EUniWell Open Lecture Series: From knowledge transfer to personal development


Semmelweis University Online EUniWell-Event

As part of the EUniWell Open Lecture Series, Dr György Purebl spoke on "From knowledge transfer to personal development: The changing needs of Generation Z in higher education" on Thursday, 10 February 2022.

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Lecturer: Dr. György Purebl
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Miklós Kellermayer
Related EUniWell Arena: 1) Health and Well-being; 2) Individual and Social Well-being


About this lecture:

Higher education now involves mostly students from Generation Z (GZ). Generation Z members are characterised by utilitarianism and success-orientation, good problem management skills, and a preference for using digital technologies. Nevertheless, some other features are also more frequent amongst them, such as emotional issues, failure sensitivity, and a higher frequency of mental health struggles. Therefore, effective education of GZ involves the utilisation of various new educational strategies, such as well-structured and visually attractive teaching materials, e-learning tools, and experience-based education. Although the availability of digital teaching tools is abundant, it is essential to emphasise the key importance of in-person, tutor-based learning, which is the most fundamental essence of effective education. For the sake of the students’ personal development and professional socialisation, besides the curricular activities, community programmes and strategies for students' psychological support are equally important.

Research background:

György Purebl MD, PhD is a full professor, psychiatrist, and psychotherapist. His main interests incorporate suicide prevention, sleep medicine, the interaction amongst mental and physical disorders, and psychological interventions in general health care. He is the leader of the outpatient Centre of Psychosomatic Disorder at Semmelweis University, and the director of the Institute of Behavioural Sciences.

Beside his clinical work, Dr Purebl has achieved much experience in prevention and health promotion. He is engaged as leading psychiatric expert in Hungarian Alliance against Depression, and in OSPI (on behalf of the Hungarian partner). He was the leader of Work Package 4 (Taking Evidence-based Actions Against Depression and Suicide, E-Health) of the EU initiative Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-being. He was the president of Hungarian Psychiatric Association (2016-2018). Recently he is engaged as work package leader to the European MENTUPP programme (Improving workplace mental health in the construction, health and ICT sectors).


This lecture was part of the EUniWell Open Lecture Series. Find the full programme here.