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Vice-Rector promoted to Major General by the President of Hungary

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On the 17 May, following the proposal of the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Prof. Dr. József Padányi, Vice-Rector of NUPS was promoted to Major General by János Áder, President of Hungary in the Sándor Palace’s Hall of Mirrors.

Prof. Dr. Padányi József has been serving the military higher education for two and a half decades. In 1991 he received the scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and worked as a professor at the Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University’s Department of Engineering. Later, he fulfilled several leadership positions at the University. After the establishment of the National University of Public Service in 2012, Prof. Dr. Padányi was appointed Vice-Rector of Strategic and Institutional Development and since 1 January 2015, he is working as Vice-Rector for Science.

During today’s ceremony, János Áder promoted 4 other Generals to Lieutenant Generals and to Major Generals. Major General János Varga, coordination deputy of the Chief of Staff and Major General János Huszár, commander of the Joint Forces Command have been promoted to Lieutenant General. Brigadier General Sándor Dezső, Deputy Director General of the Military National Security Service and Brigadier General József Nagy, the other Deputy Director General of the Military National Security Service have been promoted to Lieutenant General. Parliamentary State Secretary and Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Defence Tamás Vargha, Minister of State for Administrative Affairs dr. László Firicz and Deputy Chief of Staff dr. Zoltán Orosz also attended the solemn promotion ceremony.

Slovenia was the last guest of this year’s Ambassadors’ Forum at Ludovika

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The last guest of the Ambassadors’ Forum at Ludovika in this academic year was HE Ksenija Škrilec, Ambassador of Slovenia. Her presentation was held in the Chapel of Ludovika under the title of No more shall foes, but neighbours be.

Her Excellency Ksenija Škrilec graduated at the Eötvös Loránd University in Hungarian and German philology. After completing the International Relations postgraduate programme, she joined the doctoral school of Andrássy University. She has been working in the Slovenian Embassy of Budapest since 1992 where she first filled the Secretary position, then she was appointed the ambassador’s deputy. During her years of service, she mainly worked in the field of economic policy and bilateral relations. Beside Hungarian and Slovenian, Her Excellency is fluent in German, English, Serbian-Croatian and Spanish languages.

The ambassador has been fulfilling her position in Hungary since 2013, which will come to its end soon. In her speech, she presented the numerous successes and cooperation possibilities highlighting the good, friendly relation between Hungary and Slovenia. The title of her presentation comes from Slovenia’s most famous poet, France Prešeren. Ms. Škrilec believes in the importance of the exemplary friendship between Hungary and Slovenia because the two countries are not only neighbours but they are good friends of each other, and they have a harmonious and smooth diplomatic relation. She added that one of her aims in Budapest was to bring Slovenian and Hungarian citizens closer in various aspect and levels, which she succeeded to achieve: an active political dialogue has commenced between the two countries, universities and secondary schools started to cooperate and the protection of minorities also received attention from the two parties in the past few years. The ambassador thinks that the minorities are key elements in linking the two countries, thus the Slovenian and Hungarian minority groups have the same rights as their inland fellows. The gender equality is also considered essential. For instance, the number of women working in the Slovakian Parliament is high, which is a good rate among the European states.

Slovenia has a very diverse geographic structure with its beautiful landscapes, sea, ports, huge forests which tempt many tourists; therefore the country puts great emphasis on the development of tourism and country image. People are protecting the nature and the environment including forests, big bear populations and bees. One of the ambassador’s project was a program called “Breakfast with Honey” which was launched in Slovenian and Hungarian elementary schools where children could learn about bees and honey while having breakfast together.

The guests of the roundtable discussion were Dr. János Bóka, Dr. István Szent-Iványi who was the Hungarian Ambassador to Slovenia between 2010 and 2016 and Zoltán Egeresi, from NUPS’ Centre for Strategic Defence Studies. Dr. Szent-Iványi said that few years ago the foreign policy of the two countries were different from what we have today: in the past it was a simple good neighbour relationship while today this relation has evolved into a serious strategic partnership where the parties mutually respect and acknowledge each other. According to the former ambassador, this relationship is one of the most well-functioning diplomatic relation among Hungary’s relations.

Zoltán Egeresi highlighted the importance and positive role of Slovenia within the Western Balkans states. The ambassador considers good communication and the gestures to each other as the basis of all strategic relationships. She closed the session by adding that Slovenia, together with the Western Balkans states is currently working on its role fulfilled in Central Europe.

The Ambassadors’ Forum at Ludovika event series will return in September 2017 when the first guest will be Turkey.

CEE e-Dem and e-Gov Days 2017

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CEE e-Dem and e-Gov Days have been held for the fourth time at the National University of Public Service in 2017. This year’s conference – under the title of „Digital Divide” – was organised in cooperation with Andrássy Universität Budapest and the University of Public Administration and Finance Ludwigsburg.

Prof. Dr. András Nemeslaki, head of the Institute of E-Government at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration opened the two-day-long conference, and greeted the participants. He explained that among others the conference covers such interesting topics such as social media, and the effect, ICT’s role in knowledge development, and digital solutions in public service.

