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The Last School Year of the Hungarian University of Transylvania (1918/19)
Published September 14, 2019

The last School Year of the Hungarian University of Transylvania (1918/19). At the beginning of the 1918–1919 academic year, the use of university buildings for military hospitals, the military service of many young instructors, and the large number of students returning from war caused serious difficulties. On October 1, 2226 enrolled studen...ts entered the school year. At the end of October, as a result of the revolutionary news in Budapest, new youth associations were organized by the students, and they became involved in the task of the town guard. As a result of the truce negotiations, the revolutionary government of Budapest resigned completely from the Transylvanian territories and left the University of Cluj (Kolozsvár). On December 24, the Romanian army invaded Cluj. After that, the occupying Romanian army introduced strict press and post censorship, regularly harassed house searches, punishment, internships, and imposed a severe military attack on the Hungarians. It was difficult for students to travel and stay in touch with their parents. Mail and bank transfers have been canceled. The professors and the students were trying to get rid of
it. Only the large-scale donations of the population of Cluj-Napoca saved students from starvation and frost. From January 1919, the Romanian authorities demanded loyalty from the officials. All university professors refused to accept loyalty, since Transylvania was still an occupied area, and the peace-closing war only fixed the attachment of Transylvania to Romania on 4 June 1920. The Romanian army occupied the university buildings, and the professors were deported to Hungary. Professors and students who had been forcibly removed were continuing their work in Budapest first and then in Szeged in 1921. Therefore, the University of Szeged and the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca are the heirs of the same University of Cluj.

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Published June 24, 2022

After the Romanian occupation of Transylvania and Cluj-Napoca, the Romanian authorities forcibly occupied the buildings of the University of Ferenc József and deprived the professors of their jobs. The deported teachers continued their teaching work in Budapest, and then under the leadership of the Mayor of Szeged, Szilveszter Somogyi, a wide-...ranging campaign was launched to temporarily move the exiled university to Szeged. New Year’s Eve in Somogy removed all obstacles to the university’s location in Szeged, and in 1921 the city became the university's headquarters. For this reason, at the ceremonial meeting of the university on June 29, 1922, he was inaugurated as an honorary doctor of political science.

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A Kolozsvári Egyetem 1872-7919 közötti története, levéltári és könyvtári dokumentumainak feltárása és digitalizálása
Published July 19, 2017

The History of the University of Kolozsvár in the Years 1872 to 1919: The Exploration and the Digitalization of its Archival Material and Library Documents. The research program discussed here was launched by the Archives of the University of Szeged in the spring of 2014, and its major objective has been the expl...oration of archival material and library documents from the various collections to be found in Kolozsvár, Marosvásárhely and Hungary. Additional aims include the actual digitalization of documents, making the digitalized stock available primarily for university students and for the teaching staff, as well as the promotion of historical research. The head of the program provides here a detailed account of the project’s justifications, preparation, the hitherto covered stages, the execution of source collection and digital photography, as well as the program’s infrastructural and personal demands. Mention is also made of making the project results available, as well as the possibilities of utilization. The tasks of the near future are also treated.

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