Founded in 1956 the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine is one of the earliest established traditional Chinese medical institutions for higher learning in the People’s Republic of China. It is the only traditional Chinese medical higher learning institution that has a place in the “211 Project” for national development. The former Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and the former Beijing College of Acupuncture, Orthopedics and Traumatology merged into the new Beijing University of Chinese Medicine on July 31st, 2000, and became a priority university directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.
China Medical University (CMU) was established as China Medical College on June 6, 1958 and assumed its current name in 2003. It is the first academic institution in Taiwan where Chinese medicine and pharmacy programs are provided. The university has steadily grown into one of the foremost medical universities in Taiwan with 6 colleges where western medicine, Chinese medicine, pharmacy (including Chinese herbs), health care (including nursing), life sciences, and public health educational, research and practice programs are provided. Interdisciplinary courses are also available as the basis for students to integrate their learning experiences. With CMU’s top ranked laboratories, a library and reference center, two comprehensive teaching hospitals, and a strong staff commitment to students, CMU provides a total approach to medical education in a caring, nurturing and well-equipped environment.
Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GZCM), established in 1956, is one of the four oldest TCM institutes of higher education in China. It was originally administered by the Ministry of Health and the State Administration of TCM, and is one of the first educational institutes approved to award master’s and doctor’s degree in China. In October 1998, the university was listed as a key university by central and provincial government for developing its key disciplines within the national “211 Program” (a program launched by the Chinese Ministry of Education aimed to establish about 100 internationally well-known Chinese universities in the 21st century). In the same year, GZCM became one of the first national postgraduate clinical medicine degree tentative universities. In 2000, the university became an institute governed jointly by State Administration of TCM of People’s Republic of China and Guangdong Provincial government.
Founded in 1956, it is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Hong Kong. The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) is the first University Grants Committee (UGC) funded institution that provides higher education in Chinese medicine in HK. It launched the first full-time Bachelor of Chinese Medicine & BS (Hons) in Biomedical Science program in 1998, a milestone in introducing Chinese medical education into the formal higher education system of HK. In 2001, SCM introduced the full-time Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) in Chinese Medicine, the only one of its kind in HK. Today, SCM is producing a new generation of quality Chinese medicine practitioners, professionals and researchers, while also providing opportunities for enhancement of professional standards of in-service practitioners.
A private university, Kyung Hee has a comprehensive education system encompassing all grades from kindergarten to graduate school. Founded in 1949 as a two-year college, Kyung Hee established a four-year university at the Seoul Campus in 1952. The Global Campus at Suwon opened in 1979, followed by the Kwangnung Campus in 1984.
As Kyung Hee moves toward its 60th anniversary in 2009, it ascertains prestige as a university of significance and infinite possibility despite its short history of only half a century. It has appointed the next fifty years as the second Renaissance for leading forward. As Kyung Hee reaches for its goal of expanding to the competitive university, it is concentrating its efforts on strengthening the core capacity in the fields of education, internationalization, research, and university management. Besides, Kyung Hee strives to bridge cultural and social gaps by promoting mutual understanding and prosperity. As a result, it encourages frequent exchanges with sister schools overseas to facilitate the exchange of ideas. These activities spread a shared belief in the value of learning.
The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is one of Australia’s original and leading educational institutions, producing some of Australia’s most employable graduates. RMIT has an international reputation for excellence in work-relevant education and high quality research while engaging with the needs of the community and industry. RMIT commenced its Chinese Medicine education and research programs in 1993, in collaboration with Nanjing University of TCM in China. And it’s the first public funded university in the western world to introduce a 5-year full-time double degree program (the flagship program) in acupuncture and herbal medicine. RMIT Chinese Medicine is now the largest educator in Chinese Medicine in Australia with programs emphasized on integration of traditional medicine with modern biomedical sciences. In 2005, RMIT was designated a World Health Organization collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine and its coursework programs are accredited by the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria, Australia.
Established in 1956, the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM) was one of the first four TCM colleges across China. It is also the exclusive leading medical college in Shanghai Municipal institutions of higher learning. In 1985, the Shanghai Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine was founded. At present, the University and the Academy are regulated under the same roof.
Ever since its establishment, the SHUTCM has been committed to the philosophy of pursuing 'excellence rather than size, distinctiveness rather than inclusiveness and use rather than fame'. The past five decades have witnessed its equal emphasis on education, distinction and openness. The SHUTCM recognizes its role in inheritance and further development of Chinese medicine and firmly believes Chinese medicine can promote the health of population worldwide.