Prof. Dr. András Patyi, rector of NUPS, talked about how important communication and IT technologies are nowadays, and that they help the spread of democracy too. The rector underlined that NUPS is a “university of cooperation” with more than one hundred international partners worldwide.

The following presenter, Wolfgang Ernst, rector of the University of Public Administration and Finance, presented his institution while also explaining that in their part-time and fulltime programs they place great emphasis on practical education and continuous development. Familiarizing students with digital services and the latest technology is a key part of this process.

As a representative of Andrássy Universität Budapest, Prof. Dr. Hendrik Hansen greeted the participants next. He explained that Andrássy Universität serves as a bridge between Hungary and other higher education institutions in Eastern and Southeast Europe where German is the language of education.  Dr. Hansen emphasised that one of the aims of the event is to showcase and discuss the widespread use of digital technologies, to learn and evolve together.

Keynote speeches were held by Wolfgang Gerstl from Austria and Dusan Stojanovic from Serbia. Mr. Gerstl, who is responsible for scientific affairs in the Austrian Parliament (der Nationalrat) stressed the danger of fake news, which is considered a by-product of the “new media”. In the Austrian Parliament they consider it really important to use digital publications, and they made an online platform on the website of the Nationalrat, that is accessible to anybody, and now they are working on the introduction of a digital ID.

He told the audience that the biggest problem with such electronic platforms is, that probably it is going to be used by people already devoted to innovation. They would like to persuade more people to use these services, and even though it is a slow process, the steps are right. Modern information technology is an opportunity and jeopardy at the same time, and we have to take responsibility to ensure that this tool is used for the sake of democracy.

Dusan Stojanovic, director of E-Governance at the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government in Serbia talked about the state of electronic services in his country. His country is rather high up on a recent EU survey’s list as far as e-service usage is concerned, but there are still many things to do. Only 15% of Serbia’s population uses such services. Their most successful introduction so far has been the online application for kindergarten registration, which has surpassed the traditional application method. Stojanovic think that in the future traditional and electronic methods will be used simultaneously. The greatest requirements are speed, good communication and being up-to-date.

During the two-day-long event experts of the field are discussing current issues. The subjects covered include data protection, and e-democracy’s legal, social and economic aspect.

Measuring Governance Conference at NUPS

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The Institute for Research and Development on State and Governance held its annual international partnership building conference titled Measuring Governance: Theory and Practice on the 3rd of May, 2017. The aim of the event was to strengthen NUPS’ international relations on the field of scientific discourse, to activate research cooperation and to provide and international scene for publishing the Good Governance study.

The conference was opened by Dr. (Pol. Col.) Judit Nagy, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, and she explained in her opening remarks how the National University of Public Service is an unwavering supporter of development, and studies in the field of Good Governance are vital for that. It is important that the representatives of various countries can discuss the various viewpoints, and share experiences as well as best practices in this field.

The morning session of the event started with Zsuzsanna Lonti’s, (Head of Unit- Statistics & Indicators. Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)) keynote speech titled Measuring Governance in OECD. OECD’s report - Objectives of Government at a Glance – is going to be published in July 2017, and it covers data concerning the workings of OECD member state and partner governments. Why is this publication important? Since one can learn many things from other nation’s good practices and experiences.  During its research, OECD focuses on the processes of the governments, this serves as a “black box”, and the detail is in this. The organisation focuses on the detail, on the capacity to operate while it uses its own tools to conduct studies. The study was first published in 2009, and has undergone great changes since that.  In its current, fifth issue the focus is on good governance, the open government, public employment and innovation in the public sector. It was the first time, that Zsuzsanna Lonti talked about this research to the public.

In the following speech, Vladimir Tokarev professor at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) presented the findings of himself and two of his colleagues under the title: The system for efficiency evaluation of managing the socio-economic development of the region by the executive authorities of Saint-Petersburg. The research studied the workings of the executive branch at Saint-Petersburg using serious equations. One of the most important findings of the study is that the services in Saint-Petersburg are the second most efficient in the country, and that the Russian population evaluates the work of Vladimir Putin at 4.19 on a 1-to-5 scale. According to them, the Russian government is 79% efficient.

The afternoon session of the conference continued with presentations from Sir John Elvidge, former Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government; Dr. Alexander Prosser, University of Economics and Business in Vienna; and Dr. Csáth Magdolna, research professor at NUPS. The afternoon session was divided into two sections and covered topics such as sustainability, economic competitiveness, government participation, and efficient public service.

The publications of the conference are available online here:

Good State and Governance Report 2016:

Measurability of Good State II:

Cyber-Security Academy at NUPS

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The issue of cyber-security has been a topic of discussion at NUPS for years. The Cyber-Security Academia, founded in March, is going to synchronise all the various branches of academic education and research in this field and now the professional directing organisation of the academy was established.

