Apply to the Unusual Course of EUGLOH by 25 April!

The European University Alliance for Global Health (EUGLOH) is an EU initiative focusing on education and innovation. The alliance comprises 5 prestigious higher education institutions with the primary goal to contribute to tackling global health challenges.

We introduce you to our upcoming event: Joint Innovation Challenges

The number of people who tend to take more care of their health has drastically increased with the appearance of COVID-19. Today, physical well-being is just as important as mental health, however, this area has not sufficiently drawn the attention of people yet. Joint InnovationChallenges aims to challenge you, students, in the area of both mental and physical health to work on one of the 10 real-life cases in a multidisciplinary, international team.

Each project has its dedicated owner who has a proven research track record in the field. Project owners will also be part of the teams to help you understand the challenge thoroughly and provide you with their expertise in order to come up with an impressive final solution in the end. Besides the project owners, Demola facilitators, along with academic and business mentors, will guide you throughout the course. You will learn about different methods and tools used to broaden your views and facilitate your out-of-the-box thinking. Join us now, you won’t regret it!

Demola is a Finnish initiative started in 2008 with the purpose of bringing university students and researchers closer to the business sector to work on real business challenges. During this event, Demolafacilitators will be responsible for mentoring student teams and teaching team members about all the hands-on tools that help you see the big picture. Facilitatorspossess an extensive experience in mentoring students and they are one of the best around the world. Don’t miss out on being part of this awesome event!

Application period ends 25 April!

Requirements (we accept application from any fields)

  • Good command of English
  • Commitment to the 8-week project period
  • Participation in bi-weekly meetings with mentors and project owners
  • Interest in innovation and global health

The course takes 8 weeks with a final event called Demo Day where you will present your team solution for a professional jury fromEUGLOH universities.

What’s in it for you?

  • 5 ECTS points
  • Certificate after completion
  • Worthy prizes
  • Real-life challenges
  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Improved transversal and practical skills
  • Professional mentoring
  • Networking with students from EUGLOH universities

Learn more about the event at

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Challenge MeOut 2021 Ideathon – Apply now!

This ideathon is actually for teams and individuals who would like to work on a business idea or just want to compete in the fields of tourism/healthcare/culture. You get valuable mentoring as well throughout the event and a great online virtual experience. Stipendium Hungaricum students are more than welcome to join!

Website and registration: 

Programme of the 4-day event:

  • Day 0 (April 22): Icebreaking and online company visits where they will hear good practices and examples from successful startuppers. 
  • Day 1 (April 23): Workshops on the topic of idea creation, validation, product-market fit, forming teams, and start the work on the ideas.
  • Day 2 (April 24): Workshops where they get knowledge in business modeling, marketing, finance and pitching. The work continues with the help of mentors.
  • Day 3 (April 25): This is the challenge day itself where participants finish their business model and then they present it to the international jury. 

The whole event will be on VirBELA – which is an online virtual conference platform. Fields in focus: Turism/Healthcare/Culture & entertainment industry Participants in numbers:

  • 20 countries (Visegrad member states, Western Balkan and EASA countries)
  • 120 participants 
  • 24 mentors
  • 8 juries

 Prizes (as of now):

  • 1st place 1000EUR
  • 2nd place 500EUR
  • 3rd place 300EUR
  • Additional special awards like mentoring from MeOut Group

More awards are welcome from other organizations/companies.



Demola invites you to endeavour on a journey where you bring your most creative visions of the future to serve a great common purpose. Your contribution to a positive change is invaluable and your ideas could be a crucial driver of that change.

The world is now facing challenges we have never expected and the immediate need for solutions towards these global challenges is essential, but the question arises:  what are the opportunities and innovations that we could see and take further and who are the ones who will grab these opportunities?

We truly hope you are one of them. Ambitious and aspiring for something innovative that could help solve global issues? If you recognize yourself, here is what we offer: a programme built around six bold themes:

  • Planetary Emergency
  • Multipolarization in our Societies
  • New Drivers of Wealth
  • Multipolarization in our Societies
  • Human Beings in the Modern World
  • Time After Data
  • Difference-making Technologies

The world is changing at a pace never seen before, and the only question is, who will change it. Let yourself be the expert of change and apply now!

The programme will be running throughout the entire year, check out the timeline below:

  • 21 April – 16 June (apply before 11 April)
  • 11 June – 06 August (Apply before 30 May)
  • 3 September – 29 October (Apply before 22 August)
  • 7 October – 2 December (Apply before 26 September)
  • 2 November – 30 December (Apply before 24 October)

Check out the details and apply here And if you need some extra info or some encouragement to apply, drop a mail to your SZTE in-house contact, Attila Huszár at

Explore FinnAgora

FinnAgora is an independent organization operating in Hungary and is located in the building of the Embassy of Finland in Budapest. The main goal of the institution is to raise the presence of Finnish artists, scientists, and economic and social actors in Central Europe.

