Dr. Lu Fan, MS/OD ’02, was recently appointed president of Wenzhou Medical University (WMU), a major medical university in China. Before her promotion on October 23, 2015, she served as the Vice president of WMU and executive Dean in their school of Optometry and Ophthalmology.
Dr. Lu Fan graduated from WMU in 1986, majoring in general ophthalmology, and completed a master degree program in Optics at the same institution. She later attended New England of College of Optometry (NECO), becoming the first graduate of the joint MS/OD program offered by NECO and WMU. After earning her OD degree at NECO in 2002, Dr. Lu Fan returned to her home country to help pioneer the establishment of optometry as a medical discipline in China.
The New England College of Optometry has been affiliated with Wenzhou Medical University for almost 25 years, allowing students and faculties from the two institutions to interact and collaborate. The History of Wenzhou Medical University can be traced back to the Zhejiang Specialized Medical School established in 1912, as the earliest higher learning institution in modern medicine which was founded by Chinese. WMU was set up in Wenzhou in 1958, and is located in Zhejiang province, in South East China. During the 13 years of governance by the former university president, Prof. Qu Jia, the university expanded to become one of the leading medical education and research centers in the nation.
Wenzhou Medical University offers a 7-year program in Ophthalmology & Optometry directly leading to master’s degree including 30 bachelors’ programs in the disciplines of medicine, nursing, science, pharmacology, biology, engineering, administration, arts, law and education, spread over 3 campuses. WMU has a doctoral program of Clinical Medicine, a postdoctoral research station, and 8 master’s degree programs. At present, the total enrollment of WMU is 14,000 students of which there are 80 Ph.D candidates, over 2300 postgraduates enrolled in a master’s degree and 600 international students. It is the leading and first institution of higher learning in China to develop a medically based optometry program within the medical education system. Today, NECO and WMU offer a MS/OD China joint degree program, providing students a strong science education and training in optometry.
Dr. Lu Fan has been a leader in this field throughout her career, helping to advance the education of optometrists in the medical field in China and to train leaders in medical education and health care system. She was given an honorary Doctor of Science degree from New England College of Optometry in May 2010 in recognition of her contribution and advancement of the profession of Optometry in China.
During her promotional speech at Wenzhou , Dr. Lu Fan thanked her predecessor for their accomplishments and expressed her goal to further expand the university’s fast track development in education and research through integrity, innovation and persistency. We congratulate her on her accomplishments.