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UNG’s Rector visits NUPS

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Dr. Bonita Jacobs, Rector of the University of North Georgia (UNG) visited the National University of Public Service on 27 June 2017. As known, the two institutes signed a partnership agreement in May 2017. The purpose of this meeting in Budapest was to further discuss steps of implementation of the agreement.

Other participants of the event were Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector; Prof. Dr. József Padányi, Eng. Major General, Vice-Rector for Science; Dr. Gábor Kovács, Pol. Brigadier General, Vice-Rector for Education; Dr. Judit Nagy, Pol.Col., Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis, Dean of Faculty of Science of Public Governance and Public Administration. After the strategic meeting in the morning with the leadership of the university, Bonita Jacobs had a tour around the Ludovika Campus where she visited the newly-built educational units and the Ludovika Main building. Later, she negotiated with the management of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training regarding the extension of the agreement.

The relation between the two institutes has begun in October 2015 when the representatives of UNG first visited our university. At that time they initiated the signing of a bilateral partnership agreement in respect of civilian student and officer cadet exchanges and internship programmes. Subsequently, during another visit in autumn 2016 in Hungary, the American and Hungarian parties agreed on new possibilities for cooperating in cybersecurity and defense. The continuous implementation of this cooperation was also supported by the Fulbright scolarship program earned by Csaba Bakos Lieutenant Colonel, instructor at the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training. Within the framework of this programme, he is performing research and educational activities at the American partner institute until July 2017.  As part of the agreement, both institutes encourage its students to participate in summer universities and internship possibilities. They provide research, educationl, student mobility opportunities for each other. In May 2017 two American cadets have arrived to the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training for a two months period. They shared their personal experiences with the Management during a lunch together. To maintain reciprocity, two students from NUPS will travel to UNG and they will spend five weeks there. Also, in September 2017 another student from UNG will arrive who is going to spend a nine-week-long internship at the International Relations Office. 

The UNG was founded in January 2013. However taking its predecessors into account, it is a higher education institution with a history dating back to 1873. It is one of the 6 federally designated senior military colleges in the USA. Similarly to NUPS, UNG was also established after the merger of five independent, separate institutes. UNG includes civilian (approx. 80%, 1100 persons) and officer cadets as well (approx. 750 persons in the brigade). It offers a broad range of academic programs with more than 50 undergraduate areas (such as International Affairs, Political Sciene, Marketing, Communication) and around 15 Master programs including Master of Science with a major in Criminal Justice, Master of Public Administration. The cadets are eligible for the undergraduate programs therefore all students graduating in the military studies will have one or two other civilian degree certificate(s), which enhance(s) their competitiveness in the labor market. Several generals of the US Army graduated from the institution. The planning of Degrees and Programs is characterized by comprehensive approach from two aspects: On one hand, the institute offers a parallel educational program both in military and civilian area. Besides that, students need to spend at least a half year in any of the foreign partner institutions. The university is also exemplary in terms of training plans as well as for the coexistence of civilian and professional values and culture.

The Rector of the National University of Public Service has recently announced a tender for its professors and researchers entitled as „Good Governance Knowledge Transfer Program NUPS – USA”  The aim of the application is to promote the research and training experience of selected researchers within an American partner university of NUPS durnig the 2017/2018 academic year and to use this experience to further enhance the training and public service programs at NUPS. The winners can spend four to six months in one of the partner institutes of NUPS in the USA, such as the University of North Georgia.

NUPS’ delegation visited American universities

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Together with other members of the university’s leadership, Prof. Dr. András Patyi, the Rector of National University of Public Service visited 4 American universities recently. Along with establishing academic cooperation and joint research programs, the delegation also agreed on a student mobility program with the University of North Georgia – Prof. Dr. Patyi told MTI, a Hungarian news agency.

He recalled up on the fact that NUPS did huge steps towards establishing transatlantic cooperation even in 2016. This is one of the reasons why the American Studies Research Centre was established at the Faculty of International and European Studies. NUPS’s delegation visited Indiana University, University of North Georgia (UNG), Marymount University and George Washington University in May.

