University of Szeged (SZTE)

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The University of Szeged, known in Hungarian as Szegedi Tudományegyetem, is a public research institution located in Szeged, Hungary. Its origins date back to 1581 when it was established as the Jesuit Academy of Kolozsvár in what is now Cluj-Napoca. The academy was re-established as a university by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1872. In 1921, the university moved to Szeged, making it one of Hungary’s oldest research universities. Throughout the 20th century, the university underwent several transformations, eventually splitting into distinct, independent universities.

The present-day University of Szeged, formed in 2000, comprises twelve faculties and nineteen doctoral schools, each with various departments and research groups. These faculties operate independently. Additionally, the university manages the Health Centre of the University of Szeged, a significant teaching hospital providing regional healthcare, and three laboratory schools that integrate public education with teacher training. The university’s buildings are dispersed across downtown Szeged, except for the Health Centre and the Department of Arts buildings, which are located close to each other. As part of the Bologna Process, the university offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD programs, along with undivided master’s programs.

Furthermore, the university runs the Klebelsberg Library, the largest university library in Central Europe, and six university presses. In the fiscal year 2014, the university had a budget of $220 million. The University of Szeged boasts numerous notable alumni, including Nobel laureates Albert Szent-Györgyi and Katalin Karikó, political scientist István Bibó, and poets Attila József and Gyula Juhász.

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