Hungarian as well as international students form three different faculties have recently graduated from Semmelweis University. The graduates were inaugurated by Dr. Béla Merkely, Rector of Semmelweis University and other leaders of the university. According to the rector, Semmelweis is proud of its ever-increasing number of international students, whose diploma is valued by numerous countries throughout the whole world.

At the Faculty of Health Sciences, 36 students from the English language program received their diplom on Saturday, July 8 at the Budapest Congress Center. The graduates were inaugurated by Dr. Béla Merkely, Rector of Semmelweis University and Dr. Gabriella Dörnyei, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

“All graduates of our faculty are welcome in health institutions, because there is an enormous need for well-trained health professionals”, emphasized in her speech Dr. Gabriella Dörnyei, adding that Semmelweis University is committed to providing high-level training in all fields of healthcare and to ensure that well-educated healthcare professionals with state-of-the-art knowledge come out of its walls. She also recalled the developments of the past period, among which is the increase in the number of international students in parallel with the dynamic growth of the Faculty. Dr. Gabriella Dörnyei emphasized that the students of two programs – Voice, Speech and Swallowing Therapist BSc and Physiotherapy MSc – can receive their diplomas for the first time this year.

In his speech, Rector Dr. Béla Merkely highlighted the need for teamwork in this field. According to him, the ability to cooperate and think in a team is the essence of the fresh graduates’ profession.

“Our common vocation is none other than health, the protection of life, and the service of our patients, who place their greatest treasure in our hands”, the rector went on to say.

Physiotherapist Gaya Taghiyev, who, in her speech, greeted her fellow fresh graduate peers, recommended that they also experience the power of passion, enthusiasm, compassion and perseverance, because these lead to success and fulfillment.

The next day, on Sunday, July 9, a total of 44 doctors of dentistry who participated in the English (30) and German (14) programs were inaugurated. The graduate students were greeted as fellow doctors with a handshake by Dr. Rector Béla Merkely, Dr. Péter Hermann, Vice Rector for Educational Affairs, Dr. Gábor Gerber, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, and Dr. Nándor Ács, the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

“Exceptionally good instructors train exceptionally good students here, in exceptionally good conditions, and the best of the latter are those who are standing here now and will soon receive their diplomas,” stated in his speech Rector Dr. Béla Merkely.

The rector also pointed out that the university has more than 250 years of tradition in the fields of education, patient care and research, and that the latest ranking of the Times Higher Education this year already mentions it among the 250 best institutions in the world, and, according to the specialty ranking of the Shanghai Ranking, in Hungary, only the Faculty of Dentistry of Semmelweis University made it into the top 200 institutions in 2021.

In his speech, Dean Dr. Gábor Gerber stated proudly that more than a thousand students are studying at the faculty, who come from 37 countries, which number indicates that the Semmelweis diploma is a quality guarantee in many countries.


Also on July 9, graduates of the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy received their diploma – among them 101 students from the Hungarian-, 10 from the English-, and 2 from the German-language programs. They were greeted by Rector Dr. Béla Merkely and Dean Dr. István Antal at the ceremony.

“This is a distinguished moment. One of the most important in your lives. Not only because receiving your diploma marks the end of a defining phase of your lives, but also because the next big chapter of your lives begins now, which is perhaps the most important: that of your profession,” the rector drew the attention of the graduates.

On behalf of foreign students who obtained a diploma in the German-language training, Dr. Benedikt Büchler said that the knowledge they acquired at Semmelweis University is a special gift. “A gift that allows us to improve people’s lives, protect their health and bring them healing. This gift, however, also means a huge responsibility. We must be aware of how great this responsibility is. I am proud to be a Citizen of Semmelweis,” he stated in his speech.

Dr. Katalin Horváth and Dr. Pardis Ghanbarpourshiadeh, who completed their studies in the English-langauge program, greeted their professors, colleagues and family members. Both of them pointed out to the obstacles they encountered during their studies. „The path was not always linear, for some of us less so than others, and the triumphs and successes did not come without incredible perseverance and endurance, despite the hardships and failures,” said Dr. Katalin Horváth. Dr. Pardis Ghanbarpourshiadeh expressed her joy that she had found international friendships and love at Semmelweis University, then recalled the saying of one of their professors: “your limitations are your mind’s boundaries”.


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Photos: Attila Kovács – Semmelweis University