While visiting the University of North Georgia, The President of UNG Bonita Jacobs and the rector of NUPS András Patyi signed a memorandum of understanding regarding student mobility cooperation both for education and professional practice. As initiated in the cooperation, NUPS already hosts two students from UNG, while a researcher from NUPS is working at the American partners and he is soon followed by two students in August. UNG, as its name suggests is located in the state of Georgia, and has 4 campuses with 18 thousand students state-wide. Just like NUPS, this university was established via the integration of various institutions. It is not entirely a military academy, since they have many BA level programs offered for civilians, and the 800 officer cadets may take part in these too. Officer training places great emphasis on gaining international experience: cadets and students alike have to spend one semester abroad. UNG is one of the six principal officer training schools in the United States, and “the greatest evidence of the education’s quality here is that many generals of the United States Army have graduated from here” – told the Rector. UNG’s programs offered cover a wide range of various fields including military sciences, political science and international relations, and these all offer great cooperation opportunities between the two universities.

Marymount University – which was established in 1950 as an independent Catholic school, and which is located just a few minutes outside of Washington – and NUPS has already signed a five-year-long memorandum of understanding last year. Maymount University offers many undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to its students. Their cooperation with NUPS mainly centres on criminalistics, crime investigation and cyber-security but it also strengthens the academic ties of the two countries and provides an opportunity for researchers and lecturers to participate in joint projects. During NUPS’s recent visit, they discussed all these matters and agreed on a one-week-long, intensive criminalistics training held at NUPS in the autumn.

Indiana University – established in 1820 – has 8 campuses in the state of Indiana and has over 140 thousand altogether. There are 50 thousand students studying at the Bloomington Campus alone. Bloomington has an extremely wide international network with more than 300 overseas programs in 50 countries and these allow one in every four students to participate in student mobility initiatives. The delegation discussed the way of possible cooperation in the future, mainly in international studies, public administration and sustainability. These fields all could fit into the activities of the Faculty of International and European Studies and the Faculty of Water Sciences.

The George Washington University – founded in 1820 – is the largest tertiary level institution in the Washington DC area. It has really high quality partnerships in a wide variety of fields and research programs. NUPS’ delegation negotiated focusing mostly on international studies, public administration and political sciences. Prof. Dr. Patyi highlighted that both institutions are open to hosting young researchers as part of the cooperation too.

The rectors also remarked that in 2016 the university’s partner network got expanded. Under the umbrella of the ERASMUS+ program, 12 agreements were signed, and 10 other such cooperation was established in other ways. These also include many institutions outside of Europe, such as the Federal Ministry of Water Resources of Nigeria, the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Korean National Defence University, the LEPL - Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, The Russian Presidental Academy of National Economy and Public Administration North-West Institute of Management (RANEPA), the Shanghai International Studies University, and the The University of Defence in Belgrade. Furthermore, the extended the cooperation with the Tom Lantos Institute too. As part of the government’s Makovecz Program, NUPS is working together with three Hungarian schools outside of Hungary too. These are the Babeș-Bolyai University, University of Constantine the Philosopher and the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania.

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:

Measurability of Good State II:

College of Europe's Rector visited NUPS

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On the 12th of April 2017 Mr. Jörg Monar the rector of the College of Europe visited the National University of Public Service. The rector was accompanied by Mr. Szabolcs Takács, State Secretary for European Union Affairs and Mr. Balázs Molnár, Deputy State Secretary for European Union Affairs. Vice-rector for International Affairs Ms. Judit Nagy and Ms. Boglárka Koller, Dean of the Faculty of International and European Studies greeted the delegation.

At the beginning of the meeting the vice-rector presented NUPS, its faculties, institutions and research centres of the University. Ms. Nagy illustrated the workings of NUPS with a metaphor saying that it is like an umbrella since the institution also has interdisciplinary doctoral schools, joint degree programme with CEPOL and it is also defined as the university of cooperation.

Mr. Monar was greatly impressed by NUPS’ work and highlighted that it comes off as a fast developing and prestigious university. Following this he presented his own institution as well. The College of Europe, which was founded in 1948, was at the time the world’s first university institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs, and remains unique and innovative to this day. Ever since its foundation the institution had the mission to make highly motivated postgraduate students understand the political, legal, economic and international core issues, challenges and potentials of this unique process. It also welcomes students coming outside of the European community and works so that all of its students can have a better understanding how Europe works.

