Wannan Medical College, a general institute of higher learning, is situated in Wuhu, an enchanting city open to the outside world along the Yangtze River, which has been renowned for its great harbor and beautiful sceneries. The college grew out of Wuhu Medical Vocational School that was founded in 1958 and merged into Anhui Medical College in 1970,functioned as its branch in South Anhui in 1971.
The college is among the first list of colleges and universities with authority to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees vested by the Academic Degree Evaluation Committee under the State Council. In 1998, Wannan Medial College went successfully through with the evaluations on the undergraduate programs by the Ministry of Education and was entitled as “qualified” by the Ministry. It also got through the evaluation on its undergraduate programs by Anhui education government in 1999, and obtained the appraisal of the provincial teaching labs for basic courses in 2002.
The college has grown into a medicine-focused and fully accommodated medical institution of higher learning. It now offers 17 undergraduate specialties including clinical medicine, nursing and forensic medicine, and 9 vocational specialties. In postgraduate specialties, there are 15 master’s degree authorized units, covering nearly all the branches of learning in the basic and clinical medicine. There are also 10 experimental centers in the college.
The staff members of the college are reasonable-organized, good-qualified and high-leveled. Now the members are over 2100, including more than 120 professors, 310 associate professors and 49 experts who enjoy special subsidies of the government.
Wannan Medical College is expanding steadily the teaching scale and improving gradually the personnel level of training. By the end of August of 2007, the number of full-enrolled students had reached 8672, of which there are 7135 undergraduate students, 438 vocational students and 245 postgraduate students. Employment rate of the graduates ranks higher in the list of the provincial colleges and universities. Since the establishment, the college has provided 21,000 graduates for public health purposes. From 1984 to 1997, the college cooperated with the former People's Republic of China ministry of geology and mineral resources for 14 years, with the graduates all over the country.
Wannan Medial College has perfected the running conditions and facilities. The college covers an area of 62.4 hectares, with the building areas of 331,900 square meters. On the campus, there are well-equipped teaching facilities such as two major teaching buildings, a modern library, three advanced experimental buildings, dormitory buildings and a students’ activity center. There are also such sports facilities as a multi-functional stadium, football fields, basketball and volleyball playgrounds. What’s more, a computer information network has been completed on the campus.
Stressing the scientific research of teaching, Wannan Medial College has installed much advanced equipment. At present, the college has 7 key courses and 1 exemplary center of basic courses teaching at provincial level. The college also publishes 2 academic journals both at home and abroad The Journal of Wannan Medical College and The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics of China.
The college has 58 teaching hospitals, among which are 8 affiliated hospitals (one under the leadership of the college), 7clinical hospitals, and 46 hospitals as bases for medical teaching and practice. The affiliated hospital of Yijishan Hospital, established in 1888, is the first hospital of western medicine in Anhui province. It entered into the first list in our country as a First-class of the Third Level Hospital, and has become the center of treatment, teaching, research and disease prevention in South Anhui and the Yangtze River valley in the province.