Henan lies in the Central Plains of China being the cradle of Chinese civilization. Three out of the 7 ancient capitals in China, namely Luoyang, Kaifeng, Anyang, were located in Henan. The number of underground relics of Henan ranks the first and museum collection 1/8 of the Chinese total. Three properties were enlisted as the World Cultural Heritage: Yin Ruins where oracle bone inscriptions were excavated; Songshan Mountain the origin of Shaolin kungfu; Longmen Grottoes one of the artistic treasures of stone sculpture and where Hetu and Luoshu (The River Chart and the Inscription of the Luo) came into being.
Henan is the major roots of Chinese medicine and birthplace of ZHANG ZHONGJING. Great works of TCM such as the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, the Treatise on Febrile and Miscellaneous Diseases, and the Shennong Herbal Encyclopedia were completed in Henan. Henan produces over 2780 kinds of Chinese herbs, and takes the third place in terms of variety and quantity. Henan is also the place where Chen’s Taijiquan originated.
Founded in 1958, Henan University of Chinese Medicine was located in Zhengzhou the capital city of Henan province. It is one of the earliest established TCM universities in China, and the only TCM higher institution in Henan province which was approved by the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council to confer Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees. It is one of the five TCM universities co-sponsored by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and provincial government. In 2006, it was graded “excellence” in the MOE undergraduate teaching assessment. It is the international cooperation base of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is also the base for international promotion of Chinese culture and TCM, as well as the qualification test department and education base of World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies, thus authorized to organize international acupuncture and moxibustion level (qualification) tests and trainings. In September 2013, the university was approved by the Ministry of Education Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges to enroll Chinese Government Scholarship applicants.
It has three campuses, covers an area of 1856 mu (roughly 124 hectares) consisting of 16 schools (departments or centers), provides 19 Bachelor’s and 23 Master’s programs inclusive of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Tuina, Chinese Orthopedics, Nursing, Herbology and Preventive Medicine. Among these 24 were listed as key discipline of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Under it there are 3 affiliated hospitals (all at provincial level), 125 clinical teaching bases, and 59 research institutes. In the past 55 years, it has developed into a general university out of a TCM college with over 18000 students, providing undergraduate and postgraduate (Master’s and Doctorate) programs, international education and continuing education programs in medicine, engineering, science, management and arts. The university has established friendly relationship with over 50 educational, research, and medical institutions worldwide.
The university was among the first group of higher institutions approved by the Ministry of Education to start international education in 1993. Presently most international students are enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate programs for Chinese Medicine, Herbology, Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Tuina as well as TCM-related short-term trainings and Chinese Language programs. International education of the university features Chinese Medicine in combination with acupuncture, life preservation, kungfu and meditation. The School of International Education takes charge of admissions and teaching management of international students. It was awarded by the China Association of Higher Education for excellence in international education. It was the only TCM university competing in the final of “China Exploration 2013” a sports and cultural competition for international students in China, which was sponsored by the Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges of the Ministry of Education of P.R. China.