Sun Yat-sen University
Sun Yat-sen University, founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen and with an educational tradition spanning over 100 years, is a preeminent research, academic and cultural center and the premier location for talent development in South China. Under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and strongly supported by both the Ministry and Guangdong Province, Sun Yat-sen University has developed into a modern comprehensive university that enjoys a reputation as a top-tier university nationally and a renowned university internationally. With five campuses in the three cities of Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shenzhen, and ten affiliated hospitals, the University is striving to become a world-class university and global center of learning.
One of the predecessors of the Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Science was the Pok Tsai Medical School, which, founded in 1866, was the earliest institution of learning of western medicine in China, where Sun Yat-sen once studied and engaged in revolutionary activities. The Pok Tsai Medical School evolved into the College of Medicine of Lingnan University in 1936. The Kung Yee Medical School and Hospital in Guangzhou (Canton) was founded in 1908. In 1925, the Kung Yee institutions were taken over by the government and became the Medical Department of the National First Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan) University. In 1953, the Colleges of Medicine in Sun Yat-sen University and Lingnan University merged to form the College of Medicine of South China, which was joined by the Guangdong Guanghua College of Medicine in 1954. The university was renamed Guangzhou College of Medicine and Sun Yat-sen College of Medical Science successively, and finally Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Science in 1985, which has developed steadfastly into a comprehensive medical university with multi-schools and multiple levels, has reached national advanced level and achieved remarkable successes in scientific research in medical genetics, ophthalmology, tumor study, parasite study, the kidney disease of internal medicine, organ transplant, infectious liver disease, biological medical project and molecular medical science. In 2001, Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Science merged with Sun Yat-sen University and became Sun Yat-sen College of Medical Science.
Built on a solid multidisciplinary foundation of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medical sciences, and engineering, Sun Yat-sen University is propelled forward by the continuous pursuit of academic innovation. The University is equipped with a globally aware outlook, and has dedicated itself to being an institution that is “comprehensive, innovative, and open”. The University adheres to the socialist orientation of higher education, focusing on the fundamental task of nurturing virtue and talents. The goal of talent cultivation is to nurture students who have both ability and moral integrity, able to cultivate charisma and eager to serve their country. The basic guiding philosophy is to be oriented toward academic frontiers, oriented toward national major strategic needs, and oriented toward national and regional economic and social development. The coordinated development of five campuses in the three cities of Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shenzhen will jointly support the development of the entire University. The University is pushing forward the transformation from external development to internal development, the transformation from routine development to active development, and the transformation from a university with discrete advantages in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and medical sciences to a university where humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medical sciences and engineering can integrate and develop while retaining their distinctive characteristics. Now, standing at a new starting point, Sun Yat-sen University strives to enter both the national first-tier of universities and the ranks of world-class elite universities, building a first-class socialist university with Chinese characteristics.
There are not many great figures in the world, and schools founded by the great figures are even fewer. We are proud that, however, Sun Yat-sen University is one of such schools. It was founded in 1924 by Dr. Sun Yat-sen (Zhongshan being his alias), the great leader of the Chinese democratic revolution. Its original name was Guangdong University. In 1926, it was renamed Sun Yat-sen University in memory of its founder. Approved by the Central Government of China, on October 26, 2001, the former Sun Yat-sen University and the former Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences were merged into a new Sun Yat-sen University.
Sun Yat-sen University is one of the key universities directly under the Ministry of Education of China and it is also a multi-disciplinary tertiary institution achieving the state projects of “985” and “211”, ranking as one of the leading universities in China and at the top in South China. Sun Yat-sen University offers an extensive range of curricula covering the fields of natural science, humanities, social science, medical sciences, technology and managerial science. There are 32 schools or colleges and 5 departments directly under the university. At the undergraduate level, courses are offered in 102 subject areas; at the graduate level, Master’s degrees are conferred in 251 subject areas and doctorates in 180. Currently, there are 30 postdoctoral programs and the student body totals over 84,600, of whom over 32,000 are working for their bachelor degrees, nearly 13,000 for their Master’s degrees and nearly 4,400 for their doctorate’s degrees. The other categories of students are early up to 35,951. The number of faculty members and administrators is over 12,500, among whom 1,046 are professors and 1,694 associate professors.
