Binzhou Medical University (BMU) is a provincial university of applied sciences, co-constructed by Shandong Provincial Education Department and local municipal governments. It is approved as a doctoral degree construction unit by Shandong Province. Its predecessor is the Medical School of Public Shandong University originally established in 1946. In March 1956, the Medical School became independent as Qingdao Medical College and moved to Beizhen, Huimin area in October 1970. In November 1974, Beizhen Branch of Qingdao Medical College was established and in September 1983, it took on its current name Binzhou Medical University after the name of city it was in. In 2002, Yantai campus was put into use and became the main campus. BMU has combined multiple disciplines of medicine, science, engineering, management and education, with medical disciplines being its advantage and rehabilitation medicine and education for the disabled being its specialties.
BMU has over 17,544 full-time students, including over 15,060 undergraduates and junior college students as well as 2,185 postgraduates. The university has enrollment plans in 29 provinces (cities and autonomous regions) and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions of China. So far, it has 299 overseas students. Now the university has 17 schools, namely, School of Marxism, the First School of Clinical Medicine, the Second School of Clinical Medicine, School of Basic Medical Sciences, School of Special Education and Rehabilitation, School of Stomatology, School of Nursing(School of Gerontology), Teaching Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Pharmacy, School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Health Management, School of International Studies, School of Medical Imaging, School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, School of Gerontology and School of Continuing Education.
BMU insists on taking high moral value establishment in talent cultivation as the fundamental task and setting talent cultivation as the working center. BMU puts into practices its university dictum of “benevolent and skillful”, promotes its school spirit of “factualism, solidarity, preciseness and innovation,” and practices its teaching spirit of “imparting knowledge and cultivating people, serving as role models, adopting rigorous scholarship and dedicating to teaching” and its learning spirit of “advocating science, seeking the truth, studying diligently and keeping faith”. Over the past 40 years, BMU has made positive contributions to society and our country by cultivating more than 186,000 talents in medicine and medicine-related fields, who have become great academics, leading figures and elites in the fields and primary medical staffs, such as Prof. Meng Xiangjin, who is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences. BMU gained excellent results in the national undergraduate teaching level assessment in 2006 and passed the national undergraduate teaching evaluation in 2016. BMU quickly passed the national clinical medicine quality certification of six years validity in 2013 and was approved to extend certification period to ten years. In 2022, the Prosthetics and Orthotics Engineering Programme was accredited by ISPO, with three years of validity. In 2016, BMU passed the national undergraduate teaching evaluation. BMU is one of universities to held the Clinical and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Qualification Examination and is among the first batch of pilot units carrying out the comprehensive reform on undergraduate programs in the Teaching Projects for Undergraduates of the Ministry of Education. BMU is also the pilot unit of 5+3 education comprehensive reform on clinical medicine in the Plan of Educating and Training Outstanding Doctors and the pilot unit of reform on the Plan of Educating and Training for Traditional Chinese Medicine Outstanding Doctors. Now, BMU serves as the standardized training basis for residents (including dental residents and TCM residents) at national level, the training basis for nursing talents and clinical pharmacists and the cultivation basis for general practitioners.
Education for the Disabled
In 1985, Binzhou Medical University started the first undergraduate program in China that was especially designed for the disabled, which marked the beginning of medical education for the disabled in China. In 2012, the university took the initiative to recruit students with visual impairment to take part in a five-year program of Acupuncture and Massotherapy and in 2018, the university started to recruit students with hearing impairment, which filled in the gaps of undergraduate programs of students with visual or hearing impairment among medical universities. Over 30 years' development, BMU has created its own model of teaching the disabled and healthy students together, combining teaching and rehabilitation in the education for the disabled students and putting knowledge into practice for talent cultivation of the the disabled and has cultivated 1,300 disabled medical graduates. Now, BMU serves as the National Higher Education Basis for the Disabled, the Standardized Training Basis for Blind Massotherapy and Standardized Training Basis for Rehabilitation Physician.
