University of Veszprém
According to ancient documents, in the 13th century Veszprém was
hosting the country’s first college, where in addition to the Septem
Artes Liberales law was also taught. Undoubtedly it would not be proper
to consider the university founded in 1949 as the direct successor of
the college, which had been closed after the Mongol invasion.
Nevertheless, these facts portray the historical importance of the
education and research carried out in our institution.
The predecessor of our Georgikon Faculty in Keszthely had been
conceived in 1797 on the basis of Count Festetics’s progressive ideas.
The two world famous higher education institutions merged to give birth
to the University of Veszprém, an institution capable of continuous
Until the end of 1980s the former Veszprém University of Chemical
Engineering had hardly 600 students, while by 2003 more than 7000
students are now studying in the educational programs offered by the
five faculties of the present University of Veszprém. In addition to the
Veszprém, Keszthely and Nagykanizsa campuses our institution runs
programs in the towns of Pápa, Székesfehérvár, Szombathely and
Following the restructuring, the range of the educational programs
has been enlarged, so that by now the University of Veszprém offers
courses in more than 60 schools at four levels of education.
The high quality of education has always been supported by world
famous research; as a result the university has been playing a leading
role in the regional, national and international research programs.
This reputation is proved by the professors lecturing abroad and by
the large number of Nobel-Prize winner researchers who are Doctor
Honoris Causa of the University of Veszprém.
The vivid cultural life and the high quality of recreation facilities
allow useful free time activities both for the citizens and the visitors
of the university all around the year.
The University of Veszprém, which embodies all the criteria of high
level education, is one of the most dynamically developing higher
educational institutions of the Transdanubian Region.
The Mission of the University
Our past, our present and our future carry the same message as being
the intellectual centre of the region the university aims to create an
outstanding scientific, professional and cultural aura worth
transmitting to the future generations.
In the past ten years the University of Veszprém has undergone
important changes, which have made the development of the institution
Several PHARE-supports have allowed an unmatched development few can
be proud of; presently our institution issues degrees in 24 schools out
of which 18 at university level.
As a result of the integration with the historical Georgikon Faculty
of Agriculture, and with the newly created faculties, our development
capacities have enlarged, as the two campuses complement the educational
and research profiles.
In the Central and North Transdanubian regions large universities
similar to the ones in the towns of Szeged, Debrecen or Pécs have not
been developed, therefore we strongly believe that all the opportunities
are present to meet this challenge. As such the University of Veszprém
would take up an important role in the Hungarian higher education system
and meanwhile would complete the national university network.
… and its future
A determining higher education institution and cultural centre, the
university cooperates with other institutions in shaping the
intellectual image of the region.
The university, which operates recognised doctoral schools as well,
has faculties offering internationally acknowledged educational programs
and high quality research in most scientific fields.
The university is totally devoted to the European values, it respects
them, and throughout its activity aims to transmit these values to all
The University was founded in 1949 as a Faculty of Heavy Chemistry of
the Technical University of Budapest and became independent in 1951.
From the 1960s degrees in chemical engineering were issued in 6 chemical
technological branches. The new expectations towards the professionals
led the university to continuously renew the educational programs and
adjust them to the current needs. As a result, the training of
agricultural chemists was set up. This paired up with high level foreign
language education, and the schools of Chemical Engineering Management,
and Instrumentation and Metrology. The content of the programs and the
educational profile were continuously enlarged passing from one-level to
multi-level training. The existing intellectual resources allowed the
creation of information technology and automation training
In 1990 our institution had two faculties (the Faculty of Engineering
and the Faculty of Teacher Training) and became known as the University
of Veszprém. During the 1990s the development process speeded up, and
new schools of philology were set up: English, German, French, and
Hungarian languages and literatures, theatre studies, applied
linguistics, international studies, ethics, theology etc.
Following this the students could choose from new schools in
economics, engineering and arts. The credit system, introduced six years
ago, allows permeability between educational programs, career correction
and obtaining simultaneously several degrees.
Besides the doctoral schools different postgraduate and postsecondary
courses, the University Language School, courses offered by the
Institute of Further Education and Distant Education and Counselling
enlarge the day and correspondent training.
The centre of scientific and cultural life, the University of
Veszprém together with the 200-year-old Georgikon Faculty of Agriculture
turned into a 3-faculty university on 1 January 2000. In 2003 two new
faculties were created, the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of
Every year the University of Veszprém hosts several national and
international scientific conferences, which strengthen its international
reputation. In the near future the offer will include new faculties and
new schools. The leaders of the institution strive to turn the
university into the educational, intellectual, and research centre of
the Transdanubian Region and to help find its place in Europe.
At the dynamically developing University of
Veszprém the number of students today exceeds 8000, of which more than
100 are foreign citizens. This large number is matched by a vivid
university life. Nearly 60 student groups, clubs and
student-organisations operate at the institution, and their number is
rising year to year. As to the sports facilities, the university has an
excellent potential at national level. In addition, several
international student organisations participate actively in organising
student mobility, internship, summer universities and conferences in
cooperation with other universities.
From 1993, student representation has been
exercised by an elected body, the student self-government (the so-called
Student Union), which at present consists of representatives delegated
from the Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of
Information Technology, Faculty of Teacher Training and the Georgikon
Faculty of Agriculture.
Their main task is to represent students’
interests in the committees of the Institution. The rate of student
participation in committees ranges from one third to one fifth of all
members. Distribution of state scholarships and social aid is almost
entirely the responsibility of the student self-government. Student
career offices and accommodation arrangements, the organization of
cultural and student community events (Freshers’ camp and party,
Veszprém University Days etc.), legal advisory services, international
relations, students’ newspapers and clubs frequently operate under the
auspices of the student self-government. They also play an important
role in the operation of the increasingly widespread Student Counseling
Offices, and they also provide students with free database of lodgings.
They also run the university newspaper, the university television
channel and the hostel radio.
It is the self-government that runs the
Committee of External Affairs, the so-called Foreign Affairs Office,
which together with the International Relations and Project Office seeks
opportunities of student grants and current proposals.
The Foreign Affairs Office runs the Erasmus
Student Network, maintaining a mentor system, which helps incoming
students to integrate into the university life of Hungary. This mentor
system is a great help the International Relations and Project Office,
as the mentors take over practical managerial functions, carrying out
the day to day tasks of hosting students from abroad (e.g. finding
appropriate accommodation, residency permits, handling official matters
with the authorities etc.)
At the University of Veszprém there are
four student organizations: AEGEE, BEST, ESTIEM and IASTEE. These
organizations take active part in the organization of summer schools,
conferences, job fairs, exchange programs, cultural activities and
several other events.