Updated: ELTE Summer Uni Starts, 12 Hungarian Universities Are in Top 5% of World Rankings

  • 12 Jul 2024 10:29 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Updated: ELTE Summer Uni Starts, 12 Hungarian Universities Are in Top 5% of World Rankings
A summer university for Hungarian-speaking university and college students from across the border, the 27th Hungarian Summer University in the Carpathian Basin and the Forum for Hungarian Institutions of the Hungarian diaspora in the Carpathian Basin, has opened at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest.

The courses held by the faculties of political and legal sciences, natural sciences, humanities, IT, and teacher training last until July 15.

ELTE’s rector, László Borhy, told the opening ceremony that the summer university was going from strength to strength each year, and around 150 students are in Budapest from the regions of Transylvania, Upper Hungary in Slovakia, Transcarpathia and Vojvodina.

This year’s courses will revolve around artificial intelligence as part of an interdisciplinary section, he noted.

Veronika Varga-Bajusz, the state secretary for higher education, vocational and adult training at the ministry of culture and innovation, said Hungarian higher education had seen a turnaround in competitiveness and accessibility, with the number of students from disadvantaged areas increasing significantly.

This year 12 Hungarian universities are in the top 5% in the world rankings, while 3 belong to the top 2% and one is in the top 1%, she said.

Also, compared with 2020, higher-education funding has doubled, she added.

Hungarian Summer University in the Carpathian Basin
10. July 2018. - 15. July 2018.
1053 Budapest, Egyetem Square 1–3.

The 12 best universities in Hungary for 2024/2025:

University of Szeged    
University of Debrecen
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
University of Pécs
Corvinus University of Budapest
Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Széchenyi István University    
University of Miskolc
University of Pannonia

Hungarian Universities Advance in Higher Education Rankings

Eight Hungarian universities have advanced in the 2025 Quacquarelli Symonds European university rankings published on Tuesday, while 15 Hungarian universities are listed, the culture and innovation ministry said.

The ministry said in a statement that the results were a testament to how well the Hungarian university model was working, notwithstanding obstructions from Brussels, and the higher education system was growing in strength and competitiveness.

Eight out of 15 Hungarian universities, including Obuda, Pecs and Debrecen universities made big advances while 4 maintained their position in the face of intensifying global competition and the fact that more and more universities were assessed. The statement also referred to “the illegal exclusion from the Erasmus+ programmes” as surmounted challenges.

Budapest’s ELTE university is placed 190th, Debrecen 222nd, Szeged 228th, BME 247th, while Pecs, Istvan Szechenyi University in Gyor, Corvinus University in Budapest are in the top 500, alongside MATE, Obuda University, Miskolc and Pannon University.

Five years ago there were 7 universities in the top five% of the world, the statement noted, adding that today this number has increased to 12.

Balázs Hankó, the culture and innovation minister, said Hungary aimed to have three Hungarian universities among the 100 best in Europe by 2030 and to have one in the world’s top 100 by then, too.



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