Zaporizhzhya State Medical University is a modern, multidisciplinary higher education institution which has the fourth level of accreditation with the right to autonomous management.
Its history dates back to the Higher Women’s Courses organized in Odessa in 1903.
In 1959 the school was transferred from Odessa to Zaporizhia and renamed the Zaporizhia Pharmaceutical Institute, and in 1968 – the Zaporizhia Medical Institute.
In 1994, the media received the status of the State Medical University of the IV level of accreditation, the main tasks of which are to provide higher education services at the level of specialist, bachelor, and master, as well as postgraduate training in internships, master’s programs, postgraduate studies, doctoral studies, and pharmacists.
The main objective of the University is to provide higher medical education for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, as well as postgraduate training in an internship, mastership, postgraduate study, residency, and refresher courses for physicians and pharmacists.
10200 students, postgraduates, interns, students of refresher courses, teachers-probationers, masters, and clinical residents study at the University. There are more than 2200 foreign students from 40 countries at the University. 1024 students are taught in English. The University has gained authority and recognition by training foreign citizens from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe for more than 40 years. About 10500 specialists have got medical and pharmaceutical education and are working now in more than 100 countries of the world, taking up high positions in the public health systems of their countries.
At Zaporizhzhya State Medical University students acquire knowledge subject to the requirements of the European system of education. The academic curricula are based on the best models of the native and foreign practice of specialists’ training.
Students, bachelors, interns, masters, postgraduates, teachers working for a Doctor’s degree as well as students of refresher courses study at 59 departments. 56 departments are headed by Professors/Doctors of Sciences, 3 departments are headed by Associate Professors/PhDs. The training is carried out with the use of the most modern scientific and pedagogical technologies.
The scientific schools of the University are well known outside Ukraine. Cardiological, surgery, pharmaceutical schools are among them. For the first time in Ukraine, the specialists of Zaporizhzhya State Medical University have successfully performed the transplantations of heart. More than 500 transplantations of liver, kidney, and pancreas have been performed. More than 20 preparations have been worked out by the scientists of the pharmaceutical school, produced and brought into medical practice in many countries abroad. The results of scientific work were reported at international forums in Sweden, Czech Republic, Spain, Holland, Brazil, and Austria. The University has its own scientific editions: “Zaporizhzhia Medical Journal”, “Current issues in pharmacy and medicine: science and practice”, “Pathology”.
There is a developed infrastructure of scientific units at the University including SRI (Scientific Research Institute ) of medical and ecological problems, Institute of clinical pathology of a man, SMA “Pharmatron”, central scientific research laboratory, certification-testing laboratory of perfume and cosmetic preparations and household products, department of doctoral candidacy and postgraduate study, editorial publishing department, Center of informatics and analytical support and testing, patent department, scientific research division, metrology service. Scientific Research Institute and laboratories are equipped with unique facilities for conducting fundamental and applied scientific researches.
There are Specialized Councils of Higher Attestation Commission for the defense of Candidate and Doctor Degrees in different specialties. 30 theses for Doctor’s degree in 23 specialties and 143 theses for the Candidate’s degree in 35 specialties were defended at the university during the last five years. 35 theses of Doctor’s degree and 137 theses for Candidate’s degree are being fulfilled at the university according to the plan of preparation of scientific and pedagogical specialists. The University publishes periodic scientific and practical journals: “Zaporizhzhia medical journal”, “Pathology“, “Current issues in pharmacy and medicine: science and practice“, 10-15 All-Ukrainian scientific-research and practical conferences with international participation are held annually.
The introduction of computer technologies into the teaching-studying process, scientific research, and management is one of the priority-driven universities ’ activities. 42 computer classrooms and 1300 PC provide students with academic curricula based on multimedia technologies and test control in the main disciplines. ZSMU has its own information Internet server. There is a center of telemedicine and distance learning at the university which provides the participation in international scientific conferences held on the basis of videoconference technologies, organization, and holding of scientific-methods videoconferences, an organization of distance refresher courses for University teaching staff, using of distance technologies in training of students by correspondence.
Zaporizhzhia State Medical University is a participant of the International program Tempus. According to grant TEMPUS IV University fulfills the international program «Establishment of the Supra-Regional Network of the National Centers in Medical Education, focused on PBL and Virtual Patients», collaborates with a recognized language center Canadian College of English language (Vancouver, Canada) to improve the English language in online mode. ZSMU signed agreements on collaboration with Kirov State Medical Academy, West Kazakhstan Marat Ospanov State Medical University, Andijan State Medical Institute (Uzbekistan), Astana Medical University (Kazakhstan), Karaganda Medical University (Kazakhstan), Aristotle University in Thessaloniki (Greece), St. George University of London (Great Britain), Akaki Tsereteli State University (Georgia), David Tvildiany Medical University (Georgia), Wroclaw Medical University (Poland), Palacky University in Olomouc (Czech Republic), the University of Nicosia (Cyprus), I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Russia), Grodno State Medical University (Belarus), RīgaStradiņš University (Latvia), Pyatigorsk Pharmaceutical Institute (Russia), Plovdiv Medical University (Bulgaria), Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (Lithuania).
Zaporizhzhia State Medical University takes one of the first places in Ukraine in technical-material supply. The prestige of the University is formed by the availability of its own training facilities. Zaporizhzhia State Medical University is one of the few medical higher educational institutions in Ukraine that has its own training-scientific center “University Clinic” in which practical classes are conducted and medical aid is delivered. The University has the unique equipment: computer tomography, devices for ultrasonic diagnosis, angiographic and endoscopic checkup, radioisotope diagnosis and many others to conduct fundamental and applied scientific investigations.
There is an electronic library and electronic catalog in the scientific library of the University. The users have access to the electronic database of the library and can carry out a search from any computer connected with the Internet and get full text-books.
Zaporizhzhia State Medical University looks like a student campus on the picturesque bank of the river Dnieper, the biggest river in Europe. It is a detached territory on which there are 5 academic buildings, 5 hostels, scientific and belletristic literature libraries with reading halls and computer rooms, medical center, student’s sanatorium-dispensary, several canteens and cafes, sports center, courts, and stadium. There is an amateur art club for students who are keen on singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. Ukrainian Historical and cultural parties, festivals of international friendship, competition parties are held at ZSMU.
All academic buildings, hostels, scientific libraries have access to the Internet. There are Wi-Fi access points at the territory of the University. The student campus is under of the University security round-the-clock. The campus and hostels are equipped with the means of video surveillance and control.