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    'Grigore T. Popa' University of Medicine and Pharmacy

    'Grigore T. Popa' University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Iasi is one of the oldest educational institutions in Romania. It was founded in 1879 and bears the name of the celebrated neuro-endocrinologist Grigore T. Popa, while the inaugural lecture was held December 1, 1879 by the famous Dr. Leon Scully. The University consists of four schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Biomedical Engineering) and eight Medical Colleges. Practice and research programs take place in two Medical Clinics. Clinical affiliations include the St. Spiridon Hospital, the St. Maria Children's Clinic, the Regional Oncology Institute and the Parhon Hospital, to make but a few. In addition, the Academic Medical Center consists of twenty eight laboratories, several auditoriums and one library with more than 470,000 volumes, including books, dissertations, theses and international scientific magazines and journals. The University employs more than 800 renowned professors, offering graduate and postgraduate programs to more than 4,000 students and is affiliated with many other educational Institutions throughout the world, such as the University of Freiburg in Germany, the Universities of Lyon, Amiens, Nancy and Louvain in France and the universities of Torino and Parma in Italy. Furthermore, the University organizes many international conferences annually. There are several reasons why someone should choose to study in the Gr. Popa University, primarily because it is an institution that has proven its quality throughout the decades enjoying a good reputation, besides the fact that he city of Iasi is of great historical importance making for a memorable experience, as well as that living expenses and tuition are very reasonable. In short, those seeking a well respected medical institution in Eastern Europe should certainly keep Gr. Popa' University of Medicine and Pharmacy at the top of their list.



    Study programme

    Medicine is a 6-year course, exclusively instructed in the English language. The curriculum adheres to higher education European standards. The programme is arranged to cover two academic cycles. The first spans the first three years, focusing on preclinical studies and covers the fundamentals, theory, assigned independent research and laboratory work. The second cycle, during the last three years, also focuses on clinical education which includes surgical and preventive medicine courses and hospital experience. What is more, every summer, from the 1st until the 5th year of studies, students must work in university affiliated hospitals, medical centres or clinics as part of their summer practice for a minimum of 4 weeks per year (20 days, 8 hours/day = 160 hrs), amounting to at least 800 hours over the span of five years. Lastly, during their 6th year of studies, students have to write a dissertation based on personal research on a topic assigned with their instructor and can opt for an internship or rotation practice. At the end of their 6th year, students must take a State Graduation Exam, which has three components: a written exam that extensively assesses the student's knowledge in medicine, an oral presentation-exam, as well as a thesis defence, and a clinical case study exam in either internal medicine, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics or gynaecology. Upon the successful completion of the exam, students are awarded a Master 's Degree and the title of Physician (MD). The Degree is recognized internationally, and allows graduates to practice in any European member state or country outside the EU. In turn, many graduates opt to continue in Romania with their specialization, while some return to their home country or go to another country to seek residence for their practice.


    Iasi

    Iasi is the second biggest city in Romania with an estimated population of 343,000 people. It lays in the Northeast of the country, 325 km from Bucharest, Romania’s capital, between the Iasi Ridge and the Jijia Plain. The area surrounding Iaşi is very fertile, consisting of valleys, vineyards and lush forests.Although the city's name is first mentioned in the early 15th century, there is plenty of evidence pointing to Iaşi's existence long before this time. In the 16th century it became the capital of Moldavia. Some of the most notable events which comprise the city's history include a series of regrettable calamity. During the 16th it was burnt down twice by the Tatars (1513) and the Ottomans (1538), and once again razed to the ground in the 17th century by Russian troops (1686). In the teeth of turmoil and war-embroiled history, it remained the capital of Moldavia throughout the first half of the 19th century whereupon it became the capital of Romania during WWI. During WWII, the Jewish community of the city was nearly exterminated, with but a hundred Jews surviving the massacre. In 1944, Iaşi's was incorporated in the Soviet Union, following severe conflict between the Germans and the Soviets. It was perhaps only after the 1950s that it enjoyed a long steady period of peace which led to the several waves of heavy industrialization that, in turn, transpired to its present day prosperity.

    Unfortunately, during the Communist era many ornate traditional buildings that would have otherwise been emblematic of the city's splendor were demolished for the sake of contemporaneous aesthetics adhering to the architectural modus. Be that as it may, its long history has still bequeathed Iaşi's with marvelous and significant buildings, statues and monuments, besides citadels and churches scattered about the immediate vicinity. The Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (1897), the Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre (late 19th century) and the Roznovanu Palace (18th century), all ought to be on the itinerary of places to visit. In addition, there are several churches worth mentioning, most commendable of which is the Trei Ierarhi Monastery (17th century), where the relics of St. Paraschiva are kept, the Metropolitan Cathedral (19th century) and the Old Catholic Cathedral (18th century). Other important sights include the Romanian Literature Museum, the Botanical Garden and the Great Railway Station.


    Romania

    Romania is a country in the Southeast of Europe. It borders Ukraine and Moldova to the northeast and east, Hungary and Serbia to the west and Bulgaria to the south. It is the eighth largest country of the European Union, while its capital, Bucharest, is the tenth largest city of the EU. Romania has an estimated population 19,000,000 people, while Bucharest's population is estimated at 1,700,000 people. The official language of the country is Romanian. There is no official religion, although the vast majority of its population identify themselves as Orthodox Christians. Religious minorities include Catholics and Protestants. The population consists mainly of Romanians (88%). Additionally, there is a Hungarian minority (6%), and a Roma minority (3%). Romania boasts significant paleontological findings, among which what could well be the oldest relics of modern man in Europe. In more recent times, the vicinity of Romania was reigned by two disparate Principalities, Moldavia and Wallachia, which were to unite in 1859 under Alexander Ioan Cuza, former Princeps (prince) of this union. These two Principalities played a pivotal role in the events that transpired during WWI and the economic development of the region. During the WWII, Romania supported the Axis. However, by 1944, after the fall of the military regime of General Antonescu, Romania forthrightly joined the Allies. With the eventuation of the war, and until 1989, state affairs brought Romania under Communist intendance. But a few decades ago, it declared itself a free Democracy, thereafter enabling it to enter the global economy steadfast. Due to its eventful history, Romania has numerous significant sights, abounding in war monuments, sculptures and religious edifices, be they remnants of the distant past or present day structures. Many of its cities, first and foremost Iasi and Constanta, are well worth visiting. After the fall of Communism, Romania has swiftly became modernized coping with European standards enjoyed in other EU member states. The cost of living in Romania is notably cheap, making study at its famous Universities most appealing to students from all over Europe and the world. Indeed, today there are thousands of international students visiting Romania in order to pursue their studies, aptly granting Romanian Universities a well-deserved position among the best of Europe.