The research zoologist course starting in September received particular interest
Every day, hundreds of people visited the stand of the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest (UVMB) at the Educatio 2023 International Education Exhibition. Like at the university’s open day in December, the research zoologist course starting in September generated a lot of interest again at the fair. The representatives of the university also highlighted the József Marek Scholarship, which can be won by those Hungarian students who wish to deal with farm animal medicine in their later practice. Following the tradition, the rector of the institution, Prof. Dr. Péter Sótonyi, visited the exhibition.
The information stand of the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest was constantly busy on all three days of the fair. The majority of those interested were either graduating high school students, who must decide on their career choice by February 15th at the latest, or 11th graders who are already consciously preparing for further education. They were given answers to their questions by university lecturers, students, and the head of the student secretariat. The 12th graders were mainly concerned with their chances, they were typically curious about the admission rate of the university and what awaits the admitted students. The representatives of UVMB stated that getting admitted is not easy and requires hard work. This year, the university can accept 115 Hungarian students in the state scholarship program for veterinary medicine, 45 for self-funded status, and 30 for the research zoologist course, which is considered unique in Hungary and has an undivided master’s degree system. Based on past experience, strong competition is expected. In 2022, the entrance point number for the Hungarian veterinary medicine program was 441 points, which was considered a record high.
The Marek József Scholarship allows those who have at least 400 points and pass the oral exam to gain admission to the self-funded Hungarian veterinary medicine program with a lower score than the state scholarship. There was a great deal of interest in the research zoologist course, which is launched as an elite course in English and will replace the biology bachelor’s course. Last year, students could get into the biology BSc course with 434 points, which was far higher than in similar courses at other universities of science. Presumably, this will be the same for the research zoologist course. The 11th graders were mainly interested in the university’s A-level examination preparation courses, as well as the changes expected in the admission procedure. Starting in September 2024, higher education institutions in Hungary determine the conditions for obtaining 100 points, UVMB has set an oral admissions interview as a requirement for Hungarian students.
Due to the international recognition that comes with the university’s European accreditation – based on the international results, UVMB came first in one of the recently published rankings of Hungarian universities – the institution’s foreign relations system was a frequent question, especially in connection with the research zoologists course. Following the tradition, the rector of the institution, Prof. Dr. Péter Sótonyi, visited the fair this time as well. As per tradition, attendees could participate in training-related activities at the event. This year, activities included wound suturing, microscope demonstrations, petting a rabbit, a Hungarian greyhound, and even a mini horse on the closing day. The selfie spot was also trendy among groups of friends, where you could take photos in UVMB’s iconic horse costume.