The Ministry of Culture and Innovation said in a statement that an internationally measurable turnaround in competitiveness is taking place in Hungarian higher education.
The success of the competitiveness turnaround implemented in recent years is indicated by the universities’ advancement in international rankings, the improvement of academic performance, and the 27 percent increase in the number of applicants to higher education.
The change of the university model in recent years has led to a successful competitiveness turnaround in Hungarian higher education.
Eleven Hungarian universities are now in the top five percent of the Times Higher Education international ranking. Semmelweis University is now ranked in the top 250 out of 28,000 universities in the world, while it is ranked first in the region.
From 2022, funding for higher education has doubled, and last year the government spent two percent of the country’s GDP on higher education.
Another important development is that between 2018 and 2022, the number of Q1-quality publications at universities grew significantly, by 78 percent. This is another sign that an increasing number of high-quality research is taking place in institutions. The number of patent applications has also increased in the recent years, quadrupling since 2018. This demonstrates that the results of university research are increasingly being recognized and protected.
An important change is that
while in 2010, 69 percent of students were accepted to a publicly funded place, today the figure is 82 percent.
Hungary is among the few countries in Europe where students can study on such a wide range of state scholarships, and on a global scale this is particularly rare.
The renewal has made Hungarian higher education increasingly competitive and attractive, with 27% more students applying to universities and colleges this year than a year ago.
Via MTI, Featured image via Facebook/Semmelweis Egyetem