We would like to invite you to an online event:

Future Bites: Collaboration Between Higher Education and Business Sector

18th November 2020, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Speakers will represent both Hungary (Péter Szakál, Enikő Koppány) and Finland (Ilja Riekki, Jere Wessman).

Ilja Riekki is the Head of Impact and Partnerships at AaltoUniversity. Ilja has been previously working in consulting, trade, and exportin Shanghai, education exports, and professional training at the Chinese market and with the food and retail market in Finland. His goal is to integrate entrepreneurship education to different disciplines and programs and to find the best practices and methods to facilitate the learning of entrepreneurial, innovation, and design skills within students.

Jere Wessman is a Creative Director at Demola Global, a global innovation challenge platform that the University of Szeged has joined in 2018. Jere is responsible for Demola’s co-creation process enabling the creation of unique discoveries and developing creative confidence in participants. Jere would like to spread the word about Demola and all benefits that a company can gain through this platform. With hundreds of projects behind him, he is considered a high-level Demola facilitator who has an intermediary role connecting students and industry partners.

Péter Szakál is the Director of Education at the University of Szeged. He is responsible for academic affairs and focuses on improving our students’ experience while attending the University. His recent activities helped him explore key aspects of the student journey from the first year, their expectations, retention, and employability perspectives.

Enikő Koppány has been working as a Business Development Team Leader at the University of Szeged. She has a proven track record in innovation management and promoting entrepreneurship among students and researchers. She is responsible for coordinating the SZTE Virtus BusinessCatalyst program and bringing the players of the local start-up and innovation ecosystem closer together.

EUGLOH Summer School – Biomedical Data Processing and Global Aspects of COVID-19

July 6th – 10th 2020

Organized by University of Szeged (Hungary) with the participation of invited speakers from the member universities of the EUGLOH alliance:

  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Germany)
  • Lund University (Sweden)
  • Universidadedo Porto (Portugal)
  • Université Paris-Saclay (France)


To educate students for the use of modern information technologies for effective research work and for the dissemination of scientific results         from the collected data.
Overview of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a special focus on the                multidisciplinary research activities at the five participating universities covering all parts of Europe.

Participating students are trained by live streaming or video courses in different topics related to the development of transversal skills:

  • (Biomedical) data collection, signal processing and analyses
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning in
    • Natural language processing
    • Biological image analysis
    • gene expression analysis
  • Image processing applications
  • From literature knowledge to mechanistic modelling
  • Health data science and management
  • Statistical decision making
  • Dissemination of scientific results

The school covers global aspects of COVID-19 pandemic, including the medical challenges, models for the virus spread, economic and social consequences:

  • Mathematical modelling of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • COVID-19 outbreak: similarities and differences with previous
  • An economic model of optimal lockdown
  • SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: the past, present, and future
  • Epidemiological aspects:
    • data collection and interpretation
    • Population testing and tracing
    • conception and design (illustrated through a current
      German Coronavirus study)


Bachelor, master and PhD students from all faculties of the partner universities of the EUGLOH alliance (University of Szeged, Université Paris-Saclay, Lund University, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Universidade do Porto). No special background knowledge is required. School is also open for junior and senior scientists of the participating universities.


Lectures by online video streaming, interactive communication tools, teamwork, networking.


EUGLOH Certificate and 4 ECTS will be provided for the students attending the school.


University of Szeged and partner institutions:

  • Bolyai Institute, Coronavirus Team
  • Department of Image Processing and Computer Graphics
  • Department of Informatics, Natural Language Processing group
  • Department of Technical Informatics
  • Institute of Finance and International Economic Relations
  • Biological Research Centre
    • Institute of Biochemistry
    • Laboratory of Microscopic Image Analysis and Machine Learning
    • Institute of Biochemistry, Synthetic and Systems Biology Unit
  • Hungarian Centre of Excellence for Molecular Medicine
  • Extreme Light Infrastructure – Attosecond Light Pulse Source (ELI-ALPS)

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

  • Centre for International Health

Lund University

  • Systems Virology Group, Department of Translational Medicine
  • Laboratory for CNS Disease Modeling

University of Porto

  • Computer Sciences Department
  • Community Medicine, Information and Health Decision Sciences
  • Institute of Public Health and National Health Council

Université Paris-Saclay

  • Research Center in Public Health
  • Maison des Sciences de l’Homme


General information:

Academic program: Prof. Ferenc Peták, Department of Medical Physics and Informatics, University of Szeged (EUGLOH, academic leader of Work Package for Research and Innovation),

Administrative support: Eszter Sasi-Pokriva,

Click here to sign up!
Registration deadline: June 15, 2020.

