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100 Years Ago SZTE Made Szeged a University City

The University of Szeged made Szeged a university city 100 years ago on the 9th of October.

The University of Szeged traces back its origins to 440 years. Its predecessor institution was founded on 12 May 1581 in Cluj-Napoca. The institution was exiled by the Romanian authorities at the end of World War I and found shelter in Szeged in 1921.


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University of Szeged Rector's Department 100 years ago


The Opening Ceremony of the very first academic year at the University of Szeged was held on the 9th of October, 1921. To celebrate this great event of Szeged becoming a University town, Miklós Horthy, the Regent of Hungary was invited to the ceremony. He came by a private train that consisted of six saloon cars. The event was held at the main building, the „heart” of the University of Szeged at Dugonics square (today the Rector’s office).


5312a41e7c787c6aaf44af4e23b0ae88During the ceremony the very first Rector of the institution, Gáspár Menyhárt proudly announced that "One of the strong pillars of our nation's future has been saved by those who have saved this university”.

He added, that "When our university had to taste the bitter bread of exile, the city of Szeged was the first to open its arms to embrace this university deprived of its home, and was ready to make a great sacrifice to satisfy the needs of the guest.”





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University students in the classroom of Department of Dermatology/Kálvária Square


Article written by: Ilona Újszászi

Translated by: Rita Csúri-Magosi

Photos: SZTE Klebelsberg Library, Somogyi-Library




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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