Peking University is a comprehensive and national key university. The campus, known as "Yan Yuan"（the garden of Yan）, is situated at Haidian District in the western suburb of Beijing, with a total area of 2,743,532 square metres (or 274 hectares). It stands near to the Yuanmingyuan Garden and the Summer Palace.
Peking University is proud of its outstanding faculty, including 53 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 7 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and 14 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).
The university has effectively combined research on important scientific subjects with the training of personnel with a high level of specialized knowledge and professional skill as demanded by the country's socialist modernization. It strives not only for improvements in teaching and research work, but also for the promotion of interaction and mutual promotion among various disciplines.
Thus Peking University has become a center for teaching and research and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning such as basic and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and sciences of medicine, management, and education. Its aim is to rank among the world's best universities in the future.
The 1911 Revolution overthrew the Qing Dynasty and founded the Republic of China. With the fashion of learning from the West growing then, western medicine gained more recognition in China. In September 1912, the Ministry of Education summoned Mr. Tang Erhe, a famous professor of histology trained in Japan who was busy preparing for the establishment of Zhejiang Provincial Medical School, to come to Beijing to plan for the establishment of a national medical school. The Ministry of Education bought the estate of the Medical Clinic at the price of 10,000 taels of silver and gave it to the new medical school. On October 16th, the Ministry of Education appointed Tang Erhe as the President of Peking Medical School. Thus the first national school of western medicine was formally established, having nine staff members with the first admission of 72 students.
In the decades after its foundation Peking Medical School struggled through the unsteady years of wars and social turmoil. In the 1930s, it was renamed as Peking University Medical School, and was incorporated into Peking University in 1940s
In July 1946, Peking University was re-established in Peking and Professor Hu Shi was appointed as its president. Under his presidency, the No.6 Preparatory Class and the Affiliated Hospital that survived the Anti-Japanese War were restructured to form the Peking University Medical School. Dr.Ma Wenzhao, professor of anatomy, Dr.Shen Junqi, professor of physiology, and Dr.Hu Chuankui, professor of dermatology served as the deans successively in the following years. Dr.Hu was also the chief executive officer of the affiliated hospital (known as Beida Hospital).
In 1952, with the restructuring of higher education system of new China, Peking University Medical School was separated from Peking University and became an independent college named as Beijing Medical College, Dr. Hu Chuankui being its first president. Under the new system, the Ministry of Health became the governing body and funding authority of Beijing Medical College. It was then the college moved to the present address, No.38 Xueyuan Rd.. Thereafter, it began to develop rapidly.In 1959,Beijing Medical College was recognized as one of China's 16 key universities.In 1984, the State Council approved 10 institutions for priority development. Among them, Beijing Medical College was the only medical institution. Prof. Ma Xu was its president at this time.In 1985, the college was renamed as Beijing Medical University(BMU) with Dr. Qu Mianyu, professor in sports medicine, as the president.
With 95 years' development, PUHSC has built a unique campus culture that advocates diligence, rigor, objectivity and creativity. And the faculty and graduates of PUHSC are known for their devotion to the country and to the health profession. With the strong support of the central government, this first public medical school of China will continue to offer quality medical education to the Chinese health care system. Its highest goal is, with all its heart and all its might, to create an internationally recognized medical institute of excellence and to offer first-class medical education for the health of all human beings.PUHSC offers a full range of courses for 8 specialties including basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, preventive medicine, stomatology, pharmacy, nursing, medical laboratory diagnosis and biomedical English. It has 47 accredited doctoral programs and 59 master programs. In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate programs, it also plays an active role in continuing education. PUHSC hosts 6 postdoctoral programs.
PUHSC has 6 schools, namely, School of Basic Medical Sciences, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Distance Education, and Faculty of Foundation Education.PUHSC has 8 university hospitals, namely, the First School of Clinical Medicine (Beida Hospital), the Second School of Clinical Medicine (the People's Hospital), the Third School of Clinical Medicine (the Third Hospital), Institute of Mental Health (the Sixth Hospital), School of Stomatology (the Dental Hospital), School of Oncology
(Beijing Tumor Hospital), Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Peking University Shougang Hospital.In addition, 13 hospitals in Beijing serve as teaching hospitals.PUHSC now has an enrollment of more than 10000 students, including 1082 doctoral students, 1962 master program students, 3115 undergraduates, 537 junior college students, 3500 adult learning program students, and 549 international students.
