Message for the New Year - 2016
“Welcome to the top 3rd ranked University of Hungary”
We are delighted to welcome all citizens and partners of National University of Public Service (NUPS) on the occasion of the New Year!
We have finished 2015 with the top 3rd position of the recent “Excellence Ranking of Hungarian Universities” (HVG) that is based on the quality of faculties and students. Beyond academic excellence our institution continues to fulfil its unique mission of providing carreer-long trainings and think-tank services for the national public administration, law enforcement, defence forces and diplomacy that requires following the developments in public affairs closely.
In 2015 the public sector has encountered challenges in all areas ranging from law enforcement to border control and security. In accordance with these developments, NUPS continued to focus on the up-to-date research, education and training of relevant public affairs in 2015. We have spared no efforts in becoming one of the innovative platforms where the spheres of science and public affairs are combined and transformed and carry forth our mission to work on the concept of the good state. NUPS plays a decisive role in enhancing the foundation of the science of the state and public governance, a young discipline that can advance state efforts in successfully dealing with the rapidly changing security, social and economic challenges. In addition to providing a synthesis of political, legal, social, economic and management researches, the science of the state offers a framework in which the traditional scientific approach is in line with complex values such as competitiveness, sustainable democracy and the rule of law. Our institution’s efforts in advancing this young discipline with its comprehensive approach are twofold. On the one hand, NUPS enhances the academic knowledge in this area through its research activities. Hence in 2015 we published the Good State and Governance Report for the first time that is to measure the quality of governance and to provide reliable feedback on the effects of state reform and public service development. On the other hand, NUPS is a key participant in the actual development of Hungarian public administration and public service. Our university is to serve as the basis of state efforts aimed at good governance, reducing the administrative burden of Hungarian public service and enhancing the research and training related to the good state.
However, several major international events of 2015 have again displayed the utmost importance of adequate governmental response to unexpected developments, and therefore the necessity of high quality public service training. Recent developments such as mass migration and the handling of the refugee situation have not only been challenges for European governments but for experts, professionals and thus for state authorities as well. For that reason, the issue in hand is to be examined and approached cautiously and through international debates and cooperation. Our faculties and institutes have been active in this regard throughout the year in the form of academic events and researches. 2015 was the year of foundation of the Faculty of International and European Studies at NUPS which is expected to bring us closer to understand the complex challenges of international and European relations, mass migration in particular. Nevertheless, in addition to the academic approach, NUPS has also taken its share in the management of the issue as many of our lecturers and students are contributing to the work of border police, the Hungarian Armed Forces and NGOs.
Whereas mass migration seemed to have divided the continent, the shocking tragedy of the Paris terror attacks has united European nations. The fight against extremist groups has called for our increased focus and firm stand. Preserving the peace and security of Europe can only be achieved through the cooperation and joint development of our respective human resources and capabilities. Being a university of cooperation, NUPS lays great emphasis on these efforts. In addition to our contribution to the first course of the European Police College (CEPOL) on “hate crime” held in June, our institution has participated in the establishment of CEPOL’s European Joint Master Programme, a two-year course which is the first EU training programme that provides master level education to law enforcement officers on topics relevant to the security of the European Union and its citizens. Another success of efforts in internalization has been the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership with Austrian, Czech, Polish, Romanian and Slovak partner institutions in military education. Through our joint efforts, the military cadets will have the possibility of swifter international mobility, allowing them to gain more experience with allies abroad prior to graduation. Our international efforts for security also extend to the cyber sphere: in May 2015 NUPS organized and hosted its international course on cyber security and cyber defence within the framework of the European Security and Defence College, reaching out to international military experts and government officials while building on the expertise of professionals from EU member states, EU institutions, international organizations and the private sector.
The National University of Public Service is responsible for delivering high value know-how, including foreign best practices, in this process. Accordingly, NUPS has been working on strengthening its academic portfolio at the international level. By establishing research councils at the heart of its research strategy, the university defines the appropriate guidelines and exact research efforts on our way towards the renewal of public service. In addition, NUPS enhances both research and educational efforts through new programmes. Having been registered by the Hungarian Educational Authority, our Doctoral School of Law Enforcement will commence its operation in the upcoming academic year, while NUPS already working on the establishment of an interdisciplinary doctoral school based on the Faulty of International and European Studies. In the meantime we will have initiated our International Public Service Relations master programme in English, aimed at an international audience, and will continue to work on joint degree programmes with international partner institutions. In other words, while NUPS is an institution deeply integrated in the international flow of knowledge, 2016 cannot be the year of pause in our efforts. We are looking forward to advancing our joint projects with domestic and international partners by keeping our traditional academic events and programmes and opening the doors for further cooperation in joint research, training and education.
