Three Hungarian universities are listed among the 500 best universities in life sciences and medicine in the latest ranking by Quacquarelly Symonds (QS), writes.

The Semmelweis University in Budapest, as well as the University of Szeged and the University of Debrecen are listed among the 500 best universities in the life sciences and medicine category of the 2017 QS ranking.

Semmelweis University ranked the highest on the list, at 262th place. Semmelweis University is the oldest medical school in Hungary, founded in 1769. The university is also the largest health care institution in Hungary ( According to, international students account for one third of the school’s student body, and 82% of them are attending postgraduate programmes. It is also the alma mater of the Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian biochemist Albert Szent-Györgyi, who is credited with discovering the vitamin C.

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The University of Debrecen was ranked among the 401-450 best universities in life sciences and medicine, and it was ranked much better, in the 151-200 range in the agriculture and forestry, as well as pharmacy and pharmacology categories. The University of Debrecen is an institute with long traditions, and also has a lot of well-established English language programmes for international students.

The third University on the list is the University of Szeged, which was ranked among the 401-450 best universities in life sciences and medicine, while it ranked better in agriculture and forester, in the 151-200 range, as well as linguistics, among the 201-250 best schools. The university is often listed as one of the best universities of Hungary and according to the 2016 QS ranking, the 15th best university in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia regional category.

The Quacquarelli Symonds international ranking is established based on four criteria: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper, as well as h-index citations, that is, the productivity and citation impact of a given university’s scholars.

Photo: Semmelweis University/D. Kiss Balázs

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