Research Highlights

Innovation in e-Learning Open Education

ICT innovations play pivotal role in the development of knowledgeable human resources in public administration. The E-learning Methodology Centre has been the hub of a creative working environment for educational leaders, pedagogical methodology experts, IT and curriculum developers ensuring that in the period of 2013-2014 over 100 different types of e-learning materials have been created, tested and published in the Hungarian civil service education. With that a special Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) learning environment has been created, a unique MOOC eco-system in public services where tens of thousands of learners are able to participate simultaneously. This open e-learning initiative amended with empirical research amongst learners, HR leaders, policy-maker and educational experts ensure that ICT based solutions deliver productive and high value results. Research teams in this area regularly publish working papers, journal articles on how advanced design and social construction concepts contribute to the “fit” between technology, culture, and organization successfully implementation of e-learning innovations.


Centre of Excellence in Integrity

The mission of CEI is to foster the implementation of public purpose in Hungary by gathering, generating and disseminating knowledge and innovative methods for corruption prevention and taking an active part in advancing the case for integrity. CEI supports the culture of integrity in the Hungarian public sector via policy initiatives and knowledge sharing among professionals and to the wider public.

The principle of our strategy is to support a wide variety of stakeholders and initiatives in order to build a network of actors and institutions whose members alone maybe weak but their multitude and relationships can be combined to more a effective protection and promotion of the fragile goal of public integrity.

CEI seeks to collect, create and distribute knowledge and to ensure its availability for the stakeholders in integrity building. It has already established a national network of integrity experts and trainers and built partnerships with other competent national and international organizations. CEI supports its national network by channelling cutting edge international knowledge and experience to Hungarian stakeholders and disseminating the results of Hungarian integrity related practice, research and education to a wider, international audience.

CEI aims to support stronger public ethics regimes and supporting institutional design through research and technical assistance. CEI experts conduct targeted research and assist organizations by advice and process facilitation to produce shared narratives and collaborative action towards the implementation of public purpose.

CEI is committed to strengthen integrity and increase public trust by educating civil servants, integrity experts, students and the wider public. Its aim is to equip integrity professionals with the necessary expertise and move stakeholders beyond the existing mindset and, through innovative education, help people to find their respective roles in advancing the national integrity agenda and to contribute their share to it.

During 2013–2014 the CEI:

  • developed methodology, trained trainers and supervised the Integrity training of 1,500 senior civil servants and 13,000 other civil servants (by the end of 2014 approximately 15 % of the Hungarian civil service will be trained)
  • executed four research projects
  • organized round table and workshop discussions on integrity management and took part in the organization of the International Conference on Integrity Teaching Methodologies
  • participated in important national and international events and conferences, like the OECD Integrity Week, NISPAcee conference



Mobile App on Hazardous Materials

With innovation at the heart of its mission, the National University of Public Service is proud to foster the experts of the future. This is especially true in the case of talents with already remarkable achievements: (Pol.) Major Zsolt Noskó, Ph.D student at NUPS has developed a software that provides information on hazardous materials for people participating in related crisis management operations. Major Noskó’s invention was originally developed as a Java application in 2007 and does not require access to Internet or mobile network, as its database is stored on hardware. Therefore, it can be applied in basements, tunnels or in areas of low coverage. Since its introduction 4,000 users have downloaded the software of which an English and a Slovak version is under development. The application has been made available for a new platform with the support of the Social Renewal Operative Programme titled “Defence Research in Critical Infrastructure”.



Robotic Canine

The Faculty of Law Enforcement at NUPS participates in an international consortium focusing on the development of a robotic canine that could assist police officers in their everyday tasks. The research led by dr. (pol.) Major Zoltán Székely, assistant lecturer at the Faculty, includes experts from nine countries of Europe and Asia, twelve institutions and organizations specialized in law enforcement along with enterprises interested in the developments in this field.

The development of the prototype is scheduled for 2020 with the primary target group being the European law enforcement bodies. While the invention’s exact applications will be decided by these organizations, the driving principle of the development remains that the purpose of the robotic canine is to serve as an expansible asset carrying out tasks that would otherwise endanger the lives of law enforcement officers.


Good Governance Index Methodology Development

The Good Governance Research Centre (hereinafter: Centre) was founded in December 2013. Its general purpose is to provide a unique measurement framework to develop the “Good Governance Index” and the measurement methodology in order to periodically issue the “Good Governance Report” which publishes the indicators of government performance and efficiency measurement. The operation of the Centre is based on interdisciplinary cooperation which aims to grow into an international research network establishing a public service and public policy community under the coordination of the National University of Public Service.