PUHSC has developed 20 disciplines that have gained national recognition. Besides, it has 1 national key laboratory, 11 ministry-level key laboratories, During the period of 1993-2004,PUHSC has assumed some national key program of different projects as "the Eighth Five-Year Budget Period Research Project ", "the Ninth Five-Year Budget Period Research Project ","863 Project", and "973 Project", and has received more than 1000 grant supports from various domestic foundations. It produced satisfactory outcomes, winning 30 prizes for excellent researches at national, ministry, or provincial levels, and the publications of the researches are widely cited . PUHSC has been ranking the first in receiving research grants from the National Natural Science Foundation for the past 11 years.Knowing that teaching force is the most important for quality education, PUHSC has always attached great importance to intellects development, providing best environment to attract intellects. As a result, there have been a great many prestigious and dedicated specialists and professors, young or old, working for PUHSC.
Since the incorporation with Peking University on April 3, 2000, PUHSC has been adhering to the principles of "To seek truth from facts" and "Development is top priority", and adopting the management system under the guidance of "Combining central and department leadership and integrating them gradually". PUHSC takes the advantage of comprehensive disciplines after its incorporation, and keeps discipline development, promoting medical education reform and scientific research and making efforts for the improvement of infrastructure facilities. PUHSC has adopted the education model of 8-year program for medicine (leading to MD or Ph.D degrees), 7-year program for preventive medicine (leading to MS degrees), established Biomedicine Cross-discipline Research Centers, devoted efforts for the integration of Medical disciplines , Sciences and Humanities, and established many inter-disciplinary research centers that combine Basic Medical Sciences with Clinical Medicine.
PUHSC, the first Medical Institution of Western medicine founded by Chinese Government, is developing rapidly in the new era, with its academic atmosphere of "Diligence, Rigor, Objectivity, and Creativity" and its ethos of "Firm political orientation, truth seeking in study and devotion in service". In the process of building an outstanding university in the world, PUHSC, with the strong support of the central government, will attain its final goal: institute and offer first-class medical education with all its heart and all its might.
An 8-year program for straight bachelor's and doctoral degrees has been adopted for Clinical medicine. This program prepares students with a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills, as well as a creative spirit and practical capability.
The main courses include general courses (English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Application, Political Theory, Psychology, Ethnics, Introduction to Law, History of Medicine etc.) , basic biomedical courses (Anthropotomy, Histoembryology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Pathogenic Biology, Genetics, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Pathological Anatomy, Pharmacology, Biomedical Experiments etc.), clinical medical courses (Diagnosis, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Neurology, Communicable Diseases, Preventive Medicine, Basics of Rehabilitation Medicine, etc.), clinical practice, and secondary disciplines (including the elective courses for post-graduate study).
Students who complete the required courses and pass all the examinations will be awarded with Diploma of Medical Doctor; those who meet the Degree requirements will be conferred with MD Degree. Meanwhile, students can also choose to graduate after finishing their undergraduate education. Graduates from this program are engaged in medical services, teaching, research and management.
Clinical Medicine (5 years)
This educational program prepares well-balanced students with a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills, as well as a creative spirit and practical capability.Students are required to study fundamental courses, basic medical science, clinical medicine and clinical practice. The main courses are: fundamental courses (English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Application, Political Theory etc.), basic medical science (Anthropotomy, Histoembryology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology etc.) clinical medicine (Diagnosis, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine etc.), and Productive Practice.Students who complete the required courses and pass all the examinations will be awarded with Diploma of Bachelor; those who meet the Degree Awarding requirements will be conferred with a Bachelor's Degree in Medical Science.
Basic Medical Science
Basic Medical Science is a comprehensive specialty, students learn to research on the general structure and function of human body and study the essence and the basic theories of prevention and treatment of diseases.This specialty focuses on cultivating teaching and researching personnels with all-round quality, providing students with a solid foundation of natural science, modern medical science and hands-on skills in medical experiment.
The main courses are: general courses, basic medical courses, clinical medicine courses, specialty courses (Molecular Biology, Enzyme and Nucleic Acids Chemistry, Molecular Immunology, Biophysics, Neuroscience, Experimental Nuclear Medicine, Research Methods and Experimental technology of Cell Biology, and Experimental Technology of Biology etc.). Students who fulfill the probation and research training under the guidance of the teacher can directly enter the study of secondary disciplines after the awarding of Bachelor's Degree. Those who complete the required courses and passe all the examinations will be awarded with Diploma of Doctor of Medicine; those who meet the degree awarding requirements will be conferred with MD Degree. Students can choose to graduate after finishing their undergraduate education.Graduates are engaged in teaching and research works in medical colleges and universities, research centers or medical institutions.
