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About Southern Medical University


    SMU, located in Guangzhou, traces its root to the 1950s when it was named as the First Military Medical University. In 1979, it was recognized by the State Council as one of the premier medical universities in China. The University officially became Southern Medical University in 2004 when it was handed over to the Guangdong Province. Meanwhile it is also under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Education and the National Health and Family Planning Commission. It has been approved by the Ministry of Education to enroll international students for English-medium MBBS Programs (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) and international students on Chinese Government Scholarship. 


Academic Disciplines

    SMU boasts 5 national key disciplines, 6 key disciplines supported by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and 10 key disciplines of Guangdong Province. What's more, its clinical medicine as an academic discipline has been ranked in top 1% of the worldwide universities by ESI. The University offers hundreds of different degree programs such as 100 Master's degree programs, 76 doctoral programs and 7 post-doctoral research centers. In terms of the number of academic disciplines in which the University is authorized to confer doctoral degree, SMU is ranks first place in Guangdong Province and ranked high nationwide. Actually the University has been expanding its academic disciplines with a focus on medicine, while balancing the development of other disciplines such as natural science, engineering, law, management, literature and linguistics and pedagogy. 



    SMU has a faculty of nearly 2000 dedicated to teaching and research. Among them, 445 are professors and nearly 600 associate professors; 58.30% have doctoral degree; 56.6% are under the age of 45. The high-caliber teaching staff assumes the status of legend: three academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, three chief scientists of National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program), seven candidates of “Thousand Talents Program”, seven professors with the title of Yangtze Scholar and eight winners of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars 

Talent Cultivation

    Since its establishment, the University has produced more than 80,000 high-caliber graduates who have made a meaningful impact in their chosen fields. Now the University has 20,000 full-time students including about 14,000 undergraduates, 3206 Master’s degree candidates and 1179 doctoral degree candidates and 972 international students as well as a total number of 24,000 students for continuing education programs. The University boasts 7 state-level feature specialties, 8 national high-quality courses and 220 projects supported by the National College Students' Innovation and Entrepreneurial Training Program. Since 2012, undergraduates of the University have published nearly 500 papers and more than 40 of them are on SCI-indexed journals and 229 on core journals. 


    The University houses a National Key Laboratory, a National Research Center for Clinic Medicine, a National Innovation Training Base, a state-level International Science & Technology Cooperation Base and other 45 research platforms. The University has played a leading role in undertaking an array of major research projects such as the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program), National Science and Technology Program for Public Wellbeing, National Science and Technology Major Projects. It has shaped the medical study on resuscitation and prevention of Multiple Organ System Failure, medical imaging technology and the treatment of birth defects and infectious disease. The University has won more than 16 second and above prizes of the national science and technology awards. It has also published papers on New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association and other renowned academic journals. According to the statistics issued by Ministry of Science and Technology of China, in terms of the number of papers published on SCI-indexed journals in 2014, SMU ranks the 65th nationwide.


Affiliated Hospitals

    SMU has 6 affiliated hospitals, namely Nanfang Hospital, Zhujiang Hospital, the Third Affiliated Hospital, the Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine, the Fifth Affiliated Hospital and SMU Shenzhen Hospital. All these hospitals hold more than 7000 beds in total and boast 16 national key clinical departments, 6 key disciplines supported by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 4 key departments, 7 key disciplines and 53 key clinical departments recognized by Guangdong Province, 4 provincial level medical quality control centers, the Guangdong Provincial Institute of Nephrology and the Guangdong Provincial Institute of Orthopaedics. 

    The affiliated hospitals have distinct advantages in diagnosing and treating digestive, kidney, orthopedic diseases. In addition, they are also good at obstetrics and gynecology, organ transplantation, minimally invasive techniques, complicated intracranial tumour surgery, interventional medicine, clinical integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine and diagnosis and treatment of tumor. In terms of the social impact of Chinese hospitals in 2014, SMU ranks 12th nationwide and 1st in Guangdong Province.  

    The Huiqiao Building at Nanfang Hospital is the first and largest medical center that offer services to foreigners. Since its establishment, the center has provided medical treatment to more than 11,000 foreigners from over 90 countries and regions and thus it has been highly praised by the Central Military Commission of China as well as by Jiang Zemin, the former president of China. 


International Exchanges

    SMU has worked together with more than 50 educational and medical research institutions from 19 countries and regions to run cooperative educational programs, conduct research and cultivate talents. Currently, there are more than 1,200 international students from 115 countries and regions studying at the University. Their majors cover various disciplines such as Clinical Medicine, Stomatology, Pharmacology, Medical Examination and Combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. Since 1999, SMU has been appointed by the Chinese government to provide medical training to foreign countries. What's more, it is also an education aid center affiliated to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Commerce of China. Up to now, SMU has undertook nearly 90 phases of educational aid, training a total of 2029 health officials and technicians from 101 countries and regions. Since 2015, the University has begun to run the Master of Public Health Program (MPH) as a part of its education aid program. The Program is open to international students and produces high-caliber graduates in the field of publish health.