Sun Yat-sen University is one of the leading universities in China,which is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary university.The university has become an important base for training high-level talents, scientific research, providing services to society and inheriting cultural traditions. The University has also successfully built international cooperation and exchange relationships with many top universities in the world. According to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for 2010-2011, Sun Yat-sen University was ranked in the top 200 in the world.
As an engaging community, SYSU is dedicated to the prominence in teaching and learning. SYSU faculty members devote themselves both to students and to academic research, pursuing the comprehensive development of the whole society.
Approximately 83,000 students attend SYSU, among which 3,200 are international students from over 100 countries. SYSU has more than 50 alumni organizations around the world.
One of the predecessors of the Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Science was the Bo Ji Medical School, which, founded in 1866, was the earliest institution of learning of western medicine in our country, where Dr.Sun Yat-sen once studied and engaged in revolutionary activities. The Bo Ji Medical School evolved into the College of Medicine of Lingnan University in 1936. In 1953, the Colleges of Medicine in Sun Yat-sen University and Lingnan University merged to form the College of Medicine of South China, which was joined by the Guangdong Guanghua College of Medicine in 1954. The university was renamed Guangzhou College of Medicine and Sun Yat-sen College of Medical Science successively, and finally Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Science in 1985, which has developed steadfastly into a comprehensive medical university with multi-schools and multiple levels, has reached national advanced level and achieved remarkable successes in scientific research in medical genetics, ophthalmology, tumor study, parasite study, the kidney disease of internal medicine, organ transplant, infectious liver disease, biological medical project and molecular medical science.
Sun Yat-sen University and the Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Science have rich historical origin and common academic heritage. Many experts and scholars well-known at home and abroad have taught in Sun Yat-sen University, among them are Lu Xun, Guo Moruo, Feng Youlan, Fu Sinian, Zhao Yuanren, Gu Jiegang, Zhou Gucheng, Yu Pingbo, Chen Yinque, Cen Zhongmian, Jiang Lifu, Wang Yanang, Ma Cai, Rong Geng, Shang Chengzuo, Wang Jisi, Wang Li, Zhong Jinwen, Zhu Qianzhi, Ding Ying, Pu Zhelong, etc. Many famous medical experts have taught in the Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Science, such as Ke Lin, Liang Boqiang, Xie Zhiguang, Chen Xintao, Chen Yaozhen, Qin Guanyu, Lin Shumo, Zhou Shoukai, Zhong Shifan, Mao Wenshu and Chen Guozhen. Famous scholars and great masters have been gathering at the university to nurture generation after generation of students and to cultivate fine academic vogue, and many gifted graduates have become outstanding figures in all walks of life.