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The history of the University of Szeged

The University of Szeged traces its origins back to 1581 with the foundation of the Academia in Cluj (Kolozsvár). István Báthory, Prince of Transylvania, King of Poland (1571-1586), Grand Duke of Lithuania took measures to estabilish a Catholic university (academia – universitas) consisting of two faculitues, Arts and Theology. In 1872 the Hungarian royal university was established and the university operated in Cluj until 1921 when it was moved to Szeged.

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The year 2000 was a milestone in the history of the university: the higher education institutions of Szeged were integrated under the name University of Szeged. At present the University has 12 faculties covering the fields of arts, sciences, law, economics and business administration, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, health sciences, education, agriculture and music. It also provides quality education at the levels of Bachelor, Master, scientific (PhD), higher-level vocational and postgraduate specialist training programmes. The University’s educational mission also embraces medical assistance, conducting internationally competitive research activities and fulfilling its role as a research university. The wide scope of its research and creative activities include basic and applied research, creative arts, product- and service development.

SZTE JATIKConcerning the size of the University of Szeged, it is one of the biggest university in Hungary, with nearly 30,000 students and more than 7,000 employees altogether, including about 2,200 academic staff.

Partnership in research, quality education and innovation are integral parts of the University of Szeged which in recent years has produced tangible results both in terms of joint efforts with businesses and cooperation with other actors of higher education. Thanks to partnership in research and innovation with various companies and organizations, the successes of scientific activity at the University of Szeged promote the attainment of practical, significant and remarkable results that will positively affect education as well. The University also works in close cooperation with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in three key research areas, namely in natural sciences, humanities as well as in medicine and pharmacy.

Egyetemi KönyvtárA number of outstanding professors work and have worked at the University of Szeged, including Nobel Laureate Albert Szent-Györgyi, who was the first to isolate Vitamin C, extracting it from Szeged paprika. His outstanding skills and activities contributed to Szeged becoming one of Europe’s most significant centres for life-sciences and uniting the laboratories of the University of Szeged and the Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Thanks to the internationally acknowledged research in laser physics at the University of Szeged, our town will be the home of the biggest centre of laser physics in Europe, the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) in the near future. This will increase the need for more employees at the University and at the connected companies.

1581: István Báthory establishes an academia with an arts and a theological faculty in Cluj.
1872: The Hungarian royal university is established that claims to be the spiritual successor of Báthory’s academia.
1881: The University of Cluj takes the name of Franz Joseph.
1921: Four faculties – Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Arts, Language and History and the Faculty of Mathematics and Science – of the Ferencz József University of Kolozsvár moved to Szeged.
1924 –1930: The clinics and the buildings of the Faculty of Science located at Dóm Square were opened.
1928: The College of Teacher Training moved to Szeged, and in 1973 it became the Juhász Gyula Teacher Training College.
1940: After the passing of a law, the Ferencz József University was moved back to Kolozsvár and the remaining parts of the university in Szeged were amalgamated and named the Hungarian Royal Horthy Miklós University.
1945: The university here assumed the name University of Szeged.
1951: Secession of the Faculty of Medicine from the main institutional body, and from that year on it has functioned as a university in its own right.
1957: The independent Faculty of Pharmacy was set up.
1962: Undergraduate training was launched at the Technicum of Food Engineering in Szeged.
1962: The University of Szeged was named after Attila József.
1987: The University of Medicine was named after Albert Szent-Györgyi.
1989: The Faculty of Health Sciences, which once used to provide off-site training, was integrated into the Szent-Györgyi Albert University of Medicine.
Ponthatárok és pótfelvételi a GTK-n 20121999: The independent Faculty of Economics and Business Administration was established within the József Attila University.
2000: As a result of the integration of the Szent-Györgyi Albert University of Medicine, the Juhász Gyula Teacher Training College, the College of Food Processing and Engineering, the Music Conservatory and the College of Agriculture in Hódmezôvásárhely, the current University of Szeged was founded.
2003: Since its successful accreditation, the Music Conservatory in Szeged has been operating as the Faculty of Music.
2006: The successful accreditation of the training programmes of the University of Szeged based on the Bologna Process.

January 2007: The Faculty of Dentistry was established

July 2007: The construction of the new Biology Building was completed, the renovated building of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration opened

2009: Funded by the Social Infrastructure Operational Programme, the university launched its “Knowledge-Path” project

2009: Funded by the Social Infrastructure Operational Programme, the university launched its “Infrastructure development at Szeged Health Pole” project

Építés utáni fotók2009: The University of Szeged received the Hungarian Higher Education Quality Award

2010: The University of Szeged received the “research university” title

2011: The renovation of the university’s central building was completed

2011: The construction of the new building of the Faculty of Engineering was completed