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.
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.