School of Medicine of Xiamen University, established on 11th October 1996, was approved by the Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China. It is jointly operated by Xiamen Municipal Government and Xiamen University and partially financially supported by some generous overseas Chinese. The College is located in the southeast bay of Xiamen city, which is known as “Garden on the Sea” for its beautiful scenery and cozy weather. Prof. Liu Zuguo, under “Cheung Kong Scholar Award Scheme”, is Dean of the College. Mr. Shao Pengfei, is Chairman of the College Council.
Following the university motto of “Pursue Excellence, Strive for Perfection”, the College, provided the university’s strength of disciplines and highly educated faculty, keeps cultivating all-round and high level talents who acquire solid theory knowledge and develop strong capability. The college, with 20-year relentless efforts, has made great strides and laid a solid foundation for further development. There are over 500 faculty and staff, including 4 academicians, 3 professors under the national “Thousand of Overseas Top Talents Scheme”, 1 professor under “Cheung Kong Scholar Award Scheme”, 3 professors under “Minjiang Scholar Award Scheme”, over 200 postgraduate supervisors and more than 200 professors & associate professors. 76.1 percent of full time faculty and 11.67 percent of laboratory staff have doctor degree.
The College currently has 7 third grade Class A affiliated hospitals, namely Zhongshan Hospital, Xiamen Eye Center, PLA (People’s Liberation Army) 175th Hospital, Fuzhou General Hospital, First Hospital, PLA 174th Hospital, as well as 20 teaching hospitals and internship bases.
The College consists of 41 teaching departments and research institutes, including departments of Basic Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Ophthalmology, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Nursing; research laboratories and centers such as Fujian Key Provincial Laboratory of Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Neurodegenerative Disease & Aging and Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Organ Transplation and Regeneration; Fujian Provincial Cancer Research Center, Fujian Provincial Experimental Teaching Center of Preclinical Medicine, Cross-strait Technology Platform for Traditional Chinese Medicine (Xiamen), Xiamen Key Laboratory for Chiral Drugs, Eye Institute of Xiamen University, Digestive Disease Research Institute of Xiamen University, Organ Transplantation Institute of Xiamen University, TCM Research Center, Center for Health Economy and Policy, Central Laboratory, and Xiamen University-California Cardiac NMR clinical training center. Among all these departments and institutes, there are 3 key national clinical specialties, 5 science and technology platforms at provincial and ministerial level, 9 PLA specialty departments, 20 specialty departments of Nanjing military division, and 37 research platforms at municipal or university level.
The College now has 3 undergraduate programs, namely, clinical medicine (both Chinese and English courses), TCM and nursing; 3 first grade master programs, i. e. clinical medicine, basic medicine, and TCM; 1 Ph.D. program in physiology. Affiliated hospitals set up 3 post-doctoral stations approved by Ministry of Human Resources. There are over 4000 students on campus, including 500 postgraduates, around 1500 undergraduates, 350 overseas international students, and over 2200 correspondence overseas students.
In recent years, the College has got over 60 programs at state, ministerial or provincial level such as National Basic Research Program and National High Tech R & D Program, won around 300 science and research awards, including 2 second class national science and technology progress awards, 109 science and research awards at ministerial and provincial level, 1 second class Chinese medical award, and over 400 SCI publications. The College had 51 programs granted by National Natural Science Foundation in 2012, ranked the first place among all schools of Xiamen University regarding the total number of funded programs.
In August 2012, the College moved to Xiamen University Xiang’an Campus. This new campus, mainly for medical science and life science, covering an area of 243 hectares, is equipped with better facilities. Provided the improved teaching resources and environment, the College will make great strides towards its goal of “becoming a high level research medical institute with world reputation”.