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Further Measures Have Been Introduced Concerning the Coronavirus at the University of Szeged

Further measures have been introduced at the University of Szeged regarding the spread of the coronavirus originating from China. In order to protect the general health of the university community of 30,000 members, the Rector and Chancellor of the SZTE issued a circular calling upon members to refrain from work and attending lectures if returning from an area affected and travelling to such areas shall be avoided.

A joint circular issued by the Rector and Chancellor of the University on the 26th February 2020 informing 8,000 employees and 21,000 students of the University. According to the directions, areas affected in the spread of the coronavirus shall be avoided and official visits are currently not possible; those who have been in the coronavirus affected areas in the last two weeks after the 12th February 2020 shall refrain from work – with payment for periods of absence – for 14 days following their return. It is also suggested that planned travels shall be suspended if possible as well as delegation visits from the areas affected shall be rescheduled.


Areas affected as indicated on the website of the National Public Health Service of Hungary on the 25th February 2020 are: China, Singapore, Hongkong, Japan, South Korea, Iran and the following regions in Italy: Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Piemont, Veneto.


After having informed 140 Chinese students of the University at the end of January, all students were informed on the 26th February. Students who have been in the coronavirus affected areas in the last two weeks – or met a person who visited these territories prior to their meeting in the last two weeks, or live in a common household with such a person – shall refrain from attending lectures, visiting campus and faculty buildings, admission/academic offices, the student service office or any office with face-to-face administration. Given the above the University of Szeged provides for a degree of flexibility in terms of non-attendance, grounded and justified absence will have no effect on their studies. Therefore students were asked to notify the Study Departments of the Faculties by e-mail or telephone of the date of their departure from the affected area and the name of that area.


We call to your attention that the currently known safest way to prevent the spread of the virus is to comply with hygiene regulations. People showing any symptoms of the disease are advised to stay at home, not to visit any public spaces, seminars, or workplace and to seek immediate medical assistance by getting in contact with their GP through e-mail or telephone.


An operative professional group consisting of the colleagues of Albert Szent Györgyi Health Centre and representatives of professions concerned was set up to impose measurements in a timely and the most effective manner. It has been stated that the coronavirus has not appeared yet in Szeged and all suspected cases will be transferred to Szent László Hospital in Budapest as imposed by the National Public Health Service of Hungary. Suspected cases will be isolated at the Department of Infectious Diseases of Albert Szent Györgyi Health Centre and patients with confirmed diagnosis will immediately be transferred to Szent László Hospital. No patient has been tested positive for coronavirus so far. The operative group is continuously monitoring recommendations of WHO, the National Public Health Service of Hungary and the Hungarian Government and imposes measurements in accordance with the latest information and on the basis of an epidemiological risk assessment.


Rector-Chancellor regarding measures in connection with the spread of the coronavirus infection

Exemption from work duty


Rector-Chancellor regarding the students of the University of Szeged concerning measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection

SZTE Experience


Ferdous Rahman – Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

My name is Ferdous Rahman and I am from Bangladesh. I am pursuing doctoral studies at the Department of Private International Law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science under the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme. Currently I am in the first year of my four-year PhD programme. I came to know about SZTE while exploring for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme. Among the other available options, this was my first choice. Apart from its excellent ranking, I got my supervisor with similar research interest. The increasing number of international students gave me a comfort of having a cosmopolitan environment. After starting my studies here in September 2019, I am convinced that I could not expect more. For prospective students, I would advise that SZTE can be their next home as I got mine. Everyone here including the professors, the administrators, and the students are very friendly and helpful. They make studies a joyous journey instead of pile of classes and books. After my graduation, I will return to my home country. The knowledge and the experience that I have been receiving here will be a great resource for my academic career. I intend to continue my research further and expect to contribute to policy formulation at national and international level."


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.