Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) is a higher institution under the administration of Zhejiang Provincial Government. It can trace its origin back to the former Zhejiang Specialized Medical School established in 1912. In August 1958, a group of faculty was sent from Zhejiang Medical College in Hangzhou to help establish the Second Zhejiang Medical College in Wenzhou, whose name was changed to Wenzhou Medical College in accordance with its location. In 2013 Wenzhou Medical College was officially renamed Wenzhou Medical University. In 2015, it was shortlisted as one of the co-development universities by the Ministry of Education, National Health and Family Planning Commission and Zhejiang Provincial Government. In 2017, it became a Priority Development University in Zhejiang Province.
WMU started its five–year undergraduate programs in 1958 and master’s programs in 1978, making it one of the first institutions in China authorized to confer master’s degree, and later also authorized to confer doctor’s degree. Now WMU has 4 Primary Category Discipline PhD Programs (Clinical Medicine, Pharmacy, Biomedical Engineering, Basic Medicine), 12 Primary Category Discipline Master Programs (Clinical Medicine, Nursing, Traditional Chinese Pharmacology, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Basic Medical Sciences, Chinese and Western Integrative Medicine, Pharmacology, Medical Technology, Stomotology, Public Health and Prevention Medicine, Public Management), 7 Professional Master’s Programs (Clinical Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Stomatology, Nursing, Pharmacology, Public Health and Applied Psychology), and Postdoctoral Scientific Research Mobile Stations under the Primary Category Discipline of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology. WMU ranks 73 in the ESI Chinese University ranking, with seven diciplines, i.e. Clinical Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Biology and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Materials Science, Chemistry, Neuroscience and Behavior ranking in the top 1% of the world. Notably, Clinical Medicine ranks within the global top 1.285‰ in ESI rankings. WMU features 1 National Engineering Research Center, 1 State Key Laboratory co-built by the Ministry of Education and Zhejiang Province, 1 National Research Center for Clinical Medicine (Ophthalmology Diseases), 1 Key Laboratory of Clinical Research and Evaluation of Medical Devices and Drugs for Ophthalmological Diseases of the State Food and Drug Administration, 2 Collaborative Innovation Centers jointly built by the Ministry of Education and Zhejiang Province, 2 National International Science and Technology Cooperation Bases, 29 Provincial or Ministerial Key Laboratories/Research Centers, 2 Provincial Top Priority Disciplines, 3 Provincial Level-A Disciplines of Distinction, 6 Level-B Disciplines of Distinction, 10 Key Disciplines for Colleges and Universities in Zhejiang and 2 Provincial Priority Development Disciplines.
WMU takes to heart the needs of the people and society, and stays committed to the mission of educating healthcare professionals of excellence, those that operate with confidence and vision, and strive to achieve and innovate. WMU offers 30 undergraduate programs in 4 major disciplines of medicine, science, engineering and management. At present, the total enrollment of WMU amounts to 13,936 (exclude Wenzhou Medical University Renji College), including 4,303 postgraduate students and 302 doctorate students, 864 international students, covering a full range of programs that include bachelor’s and master’s degrees, doctoral and postdoctoral studies, and full-time to continuing education programs, with students not only from mainland China but also overseas and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. As the quality of education improves steadily, WMU graduates from its Clinical Medicine Program have consistently ranked within 10% nationwide in terms of their passing rate of National qualification examination for medical practitioners. According to the data from the Provincial Education Examination Institute, in 2020, the school ranks the first among the undergraduate colleges in Zhejiang Province in three total items including the career development, talent training quality, the satisfaction of the alumni, and the satisfaction of the employer according to graduates of the class of 2019 (one year after graduation). The 2017 (three years after graduation) undergraduate graduates’employment competitiveness also ranks first among undergraduate colleges in Zhejiang Province. In the results of the two graduate surveys, 4 of the 5 total items were ranked first, 1 was the third, and 21 core individual indicators also ranked the first.
WMU has more than 14,000 faculty and staff, including academic appointments of the affiliated hospitals, and over 1,800 of them hold senior professional titles. The main campus of the university has 1,609 full time teachers, of which 425 have senior professional and technical positions, 526 have associate senior professional and technical positions, and 1,172 have doctoral degrees. WMU has 1 academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1 academician of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, 3 National Science Fund Projects for Distinguished Young Scholars. A batch of excellent teachers were selected to be included in the National Thousand Talents Plan, National Ten Thousand Talents Plan, Yangtze Fund Scholars, National “Hundred-Thousand-Ten Thousand Talents Project. National Young Expert with Remarkable Contributions, New Century Talent Supporting Project by Ministry of Education, Young Expert with Remarkable Contributions by Health and Family Planning Commission, Province Senior Experts, Thousand Talents Program of Zhejiang Province, and be invited by Distinguished Professors of some provincial universities and colleges. Teachers of WMU won the title of National outstanding Teachers, National Moral Models, National Woman Pace Setter and Individuals of Excellence in National health and family planning system.
