Shantou University （STU）, founded in 1981 with the approval of the State Council, is a key comprehensive university under the "211 Project" in the Guangdong province. It is a university co-developed by the Ministry of Education, People’s Government of the Guangdong Province, and the Li Ka Shing Foundation. It is also the only public university in the world which is continually supported by a private foundation—the Li Ka Shing Foundation. Currently there are 9 schools and colleges, 5,113 faculty members and medical workers, and 9,850 full-time students in STU. Shantou University Medical College （SUMC）, an important part of Shantou University （STU）, exists to lead by being student-centered in medical education； patient-centered in health service delivery； application-centered in biomedical and clinical research； public interest-centered in community services； faculty and staff-centered for sustainable development of SUMC. At present, SUMC has 204 full-time faculty members, among whom 85.8% hold a graduate degree and 46.6% have international experience either by studying or working abroad. SUMC offers a complete range of bachelor, master and doctorate and post-doctorate programs in medicine. Now there are 2,676 students enrolled in the medical programs at SUMC. SUMC has five affiliated hospitals with over 5,500 patient beds.