The Best Medical Universities in Ukraine

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The Best Medical Universities in Ukraine
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More than a dozen universities offer medical education programs in Ukraine. Called "institutions of higher education," most universities in Ukraine are state-owned and state-run as a legacy of the Soviet educational system.

For the past three years, experts from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have compiled ratings of the top 200 Ukrainian universities. The ratings are based on three criteria: quality of teaching staff, quality of education and international recognition.

In the 2009 Rating, eight medical universities made the top 50. The Bohomolets National Medical University in Kyiv was the only medical university to make the top ten. The following list of Ukraine's top medical universities is based on UNESCO's rating, starting with the best.

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Bohomolets National Medical University

The top medical university in Ukraine, according to the UNESCO rating, is the Bohomolets National Medical University in Kyiv. It is named in honour of physiologist Oleksandr Bohomolets (1881-1946) who was born and died in that country's capital city.

Bohomolets U. has faculties for General Medicine, Pediatrics (Child Medicine) and Preventive Care. Bohomolets NMU offers specialisations in military medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and medical psychology. Some ten thousand undergraduate and postgraduate students are enrolled, including nearly a thousand international students from 50 countries. The university offers instruction in English.

O. O. Bohomolets National Medical University Shevchenko Blvd. 13/7 Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine Tel: +38 (044) 234-40-62 Fax: + 38 (044) 234-40-62

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Gorky Donetsk National Medical University

Established in 1930, the Maxim Gorky Donetsk National Medical University has trained more than 40,000 graduates, including 2,000 students from 89 foreign countries. Students major in the following specialities: General Medicine, Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing. Instruction is provided in Ukrainian, Russian and English. DSMU has a separate International Relations Department.

M. Gorky Donetsk National Medical University Ilyicha Prospect, 16 Donetsk, 83003 Ukraine Tel: +38 (062) 295-5512 Fax: +38 (062) 295-9629

National University of Pharmacy in Kharkiv

Founded in 1805, the National University of Pharmacy (NUPh) claims to be the oldest educational institution of Ukraine. Undergraduate and postgraduate programs cover six fields and 16 specialisations in pharmaceutical studies. More than 17,500 students attend NUPh, including a thousand from a dozen foreign countries. The Dean of the Department for Foreign Students is Vladimir Goryachiy Dmitrievich.

National University of Pharmacy Pushkinska Street, 53 Kharkiv, 61002 Ukraine +38-057-758-82-05

National Pirogov Memorial Medical University

Founded in 1921, the National Pirogov Memorial Medical University in Vinnytsya is named in honour of the eminent scientist and founder of field surgery Mykola Pirogov (1810-1881). Pirogov U's faculties include Medicine, Dentistry, Medical Psychology and Pharmacy. It has a special department for foreign citizens and offers post-graduate studies in 53 specialisations.

Some 5,500 students are enrolled at Pirogov U, including more than 600 foreigners. The University has graduated over six thousand foreign citizens from nearly one hundred countries. "International students are given free of charge the place at the hostel, medical aid. Educational rooms, hostels and places of rest are reliably guarded by police at the University's expense," according to Pirogov U's website.

National Pirogov Memorial Medical University, Vinnytsya Pirogova Street, 56 Vinnytsya, 21018 Ukraine Tel: +38 (0432) 57-05-61 Fax: +38 (0432) 57-02-07

Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University

Located in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in Western Ukraine, IFNMU offers courses in General Medicine (six-year program), Dentistry (five years), Pediatrics (six years), Pharmacy (five years), Nursing (three years) and Prosthetic Dentistry (two years). Founded in 1945, IFNMU has trained 16,000 doctors. IFNMU is licensed to train foreign students and has a separate department for them.

Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University Halytska Street, 2 Ivano-Frankivsk 76018, Ukraine +38 (0342) 22-48-44

Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy

Founded in 1916 as a women's college, the Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy has trained nearly 50,000 doctors and nurses. Its faculties include General Medicine, Pediatrics, Preventative Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Clinical Pharmacy. Located in south-central Ukraine along the banks of the Dnipro River, DSMA also offers post-graduate programs and has a Faculty for Foreign Students that has trained hundreds of students from Asia and Africa, including Jordan, Libya, Palestine, Iran, Syria, Sudan, China, Pakistan, India and Morocco.

Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy Dzerzhinski Street, 9 Dnipropetrovsk, 49044 Ukraine Tel: +38 (056) 713-52-57 Fax: +38 (056) 370-96-38

Kharkiv National Medical University

Founded in 1805, Kharkiv National Medical University claims to be Ukraine's oldest medical university. KNMU's programs cover General Medicine and Dentistry. KNMU has trained more than 55,000 physicians, ten per cent of whom are foreign students from 57 countries. KNMU offers Ukrainian, Russian and English-language instruction and has a Faculty for Foreign Students headed by Dean Dmytro Marakushin. Study groups are limited to ten people and KNMU has facilities for 2,422 foreign students.

Kharkiv National Medical University Prospect Lenina, 4 Kharkiv, 61022 Ukraine +38 (057) 707-73-28

Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy

Stomatology is the field of medicine that deals with the mouth, covering both oral and dental health. Located in the central Ukrainian city of Poltava, the Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy trains physicians and dentists. More than 3,600 students are enrolled at UMSA, including a thousand from 42 different countries. UMSA offers programs in Stomatology (five years), General Medicine (six years) Pediatrics (six years), Medical Nursing (two years), Orthopaedic Stomatology (two years) and Pharmacy.

Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy Shevchenko Street, 23 Poltava 36024, Ukraine +38 (0532) 60-20-51

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