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NUPS-CEPOL co-operation

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The National University of Public Service (NUPS) will join the European law enforcement leadership training programme announced by the European Police College (CEPOL). Accordingly, the two institutions have signed an agreement at the centre of CEPOL in Budapest.

Police Brigadier General Dr. Gábor Kovács, Vice-Rector for Education at NUPS and signatory of the agreement on behalf of the university reminded that one of the main strategic goals of NUPS is internationalization. He added that CEPOL’s training programme – consisting of seven modules and to be initiated in September 2015 – is related to the Master level law enforcement training at NUPS.

The European Police College programme receives one participant from each EU member state and offers a Master in European law enforcement. NUPS is not only involved in this programme through the Faculty of Law Enforcement but would also rely on the contribution of lecturers from the Faculty of Public Administration and the Faculty of Military Science and Officer Training.

The European Police College is the first EU institution the centre of which has moved to Budapest. Focusing primarily on organizing education, CEPOL synchronizes trainings and provides the prerequisites of harmonization. In addition, it supports the further training of law enforcement officers within EU member states’ respective law enforcement leaderships first and foremost in the area of crime prevention, the fight against organized crime and the protection of public order.

State Modernization and State Reform

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The Ludovika Campus hosted the international conference “State Modernization and State Reform” jointly organized by the National University of Public Service (NUPS), the École Naionale d’Administration (ENA) and the Embassy of the French Republic in Budapest.

In his welcome speech Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs at NUPS emphasized that ENA is one of the most important international partners of NUPS with whom the institution has worked on a series of great projects in recent years. He also pointed out that ENA and NUPS have jointly organized several high-standard conferences concerning public administration reform and have been co-operating in various outstanding European projects. Moreover, the vice-rector reminded of the Global Network of Schools of Government which was recently established in Paris under the aegis of the OECD and in which ENA and NUPS represent the French Republic and Hungary respectively. Vice-Rector Kis added that in recent years the National University of Public Service has been a part and a forming participant of Hungarian state reform.

Sylvette Tourmente, Attaché for Scientific, Technological and Inter-university Co-operation at the French Institute in Budapest reminded that French and Hungarian institutions have been in fruitful relationships for a long time with the French Institute laying great emphasis on the establishment of ever more enhanced and long-term co-operations between French and Hungarian universities and researchers. The attaché emphasized that ENA plays a crucial role in the training of high-ranking state officials and welcomes both French and international students as well. Sylvette Tourmente underlined that Hungary is one of the most important partners of ENA, adding that both the French Republic and Hungary undergo similar state reform processes and that the conference includes the most significant points which are important for both countries.

The symposium was opened by Dr. Hajnalka Juhász, Counsellor on Public Administration and a member of the Minister Cabinet at the Ministry of Justice representing Prof. Dr. László Trócsányi, Minister of Justice. In her speech Counsellor Juhász mentioned that due to the challenges posed by globalization, the definition of Good State is strongly connected to the definition of Good Governance which receives a new meaning at both national and other levels of integration process. According to Dr. Hajnalka Juhász, the processes of globalization and European integration demand a stronger intervention by the state. She added that the exchange of experiences with EU member states having a great history in state reform is of outstanding importance and since the French Republic has hundreds of years of experience in this regard, the present conference is extremely important.

On the one hand, the section on state modernization included the presentation on the evaluation of efficiency related to state modernization and reform by Jean René Brunetiére, advisor at the Chaire Economie du Climat and the presentation of Vice-Rector Kis on state reform and public administration reform in Hungary. On the other hand, the section on public service reform Vanessa Frey from the Direction Générale de l’administration et de la function publique focused on public service reform and effects of decentralization in the French Republic. Closing the section, Dr. Zoltán Hazafi, Head of the Institute of Career and Human Resource (Faculty of Public Administration) highlighted the principles and main directions of developing public service in Hungary.

