Semmelweis University’s history started more than 240 years ago in 1769, when Queen Maria Theresa added a medical faculty to the University of Nagyszombat (now Trnva, Slovakia). Not long after, the university moved first to Buda then to Pest (now Budapest) and, once the university settled in its permanent location, a period of great development commenced. The number of departments and clinical beds grew – so much so, in fact, that by 1838 congestion had become so great, that even the Hungarian National Assembly addressed the Medical Faculty’s situation.
Where the past and the future meet… At Semmelweis University – Hungary’s oldest medical school – nearly 250 years of tradition, experience and expertise serve as the basis for innovation and the application of modern technologies. Built on the classic trinity of education, health care and research, the University occupies a distinguished place in the Hungarian higher educational system. Moreover, Semmelweis University is Hungary’s largest health care institution and a well-recognised, outstanding centre of research.
The University’s five faculties confer over 1500 diplomas every year, which are not only recognised in many countries around the world, but the international acclaim of which is unquestionable. Graduates generally find employment anywhere in the world within 2 months of graduation and would choose Semmelweis University repeatedly if they were to start their academic studies again. Objective studies have also confirmed the University’s reputation as Semmewleis University occupies the prestigeous 102nd place among the world’s most international higher education institutions according to a rencently published ranking.
Semmelweis University puts a special emphasis on training the next generation of doctors, and on identifying and nurturing talents. The launch of the Kerpel-Fronius Talent Support Programme has been of paramount importance, which provides the most talented high school students with the support and opportunities required to make their university careers as successful as possible.
With its 27 clinics and nearly 8000 employees, Semmelweis University is one of Hungary’s largest health care providers covering six percent of the entire population’s health care needs, which translates to around 2.3 million cases per year. Clinical work is carried out in close cooperation with education and research, to the benefit of all three areas.
They also strive to establish strong cooperation with progressive and modern national institutions providing excellent quality healthcare. The first successful lung transplantation carried out by Semmewleis University at the Department of Thoracic Surgery based at the National Institute of Oncology is an outstanding example of such collaboration.
Spreading the idea of prevention is their University’s priority areas, which involves a combination of educational, health care, and research activities.
The development of research activities has received increasing attention over the past decade. Over 1300 employees, many of whom are young talents, participate in the research and development work of the University’s 80 departments and research groups. Publication activities have improved considerably, with the cumulative impact factor doubling to around 2200 at present.See more