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General Introduction

  Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) is a prestigious university in China with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Chinese materia medica as its leading subjects. As the exclusive top university of traditional Chinese medicine listed under the Project 985 and Project 211, it is under the direct supervision of the Chinese Ministry of Education and jointly development by the National Health Commission, State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM) and municipal government of Beijing. Prof. Gu Xiaohong is now the Secretary of Party committee, and Prof. Xu Anlong, the university President.

  Founded in 1956, the university, formerly known as Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is one of the earliest established institutions of higher learning of TCM approved by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. In 1960, it was acknowledged as a national key university by the central government. In 1971, it merged with the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine and then it divorced from the union in 1977 and became an independent college. It was renamed Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology in 1993. In 2000, it merged with the former Beijing College of Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Osteology and Traumatology. Since 2011, the university has been listed under the Project 985, as an innovation platform for its leading subjects. Since 2017, three disciplines of BUCM have been listed under China’s “Double-First Rate” initiative, i.e. world-class universities and first-class disciplines: traditional Chinese medicine, integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine and Chinese materia medica. The university now has three campuses -- the Hepingjie Campus, the Wangjing Campus and the Liangxiang Campus.

  In terms of university management, BUCM adheres to the university motto “Qin Qiu Bo Cai, Hou De Ji Sheng” (Study Diligently, Make Use of the Strengths of All Others; Value Virtue and Benefit the Society by Practicing Medicine) and the management philosophy “constant pursuit of excellence”. It advocates learning, inheritance and innovation, and aims to educate students to have high moral character and lofty sentiments. With distinctive characteristics and great strengths, the university has become an education base for the cultivation of high-level innovative TCM professionals, a model base for the reform of TCM education, a research base for the innovation in TCM knowledge and technology, a health care base for the prevention and management of critical conditions and complicated and miscellaneous cases, a humanity base for the dissemination of Chinese excellent traditional culture, and an international exchange base for the introduction of TCM to the world. It has become a world-renowned TCM university performing functions of teaching, research and medical care, and meantime, it has made great contributions to the health undertakings, civilization and social advance.

  Up to date there are 5,233 persons on the staff, among whom 1,478 are full-time teachers. Those who have senior professional titles account for 61.8% and those with master’s or doctorate degree make up 84.6%. The university has 346 doctoral tutors. The teaching staff consist of experts of great renown at home and abroad and middle-aged and young professors with national influence. Among them there are 6 TCM Grand Masters, 3 TCM National-level Masters, 33 TCM Masters at the Beijing Municipal Level, 3 Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professors, 3 winners of the Fund for Outstanding Young Scholars offered by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 1 winner of the Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars, 4 chief scientists of the National Project 973, 4 Scientific and Technological Innovation Leading Talents in the “Ten Thousand Talents Plan” (China’s national special support plan for high-level talents), 1 Prestigious Teacher in “Ten Thousand Talents Plan”, 3 members of the 7th Discipline Evaluation Committee under the State Council, 7 on the list of candidates of the New Century Talents Projects, 8 middle-aged and young experts with outstanding achievements at the national level, 4 Prestigious Teachers in TCM universities, and 134 experts enjoying special government allowances.

  There are 32,325 registered students at the university. Among them, 12602 are full-time students, including 7,536 undergraduate and junior college students, 4,504 master’s degree candidates and 786 doctoral degree candidates. In addition, there are 508 students from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, and 562 international students. Moreover, 1,864 students are enrolled in the continuing education program and 17,859 in the distance learning program.

  The university is committed to establishing a future-oriented talent nurturing system based on  high-level education. Currently, it offers 12 bachelor’s degree programs across a wide range of subjects such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Materia Medica, Medicinal Herb Manufacturing, Pharmacology, Acupuncture, Moxibustion and Tuina, Rehabilitation Therapeutics, Public Health Management, Pharmaceutical Business Management, Information Management and Information System, Nursing, English (Medical Science, International Dissemination of TCM), and Law (Medicine and Health).

  BUCM is China’s first cohort of TCM universities that offer doctoral degree programs and have three mobile centers for post-doctoral research, namely Center for traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese Materia Medica, and Integration of Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine.

