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NUPS hosts a Hungarian-Vietnamese Investment Conference

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Legal, administrative and political questions - these were, among others, the topics of the Hungarian-Vietnamese conference hosted in the Zrínyi Hall of the Ludovika Main building.

Dr. Judit Nagy, Vice-Rector for International Affairs at NUPS highlighted that it was an honour for the University to organize the Hungarian-Vietnamese Investment professional Conference during which the participants discussed and analyzed administrative and political matters. The Conference welcomed guests from five renowned institutions. She added that, beside highlighting professional issues and facilitating international knowledge transfer, the event was also significant for the reason that NUPS endeavors to sign a partnership agreement with two Vietnamese universities with the aim of promoting education, research and mobility.

Prof. Dr. András Patyi, being the host of the event expressed: “I’m pleased to see that NUPS gave place to this high level conference”. The Rector emphasized that knowing Vietnam and cooperating with it is a fundamental task for each country and EU member states as Vietnam is one of the most dynamically developping countries in Southeast Asia. He added that mutual recognition and good experience shall be the basis of a future friendship.

On behalf of the Ministry of Justice Krisztián Kecsmár welcomed the guests. The Minister of State for European and International Judicial Cooperation said that the two countries have a traditionally well managed bilateral relationship: a bilateral investment treaty and an agreement to avoid double taxation are in place. The Secretary of State also described the role of arbitral tribunals and ordinary courts.   As he said, Vietnam, as well as Hungary, is part of the 1958 UN Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, which ensures cross-border enforcement of arbitration decisions. The Secretary of State informed the participants that a new Hungarian Arbitration Act was adopted in 2017, which places its organizational framework on new foundations. In Hungary, the review of the bilateral contract has been planned for years. Referring to this initiative, Krisztián Kecsmár announced that Vietnam is going to be the first country with whom the Hungarian state will start the negotiations.

Le Tien Chau, Rector of the Hanoi University and Deputy Minister of Justice reflected on the history of Hungarian-Vietnamese diplomatic relations: Progress has been made between the two countries by facilitating high-level delegation exchanges in the past ten years and also by signing fifteen agreements between the two parties. He stated that the Vietnamese Government has put great emphasis on cooperation with Hungary and they intend to invite more Hungarian investors to Vietnam. They beleive that this conference was a great platform for higher education professionals to share their experiences and knowledge in the given areas.

From the University of Szeged Prof. Dr. Attila Badó, professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences has welcomed the participants on behalf of the university’s Rector. The Head of the Institute of Comparetive Law at Szeged said that it was challenging to organize the event given the fact that it required the cooperation of four universities and two ministries but because of the importance of the topics, they wanted to make it happen.

During the conference, the following topics among others were on the agenda: importance of free trade agreements, standards and values; past and present factors affecting the Vietnamese jurisdiction and regulations; the economic strategy of the Vietnamese government; the legal and economic environment of domestic investments; the European common markets and international trade and investment agreements.

The project was funded by PADOP-2.1.2.-CCHOP-15-2016-00001 - priority project titled „ Public Service Development Establishing Good Governance”.

For more details, see the July issue of Bonum Publicum.


2017 Cyber Security Summit III: Cyber Program and Workforce Development

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The third International Cyber Summit of this year was held at the National University of Public Service. The event that hosted 30 experts from 9 different countries focused on cyber program and workforce development. The conference was organised by the Hungarian Ministry of Defence and the Joint Cyber Center of the United States European Command.

The event was opened by Mr. Christopher Brown of United States EUCOM Joint Cyber Center. Mr. Brown thanked the Hungarian Ministry of Defence for its cooperation, and also explained that the focus of this event is on the development and build-up of cyber programs, and last but not least cyber-security threats. It was also a vital event as far as cyber-security trainings were concerned: next to networking, the participants can also get to know the good practices of other nations in this field.

From the Hungarian Ministry of Defence’s side, Colonel Talabos Tibor of the Electronic Information-protection Department greeted the participants. He also stressed the importance of the summit and also making the public aware that there is a cyber-space around them and there are dangerous threats involved in that. Col. Donald Baker, Senior Defense Attaché of the United States Embassy in Budapest expressed his content on seeing both civilian and military experts at the event, since both side are important and he hoped that the cooperation can continues into the future.

Lt Col. Jose Luis Quintero Villarroya from the Coordination Branch of the Spanish Joint Cyber Command continued the presentation talking about the Spanish methods of cyber-security. He told the audience that the cyber-space is a new phenomenon, which has no clear borders yet. Cyber- attacks threaten nations with their incredible speed and unpredictability. Spain is planning and executing various cyber-military actions since 2013 and consider guarding the cyber-space as their main task. Lt Col. Quintero Villarroya finished his speech further reminding everybody about the importance of cooperation in cyber issues.

The program continued with Col. Douglas Huffman, Cyber Operations Advisor to US EUCOM who introduced the Center founded in 2010 and encompassing 133 teams with 6000 staff. Their motto is partnerships and team work, since these never before seen cyber-attacks can only be fend off jointly. Col. Huffman underlined that no nation should face this threat alone.

Lt Col. Michael Fraas, Chief Future Development at the recently founded German Cyber Command continued by introducing the new Command and also remarked that, in a few years, cyber operations are going to be just as integral in any military operation like army or air force assets. The objectives of the newly established Command are still under development, but they will definitely include the defence of Germany from cyber-attacks, innovative IT management, cyber and information security including cryptology, and it also includes HR as a cornerstone of the whole organisation. Lt Col. Fraas netioned that there is a lack of staff in this field the the University of Federal Armed Forces in Munich is supposed to change that. Currently there are 200 students attending it with full-time scholarship for four years. Here they gain the necessary knowledge, so later they can work as experts in this profession. The Command places great emphasis on equal right too, so female officers and mother can participate in the program as well.

Col. Károly Kassai from the Cyber Defence Centre of the Military National Security Service in Hungary concluded the first morning session of the event. He said that the first Cyber Security Strategy of Hungary was created in 2013, revised in 2015 and that they are working on a revision this year too. There is also a ministry program running since 2015 until 2018 that aims at modernising the IT systems including cyber security measures. Experts have to face with the use of false terminology or the complete lack of it, and also the organisation of topical trainings.

During the course of the two-day-long event, experts will be discussing the role of military cyber-security experts, the training of cyber inspectors and how can one build a world class system of security measures.


Threats and Challenges of Hybrid Warfare for European Security Panel Discussion

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The National University of Public Service, in cooperation with the Embassy of the United States of America, the Embassy of Ukraine, the Embassy of Canada and the Embassy of the United Kingdom hosted a panel discussion titled Threats and Challenges of Hybrid Warfare for European Security under the framework of the Focus on Ukraine event series.