A great conversation developed about the Faculty of International and European Studies concerning its students, the entry requirements and the career path that graduating students may take. Mr. Takács highlighted that the Government has special need for those specialists who are well prepared in the field of European studies and participate in international researches related to this field.

This is why Hungary supports those highly qualified students, experts and lecturers who would like to study or work at the College of Europe. As Mr. Monar mentioned, the College changes half of the visiting lecturers every semester and thus students can hear different perspectives about EU issues. This is vital since those young leaders who graduate from CoE later on will have to work together and better understand each other. Mr. Takács agreed with the above mentioned completely and further explained that it is important to involve more and more students in this programme.

Currently there are two students from NUPS attending the College of Europe in Brugge and in Natolin as well. For future cooperation between the two institutions it is important to motivate students and lecturers to apply for this outstanding opportunity to broaden their knowledge. 

Delegation from West Point visited NUPS

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April 2017 saw the delegation of the Modern War Institute from the prestigious West Point Military Academy. On the 12th of April the delegation met with the representatives of National University of Public Service at the Ludovika Campus.

Dr. Lionel Beehner, Director of Research at the Modern War Institute, Captain Jake Miraldi, Strategic Project Manager and Lt. Colonel Csaba Bakos, Fulbright Scholar met with Dr. Judit Nagy, Vice-rector for International Affairs, Dr. Boglárka Koller, Dean at the Faculty of International and European Studies  and Dr. János Bóka, Vice-dean for International Affairs at the same faculty and Colonel Dr. Zoltán Jobbágy,  Vice-dean for International Affairs at the Faculty of Military Science and Officer Training.

At the meeting various important issues were discussed and possible ways of future cooperation between the institutions were highlighted. These cooperation include student and staff mobility, joint research activities in the field of military science and participation in conferences such as the Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA) held every autumn at West Point.

The discussion concluded with very positive results and the participants expressed their mutual satisfaction about the future possibilities of cooperation. 

The Delegation of KSAP from Poland Visited NUPS

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The Delegation of KSAP from Poland Visited NUPS

In the beginning of March, the Lech Kaczynski National School of Public Administration (KSAP), one of the eminent institutions of Polish public service education, visited NUPS. The delegation was led by Dr. Sylwia Ojdyma, Deputy Director and Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS welcomed the visiting professionals.of March, the Lech Kaczynski National School of Public Administration (KSAP), one of the eminent institutions of Polish public service education, visited NUPS. The delegation was led by Dr. Sylwia Ojdyma, Deputy Director and Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS welcomed the visiting professionals.

The institution was established in 1991 and its mission is to train and prepare public service officials who are professional, politically neutral, competent, effective and accountable for the tasks conferred upon them. Furthermore, the aim of KSAP is to train civil servants who will take responsibility for their country’s affairs, be sensitive to what matters to citizens, act in a professional manner and be up to the task of working in an international environment. The graduates of the institution will automatically become civil servants; it is not required from them to take the regular public service exams.

The members of the delegation arrived at NUPS with the aim to learn from the experiences, which justified the creation of NUPS, but they were also interested in the results of the period since the establishment. The Hungarian delegation, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs, introduced the university and then the guests presented their institution as well. During the discussions, the Hungarian and Polish training models were outlined as well as the differences between NUPS and KSAP. Due to the decentralized nature of the Polish public service (the public administration institutions, with their own budget, decide under their jurisdiction about the training of civil servants), KSAP offers public service trainings in competition with the market. This also means that regarding its structure, capacity and volume, the Polish institution does not follow NUPS’ role in public administration.

In the midst of a discussion with the representatives of NUPS’ faculties, the delegation members were introduced to the educational programs, scientific activities and recent results of each faculty. The Polish guests were actively inquiring about the joint modules, and the joint public services exercise. They were also interested in how the formerly independent institutions experienced the fact that they are now faculties of a bigger institution.