Russian hackers breached the IT systems of the Danish Ministry of Defence (Forsvarsministeriet) last year as well as the year before, and thereby gained access to the emails of the employees of the Danish Ministry of Defence. Since such news emerge almost daily in both national and international mediums, the question of cyber-security is an increasingly important part of national security. The Hungarian Government has also taken steps towards cyber-security and the organisation of such training programs is the task of the National University of Public Service. The courses were started based on the information security law passed in 2013, and more than 150 public service executives, experts, contributors, and employees have successfully finished these programs since. The issues has also been taught and researched at the faculties of the university, and this academy is going to synchronise all the various resources in this field starting March.

During opening ceremony Csaba Krasznay – program director – has said that there are only a few people in Hungary, who have up-to-date information in this field. That is why the training programs that already exist at the University have to be developed and extended to include a wider array of public servants. It was also mentioned that there is knowledge transfer in this field on all faculties of NUPS and at all levels or tertiary education, from BA to PhD level. Cyber warfare and military IT systems defence is taught at the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training, cybercrime and crime prevention is taught at the Faculty of Law Enforcement, the Faculty of International and European Studies deals with the international aspects while trainings are centred around information security at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration. According to Csaba Krasznay, the Faculty of Water Sciences, which became part of the University recently, can join the work as well, since water management and critical infrastructure all use many IT resources, so this field is a target of cyberattacks too.

Frigyes Janza (ret.) pol. major-general, who spoke at the event as well, warned the audience that it is not just an academic problem, but concerns the whole society and thus the training of the Academy has to be organised accordingly.

Csaba Krasznay supported this remark, and underlined that in practice the entire Hungarian society has to be prepared to fend off cyberattacks. It in the basic interest of everybody to use the Internet and IT services safely.

Prof. Dr. András Nemeslaki, head of the Institute of E-Government at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration, told the audience that cyber-security almost seems like a topic tailor-made for NUPS, since all training end research institutes are able to join the work. “Establishing the Academy is a really promising initiative. We can hopefully also broaden our international relations with this program too”, concluded professor Nemeslaki.

Good neighbours are the most important policy

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Croatia and the new political challenges  was the topic of H.E. Gordan Grlić Radman, ambassador of Croatia to Hungary who was the guest of honour at the Ambassador’s Forum at Ludovika’s April edition.  

After completing his university studies, Gordan Grlić Radman first worked in Switzerland and later at the Unversity of Zagreb. After Zagreb, he worked again to Switzerland where in 1992 he began the establishment of the Croatian Consulate Network (in Bern, Genova and Zurich) at the request of the newly formed Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thereafter, he continued his career in Sofia at the Croatian Embassy there and, since 2012, he is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Croatia to Hungary.

The ambassador accentuated in his speech the importance of Hungarian-Croatian relations and added that the two countries helped each other even before 1992. He emphasised, that before joining the EU, the country had to face serious difficulties. When they became part of the EU in 2013, they sought to transfer their experiences to the ex-Yugoslavian member states, especially to Montenegro and Serbia. H.E. believes that the policy of a “good neighbour” is a key concept, because the abovementionned countries and Hungary have to face similar economical and various other challenges like Croatia does, thus they can support each other. An example of this cooperation was the migration crisis two years ago which, due to the complexity of the EU, generated different reactions among the population.

He highlighted the importance of the Hungarian-Croatian border opening which further strengthens the relation between the two countries with focus on tourism and culture as well. At the same time, he added that they will take major actions to significantly reduce waiting time at border crossings.

The facilitator of the roundtable discussion was Dr. János Bóka, Vice-Dean for Education at the Faculty of International and European Studies. The guests of the roundtable discussion were Dr. Edit Bencze, lecturer of the Kodolányi János College, whose main research area is the integration processes in the Western Balkans with special focus on the Croatian accession and Dr. János Hóvári, lecturer at NUPS, former ambassador to several countries and security policy expert. Dr. Bóka asked the guests to share their views on the accession of the Western-Balkans to the EU. Dr. Hóvári explained that we need to be open for new members and that upon their membership, a new union would emerge. He fully agrees with the idea of helping our neighbours. The experts discussed whether the migration crisis can destabilize the region and become a serious security threat to the surrounding countries in the area. However, according to the ex-ambassador the excellent Croatian border control system handled the challenge appropriately, and since the crisis is more serious in Greece, Greeks should take the Croatian system as an example to follow. He believes that the biggest problem of the EU is the lack of vision, which could be solved by working with a new management and by reconsidering existing issues.

The academic year’s last session of the Ambassador’s Forum at Ludovika is going to be held on 10 May, where the participants can meet H.E. Ksenija Škrilec, ambassador of Slovenia to Hungary.

College of Europe's Rector visited NUPS

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On the 12th of April 2017 Mr. Jörg Monar the rector of the College of Europe visited the National University of Public Service. The rector was accompanied by Mr. Szabolcs Takács, State Secretary for European Union Affairs and Mr. Balázs Molnár, Deputy State Secretary for European Union Affairs. Vice-rector for International Affairs Ms. Judit Nagy and Ms. Boglárka Koller, Dean of the Faculty of International and European Studies greeted the delegation.

At the beginning of the meeting the vice-rector presented NUPS, its faculties, institutions and research centres of the University. Ms. Nagy illustrated the workings of NUPS with a metaphor saying that it is like an umbrella since the institution also has interdisciplinary doctoral schools, joint degree programme with CEPOL and it is also defined as the university of cooperation.

