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Towards a new knowledge centre in dermatology

  • With the assistance of the EEA and Norway Grants, the Dermatology Clinic of the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary, aims to become a Central European knowledge centre in its field.

    The €2.7 million project entails both extensive renovation work and the development of new training programmes and strengthening cooperation with the private sector. No renovation of the clinic has taken place since the construction of the buildings in 1957, and as a result the clinic has been in dire need of renovation. The overcrowded rooms are run down, there's mould in the ceiling and paint is peeling off the walls.

    With support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, five floors of the Dermatology Clinic will undergo a comprehensive renovation to ensure greater accessibility for patients and make better use of existing space. The renovated clinic will be equipped with the newest technology in the field of dermatology, and new laboratory and office space will be provided. In parallel with the ongoing EEA and Norway Grants supported project, the clinic plans to expand with a new wing and a new lecture theatre, in addition to installing a new elevator.

    New Master's degree programme
    An important part of the project is to strengthen Semmelweis University's position as a teaching, training and research centre, for the benefit of patients, students and staff alike. To this end, a new master's degree programme in medical technology specialising in molecular toxicology and a course for specialist nurses will be developed in cooperation with Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Norway.

    Semmelweis University is the oldest medical school in Hungary and is one of the most prestigious Hungarian research institutions. It attracts students and scholars from over 60 countries.

    Photo credits: Guro M. Smenes, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Budapest.

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    Project title:

    “Creating the infrastructural background for XXIst century medical higher education and preventing brain drain with the the help of the Nékám Foundation”

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Human resource development


    € 2,742,126



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    Nékám Foundation

    Project duration:

    15 months

    Project cost:

    € 3,046,807

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    EEA and Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    28 July 2009

    The purpose of the Project is to renovate and equip the Dermatology, Venereology and Dermatooncology Clinic of Semmelweis University, develop training programmes and strengthen the cooperation between higher education and the private sector; with the overall objective of converting the Dermatology, Venereology and Dermatooncology Clinic of Semmelweis University into a Central-European knowledge centre in the field of dermatology, venereology, dermato-oncology, allergo-immunology, dermato-genetics and pharmacogenomics. Reference is made to the application dated 4 June 2008 and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    (1) Renovate and furnish the Dermatology, Venereology and Dermatooncology Clinic of Semmelweis University (Semmelweis Egyetem; Bor-, Nemikórtani és Boronkológiai Klinika; Magyarország 1085 Budapest; Mária utca 41);

    (2) Purchase and installation of equipment;

    (3) Develop and implement training programmes;

    (4) Project management and publicity (including procurement).

    The Project Promoter is the Nékám Foundation.

    Subject to national law, the Project shall be implemented in partnership with the Semmelweis University (Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Dermatooncology) and Rikshospitalet (Department of Dermatology).

    The Focal Point shall ensure that at least 10 percent of the total eligible Project costs is provided by the Nékám Foundation (4.95 percent) and the Semmelweis University (5.05 percent).