More than 11,000 first-year students will begin their studies at the University of Debrecen in the
new academic year.

The institution of higher education, which educates almost 30,000 students, held its opening
ceremony on Sunday in the Főnix Aréna. The University of Debrecen is the largest university in
the country, with the widest range of courses on offer, and its operations are characterised by
partnerships with the city and the region’s economic players, the ceremony was told. Péter
Majzik, who comes from Szolnok, will start his studies at the University of Debrecen, majoring in
sports organisation.

From September, more than 11,000 first-year students will start their higher education at the
institution. Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Rector said that this is the 109th first year of
university education in Debrecen in modern times, following the first class of the university,
which started in 1914.

“This is the largest university in the country, with the widest range of education and many
special features that guarantee you a successful and happy life,” Rector Zoltán Szilvássy said.
György Kossa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the University of
Debrecen, which is the university’s foundation, stressed at the opening ceremony that
knowledge is the most important market value today and that the university’s students have a
chance to create value and shape the destiny of their own and their generation.

”We are celebrating the start of a new academic year and the success of the University’s new
operating model: it has strengthened the independence, present and future of the institution.
Our University can now offer all its students and staff a vision of the future based on
performance, quality, value creation and vocation, ensuring a fair and decent living,” he added.
“During their studies, young people will feel that the university is an integral part of the city’s
world, both spiritually, culturally and economically – the institution of higher education
cooperates with the city in many areas”, Mayor of Debrecen László Papp said.

The mayor
stressed that “this all-embracing partnership will enable you, the students of the University of
Debrecen, to combine learning and entertainment, professional and personal relationships with
the life of the city in a healthy way in the coming years.

Minister of Agriculture István Nagy said: “When we talk about the future, we know that there are
many tasks ahead of us: challenges to be met, opportunities to be seized, and new paths to be
taken. This is particularly true in agriculture, and higher education in agriculture is becoming
increasingly popular in our country.” This year, 28 per cent more people than before will start

their studies in agricultural education. Nationally, 4082 university students start a degree in
agriculture or food, and 451 of them are here in Debrecen,” he pointed out.

At the opening of the academic year, thousands of Hungarian and foreign first-year students took the oath, thus starting their higher education at the University of Debrecen.

Source and photo credit: debrecen.hu

Author: Debrecen4U