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 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 and Pharmacology，Medical Technology, Stomatology, Public Health and Prevention Medicine, Public Management), 8 Professional Master’s Programs, and Postdoctoral Scientific Research Mobile Stations under the Primary Category Discipline of Clinical Medicine. Clinical Medicine, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Biology & Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Materials Science Programs of WMU all rank within global top 1% in ESI rankings. Notably, the Clinical Medicine Program ranks within the global top 0.2% in ESI rankings. WMU ranks No. 80 in ESI rankings among all colleges and universities in China. WMU features 1 National Engineering Research Center, 1 State Key Laboratory, 18 Provincial or Ministerial Key Laboratories/Research Centers, 1 Provincial “Collaborative Innovation Center under the Zhejiang 2011 Collaborative Innovation Plan, 2 Provincial Top Priority Disciplines, 3 Provincial Level-A Disciplines of Distinction, 7 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 27 undergraduate programs in 4 major disciplines of medicine, science, engineering and management. As the quality of education improves steadily, in 2017, All 18 undergraduate programs of WMU were able to fulfill their enrolment quota with first tier students according to their scores in the National College Entrance Examinations, and 15 of those programs had the highest admission scores compared to the same programs in other universities in Zhejiang. According to the report of Zhejiang Province higher education institution evaluation, WMU’s graduates of Class of 2015 (three years after graduation) and Class of 2017 (one year after graduation) ranked the best among all the graduates from the Province’s colleges and universities in terms of career development and talent cultivation quality. 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. At present, the total enrollment of WMU amounts to 17155 (exclude Wenzhou Medical University Renji College), including 3121 postgraduate students, 167 doctorate students and more than 840 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.
WMU has more than 10,000 faculty and staff, including academic appointments of the affiliated hospitals, and over 1600 of them hold senior professional titles. The main campus of the university has 1479 full time teachers. 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. The faculty of the School of Ophthalmology & Optometry with WMU was honored as one of the Faculty Teams in Higher Education Institutions that Follow the Example of the Late Professor Huang Danian and the university was awarded Organization of Distinction in Talent Management by the provincial government.
WMU has 4 national featured majors, 1 national faculty team, 1 training mode innovation experimental zone, 2 national experimental teaching base demonstration center, 1 national practice base, 5 national excellent resource-sharing courses, 1 national bilingual demonstration course, 2 national English courses brand for overseas students, 5 Pilot programs of Excellent Doctor Training demonstration, 1 pilot project of national comprehensive reform on disciplines and the university has won 2 second prizes of national teaching award.
In recent years, WMU has undertaken more than 1100 scientific research projects of National level. More than 160 projects have won provincial, ministerial or national prizes, including 1 first prize of State Technological Invention Award, 4 second prizes of State Technological Invention Award, 2 second prizes of National Award for Technological Invention, 1 first prize and 3 second prize 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, 15 first prizes of Zhejiang Science and Technology Award, 1 second prize of Human and Social Science Award of Ministry of Education, and 3 first prizes of Zhejiang Philosophical and Social Science Award. The prizes include Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Prize, Science and Technology Prize founded by Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation and Tanjiazhen Life Sciences Prize were awarded to WMU faculties.
Wenzhou Medical University embraces internationalization in the course of its development. It has established partnerships with 31 countries (regions) of more than 130 education and research institutions. Collaborating in the areas of overseas student exchange and joint education programs, faculty academic exchanges and research cooperation, Chinese-foreign Cooperation in Running Schools, etc. WMU has established 5 Chinese-foreign Cooperation in Running Schools, the joint Doctor Degree Program in Optometry & Ophthalmology with New England College of Optometry USA, Joint PhD Program in Clinical and Translational Medicine with Lund University and a joint PhD program in pharmacology with Chonnam National University in Korea, among which two programs are listed as demonstration projects in Zhejiang Province. 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.
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 2030,000 volumes. WMU publishes 5 academic Journals and 1 academic newspaper, among which the journal “Eye and Vision” is published in SCI Expanded and 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 23 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 discipline of the Affiliated Eye Hospital ranks the second nationwide for three consecutive years with the top 1 of Science and technology output index. .
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.
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.