Wenzhou Medical University (WMU) is a higher institution under the administration of Zhejiang Provincial Government. It can trace its origin back to the former Zhejiang Specialized Medical School established in 1912. In August 1958, a group of faculty was sent from Zhejiang Medical College in Hangzhou to help establish the Second Zhejiang Medical College in Wenzhou, whose name was changed to Wenzhou Medical College in accordance with its location. In 2013 Wenzhou Medical College was officially renamed Wenzhou Medical University. In 2015, it was shortlisted as one of the co-development universities by the Ministry of Education, National Health and Family Planning Commission and Zhejiang Provincial Government. In 2017, it became a Priority Development University in Zhejiang Province.
WMU started its five–year undergraduate programs in 1958 and master’s programs in 1978, making it one of the first institutions in China authorized to confer master’s degree and doctor’s degree. Now WMU has 4 Primary Category Discipline PhD Programs (Clinical Medicine, Pharmacy, Biomedical Engineering, Basic Medicine), 12 Primary Category Discipline Master Programs (Clinical Medicine, Nursing Traditional Chinese Pharmacology, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Basic Medical Sciences, Chinese and Western Integrative Medicine and Pharmacology，Medical Techonology, Stomotology, Public Health and Prevention Medicine, Public Management), 8 Professional Master’s Programs, and Postdoctoral Scientific Research Mobile Stations under the Primary Category Discipline of Clinical Medicine. The Clinical Medicine, Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology Programs of WMU all rank within global top 1% in ESI rankings. Notably, the Clinical Medicine Program ranks within the global top 0.22% in ESI rankings. WMU ranks No. 80 in ESI rankings among all colleges and universities in China. WMU features 1 National Engineering Research Center, 1 State Key Laboratory, 13 Provincial or Ministerial Key Laboratories/Research Centers, 1 Provincial “Collaborative Innovation Center under the Zhejiang 2011Collaborative Innovation Plan, 2 Provincial Top Priority Disciplines, 3 Provincial Level-A Disciplines of Distinction, 7 Level-B Disciplines of Distinction, 10 Key Disciplines for Colleges and Universities in Zhejiang and 2 Provincial Priority Development Disciplines.