The conference was headed by Dr. Gábor Széplaki Nagy, Head of the Department of International Affairs at the National Prosecution Office of Hungary, a former ENA student and a knight of the French Legion of Honour.

Serving as the training institution of the public service and political elite in the French Republic, ENA is one of the hallmark public administration education and research centres in Europe. Since their cooperation agreement in 2012, NUPS and ENA have organized several joint trainings and conferences. In November 2014 the two institutions contributed to the establishment of the Global Network of Schools of Government in Paris.

Schools of public service in alliance

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The National University of Public Service participated at the formation of the OECD Global Network of Schools of Governance on the 13th of November at the organization’s headquarters in Paris. The aim of initiative containing the respective institutions of nearly 70 countries is to transmit the national level developments, reforms and achievements of innovation in public service and to achieve a more intensive international exchange of experiences. The inclusion of the OECD’s reports and comparative publications on the public sector in a textbook and their incorporation into university and further training programmes was proposed by the OECD. Rolf Alter, Director of the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate of the OECD, an honorary doctor at NUPS, follows closely the university’s researches related to governance efficiency.

NUPS develops top e-learning materials

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The Association of Informatics for Society has organized the eleventh “e-Festival” contest focusing on the excellent practice in digital content development by Hungarian experts of online and multimedia profession. The National University of Public Service (NUPS) competed in the category “Education” in which it won the prizes of both 1st and 2nd places.

The announcement of the results took place at this year’s largest event focusing on informatics, the Infotér Conference at Balatonfüred on the 5th of November. The contest had more than 100 participants from the private, non-profit and public sector who were competing in 7 categories.

NUPS entered the contest with some of the lecture materials of its online further training contents that were renewed in 2014. The category “Education” included 21 competing projects out of which NUPS’ video lecture material, providing the backbone of public service further training programme, received the 1st prize, whereas the university’s “Project-management knowledge executive e-training” with animated cartoon-technique reached 2nd place.

Dr. Péter Princzinger, Head of the Institute of Executive Training and Continuing Education at NUPS reminded that the Institute developed the prize-winning lecture materials with the support of the EU but without external financing from the private sector and that they have been available for public administration officials since early summer through further training programmes. NUPS intends to continue the development of its capacities in e-learning methodology and production that could serve the e-system and e-content needs of the public sector in the shorter and longer term.

Dr. Krisztián Kádár from the Centre for E-learning Methodology at NUPS added that the relevant lecture materials and educational applications are already under development with the aim of repeating this year’s successes.

The EU’s highest ranking military officer at NUPS

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General Patrick de Rousiers, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee has made an official visit to Hungary on the 31st of October 2014. The highest ranking military officer of the EU has also held a presentation on the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy at the Hungária Campus of NUPS.

The General was officially welcomed by Colonel Dr. Gábor Boldizsár, Dean of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training, Colonel Prof. Dr. László Kovács, Vice-Dean for Science and International Affairs and Colonel Zsolt Molnár, Commander of the Hungarian Armed Forces “Ludovika” Battalion.

In his interesting and dynamic presentation, General de Rousiers reminded about the organizational elements defining the European Union’s common security policy and had a distinctive focus on the rapid reaction force that could be one of the EU’s military pillars in the future. The discussion was held under the moderation of General (ret.) Prof. Dr. Zoltán Szenes, Head of the Department of International and Security Studies at the Institute of International Studies. General Szenes highlighted the issue of the coordination between the common areas of activity of NATO and the EU – a point which General de Rousiers touched upon several times.

After the presentation, Colonel Boldizsár displayed the organizational structure, mission and role of the National University of Public Service. General de Rousiers showed great interest regarding the common training module of the three branches of public service (military and law enforcement officers and public administration officials) emphasizing the importance of their cooperation in today’s crisis situations.

At the end of the event, Colonel Kovács handed over the regards and present of Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS to General de Rousiers saying thanks to his honourable visit and presentation at the university.

