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The history of the University


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1581

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 establish a Catholic university consisting of two faculties, Arts and Theology.


1872

Magyar Királyi Ferenc József Tudományegyetem (Royal Hungarian Franz Joseph University) is established in Cluj and operates there until 1921 when it is relocated to Szeged.

 

1921

The first academic year of the University is ceremoniously opened in Szeged by Rector Gáspár Menyhárt, and the construction of the university buildings starts a few years later.

 

1930

University buildings around Dóm Square, in front of the Votive Church, are ready to open, and the first pond of the botanical garden is created.

 

Rektori hivatal1937

Albert Szent-Györgyi is awarded the Nobel Prize.

 

1940

In the midst of WW2 and just after the second Treaty of Vienna, the Franz Joseph University is relocated to Cluj (Kolozsvár), and a new institution called Miklós Horthy University is established in its place in Szeged. Albert Szent-Györgyi is appointed Rector of the University.

 

1945

The University is renamed after the city, its new name is University of Szeged.

 

1951

The Medical Faculty is separated from the University of Szeged and begins to function as an independent university.

 

1962

The University of Szeged adopts the name of the poet Attila József.

 

1987

The Medical University of Szeged adopts the name of Albert Szent-Györgyi, its Nobel laureate rector.

 

1996

A statement of intent to create the University of Szeged is signed by Attila József University, Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical University, Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College, Ferenc Liszt Musical College, the Food Industry Faculty of the University of Gardening and Food Industry (Szeged), the Faculty of the University of Agriculture of Debrecen (nem Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Debrecen?) (Hódmezővásárhely) and, as associate members, by the College of Theology and the Szeged Biological Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

 

2000

With the unification of Attila József University, Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical University, Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College, the Food Industry College of Szeged and the Agricultural College of the University of Debrecen, the new University of Szeged (SZTE) is established.

 

2003

The Szeged Conservatory begins to function as one of the current 12 Faculties of the University of Szeged.

 

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The new building of the Study and Information Centre (Tanulmányi és Információs Központ – TIK) a large part of which is occupied by the unified University Library, is inaugurated. A year later, the Centre is named after the poet Attila József.

 

2009

The University of Szeged is awarded the Higher Education Quality Prize.

 

2010

The University is awarded the title of Research University.

 

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2012

The second official Confucius Institute in Hungary opens its doors in the building of the Rector’s Office.

 

2013

The University of Szeged is awarded the title of University of Excellence.

 

2014

The foundation stone of the ELI Laser Research Centre is ceremoniously laid in Szeged.

 

SZTE Experience


jiang_xuezhiJiang Xuezhi - Faculty of Economics - Business Administration and Management (BA)

The University of Szeged is a well-known and internationally ranked institution in Hungary and worldwide. It is such a wonderful experience to study here. Instructors are professionals and well-qualified; students are nice and open towards foreign cultures. Events organised by the faculties are pleasant and help with integration as well as provide the opportunity to get new acquaintances and friends.


amin-alawar2Amin Alawar - Faculty of Science and Informatics - Biology (PhD)

Being awarded the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship, I came from Lebanon to Szeged. Student life here is astonishing; I simply adore being a student at SZTE. A variety of foreign scholars, and young people have arrived here from all corners of the world. After having finished with academic work at the lab, there is still time for relaxing. The town itself is also impressive – my favourite place is Széchenyi tér.

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