1st EUGLOH Innovation days on One Health challenges

May 25th – 27th 2020 online, provided by LMU Munich, Germany

In our globalised world, health can no longer be viewed only in terms of the human being. Instead, a holistic approach and interdisciplinary cooperation including environmental and social sciences as well as veterinary medicine is needed to address current health problems.
This is what “One Health” stands for. For more information, watch this video!

What are the Innovation days about?
Development and prototyping of innovative ideas to tackle current One Health challenges. For example, an app that helps farmers to screen diseases in their animals, e.g. for trypanosomiasis in cows, which can be transmitted to humans via tse tse flies.

Who can participate?
Up to 30 researchers and PhD students from the five EUGLOH universities (Paris-Saclay, Lund University, University of Porto, University of Szeged, LMU) who are interested in finding innovative solutions or already have a concrete idea of how to tackle One Health problems in the world.

What can you expect?
Practicing key competences like Ideation und Pitching. Getting to know tools to implement your ideas from User Exploration to Prototyping. Hands on sessions on Mock-up construction. Contact with researchers and entrepreneurs from different fields and with various expertise.

What do you get out of it?
Certificate of participation. For information on recognition within your PhD program, contact your local coordinator.

What about the costs?
No tuition fee.

What´s next?
Secure your spot in the first EUGLOH Innovation days!

Register at via email
Application deadline: 30th April 2020

Work with company leaders in an international team!

University of Szeged has joined Demola Global franchise last year. This Finnish initiative provides a scene for students and researchers to work together with company leaders and top managers. Companies come up with the problems that they would like to get an innovative solution. That’s what you can help with. 

How does it actually look like?

It is basically an 8-week project that you will work on, closely with other students and high-level company representatives as an equal team member. We are intentionally looking for different disciplines to be represented in the team. The reason is that we are seeking a team that can look at a problem from various aspects. It usually requires students from different fields and backgrounds.

We don’t expect you to have professional knowledge/experience, but we encourage students with thinking out of the box. No matter where you are in your studies right now, this opportunity is for everyone willing to put their time into the 8-week project period.

It is just a great opportunity for many reasons:

  • Team working skills
  • International team
  • Worth of an internship
  • Additional value in your CV
  • Additional points for most scholarships
  • Work with top managers and company leaders

We are glad to announce that the application for the third Demola project period has started. The next case came alive thanks to Univer Product Plc. They are a prominent player in the food industry and trade field. Their challenge is focusing on health-consciousness and food consumption. 

Read the challenge:

The application period ends on 27 March and will be followed up by an interview because of the high number of applicants. After the team of selected students formed, you will get to know the company side as well as your Demola facilitator at a Kick-off event on 1 April.

Apply today and don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

The first EUGLOH conference has kicked off at the University of Szeged

For two days, the representatives from the universities of the European Alliance for Global Health will work together to discuss project topics at the University of Szeged. During the English language conference, the partners will present the tasks of each working group and outline their future plans.

In 2019 the University of Szeged (USZ) applied for the Erasmus+ European Universities call in a consortium of four European universities, the consortium was awarded a three-year grant in the European University Associations Programme. The collaboration will provide mobility for 210,000 students, 23,000 teachers, researchers and administrators across the five collaborating universities. In addition to offering students, flexible curricula for students who will obtain a European degree, students will have the opportunity to tailor their studies to their needs: for instance, they can select when and in which partner institution they wish to pursue their studies.

The objective of the EUGLOH project is to develop education and implement a project that requires deeper and more coordinated cooperation. During the planning process, different work packages were identified:

  • education development,
  • carry out activities to promote students’ future careers,
  • coordinate student research and innovation activities.

Additionally, the partners will work together on communication and long-term sustainability issues, and on implementing the joint campus life of the five universities.

The keyword of establishing the consortium was global health, meaning educational, student, and research collaboration with respect to the health value chain. We need to go back to such basics as interpreting healthy food, healthcare, prevention, healthcare provision, medical education, pharmacist education, health economics, and the legal aspect of healthcare. Therefore, the window should be opened so wide that more fields of study can join within the university and in cooperation between the five universities. The Virtus Programme will be actively involved in this collaborative work, mainly by joining innovation projects and challenges, and in the field of innovation-focused multidisciplinary education programmes.

