The University of Pécs (UP), with its 21,000 students, 1,600 lecturers and 10 faculties, is one of the largest higher education institutions in Hungary and the centre of knowledge within the Transdanubian region. Its roots date back to 1367. Covering a wide range of educational areas, it reaches out far beyond the city of Pécs. UP operates an independent faculty in Szekszárd and runs training programmes in the towns of Kaposvár, Szombathely and Zalaegerszeg. Due to the successful implementation of the Bologna education system, students can get involved in a dynamic European higher education system. Instead of taking the traditional college and university courses, students first acquire an undergraduate (BA or BSc) degree, and then a master's degree (MA or MSc). Those students who decide to dedicate some more years to science may apply for a doctoral training (PhD or DLA) programme as well. University of Pécs is one of the principal research universities in the country with a huge professional research background. The Szentágothai Research Centre is home to a number of medical and scientific researches. The university has 22 doctoral schools that cover a broad spectrum of science and arts. The University of Pécs puts a lot of emphasis on talent management. There are several academic colleges and student circles to support the academic work of UP students. The UP Clinical Centre is one of the largest healthcare providers in Hungary. With its 28 clinics and nearly 3,000 staff members, the centre has provided healthcare for several decades in Pécs and the surrounding region. The centre also plays an active role in the practical education of medical students and healthcare professionals. Working in close collaboration with the Medical School and the Faculty of Health Sciences, it combines high-level knowledge with modern medical techniques.