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Med Acupunct 2020 Jun 1;32(3):136-142. doi: 10.1089/acu.2019.1403. Epub 2020 Jun 16.

Universities of Chinese Medicine Enter the Global Stage of Best Universities Rankings in 2020

Arthur Yin Fan 1 2Hui Wei 1 3Haihe Tian 1 4Jane Huang 2 5Sarah Faggert Alemi 1 6Affiliations expand


Objective: Chinese Medicine (known as acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) in the United States), has spread far and been utilized in more than 183 countries or regions. It has played an important role in the health care systems of many countries. Licensed acupuncturists’ contribution to the U.S. market alone is more than 3.5 billion dollars. The aim of the current study was to determine the ranking status of Chinese Medicine schools on the global or international level in 2020. Materials and Methods: Databases of PubMed.gov, wanfangdata.com.cn, cnki.net, and google.com were searched, using the keywords: university or college or schoolChinese Medicine or acupuncture and Oriental Medicineglobal ranking or international ranking, 2020 both in English and Chinese. If the ranking did not show up in the results directly, the authors moved on to find global or international higher education (universities or colleges) ranking agencies or institutions. Then the authors used the websites of ranking agencies or institutions to conduct more research, using the keywords: 2020Chinese Medicine, or acupuncture and Oriental MedicineResults: U.S. News & World Report is the only recognized authority that reported the ranking status of universities of Chinese Medicine in its 2020 edition, in which the best global universities were ranked. A total of 1500 universities in 81 countries and regions were included. Based on the overall academic strength of each university, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, and Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine were ranked as numbers 1376, 1390 and 1440, respectively. In clinical medicine, 750 universities were ranked among the strongest in the world; Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine were ranked as 688th, 734th, and 738th, respectively. In pharmacology and toxicology, 250 universities were among the strongest in the world; Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine were ranked as 153rd and 209th, respectively. In oncology, 250 universities were ranked as strongest in the world; Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine was ranked as 243rd in the world. Conclusions: Chinese Medicine schools are more accepted and more highly ranked than they had been in the past.

Keywords: 2020; Chinese Medicine; acupuncture; best global universities; educational institution; ranking.


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Distribution of licensed acupuncturists and educational institutions in the United States in early 2015   (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095496417300122)


In recent decades, acupuncture has been used more widely and extensively in the United States (U.S.). However, there have been no national surveys or analyses reported in academic journals on the number of practicing or licensed acupuncturists. This study was conducted to identify the approximate number of licensed acupuncturists active in 2015. The Board of Acupuncture or Board of Medicine in each state or U.S. territory was contacted to collect data. Online license information searching was also performed in order to get accurate numbers of licensed acupuncturists for those states in which a board was unable to be contacted. The study found that the number of licensed acupuncturists in 2015 in the U.S. was 34,481. Of this, more than 50% were licensed in three states alone: California (32.39%), New York (11.89%) and Florida (7.06%). The number of licensed acupuncturists increased 23.30% and 52.09%, compared to the year 2009 (n = 27,965) and 2004 (n = 22,671), respectively; increasing about 1,266 per year. There were 62 and 10 accredited acupuncture institutions providing master and doctoral degrees, respectively. The West Coast comprised 51.39% of degree granting programs, while the East Coast comprised 29.17%; together the coastal states housed more than 80% of all programs, with the remainder sprinkled across the southern (9.72%), northern (8.33%), and the middle/central states (1.39%). Forty-four states and the District of Columbia regulated acupuncture practice by law at the time of data collection. Acupuncture continues to be a quickly growing profession in the U.S.

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