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 TSMU 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 the country 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.
In 2018, the TSMU successfully and unconditionally passed authorization process. According to the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME), since 2023 only the Diploma, issued by a medical school the medical programs of which got International Accreditation, will be recognized within the Euro-Atlantic space. Now we are getting ready for this important step.
Successful undergraduate, postgraduate, continuous professional development programs, Master’s, doctoral as well as higher vocational educational programs make TSMU attractive for prospective students not only in Georgia, but different countries around the world.
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.
The fact that on May 23, 2019 the AMEE International Networking Centre was founded at Tbilisi State Medical University (TSMU) might be assigned to the great recognition and success (over the past decade AMEE has developed both in size and in the sphere of its activities and is now the international association with members in over 110 countries). This is the success not only for the TSMU but the country as a whole: Georgia has become an international center for medical education that is an important step towards integration into the European educational area. The main goal of the AMEE International Networking Center in Georgia is sharing modern methodologies in medical education and delivering professional trainings to academic and administrative staff, medical experts of higher education institutions and the representatives of other interested structures in the regions.
Increased attractiveness of TSMU for nearly 2500 international students from 72 countries might be considered as obvious evidence of international recognition of Tbilisi State Medical University. Thus, we can say that every third student in our university is an international student.
The strategic goal of Tbilisi State Medical University is to ensure the continuous development of quality education, and to maintain the reputation of TSMU as a traditionally outstanding center of medical education not only in Georgia but also the international arena that meets both national and international WFME standards.
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.
For years, the joint academic programs have been functioning at TSMU:
- American MD (US MD) 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) (Austria), 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 over 30 countries worldwide; collaboration with them is regulated on the basis of bilateral agreements and / or joint international projects (ERASMUS +, HORIZON, MEVLANA and etc.). Within the frames of the programs, every year more than 600 students, academic and administrative staff, researchers, doctors and nurses of TSMU participate in short- or long-term international mobility programs at undergraduate, master and doctoral levels. Many professors and students from the partner universities often pay the visit to Tbilisi State Medical University for training or sharing good experiences.
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.
Each member of our university communities - faculty, administration, students and alumni - had, has and will have the opportunity to make own contribution to 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 your future and successfully realize your dreams.