Mr. Monar was greatly impressed by NUPS’ work and highlighted that it comes off as a fast developing and prestigious university. Following this he presented his own institution as well. The College of Europe, which was founded in 1948, was at the time the world’s first university institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs, and remains unique and innovative to this day. Ever since its foundation the institution had the mission to make highly motivated postgraduate students understand the political, legal, economic and international core issues, challenges and potentials of this unique process. It also welcomes students coming outside of the European community and works so that all of its students can have a better understanding how Europe works.

A great conversation developed about the Faculty of International and European Studies concerning its students, the entry requirements and the career path that graduating students may take. Mr. Takács highlighted that the Government has special need for those specialists who are well prepared in the field of European studies and participate in international researches related to this field.

This is why Hungary supports those highly qualified students, experts and lecturers who would like to study or work at the College of Europe. As Mr. Monar mentioned, the College changes half of the visiting lecturers every semester and thus students can hear different perspectives about EU issues. This is vital since those young leaders who graduate from CoE later on will have to work together and better understand each other. Mr. Takács agreed with the above mentioned completely and further explained that it is important to involve more and more students in this programme.

Currently there are two students from NUPS attending the College of Europe in Brugge and in Natolin as well. For future cooperation between the two institutions it is important to motivate students and lecturers to apply for this outstanding opportunity to broaden their knowledge. 

Delegation from West Point visited NUPS

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April 2017 saw the delegation of the Modern War Institute from the prestigious West Point Military Academy. On the 12th of April the delegation met with the representatives of National University of Public Service at the Ludovika Campus.

Dr. Lionel Beehner, Director of Research at the Modern War Institute, Captain Jake Miraldi, Strategic Project Manager and Lt. Colonel Csaba Bakos, Fulbright Scholar met with Dr. Judit Nagy, Vice-rector for International Affairs, Dr. Boglárka Koller, Dean at the Faculty of International and European Studies  and Dr. János Bóka, Vice-dean for International Affairs at the same faculty and Colonel Dr. Zoltán Jobbágy,  Vice-dean for International Affairs at the Faculty of Military Science and Officer Training.

At the meeting various important issues were discussed and possible ways of future cooperation between the institutions were highlighted. These cooperation include student and staff mobility, joint research activities in the field of military science and participation in conferences such as the Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA) held every autumn at West Point.

The discussion concluded with very positive results and the participants expressed their mutual satisfaction about the future possibilities of cooperation. 

International Education Week at NUPS

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The National University of Public Service organised its first international education week. The event was held between 3 and 7 April, 2017 with the participation of 16 guest lecturers from 9 countries (USA, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, France, Netherlands, Poland, Great Britain, Germany and Russia) who shared their experinces with the lecturers and students of our University.

Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Dr. Judit Nagy highlighted during the reception ceremony: the international week gives an opportunity for the lecturers and students of our University to learn about the characteristics of other countries and cultures and to see the current issues of public service from a different angle, and gain experience in security policy, economics and law on an international level. The event also provides a great opportunity to network and to establish new partnerships and joint research.

The guest lecturers, among others, presented about the European integration of Poland; the career options in the German public service area; the rules of relocating headquarters of economic companies within the EU; the Russian regulation of international finances; the characteristics of international human trafficking networks; the challenges of international security policy and the NATO; the French administrative courts and the characteristics of the Czech public service system.

In addition to the scheduled presentations, the participants organized a workshop where the international and Hungarian lecturers discussed the future of European integration and the upcoming challenges related to integration. The facilitators of the discussion were Dr. János Bóka, Vice-Dean for Education at the Faculty of International and European Studies and Mantas Bileišis from the Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius.

The first international education week was a success and it significantly expanded the partnership and collaboration opportunities of NUPS. The University wishes to continue this initiative in the future as well.

Rover 2017 - Joint Public Service Exercise

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About a thousand students of NUPS participated in “Rover 2017”, the two-day-long joint public service exercise where the participants gained experience in handling emergency situations caused by mass migration.

Since 2013, the National University of Public Service organizes a joint public service exercise on a yearly basis to allow students to practice different emergency situations and leadership skills during these events. In the past years, participants were simulating situations such as flood, unexpected armed attacks, and natural disasters caused by ice storms. This year the Exercise was to manage on three locations (campuses on the Hungaria körút and at Ludovika; Csobánka Exercise- and Training Base) an emergency situation caused by mass migration. According to the Vice-Rector for Education, Dr. Gábor Kovács all service branches were represented this year including police, defence forces and public administration. He added that in addition to the lecturers and students of NUPS, numerous Hungarian and international partner institutes participated in organization of “Rover 2017”. The manager of the Exercise added that this event was more than a simple class since almost one thousand NUPS students participated in this two-day-long Exercise and cooperated in several tasks.

The majority of the students (300 participants) came from the Faculty of Law Enforcement. “This Exercise gave a good opportunity for Law Enforcement students to acquire management skills.” - accentuated Dr. János Varga.

