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Harbin Medical University
哈尔滨医科大学 (Chinese)
PresidentZhang Xue
Location, ,
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese哈尔滨医科大学
Traditional Chinese哈爾濱醫科大學

Harbin Medical University (HMU) (Chinese: 哈尔滨医科大学) is a public university located in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.

HMU is appointed as a national education and training base for biomedical scientists and teaching talents by the National Bureau of Advanced Health Care Education, and a key university of Heilongjiang Province in the national "211 Project".


Harbin Medical University (HMU) is located in Harbin, Heilongjiang province. HMU has a scenic green campus of 2.36 million square meters with buildings of ancient architecture styles.

HMU was founded in 1926. It originated from the merger of the old Harbin Medical University (a.k.a. Harbin Special Medical School, founded by a pioneer medical doctor in China, Dr. Lien-teh Wu) and the former first and second branch schools of Xingshan Chinese Medical University (a.k.a. Chinese Red Army Health School founded in 1931 in Ruijin, Jiangxi). In the 80 years of its history, HMU has inherited Dr. Lien-teh Wu’s spirit to "love the motherland wholeheartedly and to succeed through self-help," and has carried forward Chinese Red Army Health School's traditions of firm political belief and excellent medical expertise. The motto of today's HMU encourages "integrity with principles and constant learning to advance medical practice." HMU has been fast growing in terms of clinical and academic strength and has become a top ranking medical school with a large training capacity and distinctly characteristic training programs and curriculum design.


Affiliated Institutions

The affiliated institutions of HMU includes:

Organizations based in HMU includes:

Reputation & Recognition

Harbin Medical University is enlisted in the official medical directories of World Health Organization (WHO), International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and World Directory of Medical Schools (WDOMS).

Its Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree is recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI), Bangladesh, Jordan and many other Asian countries without a requirement for degree audition and validation. In countries of North America, Europe or other continents, such as USA, Canada, UK, Australia, M.D. graduates of HMU can obtain a medical license after passing specific board exams required in those countries.


Harbin Medical University is a full member of the following international organizations and associations:

Medical Programs

HMU has clearly defined medical programs. It is among the first group of medical universities with a seven-year medical program and has been working with Nankai University and Harbin Institute of Technology in jointly teaching these seven-year program students (ended in 2012). HMU cooperates with five foreign universities for joint medical programs. It has four first-grade doctorate degree programs including basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, public health and preventive medicine, and biology; 41 second-grade doctorate degree programs, and 49 second-grade master's degree programs. The 11 undergraduate programs include basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, preventive medicine, dentistry, anesthesiology, medical imaging, nursing, pharmacy, biotechnology, public affairs management, and medical law. Currently, HMU has five postdoctoral research programs in preventive medicine, clinical medicine, basic medical sciences, biology, and pharmacy, one research program in clinical pharmacy and pharmacology, and the postdoctoral research program in collaboration with Zhonglong Enterprises. There are over 10,000 full-time students, including over 3000 graduate students.

HMU has a reasonable discipline structure. There is one national key discipline, 32 provincial key disciplines, one incubation base of national key laboratories in biomedicine jointly established by the ministry and the province, six key laboratories of the ministry and the province, and 11 provincial key laboratories of higher education. Positions are available for national and provincial specially-invited professors. Undergrade five-year MBBS programme is available in English language. Chinese language MBBS programme is also available.

The following three-year MD/MS & PhD specialties are available in English:


The over 10,000 faculty and staff include a combination of newly trained members and seasoned professionals. HMU faculty proudly includes one academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and one Nightingale Prize winner. Over 70 faculty members have been granted various prizes including Chinese Outstanding Young Teacher Award, Wu Jieping Medical Research Award, and Paul Jassen Award in Pharmacy.

