Wenzhou Medical University designated as a key university in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, is an institution of higher learning under the leadership of Zhejiang Provincial Government.
Its history can be traced back from Zhejiang Medical School established in Hangzhou in 1912. In August of 1958, Part of Zhejiang Medical School was moved from Hangzhou to Wenzhou, hence the name changed to Wenzhou Medical College. In 2013, the name changed to Wenzhou Medical University (WMU)
The school library has a collection of 700,000 books and 1100 categories of periodicals either in Chinese or foreign languages. Subordinate to WMC are 6 institutes, 1 experimental animal center, two directly affiliated hospitals with around 2000 beds,15 centers of Laboratory, among them 3 are Key Laboratories of Ministerial level.
Involving branches of medicine, science, engineering, liberal arts, laws and management, Wenzhou Medical College offers
- Twenty Six 5-year Bachelor’s degree programs
- A 7-year program leading to Master’s degree
- 1 joint doctorate program
- 3 doctorate programs.
Now it has over 12,000 undergraduates and nearly 700 postgraduates. Of more than 1,000 faculties, odd 550 have professorships or the equivalent academic titles.
From 2006, Wenzhou Medical University was authorized to confer doctorate degrees in Ophthalmology, Surgery and Gynecology. Wenzhou Medical College is one of the first institutions authorized by the State Council to confer Master’s degree. It offers 15 Master’s degrees now in Ophthalmology & Optometry, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics, Anesthesia, Pathology and Physiology, Integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine & West Medicine, etc. The Program of Ophthalmology & Optometry is the first one established in China to train optometric professionals with medical background. Given their distinguished achievements in the optometric development, Ministry of Public Health of China based its first and only national Center of Optometry Research in WMC. A Sino-U.S. joint program for Doctorate of Optometry is now under way.
In recent years Wenzhou Medical University has been very active in academic exchanges and friendly visits with other countries and regions. Intercollegiate relationships have been established with New England College of Optometry U.S.A., Pacific University U.S.A., University of Queensland Australia, Burapha University Thailand, Miyazaki Medical College Japan, Medical College China, Karl-Franzens University Graz Austria, Sun Yat-sen Medical University Taiwan, etc.