Latest publication on Hungarian Public Administration

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A summary of Hungarian public administration science in the last 25 years has been published in the form of the volume “Hungarian Public Administration and Administrative Law”. The book was introduced to the public on the 30th of October at the Ludovika Campus of NUPS.

The event was opened by Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs at NUPS, who reminded that the English publication is the achievement of joint efforts by the National University of Public Service and the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.

The volume, edited by Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS and Dr. Ádám Rixer, Head of the Department of Public Administration Law at Károli Gáspár University, reflects the work of 23 authors including rectors, members from the Constitutional Court of Hungary and the Curia of Hungary along with several professors, associate professors and academic colleagues. Vice-Rector Kis added that the primary aim of this volume is “to introduce the main developments of the last 25 years in Hungarian public administration and state system to the international – first and foremost academic and professional – circles”.

Professor Iván Halász, Head of the Department of European and Comparative Public Law at NUPS reminded that the aspects of editing were standardized, hence each chapter includes academic and descriptive parts as well as debates. Furthermore, he emphasized that the content of the book can also be practical for experts of other areas, such as constitutional law or minority rights. According to Professor Halász, the volume’s value is increased by the fact that most issues are discussed in a historical context, primarily from the view of the last 25 years, yet the book includes earlier references as well.

Professor Ilona Kovács Pálné, lecturer at the University of Pécs and corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences pointed out that the volume symbolizes a generational shift, since the authors are mostly younger academicians. She added that the volume is a crucial enterprise in that it provides an opportunity for foreign and domestic experts of public administration to review and understand the contemporary situation. Moreover, she reminded that the volume’s importance also stems from the authors’ and editors’ efforts to thoroughly review the last 25 years of Hungarian public administration science.

Dr. Gábor Baranyai, Governmental Commissioner for the sustainable utilization of natural resources divided by national borders emphasized that the volume has filled a gap in the relevant area of research and reminded that “the Hungarian public administration is essentially of high quality in a European comparison and this book is a practical instrument in all respect to further build on the achievements of public administration science while spreading their news across the world”.

Vice-Rector Kis added that the volume was dedicated to the late Lajos Lőrincz, academician and professor of public law and an internationally renowned expert of public administration science. His intellectual heritage is carried forth by the National University of Public Service and the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.

Roundtable Discussion on State Science

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The National University of Public Service has initiated a series of roundtable discussions on state science. The first of four discussions was held on the 29th of October 2014 at the Ludovika Campus of NUPS under the moderation of Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs.

In his opening remarks, Prof. Dr. András Tamás of the Institute of State and Social Theory at the Faculty of Public Administration reminded that even though the state itself has been in existence for a long time, state science was only displayed in fragments prior to the age of enlightenment. Accordingly, the first roundtable discussion focused on the essence of state science.

Professor Tamás also noted that public administration law has entered Hungarian higher level education only in the middle of the 19th century, adding that although state science is neither history, nor law or sociology, it contains elements of all of these fields of science. Another point of view, according to Professor Tamás, is that the state can most likely be defined through various areas of law, however, it is an interesting fact that the Roman Empire for example did not have public administration law, nor a constitution for that matter.

He emphasized that the scientific explanation of the state was introduced through the works of Immanuel Kant and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. In contrast, contemporary views on the subject are not that extensive but give rise to other formations such as political science. According to Professor Tamás, the achievements of both normative and non-normative sciences should be re-synthesized, although that development is for the future.

Furthermore, he shared his view that the public’s concept of the state has significantly changed in the last 150 years. A whole new kind of society can be constructed through marketing and business interests and while people used to identify aims and common values for humanity, these have been replaced by relative theories such as the concept and definition of good governance.

Professor György Jenei at the roundtable focused on public policy decision-making. As he pointed out, public policy decisions in post-parliamentarian democracies are the products of bargains between the government and different groups of society. Professor Jenei added there are signs that the thinking on state science could re-gain a single framework thanks to neo-Weberian theory.

