Southern Medical University (SMU), 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, SMU has become one of the 8 prestigious universities authorized by the Ministry of Education to run the pilot 8-year medical education program.
SMU, located at the foot of the picturesque Baiyun Mountain in Guangzhou, has two campuses, the main campus and the Shunde campus, covering an area of nearly 1.68 million square meters, with a construction area of 0.845 million square meters.Nanfang Hospital, founded during the period of the China's War of Liberation, is the first affiliated hospital of Southern Medical University, one of the premier medical universities in China. With long history, large scale, sophisticated equipment, exquisite medical techniques, beautiful surroundings and quality services, the hospital incorporates the very latest advances in medical technology and patient care. Located at the foot of the picturesque Baiyun Mountain, towering over the Qilin hillock of Meihua Garden, the 1,500-bed hospital covers an area of 203,000 square meters with a built-up area of 275,000 square meters.
In 2008, SMU was included in the Guangdong provincial 211 Project, one for key and priority colleges and universities. Among the provincially-run, SMU is ranked first concerning the pass rate of scientific research program and second in terms of the funds obtained. In recent college ratings of Chinese mainland universities, SMU has been ranked around the 100th in terms of the comprehensive strength, at the third among the medical universities and the sixth among the universities in Guangdong Province. At present, it becomes a candidate university jointly to be constructed by the Ministry of Education, the National Health and Family Planning Committee and Guangdong Provincial Government.
SMU houses 3 members of Chinese Academy of Science and Chinese Academy of Engineering, 3chief scientists ofNational Key Basic Research & Development Project (Project 973),7members of National Thousand Talents Plan, 7award holders of Cheung Kong Program Scholar, 8 award holders of National Funds for Excellent Youth,7 state-level candidates of National Talents Project, 2 winners of Guangdong Science and Technology Award for Outstanding Contribution, 3honor holders of Top 100 Nanyue Worthy, 4 members of Provincial Leading Scientists Plan, 12 distinguished professors of Pearl River Scholars and 8 national candidates of Guangdong Talent Project.
SMU comprises 2 campuses covering an area of 176 hectare in total. Its main campus is located in the Baiyun District, Guangzhou City, and its new campus in Shunde District, Foshan City. SMU has 17 schools, 6 affiliated hospitals, 47 non-directly affiliated hospitals.
SMU currently has 19,540 on-campus students, including 1,263 doctorate candidates, 2,992 master degree candidates, 13,543 undergraduate students, 832 college students(3ys) and 910 international students as well. Apart from that, there are over 19,000 off-campus students attending SMU courses via correspondence and online classroom.
Nanfang Hospital has been burying its head in innovation and development and now harvested attention-catching fruits in its full-scale construction relying on the fame through quality service, the influence through execution of two civilizations, the advance through scientific management. The hospital has been appraised as one of “First Class Hospitals at Grade III” as well as one of “National One Hundred Exemplary Hospitals”, Caressed by the spring breeze of Chinese reforms and open policy.
The academic level and status of the hospital are superior. The experts in the hospital are undergoing a large number of national, army and provincial key scientific research programs. Dozens of specialists hold the positions of directors or vice-directors at the national, army and provincial academic institutions. More than 30 departments are entitled to grant doctoral and master's degrees
National Key Laboratory; National Key Laboratory of “Prevention and Treatment of Organ Failures” Co-constructed by Province and Ministry;
National Research Center for Clinic Medicine; National Research Center for Clinic Study of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).Key Laboratory of Department of Education:Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Serious Disease Transcriptome and Functional Proteomics; Key Laboratory of “Prevention and Treatment of Organ Failures” Co-constructed by Province and Department
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