The event held on 15 June, 2017. generated much public interest and distinguished experts of various security fields shared their knowledge with a packed Zrínyi Hall at the Ludovika Campus. The discussion was moderated by Prof. Dr. Zoltán Szenes form the International Security Studies Department at Faculty of International and European Studies of NUPS, while the guests and the audience was greeted by Dr. Judit Nagy, Vice-Rector for International Affairs on behalf of NUPS.

The Vice-Rector welcomed all the distinguished guests, the ambassadors, experts and all members of the audience. She highlighted that it is an honour for the National University of Public Service to cooperate with so many embassies on such a serious and complex topic.

The Vice-Rector’s opening remarks were followed by the first part of the panel discussion, where military and security experts shared their view on the challenges of hybrid warfare, especially in the context of Ukraine and Russian hybrid warfare tactics. Before the experts’ session however, Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy to Hungary David J. Kostelancik gave a speech on the vitally important situation of Ukraine. Mr. Kostelancik clearly stated how important Ukraine is not only to the United Stated, but also to NATO and all European countries. He explained that this new warfare – hybrid warfare – is conducted by Russia with the aim of damaging Ukraine and its ties to the West. Ukraine is intimidated, violent separatists use arms, energy is used as a weapon against this sovereign state and “a smokescreen of disinformation” is raised by its Eastern neighbour. All these activities blend traditional warfare with new elements in order to achieve Russia’s strategic aims. The Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy urged Russia to honour the Minsk Agreement because the United States stands firm in the support of Ukraine.

The US Chargé d’Affaires was followed by Her Excellency Liubov Nepop, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Hungary. Her Excellency’s speech echoed Mr. Kostelancik earlier remarks and clearly stated the situation in her country. According to her, despite more than ten thousand people lost their lives since the beginning of the war that it is not only contested by military means. Russia uses disinformation, propaganda, cyber-attacks, and energy attacks in order to punish Ukraine for its Trans-Atlantic ties as well as cooperation with Europe. She deemed this action as part of the ancient “Divide and rule “principle and urged Ukraine, Europe, the United States and all its allies to stand united against such a threat.

First of the experts to share his opinion was Colonel Gábor Boldizsár, from the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training. Colonel Boldizsár started his presentation first by defining the term “hybrid warfare”. Then he drew on his extensive field experience in military missions to both Afghanistan and Kosovo. Colonel Boldizsár also set up a theoretical framework in his speech by identifying 4 phases of hybrid warfare. In this concluding thoughts he mentioned that Hungary stands as an ally of Ukraine and Hungarian military scientists help in the development of Ukrainian military higher education.

The second presentation of the session a joint effort by military aviation experts Colonel Dr. Zoltán Krajnc and 1st Lieutenant János Csengeri, both represents the Faculty of Military Science and Officer Training. In their two-part presentation they underlined the role of airpower in hybrid warfare situations. Dr. Krajnc mentioned why airpower is one of the ideal tools of hybrid warfare, since it has “minimal intrusiveness, rapid response, rapid mobility, rapid engagement and improved strategic, operational, and tactical situational awareness“. In the second part of the talk Mr. Csengeri identified 3 aggression categories "nonviolent subversion, covert violent actions, conventional warfare supported by political subversion” and also showed an example of a hybrid conduct of war in Kosovo in 1999, when conventional weapons, terrorism against the population, and irregular forces were used too.

The final expert of the first section was Dr. András Rácz senior lecturer at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University. Dr. Rácz is a renowned expert of the topic as he was the first person in Hungarian to write about hybrid war. Dr. Rácz underlined how much Russia uses and develops its hybrid strategies. That is it part of the official Russian military doctrine to conduct such operations and that is has evolved a lot since 2008 when the Russians first used modern hybrid strategy against Georgia. He also made it clear that the strategy works undeniably well for Russia as it is illustrated by the situation in Ukraine and also in Syrian since the Assad regime is still has not be toppled. “There is no reason to believe that Russia will stop using this method in the foreseeable future” – said András Rácz. In fact, he pointed to other developments of Russian strategy that have been used lately, such as naval and long distance strikes in Syria – the first time their warplanes engaged in action outside of their country of since the Soviet-Afghan war in the 1980’s – and also interfering with election in both the United States and France. Dr. Rácz concluded that Russia is an adversary that is constantly improving its strategy and we must quickly learn how to counter it, which is he believes can be done by more cooperation.

The speeches were followed by a question and answer session where, among others His Excellency Petri Tuomi-Nikula, Ambassador of Finland to Hungary, and Her Excellency Isabelle Poupart, Canadian Ambassador to Ambassador to Hungary, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina raised issues for discussion.

The second part of the panel discussion continued following a short coffee break and saw speeches from Péter Kaderják, the Director of the Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research at the Corvinus University of Budapest, Dr. Botond Feledy, Director of Saint Ignatius College and Dr. Csaba Krasznay, director of the Cyber-Security Academia at NUPS. Mr. Feledy talked about civilian and military cooperation in cyber-security, and how fake news can be combated. Mr. Kaderják detailed how energy is used as a weapon against Ukraine and how the gas supply systems in Central and Eastern Europe. Last but not least, Mr. Krasznay presented a case study in detail about a Russian cyber-attack on a Ukrainian power plant, where a malware was used as a weapon. In his final remarks he stressed that cyber-security education is the easiest way to counter such threats and that is why NUPS also places great emphasis on cyber-security education as part of the Cyber-Security Academia.


CEE e-Dem and e-Gov Days 2017

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CEE e-Dem and e-Gov Days have been held for the fourth time at the National University of Public Service in 2017. This year’s conference – under the title of „Digital Divide” – was organised in cooperation with Andrássy Universität Budapest and the University of Public Administration and Finance Ludwigsburg.

Prof. Dr. András Nemeslaki, head of the Institute of E-Government at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration opened the two-day-long conference, and greeted the participants. He explained that among others the conference covers such interesting topics such as social media, and the effect, ICT’s role in knowledge development, and digital solutions in public service.

Prof. Dr. András Patyi, rector of NUPS, talked about how important communication and IT technologies are nowadays, and that they help the spread of democracy too. The rector underlined that NUPS is a “university of cooperation” with more than one hundred international partners worldwide.

The following presenter, Wolfgang Ernst, rector of the University of Public Administration and Finance, presented his institution while also explaining that in their part-time and fulltime programs they place great emphasis on practical education and continuous development. Familiarizing students with digital services and the latest technology is a key part of this process.

As a representative of Andrássy Universität Budapest, Prof. Dr. Hendrik Hansen greeted the participants next. He explained that Andrássy Universität serves as a bridge between Hungary and other higher education institutions in Eastern and Southeast Europe where German is the language of education.  Dr. Hansen emphasised that one of the aims of the event is to showcase and discuss the widespread use of digital technologies, to learn and evolve together.

