A Brief Introduction to SWMU
Southwest Medical University (SWMU) was founded in 1951 and is a government university recognized by both the Chinese government and the World Health Organization. It was authorized by the Degree Committee ofthe State Council to confer master’s Degrees in 1993, and began to confer Doctor’s Degrees in 2002. It is one of the “Top 5 Model Universities in Electronic Education” in Sichuan Province.
For more than 50 years, the college has trained 20,000 students, and has evolved into a large-scale college of teaching, medical care and scientific research. It is characterized for combining Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Medicine in various ways and at different levels.
At present there are 13,416 students study in the university, including 294 international students, 503 postgraduate students, 11,876 graduate students and also some short-term international students. The international students come from south Asian countries and the Chinese students come from 29 provinces.
The college library has 1,241,100 books and journals, and 120 electronic reading rooms. The campus network covers both campuses. The teaching buildings cover 162,334 square meters, the dormitories, 84,227 square meters, the canteens, 11,600 square meters, and the stadium, 69,386 square meters, including 1 swimming pool.
The college has 3 affiliated hospitals, which are: the affiliated hospital of SWMU, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of SWMU and the Dental Hospital of SWMU. There is also a nursing school, a pharmaceutical factory, 7 non-subordinating hospitals and 56 teaching hospitals which total 20,000clinical beds. The Affiliated Hospital of SWMU is a “National Class A-Grade tertiary care hospital”, and is one of the biggest and most advanced hospitals in Southwest China. It has 1,500 staff (300 are professors and associate professors) and 60 departments with 6447 clinical beds. The successful separating operation performed on a pair of Siamese twins in 2004 was the 1st case done in Sichuan.
The college now has 13 provincial and national research institutes including the Vascular Medicine Institute, 4 provincial key specialties and 17 provincial key courses. “The Journal of Southwest Medical University” is published both in China and abroad, and has an international CO-DEN code for document retrieval. Furthermore, it is certified by the State Science Ministry as one of the resource journals for natural science information statistics.
Since 1993 the college has carried out 625 research programs, more than 1/4 of which have won awards of the ministry, the province and the city, and 12 were patented. 4,872 research papers have been published in various journals both nationally and abroad. The college has established international exchange and cooperation relationship with 26 universities and institutes in 9 countries including Japan, Germany and the U.S.A. The collegeemploys long-term foreign teachers to teach English language and medical subjects, and invites short-term visiting scholars to give guest lectures.