This 8-year program offers straight bachelor and doctoral education. Its purpose is to train qualified stomatologists that meet the social needs. The main courses are: general courses (English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Application, Political Theory, etc.), basic medical courses (Anthropotomy, Histoembryology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, etc.), clinical medicine courses (Diagnosis, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, etc.), specialty courses (Oral Anatomy and Physiology, Oral Histology and Pathology, Oral Material Science, Oral Diagnostic Radiology, Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Plastic Surgery, Orthodontics, Oral Disease Prevention etc.), and clinical practice.Students who complete the required courses and pass all the examinations will be awarded with Diploma of Doctor of Medicine; those who meet the degree awarding requirements will be conferred with MD Degree. They can choose to graduate after finishing their undergraduate education.
This specialty provides technical personnel with a solid fundamental knowledge of biology and basic medical science, and hands-on skills in medical experiment. The main courses are: general courses (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English, Political Theory, Computer Application etc.), basic medical science (Anthropotomy, Histoembryology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Pathogenic Biology, Pathophysiology, Pathology, Pharmacology etc. ), and specialized courses in Biomedical Experiments(Experimental Diagnostic, Medical Imaging Sciences, Laboratory Animal Science, Experimental Nuclear Medicine, Experimental Technology of Morphology, Experimental Technology of Molecular Biology, Technology of Medical Informatics etc.)
A 4-year program is offered for this specialty. Students, who have completed the required courses for the first three years and have passed the examinations, can take on their thesis research in research centers of the secondary disciplines in the fourth year; those who have reached the required credits on the elective courses, have passed thesis oral defence will be awarded with a Bachelor's Degree; those who meet the Degree Awarding requirements will be conferred with a Bachelor of Science.Graduates are engaged in medical experimentation, or serve as teaching assistants in medical colleges and institutions.
A 6-year program for straight bachelor's and master's degrees has been adopted for this specialty, with the purpose of training advanced pharmacists to do research and develop new medicine. To master fundamental knowledge and skills of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Modern Biology and related basic medicine sciences; To understand synthetic drugs and crude drugs in regard to their character, chemical structure, and their pharmaceutical effects on human physiology and pathology;Master pharmaceutical preparations, quality control and its clinical application Command extensive knowledge on humanities & social sciences and natural sciences; Command skills in utilizing information technology and foreign languages. Students who complete the required courses and pass all the examinations will be awarded with Diploma of Master; those who meet the degree awarding requirements will be conferred with Master's Degree.Graduates are engaged in research, teaching, and management related to pharmacy.
This specialty produces qualified graduates for bettering the development of nursing. Students are required to have solid fundamental knowledge in Nature Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, Basic Medical Science, as well as excellent theoretical basis and hands-on skills in nursing, thus to provide: Comprehensive and systematic health evaluation for both individuals and groups;
Effective clinical services for acute-critical patients, chronic patients and terminal patients Holistic nursing care for hospitals, families and communities.At present, this specialty recruits only female students, offering a 5-year program. The main courses are: fundamental courses, basic medical science, specialized courses (fundamental courses of Nursing, Specialized Courses of Nursing, Humanities & Social Sciences), as well as graduation practice and research training for one and half years. Students who complete the required courses and pass all the examinations will be awarded with Diploma of Bachelor; those who meet the Degree Awarding requirements will be conferred with a Bachelor's Degree in Medical Science. The graduates are engaged in teaching, management, research, or nursing practice.
As a key scientific research institution in the field of bio-medicine in China, research at Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC) covers basic medicine, clinical medicine, public health, preventive medicine, stomatology, etc. We have 20 national key disciplines, 1 national key laboratory, 10 key laboratories of the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Education, and over 50 institutes and research centers. We have excellent teaching staff including 7 academicians of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 5 academicians of Chinese Academy of Engineering, 12 Cheung Kong Scholar specially appointed professors, 5 Cheung Kong Scholars chair professors of the Ministry of Education, and 16 winners of the Distinguished Young Scholar Award of the National Science Fund. We are now playing a leading role among medical universities in China in terms of scientific research competence and output.PUHSC has established comprehensive connections and cooperation with UN, WHO, and scientific research institutions and universities of US, Canada, European countries, Japan, Korea, Australia, etc.
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