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Fulbright – National University of Public Service Grant

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The representatives of the Hungarian Fulbright Commission and the National University of Public Service have signed an agreement on the foundation of the Fulbright – National University of Public Service Grant on 23 May 2016. The Fulbright Program is one of the world’s most renowned post-gradual educational and research scholarship and exchange program founded by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946.

“This agreement is highly important” – emphasized Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS during the signatory ceremony. Professor Patyi reminded that NUPS is an institution where students are prepared for public service by lecturers who themselves serve the nation at public administration, law enforcement and defense organizations. The Rector of NUPS also noted that “throughout our everyday activities we face serious challenges and regard the responsibility related to our decisions accordingly. Therefore, we know exactly how important it is to transfer the skills and know-how to the next generation of public service employees so that they could be successful in their respective careers”. He added that international cooperations in education and research help us achieving this goal, reminding that “we intend to become a university of cooperation, therefore, we deem the foundation of the Fulbright – National University of Public Service Grant to be important, through which we would like to welcome as many American scholarship fellows in Hungary as possible who would choose to visit NUPS and contribute to the development of Hungarian public service”. Professor Patyi also mentioned that the success stories of former Fulbright fellows also represent contributions to the success of Hungary, citing the example of H.E. Réka Szemerkényi, Ambassador of Hungary to Washington, who played a great role in realizing the establishment of cooperation between NUOPS and Marymount University this year.

“We are honored to sing this agreement. It is not only an honor but a significant step forward as well” – emphasized Prof. Dr. Beáta Vértessy Chair of the Board of the Hungarian Fulbright Commission. She reminded that the significance of the cooperation lies in the principle that universally characterizes the Fulbright Program all over the world: in the promotion of peaceful understanding among nations. On the one hand, the importance of cooperation is present at the personal level, as nothing can be compared to the significance of personal experiences: these personal relations define a nation and the mutual understanding between nations. “On the other hand, it is also highly important to have common goals for which we can work” – she added.

“We have three reasons to celebrate today” – highlighted dr. Károly Jókay, Executive Director of the Hungarian Fulbright Commission. Firstly, because of the already existing good cooperation with NUPS. Secondly, because of the fact that it is this university from where Lt.Col. Csaba Bakos the first Hungarian Fulbright fellow to teach at the United States Military Academy at West Point embarks to the United States. Thirdly, because the agreement allows NUPS to enter into an international network from where American program participants can chose from to continue their studies. Károly Jókay expressed his hope that U.S. lecturers and researchers will be increasingly interested in coming to Hungary, specifically to NUPS, and thanked his colleagues for their work aimed at preparing this agreement.

According to the agreement between NUPS and the Hungarian Fulbright Commission, up to two U.S. lecturers can arrive at NUPS each year for one semester. NUPS welcomes lecturers focusing on political sciences, economics, the science of public governance and state, public administration sciences, public policy, law enforcement sciences, military sciences and military engineering, international relations, and international public service relations already as of the upcoming academic year. The call for applications is published by the Hungarian Fulbright Commission, whereas the decision on welcoming the applicant(s) is made by the Rector of NUPS. Successful applicants will participate in the work of NUPS as “guest lecturers” giving two courses and will be involved in the university’s research activities. In addition, the U.S. lecturer will participate in the programs organized by the Hungarian Fulbright Commission for fellows, and could also teach at other Hungarian universities on an ad hoc basis. The costs of the grant will be divided among the institutions. According to the agreement, the four-month long grant contract may be extended for an additional semester.

Fulbright scholarships are currently available in more than 150 countries across the world. Hungary joined the program in 1978 and has had nearly 900 Hungarian citizens participating in various Fulbright scholarships.


Agreement with the Teachers’ Training Faculty in Hungarian

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The National University of Public Service signed a wide-ranging agreement with the Teachers’ Training Faculty in Hungarian at the University of Novi Sad. The document was signed by Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS and Doc. dr. Josip Lepes, acting Dean of the Teachers’ Training Faculty in Hungarian on the 8th of June 2015.

The two parties’ co-operation is not without precedent: in October 2014 NUPS’ Student Colleges for Advanced Studies participated on a four-day event at the University of Novi Sad whereas February 2015 marked the visit of the institution’s delegation at the National University of Public Service.

The aim of the recently signed agreement is to increase the value establishing efficiency of higher education institutions in Hungary and in neighbouring countries and to conduct joint scientific activities. The two parties intend to do joint researches and to jointly organize conferences at a national and international level as well as to issue joint publications. Their co-operation is to be further advanced by providing mutual access to their respective libraries and academic databases.

According to the agreement, both NUPS and the Faculty can jointly publish or apply for tenders while they also intend to publish their respective academic publications in each other’s journals.


NUPS taking part in a historic agreement

NUPS taking part in a historic agreement on cooperation among training institutions in border management. The memorandum of understanding constitutes the first legally binding multilateral agreement among the countries in the Eastern Partnership region and EU Member States on cooperation in border management training.

The memorandum was signed on 24 March 2015, during an official signing ceremony in Tbilisi, Georgia. The ceremony, organised by ICMPD on behalf of the Ministry of Interior of Hungary, is one of the key events of the 'Eastern Partnership cooperation in the fight against irregular migration – supporting the implementation of the Prague Process Action Plan' (EaP-SIPPAP) project. It brings together the representatives of ten project partners and the implementing partners (Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia) including National University of Public Service, as well as representatives of the national authorities in border management from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries.

The agreement provides a legal and institutional framework for strengthening and facilitating cooperation in the field of education and basic/advanced training of border guards in all EaP countries and EU Member States. Specifically, it enables a regular exchange of scientific and technical information, and educational and methodological literature; joint training, conferences, workshops and other educational and research activities; joint events for the exchange of professional experience between the persons involved in border management education programmes, and, if needed, the exchange of the persons involved in such programmes; and lastly, joint participation in cultural and sport events held by the countries.

The EaP-SIPPAP project has contributed to enhanced strategic and operational cooperation in the Eastern Partnership region primarily aimed at preventing irregular migration and supporting border management in a more efficient and coordinated way. It is being implemented from April 2013 to April 2015 by the State Border Guard of Latvia, the Border Guard of Poland, the Schengen Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Romania, the Bureau of Border and Aliens Police of the Presidium of the Police Force of Slovakia, and ICMPD under the lead of the Ministry of Interior of Hungary.

More information about the project can be found at: http://eap-sippap.eu/en/.


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.