Southern Medical University , formerly known as First Military Medical University, affiliated to the People's Liberation Army of China, is a Chinese institution of higher learning, located in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province, China. It was founded in 1951. It became one of national key universities in 1979. Approved by the State Council and the Central Military Commission of PLA, the university came under the jurisdiction of Guangdong Province in August, 2004, thus renamed as Southern Medical University. Southern Medical University is located at the foothills of picturesque Baiyun Mountain in Guangzhou. The main campus, together with its south campus in the southern suburb of Guangzhou, covers an area of nearly one million square meters. The university has been awarded the first-class garden-like university, for rows of green trees nourish and bouquets of flowers blossom on the campuses all throughout the year.Rankings & ReputationSouthern Medical University is ranked 2641 by 4icu world ranking and 1499 by Webometrics world ranking.Courses offeredThis University offers courses in Clinical Medicine at the Bachelors and Masters level. Apart from Medical courses in both Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, courses in Economics and Medical Related fields are also offered. Students are also taught English (for Chinese students) and Mandarin Chinese (for the International Students) at the basic level. "Southern Medical University", is WHO (World Health Organization) recognised and also recognised by the MCI (Medical Council of India). The University is a rich haven for research and development in the field of medicine.