from Academia Sinica Vice President and TIGP Director Dr. Mei-Yin Chou. The ceremony will be conducted in English.

For the graduating students participating in the commencement ceremony, 16 of them are from Taiwan, 7 from India, 3 from Malaysia, 2 from Indonesia, 2 from the Philippines, 2 from Vietnam, 1 from Iran, 1 from Nigeria, and 1 from Ukraine. This year’s attendees include 7 graduates each from the Chemical Biology and Molecular Biophysics program and the Molecular and Biological Agricultural Sciences program, 6 graduates from the Nano Science and Technology program, 4 graduates each from the Bioinformatics program and the Molecular Medicine program, 3 graduates from the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, 2 graduates from the Molecular and Cell Biology program, 1 graduate each from the Earth System Science program and the Molecular Science and Technology program.

Currently there are 12 Ph.D. programs in TIGP. Including this year’s graduates, a total of 377 students have completed the TIGP program’s rigorous requirements and received TIGP certificates to date. Each year, many students in the programs publish papers in top international scholarly journals and many alumni go on to take up positions in world-renowned institutions.

Launched in 2002, the TIGP program integrates cutting-edge interdisciplinary research topics, first-class facilities, top-notch faculty and the multi-cultural environment available at Academia Sinica into a learning environment where English is the first language. The program currently has 609 students enrolled in twelve Ph.D. programs. Many of the students enrolled in TIGP come from overseas (currently hailing from 45 countries).

TIGP is run by Academia Sinica in collaboration with Taiwan’s top research universities: National Tsing Hua University, National Taiwan University, National Central University, National Chung Hsing University, National Chiao Tung University, National Defense Medical Center, National Yang-Ming University, National Taiwan Normal University, National Cheng Kung University and National Chengchi University. The certificate conferred by Academia Sinica is given in addition to the diploma conferred by the collaborating university.