At the end of the one-day meeting, the parties noted that there are numerous opportunities for cooperation between the two institutions. Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector of NUPS proposed to organize a Hungarian-Polish workshop on public sector ethics and cybersecurity. Under the umbrella of the Leadership Development Program, NUPS expects Polish colleagues as well. NUPS intends to publish a book about the central and eastern European comparative researches in public administration, and the University is willing to invite a Polish colleague in the editorial board. It also incurred to launch a join MPA program. The Polish party welcomed the proposals and sees a good opportunity to start the implementation in the near future.

Financial and Economic Training Programmes for Public Servants

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This year, the National University of Public Service will launch new continuing education programmes in Economics and Finance for employees working in the field of public service, national security and law enforcement. Today, an agreement was signed regarding the organisation of a financial accounting Bachelor programme together with the Budapest Business School (BGE).

According to the cooperation, Budapest Business School will introduce in the next academic year a „Ludovika financial accounting class”, where they expect 50 people from employees working in the field of public service, national security and law enforcement. The programme, as part of the civil service training system, is going to offer a flexible schedule, i.e. it can be completed alongside work. Following the agreement between the two institutes, the courses will be held at the Ludovika Campus of NUPS starting from the third semester; the programme will include specialisation in public finance and the professors of NUPS will also take part in the education and examination process. Those who complete the programme will receive a certificate from the Budapest Business School, while NUPS will issue a diploma of continuing education. Application for this self-financing programme, funded by NUPS through the PADOP project, is open until May 30. 

When signing the agreement between the institutions, Prof. Dr. András Patyi expressed his hope that the agreement will serve the needs and interests of both universities, the public service branches in question and participants of the programme at the same time. According to the rector of NUPS, this agreement is a good example that the university would like to remain – in line with its motto – the university of collaboration in the future as well.

„We improve our training programmes to serve the social, including public administration needs. The agreement we concluded with NUPS illustrates this approach.” – said Prof. Dr. Balázs Heidrich. The rector of the Budapest Business School added that their university has several decades of experience in training of professionals in public administration and in public finance. He believes in the success of the agreement, as it is based on mutual interests and they are expected to learn from each other how can the joint work be executed more effectively, mostly to the benefit of the students.

Next to the joint financial accounting Bachelor course, an independent public finance accountant training programme will commence at NUPS this May. The course consisting of 320 hours and it expects 25 employees from the central public administration bodies who are working on the preparation of the budget, on the configuration of the accounting system and on the generation of internal and external information which are required for the functioning of such system. Application to this programme, funded also by NUPS through the through the PADOP project, is open until March 31.

NUPS Began Operating Five Years Ago

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“The Hungarian National Assembly founds a university that can serve as an iconic institution for future generations serving, loving and protecting their country, and also for those who are dedicated for the public good. It is going to be an academy of public services.” – said Tibor Navracsics in his ministerial speech inside the Parliament back in March, 2011. It was when representatives passed the law on the foundation of the National University of Public Service that resulted in the University starting its operation on the 1st of January, 2012. In the past five years, and with the effective support of the Governing Board, the institution has produced great results on its way to becoming a university of public service and political sciences.

In 2012 the National University of Public Service started out with 3 faculties, and three inter-faculty institutions, but due to the continuous and conscious institutional development, it has gained various other branches too. Next to the Faculties of Military Sciences and Officer Training, Law Enforcement, and Political Sciences and Public Administration the Faculty of International and European Studies was also established in February, 2015. The list of existing inter-faculty institutions (Institute of Executive Training and Continuing Education, Institute of Disaster Management, Institute of National Security) expended too, when in 2014 the predecessor of current The Institute for Research and Development on State and Governance was established. It is due to all these structural developments that the research portfolio of the University expends continuously, more and more academic programs, trainings and other academic opportunities await current and future students alike. One of these is, for example, the new Governance Master Program launched next year, which awards a doctoral degree following the completion of the program and it is also one of the more complex programs offered by NUPS currently. The institution’s public service training system has also been greatly modernised and expanded. Apart from the compulsory training of state officials, further education courses organised by the institute can be studied and thanks to e-learning and distance learning technologies, they have become increasingly available for public servants.

