National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

03/21/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/20/2024 20:38

Responding to the Challenges of Super-Aged Society: Collaboration between NYCU and NICA to Research Longevity Field and Foster Smart Medical Achievements

Translated by Professor Haydn Chen
Edited by Chance Lai

Both Taiwan and the United Kingdom are facing the crisis of aging populations. Taiwan is set to enter a super-aged society by 2025, with one in every five people being 65 years old or above. In addition to relying on government initiatives to increase long-term care funding to delay health decline, how can the academia and industry sectors assist?

In response to this challenge, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) and the UK's National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on March 19th. We aim to address the issue of societal aging through methods such as big data analysis.

NICA is a global organization funded by the UK government, dedicated to research and analysis in aging and longevity. NYCU, as NICA's first partner in Taiwan, will collaborate to conduct international research and development in areas related to aging society. In addition to exchanging Taiwan's experiences with the world, this partnership aims to encourage academia and industries in Taiwan to pay more attention to innovative research and development in longevity.
During the press conference in Taipei on March 19, President Chi-Hung Lin of NYCU and Lynne Corner, Deputy Director of NICA, signed an MOU. (photo from Central News Agency)
Smart Health Living: Embracing the Challenges and Opportunities of Taiwan's Super-Aging Society

Presidential Advisor Jong-Chin Shen pointed out that Taiwan will welcome a super-aging society next year, with 4.85 million people over the age of 65 across the island and a quarter of counties and cities experiencing aging populations. Accelerating the health industry is imperative. NYCU has long been concerned about aging issues, sharing interdisciplinary smart medical achievements at the Taiwan Healthcare+ Expo annually. Through collaboration with NICA this time, it is expected to accelerate the promotion of government policies, focusing on smart living and fostering products and services friendly to older adults.

President Chi-Hung Lin stated that aging is not merely a health issue; it will also transform economics, society, public health, and national defense security. Taiwan is facing a critical moment, similar to the UK and many others. This collaboration not only leverages NYCU's expertise in health, longevity, and aging science but also demonstrates Taiwan's commitment as a member of the international community to work together towards establishing a world of active and healthy aging, achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Chairman Stan Shih of the Stans Foundation participated in the press conference, sharing his example. (photo from

Acer founder and Chairman of the Stans Foundation, Stan Shih, used his personal experience of having suffered a stroke to illustrate his heightened sensitivity towards health issues. He also believes that the lifestyle needs of the next generation include diversified health care and the application of smart technology.

Taiwan Establishes VOICE Branch: Gathering Public Input, Addressing the Needs of Aging Society

To effectively promote international participation, NICA has established the global citizen network VOICE in partner countries, aimed at collecting knowledge and ideas from various regions to foster innovative research in longevity. This year, a VOICE branch will be established in Taiwan. In the future, through this platform, in conjunction with the National Action Plan for the Aging Technology Industry, public input, opinions, and suggestions will be gathered through a participatory model to address the needs of an aging society.

Lynne Corner, Deputy Director of the UK's NICA and CEO of VOICE, expressed that each visit to Taiwan leaves a lasting impression of the friendliness of the Taiwanese people. She has also observed that Taiwanese people prioritize their health, noting the active lifestyle of many elderly individuals in parks. With Taiwan's significant investment in high-tech industries, it possesses the ideal conditions to serve as a global model for an aging society.

Lynne Corner expressed her hope to collect knowledge and ideas in Taiwan to promote innovative research in the global longevity field. (photo from
Jessica Henry, Director of the Economic Division at the British Office in Taipei, stated that Taiwan and the UK are facing challenges related to aging. She acknowledged NYCU's over 20 years of experience in senior research and wished both parties successful cooperation. The British Office in Taipei will continue to assist.