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Registration on TPC Conference

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he deadline of application for the TPC conference "Rethinking Public Governance" has been extended to 30 April 2015.

The National University of Public Service (NUPS), in co-operation with the Transatlantic Policy Consortium (TPC), organizes an international conference with the theme "Rethinking Public Governance" in Budapest.

The Call for Papers is available online and open till 30 April 2015. For further information please visit the conference website or contact us at tpc@uni-nke.hu. The conference organizers welcome papers from all scholars addressing topics that fit with the overall theme of the conference. There is also a dedicated PhD session where organizers welcome young researchers and students who are within their doctoral studies.

The role and activities of institutions and organizations in public governance has been of great importance throughout history. Extending from high to low politics, public governance has both short and long term effects in the political, security, economic, social and cultural spheres, thereby shaping the environment of our everyday lives.

Examining trends, changes and opportunities in public governance today is particularly important because the vibrant international environment continues to re-emphasize older issues while posing a new set of challenges as well. Managing both types of challenges demands innovative, unprecedented, perhaps even revolutionary approaches from all actors in public governance.

Venue: Ludovika Campus of NUPS (H-1083 Budapest, Ludovika tér 2.)

Date: June 10-12, 2015.


Security and defence course in Vienna

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European Security and Defence Policy Orientation course was organized on 9-12 March 2015 at the National Defence Academy in Vienna.

13 students of MA in Security and Defence Policy, 2 PhD fellows and 2 lecturers took part at the workshop. The delegation was led by Mrs. Anna Molnár.

Lectures and seminars in English were visited by participants from more than 10 countries. They were introduced into the evolution, challenges and future of one of the most recent and complex policies in the European Union through outstanding researchers, experts and military officers. Participants were involved in group-exercises in order to set up possible solutions, proposals for the Ukrainian crises.

After explaining and discussing their proposals the participants obtained a certificate (diploma) from Mr. Lt. Gen. Erich Csitkovits and Prof. Dr. Ferenc Gazdag.


Poland as our traditional partner

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Prof. Dr. András Patyi held bilateral consultations with H.E. Roman Kowalski, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Hungary. The Rector expressed his strong commitment towards advancing cooperation with the Embassy, the Polish Institute and higher education institutions of Poland.

The National University of Public Service (NUPS) has traditionally developed active, fruitful relations with Polish universities, academies and research institutions in the field of public service, military and security sciences.

In accordance with Erasmus Program 11 students and 6 lecturers have been visiting Polish higher education institutions, while NUPS has received 13 students from Poland in the 2014/15 academic year.

Behind the successful mobility achievements both sides are interested in advancing cooperation on academic and research activities. Polish-Hungarian comparative researches can contribute to developing the knowledge base of NUPS on public administration science in Central Europe.

It also gives the opportunity for sharing best practices on state modernization and good governance. Bilateral cultural dimensions were also highlighted by the Heads.


Call for PhD Application 2015/16

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The Rector of the University of Public Service invites applications for PhD program this year as well. The PhD training at our university represents the highest level of the linear education system divided into several cycles, and focuses mainly on training specialists. The University possesses independent accredited doctoral schools in the fields of military sciences, military engineering sciences, and public administration sciences.

The aims, documents and the main data of the tribesmen and professors of the Doctoral Schools of Military Sciences, Military Engineering Sciences and Administrative Sciences can be viewed on the website of the Hungarian Doctoral Council. (www.doktori.hu).

More details are available at the University Science Management Center: tudomany@uni-nke.hu or by phone: +36 1 432 9000 / 29-739

Doctoral Regulation of National University of Public Service is available here.


Call for Paper

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The National University of Public Service (NUPS), in cooperation with the Centre for Service Excellence (CSE) of the University of Edinburgh Business School organizes this International Conference.

Sponsors of the event are the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), the Learning from Innovation in Public Service Environments Programme of the European Union (LIPSE).

All relevant information on the Conference and its submission are available here.


Nomination for UNESCO’s Prize

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According to the proposal of the National University of Public Service (NUPS) the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Science was nominated for the recognized Avicenna Prize. Our university strongly believes that the Library and the Collection of Hungarian Scientific Works are considered so complex and transparent that makes them notable for the UNESCO’s Prize. The Hungarian National UNESCO Committee supported the NUPS with regard to the nomination.

NPUS is committed for an ethical scientific cooperation among the Hungarian and international players of higher education, and the proposal is proof of our cooperative, fair spirit. It also draws the attention of the international community through UNESCO to the achievements of the Hungarian Science.

