2022. November 26., Saturday


QS sustainability ranking: SZTE is one of the best Hungarian universities

A sustainability rankings has been compiled for higher education for the first time this year by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rankings in the UK. Only three Hungarian universities were included in the ranking, one of which was the University of Szeged, which ranked between 381 and 400th overall. The University of Szeged also scored highly on the performance indicators used to compile the list: it was the best Hungarian institution in terms of the impact of education, sharing of knowledge, equal opportunities and quality of life.

The University of Szeged is one of the best Hungarian universities in the sustainability ranking published for the first time this year by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the world's most respected higher education ratings company. The QS list, published on 26 October, includes around 700 institutions worldwide, 303 in Europe and only 3 in Hungary.

SZTE was ranked 381-400th overall, but also excelled in the sub-categories of the ranking. In Hungary, it ranked first in indicators measuring the impact of education, sharing of knowledge, equal opportunities and the promotion of a good quality of life. It also scored well in the areas of teaching and research activities in the fields of sustainability, sustainable institutional operations and preparation for the labour market.


The new QS Sustainability Ranking has been developed with experts from around 20 countries and is based on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), taking into account data from other QS rankings, baseline data from institutions, Elsevier, UNESCO and the World Bank, among others.


The focus of the ranking is on the social and environmental impact of universities as centres of teaching, research and knowledge, and these two categories are given equal weight in the overall ranking.

The subcategory for Social Impact covers the institutions' contribution to preparing students for the labour market (20%), the equal opportunities dimension (30%), the promotion and provision of a good quality of life (well-being and prosperity) (10%), the social impact of educational activities (20%), and the use and sharing of knowledge in research collaborations (20%).

The subcategory Environmental Impact includes aspects of educational and research activities with a focus on environmental awareness and sustainability, academic recognition (40%), sustainable institutional functioning and commitment (35%), research in areas related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (25%).


SZTE Experience


Hamza Baniata – Faculty of Science and Informatics

I am Hamza Baniata, a first-year student at the Doctoral School of Computer Science, and I am From Jordan. SZTE is continuously supporting research and it has an internationally recognized, highly ranked group of professors. It also offers courses and research topics that are strongly related to my research field; Cloud Computing, Fog Computing and Internet of Things. All of this motivated me to apply to the University/Department of Software Engineering. Szeged is a calm city, full of love and peace. The University of Szeged is similar to the city, which provides the perfect environment for creation and development. Studying at the university requires a high level of effort, commitment and seriousness. Applying to the university and having these characteristics are my two pieces of advice to prospective students. It is very early to define my future now, but I am planning to apply to a research position in my field after graduation and if I had the opportunity, I would love to contribute my effort and knowledge in advancing such a wonderful and respected university.

95930002_620793281842686_908476219798847488_oDianne - Faculty of Science and Informatics

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