Xi'an Medical University (XMU) is a general university under the administration of Shaanxi Provincial Government. It was founded in 1951, named as Shaanxi Health School. In 1959, Shaanxi Provincial Government renamed it as Shaanxi Health Cadres’ Institute. In 1994, the State Education Committee approved it to be Shaanxi Medical Junior College. In February 2006, with the approval of the Ministry of Education, it was upgraded to an undergraduate university, named as Xi'an Medical University.
The University is composed of three campuses: Hanguang Campus, Weiyang Campus and Gaoxin Campus, with a total area of 760,000 square meters. It owns gross fixed assets value of 1.16 billion yuan; the instruments and equipment for teaching and scientific research value 134 million yuan. The library comprises about 1.17 million volumes and 4.1 million electronic books.
It currently has well-established practice teaching base. It currently has5 directly affiliated hospitals, including Shaanxi Provincial People’s Hospital, the First Affiliated Hospital, the Second Affiliated Hospital, Affiliated Baoji Hospital and Affiliated Hanjiang Hospital, with total number of 6000 beds. Affiliated Shaanxi Provincial People’s Hospital is the biggest public comprehensive 3A hospital run by Shaanxi Provincial government, which also is the Shaanxi Provincial Clinical Medicine Academy, National Clinical Drug Trial Institution, National Training Base of General Practitioner and National Level Medical Emergency Rescue Team Construction Unit. In addition, the University owns19 non-directly affiliated hospitals, and66practice-teaching bases.
The University consists of 12 teaching units, i.e. Clinical Medicine College, Nursing College, Pharmacy College and General Medicine College etc. Graduate education, undergraduate education, and continuing education are offered here. The Clinical Medicine College is qualified for granting master degree of first-level discipline. It now has16 second-level disciplines of master degree,including GeneralMedicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Neurology and Ophthalmology. It also offers 12 undergraduate majors,including Clinical Medicine, Nursing, Pharmaceutical Science, Preventive Medicine and Stomatology, etc. Also, it has 3 provincial key programs (characteristic programs) and3 provincial level comprehensive reform pilot programs.
The University has 750 full-time teachers, 428 of whom are professors and associate professors; 492 with a master or doctoral degree, accounting for 65.2 % out of the total. There is 1 candidate of First-level National New Century Talents Program and 2 enjoy State Council Government Allowance; 3 candidates of Ministry of Education New Century Talents; 3 distinguished expert of Shaanxi Provincial 100 Talents Program; 1 Shaanxi Provincial Key Scientific Innovation Team academic leader; more than 30 were awarded titles such asCandidates of Shaanxi Provincial Three- Five Talent Project, Sanqin Talents, Outstanding Contribution Experts, “Top Talents inPriority Areas, Science and Technology New Stars; 4 were awarded Provincial Master Teachers. 7 were awardedNational Women Pace-Setters, Outstanding Individual at provincial and ministerial-level, and “Virtuous Teachers. Now, there are 14,689 students at campus, with 13,767 undergraduate students and143 graduate students. Since being upgraded, the university has graduated more than 10 thousand medical talents, and the employment rate keeps above 90%.
The University adheres to the educational ideas of “Serve the grass-root people, keep foothold in Shaanxi Province, and aim to cultivate high-quality and practical medical personnel”. It conscientiously insists the central position of teaching, deepen education and teaching reforms, innovate talent cultivation modes and promote cultivation quality, upon which its educational standards have improved gradually. XMU is one of the first pilot universities of the “Outstanding Doctors Cultivation Plan” that co-organized by Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health, and one of the first Clinical Medicine graduates cultivation mode pilot universities. Its Clinical Medicine Skills Training Center was awarded the National “Off-campus Practice and Education Base”. The university also have achieved a lot, for example got 1 second-prize of “National Teaching Achievement”, 6 provincial and ministerial-level teaching achievement, 3 pilot programs of “National Outstanding Doctors Education Reform”, 16 provincial educational reform projects,12 provincial undergraduate quality shared courses and other quality courses, 5provincial outstanding teaching teams, 4 provincial talent cultivation mode innovative and experimental centers,5 provincial experimental teaching demonstration centers and 2 provincial off-campus practice and education bases and 1 national off-campus practice base.
Led by discipline construction, oriented toward priority funding areas of Natural Science Foundation of China, strengthening scientific research platform construction, its research projects number, the amount of funds and achievements are rising with each passing year. In the 12th Five-Year Plan period, theUniversityestablished 3 research institutions, 2 provincial key laboratories, 4 second grade provincial traditional Chinese Medicine Research laboratories, and 2 provincial engineering research centers. Outstanding performance has been achieved in ischemic cardiovascular disease pathogenesis and micromolecular drug study, structural biology and molecular biology. The university won 2 second prizes of Provincial Science and Technology Award;applied for and issues27 patents,transformed 3 patents;publishes49academic monographs and2937 academic papers,218 were included in SCI and IE。
The University actively carries out strategic cooperation with The Fourth Military Medical University and the Medical College of Xi’an Jiaotong University in many aspects, covering talent cultivation, discipline construction and scientific research. It also established cooperative education relation with Weber State University in U.S.A., Kyung Hee University in Korea, Bio-Medical University at Roma in Italy, University of Padua in Italy and some other famous universities abroad. Solid foundation for further international communication and cooperation has been laid.
XMU insists to serve local economic and social development, and is selected to be the General Medicine Doctor Training Center and Primary Care Physician Training Center in Shaanxi Province, making significant contributions to the development of Shaanxi primary medical and health services.
Currently, by vigorously implementing the strategy of “Entrench University with Quality, Revitalize University with features, Strengthen University with Talents, Manage University with Rules”, XMU comprehensively promotes its education and teaching quality, scientific research standards and abilities to serve the society. The University steps into a new stage of connotative development and has seen an excellent situation. The whole university works hard together, striving for establishing XMU into a higher level teaching medical university in Shaanxi Province.