In contrast with the view of Professor Tamás, Professor Gábor Máthé has the opinion that state science has a history of not 150 but 300 years with the first modern theory of state being introduced by Niccoló Machiavelli. In his debate, Professor Máthé emphasized that academicians do not believe in the common and continuous development of history and state science but rather support the idea of studying variegation in this matter. He added that the state science of the 21st century has had to deal with the formation of a supranational space, reminding the audience of the emergence of transnational law and of the fact that the largest multinational companies’ respective budgets are of similar size to those of some states.

ERASMUS Staff Week at NUPS

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The National University of Public Service (NUPS) in cooperation with the Corvinus University of Budapest (BCE) organized an international Erasmus Staff Week hosting administrators and lecturers of various higher educational institutions from 11 countries in Budapest between the 24th and 26th of September.

The three-day event’s aim was to provide a framework for intense discussions on contemporary issues of international mobility and to exchange the best practices of participating institutions. In addition to the 15 international guests from the UK, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia, programme and workshop participants included representatives from the institutes and faculties of NUPS and BCE as well.

The event was officially opened by Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs at NUPS, while BCE was represented by Erzsébet Veress, Head of the International Office. Introductory presentations of the hosting nation were provided by Szabolcs Bokodi from the Tempus Public Foundation, dr. György Hajnal from the Faculty of Economics at BCE and the representatives of NUPS’ three faculties. The visitors’ introduction was held in Hotel Gellért where interesting presentations provided excellent topics for discussion.

The second day’s programme included workshops moderated by Tamás Kowalik from the Faculty of Public Administration at NUPS. Participants’ efforts were focused on identifying related challenges that have been affecting their respective institutions and on analyzing these issues using the Action Learning method. Furthermore, in the third day’s final workshop Dr. Lóránt Horáth from the Faculty of Law Enforcement at NUPS introduced the participants to the Pain&Gain Matrix usually applied within the private sector thus providing a unique approach to the subject of mobility. Since participants came from various institutions with different size and background, various experiences were brought up ranging from general problems to special cases and unique solutions.

In addition to these programmes, international guests of the university were invited to other events as well including an evening boat cruise on the Danube. In fact, the Erasmus Staff Week was not only successful from a professional point of view but proved to be a great event to create friendships.

The International Relations Office of NUPS is most delighted to receive positive feedbacks from our guests and is looking forward to hosting the next similar event thereby carrying forth our university’s good reputation across Europe.

NUPS Conference on NATO Summit

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Hungarian experts and officials shared their views on the NATO Summit in Wales at a conference on the 8th of September organised by the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies on the Ludovika Campus of NUPS. The event focused on the political messages of the decisions in Wales, the relationship between Ukraine and Russia and the role of Hungary within the Alliance.

Szabolcs Takács Deputy State Secretary for Security Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade reminded the participants that the Wales Summit was the most important summit of NATO in its latest history, as decisions were made to strengthen the Alliance while reacting to armed conflicts within its direct neighbourhood in North-Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Without a doubt the message of the meeting in Newport was that North Atlantic Treaty Organization continues to remain a coherent, single and strong political and military alliance that is capable of defending all of its members. Szabolcs Takács pointed out that during the summit the Hungarian government emphasised the strengthening of the stability and prosperity of neighbouring regions which requires keeping the NATO accession of countries in the Western Balkans on the agenda as well.

Péter Siklósi, Deputy State Secretary for Defence Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Defence stated that in accordance with the Wales Declaration on the Transatlantic Bond and the Summit Declaration the Hungarian government has also made its commitment to increase defence spending. Hungary’s offers and pledges include the improvement of the Pápa Air Base supporting NATO’s Strategic Airlift Capability. In addition, Hungary will increase the participation of its Armed Forces in the Alliance’s military exercise and training programmes held in Poland and the Baltic states and will give host multinational exercises in 2015. In handling the crisis in Ukraine, Hungary will participate in the financial funds thereby supporting training and logistics programmes and the rehabilitation of Ukrainian soldiers wounded in the conflict.

