Institute of Disaster Management
Dr. habil. Gyula Vass, Colonel
Head of Institute
Office: Hungária krt. 9-11., H-1101 Budapest, Hungária Campus, Building VI., Room 108
Phone: +36 (1) 432-9000/29056
The aim of training at the Institute of Disaster Management is to train disaster managers who, employed by full-time professional, local governmental or industrial fire brigades, are capable of carrying out tasks related to disaster management, fire protection (firefighting) and industrial safety and who have the necessary knowledge of legislation, standards, principles, procedures and tools applied in disaster, fire protection and industrial safety management. They are able to do their professional work independently and, after being given the necessary expertise, are able to carry out leadership tasks. They will also have the profound knowledge necessary to continue their studies in the MSc programme.
Disaster Management BA
The aim of the programme is to train Disaster Management experts who, employed by full-time professional, local governmental or industrial fire brigades, are capable of carrying out tasks related to disaster management, fire protection (firefighting) and industrial safety. They also need to possess the necessary knowledge of legislation, standards, principles, procedures and tools applied in disaster, fire protection and industrial safety management. They are able to carry out their professional work independently and, after having been given the necessary expertise, carry out leadership tasks. Upon completion of their program, graduates have the opportunity to work for the administration of disaster management, within fire protection, fire brigades, in public administration and in many different sectors of the economy.
The Institute of Disaster Management, an independent unit at the National University of Public Service, was established on January 1 2012. The Institute continues organizing the disaster management training courses conducted at the predecessor institutions and delivering the academic courses related to them. Moreover, the institute is responsible for providing high-quality training through the new Disaster Management course and its three specializations that were launched in 2013:
- Disaster Management Operations
- Fire Protection and Rescue Management
- Industrial Safety
The mission of the Institute is to provide harmonized and planned training based on shared values, to enhance mobility in the students’ future careers, as well as to support cooperation amongst public service careers.
The programme offers specialisations in:
- Disaster Management Operations
- Fire Protection and Rescue Control – only uniformed officers can apply
- Industrial Safety
Disaster Management MA
The new Disaster Management MA is to be launched in the school year 2016/2017, replacing the Defence Administration MA. The new MA course integrates the three specializations of the BSc course, putting emphasis on the leadership skills. The course aims to equip graduates with knowledge on law, security policy, human resource policy and leadership and management methodology, all of which are necessary to fulfill middle and high management positions in disaster management, public administration and in the private sector.
Upon launching the MA course, the educational portfolio of the Institute of Disaster Management will embrace the whole cycle of higher education, starting from the bachelor’s level, through the master’s level to the doctoral level.
Research at the Institute
The Institute operates three scientific workshops in accordance with its division into departments. The scientific activities of all three workshops are closely related to the activities of disaster management and its relevant specialization. The publication activities of our instructors are available in the collection of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA). International organizations, state administration and the representatives of relevant scientific fields are also involved in the research of the workshops.
The institute organizes 2 conferences per year: The Conference for Disaster Management Scientific Awards and the annual national Disaster Management Conference. Moreover, the departments organize and participate at the annual Scientific Student Conferences too. Over the last few year lecturers of the institute participated in more national and international conferences than before and published more than 50 papers in different periodicals and resumes. In addition to workshops, each department of the Institute is involved in organizing an annual scientific conference in their own field to serve as a platform for disseminating new findings to broad audiences.
- Industrial Safety Workshop (7 October 2015);
- 5th European Civil Protection Forum (20-21 October 2015);
- Disaster Management Conference (26 November 2015);
Department of Management Operations
Dr. (Fi. Col.) István Endrődi PhD, Associate Professor
Head of Department
- the organizational structure and management system of disaster management and its defining legislation and practices;
- disaster prevention, the connection between the tasks of protection and recovery, the coordination of the activities of public authorities involved in these tasks;
- citizen preparedness in disaster management and civil protection, practical solutions in carrying out the relevant tasks;
- activities of the disaster management and civil protection authorities;
- regulations on establishing and operating civil protection organizations;
- the principles of cooperation with non-governmental organisations participating in disaster response and civil protection.
Research work at the department: Disaster Management workshop
The main tasks of the workshop are conducting scientific studies in the field of disaster management and its operations, participating in national and international research and development projects, promoting internationally accepted disaster management operations, procedures and methodology, improving the legislation, organization and system of the institutions of disaster management and applying the scientific results in disaster managements authorities and educational activities.
Department of Fire Protection and Rescue Management
Dr. Fi. (Lt. Col.) (Ret.) Ágoston Restás PhD, Associate Professor
Head of Department
- regulations and norms of fire protection, technical rescue and fire services;
- regulations, standards and their application in tasks related to fire protection and fire investigation;
- the system of accountability when fire protection regulations and the rules of their application are breached;
- planning, preparing and managing operations connected to fire fighting and technical rescue;
- firefighting tasks in connection with primary response to disasters;
- regulations on the operation and supervision of local governmental and industrial fire brigades, practical application of the relevant rules;
- the rules of cooperation with other organizations involved in firefighting, technical rescue and primary response to disasters.
Research work at the department: Fire Protection, Rescue Management and Higher Education workshops
Bringing together dedicated and talented researchers in the field of fire protection, rescue control and related fields of higher education and supporting them in research and development programs. The results of the research may increase the efficiency of fire protection and rescue management. Moreover, they can enhance basic, masters-level and doctoral training by incorporating them into course material.
Department of Industrial Safety
Dr. habil. (Fi. Col.) Lajos Kátai-Urbán, Associate Professor
Head of Department
- regulations, standards and authority regulations on establishing and operating dangerous establishments, practical application of these relevant rules;
- legislation and authority regulations on the different methods of the transportation of dangerous goods, relevant public procedures;
- Hungarian and international legislation on critical infrastructures and their underlying safety requirements
Research work at the department: Industrial Safety workshop
The main tasks of the workshop are conducting scientific studies in the field of industrial safety, participating in national and international research and development projects, promoting internationally accepted industrial safety operations, procedures and methodology, improving the legislation, organization and systems of the institutions of industrial safety, and applying the scientific results in disaster management authorities, industrial establishments and educational activities. The workshop carries out research in the prevention of severe accidents involving hazardous substances, the safe transport of dangerous goods, the protection of critical infrastructure as well as nuclear safety and radiation protection.