WMU has 4 national featured majors, 16 national first-class undergraduate professional construction sites, 1 national faculty team, 1 training mode innovation experimental zone, 2 national experimental teaching base demonstration center, 1 national practice base, 1 National Clinical Teaching and Training Demonstration Center, 1 National Virtual Simulation Experimental Teaching Center, 5 national excellent resource-sharing courses, 1 national bilingual demonstration course, 2 national English courses brand for overseas students, 6 Pilot programs of Excellent Doctor Training demostration, 2 pilot project of national comprehensive reform on disciplines and the university has won 3 second prizes of national teaching award.
In recent years, WMU has undertaken more than 1,200 scientific research projects of National level. More than 170 projects have won provincial, ministerial or national prizes, including 1 first prize of State Technological Invention Award, 5 second prizes of State Technological Invention Award, 2 second prizes of National Award for Technological Invention, 1 first prize and 3 second prizes of Technology Award of Ministry of Education, 5 first prizes of Chinese Medical Science and Technology Award, 1 first prize of Chinese Pharmaceutical Association Science and Technology Award, 1 major contribution award of Zhejiang Province Science and Technology Major Progress, 19 first prizes of Zhejiang Science and Technology Award, 1 second prize of Human and Social Science Award of Ministry of Education, and 4 first prizes of Zhejiang Philosophical and Social Science Award.
Wenzhou Medical University embraces internationalization in the course of its development. It has established partnerships with 31 countries (regions) of more than 140 education and research institutions, including more than 20 universities that rank top 100 worldwide, collaborating in the areas of overseas student exchange and joint education programs, faculty academic exchanges and research cooperation, Chinese-foreign Cooperation in Running Schools, international students education programs, etc.WMU has established five Chinese-foreign Cooperation in Running Schools, the Foreign Doctor Degree Project in MS/OD in Optometry & Ophthalmology between Wenzhou Medical College and The New England College of Optometry USA, Chinese and Foreign Bachelor Degrees in Nursing Between Wenzhou Medical College and Thomas University USA and Joint PhD Program Leading to a Double PhD Degree (JDP) in Clinical and Translational Medicine between Wenzhou Medical University and Lund University, Collaboration program in Master of Nursing Science Degree Between Wenzhou Medical University and Burapha University, Thailand, Collaboration in Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Pharmacy Between Wenzhou Medical University and Chonnam National University, Korea, among which two programs are listed as demonstration projects in Zhejiang Province. Wenzhou Medical University and the University of Alberta, one of the top 100 universities in the world, co-organized the Alberta Institute, Wenzhou Medical University, which is currently the highest level of Sino-foreign cooperation in running medical schools in China. In cooperation with Medical University of Lublin, Poland, we established the Hua Tuo joint education program as the first joint education program in medical science between China and Poland, and it is also China's first overseas clinical medical education project. And WMU co-established Confucius Institutes with Burapha University in Thailand and State University of New York respectively. WMU was selected as the implementation institution of the “Program of Study Abroad for Young Scholar” sponsored by the China Scholarship Council, and the first batch of construction units of the “Internationalized Universities of Zhejiang Province”.
Composed of three campuses, WMU covers a total area of 1,900 mu with a building space of 550,000 m2. The university library has a collection of 2,090,000 volumes. WMU publishes 5 academic Journals and 1 academic newspaper, among which 3 journals are listed as China science and technology core journals. In addition, our journal, the Chinese Journal of Optometry & Ophthalmology and Visual Science, is listed as one of Chinese Medical Association Journals. Four of five affiliated hospitals are ranked as Grade 3 Class A. WMU has 27 non-directly affiliated teaching hospitals across the province. The Eye Hospital, The First Affiliated Hospital and The Second Affiliated Hospital are among the top 100 hospitals selected by Chinese Academy of Medicine in 2018 base on their technology impact. The Ophthalmology of the Affiliated Eye Hospital ranked second for three consecutive years nationwide, and its scientific and technological output indicators ranked first for three consecutive years nationwide.
Guided by the motto that stresses compassion, gravitas, hard work and truth-seeking, WMU has been pursuing excellence through its unique strength and university culture, as well as the potential of its people. WMU is on a steady march towards comprehensive development that is propelled and guided by its programs of excellence. It seeks progress through internationalization, and strives to serve the regional social and economic development using its strength in healthcare service and capacity in bringing together the government, academia and business sectors. In 2021, WMU’s comprehensive strength is ranked among the top 100 national universities in Wushulian Chinese University Rankings (No. 95).
Wenzhou Medical University seeks to establish itself as a leading educational and research university deserving of international recognition and an institution emphasizing undergraduate medical education while vigorously developing graduate programs of the highest standard, maintaining medical disciplines as its core while promoting multi-disciplinary programs; and aspiring to serve the community and China as a whole with a global vision. (Statistics updated to March, 2021.)