Based on the Times Higher Education’s (THE) newest World University Ranking, Semmelweis University of Budapest is currently the best Hungarian university.

According to, Oxford University, Stanford, and Harvard are the best universities in the world, but Semmelweis University managed to advance 31 places compared to the previous list, which is an important success. The institution is still among the 500 best universities (between 401 and 500) in the world and is number one in Hungary.

Interestingly, by moving 31 places forward, Semmelweis University is among the top 50 universities in the world, improving its rank the most.

The institution is in 426th place on the list,

and it could increase not only the impact factor of the scientific papers published there but also some other indicators concerning research.

There are three more Hungarian universities on the list: Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest) is between the 601st and 800th positions, together with the University of Pécs. Furthermore, the University of Debrecen found itself in the 801-1,000 category. There are 5 factors based on which THE compiles such lists:

  • education environment,
  • research,
  • impact factor,
  • industrial income,
  • international orientation.

As we reported before, a strategic cooperation agreement on the development of digital therapies was signed by Semmelweis University, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, and Oncompass Medicine in May. Dr József Bódis, Secretary of State for Higher Education, Innovation, and Vocational Training, emphasised that medical and health science institutions are internationally recognised elements of the Hungarian higher education system.

The cooperation with Semmelweis University and Oncompass Medicine is considered crucial by the Ministry of Innovation in the strengthening of research and innovation activities and corporate relationships.

The Ministry aims to support innovation in the Hungarian health industry,

particularly in the fields of personalised diagnostics and therapy, digital healthcare, and the medical application of artificial intelligence. Dr Béla Merkely, Rector of Semmelweis University, said to Infostart that the institution has already demonstrated its ability to deliver world-class performance during the coronavirus crisis.

Strategic cooperation facilitates research and development programs for the medical application of digital technologies and artificial intelligence. Read also about Hungary’s first autonomous UV Disinfection Robot that arrived at Semmelweis University.

“By 2030, we [Semmelweis University] want to be among the top 100 universities in the world.

This is a huge challenge which cannot be achieved without the international recognition of translational research activities,” added Dr Merkely.


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