As a new level of Hungarian-Serbian relations, on 21st of January 2020, a Cooperation Agreement concerning the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina was signed by the State Secretary for Health at the Ministry of Human Capacities and the Provincial Secretary for Healthcare in Vojvodina at the University of Szeged. On this significant occasion, the SZTE entered a strategic agreement, thus deepening its relations with the University of Novi Sad.
‘The University of Szeged and the University of Novi Sad are among the most renowned higher educational and research centres in Central Europe. The two institutions have a close professional relationship for decades, focusing on health sciences, pharmaceutical research and information technology. Our aim is to provide mutual help to improve the efficiency of health care in the Southern Great Plain Region and the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, and to accelerate its development’ said Prof. Dr. László Rovó, Rector of the University of Szeged. He greeted the guests of SZTE on the occasion of the renewed relationship between the two universities which took place at the SZTE Rector’s Office and the signing of an agreement on the deepening of cooperation between the health departments of the two countries.
‘In recent years, cooperation between Hungary and Serbia has become ever closer, of which healthcare is an important pillar. The details of this agreement, dated September 3, 2019 between the the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities, includes the specific involvement of health professionals from the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina’ emphasized Prof. Dr. Ildikó Horváth. As an example, the Ministry of Human Capacities State Secretary for Health mentioned that a forthcoming Central and Eastern European oncology meeting would be co-chaired by a professor from Vojvodina and Budapest. In the area of organ transplantation, it will be possible for patients from the neighbouring country who need lung transplantation to be operated in a Hungarian centre. Exchange of experience on screening for lung cancer and rare diseases will also be useful in both regions.
‘Thanks to the framework agreement establishing health cooperation between the two countries, an intensive relationship was established between Vojvodina and Hungary in this area’ said Prof. Dr. Zoran Gojković, the Provincial Secretary for Healthcare of the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, who mentioned as an example that they are exchanging their experiences using new methods of curing diseases. He welcomed the new opportunities for the transfer of knowledge and experience. He promised that the new initiatives would continue to be supported by the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. He thanked Zoltán Balázs-Piri, Ministerial Adviser, who also attended the event, and István Pásztor, President of the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, for the achievements they have accomplished so far.
Implementing the protocol of the Cooperation Agreement between the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina has been signed by Prof. Dr. Ildikó Horváth, the State Secretary for Health at the Ministry of Human Capacities and Prof. Dr. Zoran Gojković, Provincial Secretary for Healthcare of the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.
‘We are reinforcing and adding some new elements to the high-quality cooperation between our institution and the University of Szeged which has existed for decades’ emphasized Prof. Dr, Dejan Jakšić, rector of the University of Novi Sad. He also added: there is a regional problem of drop-outs and the migration of skilled workers. These issues will also be addressed by the deeper scientific cooperation between the two institutions, and the coordination of health-related training and basic research.
Among others, the following members were also present during the process of signing the agreements; Dr. Zoltán Lőrincz, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs; Mihály Nyilas, Vice-President of the Provincial Government of Vojvodina; Prof. Dr. Brkić Snežana, Dean of the University of Novi Sad and Prof. Dr. György Lázár, Dean of the SZTE Faculty of Medicine.