North SichuanMedical College is located in Nanchong, a city famous for its role as theorigin of China’s Three Kingdoms Culture. The college’s origins can be tracedback to 1951, when it was established as North Sichuan Medical School ofSouthwest China. In 1965, it was elevated to the status of a vocational collegeand again in 1985 to the status of an undergraduate college, when it receivedits current name, North Sichuan Medical College. The college has always workedto uphold a spirit of “Fighting Arduously and Striving Unremittingly” throughthe guidance of its motto: “Commitment, Fraternity, Honesty and Creativity;”while maintaining a guiding ideology of “people-oriented and quality-oriented”education as well as a method of rearing talent focused on knowledge, abilityand moral character. In this manner, the college has developed into ahigh-level provincial-status institution specializing in medical studies, withsecondary fields of study in medicine, the humanities, management, law andengineering.
In 2005, the college began recruitingoverseas students and in 2006 was granted authority to award Master’s Degrees.Today the school has nearly 16,000 full-time students, among which there are14,274 undergraduate students, 612 graduate students, 310 overseas students and2,080 continuing-education students, which forms the backbone of the college’smultilayered plan to “firmly uphold undergraduate education, actively develop graduate-levelstudies and make steady steps to develop overseas student education.” Thecollege has already become one of China’s first experimental schools to berecognized for its “outstanding plan for medical education and nurturing” inaddition to being recognized by the Ministry of Health for being the base ofperitoneoscope operations training and of clinical undergraduate education aswell as its medical imaging department.
The college has two campuses establishedin Shunqing and Gaoping Districts respectively, which together comprise an areaof more than 200 acres. Made up of 21 different educational departments, theschool has 20 undergraduate medical fields of study: a nationally unique medical imaging department, provinciallyunique fields in medical imaging, medical examination techniques, optometry andanesthesiology, and provincially high-level recruitment majors of medicalimaging, oral medicine, anesthesiology, Western China medical studies, clinicalstudies and optometry. In addition, the college has 23 provincial-level elitemajors, elite resource sharing courses and elite open online courses as well asa provincial-level model experimental education center, a virtual simulationexperimental education center, 23 directly and indirectly managed hospitals and55 internship hospitals.
The college has a national top-prioritymedicine department, a national top-priority vocational clinical department, anational top-priority vocational medicine department, a provincial-leveltop-priority department and 16 provincial-level top-priority medicaldepartments. In addition, it possesses a post-PhD innovation and practice baseand 2 joint doctoral nurturing institutions. The college’s graduate education includessystematic learning and professional degrees: systematic learning degrees arebroken down into medical and clinical studies while professional degrees arebroken down into clinical, nursing and Chinese medicine studies; these twocover 7 different tier-one and 26 tier-two fields of study medicine, nursing,Chinese medicine, pharmacy, public health, preventative medical studies andstomatology. In addition, the school has 418 graduate supervisors and 2part-time graduate supervisors.
The school has 12 scientific researchinstitutions dedicated to medical imaging studies, 4 national second tierclinical immunity laboratories, one provincial-level top-priority laboratory, 4provincial-level top-priority rheumatism immunity and infection immunitylaboratories, one provincial-level top-priority humanities research base, twoprovincial-level technology and innovation teams, and six provincial-levelhigher learning technology and innovation teams. In the coming year, thecollege will establish a national-level natural sciences base, a nationalsocial sciences base as well as over 900 other projects. In addition, it wasawarded over 30 provincial and ministerial level prizes for achievement and itsprofessors’ thesis as was featured in the internationally-acclaimed academicjournal “Nature.” The college has established its own academic journal, called “NorthSichuan Medical College Periodical.”
The college has over 1,000 full-time professors,among whom more than 800 possess a doctorate or graduate degree. In addition,the college has more than 400 senior instructors and senior associate professors.The college enjoys special legal allowance specialists from the State Council,provincial science and technology leaders, Sichuanese outstanding contributionspecialists and 100 returned specialists who studied overseas. When focusing onthe quality of vocational work, the college strives to perfect teacher’sprofessional ethics and style as well as perfect the quality of vocationaleducation, which has earned the college recognition for “ being a nationalleader in implementing teacher’s professional ethics and style.”
In 2007, the college passed the Ministryof Education’s Undergraduate Education Operation Standard Assessment withflying colors. Students at the school have successively won great achievementsat the National College Student Extracurricular Technology Works Competitionand the National College Student Innovative Plan Competition. In 2017, astudent from the college won a regional first-level prize and a national second-levelprize in the National Tertiary Education Clinical Technology Competition. Therate of graduation for graduate students at the school has remained at 100% andthe school has been recognized as a “leading school in Sichuan for studentcompletion rates.” At the same time, the college continues to educate theentire staff and excel in all directions while continuously pushing theideology of student work ethic toward systematization and an increased abilityto set an example.
The college is actively strengtheningincreased international cooperation and exchange，recently establishing a sister-school relationshipwith Toledo University in the United States, establishing friendly partnershiprelationships with Taiwan’s Bu Ying University, England’s Swansea University,Canada’s Saskatchewan Science and Engineering College, Japan’s Tokyo Women’sCollege and East Asia’s Education Center. In addition, the college is activelydeveloping qualified teachers training, scientific research cooperation, and foreignstudent exchanges, recruiting overseas students from the United States, Canada,India, Pakistan and 13 other countries in order to develop the college’sundergraduate and graduate programs.
At present, the college is working to carryout the spirit of Secretary General Xi Jinping’s series of important speeches,including comprehensively carrying out the party’s educational guideline, continuingto emancipate the mind, deepen educational integrated reform, shift the methodof educational development, strive to turn the establishment of schools intothe establishment of regional high-level medical universities that areespecially remarkable, outstanding and satisfying to the people as well aspromote the “two leaps” to establish a beautiful and prosperous Sichuan and topromote the “four comprehensives” strategy to realize the mighty Chinese dreamand its powerful contribution.