During the second half of the conference, focusing on the relationship between NATO, Ukraine and Russia, Gergely Varga research fellow at the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies reminded that the relationship between the West and Russia in the last 25 years has been characterized by both co-operation (e.g. NATO-Russian Partnership for Peace 1997, the co-operation after the 11th of September 2001 and the “reset policy” in 2009) and confrontation (e.g. Kosovo in 1999, the coloured revolutions between 2003 and 2005, the war between Georgia and Russia in 2008 and the 2011 intervention in Libya). Regarding the crisis in Ukraine, Péter Tálas Director of the Centre stated that Western countries do not want a new cold war and are looking for a political solution for the crisis. He added that while Russia in the short term seems to be victorious from a military perspective, on the medium and long run it could face serious economic and political problems due to the conflict.

György Deák András, senior research fellow at the Institute of World Economics within the Hungarian Academy of Sciences reminded that it is the financial sanctions that hit Russia the most and that in the long run these could force Moscow to withdraw from its policy. He pointed out that while due to economic reasons Vladimir Putin has to hurry in finding a solution, due to the parliamentary elections this fall, a longer crisis could, in a paradox way, strengthen Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s position.

The third panel of the conference, moderated by Prof. Dr. Zoltán Szenes, Head of the Department of International Relations and Security Studies at NUPS, evaluated the outcome of the summit, the relationship between NATO and Russia and the probable developments in light of Hungary’s 15 year old membership in the Alliance. István Kovács, former Hungarian Ambassador to NATO was also sharing the opinion that in terms of economy Russia vulnerable and with consistent policy on sanctions it is possible to influence Moscow. This was supplemented by Dr. László Makk, Head of Secretariat for Security and Defence Policy Issues at the Directorate for Foreign Relations of the National Assembly, in his presentation on Russia’s view of NATO.

János Szőnyegi, Head of the Department for Strategic Analysis at the Ministry of Defence said that from a Hungarian perspective the last 15 years’ main achievement was the development of the professional Hungarian armed forces, which has been confirmed by their wide international acknowledgment for their participation in crisis management. In his closing remarks and looking into the coming years, Prof. Dr. Zoltán Szenes depicted a “probably smaller, more modern and internationally active Hungarian Armed Forces” for the audience, the foundations of which are further enhanced by the decisions at the Wales Summit.

Péter Tálas reminded that, in addition to the evaluation of the NATO Summit, the aim of the conference was to help the field of security and defence policy to receive further attention at NUPS – for which another example was the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies’ project titled “Defence Matters – Hungary” realized with the support of NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division.

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Summer University in Light of NATO Accession

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The 15th Euro-Atlantic Summer University coincided with the 15th anniversary of Hungary’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The accredited program, held in the HDF Peace Support Training Centre in Szolnok between 28th of July and 1st of August, had a major emphasis on NATO’s tasks, crisis management and the organization’s answers to new types of security challenges.

This year’s summer university had 64 participants (lecturers and students) coming from the defence sector, public administration and the National University of Public Service (NUPS). The programme provided insight into the theory and practice of crisis management, the current challenges and the vision of NATO with a special focus on the antecedents of the Alliance’s 2014 September summit and on the challenges demanding the cooperation between members of the military, law enforcement and public administration.

Professor Péter Tálas, Director of the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies, organizer and head of the summer university reminded that while this year’s event was first and foremost targeted at people in this profession, the summer university included entertaining and interactive programmes as well. Professor Tálas added that in addition to the lectures and seminars, a series of sporting and teambuilding exercises made the event more colourful with such new programmes like the “Fight Filmclub”.

