2020. July 8., Wednesday

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More than 30 research health and life science related projects have been initiated at the SZTE during the past two months to combat coronavirus. The University of Szeged participates a promising research to prepare the clinical testing of an antiviral treatment, furthermore the institution has launched a genetics research and is contributing to the development of mass testing methods for the novel coronavirus.

The spread of COVID-19 in Europe, including Hungary as well, has urged the Government of Hungary to declare a state of emergency on the 11th of March and take all necessary precautions to protect the citizens of Hungary, minimize the number of infected people and slow down the spread of the coronavirus.

Besides national rankings focusing on student and teaching excellence, international rankings measuring academic activities are continuously classifying SZTE among the world’s prestigious universities. According to QS World University Rankings the SZTE is the best university in Hungary, and is among the world’s most elite universities in several subject rankings. On the national HVG ranking list, SZTE was listed the first in Hungary out of the capital.

Protective gears necessary in preventing transmission of the coronavirus were distributed to the University of Szeged from the stocks of the National Healthcare Services Center on the 3rd April.

Several misconceptions regarding the coronavirus outbreak have come to light and ‘simple methods’ to prevent disease are widely known. Here are 15 of them published by World Health Organization (WHO).

Missions to foreign countries – regardless of the destination – cannot be ordered or authorized, university citizens are advised to delay their private travels abroad and citizens of foreign countries are not allowed to reside on campus. According to the Government Decree, healthcare workers shall only be allowed to leave the territory of Hungary with the permission of the Minister responsible for the relevant sector.

Crucial information and important measures concerning the coronavirus disease are now available 24/7 via a student information line from the 10th of March at the University of Szeged. Students of the University of Szeged can request information regarding health related issues in both English and Hungarian via this phone number: +36 70 439 9279.

The Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Szeged and the Polish UTP Faculty of Agriculture and Biotechnology are going to prepare an application with other partners for the actual appeal of V4 + Grants.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has published a list of the best emerging higher education institutions in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The University of Szeged is ranked 33rd in the ranking, thus it is in the top nine percent of the ranked institutions.