Faculty of Adult Education and Human Resources Development
The University of Pécs represents and accepts as its own a great tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, while at the same time it is a modern and dynamically developing European higher educational institution offering various educational, cultural, sporting and recreational opportunities.
The modern University of Pécs was founded on 1 January 2000 through the merger of Janus Pannonius University, the Medical University of Pécs and the Illyés Gyula Teacher Training College of Szekszárd. However, its roots go back to 1367 when the Anjou king of Hungary, Louis the Great established the first Hungarian university in Pécs.
With its ten faculties - Faculty of Adult Education and Human Resources Development, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Illyés Gyula, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Law, Medical School, Faculty of Music and Visual Arts, Faculty of Sciences and Pollack Mihály Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology - the University of Pécs plays a significant role in Hungarian higher education. The University offers a broad range of training and degree programmes, ensuring high-level knowledge-transfer and research. With its students and nearly 2,000 teaching and research staff the impact of the University of Pécs extends well beyond the borders of Pécs.
A modern higher educational training system initiated by the European Union was introduced in Hungary too, known as the Bologna process, which offers students an opportunity to pursue their studies in a dynamically developing, convertible European higher educational system. The traditional college and university level training programmes were replaced by a three-tier system consisting of a basic training programme (BA, BSc), a master level programme (MA, MSc), and doctoral level (PhD, DLA) programme.
In order to meet the demands and the needs of the surrounding community for continuing education, the University of Pécs has started to develop its programmes within the area of life-long learning. In addition, the University attaches great importance to training in the colleges for advanced studies. Nearly every Faculty offers training in the framework of this organisation that encourages students to pursue their own research.
Due to the credit system, first introduced in Hungary here in Pécs, an increasing number of Hungarian students participate in international study programmes as an integral part of their education, and likewise, an increasing number of international students and researchers come to the University of Pécs to study and conduct research every year. Therefore, the University continuously works on expanding and improving its co-operation with other universities and international research institutions and is already part of a large network at different levels.
was established in May 2005. With its nearly 1,602 students, it is one of the most specialized faculties of the University of Pécs.
Beside training programmes in several traditional fields, the Faculty is a leading centre and co-ordinator of adult education in the region, so it also offers further training programs in special fields, post-secondary vocational training and special courses, and organises and hosts various conferences. The Faculty gives priority to enhancing research and development in collaboration with other national and international universities and state or civic organisations.
The Faculty of Adult Education and Human Resources Development traditionally views its students as colleagues. Student life is very active; students can participate in study abroad programmes, attend cultural and sporting events, and the Film club organised by the students themselves offers a great opportunity for recreation and entertainment. Forum, the monthly journal of the Student Union is edited by students. By way of its own traditions and making use of the opportunities provided by the International Student Centre that offers Hungarian language and culture courses, the Faculty nurses very good relations with several Dutch, English, Scottish, French and German universities. International relations also include Babes-Bólyai University in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca), where the introduction of an affiliated major in Andragogy is underway. The Faculty maintains extremely fruitful Erasmus contacts with several European universities.
Our Faculty also includes a special unit, the Centre for Defence Studies, which trains personnel working in the armed services and law enforcement organisations, and is engaged in writing tenders and conducting research especially on the utilization of knowledge for civilian purposes. In the summer of 2006, the Centre was officially opened by Raymond Henault, chairman of the NATO Military Committee.
Teaching at the Faculty is conducted in modern, air-conditioned and well-equipped rooms. Students are also served by a bright and colourful community hall and a textbook shop. Students can get access to some 100 computers, all of them linked to the university IT network, 40 of which can be used in the community hall for studies and research during the opening hours of the main building. As a special feature, the colourful corridors of the Faculty often host various exhibitions, where students and visitors can see works related to national holidays as well as the pictures and photos of amateur student and faculty artists.
The Faculty has recently set up a recreation park where a Székely gate and a belfry can be seen, made by craftsmen from Transylvania. The benches in the park opening from the main building have been named after former students of the Faculty working today as Members of the Hungarian Parliament.