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The history of Shantou University Medical College dates back to 1924. In that year our direct predecessor, the Chaozhou Obstetrics Training School, was founded. In 1959, the Chaozhou Obstetrics Training School obtained approval from the Chinese State Council to expand into a generic medical college offering 3-year training programs in clinical medicine. The name was changed into Guangdong Province Shantou Medical Vocational School.

When Shantou University was established in 1981, Shantou Medical Vocational School merged into the newly founded university as the medical college, and our name was changed into Shantou University Medical College (SUMC). From 1983, SUMC started offering formal 5-year bachelor programs in Clinical Medicine. In the 90's of the previous century, we also started offering master and doctorate programs in Medicine.

The past few decades has seen SUMC achieving major accomplishments both in education and research. Our college was enlisted in the prestigious "Project 211" as one of the top universities in south China. In 2002, we were the first medical college in China to implement a new teaching model of cross-disciplinary problem-based learning (PBL), gaining wide recognition. Several of our programs have been recognized as national and provincial key programs, and many of our laboratories have gained similar recognition. Since the turn of the millennium, the number of national and provincial research grants rose steadily, resulting in a sharp increase of SCI publications in the last 5 years.


1924 Founding of Chaozhou Obstetrics Training School

1959 Transformation into Guangdong Province Shantou Medical Vocational School

1981 Merging into Shantou University

1983 Granted permission to enroll undergraduate students

1990 Granted permission to enroll students for master degrees

1996 Endorsed by "Project 211"

1998 Authorized to grant doctorate degrees

2001 Authorized to grant post-doctorate degrees

2002 Start of 7-year Clinical Medicine programs

Pathology & Pathophysiology approved as national key subjects

2006 Basic Clinical Skills program accredited as national elite course

2008 Launch of project to relocate the medical campus and to build a new integrated campus

2009 Post-doctorate program in pharmacology approved

2009 Received full accreditation for Clinical Medicine programs as the first medical school in China

2010 Launch of English-based medical degree program for international students

2012 Program in Clinical Medicine were ranked in the top 1% of universities and research institutions worldwide based on ESI Analysis.

2012 Became one of the first pilot schools of the Nationally Distinguished Physician Training Project in China.

2013 Approved to be one of Guangdong provincial pilot development institutions.

2013 Launch of English-based nursing program.

2014 Launch of 5+3 Joint Bachelor-Master program in Clinical Medicine and a program in Dentistry and Stomatology.

2016 New SUMC teaching facility located on the main campus has been completed and put into use.


Contact details and map


SUMC central campus

Shantou University Medical College

No. 22 Xinling Road

Shantou, 515041

Guangdong Province

People's Republic of China


SUMC on Shantou University campus

Shantou University Medical College

No. 243 Daxue Road

Shantou, 515063

Guangdong Province

People's Republic of China




Map & Chinese address

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