The Senate decided, among other things, to update the calculation of the regular social grant, to launch a specialized training course in mental health in the workplace, and to introduce a new elective course, Philosophy for doctors.

The Senate decided to update appendix 1 of the Remuneration and Allowances Regulation, which contains the scoring system for the calculation of the regular social grant. The reason for the proposal was that since the last amendment of the appendix, the method of calculating per capita income has become obsolete, and the practice of public offices has also changed as regards the documents to be submitted as proof or the form in which they are to be submitted.

The Board adopted the proposal for the establishment of a specialized training course in mental health in the workplace and the curriculum of the Institute of Mental Health of the Faculty of Health and Public Administration (EKK), which was justified by the surge in interest in mental health training in recent years. Only 24% of applicants for the course in place could be admitted in 2022. The decision means that the new course can start in September 2023. The course, already accredited by the Educational Authority, aims to train professionals who are able to specifically address the mental health of workers in the workplace, thereby improving the effectiveness of work.

The Senate decided to introduce the optional course Philosophy for Doctors, which will be offered in Hungarian, English, and German. According to the proposal, the new course will contribute to the versatility, comprehensiveness and quality of training, and will also be able to reflect the importance of a conductive approach for future practitioners of health sciences and related professions.

The Board approved the proposal for the renewal of the composition of the university-wide standing committees with a purview established by the Senate and laid down the membership of doctoral students in the eight university committees.

The Senate also adopted the proposal on the change in the composition of the Committee for Students’ Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (SZEB).

Under Miscellaneous item in the agenda, Rector Dr. Béla Merkely drew attention to two programs. On December 9, in the Senate Hall, a research agreement will be signed with Harvard University. According to the agreement, Semmelweis University will launch a one-year clinical research program, the first part of which will be held in Budapest, on the Tűzoltó Street campus, in early July. The program will then continue online and end in Boston at Harvard University. The course, which is essentially methodological, will focus on how to design clinical trials as clinicians and how to evaluate the results. The course is open to graduates from Central and Eastern Europe, who should submit a cover letter, CV, and list of publications. Half of the $10,000 course is paid by the applicants. ”One of our goals is to be ranked higher in the US Ranking News in clinical research topics,” said the Rector.

Dr. Béla Merkely also drew attention to the visit of Dr. Katalin Karikó on December 15, where she will receive the Semmelweis Budapest Award and will give a lecture.


Anita Szepesi, translation by Veronika Jávor-Szelid
Photo: Attila Kovács – Semmelweis University (illustration)