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 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.