Next to the field of education, great changes were also made in the field of academia in the recent years. Following the two doctoral school in the beginning (Doctoral School of Military Sciences and Doctoral School of Military Engineering) the Doctoral School of Public Administration Sciences started operation in 2013, and the Doctoral School of Police Sciences and Law Enforcement was established in 2015. Academic and research work at the University is aided by various organisations such as the College of Mentors, which is consists of experts. All the expanding roles and tasks require new, modern infrastructure too. With governmental support and in accordance with state aims, the supporting infrastructure was greatly developed. The first stage of this process was the refurbishment of the main building at Ludovika Campus, which was concluded in 2014. This was followed by the construction of a 600 bed dormitory building, and students could occupy this in the fall of 2015. Furthermore, the development is still going on: currently the special training centre and dormitory of the Faculty of Law Enforcement, a new educational building, a shooting range, and a swimming hall are all under construction. These developments allow that both the Faculty of Law Enforcement and the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration start the new semester in September at the Ludovika Campus. The greatest project following this is going to be the movement of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training and the Institute of Disaster Management to the Ludovika Campus, and government decision has already arranged these.

“I am convinced that we can only talk about integration, when all four faculties of the university are working at the same location. Cultures, values, scientists, departments, and lecturers can all only influence each other if they are all moved to the same location.” – stated Prof. Dr. András Patyi in the September 2016 issue of Bonum Publicum magazine. The rector of NUPS – who started this latest, three year long tenure on the 5th birthday of NUPS – believes that NUPS is considered, in the broadest sense, Hungary’s “university of political sciences” and it is also a colourful community with a complex past, and a university of values too.

Educational and research cooperation to be established with Russian RANEPA

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A delegation from the RANEPA (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration)  from Saint Petersburg visited NUPS to conduct meetings with leaders and professors of the university during their 3-day-long programme. Members of the delegation met with Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs of NUPS, with Dr. Zsuzsanna Peres, Vice-Dean for Science and International Affairs at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration as well as Prof. Dr. Iván Halász and Prof. Dr. István Tózsa heads of institute.

The Russian Academy was represented by Sergey Tsypliaev, Dean of the Law Faculty, Evgenia Chernyavskaya, Deputy Head of the Department of International Relations, Alexey Balashov, Head of the educational profile “Public administration”, as well as Anna Smirnova and Jaroslav Antonov associate professors.

The comprehensive programme started on Tuesday with a workshop during which the participants discussed the constitutional questions of Central Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The afternoon meetings focused on future research cooperation and resulted in specific aims both parties agreed to. One of the cornerstones of the joint research cooperation is the Good State and Governance Report prepared by NUPS and presented to the guests by Vice-Rector Norbert Kis. The research methodology of the report could serve as the base of a joint research platform. According to the plans, a research group is to be established based on the work NUPS has done in this segment. A further aim is to conduct research on public efficiency at regional and local levels, an area that is new to both institutions, thus the development of joint research results is intended. In addition to the establishment of a joint research group, person-to-person research projects are also encouraged by the parties. Furthermore, RANEPA was also invited to participate at the Good State and Governance Report conference to be held in spring 2017 in the organisation of NUPS. During the next two years the PADOP project provides the adequate funding for joint research projects, however the aim is to develop joint projects for a long-term cooperation.

Cooperation in the field of education was the main topic of discussion during the second day of the meetings. Establishing a double degree programme is the common interest of both institutions, in which the Public Administration MA and the MA in International Public Service Relations degree programmes of NUPS and the respective programmes of RANEPA, among other their programme in Global Politics, can serve as the basis of cooperation. As the establishment of a dual degree programme is a time-consuming process, student and staff exchange programmes will be the start of cooperation. Within the framework of the Erasmus+ programme mobility programmes can start from the next academic year that can also contribute to the exchange of lecturers and researchers, thus facilitating research cooperation.

Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis highlighted the fact that cooperation with Russian institutions is a top priority for NUPS, both in the field of education and research. Importance of Russian relations is reflected in the intention of NUPS to establish an institute dealing with Eurasia by spring 2017 at the Faculty of International and European Studies.


