A brief history

Internationalization of higher medical education, including the training of foreign students, is the priority direction of the Development Strategy of SUMPh “Nicolae Testemitanu” of the Republic of Moldova for the period 2011-2020.

Since 1991 foreign citizens have been studying medicine at the University. In 1992 the Foreign Students Department was established, later renamed the Department of Admission, Documentation and Registration of Foreign Students. Over the years the training of foreign students was conducted by vice-rectors for International Relations, professors V.Hotineanu, P. Galetchi and V. Chicu. The responsible for training of foreign students in the period 1991-1999 was the dean V. Vovc, as well as professor I. Moldovanu and PhD M. Lupu. Later, for a period of 10 years, the Foreign Students Department was headed by the professor V. Gonciar and deputy chiefs M. Lupu, A. Visnevschi and L. Globa.

In 2010 Faculty of Medicine nr.2 was founded. The Faculty is responsible for organization of training in groups that study medicine in English and documentation of foreign citizens. Professor M. Gavriliuc became its first dean, assisted by vice-deans PhD Ludmila Perciuleac and PhD Dumitru Casian. Since 2013 Faculty of Medicine nr.2 is headed by PhD Mircea Betiu and vice-deans PhD Stela Cojocaru, PhD Angela Babuci and PhD Igor Cemortan.

Faculty of Medicine nr.2 comprises the Department of Paediatrics and 10 chairs, where two corresponding members of the ASRM, 18 professors, 57 PhDs and 65 lecturers work. At present over 1000 of foreign students from 28 countries such as Israel, Turkey Russia, Germany, India, the USA, Romania, Bulgaria, Jordan and others are trained in English.

The primary objectives of the Faculty are: training of doctors according to the international standards and reinforcement of the process of internationalization at the University.

The staff of Faculty Medicine nr.2 works with world-class experts at the optimization of syllabi. As a result of this work hundreds of graduates from more than 30 countries were licensed to work in their native countries, in European Union, the USA, Russia, the Ukraine, etc.

Now the University is in the extensive process of modernization and internationalization, designed to provide institutional accreditation in conformity with standards of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).