2022. May 21., Saturday


SZTE Ranked First in Hungary in the latest Times Higher Education Ranking

The Times Higher Education compiles its annual Impact Rankings based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. The University of Szeged ranked highly in the recent list: It ranked first in the overall ranking, tying with two other Hungarian universities. In addition, it has achieved podium position in all categories, and in ten of them it was also ranked first among Hungarian institutions.

THE Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education, launched in 2019, measures the third mission of the world's higher education institutions. Furthermore, it analyzes the economic and social impact, and responsibility of universities based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, the University of Szeged is ranked first in the THE overall ranking, tying with two other Hungarian universities and 401st-600th in the international rankings.

Although this year the number of ranked institutions has increased by about 300 (1406), SZTE’s results in the 17 thematic rankings are excellent too. The Tisza-coast Universitas has maintained its international position in several categories. These include: No poverty, Good health and well-being, Affordable and clean energy, Industry, innovation, infrastructure, Peace, justice and strong institutions. At the international level, SZTE improved in several categories compared to the last year’s ranking, such as Sustainable Cities and Communities. Meanwhile, it also performed strongly in the national field, finishing on the podium in all categories with ten first, four second and three third places.

The outstanding results achieved in the rankings also demonstrate the commitment of the University of Szeged to achieve the goals set by the United Nations, whether it is the educational, research and service activities undertaken in order to enhance the well-being of the social environment, the dissemination of knowledge, the preservation of human, social, cultural and environmental values, social, economic, environmental responsibility, or the promotion of sustainable development.

The full list is available here.

SZTE Experience


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."

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