“Among the participants, there were 77 defence force cadets, 33 Master level students and 28 lecturers from the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training.” - said Lt. Col. Tibor Horváth during the press conference. He added that their students actively participated in several elements of the Exercise including peacekeeping activities at the Csobánka Exercise- and Training Base.

Students from the Institute of Disaster Management practiced civil defence tasks during these two days. The 150 students and 18 lecturers simulated the preparation of migrant reception places, the organization of medical tasks and logistics.

During “Rover 2017” civilans also played an active role. The 64 participants from the Faculty of International and European Studies were working on the preparation of strategic decisions. They executed certain diplomatic tasks and they were also involved in negotiations and reporting. “It is key that our students learn how to communicate with each other, represent a position during negotiations, draft reports and manage press affairs.” - said Viktor Marsai. During the two days event, the 250 students from the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration represented the civil sector in almost sixty areas. - said Dr. Lajos Hülvely.

Some elements of NUPS’ Joint Public Service Exercise are ensured by the KÖFOP 2.1.2 “Public Service Development Establishing Good Governance" project.

New Vice-Rector for International Affairs at NUŐS

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Effective 1 April, Dr. (Pol. Col.) Judit Nagy, PhD will fulfill the role of Vice-Rector for International Affairs at the National University of Public Service. The four-year assignement was handed over to her by Rector Prof. Dr. András Patyi during the ceremony of NUPS’ University Day.

Since the establishment of NUPS, the position of Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs was held by Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis PhD., but this position ceased to exist as of 31 March. The public administration and specialisation trainings and the system of promotional exams are incorporated into the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration whose new Dean is Norbert Kis as of 1 April. On the university management level the international matters will be handled by Judit Nagy, as Vice-Rector.

Judit Nagy has been working at NUPS since its foundation. Since 1 October 2012 she is an associate professor, then for almost three years, from July 2013, she was the Head of Department of Public Administration Criminal Law, and since last August she is the deputy Head of the Department of Law Enforcement Management Theory, both within the Faculty of Law Enforcement. Meanwhile, she was working as Vice-Dean for Research and International Affairs of the Faculty of Law Enforcement until her assignement as Vice-Rector for International Affairs. She was teaching international and European Union law, cooperation of international law enforcement institutes. She received her degree in law from Janus Pannonius University Pécs in 2002 , then in 2011 she graduated from the Doctoral School of Károli Gáspár University. During her career, she was involved in numerous national and international projects. Her main fields of research are European criminal law, international police, and judicial cooperation. Judit Nagy is also a professor at the Doctoral School of Law Enforcement.

Spanish-Hungarian diplomatic relations were restored 40 years ago

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H.E. José Ángel Lopez Jorrin was the guest of honour at the Ambassador’s Forum at Ludovika event in March and the topic of his presentation was "Spain of the 21st century". The Spanish ambassador was grateful for the opportunity to present his country’s other side, the one that is different from the general stereotypes – siesta, flamenco, and bullfighting – which we all know.

This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of restoring Spanish-Hungarian diplomatic relations and this served as another reason for the March event of the Ambassador’s Forum at Ludovika. In his presentation, José Ángel Lopez Jorrin mainly focused on why the country’s performance is evaluated by stereotypes based on historical experiences rather than on real facts. His Excellency added that after the financial crisis of 2008 Spain recognized how important was the configuration of the country’s image, which broadly defines a country’s international reputation. Following the continuously growing crisis, the Spanish government in 2012 chose a new way for organization, which accentuated the global presence of Spanish values. To strengthen the country’s image, the project called Marca España (Spanish Brand) had been launched. The ambassador also participated in the elaboration of this project prior to his accreditation to Hungary in 2014.

HIS Excellency said that Spanish people like to enjoy life, but they are also hardworking. Based on the countries’ GDP, Spain is the fourth largest economy in the Euro Zone, the fifth biggest economy in the European Union and the 13th in the world. In addition, Spain is the world’s 11th largest investor with 650 billion US dollars, which means 3% of the total investments of the world. The Spaniards are particularly active in Latin America where, after the United States, they are considered the second largest investors: they carry out high quality infrastructure improvements, such as building high-speed railway networks.

According to Mr. Lopez Jorrin, the Spanish nation is caring and represents family values. These values are also shown by the fact that the Spain has the highest proportion of organ donation. “Currently there are 3000 Spanish soldiers serving in various international missions, representing their nation” – added José Ángel Lopez Jorrin.

During the roundtable discussion, the participants talked about the rise in unemployment between 2009-2013 and its consequences, the possible effects of Brexit and the migration crisis that Europe is facing. The participants of the roundtable discussion were Dr. János Bóka, Dr. Mónika Szente-Varga, Vice-Deans of the Faculty of International and European Studies, and Dr. Edit Inotai, senior fellow at the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy. After the discussion, the participants could watch a travelling exhibition that commemorated ex-Spanish ambassador, Ángel Sanz Briz and his colleagues, honouring their lifesaving work during WWII.

The Strength of an Alliance is Always Defined by its People

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"A change of mindset, flexibility and coordination are required to ensure that contemporary security challenges are well handled by NATO" – said on 22 March Admiral Manfred Nielsen, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation within NATO during his presentation at the National University of Public Service.

