The National University of Public Service signed a framework for collaboration agreement with the European Police College (CEPOL) in 2014 and the course on hate crime was the first programme organized under this framework at NUPS. It was the first time that CEPOL arranged such a course in this topic, therefore both participants and organizers had high expectations for it.
The course was implemented as the result of 5 months’ organisation. The main organizers were Dr. Andrea Kozáry college professor (Course assistant), dr. Rita Kiss (moderator), colleague of the Faculty of Law Enforcement at NUPS, Ms. (Pol. Col.) Emese Horváczy, colleague of the International Training Centre of the Ministry of Interior. The manager of the course was Dr. Judit Nagy, acting Vice-dean for Scientific and International Affairs at the Faculty of Law Enforcement at NUPS.
The course was very popular among applicants, and could ultimately include 30 international participants from the EU, Iceland, Norway and EUROPOL. In addition, 26 highly qualified lecturers and trainers have been invited to the course to ensure not only the appropriate quantitative but also qualitative standards. Joachim Kersten, the world famous professor of the German Police University in Münster, as well as representatives of the Fundamental Right Agency (FRA) and OSCE ODIHR also participated in the course, in addition to the attendance of professors from the United Kingdom and Poland along with professionals and representatives of civil organisations from Hungary.
Furthermore, leaders and colleagues of the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, the National Institute of Criminology, the Eötvös Loránd University, the National Police Headquarters, Szeged Regional Court of Appeal, the TEV Foundation, the Law Science Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the National and Ethnics Legal Aid Bureau, the Working Group of Anti-Hate Crime, the Hungarian Helsinki Commission and the Háttér (Background) Society also participated.
The opening speech was delivered by Dr. József Boda, Dean of the Faculty of Law Enforcement at NUPS. Courses were organized in the International Training Centre of the Ministry of Interior. Apart from the theoretical presentations, interactive trainings and workshops also coloured the course at the Ludovika Campus of the National University of Public Service.
„The issue of hate crime is a well known phenomenon overall Europe with its regularization and management showing great differences on the continent” – said Dr. (Pol. Major) Judit Nagy, associate professor, acting Vice-dean for Scientific and International Affairs of the Faculty of Law Enforcement at NUPS.
According to the feed-back and opinions of students and trainers, the course was successful. The course was not only a professional event but an excellent opportunity for the international representation of NUPS, networking and introduction of the Hungarian law enforcement structure and operation as well as the Hungarian cultural values.
The National University of Public Service – in cooperation with the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ministry of Defence – organized and hosted an international course on cyber security and defence within the framework of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) between 27-29 May 2015.
The course provided a thorough and up-to-date view on the nature of information society, on the threats from cyber space and on the theoretical and practical background of the preparation for cyber defence, with the main target group of the event being experts delegated by the ministries of EU member states, EU agencies and relevant institutions.
The organizers under Course Director Dr. Anna Molnár, associate professor at the Faculty of International and European Studies, have gathered an excellent team ranging from experts from EU member states, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Defence Agency (EDA) to representatives from the private sector. The event was opened by Dr. Péter Tálas, Dean of the Faculty of International and European Studies, followed by the keynote speech of Péter Siklósi, Deputy State Secretary for Defence Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Defence.
The course commenced with an overview of the basic definitions of cyber security and cyber defence, the main international processes in this field, the EU’s cyber security strategy, as well as the cyber security policies of some EU member states.
The second day began with the review of the development and current issues of European cyber diplomacy. A separate panel focused on the least developed dimension of cyber security: the legal frameworks of this field. Furthermore, the private sector was represented by Alastair Teare, CEO of Deloitte Central Europe and Lajos Antal, Head of Cyber Risk Services at Deloitte Central Europe. While the discussions revealed that nowadays cyberspace connects the world better than commerce, they also pointed out the differences between private and public sector in cyber security and noted that PPP structured development projects and investments in this field contain great challenges.
On the final day, participants received information and data about the extent of crime in cyber space (e.g. the damages cause in recent years are estimated to be more than EUR 310 billion). Last but not least, the military aspect of the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy and the EU-NATO cooperation in cyber security was reviewed.
The three-day course was closed with a ceremony where all participants received their course certificates containing the signature of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.