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Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine

Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine

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Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine

Introduction provided by Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine

Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (hence GUCM) is situated at the foot of the Baiyun Mountains and is not far from the Pearl River.  Both are located in the fertile lands of Southern Guangdong province which enjoys a history of more than two thousand years, giving birth to the rare treasure of the “South of Five Ridges” branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (hence TCM). This ancient and valuable medical treasure, after benefitting from the sustained and productive input of several generations of practitioners and thinkers in its homeland, is now in a position to, as it were, radiate its brilliant light to illuminate and benefit people’s health throughout the wider word. We are now participating in this new and expansive era of TCM.

The two campuses of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, already enriched by the highly developed and rich culture of the “South of Five Ridges”, has inspired, motivated and promoted many generations of its students. It steadfastly embraces the dual objectives of “moral excellence and erudition” coupled with the ethical principles of “absolute sincerity” so as strive for the benefit of all mankind”.

Historically, the origins of GUCM can be traced back over eighty years when its predecessor was known as "The Guangdong Chinese Medicine Specialty School". In 1924, in an effort to preserve and safeguard the ancient treasure of TCM from the threat of extinction, our predecessors made the greatest efforts and overcame a host of difficulties in order to establish the original TCM School.

Once established, it succeeded in educating in the region of 900 students in 21 disciplines. In the process it produced several outstanding Masters of TCM, among whom could be mentioned Liang Hanfen and Liu Chixuan. It also produced such well-known Chinese Medicine scholars and physicians as Liu Shichang and more recently the world-renowned Professor Dr. Deng Tietao, among many others.

In 1956, and directly under the administration of the Ministry of Health, the original School was formally renamed “Guangzhou Traditional Chinese Medicine College”. This means that the present GUCM is one of the five earliest-established Chinese Medicine teaching institutions, following the foundation of the People’s Republic of China in 1954.

The title "Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine" was granted in 1995, as the former College was one of the first to be enabled to confer Masters and Doctoral degrees upon its graduates.

Today it continues to enjoy a high reputation in the field of Chinese Medicine both within China itself and Overseas on account of its extensive teaching facilities and resources and its outstanding research level achievements.

Reviewing the emergence of the present day institution, it is plain that it is not only firmly based upon the solid foundation of a venerable Chinese culture but simultaneously embraces a contemporary western culture and medical paradigm. This is based upon the belief that the growth/outcropping of TCM requires an interaction between both cultures and both medical systems. Both the ancient and modern sciences and humanities must be the subject of continued study.

After 50 years of vigorous development, the University has flourished into a modern, comprehensive, higher-educational and research institute of Chinese Medicine, with 14 colleges offering 18 undergraduate academic programs in Medicine, Engineering, Management, Science, Economics, Humanities and Education.

It boasts 7 key subjects in the National Administration of Chinese Medicine, 5 Higher Education Specialties at National Level (in the Sciences of Chinese Medicine, Chinese Materia Medica/Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Tuina Massage, Pharmaceutical Engineering and Nursing), 2 National Experimental Research and Teaching Demonstration Centers (in Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbal Medical Sciences), 4 Guangdong Provincial Experimental Research and Teaching Demonstration Centers (Chinese Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Tuina Massage, Clinical Teaching Skills), 19 Doctoral programs, 42 Masters programs and 3 Post-doctoral provisions. The Doctoral and Master programs cover all the first-level subjects including the Sciences of Chinese Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine.

There are currently more than 20,000 on-campus students.

Moreover, the university has now educated over 1,000 advanced-level Chinese Medical professionals from over 100 foreign countries and the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions. Up to now our university has established cooperative relationships with over 50 countries and regions.

It also serves as an Examination hub for the China Guangzhou Chinese Medicine Training Center, China Examination Center for Chinese Medicine and Chinese International Examination Center for Acupuncture and Moxibustion.

The university continues to offer training courses in Chinese Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture to foreign students and has become an important professional Chinese Medicine training base for foreign countries and the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions.

With strong support from the Chinese government and people, and in light of the unprecedented opportunities offered by the current transformations taking place throughout the world in peoples’ choices of medical modality, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine is dedicated to the well being of the whole world and is promised to become an internationally renowned university in the 21st century.

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  • Licentiate in Acupuncture TCM
  • Postgraduate

  • Masters Degree in TCM
  • Doctoral Degree in TCM
  • Medical Qigong
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Open Courses

  • Health Giving Qigong

  • Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine Campus

    Students in a seminar with Professor Shanahan.

    Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine Campus.