Established in 1956, the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM) was one of the earliest four TCM colleges across China. It is also an exclusive leading medical college among Shanghai Municipal Institutions of higher learning. In 1985, the Shanghai Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine was founded. At present, the University and the Academy are under the same roof.
SHUTCM's 35-hectare campus is located in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong New Area. The campus is equipped with state-of-the-art teaching facilities. The University is now a key part of "Zhangjiang Pharmaceutical Valley", part of the strategic initiative of building Shanghai into an innovative city.
From its founding, the SHUTCM produced numerous alumni, who have been empowered by their education and have developed great careers. Some of them are well-known physicians, others are distinguished researchers and still others are working in community healthcare services.
Thanks to its defining educational vision of "inheritance is the root and innovation is the soul", the university has achieved a great deal in both education and research. Currently, it offers doctorate degree programs in all Chinese medical disciplines. According to the latest data released by ESI (Essential Science Indicator), three disciplines of the SHUTCM have entered into the top 1 percent of ESI's global discipline rankings. Spearheaded by Professor Chen Kaixian, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Professor Hu Zhibi, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the University has chief scientists of the National Basic Research Program (also known as the Program 973), and scholars of the Cheung Kong Scholars Program of China and the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. Just like the saying goes, the root of virtue lies in education and the root of education lies in teachers, and the SHUTCM has always drawn the most original faculty who work together in an interactive and genuinely multidisciplinary atmosphere.
Ever since its establishment the SHUTCM has been committed to the philosophy of pursuing "excellence rather than size, distinctiveness rather than inclusiveness and usefulness rather than fame". The past five decades have witnessed equal emphasis on education, distinction and openness. The SHUTCM recognizes its role in inheritance and further development of Chinese medicine and firmly believes Chinese medicine can promote the health of the world's population.