The colleagues of the International Office were waiting for the students from all over the world with a little present. This semester Poland, the Czeh Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, China, Greece, France, Lithuania, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Slovakia, England and Azerbaijan are among the sending countries. At the ceremony in Zrínyi hall Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs addressed the students. He congratulated them for making this wise decision coming to Budapest, and expressed his hope that all students will return home at the end of the semester pleased and happy. Dr. János Bóka, Vice-Dean for Research and International Affairs greeted the students in the name of the youngest faculty, and ensured them about the open-door policy the faculty favours. He also mentioned the variety of academic and leisure-time activities organised for students.
He was followed by Dr. Zsuzsanna Peres, Vice-Dean for Science and International Affairs of the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration, who detailed the specialties of the growing faculty and the wide range of courses offered.
And last but not least, Dr. Zoltán Jobbágy, Vice-Dean for Science and International Affairs of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training greeted students and wished them a great and fruitful time in Hungary.
After the welcome ceremony the programme continued in the lounge area with some snacks and refreshments, and the Erasmus Student Network organized some games and playful get-to-know-each-other tasks for the international and Hungarian students. We wish this cheerful group that they have the best time of their life at NUPS!
Photos: Dénes Szilágyi
The domestic appreciation of NUPS is further enhanced by the increasing level of interest in its programmes at the international level. While most incoming students arrive through the Erasmus+ Programme, an increasing number of students start their MA and PhD studies at NUPS based on the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme or their respective individual self-financing.
This semester 52 exchange students have arrived from Europe via the Erasmus+ Programme with Turkey remaining the main sending country, although this year both Germany and France have stepped forward to second place in this regard. Furthermore, 24 students have come from non European countries, representing several nationalities from Africa and Asia. The list of sending countries includes Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, India, China and Russia.
NUPS has reached remarkable achievements in Hungary in Erasmus+ international credit mobility projects and is currently among the leading universities receiving support for mobility beyond Europe. Consequently, and due to the national Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship, the ratio of international students at NUPS is continuously growing, just as the scope of sending countries and the ratio of incoming students from non European countries. An integral part of NUPS’ internationalisation efforts is to have these students actively engaged in university life. Accordingly, both central administration, faculty and student organizations strive for a quicker and more efficient integration process as well as for more available services.
On the 25th of February the very first Erasmus+ Partner Expowas organised at the Ludovika Residence Hall (Orczy Úti Kollégium). The aim of the event was to provide new applicants with fist-hand information and experiences from Erasmus+ alumni and current international students. Besides the stories and photos of Erasmus+ alumni, interested participants could also get useful information from the Erasmus coordinators about the application procedure and the programme itself.
The good atmosphere of the event was guaranteed by the continuous videos, slideshows and music and of course by the participation of the Erasmus Student Network. Students formed several groups based on the countries they represented, many European countries were also represented by nationals as well. The Tempus Public Foundation was also present to provide detailed information about the Campus Mundi scholarship programme.
With regard to its great success, the University’s aim is to turn this event into a tradition that will be possibly organised during the next application period as well. As the number of international students is constantly growing and given the increasing number of Erasmus alumni students, the Partner Expo is likely to become a major event related to the Erasmus+ programme that also facilitates the integration of international students to the student life of the University.
On 11 February 2016 the semester has officially started for the new incoming students with the International Welcome Day. NUPS hosts more than sixty newcomer Erasmus+ and Stipendium Hungaricum students during the second semester which is a significant increase compared to the previous years. This semester most students came from European countries, e.g. Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, France, Lithuania or Italy. Due to the extension of the Erasmus+ programme and to the increasing popularity of the English language MA programme (MIPuS), NUPS received students from China, Georgia, Ecuador, Russia, Korea as well.
The first part of the ceremony took place in the Zrínyi Hall at the Ludovika campus, during which all international students received a little welcome package and the representatives of the central management and the faculties performed their welcome speeches. First, Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs addressed the students. He expressed his congratulation for making this wise decision to study abroad in Budapest and emphasized the importance of developing the international relations of the university. He was followed by Dr. Zsuzsanna Peres, Vice-Dean for Science and International Affairs of the Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration, who detailed the specialties of the developing faculty and the wide range of courses offered in English language. Dr. Boglárka Koller, Vice-Dean for Research and International Affairs greeted the students on behalf of the youngest faculty and ensured them about the open-door policy the faculty favours.
Colonel Gábor Boldizsár, Dean of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training emphasized the importance of military training and the responsibility of cadets both at national and international levels. Dr. habil József Boda, Dean of the Faculty of Law Enforcement indicated that he will gladly welcome international students to the early morning runs that will be compensated by the wonderful view of the city.
