Where the past and the future meet… At Semmelweis University – Hungary’s oldest medical school – nearly 250 years of tradition, experience and expertise serve as the basis for innovation and the application of modern technologies. Built on the classic trinity of education, health care, and research, the university occupies a distinguished place in the Hungarian higher educational system. Moreover, Semmelweis University is Hungary’s largest health care institution and a well-recognised, outstanding centre of research. Despite the unfavourable financial situation faced by higher education and healthcare institutions within Europe and in Hungary, our University’s exemplary traditions and excellent international reputation put us in a position that gives rise to hope. We possess enormous intellectual capital, which allows us to always prevail over the challenges facing us. The University’s five faculties confer over 1500 diplomas every year, which are not only recognised in many countries around the world, but the international acclaim of which is unquestionable. Graduates generally find employment anywhere in the world within 2 months of graduation and would repeatedly choose Semmelweis University if they were to start their academic studies again. Objective studies have also confirmed the University’s reputation as Semmewleis University occupies the prestigeous 102nd place among the world’s most international higher education institutions, according to a rencently published ranking. Our University’s foreign language programmes are especially worth noting, which have provided the University with enormous recognition and a solid reputation on both the national and international scenes. Today, almost a third of the University’s 10,000 students come from abroad. Semmelweis University puts a special emphasis on training the next generation of doctors, and on identifying and nurturing talents. The launch of the Kerpel-Fronius Talent Support Programme has been of paramount importance, which provides the most talented high school students with the support and opportunities required to make their university careers as successful as possible.With its 27 clinics and nearly 8000 employees, Semmelweis University is one of Hungary’s largest health care providers covering six percent of the entire population’s health care needs, which translates to around 2.3 million cases per year. Clinical work is carried out in close cooperation with education and research, to the benefit of all three areas.