  It offers doctoral degree programs of the above-mentioned three general disciplines, 42 doctoral degree programs of the specialized disciplines and 46 master’s degree programs. In addition, there are programs in 5 other disciplines with 14 sub-fields, including 9 doctoral degree programs and 14 master’s degree programs.

  The university enjoys 2 key general disciplines and 15 key specialized disciplines at the national level, 48 key disciplines supported by SATCM, and 2 key general disciplines and 8 key specialized disciplines at Beijing municipal level. It is obvious that BUCM plays a leading role in the establishment of key disciplines among TCM universities and colleges in China.

  The university has 48 research bases (centers) entrusted by provincial authority or above, of which there are 3 international sci-tech cooperation bases at the national level, 3 key laboratories and 2 engineering research centers under the Ministry of Education, 2 bases for university disciplinary innovation and talent recruitment, 14 top-level laboratories under SATCM, 6 key laboratories at the Beijing municipal level, 1 engineering research center under the Beijing Municipal Education Commission, 6 international sci-tech cooperation bases at the Beijing municipal level, and 1 Beijing TCM culture research center.

  BUCM has 8 affiliated hospitals responsible for clinical teaching. They are Dongzhimen Hospital, Dongfang Hospital, Third Affiliated Hospital, Zaozhuang Hospital, Shenzhen Hospital, Fangshan Hospital, Sun Simiao Hospital and Xiamen Hospital. In addition, it has 24 clinical teaching bases in other hospitals such as Guang’anmen Hospital, Xiyuan Hospital, Wangjing Hospital, China-Japan Friendship Hospital and Beijing Hospital of TCM.

  Furthermore, BUCM has 15 key clinical specialities at the national level and 35 under SATCM. There are also 5 workstations for inheritance of TCM Grand Masters’ unique skills, 42 TCM national workstations for inheritance of the knowledge of different schools and senior experts’ clinical experience, and 37 workstations for inheritance of well-known TCM doctors’ clinical experience in Beijing .

  Since its foundation, BUCM has been the first among China’s TCM universities to enrol international students. By now, it has trained over 20,000 TCM professionals from 94 countries and regions, and formed collaborations with 118 prestigious universities and research institutions from 31 countries and regions.

  It is also the first one in China to offer TCM doctoral and master’s degree programs taught in English to students who have studied conventional medicine, and TCM bachelor’s degree programs taught in English. In 2016, in cooperation with University of Barcelona, Spain, BUCM has successfully introduced the first TCM master’s degree program into the mainstream medical education system of the European Union. The year 2019 witnessed the establishment of formal cooperation between BUCM and Children’s National Health System of US, which facilitates TCM’s integration with and its contribution to the mainstream medical system worldwide.

  In 1991, BUCM founded the Koetzting Hospital of Chinese Medicine in Germany, the first overseas hospital established by a Chinese university. In 2012, the university established the TCM Confucius Institute in collaboration with the Hyogo College of Medicine Educational Corporation in Japan. Moreover, it has been pursuing innovative modes of internationalization, one of which is the overseas TCM centers that incorporate medical care, education, research and cultural dissemination. It has established the BUCM Chinese Medicine Centers in Australia, Russia, and the US, making Chinese medicine a brilliant medium for people-to-people exchange between China and the world. BUCM centers of Chinese medicine in Australia, Russia and Germany have become overseas TCM centers endorsed by State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of China. Physicians sent by the university to the centers in Australia and Russia have obtained local medical licenses, laying a solid foundation for delivering quality health care, education, research and culture abroad. Having hosted a number of academic seminars, BUCM Center of Chinese Medicine in the US is becoming an important platform for academic exchange and dialogue between BUCM and prestigious universities in the US.

  BUCM sponsors national-level academic journals like Journal of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Journal of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (Clinical Medicine), TCM Education, and Journal of Traditional Chinese Medical Sciences (English Edition), all of which are important arenas for academic exchange in TCM area. Among them, Journal of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine has won the award of Top 100 Outstanding Chinese Academic Journals for 5 consecutive times.

  Along with the development of higher education and traditional Chinese medicine, the university is accelerating its development, actively adapting itself to the requirement of national strategies and social advance, unswervingly sticking to inheritance and innovation in education, and striving to establish a high-level internationally renowned research-oriented university with distinctive features.

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