Dr. Béla Merkely was given the letter of appointment by János Áder, President of Hungary in the Sándor Palace. Professor Merkely, Vice-Rector for Clinical Affairs of Semmelweis University and Director of the Heart and Vascular Centre, was elected rector nominee by the Senate of Semmelweis University on 14 December 2017.

According to the Hungarian laws, the proposal for the rector nominee is sent to the legal supervising authority of Semmelweis University. The leader of the ministry sends the proposal for the rector’s mandate to the President of the Republic, who appointed the new rector a five-year term from 1 July 2018. In his rectorship programme presented at Semmelweis University in autumn 2018, professor Merkely highlighted that one of his goals is to establish and lead a student-, patient-, and employee-centred institution.

Dr. Ágoston Szél’s current rector’s mandate expires on 30 June 2018, and since according to the Hungarian laws the same person can be appointed as rector two times consecutively in a given higher education institution, it cannot be extended.

Appointment letters were also given to Dr. Attila János Miseta (University of Pécs), Dr. László Róbert Rovó (professor at the University of Szeged), Dr. János Balázs Józsa (professor at Budapest University of Technology and Economics), Dr. András Gelencsér (professor at Pannon University) and Dr. Gábor Bolvári-Takács (Hungarian Dance Academy).

Photo: Attila Kovács – Semmelweis University
Translation: Diána Módos