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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.