The primary functions of Semmelweis University are patient care, research, and producing highly qualified, open-minded graduates capable of further development and the continuous integration of new results. The successful fulfilment of this three-fold mission is dependent upon the scientific R&D activities of those working in the University’s various departments.
Semmelweis University’s achievements in the area of scientific research are internationally recognised. According to the February 2013 issue of Magyar Tudomány [Hungarian Science], Semmelweis University ranked highest among state-funded institutions of higher education with respect to the ratio of foreign students (23.1%) and the number of articles published in journals listed on the Web of Science (105 publications in 2011).
In recognition of its superior training and talent support programmes, as well as its nationally and internationally significant R&D&I activities, Semmelweis University was awarded the prestigious “Elite Research University” title in 2010 and 2013.
In 2013, University Ranking by Academic Performance listed Semmelweis University among the world’s 800 best universities. The ranking was compiled based on the number of published articles indexed by the Web of Science, the number of citations received for articles published between 2007 and 2011, scientific activities (conference presentations, discussions, etc.), as well as the number of publications made in collaboration with foreign universities.
Semmelweis University has earned itself a prominent position among the research units of Hungary’s higher education institutions and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. At the same time, maintaining and continually improving the standard achieved is a major responsibility. The Repository of Hungarian Scientific Works (MTMT), keeps track of publication activity on both individual and institutional levels; according to this, Semmelweis University’s cumulative impact factor has surpassed the 2000 mark for the past several years. The total number of publications created at Semmelweis University was nearly 70,000 as of 2015, with over 270,000 citations received during this same time period (source: MTMT, August 29, 2015).