Established in 1951 as Tianjin Medical College, Tianjin Medical University was the first medical institution approved by the State Council after the founding of the People's Republic of China. The first president of TMU was Professor Xianyi Zhu, a renowned endocrinologist and medical educationist. In 1993, Tianjin Medical College and Tianjin Second Medical College merged to form Tianjin Medical University, one of the national 211 Project key universities in China. Currently Professor Yongfeng Shang, a prestigious biochemist & molecular biologist and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is serving as TMU’s president and the university’s sixth president overall.
The university is a dedicated and preeminent research and education institution with medical science as the core subject and life science as its foundation. It has developed the university into a multi-disciplinary medical university.
The university faculty is made up of a large group of distinguished professors and scholars from home and abroad. There are 8683 teaching, research and administrative staffs, including 8161 professionals. Of these professionals, 563 are professors and 987 are associate professors. Included in this number are an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, two academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, nine visiting and specially appointed professors of Cheung Kong Scholars, four national Thousand Talents Plan professors, two national leading experts of Ten Thousand Talents Plan, four winners of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, four candidates of the National Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talents Project in New Century appointed by the Ministry of Personnel, 17 New Century Excellent Talents appointed by the Ministry of Education, 11 National Young and Middle-aged Experts with Outstanding Contributions appointed by the Ministries of Personnel and Health, 164 experts who enjoy the Special Allowance from State Council, 229 doctoral supervisors and 737 graduate supervisors.
The university consists of 17 schools, one department, three branches and one independent medical school. The Schools include the School of Basic Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Pharmacy, School of Medical Laboratory, School of Medical Imaging, School of Nursing, School of Biomedical Engineering, International Medical School, School of Medical English and Health Communication, School of Medical Humanities, School of Continuing Education, the First Clinical School, the Second Clinical School, Clinical School of Oncology, Clinical School of Metabolic Diseases, Medical School of Dentistry and the School of Optometry and Ophthalmology. The only one department is the Department of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. Branches include Branch of Social Sciences, Branch of Foreign Studies and Branch of Physical Education. The one independent medical school is Tianjin Medical University Clinical Medical School (Dagang Clinical Medical School).
There are 9694 full-time medical students studying at the university, of these students 5353 are undergraduates, 2845 are graduate students, 434 are doctoral students and 1062 are international students.
Tianjin Medical University is the second medical university approved by Chinese government for eight-year medical education following Peking Union Medical University and is one of the first 15 institutions that offer seven-year medical program. Currently, the university has 15 disciplines authorized to confer Bachelor’s degree, They are clinical medicine (7-year and 5-year programs), Dentistry (7-year and 5-year programs), Anesthesiology (5-year program), Medical Imaging (4-year and 5-year programs), Medical Laboratory (5-year program), Preventive Medicine (5-year program), Nursing (4-year program), Biomedical Engineering (4-year program), Pharmacy (4-year program), Pharmaceutical Preparation (4-year program), Law of Science (4-year program), Optometry (4-year program), Sports Health and Rehabilitation (4-year program), Health Administration (4-year program). Meanwhile, TMU was the first university that offers the subjects of nursing, biomedical engineering and medical imaging among the Chinese medical universities.
Currently the university has five post-doctoral research stations, seven first-level and 37 second-level disciplines authorized to confer doctoral degrees; 11 first-level and 68 second-level disciplines authorized to confer Master’s degrees with 229 doctoral supervisors and 737 graduate supervisors.
The university has 5 national key disciplines: clinical discipline of integrated traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine; oncology; urological surgery; neurosurgery; and endocrine & metabolic diseases. There are 10 key construction disciplines of 211 project: clinical discipline of integrated traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine, oncology, urological surgery, neurosurgery and neurology, endocrine and metabolic diseases, imaging and nuclear medicine, pathogen biology and immunology, pathology and pathophysiology, public health and preventive medicine and pharmacy. At present, the university has 15 Tianjin municipal key disciplines. Also, there are 13 Provincial and Ministerial key laboratories: the key laboratory of breast cancer prevention and care appointed by the Ministry of Education; the key laboratory of hormone and development appointed by the Ministry of Health; the key laboratory of immune micro-environment and disease appointed by the Ministry of Education; the key laboratory of variation of nerve injury and regeneration appointed by the Ministry of Education; Tianjin key laboratory of tumor prevention and cure; Tianjin key laboratory of basic medicine of urology; Tianjin key laboratory of cellular and molecular immunology; Tianjin laboratory of lung cancer metastasis and tumor micro-environment; Tianjin key laboratory of medical epigenetics; Tianjin key laboratory of crucial techniques of clinical medicines; Tianjin key laboratory of oncological immunity and biotherapy, Tianjin key laboratory of functional imaging as well as a coordinated innovation center of epigenetics. Additionally, we also have 14 research institutes in our university.
Since the eleventh Five-year Plan, TMU has undertaken 2039 national, provincial and ministerial research projects and obtained 251 awards, including 5 National Science and Technology Awards, 13 first-prize and 74 second-prize Provincial and Ministerial Science & Technology Awards.
The clinical teaching base consists of 6 university hospitals, 15 non-directly subordinate clinical hospitals, one non-directly subordinate affiliated hospital and 9 teaching hospitals with more than 15,000 teaching beds. The university hospitals consists of TMU General Hospital, TMU Second Hospital, TMU Cancer Hospital, TMU Dental Hospital, TMU Metabolic Diseases Hospital and TMU Eye Hospital, of which four are Class three Grade A hospitals. Particularly, the General Hospital is the first Class Three Grade A hospital in Tianjin with the title of national One Hundred Best Hospitals and Cancer Hospital is one of the first national cancer clinical medical research centers. Now we have 13 clinical key discipline construction projects.
Our university has established academic exchange programs and cooperative relations with 94 universities from 22 countries and organized a Foreign Experts Advisory Committee. We have invited 118 renowned medical experts and professors as honorary and visiting professors. We together carry out high-level international cooperation in medical and biological medicine studies.
Since the founding of TMU, we have brought up over 40,000 medical specialists at all levels. The university obtained the excellent performance appraisal for bachelor’s degree and seven-year Master’s degree education by the Ministry of Education in 2002 and 2008. Meanwhile, for the overall inspection of the 211 Project development during Ninth Five-Year Plan and the Tenth Five-Year Plan, our university was confirmed to be excellent again; Also for the 211 Project development during the Eleventh Five-Year Plan, our university was awarded the comment of outstanding performance in the development by Ministry of Education, Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance, along with other 27 universities nationwide. In 2009, Tianjin Medical University was awarded by the title of National Civilized Unit during the 3rd session of selection.