The Tbilisi State Medical University (TSMU) is the main center of higher medical education in Georgia, with an almost hundred-year history. Actually, higher medical education in Georgia is of the same age as well. It is noteworthy to emphasize that thousands of our university graduates continue their professional careers in many leading clinics and institutions of Georgia, Europe and the world as a whole.
The core role and responsibility of TSMU in providing population health care activities is of great importance and respectable. While accomplishing this important mission TSMU is guided by the fundamental principles of its activities
• Academic Quality of knowledge and research;
• Electiveness and transparency of the managing bodies;
• Academic freedom of both students and academic staff.
Successful undergraduate, postgraduate, continuous professional development programs, Master’s, doctoral courses and higher vocational education programs make TSMU attractive for prospective students not only in Georgia, but 65 other countries around the world.
The main guiding principles of TSMU activities are fully compatible with the approaches and strategies of the European educational system, and moreover, TSMU, to some extent, is involved in the development of these principles.
TSMU is a full member of the European Education Area that means its active involvement in functioning of this educational system, determining directions for development and implementation, establishing free and close scientific and academic relationships with the educational, scientific and clinical centers throughout the world.
Successful implementation of internationally recognized standards and approaches for medical education at the University promotes development of traditional educational programs, while the collaboration with foreign partners, long-term academic experience and worth-while efforts to address modern challenges to medical services thrusts us to take bold and innovative steps forward.
TSMU runs bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional education Programs. In recent years new academic programs have been added:
- American MD (USMD) Program – developed with Emory University School of Medicine (Atlanta, U.S.)
- Joint International Bachelor's Program in “Public Health and Management” with UniMan Academy of Management and Performance (France). Upon completion, two - Georgian and French diploma will be issued;
- Joint International Master's Program in “Public Health Management and Health Policy” at TSMU Faculty of Public Health.
- Joint Georgian-Austrian Bachelor of Nursing program with Tyrol hospitals Union - the Western Education Centre (AZW), allowing Georgian nurses to pursue proficiency in accordance with European standards and gain international experience in the Clinics of Austria.
At present, TSMU is the partner of more than 120 universities and University Clinics from 40 countries worldwide; collaboration with them is regulated on the basis of bilateral agreements and / or joint international projects (ERASMUS +, MEVLANA, HORIZON 2020). Within the frames of the programs, every year more than 300 students, academic and administrative staff of TSMU participates in short- or long-term international mobility programs at undergraduate, master and doctoral levels mobility.
TSMU attaches great importance to a student-centered educational system in comparison with a teacher-oriented system (not time-dependent and, a priori, based on the assumption that professor/teacher knows what to teach). Student-centered approach pays much more attention to curriculum planning and is focused on students’ needs in terms of their future social activities and professional career. Therefore, one of the mechanisms of evaluation of educational programs and, most importantly, the performance indicators, is a study of assessment of students and graduates and critical analysis of the study results.
For this purpose, the Department of Quality Assurance has worked out a number of target questionnaires and criteria, in the use and interpretation of which the students are actively involved.
All the above-mentioned determines the proper planning of the curriculum, the effectiveness of its implementation, existence of the chain of study and evaluation processes of the results using the objective, measurable criteria.
Each member of our university communities - faculty, administration, students and alumni - had, has and will have the opportunity to make own contribution in professional improvement and development of the Tbilisi State Medical University as a whole.
Once your choice falls to join Tbilisi State Medical University academic community, be sure you will be taken into care by academic staff, and the administration of TSMU as well as the cohort of graduates and the students of TSMU who are ready to help you create future and successfully realize your dreams.
Professor ZURAB VADACHKORIA
The Rector of Tbilisi State Medical University