Keynote speeches were held by Wolfgang Gerstl from Austria and Dusan Stojanovic from Serbia. Mr. Gerstl, who is responsible for scientific affairs in the Austrian Parliament (der Nationalrat) stressed the danger of fake news, which is considered a by-product of the “new media”. In the Austrian Parliament they consider it really important to use digital publications, and they made an online platform on the website of the Nationalrat, that is accessible to anybody, and now they are working on the introduction of a digital ID.

He told the audience that the biggest problem with such electronic platforms is, that probably it is going to be used by people already devoted to innovation. They would like to persuade more people to use these services, and even though it is a slow process, the steps are right. Modern information technology is an opportunity and jeopardy at the same time, and we have to take responsibility to ensure that this tool is used for the sake of democracy.

Dusan Stojanovic, director of E-Governance at the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government in Serbia talked about the state of electronic services in his country. His country is rather high up on a recent EU survey’s list as far as e-service usage is concerned, but there are still many things to do. Only 15% of Serbia’s population uses such services. Their most successful introduction so far has been the online application for kindergarten registration, which has surpassed the traditional application method. Stojanovic think that in the future traditional and electronic methods will be used simultaneously. The greatest requirements are speed, good communication and being up-to-date.

During the two-day-long event experts of the field are discussing current issues. The subjects covered include data protection, and e-democracy’s legal, social and economic aspect.


Measuring Governance Conference at NUPS

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The Institute for Research and Development on State and Governance held its annual international partnership building conference titled Measuring Governance: Theory and Practice on the 3rd of May, 2017. The aim of the event was to strengthen NUPS’ international relations on the field of scientific discourse, to activate research cooperation and to provide and international scene for publishing the Good Governance study.

The conference was opened by Dr. (Pol. Col.) Judit Nagy, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, and she explained in her opening remarks how the National University of Public Service is an unwavering supporter of development, and studies in the field of Good Governance are vital for that. It is important that the representatives of various countries can discuss the various viewpoints, and share experiences as well as best practices in this field.

The morning session of the event started with Zsuzsanna Lonti’s, (Head of Unit- Statistics & Indicators. Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)) keynote speech titled Measuring Governance in OECD. OECD’s report - Objectives of Government at a Glance – is going to be published in July 2017, and it covers data concerning the workings of OECD member state and partner governments. Why is this publication important? Since one can learn many things from other nation’s good practices and experiences.  During its research, OECD focuses on the processes of the governments, this serves as a “black box”, and the detail is in this. The organisation focuses on the detail, on the capacity to operate while it uses its own tools to conduct studies. The study was first published in 2009, and has undergone great changes since that.  In its current, fifth issue the focus is on good governance, the open government, public employment and innovation in the public sector. It was the first time, that Zsuzsanna Lonti talked about this research to the public.

In the following speech, Vladimir Tokarev professor at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) presented the findings of himself and two of his colleagues under the title: The system for efficiency evaluation of managing the socio-economic development of the region by the executive authorities of Saint-Petersburg. The research studied the workings of the executive branch at Saint-Petersburg using serious equations. One of the most important findings of the study is that the services in Saint-Petersburg are the second most efficient in the country, and that the Russian population evaluates the work of Vladimir Putin at 4.19 on a 1-to-5 scale. According to them, the Russian government is 79% efficient.

The afternoon session of the conference continued with presentations from Sir John Elvidge, former Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government; Dr. Alexander Prosser, University of Economics and Business in Vienna; and Dr. Csáth Magdolna, research professor at NUPS. The afternoon session was divided into two sections and covered topics such as sustainability, economic competitiveness, government participation, and efficient public service.

The publications of the conference are available online here:

Good State and Governance Report 2016:

http://akfi.uni-nke.hu/uploads/media_items/nke_895_5_2017_good_state_and_governance_report_2016.original.pdf


Measurability of Good State II:

http://akfi.uni-nke.hu/uploads/media_items/nke_947_5_2017_measurability_of_good_state_and_governance_ii.original.pdf


The Network of Security Policy Researchers of Central and Eastern European Countries Keeps Expanding

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The Center for Strategic and Defense Studies (CSDS) has organized an introductory project-development meeting within the KÖFOP-2.1.2-VEKOP-15--2016-00001 „Public Service Development Establishing Good Governance” project funding framework on 7 December 2016. 

Dr. Péter Tálas, the director of CSDS, summarized the purpose of the meeting as the following: “We are preparing a complex research project focusing on the Central European region which will contribute to the work of the Hungarian Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as the Prime Minister’s Office. Understanding the drivers of foreign and security policy in our region is not only Hungary’s fundamental interest for acquiring a deeper insight of its environment but also a tool for more effective cooperation by which shared interests can be identified and conflicts of interest can be more easily resolved. Albeit we live in a ‘common integration space’, there are several questions, to which the answers may differ from country to country, for instance, the relationship with Russia or our stand regarding European migration policy. Having a profound understanding of the differences in our perceptions is essential when it comes to making policies – therefore our planned research will target that.”

The aim of the meeting was to discuss elements of research cooperation in assembling and publishing comparative country- and policy-specific studies regarding ten Central European countries in the course of the next two years. Having discussed the theoretical framework, focal points and structure and the format of the papers, the experts shared their ideas which have contributed to a productive meeting.


Competition Law in Focus

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Similarly to last year, the National University of Public Service, in cooperation with the Societas-Central and Eastern European Company Law Research Network hosted a conference titled this year as „Corporate Governance of State-owned Enterprises in Central and Eastern Europe”. The event was organized by the Institute of Civilistics at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration.

The conference was opened by Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs, who highlighted in his address that this event had great significance as far as the university is concerned, because the importance of appropriate regulations of state-owned enterprises. Furthermore, he also underlined that the presentations at the conference were not only useful for students, but contained valuable information for lecturers as well.

Following the opening speech, dr. Gergely Szutrély, chief legal director of MNV Zrt. gave a lecture titled “The State as Owner”, in which he presented the structure of state-owned enterprises in Hungary, the corporate portfolio of MNV Zrt. and drew attention to the significance of transparency. In the following lecture, prof. Martin Winner from the Vienna University of Economics and Business shared his thoughts on the principles of autonomy and independence in regard to state-owned enterprises.

The presentation of Kateřina Eichelerová showed the Czech aspects, while the joined lecture of Kaja Zaleska-Korziuk and Bartłomiej Gliniecki expounded the recent changes in regulation in Poland. Edvardas Juchnevicius showcased the Lithuanian viewpoints on the subject and then the audience could ask questions.

Following a short break, prof. Branislav Malagurski explained the Serbian regulations in regard to some points of the OECD recommendation. Emőd Veress, professor of Sapientia University, presented the role of state in the context of Romanian enterprises. Finally, the local Hungarian aspects of this issue were presented by Dr. Ádám Auer and Prof. Dr. Tekla Papp – who are both lecturers at NUPS – in their joined lecture. After all the speeches, the audience once again received the opportunity to ask their questions, which the presenters were happy to answer.

