The University of Debrecen is a university located in Debrecen, Hungary. It is the oldest continuously operating institution of higher education in Hungary (since 1538). The university has a well established programme in the English language for international students, particularly in the Medical field, which first established education in English in 1986. There are nearly 4000 international students studying at the university.Until 2014 technical Academy Awards (Oscars) have been awarded to five former students.
The university has two major campuses, both in Debrecen: the older main campus (virtual tour), which hosts the majority of the departments of the faculties of arts, science, informatics, medicine, music and also the botanical garden; and the younger “Kassai-road campus” where most of the buildings of the faculties of law and economy are located. However, besides these, numerous smaller units are spread across the city, for example the departments of physics and the Institute of Nuclear Research of the HAS forming a compact “mini-campus”, or the Faculty of Agronomy.
The library of the University of Debrecen is the largest university library in Hungary, and one of the two national libraries of the country (the other being the National Széchényi Library in Budapest). The number of records in the library is above 6 million.
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Debrecen was Central Europe’s first campus medical school.The University was officially inaugurated on October 23, 1918 and at that time consisted of four faculties: Arts, Science, Theology and Medicine.The Faculty of Medicine became an independent University Medical School under the supervision of the Ministry of Health in 1951
The University conducts its programs according to the European Qualifications Framework of the Bologna Process. Medical programs are accredited by the World Health Organization (WHO), the State Education Department (NY, USA), Medical Board of California, the General Medicine Council (UK – PLAB exam is compulsory), Medical Councils of India (a qualifying exam is compulsory), Israel, Ireland, Iran, Norway and the United Arab Emirates.
The research and development activity, as demonstrated by the number of publications, citations and the amount of research expenditure, has steadily grown and proven outstanding when compared nationally. Priority areas of research, such as molecular science, physical, computational and material science, molecular medicine, medical, health, environmental and agricultural science, linguistics, culture and bioethics, are focus areas selected for their multidisciplinary approach.