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About Wenzhou Medical University




History of WMU


Wenzhou Medical University, designated as a key university in Zhejiang, is an institution of higher learning under the leadership of Zhejiang Provincial Government. Its history can be traced back to Zhejiang Specialized Medical School established in Hangzhou in 1912, named “Zhejiang Second Medical College” at that time. In August 1958, part of Zhejiang Medical College was moved from Hangzhou to Wenzhou and began recruiting 5-year fulltime program students, hence the name Wenzhou Medical University (WMU).


Programs and Disciplines


WMU now offers 3 doctorate programs, 27 master programs, 26 bachelor programs and 1 7-year program leading to Master’s degree, involving medicine, science, administration, laws, engineering, arts and education. The program of Ophthalmology & Optometry, a creation combines Ophthalmology and Optometry into one program, is the most well-known key discipline among all the 17 provincial key disciplines in WMU.

From 2006, Wenzhou Medical University was authorized to confer doctorate degrees in Ophthalmology, Surgery and Gynecology. Wenzhou Medical University is one of the first institutions authorized by the State Council to confer Master's degree. It offers 15 Master's degrees now in Ophthalmology & Optometry, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics, Anesthesia, Pathology and Physiology, Integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine & West Medicine, etc. The Program of Ophthalmology & Optometry is the first one established in China to train optometric professionals with medical background. Given their distinguished achievements in the optometric development, Ministry of Public Health of China based its first and only national Center of Optometry Research in WMU. A Sino-U.S. joint program for Doctorate of Optometry is now under way.


Enrollment and Faculty


WMU now has a total enrollment of over 11900 undergraduates and more than 600 postgraduates. It has over 800 professional staff among which some excellent ones are honorably put on the list of Talent Incubation Project, a governmental program aimed at training high-level professional manpower to implement the national strategy for social and economic development in the new century.


International Cooperation


Active in international cooperation in recent years, WMU has established cooperative relationships with over 20 colleges, universities or academic institutions abroad such as Sino-US joint OD program, staff/student exchange program, etc. WMU began accepting overseas students since 1999.


In recent years WMU has been very active in academic exchanges and friendly visits with other countries and regions. Intercollegiate relationships have been established with New England College of Optometry U.S.A., Pacific University U.S.A., University of Queensland Australia, Burapha University Thailand, Miyazaki Medical College Japan, Medical College China, Karl-Franzens University Graz Austria, Sun Yat-sen Medical University Taiwan, etc. Since 1999, WMU was authorized to enroll overseas students and open English medium program.