The delegation of the University of North Georgia (UNG) paid a two-day visit at the National University of Public Service. The representatives were welcomed today by Prof. Dr. András Patyi Rector of NUPS who applauded the opportunity of future cooperation between the two institutions.
After introducing the university, Prof. Dr. András Patyi emphasized the importance of state science, security studies and public administration studies while also reminding that nowadays the importance of military sciences is not sufficiently acknowledged. He pointed out that the military and military sciences are extremely complex areas, since soldiers not only have to deal with strictly military matters. For example, the thorough knowledge of the state and society is vital for the soldiers’ contribution to the re-organization of a state in missions.
Dr. (Col. Ret.) Billy E. Wells, Senior Vice President for Leadership and Global Engagement at UNG reminded that the American delegation is thankful for the opportunity to contact NUPS. He noted that UNG lays great emphasis on international cooperation and the process of internationalization which is especially true in the case of East-central European relations. The institution pays great attention to foreign language courses in various European languages available to cadets. He added that their intention is to initiate a student and faculty exchange programme within the following years, and that Hungary’s historical past and geopolitical situation provides a unique opportunity for American students to become acquainted with East-central Europe.
The University of North Georgia is a state university that has 5 campuses and provides several programmes at the Bachelor, Master and PhD level. These programmes include inter alia Master programmes dealing with history, public administration and international affairs. Furthermore, UNG includes the Military College of Georgia as well which is responsible for the training of cadets. The contact between NUPS an UNG was established this summer when representatives of the two institutions met at the International Military Academy Forum.
The delegation of the University of North Georgia will continue their discussions with members of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training and the Faculty of International and European Studies.
General Patrick de Rousiers, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee has made an official visit to Hungary on the 31st of October 2014. The highest ranking military officer of the EU has also held a presentation on the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy at the Hungária Campus of NUPS.
The General was officially welcomed by Colonel Dr. Gábor Boldizsár, Dean of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training, Colonel Prof. Dr. László Kovács, Vice-Dean for Science and International Affairs and Colonel Zsolt Molnár, Commander of the Hungarian Armed Forces “Ludovika” Battalion.
In his interesting and dynamic presentation, General de Rousiers reminded about the organizational elements defining the European Union’s common security policy and had a distinctive focus on the rapid reaction force that could be one of the EU’s military pillars in the future. The discussion was held under the moderation of General (ret.) Prof. Dr. Zoltán Szenes, Head of the Department of International and Security Studies at the Institute of International Studies. General Szenes highlighted the issue of the coordination between the common areas of activity of NATO and the EU – a point which General de Rousiers touched upon several times.
After the presentation, Colonel Boldizsár displayed the organizational structure, mission and role of the National University of Public Service. General de Rousiers showed great interest regarding the common training module of the three branches of public service (military and law enforcement officers and public administration officials) emphasizing the importance of their cooperation in today’s crisis situations.
At the end of the event, Colonel Kovács handed over the regards and present of Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS to General de Rousiers saying thanks to his honourable visit and presentation at the university.