Discipline and Specialty
BMU has 31 undergraduate programs, including Clinical Medicine, Stomatology, Pediatrics, Nursing, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Special Education, Bio-pharmaceuticals and Intelligent Medical Engineering. Among them, there are three national first-class undergraduate program construction unit, four national characteristic programs and four high-level application-oriented program construction groups and 25 first-class program construction units of Shandong Province. BMU has six master’s degree programs at first-level disciplines and ten professional master’s degree programs. The discipline of Clinical Medicine focuses on cultivation of “Excellent Doctors” and construction of “New Medicine” and opened “Experimental Classes of New Medicine with Academicians”. It is listed as First-Class Discipline of Shandong Province and High-level Discipline construction unit and new and old kinetic energy conversion profession and industry matching projects of Shandong province and has entered 4‰ in ESI ranking. The discipline of Pharmacy adheres to the road of production-education-research-application integration and special development of school-enterprise cooperation. It was selected as the nurturing target for high-level discipline in Shandong and the Pharmacology and Toxicology discipline has entered 8‰ in ESI ranking. The discipline of Chemistry has entered 1% in ESI ranking. The discipline of Clinical Medicine, Basic Medical Sciences and Pharmacy have been included into the top50% of the best discipline ranking of ARWU. The discipline of Stomatology and Nursing have been ranked top 50% of the GDI College First-Class Discipline Ranking List. Besides, BMU has been listed as category A universities by Shanghai Ranking. There are one key laboratory of State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, several centers and laboratories including two provincial engineering research centers, one provincial technology innovation center, two provincial collaborative innovation centers of higher education institution, one provincial university humanities research base and twenty-four bureau level research platforms. We have thirteen national first-class courses, 29 provincial first-class undergraduate courses, three provincial teaching demonstration centers and one provincial talents cultivation innovation experimental zone. There are two national key clinical specialties, 33 provincial key clinical specialties and five key disciplines belonging to directly affiliated hospitals.
BMU is one of the scientific and technological achievements transformation and technology transfer bases for Shandong universities. Over the past 5 years, BMU has been responsible for over 1,400 research projects, including 132 NSFC (National Natural Science Foundation of China) projects, 5 SSFC (National Social Science Fund of China) projects, 371 projects at ministerial and provincial-level. The university’s scientific and technological achievements won 32 ministerial and provincial-level awards, including six first prizes. More than 5000 papers that were published on SCI, CSSCI and Chinese core journals and so on, among which 15 papers are published on Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet and Cell. The university has 350 patents, including 280 patents for invention. BMU participated the R&D process of China’s first domestically developed Disitamab vedotin, an original ADC anticancer drugs, which is approved for the market. The university has undertaken one New Liberal Arts Research and Reform Practice Program by Ministry of Education, 186 Industry-university Cooperative Education Projects, 73 provincial teaching reform programs and education sciences planning programs, won one national teaching achievements award, 23 provincial teaching achievements awards, including one special prize and eight first prizes. It owns one second prize of First National Textbooks Construction Award and six First-Class Textbooks of Higher Education of Shandong Province. Binzhou Medical University currently edits and publishes two academic journals: Chinese Journal of Hospital Statistics and Journal of Binzhou Medical University, both journals are published home and abroad.
There are altogether 11,350 faculty members working in Binzhou Medical University and its five affiliated hospitals. Among the faculty members, 2370 have senior professional titles and 789 teachers have doctoral degree. BMU now has one Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 12 Specially invited Academicians, four of which are foreigners, three talents of national level and six “National Renowned Teachers”. The University also enjoys four Talents in the New Century of the Ministry of Education, nine experts enjoy the use of the State Council Special Allowance, eight young and middle-age experts with special contributions at provincial level, one chief experts of key disciplines and nine provincial renowned teachers. There are one national Huang Danian style teaching team, three provincial Huang Danian style teaching teams, five provincial teaching teams and one provincial scientific innovation team.
BMU has two campuses, Yantai Campus and Binzhou Campus, covering a total area of 1718.17 mu (1 mu equates 1/15 hectare) and a total building area of 900,000 square meters. Its national owned assets reach RMB 1.769 billion yuan, and the value of teaching and research facilities reaches RMB 523 million yuan. The university library has a total collection of 1,453 thousand volumes. At present, the university has five directly affiliated hospitals. Binzhou Medical University Hospital is a regional medical center at provincial level with a scheduled hospital beds of 2,852. Yantai affiliated hospital of BMU is the first large-scale Level-3 Grade A general hospital in Yantai-Weihai region with a scheduled hospital beds of 1,500. Yantaishan Hospital of BMU (China-France Friendship Hospital) is one of the earliest western medicine hospitals in China, which has a scheduled hospital beds of 2300. Yantai Stomatological Hospital of BMU is a Grade A specialized hospital with 260 comprehensive dental treatment chairs and 50 hospital beds. Binzhou Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of BMU is a regional medical center in Shandong, with 821 scheduled beds. BMU enjoys 9 indirectly affiliated hospitals, 35 teaching hospitals, 228 teaching and practicing bases.
Exchanges and Cooperation
BMU has established friendly ties and cooperation with international and domestic higher education and medical institutions, namely, The University of Tennessee, Canterbury Christ Church University, Uppsala University, German University of Health and Sport, Vitebsk State Order of People’s Friendship Medical University, Tunku Abdul Rahman University, Yeungnam University, Shandong University, Tianjin University and Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research of Chinese Academy of Sciences and major pharmaceutical companies, namely, Shandong International Biotechnology Park, Rongchang Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., MEBO Company and YUYUE Home Textiles Company. Considerable achievements have been made in terms of educational resources sharing, visiting scholars exchanges, joint training of talents, research programs, joint education program and collaborative innovation.
(the Version of October, 2023)