NUPS supports Nigeria in water affairs

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Experts at NUPS can support the overview of the Nigerian water management system through consultation and training. This is one of the issues on which the memorandum of understanding between the Federal Ministry of Water Resources of Nigeria and the National University of Public Service focuses. The document was signed by the honourable Minister of Water Resources Suleiman H. Adamu and Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS on 28 November 2016.

Up until the early nineties, the Federal Republic of Nigeria was one of the outstanding political and economic partners of Hungary whose joint cooperation inter alia focused on issues of water resources. The bilateral relations began to intensify again two years ago, with the partners viewing education as the primary area of cooperation.

The memorandum of understanding between the Federal Ministry of Water Resources of Nigeria and the National University of Public Service will likely lead to Nigerian participation in the university’s international water resources management MA programme which is currently under preparation. The programme is developed by the Sustainable Development Studies Cabinet of NUPS lead by dr. Gábor Baranyai and joined by Prof. Dr. András Szöllősi-Nagy, Director of the Division of Water and Secretary of the International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO. Planned to be launched next autumn, the programme would fill in a niche at a global level, providing up-to-date knowledge on the hydrological, international law, institutional and public administration aspects and bases of international water resources management to current and future professionals in public administration. Signed for three years, the memorandum of understanding is expected to advance the university’s appearance on the international education market and the training of next generation Hungarian water management experts.

During the signing ceremony, Prof. Dr. András Patyi expressed the honour and pleasure of welcoming the honourable Minister of Water Resources from Nigeria. The rector reminded that NUPS is an open university having more than 100 international partner institutions. Nevertheless, he also mentioned that this is the first time NUPS signs a memorandum of understanding with another country’s ministry. Furthermore, Professor Patyi highlighted the Sustainable Development Studies Cabinet of NUPS, including its important role in the research and education of water governance. Regarding the signed memorandum of understanding, he emphasized his conviction that the document opens a new chapter in Hungarian-Nigerian relations within water resources education.

The honourable Minister Suleiman H. Adamu said that the memorandum of understanding opens a wide range of opportunities for cooperation between the two parties, and that in this regard the main research and education partner of NUPS could be the National Water Resources Institute. He indicated that as a developing country the Federal Republic of Nigeria is looking forward to Hungary’s best practices inter alia in the field of water supply, water quality and hydrology.

Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs Prof. Dr. Norbert Kis reminded that African countries have been receiving increasing focus in our efforts of establishing international relations, and that this trend is in line with the foreign policy of the Hungarian Government. The Vice-Rector also added that in the last couple of years NUPS welcomed study groups from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, including representatives from the National Defence College and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies.

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.

Cooperation with the Korean National Defense University

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The National University of Public Service (NUPS) signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in education and research with the Korean National Defense University (KNDU) on 20 May 2016. The document signed by Lieutenant General Wee Seungho, President of KNDU and Brigadier General Prof. Dr. József Padányi, Vice-Rector for Science at NUPS, enables the exchange of lecturers and researchers between the two institutions.

In accordance with the respective profiles of KNDU and NUPS, the cooperation primarily focuses on the area of security and defense studies, offering the parties the opportunity for the organization of various academic events in mutual areas of interest. Furthermore, the mutual sharing of research results can help the two institutions in advancing their already reached achievements and in enhancing their respective publication activities.

In addition, the memorandum of understanding also serves as an excellent basis for further expanding the Asian relations of the National University of Public Service.

Cooperation with the University of Defence in Belgrade

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The National University of Public Service (NUPS) and the University of Defence in Belgrade (UDB) signed an agreement on cooperation regarding the training of cadets, students and PhD candidates and raising the level of competence of the academic personnel. The document was signed by Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS, Prof. Dr. MG Mladen Vuruna, Rector of UDB and Dr. Gábor Boldizsár, Dean of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training at NUPS on 24 February 2016.

In accordance with the agreement, the two higher educational institutions cooperate in the development of curricula and training, the exchange of teachers, cadets and students, the joint production of textbooks, teaching and methodical material and publishing activities in the next five years.

The two universities’ cooperation also contains the area of mentorship, and is extended to scientific and applied researches of common interest and to the joint development of research projects for participating in open competitions in accordance with (inter)national programmes. As a result of the joint researches, the coming years are expected to have scientific symposia, conferences and seminars with the involvement of similar educational institutions. The cooperation also includes the preparation of accreditation procedures for elaborating the scoring-system and the system of education quality control.

