Innovation center opens in Marosvásárhely

A new innovation center named after the founding rector of the Medical University of Marosvásárhely/Târgu Mureș (formerly MOGYE), Dezső Miskolczy, has been inaugurated in the presence of Árpád Potápi, the Secretary of State for Hungarian Communities Abroad at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Réka Brendus, leader of the State for Hungarian Communities Abroad at the Prime Minister’s Office (via Székelyhon).

Árpád Pótápi stepping outside the Dezső Miskolczy Center for Education and Health Policy Innovation. Image source: Székelyhon

In his speech, Pótápi emphasized Miskolczy’s major role in establishing the medical university from the very beginning (between 1945 and 1964) after he relocated from Szeged to Marosvásárhely. Miskolczy’s life should serve as an example to all doctors and locals, Pótápi said. In the past 11 years, the Hungarian government has funded all major investments, he added, and going forward, it will back the establishment of an independent Hungarian Faculty of Medicine to move away from the existing University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Sciences, and Technology of Marosvásárhely/Târgu Mureș, which was recently renamed after the Romanian scientist George Emil Palade.

Miskolczy’s professionalism was recognized by all regimes, his son said in a video shown during the inauguration event. Romanian politicians, public figures and artists turned to him for treatment, and it was he who rushed to cure Bishop Áron Márton, who was tortured in prison.

I don’t know whether the situation is more adverse now than it was then [ed. note: when Miskolczy relocated to Marosvásárhely], but there is a team of doctors who continue his legacy,” Réka Ambrus said in her speech.

The Center for Education and Health Policy Innovation is open to other universities as well, not just the University of Medicine, said Levente Vass, director of the Studium Prospero Foundation, the body that coordinated the construction and renovation work.

Author: István Fekete