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MIT launches Catalyst programme at University of Debrecen

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the best universities in the world, has launched its first MIT Catalyst programme in the region at the University of Debrecen in Hungary, in collaboration with GE Healthcare.

The MIT Catalysts programme – aimed at PhD students – has been running for seven years in the US, and the collaboration with GE Healthcare at the University of Debrecen will begin in 2020.

The programme brings together organisations with different profiles, such as universities, hospitals and industrial partners. The aim is to encourage participating researchers to work on projects that can later serve international companies active in healthcare.

The University of Debrecen and GE Healthcare’s Budapest headquarters will play an important role the in the European adaption and the implementation of the MIT Catalyst programme, connecting the Debrecen ecosystem with greater Boston research and development innovation centres. In Europe, the University of Debrecen will cooperate with two other universities, namely the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen and UPM in Madrid.

“Hungary has earned itself a name globally for the substantial support it provides to research and for the strong and readily available pool of human resources,” said Enrique Shadah, head of MIT Catalysts Europe.