The world’s largest inland port city, Chongqing is located in Southwestern China where the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers meet. It is one of five principal cities, and the only municipality in Western China directly administered by the Central Government. Chongqing is known for its hot springs, collection of bridges, local cuisine and scenic night views. Chongqing is noted for its rich culture and history. The city was founded nearly 3000 years ago when the Ba-Yu civilization first established itself here. Later, during the Song Dynasty, the city was named Chongqing which in Chinese means “Double Happiness.” In today’s Chongqing, you can see the fusion of old and new, modern and traditional. Porters, using the same techniques from centuries ago, swiftly carry their packs up the city’s meandering steps, and ferry boats move slowly downriver. These glimpses of old China are slowly giving way to 21st century life. Centrally located in the city is Chongqing Medical University or CQMU. Founded in 1956, our university was first part of the Shanghai First Medical College, now part of Fudan University. CQMU is now a comprehensive medical university with a diverse offering of Bachelors, Masters, Doctors and Postdoctoral programs.