2022. January 28., Friday
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Paprika Wreath at the statue of Albert Szent-Györgyi SZTE, born 125 years ago

In the spirit of jubilees, paprika wreath was placed by the statue of the 125 years ago born Szent-Györgyi Albert’s statue at the front of the Rector’s Office of the University.

The paprika garland was placed by Dr. Fendler Judit Chancellor and Dr. habil Zakar Péter, Vice-Rector for International and Public Relations of the University of Szeged. In the intimate ceremony the chancellor emphasized the similarities in developments of the university in the past 90 years and in the near future.

It is a tradition that the leaders of the University of Szeged lay a wreath at the statue in memory of the legendary Nobel laurate professor and rector of the institution ever since the statue of Szent-Györgyi Albert is standing at the Rector’s Office.

Those who are fond of vitamin C including many university professors, Chancellor of the University of Szeged, several deputy rectors and deans, members of the Senate of the University of Szeged, and head of several university units also gather to celebrate his birthday.


As Dr. Fendler Judit chancellor of the University of Szeged greeted those who gathered in the memory of Szent-Gyögyi Albert and in respect to what he has achieved, she also mentioned that the sculpture of the scientist with his pipe in his hand is a popular sight of Szeged, groups of people take pictures and selfies with it. Not only his sculpture as an art work is well-known, but his great achievements are noted in Szeged: Szent-Györgyi made the town of Tisza as the city of vitamin C and the capital of paprika.

Szent-Györgyi Albert’s life is so rich with achievements and his personality was so complex that almost every year and every month we could find some sort of anniversary as a tribute for him.

But in this September we could also think of the first time Szent-Györgyi Albert visited Szeged. In September of this year 90 years ago he visited Szeged for the first time: with Kuno Klebelsberg, together they took a look at the university buildings.

In 1928 the minister of culture, Klebelsberg Kuno was supporting such developments in the past, which are very similar to the ones the University of Szeged is ahead today. " - said the Chancellor, who also noted that today’s developments are named as Klebelsberg's Plan, which has a significant impact on the future of the clinic named after Albert Szent-Györgyi.


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90 years ago the 35 years old Albert Szent-Györgyi was appointed as a university professor at the University of Szeged.

The Chancellor also recalled that the bill of appointment was signed by Minister Kuno Klebelsberg, who invited the scholar from Cambridge. The significance of this decision is proven by the fact that only 9 years later, on December 10, 1937, Albert Szent-Györgyi received the Nobel Prize for his research in Szeged.

SZTE Experience

93292160_608489396406408_4799535565693255680_oOlney Rodrigues - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

My name is Olney Rodrigues de Oliveira and I am from Brazil. I am currently pursuing my PhD studies in the Doctoral School of Education at SZTE. I chose the University of Szeged because it’s one of the best universities in Europe, especially in the field of education. I personally love Szeged because it is safe and I love the architecture, the cultural events, the local Market Mars Tér and so many other beautiful destinations. For my studies I wanted to have an excellent university in a good quality life city and Szeged offers me that. It’s neither too big nor too small, I can ride my bike to go to my classes and practically everything is within a walking distance. I would advise the prospective students to enjoy the city during their stay, the cultural and historical events, know other international students and make a lot of friends, visit other cities in Hungary and make good memories. I am pretty sure that you will be proud of this priceless experience. Before coming to Hungary I worked several years as a teacher. I love the academic environment, the libraries, relationship with students and the feeling to be involved in the acquisition of new knowledge. That is why I plan to be part of a University as a professor as well as to keep researching in different aspects of the process of education. I am so thankful to be here and I believe that the Universe brought me to Szeged because the city and the University are the experience that I need in my life now.


Ahmad Adha - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

I am Ahmad Adha from Indonesia and currently a 3rd year student in Theoretical Linguistics PhD program. I chose the University of Szeged (SZTE) as my study destination because it is located in the center of the town and it is also the highest ranked university in Hungary. The university staff and the professors were very accommodating and understanding when I decided to change the program that suits my research topic. I am so glad that I can be a part of my current department, and of course SZTE, since it is also the Center of Pragmatic Research which aims to promote advanced linguistic pragmatic research with international collaborations. After graduating, I wish to continue to work in my academic field as a professor and a researcher. My advice for prospective SZTE students is to choose a university with a good academic reputation that fits their passion.