Introduction

  Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) is located in Xueyuan Rd.,

  Haidian District, a cultural area with many universities. It is in the center of the well-known Zhong Guan Cun Hi-Tech Zone. PUHSC is a well-structured, multi-disciplined comprehensive medical education palace with a long history.

  PKUHSC offers a full range of courses for 8 specialties including basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, preventive medicine, stomatology, pharmacy, nursing, medical laboratory diagnosis and biomedical English. It has 47 accredited doctoral programs and 59 master programs. In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate programs, it also plays an active role in continuing education. PUHSC hosts 6 postdoctoral programs.

  PKUHSC has 6 schools, namely, School of Basic Medical Sciences, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Distance Education, and Faculty of Foundation Education.

  PKUHSC has 8 university hospitals, namely, the First School of Clinical Medicine (Beida Hospital), the Second School of Clinical Medicine (the People’s Hospital), the Third School of Clinical Medicine (the Third Hospital), Institute of Mental Health (the Sixth Hospital), School of Stomatology

  (the Dental Hospital), School of Oncology (Beijing Tumor Hospital), Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Peking University Shougang Hospital.In addition, 13 hospitals in Beijing serve as teaching hospitals.

  PKUHSC now has an enrollment of more than 10000 students, including 1082 doctoral students, 1962 master program students, 3115 undergraduates, 537 junior college students, 3500 adult learning program students, and 549 international students.

  PKUHSC has developed 20 disciplines that have gained national recognition. Besides, it has 1 national key laboratory, 11 ministry-level key laboratories, During the period of 1993-2004,PUHSC has assumed some national key program of different projects as “the Eighth Five-Year Budget Period Research Project ”, “the Ninth Five-Year Budget Period Research Project ”,”863 Project”, and ”973 Project”, and has received more than 1000 grant supports from various domestic foundations. It produced satisfactory outcomes, winning 30 prizes for excellent researches at national, ministry, or provincial levels, and the publications of the researches are widely cited . PKUHSC has been ranking the first in receiving research grants from the National Natural Science Foundation for the past 11 years.

  Knowing that teaching force is the most important for quality education, PKUHSC has always attached great importance to intellects development, providing best environment to attract intellects. As a result, there have been a great many prestigious and dedicated specialists and professors, young or old, working for PKUHSC.

  Since the incorporation with Peking University on April 3, 2000, PKUHSC has been adhering to the principles of “To seek truth from facts” and “Development is top priority”, and adopting the management system under the guidance of “Combining central and department leadership and integrating them gradually”. PKUHSC takes the advantage of comprehensive disciplines after its incorporation, and keeps discipline development, promoting medical education reform and scientific research and making efforts for the improvement of infrastructure facilities. PKUHSC has adopted the education model of 8-year program for medicine (leading to MD or Ph.D degrees), 7-year program for preventive medicine (leading to MS degrees), established Biomedicine Cross-discipline Research Centers, devoted efforts for the integration of  Medical disciplines , Sciences and Humanities, and established many inter-disciplinary research centers that combine Basic Medical Sciences with Clinical Medicine.

  PKUHSC, the first Medical Institution of Western medicine founded by Chinese Government, is developing rapidly in the new era, with its academic atmosphere of “Diligence, Rigor, Objectivity, and Creativity” and its ethos of “Firm political orientation, truth seeking in study and devotion in service”. In the process of building an outstanding university in the world, PKUHSC, with the strong support of the central government, will attain its final goal: institute and offer first-class medical education with all its heart and all its might .  

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