The National Taiwan University—School of Dentistry was the former dental unit of the Taipei Imperial University affiliated hospital founded in 1910. It began admitting students in 1955. Throughout years of contribution by Dr. Shui Kuo, Dr. Yu-Ching Hong, Dr. Kun-Chee Chen, Dr. Hsoeh-Wan Kwan, and other faculty staff, “Graduate Institute of Dental Science”was first established in 1988 to offer graduate courses for master’s degree. Subsequently, Ph.D. courses were added in 1991. In 1996, “Graduate Institute of Dental Science” became “Graduate Institute of Clinical Dentistry,”and in 2001, a master’s course was added exclusively for dentists from NTU Hospital. Throughout these 20 years, our teaching quality, dental services, and research in dental science have achieved a marked progress.
The first chairman, Dr. Liang-Jiunn Hahn, was the 2nd year graduate of the NTU School of Dentistry. He received further trainings in Japan specializing in oral and maxillofacial surgery and received his Ph.D. degree in 1970. In 1972, he returned to Taiwan and began teaching at NTU, and from 1988 to 1994 he served as the dean of the School of Dentistry, the head of the Department of Dentistry at NTU Hospital, and the chairman of the Graduate Institute of Dental Science. During his time as chairman, he added graduate courses for Ph.D. degrees, promoting research, diagnosis and treatment of betel nut related oral cancer. He also set up special care dental outpatient clinics, and took part in the proposal and preparation of a second graduate institute, the Graduate Institute of Oral Biology.
The second chairman, Dr. Chi-Chuan Hsieh, was the 6th year graduate of the NTU School of Dentistry. In 1972 he received a GC Scholarship from Tokyo Medical and Dental University, where he continued his trainings in prosthodontics. Similarly, he returned to Taiwan to teach at NTU, and from 1994 to 2000, served as the dean of the School of Dentistry, the head of the Department of Dentistry at NTU Hospital, and the chairman of the Graduate Institute of Clinical Dentistry. During that period, he promoted international exchange between the students and faculty of our school and those of the dental schools from Malmo University in Sweden, as well as Columbia University in the United States. He also actively recruited accomplished NTU alumni to become faculty members.
The third chairman, Dr. Wan-Hong Lan, a 6th year graduate of NTU School of Dentistry, also received a Ph.D. degree from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Japan. He served from 2000 to 2006 as the dean of the School of Dentistry, the head of the Department of Dentistry at NTU Hospital, and the chairman of the Graduate Institute of Clinical Dentistry. He added a master’s course exclusively for those dentists from NTU Hospital who wished to continue their education through research. He also held several research essay competitions for graduates and residents in raising the standards of research. Other than actively participating in international academic societies, Dr. Lan was also an authoritative figure in oral laserology, the director of Association for Dental Sciences, and the international representative for FDI and APDF.
The fourth and current chairman, Dr. Chun-Pin Lin, is the 20th year graduate of NTU School of Dentistry. He received his Ph.D. degree in oral biology from the University of Minnesota in the United States in 1994. He is currently the dean of the School of Dentistry, the head of the Department of Dentistry at NTU Hospital, and the chairman of the Graduate Institute of Clinical Dentistry. He actively promotes modification and upgrade of the current dentistry course, pre-clinical simulation education, clinical diagnosis and treatment, as well as software and hardware facilities. He also encourages international exchange and collaboration in all aspects of research. At present he is developing a professional oral medical college to offer an all-rounded dental education, with total patient care as its teaching philosophy, to build a solid base for the future of the Graduate Institute of Clinical Dentistry.
Currently the NTU Graduate Institute of Clinical Dentistry offers graduate courses in master’s and Ph.D. degrees in aspects of orthodontics, prosthodontics, oral diagnosis, oral physiology, pedodontics, restorative dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics, and endodontics. Graduate students mainly take part in clinical dentistry, research, and specialty training. Each division accepts 2 to 4 mater’s students, whose study duration ranges from 2 to 4 years, with 24 credits and a master’s thesis to graduate. Ph.D. students are required to complete 18 credits on top of their thesis to graduate. Graduate courses for master’s degree exclusively for dentists from NTU Hospital accepts 9 students each year, and similarly they need to complete 24 credits and a master’s thesis to graduate. Many of our alumni have achieved great accomplishments upon graduating from our course.
Since our establishment, we have recruited numerous elites from Taiwan and all around the world. The once “Graduate Institute of Dental Science” became “Graduate Institute of Clinical Dentistry” in 1996 upon establishment of the Graduate Institute of Oral Biology. Even since the first chairman, all our leaders had a common goal to transform our institute to an oral medical college. This goal includes strengthening our faculty by actively recruiting elites from our own country and around the world and upgrading our dental educational system to train the finest dentists and dental research staff. From 1998 to 2003, under Dr. Chi-Chuan Hsieh and Dr. Wan-Hong Lan, our publications increased from 52 to 75, and continued to increase at a rapid pace ever since then. This created a favorable environment for research in the field of dentistry and furthermore promoted more dynamic interdisciplinary collaboration among different divisions.
In 2008, the School of Dentistry has established, under the leadership of
the dean and director, Dr. Chun-Pin Lin, and our first goals are to establish an oral medical college, increase clinical and research resources, and raise the standards of oral medicine of our country.
In 2009, the chairman of Department of Dentistry and the
director of Graduate Institute of Clinical Dentistry were
allowed to set separately, Dr. Mark Yen-Ping Kuo has became our
fifth director. We wish to become an internationally recognized, prestigious clinical specialist training and oral medicine research center in the future.