Southern Medical University, the former First Military Medical University, was founded in October 1951 and notarized as one of the premier medical universities in 1978. The university was handed over to the local government of Guangdong Province and meanwhile renamed as Southern Medial University, in line with the command by the State Department and the Central Military Committee of PLA in August 2004. At present, the university has been authorized by the Department of Education as a key medical university.
Southern Medical University is located at the foot of picturesque Baiyun Mountain in Guangzhou. The main campus, together with its south campus in the southern suburb of Guangzhou, covers an area of nearly one million square meters. The university has been awarded the first-class garden-like university, for rows of green trees nourish and bouquets of flowers blossom on the campuses all through a year.
Southern Medical University has established a complete system for fostering talent candidates of Bachelor’s Degree of Medicine (M.B.), Master’s Degree of Medicine (M.M.) and Doctoral Degree of Medicine (M.D.), with eight academic fields covering medicine, technology, science, law, management, arts, pedagogy and economics. The university system comprises 7 affiliated hospitals and 16 schools or colleges such as school of basic medicine, school of clinical medicine, school of biomedical engineering, school of Chinese traditional medicine (TCM) and school of public health. Apart from offering 23 majors for undergraduates, the university grants M.M. degree in 55 subjects, M. D. degree in 36 subjects as well as in another 4 first-class subjects, even with 4 academic stations for postdoctoral research. Besides, the university houses a group of state-level key subjects, key subjects by the State Management Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, state-level base of clinical pharmacology and state-level base of TCM pharmacology. The university has developed a superior subjects group, with medical science as a backbone and with combination of medicine and engineering, combination of Western and Chinese medicines, tropical medicine and bio-high-tech as supportive subjects.
Southern Medical University takes pride of the faculties. At present, working on its campus are a large group of well-known experts and professors, among whom there is one academician of Chinese Science Academy and one academician of Chinese Engineering Academy (there are totally 3 academicians in medical field in Guangdong Province), as well as 2 premier scientists of State “973 Project” (there are only 2 in the field of life science in Guangdong Province). Among the total number of over 700 professors or associate professors in the university, more than 500 are supervisors of M.D. degree candidates and M.M. degree candidates, 4 are the members of State Academic Degree Appraising Committee, 4 are appraised as State-level Middle- or Young-aged Experts, 9 have won Military Great Achievement Award or have been specially invited as Professor of Changjiang Scholarships or the State Backbone Teachers and besides, 54 faculties have been honorably given the titles of State Outstanding Workers in Science and Technology or State Outstanding Teachers.
Southern Medical University owns its full infrastructure. The total asset of the university amounts to 4.000 billion yuan. The informationalized teaching facility has built its ground on the abundant teaching buildings housing all kinds of teaching rooms and medical laboratories which are equipped with air conditioners, connected to Internet and even electronically integrated. The student’s apartments with 4 beds in a room accommodating 15,000 students are also equipped with telephone sets and even linked to Internet. Besides, there is a football ground covered with artificial grass, a plastic-tracked ground and a standard swimming pool in the university. Up till now, the library of Southern Medical University has a book collection of 1 million volumes as well as a total number of 100,000 volumes of 2,300 Chinese and foreign periodicals.
Southern Medical University goes strong in teaching and scientific research. By now the university has gained 1 first-grade prize and 2 second-grade prizes of State Excellent Teaching Achievement Award, plus 7 first-grade prizes of Military Excellent Teaching Achievement Award. The university is ranked on the top among the medical universities and colleges in China in view of the number of research projects and the prizes. From 2001 to 2003 during “the Tenth Five-year Project” in China, the faculties of the university undertook 643 programs funded by the Central Government, Guangdong Provincial and Guangzhou Municipal governments, with a total amount of 138 million yuan, and thus was ranked at the first place among the medical universities in Guangdong Province. From 1996-2003 (since the Ninth Five-year Project), the university won 9 second prizes of State Scientific and Technological Advances Award, accounting for half of the total 19 second prizes which all the universities and institutes in Guangdong Province gained during that period (no first-grade prize was awarded). During the period of “Tenth Five-year Project”, the university won 9 first-grade prizes of Guangdong Scientific and Technological Advances Awards appraised among the provincial filed of medicine and hygiene, accounting for 53% of the total 17 first-grade prizes awarded at the provincial level.
Southern Medical University flourishes along with its handover from the military system to the civilian one. Its 7 affiliated hospitals are Nanfang Hospital, Zhujiang Hospital, Hua’nan Hospital, Nanhua Hospital, Stomatology Hospital, Pingxiang Hospital and Jiangdu Hospital, 6 of which have been appraised as “First-Class Hospitals at Grade III”. The hospitals have gained superiority and developed their own distinctive features in diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases, hematology, cardiology, neuromedicine, nephrology, organ transplantation, microsurgery, orthopedics, combined therapies of carcinomas and rescue of neonatal severe diseases. The hospitals have established the large-scale medical centers for overseas patients. Huiqiao Buildings of Hanfang Hospital, a 400-bed facility is the largest in scale and earliest in admitting overseas patients. Huiqiao Buildings has gained its reputation in China and South-east Asia and was conferred the honorary title of “Model Medical Faculty: Department of Hui Qiao Buildings” by the Central Military Committee of PLA, for up to now it has treated over 80,000 patients from 85 countries or regions.
Southern Medical University has established long-term cooperation in clinical teaching with more than 100 military or civilian hospitals and institutes in a large or middle scope, among which Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, Guangdong Provincial Stomatology Hospital, Guangdong Provincial Second People’s Hospital and other 4 general hospitals of PLA in Guangzhou, Wuhan, Nanjing, Fuzhou become the schools of clinical medicine.
In academic exchanges, the university has invited and employed more than 100 experts and scholars known in China or internationally, as honorary professors or visiting professors and meanwhile carried out cooperative research and academic exchanges with the universities or institutes in more than 30 countries or regions like the United States, Britain, Japan, France, Australia and Hong Kong. At present, the university has admitted international students from more than 20 countries. Besides, the university is expanding such programs as mutual visits of faculties and exchanges of students with foreign academic institutions.