Admiral Manfred Nielsen delivered a presentation to the students of NUPS on 22 March. The Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation within NATO arrived to Hungary as a guest of the NATO Transformation Seminar.

During his presentation held at the University, the Admiral briefly outlined the significance of the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation’s activities then he added: in recent years the alliance has been facing unexpected and unprecedented challenges in the Euro-Atlantic region, which are moreover threatened from several directions by several actors. Organized crime, climate change and economic instability only further aggravate the situation. In addition, because of the technological revolution, the safety and security environment are changing faster than ever before in history. Moreover, the Organisation is facing new challenges due to the hybrid threats from the states and non-state actors.

Admiral Manfred Nielsen said: NATO needs to adapt to the requirements of the modern age in order to remain effective and relevant as well as prepared for the new challenges. This requires flexibility, agility, faster decision making, more aligned coordination of the Member States’ activities and more efficient use of resources and skills avoiding unnecessary duplicates. This requires both on short- and long-term a change of mindset in each area, including design, procurement, social relations and communication. If possible, the establishment of overly bureaucratic structures should be avoided not only in the relation of the alliance’s Member States but also within the framework of partnership programs. He emphasized the strengthening of NATO’s and EU’s actions as well as the efficient cooperation in facing common challenges. The Admiral encouraged the students to always be curious, to initiative and to take risks because the strength of an alliance is never defined by the alliance itself but by the people who make it.

After the presentation, the Admiral visited the NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine operating in Hungary.

The Delegation of KSAP from Poland Visited NUPS

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The Delegation of KSAP from Poland Visited NUPS

In the beginning of March, the Lech Kaczynski National School of Public Administration (KSAP), one of the eminent institutions of Polish public service education, visited NUPS. The delegation was led by Dr. Sylwia Ojdyma, Deputy Director and Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS welcomed the visiting professionals.of March, the Lech Kaczynski National School of Public Administration (KSAP), one of the eminent institutions of Polish public service education, visited NUPS. The delegation was led by Dr. Sylwia Ojdyma, Deputy Director and Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS welcomed the visiting professionals.

The institution was established in 1991 and its mission is to train and prepare public service officials who are professional, politically neutral, competent, effective and accountable for the tasks conferred upon them. Furthermore, the aim of KSAP is to train civil servants who will take responsibility for their country’s affairs, be sensitive to what matters to citizens, act in a professional manner and be up to the task of working in an international environment. The graduates of the institution will automatically become civil servants; it is not required from them to take the regular public service exams.

The members of the delegation arrived at NUPS with the aim to learn from the experiences, which justified the creation of NUPS, but they were also interested in the results of the period since the establishment. The Hungarian delegation, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs, introduced the university and then the guests presented their institution as well. During the discussions, the Hungarian and Polish training models were outlined as well as the differences between NUPS and KSAP. Due to the decentralized nature of the Polish public service (the public administration institutions, with their own budget, decide under their jurisdiction about the training of civil servants), KSAP offers public service trainings in competition with the market. This also means that regarding its structure, capacity and volume, the Polish institution does not follow NUPS’ role in public administration.

In the midst of a discussion with the representatives of NUPS’ faculties, the delegation members were introduced to the educational programs, scientific activities and recent results of each faculty. The Polish guests were actively inquiring about the joint modules, and the joint public services exercise. They were also interested in how the formerly independent institutions experienced the fact that they are now faculties of a bigger institution.

At the end of the one-day meeting, the parties noted that there are numerous opportunities for cooperation between the two institutions. Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector of NUPS proposed to organize a Hungarian-Polish workshop on public sector ethics and cybersecurity. Under the umbrella of the Leadership Development Program, NUPS expects Polish colleagues as well. NUPS intends to publish a book about the central and eastern European comparative researches in public administration, and the University is willing to invite a Polish colleague in the editorial board. It also incurred to launch a join MPA program. The Polish party welcomed the proposals and sees a good opportunity to start the implementation in the near future.

Financial and Economic Training Programmes for Public Servants

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This year, the National University of Public Service will launch new continuing education programmes in Economics and Finance for employees working in the field of public service, national security and law enforcement. Today, an agreement was signed regarding the organisation of a financial accounting Bachelor programme together with the Budapest Business School (BGE).

According to the cooperation, Budapest Business School will introduce in the next academic year a „Ludovika financial accounting class”, where they expect 50 people from employees working in the field of public service, national security and law enforcement. The programme, as part of the civil service training system, is going to offer a flexible schedule, i.e. it can be completed alongside work. Following the agreement between the two institutes, the courses will be held at the Ludovika Campus of NUPS starting from the third semester; the programme will include specialisation in public finance and the professors of NUPS will also take part in the education and examination process. Those who complete the programme will receive a certificate from the Budapest Business School, while NUPS will issue a diploma of continuing education. Application for this self-financing programme, funded by NUPS through the PADOP project, is open until May 30. 

