For the first time, a Hungarian university is included in the top 250 of the Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings. Semmelweis has improved 41 places on last year’s result and is now ranked in the top 250 in the world rankings released today.

The latest THE World University Rankings 2023 has been published by Times Higher Education (THE) and Semmelweis University has made significant progress from last year’s 251-300 range to the 201-250 range, making it the highest ranked Hungarian university again. Traditionally, the World Rankings is based on five areas: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. Semmelweis has improved in most indicators, most significantly in the area of citations and research.

Among the member states of the European Union, Semmelweis is ranked 64th, typically preceded by German, French and Belgian universities on the list.

Rector Dr. Béla Merkely emphasized that Semmelweis University is the best higher education institution in Hungary and Central and Eastern Europe, which owes its outstanding results in the higher education rankings to its academic performance, its internationally recognized quality of education, its participation in the international blood circulation, its high number of foreign students and its prominent role in the fight against the COVID pandemic.

We have been following the footsteps of our predecessors and have worked very hard over the last four years, as reflected in our results. We are now considered a serious competitor to Western European universities, and our aim is to be among the top 100 higher education institutions in the world and among the top 5 medical universities in Europe,”

said the Rector.

International Summer University – September 2, 2022.

Semmelweis University has continuously improved its position in THE’s world rankings over the past four years: in 2019 it was ranked 491st, then 457th in 2020 and it move up to 426th in 2021. In 2022 it was 277th, from where it has now moved forward to 236th place.

A total of 11 Hungarian universities have been included in the list, with Semmelweis being the top-ranked Hungarian institution, Eötvös Loránd University in the top 1,000, the University of Pécs, the University of Szeged, the University of Debrecen and Óbuda University in the 1001-1200 places.

Oxford and Harvard top the overall ranking, with Stanford and Cambridge in a tie for third place.

Eszter Kovács, Ádám Szabó

Translation: Gábor Kiss

Photo: Attila Kovács – Semmelweis University