About the University

In 1956, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) was founded along with the other three TCM colleges in China.

The University has valuable assets of more than 600 experts and professors including 2 academicians (from the Chinese Academy of Science and Chinese Academy of Engineering) and numerous national or municipal distinguished physicians and academic leaders.

The University contains 20 colleges or departments, 3 directly affiliated top-level hospitals and 2 indirectly affiliated hospitals. As a construction university for “innovative experimental modality for talent training” and “distinctive specialties”, the University passed the appraisal for excellent undergraduate education by the Ministry of Education in 1999 and regained the honor in 2007, along with accreditation for pilot program of Chinese medicine discipline in 2008.

Currently, over 9,000 students including 400 doctoral candidates, 1000 master degree candidates and more than 800 long-term international students are studying at the University. In addition, over 1,500 short-term international students from 35 countries or regions study here each year. In terms of straight numbers of international students, the University is an undisputed front-runner.

Regarding international exchange and cooperation, the University has now signed collaboration agreements with institutions in overseas countries, including the UK, USA, Italy, Germany, Romania, France, Finland, Japan and Thailand. As such, we’ve developed a high-level cooperation network focusing on education and scientific research with overseas institutions.

The International Education College is specifically directed at overseas students. The past 30 years have witnessed education training of approximately 10,000 TCM practitioners, acupuncturists and physical therapists from nearly 100 countries or regions. In 2004, the College obtained the Certification for ISO9001:2000 International Quality System, coupled with China National Accreditation Board (CNAB) and Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) certificates. Also serves as the WHO Collaboration Center for Traditional Medicine, the College has offered international acupuncture training over the past 30 years in English, Japanese, French and Korean. In 2008, the College was listed as the TCM international cooperation base by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

By adhering to the idea of “intensiveness over extensiveness and distinction over largeness” and to the orientation of “research, teaching, specialty and openness”, the university is heading for a first-class TCM university across China and the world.