Rector's Face

"A university of cooperation in establishing,
  managing and transferring knowledge.”

Concluding its third year, the National University of Public Service has successfully continued to pursue its mission of developing public service education and training at the national and international level while advancing the science of the state along with its comprehensive approach in public affairs. Whereas the previous years were primarily characterized by vast efforts of construction, 2015 revealed several remarkable achievements. In accordance with its mission, NUPS is a university of cooperation, offering a model for effective balancing between social requirements, national strategic goals and university autonomy.

Our institution has spared no efforts in becoming one of the innovative platforms where the spheres of science and public affairs are combined and transformed. The university plays a key role in enhancing the foundation of the science of the state, a young discipline that can advance state efforts in successfully dealing with a wide spectrum of challenges. In addition to providing a synthesis of political, legal, social, economic and management researches, the science of the state offers a framework in which the traditional scientific approach is in line with complex values such as competitiveness, sustainable democracy and the rule of law. One of the most important achievements of 2015 in this regard was the Good State and Governance Report measuring the quality of governance and providing reliable feedback on the effects of state reform and public service development.

The significance of this matter is highlighted by several international events in 2015 again displaying the utmost importance of adequate governmental response to unexpected developments. Recent developments such as mass migration and the refugee situation have not only been challenges for European governments but for experts, professionals and thus for state authorities alike. Hence the issue is to be approached with caution and through international cooperation. Our faculties and institutes have been active in this regard throughout the year in the form of academic events and researches. The newly established Faculty of International and European Studies brings us closer to understanding the complex challenges of international relations, and mass migration in particular. However, NUPS has also taken its share in the management of the issue with many of its lecturers and students having contributed to the efforts of border police, the Hungarian Defence Forces and NGOs.

Whereas mass migration has divided the continent, the tragedy of the Paris terror attacks has united European nations. Facing this threat calls for enhanced cooperation in education and training as well. Apart from contributing to the first course of the European Police College on “hate crime” held in June 2015, NUPS participated in the establishment of CEPOL’s European Joint Master Program, the first EU training program that provides master level education to law enforcement officers on topics relevant to the security of the EU and its citizens. Our international efforts for security also extend to the cyber sphere: in May 2015 NUPS organized and hosted its international course on cyber security and defence within the framework of the European Security and Defence College, reaching out to international military experts and government officials while building on the expertise of professionals from EU member states, EU institutions, international organizations and the private sector. Meanwhile, NUPS has been strengthening its academic portfolio at the international level. By establishing research councils, the university defines the guidelines and exact research efforts on our way towards the renewal of public service. Moreover, NUPS enhances both research and educational efforts through new programs. Having been registered by the Hungarian Educational Authority, our Doctoral School of Law Enforcement will commence its operation in the next academic year, with NUPS already working on the establishment of an interdisciplinary doctoral school at the Faulty of International and European Studies. In the meantime, we will have initiated our International Public Service Relations master program in English aimed at an international audience, and continue to work on joint degree programs with international partner institutions.

In 2015 our institution continued to grow in the heart of the Hungarian capital. While the renovated Ludovika Main Building of NUPS was awarded with the Constructors’ Niveau Prize, one of the greatest architectural acknowledgements in Hungary, we have established the Ludovika Residence Hall providing high quality accommodation to students and guest lecturers. Thereby NUPS is one of the very few higher education institutions where all students requesting dormitory accommodation will indeed receive housing by the university.

As an indication of all these efforts, the National University of Public Service was ranked among the top three Hungarian higher education institutions for 2016, based on student and lecturer excellence. While we are proud of this achievement, 2016 cannot be the year of pause in our efforts. We are looking forward to advancing our joint projects with domestic and international partners by keeping our traditional academic events and programs and opening the doors for further cooperation in joint research, training and education. I would like to extend our sincere thanks to all members of our academic and administrative staff, students, national and international partners for their invaluable support and contribution to the successes of 2015. I am convinced that these achievements and their future impacts on public service development will not only be beneficial for us as an institution, but for an ever growing community of citizens as well..

                                                                                                                                                 Prof. Dr. András Patyi