The National University of Public Service (NUPS) is a special higher education institution, which – in the spirit of lifelong learning – provides BA, MA and PhD programmes for students aiming at a career in the public service as well as in-service training and executive leadership training for public servants. The mission of NUPS is to act as a link between the government, higher education institutions, research institutes and for-profit and non-profit organisations in order to facilitate national and international knowledge transfer. This innovative education and research cooperation includes participating in international networks as well as student, academic and staff mobility, which are given priority in the institutional development plan.
The existing international network of NUPS is based on relationships initiated by its legal predecessors as well as memberships in international organisations, which are also important elements of the foreign affairs policy of the ministries. NUPS endevours to develop multidimensional international relationships that support programme development, student, academic and staff mobility as well as knowledge transfer and research capacity development. New partners will be selected and existing relationships will be reviewed in this spirit. It is a top priority of NUPS to establish a network specific to the public administration, law enforcement and military sciences, which enables smooth credit transfer in student exchange programmes and outcome-oriented academic/staff mobility. Progress is required in research and education cooperation with the international higher education sector, which has to be closely linked to NUPS’s research strategy and doctoral programme development.
As regards geographical and geopolitical considerations, NUPS is going to strengthen cooperation with EU member states, especially with higher education institutions of Central and Eastern European countries and of the Visegrad Group. It also wishes to establish relationships with non-EU countries, particularly with Western Balkan countries, the USA and China. The “national” mission of the university in establishing trans-border connections with Hungarian higher education institutions of neighbouring countries requires a strategy compliant with nation policy. It will be an important task to support the Hungarian higher education of neighbouring countries, networking with Hungarian initiatives, at the outset within the framework of Erasmus. The strategic mission of the university is supporting and networking with trans-border Hungarian higher education. This activity can be facilitated by the Erasmus programme.
The first Master programme offered in English is under development, with four specialisations specific to the disciplines of NUPS, which will be the key interface for incoming and outgoing mobility. Double and joint degree courses can be launched with institutions where credit transfer works efficiently. A quality assurance system compliant with European standards has to be developed for the foreign language programme and courses.
The Management of the University ensures the regulatory environment and conditions encourage lifelong learning and the mobility of students, staff and academics. The objective is to ensure that 2 out of 10 students complete courses abroad by 2020. In this spirit NUPS strives to provide more opportunities of gaining credits abroad, with special conditions and guarantees, for students of career officer status as well.
Mobility can also be encouraged in terms of traineeship. Furthermore, NUPS places special emphasis on personal career guidance and therefore it is building up a network of outstanding European public administration, law enforcement and military institutions for providing traineeship opportunities. Feedback from partner institutions will be an important input for programme development.
Since PhD students are a priority target group, encouraging international research partnership and mobility is essential for developing collective expertise.
Staff mobility is part of employees’ career path, which is an integral part of the institutional human resource development policy and modernisation of the NUPS.
Taking into consideration the past years’ experiences, the means of encouraging incoming mobility will be reviewed and administrative procedures and services will become more user-friendly. A special mentoring programme is going to support the integration of incoming students. The objective is to increase incoming mobility to the same level as that of the outgoing one by 2020.