When signing the agreement between the institutions, Prof. Dr. András Patyi expressed his hope that the agreement will serve the needs and interests of both universities, the public service branches in question and participants of the programme at the same time. According to the rector of NUPS, this agreement is a good example that the university would like to remain – in line with its motto – the university of collaboration in the future as well.

„We improve our training programmes to serve the social, including public administration needs. The agreement we concluded with NUPS illustrates this approach.” – said Prof. Dr. Balázs Heidrich. The rector of the Budapest Business School added that their university has several decades of experience in training of professionals in public administration and in public finance. He believes in the success of the agreement, as it is based on mutual interests and they are expected to learn from each other how can the joint work be executed more effectively, mostly to the benefit of the students.

Next to the joint financial accounting Bachelor course, an independent public finance accountant training programme will commence at NUPS this May. The course consisting of 320 hours and it expects 25 employees from the central public administration bodies who are working on the preparation of the budget, on the configuration of the accounting system and on the generation of internal and external information which are required for the functioning of such system. Application to this programme, funded also by NUPS through the through the PADOP project, is open until March 31.

Ukraine was the First Guest of the Ambassadors' Forum in 2017

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The National University of Public Service welcomed H.E. Ms. Liubov Nepop Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Hungary as first special guest of the 2017 series of the Ludovika Ambassadors’ Forum.

The event took place in the Chapel of the Ludovika main building, where the ambassador’s main topic were the importance of European Neighbouring Policy, energy and information security, the European Union’s policy towards Russia as well as the status of Crimea. In her speech, Ms. Liubov Nepop focused on the present and future of EU-Ukraine relations: it is currently uncertain how the European and U.S. perspectives on Ukraine will be affected by the inauguration of Mr. Donald Trump as the new President of the United States.

Her Excellency also highlighted that the Ukrainian state is dedicated to European values and it wishes to implement future policies and conflict resolutions in accordance with these values. During the presentation, it was also stated that the impact of the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian military conflict poses a challenge not only to Ukraine but also to the stability of the entire European continent. The ambassador added that support of international communities might be a key element to solve the current issues.

The opening speech of Her Excellency was followed by a roundtable discussion with the participation of Dr. László Póti, lead researcher of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Anton Bendarzsevszkij, director of Pallas Athene Geopolitical Foundation, and Dr. János Bóka, Vice-Dean for Research and International Affairs. The guests discussed, among others, whether the situation in the Ukraine could be considered a frozen conflict, and how the outcome of the upcoming German and French elections could affect the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy as well as its crisis management concept.

The next Ludovika Ambassadors’ Forum event will be held on the 22nd of March, with special guest H.E. José Ángel López Jorrin, Ambassador of Spain.

International Welcome Day

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The university welcomed the new international students at the International Welcome Day programme. The number of newcoming Erasmus and Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship students with the ones with International Credit Mobility Programme is over seventy this semester, and this number is growing year by year.

The colleagues of the International Office were waiting for the students from all over the world with a little present. This semester Poland, the Czeh Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, China, Greece, France, Lithuania, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Slovakia, England and Azerbaijan are among the sending countries. At the ceremony in Zrínyi hall Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs addressed the students. He congratulated them for making this wise decision coming to Budapest, and expressed his hope that all students will return home at the end of the semester pleased and happy. Dr. János Bóka, Vice-Dean for Research and International Affairs greeted the students in the name of the youngest faculty, and ensured them about the open-door policy the faculty favours. He also mentioned the variety of academic and leisure-time activities organised for students.

He was followed by Dr. Zsuzsanna Peres, Vice-Dean for Science and International Affairs of the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration, who detailed the specialties of the growing faculty and the wide range of courses offered.

And last but not least, Dr. Zoltán Jobbágy, Vice-Dean for Science and International Affairs of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training greeted students and wished them a great and fruitful time in Hungary.

After the welcome ceremony the programme continued in the lounge area with some snacks and refreshments, and the Erasmus Student Network organized some games and playful get-to-know-each-other tasks for the international and Hungarian students. We wish this cheerful group that they have the best time of their life at NUPS!

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Faculty of Water Science is launched on 1st of February

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"NUPS’ wide range of academic programs expands further, as the water management programs of the Eötvös József College in Baja are added to NUPS' portfolio" - told Prof. Dr. András Patyi, rector of NUPS, in an interview. He also explained that most of the work in the Ludovika Project is also going to be completed this year. Both the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration and the Faculty of Law Enforcement are going to move to the Ludovika Campus, and thus the reconstruction of the Orczy Park will also commence.

András Patyi highlighted that the maintenance of water systems – including the operation of waterworks, flood and inland inundation protection, water administration tasks – requires a lot more professional experts than currently available.

Due to the strategic importance of water management, the Minister of Interior initiated that NUPS takes over the water management programs of the college in Baja. A single faculty is established from two institutes of the college. The faculty is going to offer environmental engineer and architect BA programs and engineering continuing education trainings (environment protection, water management, water economist, hydrography, water supply and irrigation, flood and inland inundation protection) as well. The seat of the Faculty is still going to be Baja, but later on further branches of the university – such as the Institute of Disaster Management and the Sustainable Resources Centre – will cooperate with the new faculty.

