Departments and Centres of the Faculty of International and European Studies


Department of International Security Studies

The mission of the department is to offer education and training for current and prospective members of the security and defence sectors (the Hungarian Defence Forces, the Police, institutions of national security and members of the public administration) in Hungary in the field of international security and national defence policy. Based on a comprehensive approach to the international security studies discipline, members of the faculty address the military, political, societal, economic and environmental challenges to security in education. Thus our students acquire a thorough understanding of global and regional security issues, the functioning of international security institutions (primarily the United Nations, the European Union, NATO and OSCE), and systematically structured knowledge on military security, conflict analysis and crisis management.

Members of the department participate in education in all degree and certificate programmes of the faculty with relevant courses, specifically focusing on the International Security and Defence Policy programmes (both BA/BSc and MA/MSc levels) and more broadly in the International Public Management (BA/BSc), the International Public Service Relations (MA/MSc) and the English-language International Public Service Relations (MA) programmes. Based on high-profile research activities, our staff is also involved in education at the Doctoral School of Military Sciences of NUPS, in close cooperation with the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies within the University.

Department of European Studies

The mission of the department is to educate and train internationally competitive experts with thorough theoretical and professional knowledge on the European Union who are able to pursue successful careers in public service, in EU institutions or in other international organizations. The Department of European Studies – that has a strong multidisciplinary character – is responsible for teaching and researching the various aspects of EU integration and it is firmly dedicated to the synergy of education and research.

The education portfolio of the department includes the EU-related courses of International Administration (BA/BSc), the International Relations (MA) and the English-language taught International Public Service Relations (MA/MSc) programme, as well as the EU-related courses of other modules of the university. Thus, the Department of European Studies is responsible for teaching the history of European thought and integration, the EU policies, institutions, decision-making, comparative analysis of EU members-states, the economic and monetary integration, and the current issues and agendas in EU policy-making.

The main research focus of the department is the EU integration, encompassing the interpretation of the integration process through the answers provided to political, economic and societal challenges of the current crisis; the differentiation, integration and multi-speed Europe; the various forms of Europeanization and interest representation in Central and Eastern Europe in the post-enlargement period and the patterns of multi-level governance (MLG) in the region.

The Department of European Studies is part of the Jean Monnet Network, runs a Module with two courses on EU policy-making and operates a microsite on NUPS’s website.

Apart from focusing on migration issues this year, the Department of European Studies in 2016 was highly focusing on analysing the Brexit and its possible scenarios.

Department of International Economics and Public Policy Studies

The mission of the department is to provide education and training for current and prospective members of the foreign and government services in public administration in the fields of international economics, foreign trade policies, as well as EU trade and financial policies. The Department of International Economics and Public Policy Studies has been founded upon a comprehensive approach to international economics, building on the synergies of disciplines bordering public policy, with a strong emphasis on political economy, policy analysis and public management applied to the problems of governmental administration.

The education provided by the department is based on qualitative research that focuses on the application of theory to practice. This effort is currently framed within the Bachelor (BA/BSc) and Master (MA/MSc) programmes offered by the Faculty with prospective participation in the university’s PhD programmes and the future development of an interdisciplinary Doctoral School. Two Bachelor programmes in International Public Management and in International Security and Defence Policy, as well as three Master programmes in International Relations in Public Service (both in Hungarian and in English) and Security and Defence Policy, including specializations to law enforcement, security studies and European studies all require an insight to international economics which is provided by the department.

Department of International Relations and Diplomacy

The mission of the department is to educate and train highly skilled professionals able to pursue a career in those institutions of public administration and foreign services that are connected to managing the foreign relations of Hungary in general and within international and EU institutions in particular. The department provides modern education and skill-based training at the faculty in the field of international relations in a multidisciplinary approach. In order to facilitate the effective first-hand transfer of experience-based knowledge and diplomatic skills, members of the department include practitioners from the foreign services diplomatic staff, international relations experts and researchers as well.