Text by: Zóra Zsófia Lehoczki


International trends in law enforcement training

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The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) holds a conference on the international trends in law enforcement training at the Ludovika Campus of NUPS on 5-7 October 2016. The event serves with an excellent opportunity for the nearly 200 participants coming from five continents to compare national practices of law enforcement and to enhance their individual professional networks.

The opening ceremony of CEPOL’s international conference was held in the chapel of the Ludovika Campus where Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis welcomed the guests on behalf of the university. In his welcome speech he reminded the audience of the university’s comprehensive approach and integrated view of public service training. The Vice-Rector emphasized that nowadays we can witness several trends that pose challenges for law enforcement. These trends include globalization and the increasing complexity of security challenges, although it should be noted that both phenomena appear in parallel to mankind’s history and through mankind’s activity.

According to the Vice-Rector, the main challenges ahead of the law enforcement training system are revealed in the dimension of learning and teaching, therefore, it is a crucial question what set of skills do future law enforcement experts require to answer challenges, and what and how they should learn. The exchange of experience and knowledge is important in this regard, for which this international event offers and excellent opportunity.

Representing the Ministry of Interior, Dr. János Szacsúri, Head of the Department of European Cooperation, welcomed the participants of the conference. Mr. Szacsúri reminded that setting the location of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training in 2014 to Budapest was a sign of recognition to Hungary’s law enforcement. He reconfirmed that globalization poses several challenges for European countries. The conference is a great occasion to share training practices, to increase the related knowledge-base and to broaden individual professional relations. The latter is very important, since strategic approach in itself is not enough: it is the law enforcement officials and researchers on the ground whose activity really matter as Mr. Szacsúri emphasized.

In his keynote speech, CEPOL Director Dr. Ferenc Bánfi highlighted that the globalization of crime and terrorism, as well as the necessity of cross-border cooperation are not new, and that certain trends become obvious over time. However, it is a crucial factor when the appearance of a given trend is a subject of awareness. It is also an important question what exactly we mean by the globalization of law enforcement training. CEPOL would like to establish a global platform in this regard.

The Director of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training explained that from this year CEPOL will not only intend to participate in the training of senior law enforcement officers but in that of the entire law enforcement community. He added that a common European law enforcement culture is needed: we need trust and commonly accepted and followed values – including the respect of human rights – that enable us to work together. While providing a thorough view of CEPOL’s activities, the Director recalled the first joint European master course which builds on an international consortium overarching 13 EU member states and has 27 students at the moment with the first graduation expected in October 2017. In addition, the number of law enforcement experts participating in various forms of CEPOL’s trainings has multiplied since 2009 in a way that the quality of these trainings continued to be at a high standard.

CEPOL’s 13th international conference is hosted by the National University of Public Service between 5 and 7 October 2016. The events parallel sections welcome speakers from all around the world – from South America to Europe and East Asia – and nearly 200 participants.


NUPS’ professor delivered keynote speech at I. Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum

The First Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum (CILAC) was being held in Montevideo, Uruguay during 6-9 September 2016 with UNESCO as the main organizer of the event. Right after the inaugural address of the President of Uruguay, HE Dr Tabaré Vázques, the opening keynote address was delivered by András Szöllősi-Nagy, professor of the National University of Public Service, on “Science and Innovation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. 

The conference was attended by the science and technology ministers and leading representatives of the science community from the Latin American and Caribbean region. In the session devoted to water sciences Szöllősi-Nagy also delivered an opening speech on “Water, Global Change and Climate Risk: UNESCO's contribution to the achievement of Goal 6 of the Agenda 2030” also in his capacity as President of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme.

Programme of the Forum:

http://forocilac.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Agenda-ForoCILAC-ENGLISH-Complete.pdf


photo source: http://forocilac.org/


Reminder: Registration open for CEPOL R&S conference

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The European Police College (CEPOL) and the National University of Public Service (NUPS) jointly organize the 13th CEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference focusing on global trends in law enforcement training and education on 5-7 October 2016.

Globalisation of crime has been high on the agenda of governments, law enforcement institutions and academic scholarship for more than a decade. While there is an extensive body of analytic literature and practical guidance, less attention has been paid to the aspect of training and education of law enforcement staff and leaders in view of the process of globalisation and the global dimension of criminal acts.

The CEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference will be a platform for law enforcement officers in leading positions, police educators and trainers, as well as distinguished academic scholars and researchers for exchanging (new) research findings, educational ideas and concepts as well as for engaging in a professional and informed discussion around issues of police science, research and education.

Global trends can only be defined from an international perspective - the development and progress of scientifically sound research informing and shaping law enforcement practice or education varies across countries and forces in Europe and worldwide. Thus the organisers are seeking input from a wide circle of international institutions, countries and research projects. Not only shall the variations in training and education be addressed by the contributions to the conference but also similarities, best practices, chances and possible limitations of “global trends in law enforcement training and education”.

The conference is open for delegates from CEPOL Member States as well as for law enforcement officials and academic scholars from inside or outside the European Union. Attendance at the conference is subject to prior pre-registration and acceptance by the organisers. Specific conditions apply to invited speakers and delegates from the CEPOL network.


Registration

Academic scholars, delegates from institutions and bodies not affiliated to CEPOL, as well as officers and officials from outside the EU and from overseas are kindly requested to pre-register by completing the online application form for external participants here:

 

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Once accepted, participants will receive the registration form. The capacity of the conference is limited and the organisers recommend to apply for registrations early.


Costs

External participants have to pay a registration fee according to the chosen packages:

  • “Conference” 72 EUR (conference material, buffet lunches and coffee break refreshments)
     
  • “Conference & Dinners” 120 EUR (Conference pack plus two dinners on the 5th and 6th)
     
  • "Conference Comfort" 350 EUR (meals plus three night accommodation at a 4* hotel in Budapest) - deadline for registration is 28th of August


The final deadline for registration of "Conference" and "Conference & Dinners" packages  is 15 September.


17th WCCI Conference in Budapest

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The National University of Public Service (NUPS) contributes to the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction’s (WCCI) 17th Conference on Education held in Hungary from 10-15 July 2016 under the theme “Educating for Democratic Governance and Global Citizenship”. The event enjoyed the participation of more than 200 experts from all around the world. From the Hungarian side, the conference was jointly organized by NUPS and the University of Pécs.

The annual conference of WCCI is held the second time in Hungary since 2010, with this year’s venues including the House of Parliament, NUPS and the Flamenco Conference Hotel. The aim of the event is to provide a forum of academic dialogue on public education which examines global developments in a holistic way including social, economic and environmental aspects. Accordingly, the organizers of the conference believe in educating global citizens who consider the faith of our globe, stand for democratic values and are capable of making responsible decisions aimed at peaceful future.

In his opening speech, Miklós Réthelyi, chair of UNESCO’s Hungarian national committee emphasized the enormous responsibility education represents, as it affects families, local communities, nations and the entire world. Therefore, education is related to the public good and has an important effect on society.

Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former Director-General of UNESCO stressed that education represents the solution to most of the world’s problems, being the solution to poverty and to the environmental challenges as well. Nevertheless, it is also important to act in time, as soon as possible, or else these it will be too late to solve these global challenges. The former UN official highlighted that when seeking the solutions, we should always follow democratic principles.

József Bódis, Rector of the University of Pécs added that the conference highly relevant due to all the challenges our societies face.

Police BG Gábor Kovács, Vice-Rector for Education at NUPS emphasized the importance of serving the public good for which NUPS graduates work as well. The university prepares the students to be global citizens and to examine challenges in a wider context. Vice-Rector Kovács highlighted that NUPS is a university of cooperation with the intention to base the education of next generation public servants on cultural dialogue, mutual understanding and international partnerships. The Vice-Rector reminded that only open and perfectly prepared experts can serve the public good.

In her welcome, Jessica Kimmel, President of WCCI reminded that through their students lecturers educate communities as well and should not forget to serve as examples. In addition, President Kimmel highlighted the significance of exchanging experiences and establishing networks.

Lóránt Bencze, Director of the Hungarian Language Strategy Institute spoke about the importance of the mother tongue, reminding that it escorts us in our entire lives while we consider it to be as evident as air.

Due to its position within the international community, one of the main highlights of WCCI global conference is the UN Section. This year, the UN Section is held in the Upper Chamber of the House of Parliament on 14 July 2016, and is opened by Dr. László Palkovics, State Secretary for Higher Education. The plenary speaker of the section is UN Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General of the UN.

The international organization of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI) was established in 1970, primarily focusing on issues of education. In the last 45 years, the organization’s focus steadily expanded with the areas of HR development, while WCCI continuingly emphasizing the importance of such basic human values as peace and international cooperation, the coexistence of cultures and inter-cultural communication.

The event has been supported by the European Union, co-financed by the European Social Fund, in the "KÖFOP-2.1.2-VEKOP-15-2016-00001 - Public Service Development Establishing Good Governance" tender.


Call for papers - CEPOL Research & Science Conference

The CEPOL 2016 Annual Police Research and Science Conference in the topic "Global trends in law enforcement training and education" in the co-organisation of the European Police College (CEPOL) and the National University of Public Service (NUPS) will be held on 5-7 October 2016. Application is open for paper submission.


CEPOL 2016 Annual Police Research and Science Conference

Global trends in law enforcement training and education


Date: 5 – 7 October 2016

Venue: National University of Public Service, Ludovika square 2, Budapest, Hungary


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Theme

The world of the early 21st century is truly a globalised world, due to world-spanning transport, communication and travel: goods, ideas and cultures are now shared more widely than ever before in human history. Cross-border financial investment and economic interdependence has become the normality, as well as continuous migration. Terrorism, cybercrime, financial fraud, organised criminal networks smuggling illicit drugs, firearms or people across international and global borders – there is an undeniable darker side to globalisation.

Globalisation of crime – or simply global crime – has been high on the agenda of governments, law enforcement institutions and academic scholarship for more than a decade. While there is an extensive body of analytic literature and practical guidance, less attention has been paid to the aspect of training and education of law enforcement staff and leaders in view of the process of globalisation and the global dimension of criminal acts.

The 2016 CEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference will put the focus on global trends in law enforcement training and education raising key questions under the following perspectives:

  • Is more, better, innovative training of police officers, border guards or customs agents a crucial part of the answer to the challenge of globalised crime?
  • Is law enforcement education ready for tackling crime on local, national, global level effectively?
  • How can internal and external scientific research efforts facilitate in improving training and education of law enforcement?
  • What are the major (new) trends in the training and/or education of law enforcement staff (on various hierarchy and specialisation levels) in various parts of the world and from the viewpoint of global or international organisation?
  • What are the factors leading to innovation and evolution in law enforcement training and education? Or hampering it?
  • Need reform and innovation of law enforcement training and education be thought from the top of hierarchy, or is there demand voiced by rank and file officers as well?
  • In what way has scientific research contributed so far – nationally or internationally – to define the relevant questions for empirical research or to deliver research-based answers to deal with the issues raised?

Call for papers

The conference organisers from CEPOL and the National Public Service University of Hungary are inviting papers to the conference on global trends in law enforcement training and education.

Preference is for contributions tackling the nexus of global crime and the challenges for law enforcement training and education on the global, continental or national level. Papers on cross-border cooperation and the development of European police science are considered for acceptance as well.

Law enforcement educators, specialists and leaders are encouraged to contribute in the same way as scientists and academics are invited to present their research findings.

Accepted papers will be featured in panels (max. 30 min) or presented in one of the open paper workshop sessions (15 min) during the conference.


Submissions must include the title, full name of author(s), institution and email address, keywords and abstract in English of no more than 300 words and shall be sent by email with the subject heading “paper submission” to this email address.

Deadline for submissions is 15 June 2016.

Successful applicants will be informed by 8 July 2016 at the latest.


Conference Aim

For the 13th time, the CEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference will be a platform for law enforcement officers in leading positions, police educators and trainers, as well as distinguished academic scholars and researchers for exchanging (new) research findings, educational ideas and concepts as well as for engaging in a professional and informed discussion around issues of police science, research and education.

Global trends can only be defined from an international perspective - the development and progress of scientifically sound research informing and shaping law enforcement practice or education varies across countries and forces in Europe and worldwide. Thus the organisers are seeking input from a wide circle of international institutions, countries and research projects. Not only shall the variations in training and education be addressed by the contributions to the conference but also similarities, best practices, chances and possible limitations of “global trends in law enforcement training and education”.

As in earlier CEPOL Research and Science Conference events, there will be a strong emphasis on creating dialogue and interaction among the speakers and participants.

In the course of the conference, keynotes, parallel sessions and open paper workshops will allow the presentation and discussion of institutional approaches and experiences, as well as of research projects and findings. In particular the open workshops will provide an opportunity to discuss theoretical and practical research problems, as well as European and international networking.


How to participate

Registration


Academic scholars, delegates from institutions and bodies not affiliated to CEPOL, as well as officers and officials from outside the EU and from overseas are kindly requested to pre-register by completing the online application form for external participants here:

Pre-registration online form

Once accepted, participants will receive the registration form. The capacity of the conference is limited and the organisers recommend to apply for registrations early.


Costs

The conference fee for external participants is approx. 60 EUR, covering conference materials, coffee breaks and lunches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

There will be also a limited “conference pack” offer, including hotel accommodation booking on 4-7 October, all meals and refreshments, conference material, airport transfer and public transport.


