Systems biology is an interdisciplinary study of organism by integrating the knowledge of mathematics, computational sciences, electric engineering, statistics, physics, and chemistry, as well as the traditional biology, medical science and agriculture. Being a comprehensive university, National Taiwan University recruits and educates the top researchers and scholars in various fields, and therefore concretes its ability and obligation to promote the development of systems biology in Taiwan. Since many fields of modern genetics (including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics) and molecular and cell biology are the current focus of research in systems biology, NTU recognizes that there is an increasing need to train the next generation scientists to complement the conventional reductionist approach with more holistic perspectives, in order to keep up with trends in current biological studies and maintain its cutting-edge research and global competitiveness. Therefore, NTU collaborated with Acidemia Sinica and established the joint graduate program named “Genome and Systems Biology Degree Program”.
Genome and Systems Biology (GSB) Degree Program, which is the first launched integrative Systems Biology Degree Program in Taiwan, has congregated the outstanding faculty and experts from Center for Systems Biology, College of Life Science, College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Bio-Resources and Agriculture, College of Medicine, and College of Engineering in NTU, as well as that from various institutes in Academia Sinica. All of the faculties are classified into four academic divisions, including genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and bio-system modeling, according to their expertise, to support the major directions in genomic biology and systems biology. The GSB Degree program, started the preparatory status in 2008, has approved by Ministry of Education, the R.O.C. and officially launched in 2010 for its PhD training program.