In 2015 our institution continued to grow in the heart of the Hungarian capital. Whereas the Ludovika Main Building of NUPS was awarded with the Constructors’ Niveau Prize, one of the greatest acknowledgements of the profession in Hungary, we have established our brand new Ludovika Residence Hall providing high quality accommodation to students and guest lecturers within the Ludovika Campus. Accordingly, NUPS is one of the very few higher educational institutions where all students requesting dormitory accommodation will indeed receive housing by the university. The Ludovika Residence Hall is only the first example of the Ludovika Campus Project since the renovation of our main building, and is to be followed by the construction of two new educational buildings in 2016, financed entirely from state budget.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all members of our academic and administrative staff, students, national and international partners for their invaluable support and contribution to the successes of 2015. We are convinced that these achievements and their future impacts on public service development will not only be beneficial for us as an institution, but for an ever growing community of citizens as well.
András PATYI, rector
& Norbert KIS, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs
The educational and research performance of NUPS in the course of 2014 academic year has made an important contribution to the modernization of public service and throughout to the integration processes at European and international scale. In 2014 NUPS successfully introduced a new comprehensive and career-based further training system of public servants which is considered to be the first step towards a professional knowledge-transfer system among European public services. We have also undertaken the mission of changing the culture of continuing education in the public sector. A modern, on-line education system was introduced; methodology was shifted towards active, personalized learning. Our mission remains to facilitate mobility among career-paths in public service and fostering public values through education and research.
Our future plans need to rely on results already achieved. What can be the role of a university in rethinking the State and the responsibility of public governance? Which fields of science can reflect effectively to the complexity of rapidly changing social and economic challenges such as globalization, security crisis and shortage of energy resources? How can a university provide criticism and forward looking advice to create a responsive, competitive and efficient State? Our answer to these questions above is that ‘the science of state’ shall synthetize theories of political, legal, social, policy, economic and management researches. ‘The science of state’ must be a logical framework of analysis and evaluation in which traditional scientific approach has to relate to complex public values such as competitiveness, sustainability, security, democracy or rule of law. These standards should be paradigms of the methodology of the science of state. This is the way to develop a state that is able to provide public good, protect public values and show ethical leadership.
NUPS’s long-term strategic mission is to rebuild ‘the science of state’ based on a comprehensive approach of diverse researches and to facilitate international policy dialogue. Nowadays the reform of public sector and its innovation is in focus of this policy discourse.
As the chair of the Hungarian State Reform Committee – appointed in 2014 - I strive to mobilize NUPS potentials for the service of renewing sciences of state. Establishing the OECD Global Network of Schools of Government with our partners in Paris in 2014 has also been an important step towards these objectives. Following the agenda of public sector innovation the major action to be taken is to invest in the capacity and capabilities of civil servants as well as building the culture, incentives and norms to facilitate new ways of working. Our common vision, shared values, and comprehensive strategies are heading towards this direction. We redesigned our training portfolio to reflect more effectively to the contemporary challenges of social, economic, and security issues affecting the public sector.
The year of 2014 addressed new challenges and risks in the international security, too. In the year of Jubilee of the Great World War I. new phantoms of international armed conflicts appeared. It draws our attention to the importance of military and security sciences that need to be addressed by NUPS as well. NUPS has a special duty to fight for the peace and security of people by education and researches as the successor of the Military Academy established in 1808 and located in the historic Academy building built in 1836. The art of diplomacy is going under tremendous changes that require new approach of international relations in terms of education. The new Faculty of International and European Studies of NUPS is not simply a new ‘organizational unit’, but the driving scientific force in improving capacities of international studies, creating values for the changing diplomacy and extending our transnational relations.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to our staff, students, national and international partners for their support and contribution to the University’s success. I sincerely hope that our common achievements will encourage all of our students, colleagues and partners to take further joint actions for the Public Good.
Prof. Dr. András Patyi