The University boasts excellent facilities and offers satisfactory services. There are special international student dormitory buildings on the Guangzhou South Campus and the Guangzhou North Campus. At present, the international students studying on the Guangzhou East Campus and the Zhuhai Campus have to live in the same dormitory buildings with the Chinese students. On each Campus, there are modern sports facilities including a stadium, swimming pools, tennis courts, volleyball grounds, a gymnasium and so on. The four Campuses all have libraries and computer networks. The University possesses a collection of more than 4,500,000 volumes of books, together with 15,000 kinds of periodicals, and provides on-line international retrieval service.
Situated on the southern bank of the Pearl River, the Guangzhou South Campus (the main campus and it is the former Sun Yat-sen University) covers an area of 1.17 square kilometers. In the central area, there are many old buildings of red bricks and green tiles in delighted contrast with new modern ones. With its green lawns, tall trees, bamboo groves, and other lush subtropical vegetation, the campus offers a quiet and pleasant environment for learning and research. On this campus, there are postgraduates of liberal arts and sciences and parts of senior undergraduates working for their degrees and the Chinese learners from overseas.
Situated in downtown of Guangzhou, the Guangzhou North Campus (the campus of former Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences) has a total area of 0.39 square kilometers. In 1886, Dr. Sun Yat-sen studied medicine and undertook revolutionary activities here. On this campus, there are postgraduates and senior undergraduates for medical sciences working for their degrees. Zhongshan School of Medicine originated from former “South China Medical College” which had a history of more than 140 years and was the first medical school practising western medicine in China.
Situated in Tangjia Wan (Tangjia Bay), Zhuhai City, the Zhuhai Campus covers a total area of 3.428 square kilometers, about 120 kilometers away from Guangzhou. With three sides surrounded by the hills and one side facing the sea, the campus enjoys a beautiful landscape and fresh air. Parts of undergraduates (from the 1st year to 4th year students) and parts of the 1st year and the 2nd years undergraduates are arranged to study on this campus.
Located in Guangzhou University Town in Xiaoguwei, Panyu, where ten universities have their new campuses including Sun Yat-sen University, the Guangzhou East Campus covers an area of 1.13 square kilometers. It was opened from September, 2004. Parts of undergraduates (from the 1st year to the 4th year students) and parts of 1st year and the 2nd year undergraduates are arranged to study on this campus.
The curriculum planning shall include the following three parts:
(1) Chinese culture and natural science courses, including an overview of China's culture, Chinese language, Chinese medical terminology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, physical education, etc. It is required to pass the examinations of these courses respectively.
(2) Basic medical sciences, behavioral science, humanities, social science and medical ethics, preventive medicine and clinical medicine. It is also required to pass the examinations of these courses respectively.
(3) Internship. The institutions shall meticulously organize the reasonable arrangement of the internship. The duration of the internship is one year (at least 48 weeks).
In order to facilitate their learning and life in China and contact with patients in their medical practice, the Chinese language shall be a compulsory course during the whole undergraduate medical program in English for international students in China.
Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology, Preventive Medicine, Immunology, Diagnostics, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics And Gynecology, Pediatrics, Chinese Medicine, etc.
MBBS Degree: upon graduation, students need to pass the HSK 4 to get the diploma. On completing the requirements of the teaching program and passing the graduation examinations successfully, international medical undergraduates will be granted a graduation certificate and conferred a medical degree by the SYSU, if they meet the degree regulations of the university. The English copy of the degree will state MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery).
The duration of internship is one year (at least 48 weeks). Students shall do the internship in China and the university will arrange it in one of its affiliated hospitals. SYSU hosts 5 affiliated comprehensive hospitals and 3 specialized hospitals with a total of 8,202 beds. Before the internship, students need to pass the HSK 4 and the internship qualification exam held by the medical school. The tuition fee for the internship year is still RMB 38,000 per year. And, students have to take the final examination on Theory Test and Clinical Evaluation in SYSU before graduation. After obtaining MBBS Degree, the graduates can apply to take the medical licensing examination in the medical council in order to get registered and practice medicine. According to the regulations in different countries, the students may need to do the degree accreditation first. A MBBS degree holder can find jobs in government as well as private hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities. Except this, one can also start his own clinic or pursue study for master's degree.