The Center for Sports and Arts of Tbilisi State Medical University, under the name of physical culture, was established in 1929 and was led by the Social Hygiene Department. In 1931, the course was formed as a physical education department and medical control course was transferred to them. In 1942 Physical education as a mandatory subject was transferred to the military - sanitarydepartment and a medical control to the department of Hospital Therapy. In 1947 the department was again formedunder the name of Physical Education and Medical Physical Culture. The head of the department was Professor Dr.Giorgi Mghebrishvili. In 1968-1973 division was headed by Professor Romanoz Svanishvili. In 1973-1977 department was headed by Dr.Vladimer Samsonadze. In 1977-2000 the department of Physical Education and Sport was headed by Dr. Henry Dolidze. In 2000-2005 - Dr. Zaur Pkhaladze. In 2000, with the initiative of the Sports Department and in agreement with the Ministry of Education, under the direction of Zaur Pkhaladze, TSMU "Complex Sports School" was created by highly qualified specialists. Heinrich Dolidze was appointed as a director. Complex of sports school stopped functioning in 2006. Since December 2005, by the"Law of Georgia on Higher Education", in accordance with the basic requirements of the current educational system in the country and the basic requirements of the Bologna process, medical rehabilitation and sport medicine, physical education and sport divisions were united. The unified structure was named as the division of medical rehabilitation, sports medicine, physical education and sports and Professor Naira Chabashvili was appointed as the head.
In 1998 at Tbilisi State Medical University was founded the Cultural Center, the University alumni Badri Machavariani was appointed as a director.
In 2006 the sports center was created at the University and Kakha Chumburidze was appointed as a director. The same year the Cultural Center and Sports Center was united: TSMU Sports and Art Center was created. Kakha Tchumburidze was appointed as a Director, Deputy Director - BadriMachavariani (TSMU alumni, laureate of national and international festivals, owner of the Italian culture prize, member of UNESCO 2 committee, owner of the Order "Amagdari"). 2008 - 2010 Sports and Arts Center was headed by Nikoloz Makhviladze. Since 2010, Professor Zaur Pkhaladze heads the Sports and Art Center.
Scientific and methodical work of the Sports and Arts Center
The center is headed by Dr.Zaur Pkhaladze, who has published 38 scientific papers, two methodical guidelines and one monograph.
In our University were raised: Maia Chiburdanidze, world chess champion; World and European champions: Athletics – Vardo Kutateladze, in swimming Tinatin Lekveishvili, in the Ball shooting- Gia Shengelia; The winners of the European Youth Championship in fencing- Sergi Andriadze and Manana Kekelia. Former Union champions and members of the Olympic team: Sports gymnastics – Donara Janukashvili, Marilene Papava in sports shooting from pistols, Vadim Reeshetov in archery; Alexander Sgabriyan, in Sports gymnastics - Marina Chachkhiani and Manana Davitashvili, Maia Mosidze in tennis - Ivane Peregulov in Athletics - Davit Lobzhanidze, tennis player - IvanePeregulov in Athletics. The participants and prizes of the "A" class of Union masters were: Rugby – Zurab Kharshiladze and Avtandil Gibradze, handball – Tengiz Gazdeliani and Giorgi Abesadze, basketball – Aleksandre Kiladze, Vazha Gvantseladze, Jimsher Natriashvili, Akaki Salakaia, Valeri Jgerenaia and in football Nugzar Demuria.
The university alumni were also the World and European prize winners: Giorgi Changelia in Taipei and Budokarate; In contact karate – Rati Tsiteladze; In Sambo – Irakli Merkviladze and Levan Chubinidze,in Kyokushinkai Karate – Gia Gvenetadze, Judo – Zakro Poladashvili, Konstantine Mukunava, Giorgi Dugashvili, Beka Bikoshvili, Levan Nozadze. Arm wrestling – Giorgi Tabidze
Currently at the university the world champions in Force Triathlon are studying: Giga Kopaleishvili, Pavle Laghadishvili, Beka Makhatadze, Giorgi Metivishvili, Zurab Dolaberidze and Nana Skhiladze. European Champion in Strongman (Arnold Classic) Chabukha Chigladze. He also performed an extreme activity and was able to hold Two BMW cars that were in motion standing on the opposite side . The weight of each was 500-500 horsepower. By performing thisactivity he became a Guinness record holder.
Among the accredited higher education institutions of Georgia, the following results of "Universiade" are obtained by TSMU students: "Universiade 2010" - 3 gold, 9 silver, 14 bronze medals. "Universiade 2011" - 5 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze medals. "Universiade 2012" - 7 gold, 7 silver and 22 bronze medals. "Universiade 2013" -5 Gold, 8 Silver, 6 Bronze medals. "Universiade 2014" - 4 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals. "Universiade 2015" - 5 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze medals. "Universiade 2016" - 5 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze medals. "Universiade 2017" - 3 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze medals.
Achievements in Art:
Students of Tbilisi State Medical University have always been distinguished with their talents and artistic activities in art. Among Georgian doctors are the people who have chosen various fields of art as their second profession: film and theater actors, opera, modern and folk singers, classical music performers, poets, painters and dancers. For the first time in Georgia at TSMU was created a pop ensemble and classical music orchestra. In the 1980s the TSMU vocal ensembles were very popular: "PS", "Dens" and the girls' quartet of pharmaceutical faculty.
By the initiative of Badri Matchavariani and his friends at TSMU in 1984, Song and Dance National Ensemble "Georgian Folklore" was created.
