Ningxia Medical University, founded in 1958 and previously named as Ningxia Medical College, is the unique higher learning medical institution of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. It is located in Yinchuan, the capital city referred to as “South Beauty beyond the Great Wall” in the northwest. In 1962, it was incorporated into Ningxia University, named as School of Medicine of Ningxia University. In 1972, when Shanghai Railway Medical College moved to Yinchuan and combined with School of Medicine of Ningxia University, it was jointly rebuilt as Ningxia Medical College. In 2002, Ningxia Health School and Nursing School were incorporated into Ningxia Medical College. In 2008, it was promoted as a medical comprehensive university with the name Ningxia Medical University. In 2013, the university was approved as Doctorial Degree Conferring Unit (3 first-level disciplines: Clinical Medicine, Basic Medical Science, Public Health & Preventive Health have been approved for doctoral program).
At present, the university (including Yanhu Campus and Shuangyi campus) covers an area of 1700 mu, with the construction area of 293,200 square meters, and the total assets of about 1.2 billion Yuan. It consists of 13 teaching institutions, 12 teaching & scientific research assistant institutions, 15 affiliated hospitals, 16 teaching hospitals, and over 90 training hospitals & field practice bases as well. The General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University is a comprehensive first-class tertiary hospital integrating the clinical treatment, education, scientific research, examination and training etc. in Ningxia. It is one of the national 500 largest hospitals, and the medical service of the hospital covers the nearby areas of Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, and Gansu province, etc.
The university has one double-hired academician, over 7400 teaching staffs and health care workers, which include 882 full-time teachers, out of whom, there are 659 professors and associate professors; 85.5% have the Master’s Degree and 31.4% have the Doctor’s Degree.
At present, there are over 20000 students in the university, including 9095 full-time students, 1633 postgraduates and 363 international students. The university offers 21 undergraduate majors and 8 first-level disciplines conferring the Master’s Degree. It can confer the Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree for medicine, science and management. The university forms professional discipline system with local characteristics, which focuses on medical disciplines, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine coexisting, and multi-discipline coordinated development.
The university has one nation-leveled teaching group, two nation-leveled experimental teaching demonstration center, one nation-leveled university students’ off campus educational practice base of undergraduate teaching project, five nation-leveled characteristic specialties, two nation-leveled teaching achievements, nine province-leveled teaching groups, nine province-leveled experimental teaching demonstration centers, nine province-leveled characteristic specialties, thirty-one province-leveled excellent courses, eighteen province-leveled teaching achievements, eleven province-leveled outstanding teachers. Besides, it has one key laboratory of the Ministry of Education, one national key laboratory cultivating base jointly sponsored by Sci-tech Ministry and the Autonomous Region, one key laboratory jointly sponsored by Ministry of Education and the Autonomous Region, nine province-leveled key disciplines, eight national ministry-leveled key disciplines, five national clinical key departments. It has built Ningxia human placenta stem cell bank, biological chip Beijing national engineering research center, Ningxia branch center, Ningxia Neuromedicine transformation center, Ningxia medical science academician working station, Ningxia Liupan Mountain medicinal plant resources’ development and utilization academician working station, Ningxia medical postdoctoral scientific research working station, and Ningxia digestive disease institute, etc.
In recent five years, the university has more than 2740 varied scientific research projects approved, with more than 247 million Yuan applied for total projects. It has gained great breakthroughs in major science and technology projects, like national “973” plan, science and technology support program, new medicine development, etc. There are 387National Natural Science Foundation projects approved from 2011 till now, and 10National Social Science Foundation projects approved within three years from scratch. It has also achieved 78provincial science and technology progress prizes, published 385 SCI papers, and published 40 academic books.
Depending on the advantage of ethnic region, and strengthening the research and development of Hui Medicine, the university established School of Hui Medicine of Ningxia Medical University, Hui Medicine Research Institute, Affiliated Hospital of Hui Medicine & Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ningxia Hui Medicine Modern Engineering & Technological Research Center, and Ningxia Hui Medicine Collaborative Innovation Center, and built the Chinese Cultural Museum of Hui Medicine. The education and research of Hui Medicine has become one of the unique features of the university.
Ningxia Medical University has been actively conducting international exchange and cooperation programs. So far it has established academic and friendly collaborative relationships with many scientific research institutions and universities both at home and abroad, such as University of South Florida of America, Sanford Medical School of South Dakota University of America, Shimane University of Japan, Australian National University, Italian University of Ferrara; Peking University, Fudan University, Shandong University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Capital Medical University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Xiamen University, etc. Being approved by Ministry of Education in 2011, Shandong University has established counterpart assistance relationship with our university.
The university has successively obtained many honors, such as national civilized unit, national advanced basic-level Party organization for the performance in the competition activity, national May 1st labor certificate, national May 4th red flag youth league committee, advanced unit for the construction of spiritual civilization in the autonomous region, the outstanding unit of Party's construction and college students’ ideological and political work in the autonomous region, the demonstration unit for constructing study Party organization, and the advanced unit of the national unity and progress in the autonomous region. The university is one of the first 50 national typical universities with graduate employment experience, and one of the practical skills training base for humanistic medicine of Chinese medical doctors in Ningxia.
Through more than half a century’s endeavor, Ningxia Medical University has become a quite influential and well-known higher learning medical institution with the coordinate developments in its scale, structure, quality and benefit of the nation.
Based on the school-running conception of “opening up in school-running, connotative development, strengthening the characteristic, focusing on innovation”, and the quintessence of school motto of “being virtuous and helpful in medical education and being diligent and perfect in medical learning”, Ningxia Medical University will continue to strengthen the connotation construction, highlight school-running characteristics, and improve school-running level, so as to make great efforts to realize its two first-class constructions (first-class medical university in the west, and some first-class disciplines of the nation), and strive for building itself into a characteristic, modern and high-level medical university in the west of China.