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08/04/2018.The Project Team of the University Social Responsibility (USR) Visits the International Medical Team of E-Da Hospital

發布日期 2018-08-04 03:42:00

 


 

 

 

August 4, 2018

【Press release courtesy of the Group of USR Project】

     

The “The Tiny Screws of Babylon – International Volunteers for the Futherment of Accessibility to Helathcare” is a part of Wenzao’s commitment to the concept of USR (University Social Responsibility). On the afternoon of July 26th, 2018, this group of volunteers paid a visit to the International Medical Department and Social Work Office at E-Da Hospital.  Their purpose was to engage in an active conversation with the Director of the Social Work office, Lin Yifeng, as well as team of international medical professionals headed by director Liang Zhenglong. By doing so, they sought to help address each other’s needs, while at the same time working to fulfill their commitments to the practices of CSR (Corporate Service Responsibility) and USR (University Social Responsibility). The group also wanted to take this opportunity to help brainstorm new ideas and methods regarding mutual cooperation in the world of international volunteer services. 

 

    The USR team from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages is made up of a list of distinguished members which includes Dr. Tsai Ching-Hwa (Taiwan’s former Deputy Minister of Education); Melody Liao and Hui-O Yang (Department of International Business Administration); English Professor and Lecturer, Annie Hung (Department of English); Assistant Professor, Emma Lan, and Lecturer, Angie Mei (Department of Foreign Language Instruction); as well as Assistant Professor Sabina Huang (Department of Translation and Interpreting).  

 

Over the course of the last five years, the group’s host, Melody Liao, has been actively working to stir up discussion and cooperation between the school and local hospitals. The goal of this was to provide Wenzaorian students with an opportunity to engage in a cross-domain service style of learning, while at the same time working to uphold the ideals contained within the school’s motto “Servium”—which is taken from the Latin word meaning “to serve”. Students who volunteered at the hospital outperformed expectations and were met nothing but praise by hospital staff.

 

Educational models like this not only provide Wenzao’s students with an opportunity to apply their language skills in a real world setting, it also gives them access to a wealth of knowledge that could only come from work as a medical volunteer.  Next year, students will also have the opportunity to continue their volunteer work in other countries throughout Southeast Asia.  

 

E-Da Hospital believes that providing these kinds opportunities to young budding minds is not just their social responsibility, it is an investment in the future.  The hospital believes the goal of bettering the country and its democratic process is a good one, but at the same time, they also want to ensure that the youth are not being pushed to the wayside.  By providing these types of educational services to students, they are in a sense cultivating the next generation of field experts within the country.

 

After taking a tour of the facility’s international medical wards and equipment, the group made their way to a conference room for a conversation with Director Liang and Director Lin. It was there that Lin delivered the following statement:
    
“Due to increasing social changes, the number of new resident’s requiring medical treatment in the country has skyrocketed, creating a correlating rise in the need for more medical services. However, this influx of international patients has also increased the demand for speakers fluent in the languages of Southeastern Asia. It has exposed a language gap within our system of hospice, and it is a void that to be filled now more than ever.  

 

E-Da Hospital is a CSR, and as such, we have an inherent responsibility concerning the issue of international medical care.  The concept of free or affordable access to medical treatment is one that has already reached maturation in countries abroad, and ever year, medical teams are sent abroad in order to offer free medical care to those who are in dire need of it. Consequently, the healthcare system here in Taiwan has reached new heights of popularity overseas as it is a shining example of one of the more positive aspects of a democratic system of governance.  We would like to offer the sincerest of welcomes to the students of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, and encourage both students and faculty alike to put their aptitude for language to work as new members of our medical team.

 

This cooperative endeavor is a win-win for all parties involved. It gives students a chance to get hands-on experience in the field, while also helping to shape and expand their international outlook. The world of tomorrow will only be made better by the work of these ‘Tiny Screws’; screws that hold together the foundation of this shared dream held by both the university and the hospital.

 

To the students of Wenzao: This team of teachers has arduously worked through countless obstacles in order to help connect you with a vast network of international medical volunteers and to provide you with professional study courses. The ship is ready to sail, all that's left is for you to come aboard!  The group expectantly awaits the addition of passionate students who exemplify the spirit of volunteer service.  Could one of those students be you? Come heed the call and help us work towards the realization of a common dream. 

 

For more information on Wenzao's USR International Volunteer Group, you are welcome to visit the link to the group's fan page below...
https://www.facebook.com/%E6%96%87%E8%97%BBusr-%E5%9C%8B%E9%9A%9B%E9%86%AB%E7%99%82%E5%BF%97%E5%B7%A5%E5%9C%98-1782335585179795/

 

 

  

Photo courtesy of USR Project Assistant Chen Yunting.

 

Professor Ching Hwa Tsai posing for a picture with the Director of E-Da’s International Medical Team, Liang Zhenglong.

Members of the project team discussing cooperative measures with volunteers from the E-Da International Medical Team.

Members of the project team taking pictures alongside staff from E-Da's International Medical Team.

Members of the project team taking pictures alongside staff from E-Da's International Medical Team.

Picture for the USR Service Learning Course. (Dr. Peter Lin, Dean of Academic Affairs participating in the beginning of the course with the students.)

Picture for the USR Service Learning Course.
(Members of the project team inviting internationally renowned service learning master Robert Shumer as the final reviewer.)