The participation of the University of Szeged in the programme is due to several factors – Professor László Rovó, Rector of the University of Szeged has emphasized at the conference opening. He has underlined that the project will make the University of Szeged more attractive to both Hungarian and foreign students in the future, as the applicants will now be members of a 200,000-member student community. This new type of collaboration will help dynamically improve the quality of teaching and research at the university and to deepen its European reach,” he added.

The Vice-Rector of International Affairs at the Paris-Saclay University, which runs the consortium, added that when applying for the project, they were looking for European partners with high-quality health education and research, and thus involved the University of Szeged. The infrastructure in the institution and in Szeged, such as the ELI-ALPS laser research centre, provides an excellent basis for effective cooperation, he said.

European University Alliance for Global Health (EUGLOH)

Université Paris-Saclay (France), Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Germany), Lund University (Sweden), University of Porto (Portugal) and University of Szeged (Hungary) have created a pilot European University called “European University Alliance for Global Health”, inspired by European values and committed to education for global challenges of health and well-being.

Coordinated by Université Paris-Saclay with the active involvement of all its member institutions, the project has been selected for the first European Universities call for proposals launched by the European Commission as part of the Erasmus+ programme.

The European alliance EUGLOH focuses on a unifying and transdisciplinary topic, global health, in order to deal with major societal challenges. The five universities thus aim to combine their expertise and resources to offer the best education to their students thanks to the excellence of their programmes and their cutting-edge research and equipment.

The objectives of this European University:

  • Train students on European values and citizenship, and at the same time on the emerging research areas linked to interdisciplinary societal challenges, and on transverse skills required for professional activities;
  • Create an integrated multicultural campus to increase students’ employability, mobility and adaptability to future challenges;
  • Build the European University of the future: innovative, interdisciplinary, inclusive and integrated in local research and innovation ecosystems.

Facts and Figures about EUGLOH

5 Universities

  • 30 ASSOCIATES, including 6 companies,
  • 11 research centres and 4 large-scale infrastructures,
  • 5 clusters/public-private partnerships,
  • 1 TTO,
  • 2 regional authorities,
  • 1 NGO/association


  • 210,000 students (including PhD students)
  • 23,000 academic staff/researchers
  • 73 faculties and 5 schools (including 7 faculties of medicine/health, 4 of pharmacy, 18 related to natural sciences, engineering and technologies, 2 of sports sciences, etc.)
  • 450 research institutes, centres and laboratories

Work packages

  • WP1 – Management of the project – led by Université Paris-Saclay
  • WP2 – Joint curricula design – led by Lund University
  • WP3 – Research & Innovation – led by the University of Szeged
  • WP4 – Professional and personal development & employability – led by the University of Porto
  • WP5 – Alliance campus life – led by Université Paris-Saclay
  • WP6 – Sustainability and dissemination – led by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

The Demola Programme spring semester is soon to kick off

The University of Szeged joined the Demola International Innovation Network as the first university outside the capital, establishing it within the framework of its Virtus Enterprise Catalyst Program. The Demola Programme aims to create a young, open, multidisciplinary community that uses creative ideas and methods to solve real-world business challenges. University students are now expected to apply for the spring semester.

Demola is an open innovation platform where international project teams can work on real-world corporate challenges with the unique co-creation method for 8 weeks. Teams, jointly with corporate partners, develop the best possible solution to the business or industry problem companies submit. The results of the project work must be pitched by the team to the contracting company representatives. Since its launch in 2019, 6 student teams have successfully accomplished 4 case studies of 2 major companies.

Why enroll for a course?

  • You can work with company leaders on a real business challenge as a member of a multidisciplinary team and get 2 university credits for it.
  • You will all be equal team members, but the intellectual property rights (IPR) created during the project will remain yours, and the company will only be granted a non-exclusive right to license it.
  • As a student, you will learn the entrepreneurial spirit, the basics of teamwork and project-based work.
  • You become a member of an inspirational community.
  • You can stand out from the crowd of students, and the Demola project will embellish your resume perfectly.

If you are in for an exciting professional challenge, click on this link to indicate your intention to participate by choosing the “open application” option.

Please check the Facebook and Instagram pages of the Virtus Enterprise Catalyst Program and the Demola website for the latest information.

University of Szeged students respond to industrial challenges

University of Szeged students presented their innovative solutions to various industrial challenges at the Demola Demo Day, held at the University of Szeged, November 27, 2019. After working on two industrial case studies for eight weeks, the four teams demonstrated their results to industrial partners at the closing event organised at the ceremonial hall of the University of Szeged central building.

