The University’s 60th anniversary is 24 days away and now the administration and all of its subordinates are gearing up for the big event. It is estimated that over 600 guests and alumni will attend the ceremony, which is scheduled at 10:16 AM, 16, October.
The university was established in 2000 by the merger of Central-South Institute of Technology and Hengyang Medical College, the former founded in 1959 and administered by the then Ministry of Nuclear Industry, the latter in 1958 and by the then Health Department of Hunan Province. Both predecessors started from undergraduate programs and now together they have evolved as a key institution of higher learning in the country as well as in the Province.
The university is well-known for its nuclear and medical science and environment engineering which focuses on radiation protection.
Now the University has 40,000 plus full-time students, from undergraduates to post-doc researchers. The nuclear programs cover the chain from Uranium mining, reactor engineering to decommission of nuclear facilities and disposing of nuclear waste. Three of its top-level hospitals offer internship for 1000-strong medical students and provide healthcare to patients from abroad and other parts of the country, as well as the local residents. Another 20 teaching hospitals scatter in Beijing, Hainan, Guangdong and other cities of Hunan.
Hengyang, home to the University, is a city of history, tourism and butter and bread in the South of China. The second largest city of Hunan, it enjoys a very convenient transportation: direct flights to scores of cities including Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an. The bullet trains are shuttling to and from Hongkong (180 minutes), Guangzhou (120minutes), Changsha (40minutes) and Wuhan (120mintues). Daily trips by train to Beijing (7hours), Shanghai (6hours) and Chongqing (5hours) are available and in most cases more punctuate than flights.
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