The Students’ Union's operation is centred around the representation of students' interests in higher education institutions while being a part of these institutions. In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 2011, each student is a member of his/her university's Students’ Union, and has the right to vote and to stand as a candidate as well.
At university level, the primary aim and prominent task of the Students’ Union is to represent the students’ interests. Student representatives actively participate in the work of every important decision-making and reviewer bodies of the university – such as the University Senate, the Faculty Council, and the committees dealing with student affairs – in order to ensure that student interests are taken into consideration.
The representation of students is organised on two levels in our university. The first level is the Students’ Union (HÖK) for each faculty. Our university has 4 faculties hence there are 5 operating Students’ Union. The second level is the representation on university level. Representatives of the Students’ Union from each Faculty elect those who can represent the four faculties on university level. The main decision-making body of the University Students’ Union (EHÖK) is the Delegate Assembly which currently consists of 12 members. In the Delegate Assembly, each faculty has 3 representatives. The University Students’ Union is lead by a Chair whose work is supported by the Chairs of each faculty Students’ Union (fulfilling the role of Vice Chair), secretary and officers. The Students’ Unions are very diverse communities. Each faculty has its own characteristics. On the one hand side the students are involved in different type of issues and questions, but on the other hand side this difference leads to different opportunities as well. Because of this diversity and different traditions, the Students’ Union of each faculty is designed the way that it can offer the most help to the students.
When and why to contact the Students’ Union?
The primary goal of the Student’s Union is to represent the rights of university students. Hence, should you perceive that a lecturer did not follow the regulations while working with you, then you can report this to the Students’ Union and the representatives will help you in solving these kinds of problems. Moreover, the Students’ Union is coordinating a significant number of opportunities and events that are important during your university years. You will probably meet with our different committes as well, such as the Student Walfare Committee or the Dormitory Committee because they are the responsible of handling the social funds and coordinate the admission and moves in the dormitory.
In addition to official procedures, the tasks of the Students’ Union include the organisation of social life as well. The aim of the events and programmes is to provide opportunity for you to spend your years at the university as meaningful as possible, so that, after you receied your degree you can think back to the time spent here with a smile. Through its events and programmes, the Students’ Union would like to provide opportunities for social networking among students, further strengthening the integration and cohesion between students of different faculties. Apart from these events (e.g.: Women’s Handball Cup), the University Students’ Union is the publisher of Forum Publicum. In this monthly magazine students can read articles, interviews and photo reports on issues concerning students of NUPS.
Mr. Dávid Kosztrihán (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coordinator of foreign affairs:
Mr. Bence Eck (email@example.com)
Erasmus Student Network
Erasmus Student Network is the biggest student association in Europe founded for supporting and developing student exchange. It is a non-profit international student organisation. ESN has been registerd at our University in February 2015, so we are an entirely new phenomenon. We work for the creation of a more mobile and flexible education environment by supporting and developing the student exchange, and providing an intercultural experience. The organisation works in the interest of international students.
Our „misson” is to improve the social and practical integration of international students, we represent the needs and rights of international students, we provide relevant information about mobility programmes and last, but not least we cooperate with the International Office at our University. In a nutshell our teams biggest task is to motivate students to study abroad. ESN is not just for students who come from foreign countries. We also work with the reintegration of homecoming students. Those who are returning from exchange are being supported in reintegration process. However, the main focus of ESN is placed on current exchange students, who often face problems in their new environments. Therefore, ESN offers help in academic, social and practical integration process. This is mainly done through activities, which includes cultural and social events such as trips to various places within the country like: Eger, Visegrád or Balaton, also film nights, international food festivals and of course which can not be missed: parties. In addition to that we have a mentor system, which helps the international students mainly in academic and practical integration.
Students can also ask for help in any personal problem they have, just as simple things like making a bank account or finding the nearest supermarket or busstop. Relying on a mentor can give exchange students a strong point in a foreign country! To sum up my words ESN encourages the future exchange students to gain international experience and gain relevant insight to different cultures. So I can only encourage you all, to experience Erasmus!