“Already the first day’s panel discussions made it obvious that our goal of fostering constructive dialogues can be achieved, however, later intense debates throughout the week were beyond our expectations. Whether the talks were about the security perception of the Hungarian society and that of the political elite, the internal factors of the crisis in Ukraine or about the changes in global power, our students were active participants who did not only reveal their interest but their knowledge regarding these issues as well. The exchange of views was also beneficial for us and we hope that this informal, outspoken and open dialogue will remain between people of this profession” – summarized Professor Tálas.

The summer university jointly organized by the Hungarian Defence Force and the National University of Public Service, however, the event’s preparation included the joint efforts of the colleagues at the “vitéz Szurmay Sándor” Budapest Garrison Brigade Protocol, the Cultural Subdivision of the Directorate for Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the HDF Peace Support Training Centre in Szolnok, the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies at NUPS and the students of the Special Student Community for Security Policy.

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Preliminary programme for the Staff Week

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  • Preliminary programme for the coming Staff Week

    We are pleased to announce that for the first time two Hungarian universities, Corvinus University of Budapest and National University of Public Service co-organise a staff week between the 24th of September and 26th of September, 2014 in Budapest, Hungary.

    Please find below our preliminary programme guide

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The second Summer School on minority rights has successfully ended

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The Global Minority Rights Summer School organised jointly by National University of Public Service and Tom Lantos Institute in cooperation with Middlesex University ended successfully.

The summer school on minority rights is organised this year for the second time has excited wide interest. Thirty participants from all over the world – Austria, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the UK, Ukraine, USA – attended lectures in the field of ethnocultural diversity management and of minority rights.

Lectures of the summer school were held by outstanding professors and lecturers – lawyers, politicians, historians, sociologists – who are prominent experts of the above mentioned fields with extensive professional experience and academic background.

Students and participants attended lectures where wide range of issues were discussed and analysed as diverse as ethnic conflict resolution in Europe and Africa, the situation of minorities in Turkey and the Middle-East, the movement and rights of Indigenous People in Africa and the Far East, the issue of political participation of women in Africa, freedom of speech, the pro-Roma global civil society and transnational social mobilisation.

Some of these sessions were open to attend for external participants as well. In addition, some participants also had the opportunity to present their own research, therefore different topics were brought into focus, such as the issue of the rights to food of indigenous women in Nepal, the situation of Roma minority in Kyrgyzstan, minority rights in Sri Lanka and in Iran, the implementation of the law on the use of languages in Kosovo.

Additionally to the prestigious academic programme, students also had the opportunity to discover Budapest, its Jewish neighbourhood, as well as the town of Subotica (Serbia) and its Hungarian and Jewish heritage.

Videos of the lectures delivered by Brendan O’Leary, Joshua Castellino, Valmaine Toki and Bineta Diop will be available soon on the website of Tom Lantos Institute and of National University of Public Service.

NUPS-CUB International Staff Week

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The National University of Public Service organises its 1st Staff Week in September together with the Corvinus University of Budapest dedicated to Erasmus coordinators and career advisers.

The main goal of the programme is to bring together HEIs that offer courses in the fields of:

  • international relations and diplomacy,
  • public administration,
  • national defence and military sciences,
  • law enforcement.

During the three days the participants will have the opportunity to discuss the most significant issues of student mobility in thematic groups according to fields of education.

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Summer School with special focus on minority rights

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For the second time, the National University of Public Service and the Tom Lantos Institute have jointly organised Summer School with special focus on the issue of human rights. Three opening speeches marked the star of the Summer School held by Prof. Dr. András Patyi, the rector of National University of Public Service, Anna-Mária Bíró, the director of Tom Lantos Institute and Joshua Castellino, the dean of School of Law at Middlesex University of London.

This year, the Middlesex University of London also joined to the initiative as a host university along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade which clearly made the programme even more prominent and prestigious. The Summer School is between the 14th and 20th of July.