The portfolio of the department includes courses on the theory and history of international relations, regional studies, foreign policy, European integration, civilization and diplomatic studies within all Bachelor (BA/BSc) and Master (MA/MSc) programmes of the Faculty of International and European Studies, as well as in the one-semester long English-language international certificate programme, Academy of Diplomacy Budapest. The curricula offered by the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy within these programmes, as well as applied research conducted by staff members, focus on the current agenda of international organizations and institutions, issues of foreign and security policy, state building, political violence, etc. in a problem-oriented, practice-based manner. The department identifies itself as a multidisciplinary educational and research centre that continuously deals with the theoretical and practical problems on the agenda of the international community.

Department of International Law

The mission of the department is to provide education and training for members of public administration in those branches which work in an international environment either within the foreign services branch or in other sectoral fields, as well as Hungarian representatives and staff members of international organizations. The Department of International Law participates in education and research at the Faculty of International and European Studies both at Bachelor (BA/BSc) and Master (MA/MSc) levels through offering a combination of modern interactive education and cutting edge comparative research methodology in the field of international law, specifically regarding the law of the European Union and other international institutions, the law of war and peace, as well as humanitarian law, human rights and minority rights protection.

Members of the department are renowned practitioners of the highest standards in the field, contributing to the

development of the professional networks of the faculty, conducting internationally embedded research, while also engaging in public and media discourse regarding their respective fields of expertise. Their outstanding experience in international law, with a special focus on human rights and minority rights issues make them a perfect choice for professional and scientific consultation for Hungarian and international students and staff members of the faculty.

An outstanding scholarly programme of the Department of International Law is the Global Minority Rights Summer School, co-organised with Tom Lantos Institute and in co-operation with Middlesex University (MU), London, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. The Summer School, organised annually since 2013 has a special focus on minority rights, political participation and civil society

Department of European Public and Private Law

The mission of the department is to provide a deep insight and thorough understanding of the dual nature of European law in the education programmes and research activities of the Faculty of International and European Studies. Examining the parallel but densely interconnected public and private dimensions of European law offers a unique set of knowledge and comparative skills even among Hungarian institutions of higher education. This contribution underpins the faculty’s overall effort to offer a complex view of European policies to our students, further enriching their professional knowledge.

Members of the department participate in all relevant education programmes of the Faculty in Bachelor (BA/BSc) and Master (MA/MSc) levels in the fields of European integration (history, institutions, legislature and functioning of the European Union, justice and home affairs), the law of European common market, investment policies and investment protection, competition rights, EU consumer and marketing law, consumer protection law, copyright and intellectual property law, European corporate law, etc. The dual character of the department provides the opportunity for conducting interdisciplinary, comparative research and education, putting great emphasis on legal practice and case studies.

Chinese Public Administration, Economy and Society Research Centre

The main goal of the Research Centre is to equip current and future public servants with accurate, up-to-date and practical knowledge of China. The Center fulfils special demands through its educational, research, and government consultative work in the field of modern sinology.

The Centre provides courses on China’s international relations, economy, public administration and society, and is as also involved in education at BA, MA and PhD levels. It also offers Chinese language courses that fit into a comprehensive Chinese language programme. Every academic year 10-18 participants of the Chinese language programme study in China for two semesters, through various Hungarian and Chinese government programmes and other scholarship programmes.

Research is conducted that focuses on the fields of the international relations, economy, public administration and society of China. In its research projects, the Centre places extra emphasis on delivering applicable results for the academic community as well as providing people working in various fields of public service with crucial information and knowledge.

The Centre’s educational work is supported by two Chinese language instructors delegated by the Chinese Language Council International of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

The Chinese Public Administration, Economy and Society Research Centre has extensive Chinese relations, among others it co-operates with the Chinese Academy of Governance, People’s Public Security University of China, Minzu University of China, Peking University, Beijing Language and Culture University and the East China University of Political Science and Law.