Attendance at the Summer University was limited only by the capacity of the lecture halls, with attendance exceeding all expectations, said vice-rector for education Dr. Péter Hermann, who was the main organizer of the event together with Dr. Balázs Hankó, vice-rector for strategy and development. He noted that the limit was drawn at 1769 registered participants per day, and the presentations could be followed on screens set up in seven other locations outside the main lecture hall.
“It was our explicit goal that there not just be presentations on medical topics, but that students also get a selection of sports, culture and history-related programs to choose from, as well as hear about current issues relating to health care, industry and innovation,” emphasized Dr. Péter Hermann. He noted that the task of the university is to educate doctors that are informed and have a wide perspective, and the event’s programs were put together with this in mind. The vice-rector added that the organization of this event, which was held for the first time on September 4-7, was the result of exemplary teamwork.
Dr. Balázs Hankó said that the 250th anniversary year is a great opportunity to strengthen the Semmelweis community. The Summer University was an active meeting point for students, lecturers, clinicians and invited guests, and the event was characterized by enthusiastic students and a vibrant community life, the vice-rector noted. He added that it is the intention to create a tradition of the Summer University and hold similar events in the future as well. Based on the positive feedback, a Semmelweis film club will be launched in the current academic year, and podium discussions on culture, sports and art topics are also planned, with the participation of well-known presenters and experts.
Our report on the first day of the Summer University featuring star athletes can be read here, the report on the second day, which focused on innovation, is available here, and the article on the third day, which included a forum on curriculum reform, can be accessed at this link.
Pálma Dobozi, Eszter Keresztes
Translation: Tamás Deme
Photo (featured image): Attila Kovács – Semmelweis University