The National University of Public Service (NUPS) was the host of this year’s annual conference of the Transatlantic Policy Consortium (TPC) between 10-12 June at the Ludovika Campus. The international event titled “Rethinking Public Governance” had 44 speakers including experienced experts, young researchers and PhD students who could present their respective research results on the various aspects of current issues in public service.
Embracing several European and American higher education and training institutions dealing with public policy and public administration, TPC provides opportunities for its members to establish mutually fruitful co-operations, joint publications, researches and exchange programmes. The 17 year old consortium emerged from the co-operation between the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (Indiana University, US) and École Nationale d’Administration (France).
This was the first time for NUPS to be both the host and the main organizer of the annual conference of the consortium. At the Opening Plenary Session of the event – jointly organized with Indiana University and the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer – Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS, Prof. Dr. Charles F. Bonser, Founder of TPC and Prof. Dr. Andreas Knorr, German Co-Chair of TPC welcomed the conference participants.
The Opening Plenary Session also included the keynote speeches of Dr. Joseph Shevel, President of the Galilee International Management Institute (Israel) and Prof. Dr. Zoltán Ács, Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) who highlighted current security and economic-political issues respectively.
Composed of three separate tracks, the conference focused on global security challenges, state and administrative capacity building and multidisciplinary studies. Furthermore, the opening day served as an opportunity for PhD students to present their respective research results and acquire experience and advices on presentation. The conference enjoyed the participation of speakers from several countries including Finland, Romania, Palestine, Germany, the United States and Australia. The presentations focused on several issues from state building, citizen participation in state affairs, European law enforcement co-operation against terrorism, illegal migration and border policing to human security of immigrants.
In addition to their participation within the tracks, speakers could attend a gala dinner and a ceremonial closing dinner and experience the Hungarian music and dance performance of “Felszállott a Páva”. The Ludovika Campus of NUPS was honoured to have Dr. Tamás Fellegi, CEO of the Hungary Initiatives Foundation at the gala dinner of the conference. The foundation operating in Washington D.C. is a non-profit organisation aimed at the strengthening of co-operation between Hungary and the United States of America and was the main sponsor of the 2015 Conference of the Transatlantic Policy Consortium.