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 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, Southern Medical 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 and 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.
(Source: Southern Medical University)