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NUPS professor referenced in astronomy news

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What Is the Biggest Thing in the Universe? This question was raised in a writing published on the website of Space.com, referencing Prof. Dr. István Horváth, Head of the Department of Natural Science at the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training.

The team of Professor Horváth discovered a giant supercluster in 2013 by examining gamma-ray bursts. “Hercules-Corona Borealis Great Wall” is so large that it takes nearly 10 billion yeas for light to travel through it. Therefore, the supercluster poses a mystery to this day in a sense that scientists are puzzled how such a single huge entity can exist under the known laws of cosmology.

Space.com publishes news on astronomy and space exploration. The site was founded on 20 July 1999, on the 30th anniversary of the lunar landing by Apollo11. The first president of the company was Sally Ride, the first American woman astronaut in space, with the company’s board of directors including Neil Armstrong, the first man who stepped on the Moon.

Source of picture: Nature Video via Space.com


NUPS research results utilized by UN

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For the first time, a state report on Hungary’s activity in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations was published. The report was written by Prof. Dr. Zoltán Szenes, Head of the Department of International Security Studies at the Faculty of International and European Studies, on the request of the International Peace Institute of the UN.

The International Peace Institute, in cooperation with George Washington University (USA) and Queensland University (AUS), launched a research project in 2014 in which the contributing member states’ experiences in peacekeeping is reviewed. The experts of each member state write the evaluation of the peacekeeping activity of the country in question based on single research criteria, making the comparative evaluation of the member states’ UN policies possible.

Currently, there are 120 nations participating in peacekeeping, out of which 57 countries’ activity and experiences being processed by the research group. According to the plans, there will be a report on each contributing country by the end of next year, and the three-year project will conclude with a summarizing study.

The research group focusing on UN crisis management and peacekeeping at the Department of International Security Studies of NUPS was formed two years ago which summarized its research activities of 2013 in a collection of studies. Furthermore, an international conference focusing on the 70 years of the UN’s international relations regarding crisis management and peacekeeping was held this May. These research activities could also contribute to the preparation of the current study, the findings of which Professor Szenes will present at the UN conference of the Faculty of Law Enforcement this October. The study is available online.

This is the second time that an international organization utilizes the research results of NUPS after the OECD’s analysis on NUPS’ 2015 Good State Report.


Postdoctoral Fellowship at NUPS

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The Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Social Sciences (HAS CSS) and the National University of Public Service (NUPS) are launching a joint research fellowship programme in order to include prominent foreign researchers in their work.

In 2014 two active, high-profile researchers with outstanding scholarly achievements at an international level are invited to apply for a fellowship programme at the HAS CSS and NUPS. The programme will be for a period of 9 months with the selected applicants employed from September 2014 until May 2015.

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Participants of the programme will focus on the following research and teaching topics:

  • Constitutional theory;
  • Stability and change in public policymaking;
  • Fundamental principles in administration law.

The fellowship is compensated with a salary of up to EUR 2600 gross (plus benefits).

The deadline for application is 27 June 2014 (12:00 hrs CET).

For further information, please visit http://en.uni-nke.hu/research/postdoctoral-fellowship