International openness

Universities have a regional and national function, but most are also engaged in transnational activities at European or even at global levels. Universities enrol students from other continents, exchange students and staff, and engage in projects in education or research with partner institutions from other regions of the world.

Bologna reforms contribute to putting European higher education on the global map. The division of long academic programmes into two cycles (bachelor/master) makes these programmes more accessible and more attractive to local and foreign students. Institutions and programmes are regularly evaluated and the reviews are published on the Internet. Many courses, particularly at master and doctoral levels, are now taught in English. All these factors help European universities to become global players.

Bologna Ministers have agreed upon an external dimension strategy, focusing on information, promotion, cooperation, recognition and policy dialogue. The European Commission supports the external dimension strategy through its policies and programmes. The EU external policy aims at establishing close cooperation with all world regions and in particular with neighbouring countries through the European Neighbourhood Policy, which includes almost all Bologna signatory states. EU programmes cover a broad range of capacity building measures in higher education through the external assistance instruments for pre-accession countries, neighbourhood countries and developing countries and more particularly through the Tempus programme, which has an annual budget of approximately € 55 million.

Relations with other continents are supported through a series of bilateral cooperation programmes: EU-USA/Canada, EDULINK, and ALFA for Latin America and the new Nyerere Programme for Africa. A new multilateral framework for supporting cooperation with industrialised countries has been launched by the Commission in 2007.

Of special importance in this context is the EU’s flagship programme for worldwide academic cooperation, Erasmus Mundus. Highly integrated European masters and doctoral courses, consolidated international academic partnerships, and competitive scholarships are making a powerful contribution to improving the attractiveness of ‘destination Europe’.

The Marie Skodlowska-Curie Actions offer opportunities to individual researchers to participate in a research team in another country. Funding is available for researchers to move both within Europe and internationally.

Within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus programme, the Commission launched the ‘Global Promotion Project’, which aims to strengthen the image of European higher education worldwide. Outputs included: a user-friendly website ‘Study in Europe’, a pilot network of European education advisers, competence-building workshops for those involved in higher education marketing at institutional and national levels and a ‘Study in Europe’ presence at international education fairs.

Third countries show an active interest in European higher education reform and policy dialogue. The EU is having regular policy dialogues with countries around the world and sees the Bologna Policy Forum as a useful opportunity for exchange on higher education issues on a global scale.

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March 28, 2017 09:23

The Summer University on Hungarian Language and Culture at Eötvös Loránd University prepared a present for Spring to those who are interested in Hungarian language and culture.

March 13, 2017 13:52
Semmelweis University is among the best according to the QS world rankings

Semmelweis University has been ranked as 262nd according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking list, on the basis of which our university has achieved the best result in the field of life sciences and medicine among Hungarian higher-education institutions. The ranking position of Semmelweis University is better with 54 ranking places this year as opposed to last year’s ranking result. In the field of medical education Semmelweis University is ranked among the best 200 institutions, and it is among the best 150 in the area of pharmaceutical education according to the QS 2017 ranking.

In the field of life sciences and medicine altogether three Hungarian universities are listed: Semmelweis University is ranked as 262nd, Debrecen University is ranked as 401-450 and the University of Szeged is ranked as 451-500. Regarding the area of medical education: Semmelweis University is ranked as 151-200, Debrecen University is ranked as 201-250, the University of Pécs is ranked as 251-300 and the University of Szeged is ranked as 301-350. The rankings in the category of pharmaceutical education are as follows: Semmelweis University is ranked as 101-150, Debrecen University is ranked as 151-200 and the University of Szeged is ranked as 201-250.

This international ranking list was prepared with the consideration of four aspects: the reputation of the university in the scientific world, assessment of the employees, the frequency of the citation of the university’s scientific works and h-index citations.

Eszter Keresztes
Photo: Attila Kovács – Semmelweis University
Translated by: Katalin Romhányi

March 13, 2017 13:51
Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Tokyo Medical University

The delegation of Tokyo Medical University visited Semmelweis University on February 24-25, 2017, in the framework of which the collaboration has been reinforced on three different levels between the two institutions. Besides the Memorandum of Understanding a Sister Agreement as well as a Student Exchange Agreement were also signed by the representatives of both universities.

The members of the Japanese delegation, led by Dr. Mamoru Suzuki, President of Tokyo Medical University, were Dr. Miki Izumi, Professor of Medical Education, Ms. Aya Nagata, Coordinator of the Student Exchange Program and Dr. Mária Mernyei, Professor, who provided a lot of support in the organization of the delegation’s visit. The representatives of Tokyo Medical University were welcomed at Semmelweis University by Dr. Ágoston Szél, Rector, Dr. Miklós Molnár, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. József Sándor, Scientific Advisor of the Department of Surgical Research and Techniques, Dr. Marcel Pop, Director of International Relations and Dr. Judit Vadlövő, Project Coordinator of the Directorate of International Relations.

After a warm welcome Rector Szél said that he considers this visit very important, since the agreements signed during the discussion provide an opportunity for both Japanese and Hungarian students to study abroad in the framework of a training programme. Rector Szél expressed his gratitude to H.E. Dr. Kosuge Junichi, Ambassador of Japan in Hungary, who participated in the official discussion and the signing process together with Ms. Yoshiko Okamoto, Second Secretary of Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Hungary. As Rector Szél pointed out, the presence of His Excellency at the discussion unquestionably proved the high level of Japanese-Hungarian relations.

Dr. Kosuge Junichi talked about the undergoing process of the reinforcement of Japanese-Hungarian political and economic relations, and he expressed his appreciation that this is also manifested in the academic relations.

Dr. Mamoru Suzuki, President of Tokyo Medical University, also highlighted the significance of the signing of these agreements: according to him the collaboration now has become official between the two institutions.

Dr. Miklós Molnár talked about the fact that more and more Japanese students study at Semmelweis University and he expressed his hope that Hungarian students will soon also have an opportunity to study in Japan. Dr. Molnár also said that our institution will be pleased to have Japanese professors as lecturers at Semmelweis University.

Dr. József Sándor emphasized among other things that both institutions have the same principles and purposes: a well-operating patient care system.

At the end of the discussion the leaders of both universities officially signed the Memorandum of Understanding, a Sister Agreement as well as a Student Exchange Agreement. These agreements contain regulations regarding the mutual student-, researcher- and staff exchange programme, the exchange of information between the two institutions as well as the organization of common lectures and seminars. The agreement related to the exchange of medical students provides the opportunity for the following: both universities to send and receive 2-2 graduating students for clinical training during one academic year, for maximum 8 weeks per student.

After the discussion and the official signing of the agreements the Japanese delegation visited the 1st Department of Pathology and Experimental Cancer Research, where Dr. András Matolcsy, Director, welcomed the representatives of Tokyo Medical University. The delegation also visited the Heart and Vascular Centre, where they were welcomed by Dr. György Bárczi, Senior Lecturer. Dr. Bárczi introduced the facilities and the daily work of the Centre to our Japanese guests in details.

Pálma Dobozi
Source: Directorate of International Relations
Photo: Gábor Ancsin
Translated by: Katalin Romhányi