Nanjing Medical University (NMU) has been included in the National First-Class Universities and Disciplines Program. It is one of the first medical schools jointly built by the Ministry of Education, the National Health Commission, and the People’s Government of Jiangsu Province, and is also a Category A player in the Jiangsu High-level University Excellence Program. Founded in 1934, the school was named Jiangsu Provincial College of Health Policy and Management, and renamed National Jiangsu Medical College during the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression. In 1957, it was relocated from Zhenjiang to Nanjing, and renamed Nanjing Medical College. In 1962, it was included in the first batch of China’s medical schools with six-year programs. In 1981, it was listed in the first batch of institutions to offer doctoral and master’s degrees. In 1993, it was renamed Nanjing Medical University.
The Jiangning campus and Wutai campus in Nanjing are home to more than 1,900 faculty members, while the Kangda College is in Lianyungang. NMU is proud to have seven academicians from the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (including part-time hire), one foreign member of the National Academy of Medicine in the United States, and 78 national high-level talents. The school has six national teaching teams, among which two have been selected as the National Colleges and Universities “Huang Danian” Style Teacher Teams. Besides, there is one demonstration team for national-level political theory courses, one innovation team recognized by the Ministry of Education, and two research teams for national innovation.
NMU has eight units authorized to offer doctoral degrees for the first-level disciplines, 54 units to offer doctoral degrees for the second-level disciplines, five units to offer doctoral degrees for cross-disciplines, two units to offer professional doctoral degrees; 11 units to offer master’s degrees for the first-level disciplines, 65 units to offer master’s degrees for the second-level disciplines, and six centers for post-doctoral studies. They cover seven major academic fields, namely medicine, science, engineering, management, law, education, and literature. It also has three national key disciplines, one national key (cultivation) discipline, 29 national clinical key disciplines, and six competitive disciplines of Jiangsu universities (Phase III). In the fourth round of national discipline evaluation, NMU’s Public Health and Preventive Medicine were rated as A+, Clinical Medicine, Preclinical Medicine, Oral Medicine, and Nursing were rated as B+, and Pharmacy was rated as B. Nine disciplines rank in the top 1% in ESI, among which Clinical Science, and Pharmacology & Toxicology rank in the top 0.1% in ESI.
NMU has set up 19 schools and boasts abundant clinical and public health education resources, such as the affiliated hospital, regional medical center, teaching hospital, and affiliated disease-control center. It provides 25 undergraduate programs, two integrated undergraduate-to-doctor programs, and three “5+3” integrated undergraduate-to-graduate programs, accommodating nearly 20,000 students currently. NMU has been selected as the 2.0 base for cultivating top-notch students in the basic disciplines by the Ministry of Education. National first-rate undergraduate programs account for more than 70% of the total disciplines. Five textbooks have won the first National Excellent Teaching Materials Award. Lots of national-level teaching platforms and curriculum resources are available. The enrollment, cultivation, employment, and performance of students or alumni have received high praise from all walks of life. Its graduates consistently rank first among their peers in China in terms of passing the medical qualification examination for licensed doctors, and their employment rate has remained at 96% or higher.
NMU has set up a couple of national-level research platforms, such as the State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Medicine, the International Joint Research Center for Environment and Human Health, and the Collaborative Innovation Center for Personalized Cancer Medicine Co-sponsored by the Ministry and the Province, as well as more than 30 provincial or ministerial-level key laboratories (engineering research centers and innovation centers). Its medical simulation education center and the Jiangsu medicine-based animal experiment base are best in class in China. Its Institute of Healthy Jiangsu Development is the sole provincial health policy think tank. Since the 13th Five-year Plan was started, NMU has engaged in nearly 100 national major scientific research projects, including the state key laboratory research and development programs (topics), the key and major projects under the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the innovation research group projects. As a result, it has won several national and provincial awards, of which the second prize in the National Natural Science is one of the most important.
Over the past years, NMU has extensively conducted foreign exchange activities, and established contacts and cooperation in various forms with other universities, scientific research institutions, and social groups at home and abroad. Good bilateral cooperation and academic exchange relations have been established with medical schools or scientific research institutions in countries and regions such as the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
During the 14th Five-year Plan, NMU insists on taking Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics as its guideline, and places its focus on first-rate medical education, discipline development, and teaching facilities. It will concentrate its efforts, coordinate its policies, march forward, and strive to build a high-level research-oriented medical university with a global reputation.
(Updated in February 2022)