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School of Acupuncture & Osteology
Date: 2012-12-12  Read:   [Close]

School of Acupuncture and Osteology has a history dating back to 2 decades ago. It was established in 1986 with the name of Department of Acupunture and Moxibustion. With the development of its specialties and disciplines, it was renamed as The Second Department of Clinical Medicine in 1997. In 2002, The Second Department of Clinical Medicine and The Institute of Acupuncture and Meridians were integrated into one organization with two names in order to meet with the requirements of reforms and developments. Then, it was renamed as School of Acupuncture and Osteology under the University board’s permission in October, 2004.


The course, Acupuncture and Tui-Na (Chinese Massage) that the School offers is a key one of provincial level in Anhui Province, and is also a key-course constructing unit co-operating with State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of The P. R. China. The School has a Master’s programme in Acupunture and Tui-Na. It, collaborating with Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, also has the right to foster doctoral students in Acupunture and Tui-Na. The School undertakes the tasks to cultivate senior multi-skilled talents in the field of TCM Acupuncture and Tui-Na, Osteology and Rehabilitation. With the University’s firm supports and the School staff’s hard-working, the School has made eye-catching achievements in teaching, research, medical practices and international academic exchanges.


The School has 1 specialty for junior college education—Tui-Na, and 5 specialties for undergraduate education, that is, Acupuncture and Tui-Na, International Acupuncture and Tui-Na, TCM Osteology, Clinical Orientation of Chinese & Western Medicine (with a focus on medical insurance) and Rehabilitative Therapies. Its teaching staff are engaged in different branches of acupuncture or osteology. They can be roughly divided into 7 different groups: basics for acupuncture, acupuncture clinic, acupuncture literature, osteology, experimental acupuncture, rehabilitative therapies and medical insurance.


There are 3 research sections in The Institute of Acupuncture and Meridians—The Section of Channels-viscera Correlativity, The Section of Acupuncture (needling techniques) and The Section of Moxibustion. Since 1979, the Master’s programme in Basis for Chinese Medicine Combined with Western Medicine has been set up in the Institute. It has successively undertaken more than 70 research projects and won 12 prizes of state, provincial and/or departmental levels.


The School has a powerful and influential teaching staff with a total number of 40 full- and part-time teachers and researchers. Among them, there are 12 people with a technical title equivalent to professor, 13 people equivalent to associate professor; there are 4 Ph.Ds, 3 people who are studying for a doctoral degree, 1 leading talent of Anhui provincial higher education system. A group of young and energetic PhDs and Masters are projecting out from peer academic teams. Presently, 80% of the teaching staff are middle-aged or young, which has formed a high-quality team with striking professional abilities and reasonable academic constructures. The School is now undertaking nearly 10 research projects which includes some significant ones funded by The Ministry of Science & Technology of The P. R.China, National Foundation of Natural Sciences of the P. R.China, sub-projects of “The 973 Project”(a series of the most important and influential research projects funded by Chinese government) and etc. The School has won various prizes of provincial and/or departmental levels, has had 40 academic books and hundreds of academic papers published home and abroad. The School also participated in nationwide or district textbook compilations. The majority of its teaching staff conduct clinical work in the University’s Clinic Hall, The First Affiliated Hospital and The Second Affiliated Hospital and they treat these medical areas as bases to direct their students’ medical pratices. Many of them have set up good models for their students because of their abundant clinical teaching experience and gracious virtues.


The School has about 1,500 full-time students. There are also about 1,500 undergraduate and junior college students who have graduated from the School with an educational background in acupuncture, osteology and Tui-Na. Every year, the graduate’s employment rate stays above 90% and many of the graduates are most welcomed and viewed as backbones by their employers. In recent years, in order to meet the requirements of the development of the 21st century’s knowledge economy and to cultivate senior multi-skilled talents with high qualities, the School has implemented comprehensive teaching reforms to put those bold thoughts about teaching system and course setups into practices, which has formed the School’s own unque schooling advantages. For example: The School attaches great important to ESP (English for Special Purpose) teaching, which aims to strengthen the students’s abilities to put English language into practical uses in order that they can skillfully employ English to undertake the tasks relevant to international academic exchanges after their graduation. Based on the students’ different specialties, the School arranges different “Developing Models” besides the arrangement of essential core specialized courses in order to make the students’ studying goals more clear and drive them to study more actively. In addition, the School encourages its teachers to innovate their teaching techniques, advocates the uses of multi-media in teaching and impresses the students on their practical abilities. Furthermore, the School also employs some of the professors to act as part-time tutors to help the students with their moral development, that is, those professors not only “teach” the students, but also “foster” them.


The School also undertakes the tasks to educate the University’s long- and short-term international students who major in acupuncture and Tui-Na. In the past 2 dacades, there have been nearly 100 students from scores of countries or districts who came for their studies at the School. At the invitation of its partners or other medical and educational institutions in South Korea, the USA, Samoa, France, Ugslavia and Singapore, the experts from the Schools ever went to these areas to undertake teaching work or perform academic exchanges, who gave the local counterparts very good impressions and whose work was highly praised by them. The Schools has made great achievements in promoting TCM academic culture, in introducing acupuncutre to the world and in pushing the University’s academic exchanges with different countries. The School is becoming an important window for the University’s international exchanges and co-operation.


In the future, the School will view teaching as its foundational responsibility, view scientific research as its vital duty, view clinical base construction and international exchanges as its effective measures to attain its goals of overall development and finally, to build the School into a nationwide influential base for teaching, scientific research and clinical practices.

For more information, please visit the School's website (in Chinese)

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