In 2013 the aim of the first programme was offering a course focusing on the issue of minority rights in Central-Eastern Europe which can contribute to the high level of courses offered by world-renowned Western European universities and which is open for application for students from Hungary.

Last year 230 students applied for the Summer School programme which was supported by the State Reform Operational Programme. This number further increased in 2014 and the University received 460 applications which indicates very well that the Summer School is on the way to further success. Thirty-three students from over 96 countries and every continent are attending the programme in 2014, fifteen of them have been awarded full scholarship. This year, the scholarship granted by the University was enlarged which enabled even more international students outside of the EU to stay in Hungary and to take part in the programme. This initiative was highly supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In additional to attending lectures, the students also have opportunity to take part in a daytrip to Subotica, Serbia. The lectures have a special focus – among others – on the evaluation of the relationship between international constitutionalism and minorities, as well as on the spreading tendency of nationalism and minorities.

Brendan O’Leary, professor of University of Pennsylvania, expert of ethnic conflicts gives lecture on the related global political mechanism. Tove Malloy, the director of ECMI and the member of the Advisory Committee on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities introduces the issue of the political participation of minorities. The lecture by Balázs Vizi, the associate professor of National University of Public Service focuses on the EU’s role to protect language diversity and also on the linguistic rights of the citizens of the European Union. Joshua Castellino, the dean of School of Law at Middlesex University of London aims to elucidate the issues of minorities and constitutionalism in the Middle-East.

Several lecturers aim to highlight the issue of the Roma community as Roma community are considered as transnational minority of Europe. The issues of the Jewish minority in Middle-East, the challenges of peacebuilding processes in Africa, along with the issues of Turkish minority are also in the focus of the programme. Within the framework of the programme, detailed attention is paid to the evaluation of the issues of those Hungarian minorities who are living in the neighbouring countries.

At the summer school – among others – Jennifer Jackson-Preece, professor of London School of Economics and Bineta Diop, president of Femmes Africa Solidarité is also among the outstanding lecturers of the programme. Along with the students, exerts of the topic raised during the programme also attend the courses from Ethiopia, Egypt, Philippines and Sri Lanka.

iMAF 2014 - the new possibility for a common European officer training?

A cooperation agreement has been signed between the National University of Public Service, the Czech University of Defence, the Polish General Tadeusz Kosciuszko Military Academy of the Land Forces, the Romanian Nicolae Balcescu Land Forces Academy and the Austrian Theresan Military Academy in order to elaborate common education possibilities.

Between 23rd and 27th of June the iMAF conference was hosted and organised by the Theresan Military Academy Wiener Neustadt and took place in a beautiful village called Reichenauban. The aim of the iMAF 2014 conference was to establish a working platform and close cooperation regarding the question of officer education and training, in particular for the organising institutions and for invited partner institutions.

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More than 110 people took part in the conference from more than 15 countries, even the European Security and Defense College (ESDC) joined to the conference. During the conference common modules were created that could be successfully integrated to the diverse officer training education systems of the participatory institutions along with the introduction of the international environment.

The conference also supported and promoted the idea of ERASMUS+ and thereby the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training came to a cooperation agreement with Austrian Theresan Military Academy.

The conference also opened up new prospects for discussion between Erasmus coordinators and heads of different partner institutions. By this means the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training was able to broaden its ERASMUS+ partners’ list and successfully entered into a cooperation agreement with Vasil Levski National Military University and also with the Romanian Air Force Academy.

In 2015 between the 10th and 24th of June the Romanian Nicolae Balcescu Land Forces Academy will be the host of the next iMAF conference which will take place in Sibiu, Romania. 

NUPS student world champion!

Tadissi Yves Martial student at the National University of Public Service (NUPS) has won the gold medal at the 9th FISU World University Karate Championship in Bar, Montenegro.

