Hungary and the city of Debrecen
Country info: Hungary is a European Union member country located in Central Europe the country has borders with Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia population ca. 10 million
City info: with 220 thousand inhabitants Debrecen is the second largest city in the country it is a cultural, educational and economic center of Eastern Hungary seat of Hungarian Protestantism City life: year round high-quality programs including festivals, concerts and all sorts of sporting events main attractions and places to visit: Hortobágy National Park Great Forest of Debrecen Aquaticum Medicinal and Bath Centre w/ Mediterranean Pleasure Bath Debrecen Zoo Lake Békás Főnix hall – national and international sports events center (capacity: 8,000 spectators) Debrecen Ice Rink indoor swimming pool with several pools Kölcsey Convention Centre – the largest conference center of Eastern Hungary (capacity: 1,150 people) MODEM (Modern and Contemporary Arts Centre)
Brief history 1235 – First reference to Debrecen in ancient charters 1538 – Establishment of the College of the Reformed Church in Debrecen 1567 – Higher education starts in the College 1693 – Debrecen is declared a free royal town 1849 – Debrecen is the capital of Hungary 1912 – Establishment of the State University of Debrecen with Faculties of Arts, Law, Medicine and Theology 1914 – Some parts of the university are functioning in the College building 1918 – Inauguration of the Main Building of the Medical Faculty by King Charles IV of Hungary 1921 – The Medical Faculty starts to function 1932 – Building of the campus is finished 1944 – During the world war the town is again the capital of Hungary but the university gets abandoned for a while 1949 – The only year the university has five faculties 1950 – Faculty of Law idles, Faculty of Science is established 1951 – The university is divided into three parts (Academy of Theology, Medical School, Lajos Kossuth University of Arts and Science) 1991 – Debrecen Universitas Association is established 1998 – Federation of Debrecen Universities is founded 2000 – The federation transforms into the unified Debrecen University with all the customary faculties and 20 thousand students.