More than 30,000 students study at the University of Debrecen, with the number of foreign students steadily increasing, currently accounting for almost a quarter of the total.
The Chancellor of the University of Debrecen Zoltán Bács said that the economic strength of the university has increased significantly due to the model change.
In addition to education, social responsibility, and patient care, the institution is also developing in the field of research. The Innovation Centre of the University of Debrecen has been operating for two years in the Vezér Street Industrial Park. In addition, the planning and construction of several major projects, including a national vaccine factory and a pharmaceutical plant, are currently underway, as Chancellor Zoltán Bács, among others, said.
“From 2013-14, when the university’s internal structure changed, there was a major opportunity for development, and in the last two years, the change of model and the associated wealth creation and opportunities have also increased the university’s economic strength. In addition, the institution has significantly increased its equity from its own activities,” the Chancellor stressed.
According to Deputy Mayor of Debrecen Ákos Balázs, the university’s academic, research, and teaching activities fulfill the city’s ambition to continuously strengthen the economy. “The university as a knowledge base is a very important element of the city’s ability to attract capital and keep young people here, and with its high-quality training and innovation activities, it is one of the pillars of Debrecen,” the deputy mayor said.
The state Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Innovation Balázs Hankó stressed that the cooperation between the university and the economic players has been raised to a new level by the model change, which has made it possible to operate more competitively. He stressed that 11 of the 500 best universities in the world are Hungarian. The government plans to further strengthen Hungarian higher education in the coming years.
The State Secretary added that despite inflation and sanctions, the government had signed a 25-year framework agreement and a 6-year financing contract with the university, ensuring its further development.