Competing within the category of 67 kilograms, the Hungarian athlete was facing the Brazilian Rezende with a final result of 4-1. Similarly to his victory at last year’s European University Karate Championship, Tadissi Yves Martial has won the gold medal without losing a single match.

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NUPS Vice-rector honourable senate member in Romania

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Brigadier General Prof. Eng. Ghiţă Bârsan, Rector of the “Nicolae Balcescu” Land Forces Academy, initiated BG Dr. Gábor Kovács, Vice-rector for Education at NUPS, as an honourable member in the Senate of the Academy.

Brigadier General Kovács received the document of initiation on the 12th of June at the 20th “Knowledge-Based Organization” conference held by the “Nicolae Balcescu” Land Forces Academy. The Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training has already been in cooperation with the Academy regarding Erasmus programmes, however, NUPS intends to establish further educational and research cooperation with its strategic partner.

Accordingly, the two institutions have become participants of a multilateral initiative this spring to organize the “International Military Academic Forum” together with the University of Defence Brno (Czech Republic), the General Tadeusz Kosciuszko Military Academy of the Land Forces Wroclaw (Republic of Poland) and the Theresan Military Academy Wiener Neustadt (Austria). The aim of the forum is to provide regular consultations between the institutions regarding their trainings.

In terms of research cooperation, Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS, has been invited this March to the international scientific board of the Land Forces Review, a publication of the Academy.

Cooperation in Law Enforcement Education with PPSUC

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“Globally aware, cooperative experts of law enforcement” has been set as a motto for the planned agreement of cooperation between the National University of Public Service (NUPS) and the People’s Public Security University of China (PPSUC) intended to be signed within this month.

A delegation from the Chinese university visited NUPS on 9-10 June led by Prof. Wang Yong, Vice-rector of PPSUC, in order to prepare the inter-institutional agreement and to participate at a workshop held on the Ludovika Campus. The Vice-rector pointed out that the Chinese law enforcement training and education strongly emphasizes the international awareness of students along with their cooperation with other nations. This is particularly important in the case of external security issues as crime does not stop at borders.

In his remark, Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS reminded that one of the European Union’s achievements has been the single market, that is the free flow of labour, products, services and capital which has also opened new ways for crime. These challenges can only be met in the long term if future experts and professionals are provided with adequate knowledge and know how during their studies. Professor Wang noted that the People’s Republic of China can learn from the examples of the institutionalized cooperation and crime prevention within the EU, adding that Hungary and NUPS are viewed as the primary partners for the exchange of educational practices.

Professor Dr. Péter Ruzsonyi, Dean of the Faculty of Law Enforcement at NUPS revealed that the main areas of cooperation between NUPS and PPSUC could be education and research management. Regarding education, the Dean pointed out that the primary scope of cooperation could be the exchange of students and lecturers, adding that the Chinese colleagues have great experience regarding migration and the fight against organized crime.

This September marks the beginning of PPSUC’s programme on counter terrorism, which is unique on a global scale. Due to the similar program-development efforts of NUPS, the field of counter terrorism can also provide opportunities for joint work. A good step in this direction is that the Rector of NUPS was invited to the ceremonial opening of the mentioned programme at the People’s Public Security University of China.

Postdoctoral Fellowship at NUPS

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The Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Social Sciences (HAS CSS) and the National University of Public Service (NUPS) are launching a joint research fellowship programme in order to include prominent foreign researchers in their work.

In 2014 two active, high-profile researchers with outstanding scholarly achievements at an international level are invited to apply for a fellowship programme at the HAS CSS and NUPS. The programme will be for a period of 9 months with the selected applicants employed from September 2014 until May 2015.

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Participants of the programme will focus on the following research and teaching topics:

  • Constitutional theory;
  • Stability and change in public policymaking;
  • Fundamental principles in administration law.

The fellowship is compensated with a salary of up to EUR 2600 gross (plus benefits).

The deadline for application is 27 June 2014 (12:00 hrs CET).

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