|Wang Guiyun [Women of China]|
Wang Guiyun, born in 1968, is a professor and secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Committee of the Shandong Xiehe Institute, a renowned privately-owned medical university in China which she established. The university was commended as a "National Advanced Social Organization" by the Civil Ministry and recognized as a "Provincial-level Educational Advanced Unit" by the Shangdong provincial government.
Wang has won many awards herself including the "National March 8th Red Banner Pacesetter" award, and the "China 100 Outstanding Female Entrepreneurs" award for her outstanding achievements in developing the university.
Wang was born and grew up in a farmer's family in a poor rural area of Zibo in east China's Shandong Province, which allowed Wang to understand at that time the difficulties faced by farmers in accessing medical services. So after graduating, when applying for university, she chose to major in medicine at the Shandong Traditional Chinese Medicine Institute----now the Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Nevertheless, after graduation Wang gradually realized that her personal efforts alone were insufficient to relieve the difficult situation in receiving medical services for the large population of rural workers. More medical professionals were needed. So Wang was determined to establish a medical university for cultivating further talent.
As a woman with such a strong spirit of entrepreneurship, she set out on her entrepreneurial career soon after graduation by establishing a vocational medical school affiliated to the Shandong Traditional Chinese Medicine Institute in 1993.
However, the career path proved to be more full of hardships than she expected at the beginning. In the first year, the school only enrolled eight students. And owing to the distance of the school from the city, many hired teachers were reluctant to come there to give lessons.
Nevertheless, Wang told her faculty members that the classes must begin on time even though there were only eight students. She would ride a bicycle by herself to take the teachers to her school to give lessons. All the teachers were moved by her sincerity and the classes started successfully. Such strong responsibility from Wang and her faculty won the trust of the students and their parents, helping to pave a good reputation for Wang's school and encourage future enrollment.
Gradually the school grew along with the number of students, and it turned into a medical institute for higher development in 1998.
In 20 years, the Shandong Xiehe Institute has become a large-scale and renowned university with more than 30,000 students and 57 majors. It was regarded as a model of private universities in Shandong since not only the size of the university is so large, the teaching quality and research level is also exceptional.
More than 24 State-level and provincial-level excellent modules and three provincial-level feature majors have been built. The university also paid attention to academic research work of the teaching faculties. Wang herself has finished seven research programs of provincial-level or above.
Furthermore, the university has paid attention to the development of students' practical abilities. With great effort, the employment rate of the graduates of the university has reached more than 90 percent and more than 98 percent of employers have shown their satisfaction with the graduates.
Besides the outstanding work in developing the university, Wang is also a person with a strong sense of social responsibility. Under Wang's leadership, from 2005, the university has provided free training programs for doctors from rural areas in the province with support from the government. More than 20,000 rural doctors have received free professional training in the past nine years. In addition, Wang and the faculties have always been active in taking part in many public charity activities.
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