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After Budapest, the international innovation network, Demola grows its alliance in Szeged

Following the footsteps the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the University of Szeged is the second university in Hungary, and the first outside Budapest, to join Demola, the international innovation network, as part of the university’s “Virtus” Enterprise Catalyst Programme. Demola has been around in Hungary since 2012 and will establish its first Central-Eastern European hub in Budapest.

After the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), the University of Szeged (USZ) has also joined the Finland-based Demola international innovation network as the second Hungarian university. The aim of Demola is to support collaboration between university students and companies and to create a community that works with creative ideas and methods to solve real market problems, be it IT, engineering, business, marketing, design or social.

The Szeged centre will operate similarly to that of Budapest: each semester the industrial partners come up with various industrial or business problems and the university recruits students who will work jointly with the top representatives of the companies and the Demola facilitators for 8 weeks to solve the problems.

Demola’s operation in Szeged will start in the second half of April, with two domestic companies in the first round: the university will work together with Univer Product Zrt. and Transmoduls Kft. on industrial issues, but in the long run they will not take only local companies into consideration.

In addition to Hungary, Demola is present in 15 other countries (Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Spain, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Portugal, Slovenia, China, Mexico, South Africa, Namibia) and welcomes over 50 universities among its members.

The cooperation with the USZ is not the only breaking news at Demola in Hungary: as a result of the development in Hungary, Demola Global has decided to establish its Central-Eastern European hub in Budapest later this year.

We at Forbes.hu have also reported of several startups that emerged from Demola: Diabtrend would help diabetes patients by predicting how the blood sugar level of the user will develop in the next few hours, while Miutcánk (OurStreet) is a community building platform designed to bring together residents of the same neighbourhood.

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.

95930002_620793281842686_908476219798847488_oDianne - Faculty of Science and Informatics

I am a PhD student and a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holder from the Philippines. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Environmental Science and I happen to be in my 3rd year of studies. I chose University of Szeged because its one of the top ranked research university in Hungary known for its good reputation in the fields of health and natural sciences. Coming from the Philippines with a warm climate, I had huge preference of Szeged for my studies, the city having the most rays of sunshine and considered to be the warmest place in Hungary. I would advise all the prospective students to join University of Szeged’s diverse and vibrant community! Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone, try to find and establish your niche in a new place like what I did. I didn’t regret coming to Szeged as it continuously provides me an enabling learning environment for various reasons, has affordable cost of living, very safe and calm university town, organized transport system, beautiful and clean surroundings with the very sightly Tisza River which adds to its appeal, and also holds many festivals throughout the year. After graduation, I am planning to go back to my home institution and continue my teaching duties at the University of the Philippines Los Baños

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