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About SUMC

Shantou University (STU), founded in 1981 with the approval of the State Council, is a key comprehensive university under the jurisdiction of the Guangdong Province and co-developed by the Ministry of Education, the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Li Ka-Shing Foundation. Shantou University receives generous support from the distinguished philanthropist and international entrepreneur Li Ka-shing.


Shantou University Medical College (SUMC) is the provider of doctoral programs in Basic Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Biology and Pharmacology, master’s programs in Basic Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Biology, Pharmacology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and professional programs in Clinical Medicine, Pharmacology, Public Health and Nursing, as well as postdoctoral programs in Basic Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Biology and Pharmacology. SUMC boasts a nationally accredited discipline Pathology and Pathophysiology and a number of provincially recognized disciplines, i.e. Basic Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Pharmacology as well as Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The Clinical Medicine has been in the global top 1% of ESI (Essential Science Index) since 2012.


SUMC is committed to student-centered education and training of high-caliber medical professionals who provide quality healthcare services with virtue, skills and a spirit of innovation. SUMC is also devoted to nurturing students with research skills, specialist knowledge and creativity. The postgraduates from the Master of Clinical Medicine have achieved a pass rate of 100% in the national standardized medical residency training. The employment rate of new graduates has remained over 91% for 8 consecutive years. In 2020, SUMC postgraduates published a number of high-impact research papers and the highest impact factor was 9.913, and earned 25 prizes in various competitions at the provincial level or above. Students at SUMC are also encouraged to invent and patent their creations, with four innovative utility patents accredited in the past year.

New SUMC Medical Education Center

The new SUMC Medical Education Center located on the main campus has been completed and put into use in 2016, marking a new milestone in the history of SUMC’s development. The new Medical Education Center, designed by Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd, covers an area of approximately 50 thousand square meters and houses modernly equipped classrooms, research laboratories, computing rooms and others. The cutting-edge facilities including Simulated Medical Center and Human Life Science Hall enable our students to learn and develop in a stimulated environment. The new SUMC, life sciences-centered and fully multidisciplinary, is well positioned to lead in medical education reforms in China, join the ranks of top research universities and colleges, and produce competent medical professionals to serve the region, the nation and even the world.





New SUMC Medical Education Center in the opening light show


Mr Li Ka-shing surrounded by students at the New SUMC Medical Education Center

Simulated Medical Center

The Simulated Medical Center, formerly named Clinical Skills Training Center, was established in 2002 as the first of its kind in China. The center has recently undergone a significant expansion and upgrade, and has been relocated to the new Medical Education Center on the main campus in 2016. Designed as an actual modern hospital, the center provides an advanced platform for early clinical practice and a sophisticated clinical skills training and assessment base to our medical students and residents from all levels. The nearly 6,000 square meter center runs on the sophisticated technologies and houses a number of multi-purpose training rooms and a full series of state-of-the-art clinic rooms and simulated facilities including intensive care unit (ICU) and hybrid virtual operating room. In addition to standardized patients, the center is equipped with various high-end simulators and virtual network technologies such as SimMan 3G simulator, the first virtual hybrid operating system imported from Sweden in Asia, automatic delivery simulator, simulated laparoscopy training system, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) model, anaesthetic machine, microscopic operating system and multi-functional operating table. Our clinical training courses are strengthened by an extensive collection of virtual learning resources including those shared by Stanford University and University of Alberta. While designed for use by medical students, the facility is also available for first-aid training to groups within and outside the SUMC community. To learn more about the Clinical Skills Training Center, please visit the website


Virtual Hybrid Operating Room


Intensive Care Unit (ICU)


Inpatient Ward


Laparoscopy Room                                                                                              Delivery Room


Operating Room


Surgery Training Room


Consultation Room

Human Life Science Hall

The Human Life Science Hall is an interactive, evolving place of discovery of the human body. There are nine stations with over 600 unique human specimens that demonstrate the embryonic development and each organ system of the human body, while the last station features a most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system – Anatomage Table for anatomy education. The Anatomage Table enables students to learn anatomy in 3D exactly as they would on a fresh cadaver and beyond what any cadaver could offer. In the hall, we would like to walk with you in developing deep respect for human life, art and medicine, and in saluting those who donated their bodies for the meaningful cause of medical education.




Anatomage Digital Dissection Table