Important dates

15 June – deadline for paper submissions

08 July – notification on paper acceptance

08 August – deadline for “conference pack”- registrations

08 September – closure of registrations


Key Contributors

Key contributions by high-profile experts and practitioners are expected from:


Turkish foreign policy in the light of migration

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As it was said on a conference held at NUPS on Turkey’s foreign policies, Turkey is a country of great leading potential in a unique geopolitical position, even if it is currently not living up to its possibilities. The participants of the conference organized by the Migration Research Institute and NUPS’ Strategic Defence Research Centre have discussed issues of crisis management, stating that the current agreement between Turkey and the EU is no solution to the problem of migration.

Turkey’s foreign policy is active and ambitious, but is drifting far on the international arena thereby turning the country from an allied partner to a problematic one in the eyes of the great powers – emphasized Péter Tálas  in his keynote speech. According to the dean of the Faculty of International and European Studies, the Islamist-conservative Justice and Development Party in power since 2002 represents an ideology that differs from the worldview of the international partners and for this reason the Turkish foreign policy has lost its former elasticity. The said ideology calls for the evolution of the Turkish society as well as Turkey’s foreign policy in order to become a dominant source of power in the world. Considering the given internal power relations, this ideology is expected to define the strategic objectives of Turkey for a long while – said Péter Tálas.

Tariq Demirkan, editor in chief of news portal Türkinfo pinpointed that the last 13 years have brought about numerous changes in the Turkish economy and the Turkish society which is the result of a planned, step-by-step progress. The paradigm shift has brought Ottoman imperial ambitions in which have autocratic characteristics in the domestic politics at the expense of democracy. For this reason Turkey receives more and more warnings from the Western Great Powers, making it is possible that sooner or later the current Turkish governance will lose the international trust it is built upon – said Tariq Demirkan. The editor also underlined the fact that while Turkey used to stay free from conflicts with the neighbouring countries in the past, today it “shares lawsuits” with most of them. Talking about the relationship with Syria we find an abrupt change, making foes out of friends in just one day. Another key area is the relationship with Kurds. Turkey aims to prevent the establishment of an external Kurdish state and cuts back on the internal Kurdish autonomy. “This struggle is not yet played; it will be one of the most pressing issues in the region in the upcoming years” – added Demirkan. The editor noted however that the failure of the Turkish policy is not their own fault only but the result of the international political events.

In relation to the observable changes in the Turkish domestic policy, Attila Joós, PhD student of the Eötvös Loránd University said: JDP is the only professional party in Turkey as it can use most economic and social issues to effectively strengthen its organization. According to him, JDP’s victory on last year’s early parliamentary elections was largely due to the fact of playing the so-called Kurdish card thereby intensifying the conflict between the banned Kurdistan Workers Party and the government. This tactic, however, cannot pay off in the long run – believes Joós. Among others, the PhD student pointed out that instead of being profitable, the events of the Arab Spring have become a burden for the Turkish after a while. A good example for this would be Turkey’s relationship with Syria: after years of friendship, Turkey has become the most important backup for anti-Assad forces. Nevertheless, the Syrian regime has not fallen which is difficult to overcome for the Turkish leaders.

Turkey’s geopolitical situation has changed a lot over the course of the last years, but the pursuit of safety in its foreign policy has remained – stressed Zoltán Egeresi, expert on Turkey at NUPS. According to him, the most important change is that a demand for strengthening the economy has appeared in the Turkish foreign policy. Investors have appeared in Turkey while new markets have been gained. These economic resources also serve a more ambitious foreign policy – added Egeresi. In the life of Turkey, the Middle East and the Balkans remain important regions as they are populated by Muslims. Their number reaches 8 million in the Balkans and many have moved to Turkey earlier. It is interesting to note however that Turkey is bound to Macedonia as well even if the latter is no Muslim-majority country – said the expert. Egeresi also stated that no one knows when and how the Syrian conflict can be resolved, but we might end up with a multi-ethnic state similar to Bosnia which is not favourable for Turkey.

Tamás Kozma, PhD student at the University of Pécs also talked about Turkey’s role in the Balkan region.  He revealed that the Turkish political-economic and cultural presence in the Balkans strengthened greatly after the second half of the years 2000, especially in the Muslim-populated areas. The Turks have established a number of cultural and educational institutions, and have played an active part in the Bosnian peacekeeping activities. Although Turkey has not been able to strengthen its presence on the markets of Western Europe, Turkish companies have remained powerful players in the banking, telco and construction sectors. According to Kozma, the country’s positive assessment is particularly pronounced in Bosnia and Albania.

It goes without question that the event saw a debate over the role of Turkey in relation to the current migration crisis as well. Tariq Demirkan voiced the viewpoint that the handling of refugees is perhaps the most important milestone of humanity. According to the editor, most refugees have left Syria because they had no other chance to survive. At the moment almost 3 million Syrian refugees live in Turkey, their groups scattered around the country. The solution lies probably neither in the hands of Turkey, nor the EU, but in tackling the Syrian war. The agreement between the EU and Turkey is just a case of temporary problem management and cannot be considered fully fair by either parties. In return for money, the EU passes the problem on to Turkey which uses this as a trump card when coming to Western relations.


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With the title “Group Interest in Central Eastern European Company Law” an English-language conference was held on 11 November at the National University of Public Service. The event was organized by the Faculty of International and European Studies in cooperation with Societas CEE Company Law Research Network. We asked Prof. Martin Winner, president of Societas, about his opinions and experiences.

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The conference on group interest in Central and Eastern European company law was organised in cooperation with Societas CEE Company Law Research Network. This Research Network is a relatively new organisation with a special geographic scope. What were the main reasons for the establishment of the Network and what are its main objectives?

What we saw when we decided to set up the network was that there was rather little international cooperation and networking among scholars from Central and Eastern Europe, and the idea of our network was to increase networking within company lawyers in CEE countries. Additionally, there are still some peculiar problems to these jurisdictions, which should also be in the focus of scholarly research – the network aims at putting these CEE issues in company law to the forefront.

Why was group interest in company law chosen as one of the first topics that Societas deals with? Are there any legal developments that make this choice particularly topical?

Actually, there are two developments. On the one side there are national developments. Many jurisdictions are changing their law in this respect towards a stronger recognition of the group interest. We have seen that for instance in the Czech Republic, which has approximated its law to the French Rozenblum doctrine at least to some extent, and we have also seen that in the new Hungarian company law where some changes to that respect have been made. Secondly, there are also developments on the European level:  according to the current European Commission Action Plan on Company Law the recognition of group interest is a topic the Commission plans to deal with, and it is in the process of thinking about what precisely it is going to do. These two different tracks make the issue very topical at this stage.

Are there any special common issues related to group interest on a regional level or this problem is universal in nature?

It is also a regional issue for CEE countries because very often there is a cross-border aspect in company groups and as a matter of fact many local companies are subsidiaries of foreign parents. That is a very important issue in Central and Eastern Europe. But the basic problem of corporate groups and group interest and whether the group’s common interest should be recognised or it is just the interest of the subsidiaries that matters, that is in reality a very common issue all over Europe.

Are there any special lessons that countries in the region might learn from each other?