Furthermore, in the fall of this year and after decades of intermission, political sciences education is going to be relaunched in a modern form. This new master program will be similar to law studies by taking five years to complete and resulting in a doctoral title. It is also going to be a one of a kind program inHungary, as it gives direct opportunities to obtain executive positions in the public service system. Next to these, the range of programs also expands with Criminalistics (MA), Public Administration Manager with Specialisation in Tax Administration (BA) and a 4 year long Law Enforcement Management (MA).

Dr. Patyi also mentioned that most of the work in the Ludovika Project could be finished in 2017. The brand new educational building along Üllői way, the sports centre and the Faculty of Law Enforcement’s special training building and dormitory are all close to completion. Thus both faculties (the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration and the Faculty of Law Enforcement) currently situated in Buda, can move to the Ludovika Campus in the summer. The further fate of their building will be decided by the Hungarian National Asset Management Inc. and the Government. Developing the plans for moving the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training is the responsibility of Balázs Fürjes, Government Commissioner for High Priority Governmental Investments.

The historical reconstruction of the Orczy Park and its garden is also going to commence shortly. “The Disaster Management Training Centre is also going to be situated on the same campus” – told András Patyi, while highlighting that this building is constructed on the site of current industrial building in the park, thus it is not going to take away space from green areas, which are in fact going to be enlarged by the time the project ends. The university is going to provide further information on the areas affected to the local government of districts VIII. and IX. as well as the citizens of these districts.

Furthermore, the rector of NUPS explained that the development project concerning public administration and public service knowledge continues too. Scientific research, development of training materials and the further education of almost 80.000 civil servants in cooperation with 20 universities and colleges is all supported by the 29 billion HUF budged of the program.

Prof. Dr. Patyi, who has been entrusted with the leadership of NUPS for another 3 years, reminded us that NUPS celebrates its 5th birthday this year. He further stressed that joining the university, either as a student or as a lecturer, showcases a high level of commitment, because this profession requires service from the first minute to the last. Hence the motto of the university: “In service of the country”. The rector hopes that in the future more people will understand the significance of the institution, the fact that it is a university of cooperation, because “we could not achieve any program without out partners, the Hungarian Defence Force and governmental offices. International cooperation is really important too, as it aids the flow of knowledge and the improvement of Hungarian public service. András Patyi believes that more and more people trust the mission of NUPS: "That serving the country is an important matter."

In Service of Water Management

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The newest branch of the National University of Public Service, the Faculty of Water Science has commenced its operation in Baja, Hungary. The faculty consist of the Water Supply and Environment Engineering Institute and Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management Institute of the Eötvös József College merged into one and added to NUPS. The faculty is led by deputy dean, Dr. Tibor Bíró, how is a renowned expert of water science, and permanent member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ Presidential Committee of Water Sciences.

Water science education in Baja has nationwide significance and appreciation. Thanks to its predecessors, the faculty has 50 years of history in higher education. Water science engineer education in Bács-Kiskun County started with the foundation of the Advanced Level Water Management Technical School. Due to reorganizations, the school turned into the College Faculty of Water Management of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1970. Then in January 1979, it joined the Pollack Mihály Technical College in Pécs. In 1994, it was added to the University of Pécs. For a short period of time, education took place under the umbrella of the Pollack Mihály Technical College Faculty of the Janus Pannonius University in Pécs, until the foundation of the Eötvös József College in 1996.

“A written agreement was formulised between the National University of Public Service and the Eötvös József College regarding from the use of property to the student statuses. “ – told Dr. József Horváth on the first of February in Baja. The Secretary-General also explained that it would be ideal, if the faculty would act as a local hub of the university, not only with its Bachelor programs, but also with continuing education and other trainings. Tibor Bíró, deputy dean of the faculty told that the change concerns more than 40 lectures and 300 students. He also undertakes to renew the programs offered, and he also highlighted that NUPS means new opportunities for both the water science education and Baja too. He further underlined that such an institute has to be made which supports the supply of professionals in this field. Something that is in great demand currently. Such a research institute has to be developed that fills its works with proudness.

The new faculty overtook two new Bachelor programs and various other trainings from the Eötvös József College.  However, the university’s long term aims go beyond just engineering education. It want to become an internationally  significant research centre in the field of water sciences. The education is going to take place in Baja, but the university’s other institutes, such as the Institute of Disaster Management are going to cooperate with the new faculty.

A receptive ceremony is to take place on the 9th of February in Baja, where representative of both institutions and the Governing Board meet.

Delegation from Abu Dhabi visited NUPS

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High ranking state officials visited the National University of Public Service on the 31st of January, 2017. The management of the Faculty of Law Enforcement received a delegation from Abu Dhabi in the main building at the Ludovika Campus.

The head of the delegation Dr. Tayeb Kamali, the Director-General for Education at the Training Development Unit of the United Arab Emirates said that in searching for the police training of the 21st century they have paid a visit in several police academies in the world for evolving contacts.

During the programme the delegation got acquainted with the training structure of the Faculty of Law Enforcement and the heads of institutes of the Faculty gave a detailed introduction on the units led by them.