Location: Eastern Romania (Iasi county)
Size: 37 sq. miles (96 sq. kilometers)
Elevation: 312 ft. (105 meters)
Inhabited since: 400 BC
First documented: 1387 AD
Ia?i is a university city in eastern Romania, near the border with Moldova. In the center is the huge St. Paraschiva Metropolitan Cathedral, a 19th-century Orthodox church built in Italian Renaissance style. Nearby, the Three Hierarchs Monastery has an exterior decorated with delicate, Moorish-style stone carvings. Backed by Palas Park’s manicured gardens, the Palace of Culture is a vast neo-Gothic building.
Iasi is the second largest city in Romania, and the seat of Ia?i County. Located in the historical region of Moldavia, Ia?i has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Romanian social, cultural, academic and artistic life. The city was the capital of the Principality of Moldavia from 1564 to 1859, then of the United Principalities from 1859 to 1862, and the capital of Romania from 1916 to 1918.
Known as The Cultural Capital of Romania, Ia?i is a symbol in Romanian history. The historian Nicolae Iorga said "There should be no Romanian who does not know of it". Still referred to as The Moldavian Capital, Ia?i is the main economic and business centre of the Moldavian region of Romania. In December 2018, Ia?i was officially declared Historical capital of Romania. Located in the northeastern part of the country, Iasi was for many centuries the crossing point of the most important commercial routes linking Poland, Hungary, Russia and Constantinople.The city prides itself with publishing the first Romanian newspaper and establishing the first Romanian university. Today, Iasi is home to five universities.
At the 2011 census, the city proper had a population of 290,422 (making it the fourth most populous in Romania at the time). With 474,035 residents (as of 2015), the Ia?i urban area is the second most populous in Romania (after Bucharest), whereas more than 500,000 people live within its peri-urban area.
Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy is a public university-level medical school located in Ia?i, Romania. Named in honor of the scientist Grigore T. Popa, it is classified by the Ministry of Education as an advanced research and education university.
Romania has a long-standing tradition in the medical field. The Romanian health care system has been in existence since the 18th century, St. Spiridon Hospital (1757), in Ia?i, being the oldest in the historical region of Moldavia, and one of the largest in Romania.
On 30 November 1859, Surgery School of Ia?i was inaugurated in the Academia Mihaileana building. Founded by Nicolae Negura, it was the first Romanian language higher learning medical school in Romania.
Ia?i University of Medicine and Pharmacy, as one of the oldest educational places in Romania, was established in 1879, as the Faculty of Medicine, incorporated in the University of Ia?i.
In 1948, the Medical School was associated with the School of Pharmacy and the School of Dentistry to form together the Institute of Medicine and Pharmacy (renamed, in 1991, "Grigore T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy).
It covers four disciplines: medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and biomedical engineering, with eight colleges, include the college of general nursing, dental technique, hygiene and public health and pharmaceutical technique. The faculty of medical bioengineering is the only one of its kind in Romania.
Although the main campus is in Iasi, Romania’s second biggest city (population approximately: 343,000 of which 60,000 are students), there is also a second campus in Botosani, a two-hour drive from Iasi.
- St. Spiridon Hospital
- St. Maria Clinic Children's Hospital
- Regional Oncology Institute
- Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases
- Socola Psychiatric University Hospital
- Parhon Hospital
- CFR Hospital
- Neurosurgery Hospita
Grigore T. Popa, University of Medicine and Pharmacy has adopted the ECTS grading scale (ECTS education System) since the Academic Year 1998–1999. It is affiliated with the following educational institutions :
- University of Freiburg, Germany
- University of Lyon, France
- University of Amiens, France
- University of Amions, France
- University of Nancy, France
- University of Louvain, France
- University of Torino, Italy
- University of Parma, Italy
Tuition fee is 5000 Euro per year