The operation and administration of the Centre is provided by the Faculty of Public Administration, within the Institute of Management and Governance and its Department of Public Policy and Public Administration. The objective is to build a performance measurement methodology on the basis of research results, which evaluates the efficiency of government aiming to achieve the values of Good Governance. To this end, it undertakes to set up a continually operating separate measurement system by creating and developing a specific database in the following research fields:

  1. Security and trust in government
  2. Community well-being
  3. Economic competitiveness, fiscal stability
  4. Sustainability
  5. Democracy
  6. Rule of Law
  7. Efficient public administration (as a horizontal field)

On the basis of quantitative variables of the research fields conclusions can be drawn as regards of the capacity of government, which also influence the change in the ability of government. The ability of government involves the instrumental dimension of policy-making. Unravelling the abilities requires highly complex and complicated methodology, however, they become measurable by using different types of indicators (input, output, impact and composite and area indicators). From this starting point the overall logical framework of governance efficiency is to be established.

The structure of measuring Good Governance has a three-level arrangement. The uppermost level is the complex phenomenon of Good Governance. Below that there are the mentioned research fields, which are to be measured by clearly recognizable key indicators, as possible composite indicators. The third level includes subfields which are defined within the research fields and are appropriate to identify certain phenomena, which are suitable for the description and calculation of the key indicators.

Interconnecting the key and area indicators with the logical framework of government efficiency is an important methodology innovation of the Good State and Governance Index system; namely a certain key indicator can either be input, outcome or efficiency indicator as well. As a first milestone of the preparation process of the Report an overall volume (‘The Measurement of the Good State Concept. Background Studies’) was published in June 2014.

MEFC Research Workshop at the National University of Public Service

Upon the initiative of the Institute of Military Logistics a research workshop supported by a tender announced by the rector of the National University of Public Service (NUPS) was established within the Military Ecological Footprint Centre (MEFC) on the basis of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training of NUPS in January 2014. The objective of the research workshop: problems of modern armed combat; examination of its technicaltechnological development and its social aspects in terms of sustainability.


Gamma-Ray Bursts

Gamma-ray bursts are flashes of gamma rays associated with energetic explosions that have been observed in distant galaxies. They are the brightest events in the universe. Their study has been one of the main research focuses at the Department, supported by several Hungarian Scientific Research Fund grants (Dr. Zsolt Bagoly, Prof. Dr. István Horváth).


Axiomatic Foundations of Relativity Theories

NUPS is involved in a research in which experts axiomatize Albert Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity within mathematical logic and investigate the logical connections between the possible axiomatizations and the predictions of relativity theories. The central goal of their efforts is to get a clear understanding of the fundamental concepts and assumptions of the world famous scientist’s work. This research is supported by Hungarian Scientific Research Fund grants K81188 and PD84093, as well as the International Exchanges Scheme IE110369 of the Royal Society.


Dynamics of Artificial Satellites and Exoplanets

The motions of artificial satellites and exoplanets are studied using numerical methods. The goal is to improve the precision of the numerical simulations. Another goal is to characterise the stability of exoplanetary systems especially in the habitable zone.


Book Series on ‘The Comprehensive Public Service’

Students from different areas of public service including public administration, police, defence, disaster management, municipalities, or social institutions must acquire a comprehensive approach and knowledge of state, governance and public service. That is why NUPS has developed a brand new comprehensive curriculum and series of study materials on public service.


Cyber Defence Research Consortium

In the area of information communication technology (ICT), NUPS has achieved significant results. In accordance with Hungary´s cyber security strategy and breakthrough legislation initiative, we have established a Department of Information Security. Researchers and educators come from many different fields including engineering, law, information systems, and management. One of the primary goals of the department is to create a broad research and educational consortium of Hungarian universities and international institutions in order to initiate and develop R+D and educational programs in cyber security for public service. These programs were launched in 2014 and involve hundreds of public servants and their respective organizations annually.


Unmanned Aerial System Research

The Institute of Disaster Management is venturing into innovative solutions by supporting disaster management with higher efficiency. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) can be a low-cost yet very effective tool in the hands of disaster managers; therefore, the development of their effective application for different disasters like nuclear and chemical accidents, floods, earthquakes and forest fires is in the research phase. The research focuses on the thematic division of the application: before the onset, as prevention, during the intervention as quick assessment and decision support, and after the primary intervention as supporting recovery.


Virtual Teaching Platform Innovation

NUPS offers training materials based on life events for governmental client service. The training involves 3D virtual simulation environment, which connects our world with virtual reality. Thus, students can test their communication, problem solving skills, and their knowledge via the augmented reality platform. This massive online, game-based education opens the gates for the 21st century methodological possibilities in both fields of higher education and governmental client services.