I think one important lesson is that you have to be very careful with legal transplants and not just copy foreign solutions, which seem to make sense, because at the end of the day they will not fit in very well with existing company law and other regulations. In addition, it is not just an issue of writing good new laws in the books but also people – especially judges, lawyers and businessmen – have to understand what the law is about: following up on legal changes is equally important. In general, I believe that an evolutionary approach is much better than revolution: I am in favour of change, but I prefer gradual change.

Societas already organised a workshop on the same topic in Vienna this February. What were the conclusions of this workshop and how does this conference build on that experience?

The idea of the workshop was to set out the common understanding of the issue. I think it is very important that before a conference people making the presentations generally know what precisely should be the common issue so they can address it better. A preparatory workshop is always very important to make a conference successful.

Do you consider the conference successful? How did it contribute to our understanding of the legal issues related the group interest? Are there any messages to take away from this meeting?

I think only conferences will help us to understand the different issues in the countries because publications are not easily accessible. As far as messages are concerned, it is a very important lesson that we have a lot of diversity in this area, and I am very hesitant to believe that just one act by the European legislator will help to overcome this diversity. So one lesson is that the European legislator should look at local traditions and local issues, and then must be very careful when intending to uproot them.

Is there a follow-up planned after the conference? Will Societas keep this topic on its agenda?

On the issue of corporate groups and group interest there is a publication planned but we of course also plan to follow up with further conferences. These will not directly touch group interest again but will cover other areas, but certainly there will be a follow up in the Societas Network.

What other issues is Societas planning to tackle in the near future?

We are currently thinking about two issues and we are in the process of deciding which one is going to be in the forefront. One issue is intra-group guarantees, i.e. guarantees usually by the subsidiary for the debts of the parent company which is to some extent related to the group interest but looks at it from a different angle. The second topic we are planning to look at is the corporate governance of publicly held companies, i.e. of companies owned by the State or by local authorities. Here of course we have specific corporate governance problems and international trends how they are recognised and dealt with. We would like to pick those up in the CEE context and see how we can contribute to the legal discourse.


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The Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training (FMOT) of NUPS hosted a conference on the possible solutions for measuring the level of national defence and on the preparation of the Comprehensive Defence Index (CDI) on 19 November 2015. In his opening speech, Dr. (Col.) Gábor Boldizsár, Dean of FMOT reminded that the preparation of CDI is in its first stage with increased emphasis on the issues related to human resources.

Dr. Tamás Kaiser, Head of the Institute of the Science of the State and Governance highlighted the concept of the Good State as one of the aspects of defence, emphasizing that the establishment of the Good State will be efficient if governance is state-centric and if society displays adequate trust in the work of the state and the defence sector. Nonetheless, leadership has faced complex issues in the last few years. Many organizations create data bases for the analysis of these problems, however, the objectivity of these data bases is debatable and sometimes rely on outdated data.

Accordingly, there is a need for a national evaluation framework that can provide – via various indicators – a quantifiable and easy to interpret pieces of data. CDI is prepared with such method with the evaluation creating an own reliable, up-to-date data base which could be useful not only in describing the current situation but in further developing defence.

Colonel Boldizsár added that CDI is being improved further and further through the continuous negotiations and evaluations. The primary goal is the display of the status of the armed forces and the credible description of the situation of national defence, making the latter able for measurement. The core thought of the initiative is that the intention (political will) and capability (material and human resources) can lead jointly to active engagement, thus these three factors should be analyzed jointly when assessing the success of defence.

Subsequently, Dr. (Capt.) Balázs Forgács displayed the political determination of defence policy through Carl von Clausewitz’s theory on the relationship between the armed forces and the state, which carried forth the thought that activity does not occur without political will. Furthermore, in his presentation titled “Goals and Tasks in Relation to the State, Society and the Armed Forces”, Dr. József Kaló reminded that while “the armed forces do not directly create goods”, the balance of politics, society and the armed forces has a great importance in a state’s life. Should this balance be tipped, or should there be no continuous dialogue between the actors, the system will show faults.

Captain Krisztián Sztankai held a presentation on the interoperability of public education, whereas Dr. (Lt.Col.) László Ujházy talked about the importance of reservist system and the possibilities for utilizing the know-how of reservists in his presentation titled “Bridge between the Armed Forces and Society: the Role of Reservists and Reservist Alliances Today”. Dr. (Lt.Col.) Zoltán Jobbágy and Judit Stummer talked about the new supplies in human resources, the KatonaSuli programme and the results of the subject “Basics of national defence”. They reminded that although the opportunities in higher education could also lead students toward the reservist system, in most cases, they are not motivated to establish a legal contract on reservist status.

Dávid Kiss, PhD student at the Doctoral School of Military Sciences, held a presentation on the relationship between the armed forces and national economy, reminding the audience that since all countries view the spending on national defence as sensitive information, it is difficult to utilize such data in an open analysis. Closing the event, Ibolya Bokros Tünde focused her presentation on what kind of soldiers do the Hungarian Defence Forces require. Emphasizing the importance of human resources, she revealed the training opportunities of soldiers, the importance of gaining know-how and experience, as well as the necessity of language and professional trainings.


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On 4 November 2015 the Central European Forum on Military Education (CEFME) held its annual meeting in Budapest. As the role of the host was taken up by the National University of Public Service, the main leaders of the Austrian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Slovakian, Slovenian and Polish military academies gathered in the Ludovika building’s Hunyadi rooms. First in line to greet the representatives was Dr. Norbert Kis Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs. In his speech, he stressed the fact what an honour it was for NUPS to host the event as it is within the university’s intentions to serve as an exemplary model for other institutions of higher education. Providing a uniquely integrated training for its students, by introducing a compulsory BA module about public service, NUPS has opened the “university of cooperation” for both military and civilian undergraduates.

Major General Prof. Bogusław Pacek, Rector-Commandant of the National Defence University in Warsaw, also addressed the importance of cooperation. Summing up his experiences regarding the 2014-15 Polish presidency, he welcomed the results of the rectors’ meeting held in Warsaw last year. Among other joyful novelties, a favourable outcome was that the Erasmus+ programme became available for military students, the central website of CEFME was launched, and the organization joined the NATO DEEP programme focusing on the improvement of military education. Following his speech, Agnieszka Legucka Vice-Rector for Student Affairs at the National Defence University of Warsaw reported on last year’s student conference which had two NUPS delegates. Although the event was considered a huge success, she said that the end of the conference brought about a break in the international activities. One lucky circumstance contradicting the lessening tendency was the publication of NUPS-student Bálint Störk’s study in the Security and Defense Quarterly, the scientific journal of the CEFME countries. Brigadier General Rudolf Urban, Vice-Rector for External Relations at the University of Defence in Brno shared the said views. He also added that better information transfer between the CEFME partners is needed for the improvement of the organization. As he said, its vision, mission, and responsibilities have to be clarified.