Demola challenge participants presented their ideas and innovative solutions at the Demo Day closing event, held November 27, 2019. Demola is an integrated part of the Virtus Enterprise Catalyst Programme of the University’s Directorate for Research and Development and Innovation. 

The Demola methodology connects students and industrial partners to brainstorm together with the aim to develop original solutions to the challenges submitted by the industrial partner. Multidisciplinary teams of students work together with business executives: collaborative work is facilitated by trained Demola facilitators. Two Demola semesters are launched during an academic year, each semester lasting up to eight weeks.

At the end of the eight-week period, the students, in collaboration with industrial partners, presented the solutions to the challenges submitted from the fields of the food industry and biometric identification systems. Between 1 October and 27 November 2019, four student teams were actively working on two industry case studies.

According to Hussein Atwi, a student at the University of Szeged, this programme is an excellent opportunity to establish working relationships with business executives and fellow students, so hard work not only results in an innovative prototype, but also in new professional relationships.  – I had the opportunity to work with my teammates on the Univer project. Currently the company focuses on offering products to new markets, such as the Asian. For this, we had to find innovative solutions and respond to the challenge of selling a Hungarian product on Asian markets. We have conducted market research and worked out a specific product proposal – the Faculty of Economics student sums up.

Amazing atmosphere at the DEMOLA fall season opening event in Szeged

The opening event of the Demola Programme was held on Friday, October 4th. Nearly 30 university students, including 12 foreign students, represented 16 majors of  6 faculties of the University of Szeged.

Enikő Pitó, head of the Directorate for R&D and Innovation at the University of Szeged, opened the series of events. In her speech, she told the University of Szeged joined Demola, the international innovation community, as part of the Virtus Enterprise Catalyst Programme last year. During the Demola event series, students work in international teams for 8 weeks to tackle real market challenges submitted by the companies. During this batch, they immerse themselves in creative and co-creation methods with the help of their mentors and have an excellent opportunity to expand their network too. They also gain an entrepreneurial spirit, learn more about team-based project work, and receive a Demola Global Certificate that adds additional value to their resume.

The kick-off event aimed to bring students together and help them build a team spirit as well as to connect participants with company leaders and present the company challenges. The inspiring tasks were coordinated by Erik Nyroos, co-creation expert of Demola, who brought the methodology, that has seen a decade of success so far, and the spirit of the programme to Szeged from Demola’s home country, Finland. The groups of students and mentors first had to challenge themselves in constructing tweezer towers. During the seemingly easy task, they had to contend with the instability of their structures, and in the midst of bursts of laughters, there were some who, for that reason, had to start building all over again. Following the team building tasks, participants learned something entirely new and were introduced to the Team Canvas and Context Canvas methods. In Team Canvas, team members were able to identify their individual abilities and then jointly determined what different individualskills they could take advantage of during teamwork. Context Canvas helpedgroups understand the corporate problem and identify target groups andstakeholders.

In the fall semester of 2019/2020, students will respectively work on two market challenges of two internationally recognized companies. The groups choosing the case study of Univer Product, a prominent player of the Hungarian food industry, went through the joys and trials of the kick-off day with company director, Attila Avramucz. For the rest of the semester, they all will work together with their teammates representing the traditions of their individual countries to develop new product categories that are in line with international trends. Members of the other student group will examine case studies submitted by an internationally renowned company from the robotics and automation sectors and help with their creative ideas to integrate biometric and other modern identification methods into the corporate system.

The SZTE Virtus team, which also hosts the Demola programme, aspires to promote entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial spirit among students and researchers. In this international programme, students and researchers with innovative ideas are welcomed throughout the yearto kick off and implement their ideas with the assistance of Virtus mentors. Each semester, the Virtus Programme organises events and competitions toenhance students’ skills. In the fall semester, for example, anyone interestedcan register for a series of prototype design workshops, beginning with anOctober 11th event, focused on graphic skills. The programme has attractedstudents‘ interest so much that available spaces were filled in less than aweek, so the organisers urge students to submit their applications for laterevents as soon as possible.

Demola is a Finland-based international innovation challenge platform which currently operates in 17countries. It brings together students and leading brands: multidisciplinary project teams work on real company challenges, with co-creation method, for 8weeks to develop the best possible solution to the challenges submitted by the participating companies. The team must demonstrate and pitch the results of the project work to the representatives of the sponsoring company.

The University of Szeged joined the Demola Global in 2018, within the framework of the Virtus EnterpriseCatalyst Programme, aiming to create a young, open, multidisciplinary community at the University that works with creative ideas and methods to solve realmarket problems.

For any queries about Demola at the University of Szeged, contact Zsolt Nagy at