In 1992 a club of cheerful and savvy "Coza Nostra" was formed. This club became the champion of Georgia in 1996.
In November 1998 the Cultural Center was founded by the TSMU Rector's Decision: Badri Matchavariani was appointed as Director, Giorgi Tchitchinadze as Artistic Director. In the center was composed: Song and Dance National ensemble "Georgian Folklore" (Art director – Badri Matchavariani, Main choreographer - Gela Mgeladze, Maestro - David Uznadze) Movement Theater "Impro" (main director - Tea Mamukelashvili, choreographer – Giorgi Sosanashvili).
In 2000, Song and Dance ensemble "Georgian Folklore" ( ensemble.tsmu.edu )
was separated and the singing boys' team formed the "Pesvebi" (Head Davit Uznadze). Lately ensemble “Shvidkatsa” was formed.
In 2001 Drama Theater "Higia" was established (the main director – Natia Gujabidze).
In 2004, Badri Matchavariani created the modern and ballroom dance ensemble "Vega" (heads – Ia Kvirikashvili and Davit Kulumbegashvili).
In 2006, the Center for Sport and Art of TSMU was created. Kakha Tchumburidze was appointed to the position of Director, Badri Matchavariani.
National Ensemble "Georgian Folklore" ( ensemble.tsmu.edu ) has won 7 major prizes, 3 gold medals, the European Parliament diploma, was awarded as an honored Folk Ensemble by Ministry of Culture of Georgia (1994), the "Best Ensemble" award (Italy 1996, Georgia 2004), is a laureate of the national and international festivals, a member of the UNESCO 2 Committee. Special TV shows were dedicated to the success of ensemble on Georgian and foreign TV channels (TV channels of Italy, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Germany, Turkey, Czech Republic, Russia, Portugal, Spain, Canary Islands - Tenerife and France). Many praises were written both in Georgia and in international press. In 2001, a special report was dedicated to the ensemble's success in the American radio "Freedom of the Voice"
The soloists of national ensemble "Georgian Folklore" –Lasha Gamisonia and Nino Sikharulidze took the first place in the Public Broadcaster's TV competition in May and June 2010.
Last eight years of creative work of ensemble in Georgiais impressive, as well as in European and international festivals: 2010 - Switzerland, 2011 - England, Belgium, France, 2012 - Italy, Spain. In 2013, the Ensemble was awarded the title of Best Ensemble (Student Days 2013), in 2014, the ensemble was awarded the winner of the title "Best Choreographic Stage" (Student Days 2014). In 2015-2016, the Ensemble traveled to Italy with successful tours in 2017 and participated in European and World Folk Festivals in Italy and the Czech Republic. In the Czech Republic, the ensemble won the first place.
Choreographers Creative Union of Georgia (Chairman – L. Chanishvili) awarded the head of national ensemble and deputy director of TSMU Sports and Arts Center Badri Matchavariani with the Order of “Amagdari” for successful contribution to the development of choreographic art and at the congress he was chosen as a member of the Presidium of the Union.
In 2014 with the support of the Tbilisi State Medical University administration and student self-government the anniversary evening dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the ensemble was widely celebrated.
The Main Choreographer of the ensemble is one of the best representatives of the legendary generation of Sukhishvili, "Holder of the Order of Honor" Davit Ugrekhelidze, the Choreographer is the laureate of national and international festivals Ineza Kupreishvili, Maestro is the laureate of national and international festivals Davit Ratiani, the Head of Folk Instruments is the laureate of national and international festivals David Ratiani, The Musicians are: Bezhan Maisurazde, Vasil Varamashvili, Kapiton and Kakhaber Kandelaki.
The ensemble held a number of concerts at TSMU students' request and participated in many charitable events.
Drama Theater "Higia" from the day of its foundation deserves a great love of the audience. "Keto and Kote", "Wounded", "Train", "Lie on Long Legs", "Omobana" have brought great recognition to the theater and its director, NatiaGujabidze, the associate professor of the TSMU. By Natia Gujabidze’s initiative in Georgia was established "Tbilisi Amateur Student Theaters’ International Festival – The Mask", theater "Higia" many time saws recognized by the competent jury as the winner of this festival and one of the best student theater.
Theater tours were successful at theater festivals: Turkey, Azerbaijan, Sweden and in 2017 at the International Festival of Student Theaters in Monaco. At the Monaco Festival the theater "Higia" performance "Keto and Kote" was named by the jury's decision among three best performances.
Due to its success TSMU Drama Theater "Higia" was awarded with honorary title "People's Student Theater" by the decision of the Critics Union of Georgia.
To the success of theater were dedicated special TV programs in Georgia as well as in foreign press and TV.
Solo concerts of modern and ballroom dance ensemble "Vega" (head – Ia Kvirikashvili), Classical music evenings (head – Goderdzi Chitaishvili) are held annually in TSMU.
Traditional music ensemble "Deka" (Maestro - David Ratiani) and Modern Song ensemble (Maestro - Tamar Archvadze) are popular in TSMU.
It is noteworthy that in all the above mentioned events TSMU International students are actively involved. Traditional and national holidays of their countries are often celebrated. They have formed different groups of choreography, that are actively involved in the TSMU student life. These groups are coordinated by Mariam Matchavariani, Senior Specialist at the Sports and Art Center of TSMU.
The University leadership, the management of the center and the student self-government has a great contribution to the success of sports and creative groups of TSMU Sports and Arts Center.