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. 

Advancing towards a Common European Officer Training

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The “Nicolae Balcescu” Land Forces Academy hosted the second conference of the International Military Academic Forum (iMAF) in Sibiu, Romania. The main purpose of the event was to determine the requirements commonly expected from a European military officer throughout an international semester relying on a jointly established basis and earlier developed subjects.

In 2014 the National University of Public Service, the University of Defence (Czech Republic), the General Tadeusz Kościuszko Military Academy of Land Forces (Republic of Poland), the “Nicolae Balcescu” Land Forces Academy (Romania) and the Theresan Military Academy (Austria) signed an agreement about planning, organising and conducting future International Military Academic Forum (iMAF) with the aim of establishing a possible joint military officer training.

The first conference constructing the requirements of the basic subjects in joint military officer training was already held in summer 2014.

This year’s conference had 120 participants from 12 countries and the European Security and Defence College (ESDC). The event served as a great opportunity for further developing our international relations, present the trainings at our university and to spotlight the activities in mobility that are already underway within the ERASMUS+ programme.

The conference had tangible results, as it served as another step towards a future European military officer training to be managed along common principles. Naturally, in such a training national characteristics continue to play a dominant role, however, the knowledge and experience to be acquired by a future military officer could be of European quality.

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.

Korean-Hungarian perspectives

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On the 1st of June 2015 Prof. Dr. András Patyi received the president’s delegation of the Korean Institute of Public Administration (KIPA) at the National University of Public Service (NUPS).

This was the first time that our Korean partner visited Hungary. During their stay the delegation participated in the 1st Hungary-Korea Picnic at Orczy Park where they had a meeting with H.E. Yim Geun-hyeong Ambassador of the republic of Korea to Hungary, Mr László L. Simon, Deputy-Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office and the President of the Hungary-Korea Department of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Subsequently, negotiations have taken place with Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS, Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing education and International Affairs, Prof. Dr. György Kiss, Dean of the Faculty of Public Administration, Dr. Péter Tálas Dean of the Faculty of International and European Studies and dr. Péter Princzinger, Director of the Institute of Executive Training and Continuing Education.

NUPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with KIPA in spring 2014. The two institutions have similar mission in their own national public administration system (education, research, think tank) and their cooperation is an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences in the field of public administration reform and good governance researches between the European and Asian systems. Accordingly, NUPS will mediate the characteristics of the European network (EUPAN-DISPA and EIPA) to South Korea while KIPA will share its experiences in the field of innovative Asian public Administration and high-tech e-government. Both institutions have strong connection with OECD which also provides an excellent platform for cooperation.

The next stage of the Korea-Hungary cooperation will be the analysis of the Good Governance Index, developed by the National University of Public Service, in Seoul in September.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cooperation in Law Enforcement Education with PPSUC

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

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

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

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

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

Cooperation with Babes-Bolyai University

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Representatives of the two universities, Prof. Dr. Ioan-Aurel POP, Rector of Babes-Bolyai University and Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs at the National University of Public Service (NUPS) signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation on the 6th of May.

Babes-Bolyai University is one the most famous higher education institutions in Europe that ensures Hungarian line of study, including faculties and institutes operating in Hungarian language, hence the inter-institutional cooperation is highly advantageous for NUPS – emphasized Dr. Norbert Kis. According to the Vice-rector, Hungarian-Hungarian relations and the policy towards Hungarian communities abroad can benefit through the possibility of the lecturers’ mutual participation in the respective educational and research programmes and joint projects launched by the two universities. The exchange programmes enable that lecturers and students can become acquainted with the other institution’s operation and can develop their international relations as well.

Dr. Anna Soós, Vice-rector for Curriculum and Hungarian Studies at Babes-Bolyai University reminded that both institutions strive for quality and the same will determine their cooperation as well. In addition, she pointed out that Babes-Bolyai University has the highest number of Hungarian students in Romania whose studies are ensured in Hungarian language from Bachelor to PhD level. Vice-rector Soós reiterated that the possibilities for joint trainings and projects can be beneficial for both universities.