2021. October 17., Sunday

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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




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I am a PhD student and a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holder from the Philippines. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Environmental Science and I happen to be in my 3rd year of studies. I chose University of Szeged because its one of the top ranked research university in Hungary known for its good reputation in the fields of health and natural sciences. Coming from the Philippines with a warm climate, I had huge preference of Szeged for my studies, the city having the most rays of sunshine and considered to be the warmest place in Hungary. I would advise all the prospective students to join University of Szeged’s diverse and vibrant community! Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone, try to find and establish your niche in a new place like what I did. I didn’t regret coming to Szeged as it continuously provides me an enabling learning environment for various reasons, has affordable cost of living, very safe and calm university town, organized transport system, beautiful and clean surroundings with the very sightly Tisza River which adds to its appeal, and also holds many festivals throughout the year. After graduation, I am planning to go back to my home institution and continue my teaching duties at the University of the Philippines Los Baños

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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."

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