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Brief History of Hungary

Hungary began as a separate state with the arrival of the Hungarians under the leadership Árpád in the 9th century. Stephen I. was the first king of Hungary who introduced Christianity and created a constitutional kingdom of the tribal state.
In 1241 Hungary was invaded by the Tartars then two centuries later the country faced the Turkish threat. In 1458 Matthias Hunyadi was elected the king of Hungary and his name has become a legend in Hungary because he was popular for his sense of social justice and was a great patron of Renaissance art and literature. Turkish army defeated the Hungarians at Mohács in 1526, and a 150-year period of Turkish rule began this is why 2000-year-old Roman remains and 400-year old Turkish monuments stand side by side.
After the Turks were driven away with the help of the Austrians Hungary was dominated by the Hapsburgs. When the Paris revolution of 1848 broke out period of fighting against the Hapsburg began for independence. The revolution was crushed in 1849 and Hungary was continued to be oppressed. Though in 1867 Austria granted some concessions to Hungary, the First World War found the two countries in a common Monarchy. The end of the war brought another revolution and Hungary became independent from Austria.
Hungary fared no better during the Second World War and after the end of the war the period of reconstruction and the build of a new society began.
Finally in 1989 Hungary got rid of the Soviet troops stayed in the country after the end of the war and society had the chance to be active participant of the first free election.


In 2004 Hungary became a member of the European Union.

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The Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical School is very proud of all its graduates and we are always pleased to hear about their achievements.


In 2022, the Foundation for Szeged (Szegedért Alapítvány) honoured citizens of the University of Szeged (SZTE) in all categories - on 15 March, the top prize was awarded to the world-famous biochemist Katalin Karikó, research professor at the University of Szeged, and the work of Prof. Dr. Lajos Kemény, dermatologist, Dr. Károly Szatmáry, astronomer and Mária Temesi, opera singer was also honoured.


These were the words of farewell Prof. Dr. Babik Barna received from his mother on leaving the parental home. His outstanding work has recently been recognised with the Officer’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit. On 15 March 2022, former and current citizens of the University of Szeged were also honoured: persons connected to the University received prestigious awards on the anniversary of the 1848-49 Revolution and War of Independence. We asked the Head of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Therapy at the Albert Szent-Györgyi Health Center about his award.