Scientific Achievements

HMU has made remarkable scientific achievements. Significant breakthroughs have been made in China Human Genome Project, cytogenetical research on solid tumor, basic and clinical research on series of spleen preservation operation, experiment and clinical application of homogeneous in situ heart transplantation, research on the best target of antiarrhythmic drugs and etiology of Kaschin-Beck disease. In order to make full use of HMU resources, HMU cooperates with some enterprises, e.g. the Pharmaceutical R&D Center between HMU and Harbin Pharmaceutical Group, to facilitate the transformation of pharmaceutical technology to new products and lead the pharmaceutical industry at the northeastern old industrial base to rapid development. Since 2000, HMU has been granted 3 second-class awards of National Scientific and Technological Progress, 3 second-class awards of National Natural Science, over 240 research achievement awards of the ministry and the province. HMU has undertaken over 250 projects of the national Project “973”, Project “863”, and key projects of National Natural Science Foundation.

HMU boasts advanced clinical technology. The five medical schools (affiliated hospitals) are ranked at top level; three are listed among the “100 best hospitals” in China. There are over 5000 beds, two million outpatients and over two-hundred thousand inpatients per year. Allogeneic organ transplantation is a speciality of HMU. Allogeneic spleen transplantation, allogeneic both-hands transplantation, and allogeneic single-forearm transplantation have reached international renown. Patients who receive allogeneic heart transplantation go on to enjoy the best life quality in Asia. The combined treatment of large intestine cancer is well known in China. There are 2905 beds in the other four non-affiliated clinical hospitals.

During the Tenth Five-Year Plan period, HMU was appraised as excellent in the assessment on seven-year medical program by the Ministry of Education, the assessment on the National Base of Science at HMU by the National Natural Science Foundation, and the assessment of basic medical education by the Ministry of Education. HMU enjoys a good reputation in its educational quality. As the first medical school in China, HMU received the pilot accreditation on basic medical education referenced by WFME Global Standards, and has achieved all 36 WFME basic standards, of which 25 have reached quality improvement standards. The foreign experts spoke highly of the medical education quality of the university. HMU has cooperative relations with over 40 colleges and universities in 12 countries or regions. Six specialized journal offices including Chinese Journal of Endemiology, International Journal of Genetics, and International Journal of Immunology are based at HMU. The campus network has been integrated into China Education and Research Network. HMU library has a collection of over 1.5 million books, 4707 journals and 330,000 electronic journals and books and provides electronic literature search and internet information services.

HMU adheres to the educational ideology “basic medical education as the basis, discipline developments as the fundamental, graduate and long-term medical education as the priority.” To meet the health needs of the region and country as well as economic development, HMU has become a base to cultivate skilled medical professionals and produce high-level research outcomes. HMU goals are to become the premiere teaching and research-oriented medical school in China that is renowned throughout the world. HMU will apply all of its advantages to achieving the objective of “rapid and all-around development” and rejuvenation of the old northeastern industrial base.

Rankings and reputation

University rankings
Global – Overall
USNWR Global[2]1027 (2022)
Regional – Overall
USNWR Asia[2]278 (2022)
National – Overall
USNWR National[2]109 (2022)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking, is one of the annual publications of world university rankings. It's the first global university ranking with multifarious indicators.

Year Rank Valuer
2023 5[3] ARWU Best Chinese Universities Ranking - Ranking of Chinese Medical Universities

CUAA (Chinese Universities Alumni Association)

Universities Ranking of China released by CUAA (Chinese Universities Alumni Association, Chinese: 中国校友会网) is one of the most foremost domestic university rankings in China.

Year Rank Valuer
2020 21[4] CUAA China Regional University Ranking
2020 105[5] CUAA China University Ranking
2021 15[6] CUAA China Non Double First Class University Ranking
2021 85[7] CUAA China University Ranking
2022 104[8] CUAA China University Ranking
2023 103[9] CUAA China University Ranking

Nature Index

Nature Index tracks the affiliations of high-quality scientific articles and presents research outputs by institution and country on monthly basis.

Year Rank Valuer
2022 206[10] Nature Index - Academic Institutions - China
2023 145[11] Nature Index - Academic Institutions - China

Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) is a leading consulting organization providing policy advice, strategic insights, and consulting services to governments and universities to improve educational and research outcomes.

Year Rank Valuer
2023 703[12] Center for World University Rankings

U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities Ranking

Year Rank Valuer
2022 1027[13] U.S. News Best Global Universities Ranking


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