Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College
5 Dong Dan san Tiao
Beijing 100005

1. Brief History

Peking Union Medical College

Peking Union Medical College is among the most selective medical colleges in the People's Republic of China. It is a relatively independent institution affiliated with Tsinghua University which is one of the top two universities in China. Peking Union Medical College graduates receive Peking Union Medical College diploma signed by both the Peking Union Medical College and Tsinghua presidents.
The Peking Union Medical College was founded in 1906 by the American and British missionaries and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., the London Missionary Society, and later, the Board of Foreign Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, and the Medical Missionary Association of London, together with the then-Chinese government cooperated in the foundation and development of the Medical College and maintained it until 1915.

The Rockefeller Foundation was established in 1913 and in 1913-1914 the newly formed Foundation created a Commission, including Dr. Franklin C. McLean, to examine medical education in China. One of its recommendations was that the Foundation - through a subsidiary organization - should assume financial responsibility for the College. On July 1, 1915 the recently established China Medical Board assumed full support of the Union Medical College, having previously acquired the property. The Commission's members had included both William Welch, the first Dean of the Johns Hopkins Medical School and Simon Flexner and the China Medical Board modeled the school after Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine following the recommendations of the Flexner Report which set the foundation of modern Medical Education in the United States and Canada.

The PUMC was reorganized in 1917 and celebrated its 90th anniversary with a ceremony attended by the President of Johns Hopkins University, the Chair of the China Medical Board and representatives of the Rockefeller family and Rockefeller Brothers Fund. During the "Cultural Revolution" Peking Union Medical College was renamed "Capital University of Medical Sciences". In 2006 it was renamed as Peking Union Medical College, Tsinghua University.

Outstanding persons / Nobel Prize Laureates include:

Peking Union Medical College has provided generations of leaders for academic modern medicine and related areas in China.

2. Key Facts




Peking Union Medical College and Tsinghua University are holding a joint MD program in clinical medical science. Enrollment of the clinical medical science at PUMC is based on individual's performance in high school and the score of National Exam at the graduation. The curriculum of clinical medical science is 8 years, including 2.5 years of pre-medical education in the School of Life Sciences at Tsinghua University, the students have their pre-med studies at Tsinghua University are considered as the students of both PUMC and Tsinghua University. The college also has its independent Graduate School which recruits from other medical schools around country.

3. Partnerships and Programs

Partner Universities

Peking Union Medical College and Tsinghua University are holding a joint MD program in clinical medical science.

4. Trivia


Peking Union Medical College describes itself as an official college of Tsinghua University, and advises students to state "Tsinghua University, Peking Union Medical College" on résumés.

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