2021. January 19., Tuesday


QS EECA Ranking: SZTE is the Best Hungarian University Outside of the Capital

British QS has published their newest international ranking list featuring the top universities in emerging Europe and Central Asia. The University of Szeged has stepped up seven places compared to its position last year: it is now at the 26th position of the list. This makes SZTE the best Hungarian University outside of the capital.

According to the newest, 2021 ranking of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the University of Szeged has stepped up to the 26th position from number 33 last year. With its current position, SZTE is in the top 7% of the list of featured institutions (a two per cent development compared to last year), and the best Hungarian university outside of the capital city.


This year, 400 higher education institutions from emerging Europe and Central Asia are featured in the QS ranking: 52 more than last year. The order was determined along ten factors assessed: Academic reputation contributed to the positions to 30%, while employer reputation to 20%. Further factors were faculty per student ratio (10%), papers per faculty (10%), international research network (10%), web impact (5%), staff with a PhD (5%), citations per paper (5%). The ratio of international faculty members and international students were both counted for 2.5%-2.5% each.


On the 2021 list, 17 Hungarian universities were included in the assessment, four out of these made it to the top 50. SZTE was the second best in Hungary and the best university outside of Budapest. The Szeged University has received assessments better than last year along several factors: we have developed in academic reputation, employer reputation as well as with our international research network.


The complete list is to be consulted here: QS University Rankings for EECA 2021 | Top Universities

SZTE Experience


Tamerlan Mendybayev – Faculty of Agriculture

My name is Tamerlan Mendybayev. I am from capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan. Currently I am first year student at the Faculty of Agriculture. I chose the University of Szeged as my study destination for several reasons: firstly, it is a well-known applied science institution in Europe and the best in Hungary. Secondly, the program is designed with a significant focus on the developing practical skills of the students and there is a University pilot farm where students keen their skills and implement their knowledge in practice. Undoubtedly, University of Szeged is a place where students become professionals in their academic field.


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."