The Prize was established by the Executive Board of UNESCO on the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2003. It owes its name to the renowned 11th-century physician and philosopher of Persian origin known in Europe as Avicenna (980-1037). A healer and a humanist, Avicenna developed an exemplary holistic approach that captures the essence of ethics in science and has thus come to serve as a source of inspiration for the promotion of this concern within UNESCO.

This Prize, awarded every two years, is intended to reward the activities of individuals and groups in the field of ethics for science. It consists of a gold medal of Avicenna along with a certificate, honorarium and a one-week academic visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The visit is to include the delivery of speeches in the relevant academic events, organized for this purpose by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Growing reputation among international students

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73 exchange students of 21 countries will continue their studies at four faculties of the National University of Public Service (NUPS) in the spring semester. Our “new” students were heartily welcomed by Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs.

He expressed his sincere hope that all students will be able to take this unique study opportunity. He also added: „We all are aware of the fact that challenges of our societies, the efficiency of public administration become more and more complex. That is why it is so relevant what this programme can offer to everyone through our faculties and departments: a comprehensive understanding and approaching to these challenges.”

After his welcome speech the different study programmes of the faculties were introduced by   Dr. Judit Nagy, Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Law Enforcement, Dr. Gyula Vastag, Director of Institute at the Faculty of Public Administration, Prof. Dr. László Kovács, Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training and by Dr. Boglárka Koller, Head of Department at the Faculty of International and European Studies. On behalf of the Students’ Union Mr. Markó Dusa also welcomed the exchange students and informed them about the student life at NUPS.

The event was attended by our professors of international modules, student mentors and colleagues dealing with international affairs.

Exchange students can continue their studies at the National University of Public Service through several scholarships such Erasmus, Stipendium Hungaricum and Good Governance.


Dr. Tibor Navracsics as Honorary Citizen

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Dr. Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner was awarded by Honorary Citizenship at the National University of Public Service (NUPS). In his previous assignment as Deputy Prime Minister he had considerable, imprescriptible role at founding and “building” our university.

As previous Minister for Public Administration and Justice he significantly contributed to founding, managing and developing NUPS. “His strong personal and professional support was always behind us that has enormous relevancy in the success of the last three years” - emphasized by our Rector, Prof. Dr, András Patyi who was delivering the award.

“It’s always ennobling to see when a dream comes true” – started the EU Commissioner. He noted that unifying the education of future public servants in one institution has a great impact on building interoperability in public careers. As Commissioner for Education he realized that the main goals of the European higher education such as study complexity, practice-oriented approach, internationalisation are in accordance with the main guidelines of the National University of Public Service. “I am pleased to be the formal member of your community” – he concluded.

As Minister for Public Administration and Justice he played important role in the legal preparations for founding NUPS. He was the originator on submitting law proposal which was supported by the Members of the Hungarian Parliament. He submitted all relevant additional law and regulations regarding the functioning, management structure and ownership of the university.

Good State and Magyary Programmes belong also to Mr. Navracsics’s previous portfolio. They have important role at modernizing Hungarian public administration and building interoperability in public careers. Renovating the historical Ludovika Academy (Campus-project) was strongly supported by him through the Government preparations. 


Further steps towards our technical cooperation

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Delegation from the University of Novi Sad hold an official visit at NUPS on 5th of February.

Mr. József Padányi, Vice-Rector for Science hosted the delegation of the University of Novi Sad Mr. Josip Lepes, Dean of the Faculty of Education, his Deputy, Mr Géza Czékus and Mrs. Valéria Pintér Krekity, Head of the Faculty Council.

Both sides are encouraged to enhance bilateral relations through establishing joint cooperation programmes, scheduling the signature of the cooperation agreement and preparing further high level meetings. Last year NUPS launched a special talent support programme (4 days) for the University and particularly for the Faculty students in Subotica.

The National University of Public Service is committed to develop its relations and cooperation strategies with the universities of our neighbouring countries where Hungarian minority is involved in higher education.


Fruitful cooperation among researchers in Central Europe

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Consultations on enhancing and developing researching activities among Hungarian, Czech and Romanian universities were launched by the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies (CSDS) at the new Faculty of International and European Studies.

Our researchers in defence and strategy studies discussed the management experiences with their colleagues from the partner universities such as the University of Defence in Brno and “Carol I” National Defence University. Participants decided to compile their working programmes for 2015 and to enhance synergies within their research activities.