Last to be called to the microphone by the chair of the forum, Colonel Dr. Gábor Boldizsár, Dean at the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training, was Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of the National University of Public Service. After thanking the trust of the colleagues, he touched back on the opening lines of Norbert Kis and added that NUPS is not showing the only way ahead, but providing a model to learn from. In the presence of the Rector, as the closing of the event, the CEFME presidency was formally handed over: the organization shall keep running under the governance of Croatia next year.


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The 6th Xiangshan Forum - Focusing on Regional Security

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The University of Public Service is actively tightening its relations with China, as this year two of our professors were again invited by the China Association for Military Science and the China Institute for International Strategic Studies to attend the conference on security and defense policy in Beijing.

Not only our Faculty of International and European Studies, but also Hungary was represented by Dr. Sándor P. Szabó and Dr. Zoltán Szenes, the heads of the Chinese Public Administration, Economy and Society Research Center, and the Department of International Security Studies respectively on this high-level conference held on the 16th to 18th of October.  The central topic of discussion in this year was the security challenges, hazards and threats in the region under the title: „Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific: Realities and Visions”.

Apart from the four plenary lectures dealing with the following topics: “Asia-Pacific Security Trends: Opportunities and Challenges”, “Asia-Pacific Security Concepts: Innovation and Practice”, “Asia-Pacific Maritime Security—Risks and Management” and “Regional Terrorism—Roots and Solutions”; seven main sections were discussing the following topics:  “Asia-Pacific Security and Responsibilities of the Major Countries”, “ASEAN Community Building”, “Regional Counter-Terrorism Cooperation”, “Security of Sea Lines of Communication”, “Code of Conduct in Cyberspace”, “Cooperation in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations” and “Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation: Roles of Think Tanks”.  One panel of the discussion on The role of Think Tanks in the security cooperations in the Asia-Pacific region was presided and moderated by professor Szenes.


Serbia on the Ambassador’s Forum

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On the evening of 21 October 2015 the Zrínyi Hall of the Ludovika main building turned into an Ambassador’s salon once more. The second guest of this year's program series was the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Hungary who took the baton from his Czech colleague. H.E. Rade Drobac told the public in his opening speech that the current Serbian government is focusing on three main topics: the preservation of political stability, the maintenance of regional and international peace as well as the sustenance of economic development. He emphasized that a governing body can only be considered effective until it follows the internationally recognized laws, respects the territorial sovereignty and is committed to stay away from the internal affairs of other countries. As he said: “honour your neighbour and your neighbour is going to respect you.”

In view of the Hungarian-Serbian relations it was said that the two countries have never been on better terms as the states are mutually supporting the minority groups that live in their territories and Hungary is supporting the EU accession of its Southern neighbour. The ambassador also pointed out that the two nations are tied together by their geopolitical situation as well. Issues of energy, transport and migration are parts of the daily agenda and the solution to the main problems lies in cooperation. There are no isolated, independent responses as they only give way to misunderstanding.

The opening speech was followed by a roundtable discussion on which dr. Norbert Tóth, acting Vice-Dean for Education at the Faculty of International and European Studies, the host of the evening welcomed dr. János Hóvári, former Deputy Secretary of State for Global Affairs and Andrea Orosz representing the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade. Regarding the EU aspirations of the Republic of Serbia the question was raised whether the recognition of Kosovo as an independent state might not be a prerequisite for accession. In his answer the ambassador stressed the fact that his country will never regard Kosovo as a neighbour but a part of its own.


Text: Dorottya Pétery

Photos: Dénes Szilágyi


Hungarian and Israeli academic forum

    • Hungarian and Israeli academic forum
    • Hungarian and Israeli academic forum
    • Hungarian and Israeli academic forum
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The National University of Public Service is hosting the Israel-Hungary Academic Forum of partner universities in Budapest on 20-21 October, focusing on security, competitiveness, innovation and sustainable research and development.

"Relations between Hungary and Israel are determined by relations between people, and this makes scientific cooperation important," Israeli ambassador to Hungary Ilan Mor said at the opening event.
Amongst others the University of Szeged, Eotvos Lorand University and the University of Miskolc are participating from the Hungarian side, while the University of Haifa, the Hebrew University and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are represented from Israel.

The rector of NUPS, Prof. dr. András Patyi, welcomed the opportunity to work with Israeli scientists and told those present that the cooperation between institutes of higher education is an important goal considering the future of both nations. As he said, the main aim of NUPS is building and maintaining good relationships with other universities all across the globe. 

At the end of the first day, the participants signed a joint memorandum supporting strengthening higher educational and research cooperation ties between the two countries. 


Hungarian-Latin American Forum

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The second Hungarian-Latin American Forum was held in October 2015 in Budapest. The grand opening and the programmes of the educational panel took place at the Ludovika Campus of the National University of Public Service. First to speak at the ceremony was László Palkovics, Minister of State for Higher Education, who greeted all the participants and stressed the need of a common language serving as basis for understanding. He welcomed the fact that there are more and more institutions in Hungary offering Spanish courses, dealing with the language at primary-, secondary-school and academic levels. As the strengthening of Portuguese is expected in the future, there are high hopes for the launch of a dedicated Latin-American master programme. Mr. Palkovics added that scholarship programmes, such as Stipendium Hungaricum, play a key role in the internationalization of the higher education. Hungarian students have the chance now to relocate in Brasil, Chile, Costa Rica or Uruguay, but there are negotiations with the Republic of Ecuador and Argentina as well.
 
Dr. József Pálinkás, president of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office was the second in line to speak, addressing issues of research and development. Talking about the primacy of science, he stressed the fact that scientific activity is inevitably borderless by ways of finding bridges over geographical distances. What is more, the cooperation of scientists and the dedicated mobility programmes do not only further the areas of expertise, but affect the national economies as well. According to him, effective R&D is central to a successful industry. At the moment bilateral agreements from the Latin American region involve Argentina, the Republic of Ecuador and Mexico.
 
In his speech, Dr. József Bódis, president of the Hungarian Rector’s Conference, concentrated on internationalization as one of today’s hot topics. He said that Hungary is already receiving a large number of foreign students at its universities, but new opportunities of cooperation are sought-for aiming for further opening. The cooperation of universities generally lead to positive results, one of them being the relaunch of the Hungarian courses at the University of Sao-Paolo as supported by the University of Pécs, while the negotiations continue with the University of Havana and Buenos Aires as well.
 
Prof. dr. András Patyi, rector of the National University of Public Service said that NUPS is a committed supporter of the opening policy, and maintains a partnership with many universities and research institutes. For Central European higher education institutions Latin America may seem distant at the first glance, but the universities of the countries are bound by the need to preserve and distribute the academic knowledge. With its own courses, the Erasmus and the Stipendium Hungaricum mobility programmes, the National University of Public Service aims at being a key player on the international academic field.
 
 
Text: Dorottya Pétery
Photos: Dénes Szilágyi