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SZTE Has Become One of the First 17 Alliances Joining ‘European Universities’

On 26th of June, The European Commission announced the higher education institutions from all over Europe that are part of the first ‘European Universities’ alliances. Through these institutions, European higher education will be impoved in terms of quality, attractiveness and will increase the cooperation between institutions, students and academic staff.

Among the 54 received applications, 17 were selected to create the so-called ‘European Universities’, involving 114 higher education institutions from 24 Member States. The selection was based on an evaluation of 26 independent external experts, including rectors, professors and researchers appointed by the Commission.


Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport said: ‘I am pleased to see the aspiration of the first 17 'European Universities', as these universities will act as role models for other institutions across the EU. These universities allow students to continue their studies in several countries, so that they can gain experience across Europe. I am convinced that this initiative, which is a key building block of the European education area, will bring a real change for higher education in Europe and will encourage excellence and inclusion.’


‘European Universities’ will be inter-university campuses, which students, doctoral students, workers and researchers can move smoothly within and combine their expertise, platforms and resources to develop common curricula or modules covering different educational areas. These curricula will be very flexible and will allow students to personalize their studies, choose where and when to continue their studies, and finally obtain an EU accredited degree. European universities will also contribute to the sustainable economic development of the regions in which they are located in, as students will work closely with companies, municipal authorities, academics and researchers to address the challenges facing the regions.


A total of EUR 85 million is at disposal for the establishment of the first 17 ‘European Universities’. Over the next three years, each institution will receive a maximum of € 5 million in funding to implement its plans and prepare the ground for other European educational institutions. The Commission will closely monitor the results achieved by the institutions.


This call – along with a second to be launched this autumn, will test the different models for implementing the new concept of ‘European Universities’ and the extent to which this new concept is suitable for transforming higher education.


The concept of "European Universities" was developed jointly by the Member States, higher education institutions and student organizations. With the participation of more than 300 higher education institutions from 28 Member States and other countries covered by the Erasmus + program, a total of 54 applications have been received for the Erasmus + Call for European Universities in October 2018.

SZTE Experience

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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.

 

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.

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