The National University of Public Service (NUPS) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Marymount University (United States of America) on 7 March 2016. In addition to the leadership of the respective universities, Mr. Sándor Pintér, Minister of Interior of Hungary, H.E. Colleen Bell, Ambassador of the United States of America in Budapest, and H.E. Réka Szemerkényi, Ambassador of Hungary in Washington D.C. were also present at the signing ceremony.
In accordance with its Institutional Development Plan, NUPS strives to be an active participant of international relations in higher education and research in alliance with leading universities around the globe. Hence, NUPS is in strong cooperation with several universities in neighbouring countries and across the world, with transatlantic relations being further strengthened through the agreement with Marymount University – emphasized Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS.
According to Professor Patyi, the cooperation with Marymount University provides an excellent opportunity for Hungarian students and lecturers to gain insight into the world of American higher education and research. He reminded that the signed agreement shows “the cooperation of two special institutions, in two special areas of science” with the document primarily focusing on criminalistics, criminal investigation and cyber defence, offering the most modern opportunities in these areas for both partners. All of these efforts support NUPS in incorporating internationally competitive, compatible and un-to-date knowledge and best practices into its own programmes.
Professor Patyi emphasized that the United States of America is not only a great economical, political and military power but also a global centre of higher education and research. The Rector of NUPS is most honoured that the cooperation between the two institutions enjoy such high attention from the respective states, noting that this also bounds us to reach true achievements for both nations via this agreement.
Matthew D. Shank, President of Marymount University added that he hopes the cooperation between the universities will represent great value in Hungarian-American relations as well. President Shank emphasized that the achievements of their strong professional relationship with the FBI, CIA and NCIS could be most beneficial to lecturers and students of NUPS alike.
Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér added that the effective fight against crime requires better organization and a higher level of knowledge, while also reminding of other important agreements for a better understanding of the theoretical background of the fight against crime. This intention has led to the foundation of the Central European Police Academy (MEPA) and the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) through the cooperation with Austria and the U.S. respectively. In addition, the centre of the European Police College (CEPOL) was set in Budapest in October 2014.
Minister Pintér also mentioned the 2001 declaration against cyber crime which was issued in Budapest and currently has more than 42 member nations. According to the Minister, the agreement between the two countries leads to new knowledge and new opportunities in the fight against crime, thus providing greater security to both Hungary and the United States.
Preparation for public service receives great emphasis in the education within both countries, hence the inter-institutional cooperation is regarded as one with great opportunities according to H.E. Colleen Bell. The Ambassador of the United States of America in Budapest expects practical partnership in the area of criminalistics and cyber defence alike that could further develop the relationship of the two countries. She highlighted that cyber threat is a serious challenge for both nations in terms of national and economic security as well.
“The currently signed university agreement also strengthens the two countries’ academic relationship which can only be beneficial for the cooperating parties” – said H.E. Réka Szemerkényi, Ambassador of Hungary in Washington D.C. in her opening remarks. According to the Ambassador, both countries more and more face the new challenges in security policy, to which university cooperation can provide effective scientific answers. She highlighted that the U.S. has significant experiences in the area of forensic sciences, whereas the same can be said of Hungary in the area of cyber security, hence she expects a mutually beneficial cooperation between the two partner institutions.
The agreement, signed by the leaders of the respective universities, provides the opportunity for the mobility of lecturers and researchers, for participation in joint researches and professional programs primarily in the area of criminalistics and cyber defence. The transfer of knowledge will also be materialized in the further training courses of public officials, thereby contributing to the success of practical international cooperation in the fight against crime.
Marymount University was founded in 1950 as an independent Catholic institution. Providing several Bachelor, Master and PhD programs, the university has a colourful community of approximately 3600 students coming from nearly 70 countries, and has a great relationship with the Hungarian community in the U.S. capital. Students of the university can participate inter alia in medical and legal studies. Marymount University is also popular among students due to it being only a few minutes away from Washington D.C. one of the world’s most influential capitals.