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The Pasteur Institute of Paris is SZTE's latest top-tier scientific partner

The Pasteur Institute of Paris is SZTE's latest top-tier scientific partner

2023. April 18.

The University of Szeged has signed a unique cooperation agreement with one of the world’s best-known and most influential medical research bases. An agreement on joint research and training between the Pasteur Institute of Paris and the University of Szeged was reached on April 18, 2023. in Szeged.

The University of Szeged gained another long-established, world-class research base, the Pasteur Institute, as a direct partner on Tuesday. It is well-known to everyone how much the eponym of the French institute, Louis Pasteur and his followers, contributed to the knowledge of mankind in the fields of medicine, life sciences, bacteriology and virology. This is also reflected in the 10 Nobel Prizes won by the staff of the institute.
The Pasteur Institute and the Albert Szent-Györgyi Faculty of Medicine of the University of Szeged have already signed a cooperation agreement in the past, a framework in which the SZTE SZAOK advertises internships that are available at the Pasteur Institute for 3-6 months. The SZTE is listed on the Pasteur Institute website as an internship partner.
Work on the details of the wider cooperation between the two institutions started in 2022 and was finalised in Szeged on April 18, 2023. Medical and life sciences are a priority within the research of the SZTE as well.

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Dr Vincent Richard, Dr Monica Sala, Prof. Dr László Rovó and Dr Judit Fendler, Photo by Ádám Kovács-Jerney

“Through our former rector Albert Szent-Györgyi, the University of Szeged can also be proud of a Nobel Prize in life sciences. We are hopeful that the cooperation with the Pasteur Institute will lead to many discoveries of similar importance and recognition, which may even be rewarded with a Nobel Prize” said Prof. Dr. László Rovó, Rector of the University of Szeged. The event was attended by Dr. Judit Fendler, Chancellor of the University of Szeged, Prof. Dr. Márta Széll, Vice Rector for Strategy, Prof. Dr. Zoltán Kónya, Vice Rector for Science and Innovation, Prof. Dr. Ildikó Csóka, Director General for Strategy of the University of Szeged, Dr. Tamás Bene, Director for International Relations and Public Affairs of the University of Szeged, and Dr. Richard Vincent, Head of International Relations at the Pasteur Institute.

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Photo by Ádám Kovács-Jerney

The Pasteur Institute in Paris has its own education centre and is in partnership with several universities in Paris. This makes it possible to establish a bilateral ERASMUS contract with the institute, which even includes teacher mobility. Thus, researchers and teachers from the French partners can also receive ERASMUS support in Szeged.


Dr. Monica Sala and Prof. Dr. László Rovó, Photo by Ádám Kovács-Jerney

“We are delighted to be able to strengthen our ties with a university that is outstanding in the fields of education, research, medicine as well as innovation. It is very important for us to bring young researchers and students together through mobility programmes and to make their cooperation even more effective. In this way, we can make the best use of the strengths of both institutions for the benefit of humanity and society," said Dr. Monica Sala, Director of Education at the Pasteur Institute.
Of the 12 faculties of the University of Szeged, 4 are involved in health care and the clinical centre named after Albert Szent-Györgyi is one of the largest and in many areas the most modern health care facility in the country. In addition to education, SZTE also places great emphasis on research development, which is why it is constantly expanding its international relations.
The Pasteur Institute and the University of Szeged have many similarities, which predestined them to collaborate. They share a common mission: education, medicine, research and innovation, in which together they can be even more effective. The French science base working on world-leading research developments with more than 30 partners on 5 continents is now in partnership with the University of Szeged as well.


Opening photo: the details of the cooperation between the SZTE and the Pasteur Institute were finalized on 18 April 2023 in the central building of the SZTE, Photo by Ádám Kovács-Jerney