Debrecen is located in western Hungary and is seen as the country’s cultural hub, host to festivities such as the Flower Parade, which has occurred in the city every summer since 1966 as part of the national holiday celebrating the founding of the nation. The University of Debrecen itself is the oldest institute of higher learning in Hungary, running continuously since 1538.
The university itself is split across a range of fields, including theology, its medical school, arts and science - all of which were unified under the same university umbrella organisation in 2000.
The University of Debrecen Library is categorised as a national library of Hungary, and is estimated to house more than six million books. The university’s main building is also one of the largest in Debrecen, constructed in a stunning neo-Baroque style, while the more recent life sciences building is a prime example of aesthetic modern architecture.
This is a university with a strong international appeal, and an established and extensive English language programme, with a branch of medical education being taught in English since 1986 as well as English language degrees offered a variety of subjects, including medical science and music. The university also boasts an established basic medicine campus in Geochang County, South Korea, operating since 2006.
Notable alumni include novelist and social realist Zsigmond Móricz, and World Health Organisation director for Europe, Zsuzsanna Jakab.
No less than five graduates have won technical Academy Awards, three in 2010 for their work with effects software company Lustre, and two in 2014 as part of the 3D software company Mudbox.