Training of medical professionals in Belarus has been carried out since 1776, when the Medical Academy was established in Grodno. And today, Grodno State Medical University founded in 1958 is now one of the leading medical universities of the Republic of Belarus, where they train highly qualified professionals who obtain university diplomas. The educational institution “Grodno State Medical University” is the first medical university in the Republic of Belarus to introduce and certify the quality management system that meets the requirements of ISO 9001 in national (STB ISO 9001-2009) and German (DIN EN 9001-2008) systems. According to the Webometrics rating published at the end of January 2016, Grodno State Medical University takes 5573rd place in the world rating of universities (out of 22000 higher educational institutions in the world), is in the TOP 500 best universities of the world according to the ranking of universities of the International Council of Scientists, and is in the list of the best universities of the CIS countries. In 2012, the University was accredited for being a scientific establishment. The website of the State Medical University library became the winner of "TopMed" competition among the website of medical libraries of the CIS. In addition, our Almamater was awarded a governmental prize for achievements in quality of work and won the professional competition “Brand of the Year 2013” in the nomination “Science and Education”. The University diplomas are recognized by the World Health Organization, by the Educational Board of medical graduates and Medical Councils of India, Lithuania, the USA. Graduates confirm their skills in England, Australia, Germany, India, Pakistan, Poland, Syria, the USA and in many other countries.
1992 was the first time when foreign students began studying at the Grodno State Medical University with Russian as a medium of instruction. 16 first-year students enrolled at that time: 15 foreign nationals from Pakistan and 1 from Turkey.
In 1995, it was decided to establish the Faculty for International Students. Khotim Yevgeny Nikolaevich, Assoc. Prof, Ph.D had been at the head of the Faculty until 1998. From 2013 to the present time, the Dean of the Faculty of International Students at the Grodno Medical University Alexander Alexandrovich Stenko, Assoc. Prof., PhD.
Gradually, the number of students at the faculty increased, and in 2000 it amounted to 254 students. In 2003, 1st, 2nd and 3rd year foreign students were taught subjects with English as a medium of instruction in. It was made so because of the students from India, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, where English is the state language. Starting from the 4th year of studies, students were in the Russian-language learning environment, that is, teaching was actually bilingual. Since 2007, the number of foreign citizens at the university has increased to 310. And this is when the Faculty for International Students, where students are trained to major in General Medicine, started functioning, and the Faculty’s name most fully reveals the full range of services offered to foreign students. One of the significant dates in the history of the faculty is year 2008, when teaching in English was introduced to all years’ students. However, despite those changes, Russian as a foreign language has remained compulsory from the 1st to the 4th year of studies, in order to ensure free contact with patients in clinics and understanding medical documentation. The transition to a bilingual education system (Russian or English) subsequently facilitated rise in quantity of foreign citizens from English-speaking countries (Nigeria, India, Sri Lanka, etc.). In 2012, the Council of the Faculty for International Students was established.
During functioning of the Faculty (department), the vice deans also contributed to its history. Today the acting Vice Dean is Gushchina Lyudmila Nikolaevna,Assoc. Prof., PhD. And the Sub-Dean for extra-curriculum activities is Mishonkova Nadezhda Alekseevna.
The first ever to-be-graduates student received their diplomas in 1998. Then 28 students from Pakistan, Syria and Lebanon received diplomas with the qualification of physician and the title of Doctor of Medicine. Over the entire period of functioning of the Faculty, more than 800 professionals have been trained for work in foreign countries (photo 1), 23 of them have received Honored Diplomas.