„We need to be very precise and encouraged with regard to joint research activities where international nature and comparability are considered as key elements. To achieve these goals we are in a permanent learning process and trying to implement the most comprehensive ways of practice” – highlighted by Dr. Péter Tálas PhD., new Dean and Head of Centre.

As Tamás Csiki, researcher at CSDS noted these workshops play important role in the mutual understanding of the participants’ different backgrounds and interests. Since the NUPS’s integration in 2012, the Central-European dimension got a new impulse. Twice per year we have the privilege to discuss current issues of security and defence policies and strategies with our Czech, Slovak, Polish and Romanian researcher colleagues. We also regularly visit technical seminars organized at partner universities. It can advance our cooperation for establishing joint researching and publishing opportunities. Due to their practice-oriented nature the results of these workshops can be promoted in policy analysis and in the daily education as well.

Our researchers of CSDS will participate at the Romanian partner’s conference in June for the 3rd time, and the Czech colleagues also invited us for an international symposium in Brno. But next autumn the Budapest seminars will continue on discussing ongoing tendencies in defence planning and regional facility management.


New challenge for our Rector

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Prof. András Patyi, Rector at the National University of Public Service was elected Head of Codification Commission on the Administrative Law of Actions. His main assignment is focused on building separate procedure system for the Administrative Law. Their first meeting was launched yesterday at the Ministry of Justice. 

The Government Decision No. 1011/2015. as of 22 January decided on reviewing Administrative Law of Actions, initiating steps toward a separate procedure system for Administrative Law and elaborating its new concept by the Minister for Justice. To achieve these goals a special Codification Committee was set up by the representatives of sciences, justice system, central and local public administration involving the Ministry of Justice. Its main role is to build the concept of the expected changes, to draft and comment technical framework documents.  

The new regulation framework on the Administrative Law of Actions is essential: since 1949 no unified legal framework behind the court system on Administrative Law. The procedure system for the Administrative Law is facing several challenges because of considerable changes in Administrative Law and its organization structure.


Among the elite - global research ranking results

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The Centre for Strategic and Defense Studies (CSDS) is among the leading research institutes influencing public policy making processes - according to the latest Global Go To Think Tanks Index (2014) published by the University of Pennsylvania.


Think tanks are public-policy research analysis and engagement organizations that generate policy-oriented research, analysis, and advice on domestic and international issues, thereby enabling policymakers and the public to make informed decisions about public policy. Since 2006 it is the 8th Index evaluating the role of these institutions as well as their role in regional and global networks to illustrate the value and utility of think tanks to policymakers and the public at regional and global levels.


Through the 6,618 think tanks catalogued in the database over 20,000 journalists, policymakers, public and private donors, think tanks, and functional are contacted and encouraged to participate in the survey.  The Centre for Strategic and Defense Studies occupies the 41st place among such prestigious institutions as the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) in Warsaw or the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS).

„Since its foundation CSDS has been able to play a central role in the defense and security field because of its strong professional, complex knowledge and research background as well as of its human capital and network. The National University of Public Service as the new framework reinforced our capacities for advancing international cooperation in joint education and research programmes on public policy issues. As part of the Faculty of International and European Studies we can integrate all relevant research results into a more competitive education and contribute to developing the University’s international relations” – summarized Dr. Péter Tálas PhD, Head of the Centre, Dean of the new Faculty.

The report is available in English and Hungarian as well. Across both developed and developing countries, governments and individual policymakers face the common problem of bringing expert knowledge to bear in government decision-making. Policymakers need reliable, accessible, and useful information about the societies they govern. They also need to know how current policies are working, as well as possible alternatives and their likely costs and consequences.


Founding of the Faculty of International and European Studies

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The Faculty of International and European Studies starts its education from 1st of February 2015. The youngest Faculty of the University aims to train experts who can actively contribute to the effective management of diplomacy and international relations. Furthermore it will serve as unified platform for the in-service training of public servants working at international or EU institutions.

The education system of the Faculty offers several study programmes for satisfying the different requirements of the public sector. Our main programmes taught in English:

Its programmes are designed to bring the students to the point where they can engage in the research of the relevant disciplines. Our main focus is dedicated on researching and studying public service, security and defense challenges, international dimensions of military science and law enforcement, but we also put high emphasis on international and EU law, European studies, foreign diplomacy and trade relations, international public service relations or on diplomacy history and theories. 

The new Faculty of the National University of Public Service will build its activities on the strong professional and research cooperation among six departments, two research centres and one language examination and training centre.

More information on the Faculty is available here.