About Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi

Academics have taught medicine in Iasi since 1879. Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi is the successor of the former Faculty of Medicine of Iasi, whose foundation was initiated in 1860 and completed during the reign of Carol I in the year 1879. This public medical university bears the name of Grigore Teodor Popa, a former prominent professor and intellectual, forerunner of neuroendocrinology. The University educates more than 13000 undergraduate and postgraduate students at 4 Faculties: General Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy and Medical Bioengineering.The positive image the institution enjoys abroad pertains to the continuously growing share of international citizens among the students who choose the University as their Alma Mater. The rich diversity of its student body is important to its mission of educating outstanding health care professionals for the multicultural world of the 21st century.Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Iasi has been acknowledged as the member of an elite group of the best 12 “universities of advanced research and education” from Romania and has been positively assessed in various rankings (Times Higher Education, U-Multirank, URAP, Shanghai ARWU). The European University Association (EUA), through its institutional evaluation assessments (IEP),  has concluded that the university „is a well-established institution of high national and international reputation” which „can build on its success to continue its positive development”. In December 2020, the University has been awarded Recognition Status by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), signaling that the quality of its study programs has reached an appropriate and rigorous standard.

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Hanane SHIMI (France), Faculty of Medicine– French section, 4th year:

„Immediately after completing my studies as a midwife in France, I decided to study medicine. My thirst for learning and my curiosity pushed me forward and helped me find the right solution for my training as a future doctor. The countless positive reviews, as well as the quality of the students’ life, motivated me to submit an application to the University of Iași. I have absolutely no regrets, because I found everything I dreamt of: a university that is gradually modernizing and encouraging us to be autonomous. It offers a direct approach to the hospital environment, due to its location near the university hospital. We are able to learn at the patient’s bedside, a considerable advantage. This university is an example of multiculturalism, which creates a perfect balance between practice and theory. I do not regret this choice at all.”

Anastasia Balta (Greece), Faculty of Medicine – English section, 5th year: 

„I came to Iasi without any knowledge of the city or any recommendations, based only on instinct and my own research. So far, I think I was right, because UMF Iasi offered me high quality education, an immersion in different cultures and solved very quickly and efficiently any problem brought to the attention of the management team, even in the current coronavirus epidemic. This university has offered us, international students, the opportunity to fulfill our dreams and I would definitely recommend it to future generations.

Amata Thongphetsavong Gautam (Switzerland), Faculty of Medicine – French section, former graduate, former president and co-founder of EMSA Iași

„I have always dreamt of becoming a doctor and I would have done anything to follow my dream. Romania was one of my many options. However, a friend of mine from Cluj told me about the Romanian educational system, which is based a lot on practice and active involvement and with an equal amount of theory and, for this reason, I chose Romania as the right place to pursue my dream. [...] Personally, I am extremely grateful for this huge opportunity to study here, even if things may not be perfect. What matters most is that its leadership knows that things are not perfect, but at least it strives and makes efforts to achieve perfection, and this is wonderful. I am very grateful for the relationship I have with the Rector, who is open and willing to listen, who tries to help us and to always improve things […].”