Last but not least Mr. Ferenc Hegedűs, president of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) guaranteed that ESN mentors will be at the students’ disposal during the whole semester and he promised a good atmosphere and that these months will be the biggest adventure of their lives.
The programme continued in the lounge area under the coordination of the ESN. While having some snacks and refreshments, international and Hungarian students participated in several ice breaker games aiming to facilitate their integration into the various student life NUPS.
The organisation of the Welcome Day became a tradition during the last few semesters and hopefully even more students will choose NUPS in the forthcoming years and participate in our next events.
The National University of Public Service (NUPS) in cooperation with the Corvinus University of Budapest (BCE) organized an international Erasmus Staff Week hosting administrators and lecturers of various higher educational institutions from 11 countries in Budapest between the 24th and 26th of September.
The three-day event’s aim was to provide a framework for intense discussions on contemporary issues of international mobility and to exchange the best practices of participating institutions. In addition to the 15 international guests from the UK, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia, programme and workshop participants included representatives from the institutes and faculties of NUPS and BCE as well.
The event was officially opened by Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs at NUPS, while BCE was represented by Erzsébet Veress, Head of the International Office. Introductory presentations of the hosting nation were provided by Szabolcs Bokodi from the Tempus Public Foundation, dr. György Hajnal from the Faculty of Economics at BCE and the representatives of NUPS’ three faculties. The visitors’ introduction was held in Hotel Gellért where interesting presentations provided excellent topics for discussion.
The second day’s programme included workshops moderated by Tamás Kowalik from the Faculty of Public Administration at NUPS. Participants’ efforts were focused on identifying related challenges that have been affecting their respective institutions and on analyzing these issues using the Action Learning method. Furthermore, in the third day’s final workshop Dr. Lóránt Horáth from the Faculty of Law Enforcement at NUPS introduced the participants to the Pain&Gain Matrix usually applied within the private sector thus providing a unique approach to the subject of mobility. Since participants came from various institutions with different size and background, various experiences were brought up ranging from general problems to special cases and unique solutions.
In addition to these programmes, international guests of the university were invited to other events as well including an evening boat cruise on the Danube. In fact, the Erasmus Staff Week was not only successful from a professional point of view but proved to be a great event to create friendships.
The International Relations Office of NUPS is most delighted to receive positive feedbacks from our guests and is looking forward to hosting the next similar event thereby carrying forth our university’s good reputation across Europe.
The main goal of the programme is to bring together HEIs that offer courses in the fields of:
During the three days the participants will have the opportunity to discuss the most significant issues of student mobility in thematic groups according to fields of education.Please find more details at the following link:
Erasmus students have recently arrived to the National University of Public Service and participated at an orientation programme on the 14th of February organized by the International Relations Office.
8 countries, 12 universities, 38 Erasmus students: these facts are representing our incoming Erasmus students who started their studies in the second semester of the academic year 2013/14.
Most of the students arrived from Poland and Romania but many came from Bulgaria, Turkey and Slovakia as well, moreover, the Czech Republic, France and the United Kingdom also represent themselves. The majority of the students started their studies at the Faculty of Law Enforcement and at the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training.
Although the Erasmus programme provides opportunities for individuals, students will not be alone during the semester, as faculty coordinators, mentors and the International Relations Office will also help members of the multinational team in their everyday life.
The orientation day was a milestone in the history of our University since it was the first time that a welcome ceremony was organized bringing together the incoming students of all three faculties. The International Relations Office launched a mentor programme as well helping the students to accommodate to the University and the Hungarian life.
The orientation opened with a greeting by Réka Tózsa Head of the International Relations Office, followed by presentations of the University’s faculties by Colonel László Kovács PhD and János Sallai PhD Vice-deans for Science and International Affairs at the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training and the Faculty of Law Enforcement respectively and Tamás Kowalik Head of International Affairs at the Faculty of Public Administration. Hence students were informed about academic and administrative matters, as well as other opportunities at the University.
After the speeches a team building session was organized for the students and mentors to facilitate their integration into student life. During these programmes incoming students had the opportunity to get to know each other and discover the Hungarian language but they also received pieces of information that are necessary to their everyday life. In the afternoon the international group attended a sightseeing tour in the centre of Budapest led by the faculty mentors. At the end of the day the Erasmus students had dinner, during which they could also taste traditional Hungarian dishes and afterwards they discovered the famous Budapest nightlife with their mentors.
Since receiving help from mentors is considered to be a positive experience by incoming foreign students, our international team plans to launch a comprehensive mentoring programme and an Erasmus Student Network as well in the future.
The international team continues to expand the University’s Erasmus relations in order to become an increasingly attractive destination for our partner institutions - after all, we can learn so much from the incoming students.