Kursk State Medical University (KSMU) is one of the oldest and biggest universities in Kursk and also one of the leading medical universities in Russia. KSMU is an educational, scientific and cultural center in the Central Black Earth region.
In 1935 was established Kursk medical institute, later in 1994 it obtained the status of the university and since that time more than 35,000 doctors, pharmacists and other health care workers graduated the university.
In 2013 8,036 students are trained in the university. 5,498 of them get their higher education; 791 get secondary vocational education; 1,122 are interns and graduate students; 762 are health care workers which get additional postgraduate education. Every year 1,000 applicants become students of the university. The instruction is offered at 14 faculties.
The campus of the university includes 7 training buildings and 6 dormitories. There are 67 (57) departments in the university. The academic staff of 752 specialists comprises 115 D.Sc. and 408 Ph.D.
The structure of the university also includes the Center of Practical Training of Students, the Center of International Education and Language Communication “Languages and Culture”, Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, University Placement Office, a library, a consulting diagnostic policlinic, 4 gymnasiums, a canteen, a café and buffets in the training buildings and dormitories.
In 2012 Pharma-Medical College joined KSMU. Association of the college and the university allows improving the quality of training specialists and also rational using of resources in the university.
KSMU has a high level of education. Up-to-date methods of teaching are adopted in the educational process and always are improved: problem lectures, lectures-dialogues, computer technologies for training, multimedia training tools, different kinds of testing, rating knowledge assessment. Great attention is paid to practical training of doctors, pharmacists and other specialists. Necessary skills for doctors of various majors are formed by direct contact with patients at clinical departments and during practical training. With the same purpose according to the global trends virtual simulators and mannequins are used.
Kursk State Medical University holds traditional annual educational conferences, international, All-Russian and regional scientific conferences, university scientific session and student science forums with represented scientific publications.
In 2004 by the decision of the independent public council “European quality” KSMU is listed in the top 100 universities in Russia. According to the results of monitoring of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, conducted in 2012, KSMU entered in the list of the effective universities in the country.
In 2007 the university started to use a quality management system. KSMU began to carry out activities of the university in accordance with the requirements of international and national standards for quality management as the presence of this system is a necessary condition for confirming university’s status to join European and world community in the course of Bologna process.
In 2010 Certification Association “Russian Register” audited the quality management system of the university and following the results was issued a certificate of compliance of the university’s quality management system with the requirements of international and national standards ISO 9001. In addition, the university has an IQNet certificate confirming that management system in the university compliances with the international level in 34 countries worldwide.
KSMU has a high international reputation. A lot of foreign students are interested in studying in KSMU. Medical University was the first that began to teach in English.
In 2013 there were 1,573 foreign students from 47 countries: from Malaysia, Nigeria, Brazil, Sri Lanka and others.