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.
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.
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:
Once accepted, participants will receive the registration form. The capacity of the conference is limited and the organisers recommend to apply for registrations early.
External participants have to pay a registration fee according to the chosen packages:
In accordance with the MoU, the two institutions are to participate in joint projects in the field of law enforcement education and training, as well as in student and staff mobility programmes. Moreover, NUPS and LEPL are to share their best practices concerning courses and teaching methods, and are to exchange the results of their scientific researches in law enforcement. The two institutions also plan – and are currently working on the details of – the cooperation in the areas of sport and culture.
When signing the memorandum of understanding, the parties indicated that the recently launched Doctoral School of Law Enforcement at NUPS and LEPL’s experiences in distance learning could be important connecting points in future for the respective parties. Deputy Minister Khutsishvili reminded that his country’s legislation follows the Anglo-Saxon model, therefore, the Hungarian example could serve with new lessons for the Georgian party. The Deputy Minister added that the integrated law enforcement and defence training of NUPS could also be of great interest to Georgia, as this concept is not only unique in Hungary but overall in Europe as well. Vice-Rector Kis emphasized that it is no coincidence that there are overwhelming number of applications for the places the institution offers each year within the exchange programmes, and reminded that students coming through Erasmus+ or Stipendium Hungaricum programmes usually spend one or two semesters at NUPS. He added that as being a police officer is associated with great prestige in several countries, it is our goal to help the profession regain the trust of society.
The Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia organizes special courses and trainings for future law enforcement experts. Its education and training system relies on the latest interactive and practice-oriented methods, while LEPL is in strong cooperation with several institutions around the world focusing on law enforcement training.
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.
The National University of Public Service (NUPS) will join the European law enforcement leadership training programme announced by the European Police College (CEPOL). Accordingly, the two institutions have signed an agreement at the centre of CEPOL in Budapest.
Police Brigadier General Dr. Gábor Kovács, Vice-Rector for Education at NUPS and signatory of the agreement on behalf of the university reminded that one of the main strategic goals of NUPS is internationalization. He added that CEPOL’s training programme – consisting of seven modules and to be initiated in September 2015 – is related to the Master level law enforcement training at NUPS.
The European Police College programme receives one participant from each EU member state and offers a Master in European law enforcement. NUPS is not only involved in this programme through the Faculty of Law Enforcement but would also rely on the contribution of lecturers from the Faculty of Public Administration and the Faculty of Military Science and Officer Training.
The European Police College is the first EU institution the centre of which has moved to Budapest. Focusing primarily on organizing education, CEPOL synchronizes trainings and provides the prerequisites of harmonization. In addition, it supports the further training of law enforcement officers within EU member states’ respective law enforcement leaderships first and foremost in the area of crime prevention, the fight against organized crime and the protection of public order.
“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.