Guangdong Medical University, whose predecessor was Zhanjiang Branch of Sun Yat-Sen Medical College, was established in 1958 and upgraded in 1964 as a five- year medical college named Zhanjiang Medical College. The college was officially renamed Guangdong Medical College in 1992 and Guangdong Medical University in 2016. In 2005, it won the title of “Outstanding College” in the undergraduate teaching evaluation by National Ministry of Education and was approved to award Ph.D degree in 2013. In May, 2015, its clinical medical discipline was listed among the global top 1% in ESI (Essential Science Indicators) ranking. Since January, 2016, the universityitselfhas beenamong the global top 1% universities in ESI ranking. During the past five decades, more than 140,000 excellent medical professionalshave been trained for the country and the locality.
The picturesque university covers a total area of 313 acre, consisting of Zhanjiang campus and Dongguan campus. Zhanjiang campus is situated in the coastal city of Zhanjiang with its attractive subtropical landscape. Dongguan campus, built in 2002, is located in the beautiful Lake Songshan high-tech industry development zone in Dongguan City.
The university has more than 1,900employees,including 1392 full-time teachers, 28 doctoral supervisors, 485 master tutors as well as 2 double-employed academicians. The university is composed of Postgraduate School, School of Basic Medicine,the FirstSchool of Clinical Medicine,the SecondSchool of Clinical Medicine,the ThirdSchool of Clinical Medicine, School of MedicineLaboratory, School of Nursing , School of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, School of Humanitiesand Management, School ofInformation Engineering, School of Foreign Languages, School of Further Education, School of Marxism and Department of Physical Education, with more than 20, 000 full-time undergraduates and postgraduates in total.
The university has properly-planned structure of disciplines and majors: one category I discipline in doctoral programs, one category I discipline in graduate programs, 26 graduate programs, three key provincial disciplines, one Pearl River Scholars position-planning discipline. It has 25 undergraduate programs in 7 academic disciplines:medical science, science, managementscience, law,engineering, literature and economics.
The university provides excellent resources in teaching and research: 9 off-campus clinical medical schools, 30 affiliated and non-affiliated hospitals, 80 clinical teaching hospitals, 9 provincial teaching centers, 2 research centers in Zhanjiang campus and Dongguan campus respectively, 4 key provincial laboratory and engineering technology research centers, and 1 Post-doctoral research station.
As the connection center of Zhanjiang in Guangdong teaching and scientific research network, the website of GDMU provides more than 30,000 digital information points, all sorts of network teaching platforms and diversified management information systems. The university has advanced libraries with a collection of 1,706,000 volumes of hard-copy books, 1,074,500 digital books, 1,751 periodicals and more than thirty information databases in Chinese and other foreign languages.
The university adheres to the principles of opening to the outside and is dedicated to exploring more channels to co-operate with the world. Currently it has carried out multi-level cooperation with more than 20 universities and institutions in the USA, the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan etc. and is in the preparatory stage of enrolling foreign students.
The university abides by the mottoof“Virtue-cultivating, Ambition-inspiring, Truth-seeking, Excellence-achieving” and inherits the ethics of “Hard Work and Unyielding Endeavors” in order to construct a high-level medical university with distinctive characteristics in the national medical educationfield. To achieve such a goal, it has spared no efforts in cultivating high- quality and specialized personnel with morality,solid theoretical foundation,excellentpractical skills, strong adaptability and sense of cooperation, providing scientific and technological support for the cause of medical career and the economic and social development.