TTTT milestone: Swedish biochemist gives talk at the university

Elias Arnér, a biochemist from the renowned Karolinska Institute of Stockholm, has visited the University of Debrecen to give a presentation on his area of research. Professor Arnér, who is also a member of Tudományos és Társadalmi Tanácsadó Testület (TTTT), an academic and social advisory body to support the work of the president of the Board of Trustees of Count István Tisza Foundation for the University of Debrecen, was the first “instructor” to register a grade in the symbolic grade book of TTTT following his talk.

On the occasion of his visit here on Friday, the Swedish professor conducted negotiations with the managements of the university and the foundation, learned about the history of our institution and got acquainted with the academic and research activities pursued in Debrecen.

“The University of Debrecen has reached an important milestone by establishing the advisory board, in which highly qualified researchers and professors assist the work of the foundation who can introduce the most up-to-date methodology through domestic and foreign examples in order to facilitate the future development of the individual branches of science and scholarship,” said György Kossa at the press conference held before the lecture.

The President of Count István Tisza Foundation for the University of Debrecen emphasized the fact that the activities of the advisory board, the academic relations of its members and the projects of cooperation all contributed to a prestigious status for the University of Debrecen among the leading institutions of higher education in Central-Eastern Europe.

Regarding the current war in Europe, György Kossa underlined that, as a true part of academic life, our institution condemns every and any act of violence and war, considering it a responsibility to help and assist those who are the victims of and suffer from such acts.


The primary task of the academic and social advisory body is to make sure that its members contribute to the growing of the University of Debrecen.

“From the aspect of the development of humanity, key importance is associated with education, academic life and research activities, the last one of which being an area where the most significant criterion is international cooperation,” said Professor Elias Arnér in his welcoming address.

As a biochemist from Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, he commended both the past achievements of the University of Debrecen and its present ambitions and efforts, which may be assisted by the new body of experts. He noted that the advisory body, which covers a broad spectrum of fields in science and scholarship, would represent a considerable potential for the advancement of our institution.

In addition to recognizing Professor Arnér’s academic achievements, Péter Nagy, the President of Tudományos és Társadalmi Tanácsadó Testület (TTTT) also highlighted the importance of his results in education and his experience in the field of industry, all of which would prove to be beneficial in the new form of cooperation.

“By establishing the advisory body, the opportunity of learning about the best practices of prestigious universities abroad would arise, which will definitely assist the leadership of our university towards progress. As regards the success of our joint efforts, it will be visible in the improvement of the individual parameters indicating it in the future,” said Péter Nagy, the President of TTTT.

In his address, László Csernoch, Vice rector for Academic Affairs of the University of Debrecen, emphasized the importance of establishing and developing international relations in research.

“Today, academic activities are simply inconceivable without cooperation, which can significantly increase the level of international recognition of the University of Debrecen on the one hand, and it can also offer a guarantee that the instructors and the researchers of our institution pass on the most up-to-date knowledge to the students on the other hand,” said Professor László Csernoch. The Vice rector added that renowned experts of individual fields could also embody a life path model through their personal examples to give incentives to the next generation of academic research.

Following the press conference, Professor Elias Arnér delivered a presentation titled “Selenoproteins in health and disease” in the grand lecture hall of the recently inaugurated Learning Center, after which he also had a chance to meet students from Sweden who are enrolled in our university.

Finally, the academician symbolically signed the “grade book” of TTTT first, and then he was followed by all the members of the advisory body in this effort to commemorate his visit to our institution. This grade book will be officially given by the President of Count István Tisza Foundation for the University of Debrecen to be kept among the relics of the University and National Library of the University of Debrecen.

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