Robot Warfare Researches

This research focuses on up-to-date military technology such as unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles, robot technology, new weaponry and weapon systems, and the tactics and procedures of 21st century’s modern warfare. New trends of information security and cyber warfare have also become part of the research. During 2013, NUPS held the Robot Warfare Conference series where over 13 workshops and more than 350 papers were presented.


Innovation in Critical Infrastructure

The aim of this research is to support innovation and to consolidate resources needed to conduct international research on critical infrastructure. More than 130 Hungarian and 33 foreign researchers are working to establish a knowledge database on civil protection. This database will provide a strong foundation for future research and innovation on citizen security issues like the fight against terrorism, prevention of natural disasters, protection of human rights, and the prevention of crime. During the timeframe of the project, 11 books, 130 scientific articles and 144 conference presentations have already been published with 4 patents being official registered.


Deployable Rapid Diagnostic Laboratory

The project’s aim was to establish a deployable biolaboratory capable of conducting research related to civil emergency situations and scientific analyses related to pathogens. The laboratory could be deployed in an area where quick and efficient analysis and/or transportation of research samples would otherwise not be manageable. The system could provide substantial support in the management of issues related to civilian or animal health diseases or to diseases occurring after an attack with biological weapons. The development process started in 2009 and included the joint work of experts from NUPS and other companies’ professionals in laboratory technology, technical modelling and programming.

Policy Shaping – Background Analysis of Civil Service Career

The Magyary Zoltán Public Administration Development Programme has initiated fundamental changes in the Hungarian public administration regarding organisation, tasks, procedures and personnel. As a contributor NUPS has conducted a research to confirm the new career plan announced by Programme. The research analysed measures and changes primarily of the last four years and examined the legal and regulatory environment.


Transformative Action Learning

Action Learning is one type of group-coaching, an excellent tool for leaders who are dedicated to evoke organizational development and to identify and solve complex, real problems. It is very effective in improving collaboration skills and brings favourable changes in the culture of the organization as well. Transformative Action Learning is a method, taught within leader development courses at Harvard University, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at other American universities and widely adopted within the US government, the European Commission and many large corporations (e.g. General Electric, IBM, Toyota). The National University of Public Service adopts the program with Robert Kramer in order to turn good managers into extraordinary leaders.


Democratic Compact: Improving Democracy in Europe (DECIDE)

NUPS is involved in a research within the Europe for Citizens Program in consortium with the Association of Local Democratic Agencies (ALDA). DECIDE aims at developing, through the establishment of a thematic network of towns and by adopting a bottom-up approach, a democratic compact, namely a set of measures that are needed in Europe to increase the quality of democracy and citizen participation.

These measures will be identified, exchanged, further elaborated and tested by all the project partners. The partnership is composed of 24 partners from 14 countries: 4 countries of the “old” EU15, 6 countries having accessed the EU between 2004 and 2007 and 4 IPA countries. This will allow an enriching exchange among partners with different track record in the EU and will contribute to develop a sense of belonging to a common “house”. The main final outcomes of DECIDE will be the establishment of a thematic network of towns committed to increase the quality of democracy and citizen participation in the enlarged Europe and the democratic compact, a set of measures which have been tested and that can be further disseminated and implemented.



Keeping pace with contemporary and future challenges is especially important in the field of law enforcement. As the fundamental IT system of police forces, the RoboCop system includes a set of applications comprising a wide spectrum of electronic data and document related to open law enforcement activities. Accordingly, it is a complex information system with the aim of supporting the revisionary (investigative) work of law enforcement officers and enhancing the efficiency of experts analysing criminal activities. The Faculty of Law Enforcement provides trainings (69 hrs long courses) for future police officers to familiarize with the RoboCop system.


Internationally Tested Module on HATE Crime

The international activities of the Faculty of Law Enforcement at NUPS include its co-operation with other training and educational institutions of law enforcement within the EU research and education project titled “Crime Prevention and Fight against Crime”. Embedded in the three year program of Commonality in Police Higher Education in Europe, lecturers and students of the faculty worked together with their counterparts from the Netherlands, Scotland and Lower Saxony.

The project focused on the development of joint education modules with the Hungarian participants being responsible for the establishment of the module concerning hate crime. Each module contains detailed literature along with handbooks and other resource material (such as presentations) for both lecturers and students. These materials were “tested” in March 2013 within an 80 hour intensive course conducted in English at German, Dutch and Hungarian institutions simultaneously.

In addition to its high quality, a number of successful workshops and conferences along with a considerable level of interest from students show the importance of the module on hate crime. Accordingly, the module is not only available for students of all faculties at NUPS but is also be open to ERASMUS students in English from September 2014.