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Corvinus University of Budapest
Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem[1]
Corvinus University of Budapest
Motto Scientia mea - Adiutor meus
(My knowledge is my helper)
Established 1920
Type Public university
Rector Prof. Zsolt Rostoványi
Admin. staff 867
Students 14,522
Location Budapest, Hungary
Campus Urban
Affiliations Professional organisations: AACSB, AFANet, APSA, DRC, EAPAA, EUA, ECLAS, EFMD, ESA, IAU, ICA, IFLA, NISPA, PRME. Professional networks: ECA, CEEMAN, CEMS, EDAMBA, FFNet, LE NOTRE, MIRC, PIM
Website www.uni-corvinus.hu

Corvinus University of Budapest is one of the most prestigious universities in Budapest, Hungary. Corvinus University of Budapest defines itself as a research university oriented towards education, where the scientific performance of the academic staff measures up to the international standard and the students can obtain a competitive degree having a standard and knowledge content identical to similar-profile universities and acknowledged on the European Union's labour market and on a global scale. The University admitting more than 14,000 students offers educational programmes in agricultural sciences, business administration, economics, and social sciences, and most these disciplines assure it a leading position in Hungarian higher education. At the same time, its key ambition is to display the institution's uniqueness and to exploit the synergies resulting form professional diversity and from studying multiple disciplines.

Corvinus University, which functions as a real 'universitas', accepts students at six faculties and offer courses leading to degrees at the bachelor, master and doctoral level in countless specialisations taught in Hungarian, English, French or German, qualifying them in a wide variety of fields.

The various academic rankings of the universities’ prestige, professional and social acceptability are measured regularly. Year by year, Corvinus University of Budapest is among the best institutions on various national and international rankings. It was listed in the top 50 in the Financial Times European Masters in Management rankings,[2] and was the first Hungarian university was mentioned among the best in the area of agriculture.

History[edit]

In 1846, József Industrial School was opened gates with departments for economics and trade for upper grade students. The immediate forerunner of the Corvinus University of Budapest, the Faculty of Economics of the Royal Hungarian University, was established in 1920. The faculty was an independent organization that was granted the same status as faculties of other universities.[3] In 1934, the faculty was merged with other institutions including the University of Technology to form the Hungarian Royal Palatine Joseph University of Technology and Economics.[4] Modern economist training began in 1948, when the Hungarian University of Economics was established as a separate universitas.[5] Since then, the institution has undergone multiple name changes. In 1953 it was renamed Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences.[6] In 1990 the political system changed in Hungary. After 43 years democratic and free parliamentary elections were held. Following that the name of the university was changed to the University of Economics of Budapest.

In 2000, with the integration of the College of Public Administration, the institution was named Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration (BUESPA). The College of Public Administration was founded in 1977.[7]

In 2003, the three faculties of the former University of Horticulture (then part of the Szent István University) were integrated into the BUESPA. The first predecessor of the horticulture faculties, the School for practical Gardening (1853 - 1860) was the first institution of horticultural professional training in Hungary. The school was founded and managed by the well-known horticultural scholar and publicist Dr Ferenc Entz (1805 - 1877), who was also a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS).[8] In 1939 an independent Royal Horticultural Academy was launched. It included three departments: one for agriculture, another for horticulture and another for landscape architecture. The latter was one of a kind in Hungary at the time.

In 2004, the university received its present name.[9] The name the Corvinus University of Budapest refers to the name of Corvinae (codices). Bibliotheca Corviniana was one of the most renowned libraries of the Renaissance world, established by the king Matthias Corvinus of Hungary.

It also reflects an institution with a human-centred view based on humanist ideology that is committed to the human, science and culture centred traditions and values appropriate to the universitas while evoking a renaissance world, focusing on refinement, details, diversity and value creation. Commitment to the name of the Corvinus University of Budapest means the identification with European values. The establishment of the institution within Hungarian higher education fits well into other economic and social changes that are concomitants of EU membership. The objective is that the connection to European higher education should be a positive and long-term growing process.

The Faculty of Public Administration was appended[10] to the newly formed National University of Public Service[11] January 1, 2012.

From 2013 Corvinus University of Budapest offers a Corvinus Summer School program with wide variety of courses in different subject areas.[12]

Faculties[edit]

The Corvinus University of Budapest has six faculties. These can be grouped into three subject areas: business and horticulture.

Business concentration (Közgáz Campus):

Façade of the Corvinus University of Budapest
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

Horticulture concentration (Budai Campus):

As of 2003 (before the merger with the horticulture faculties), the university had 620 teachers and 16,537 students, with 2721 students graduating. In 2006 it had a total of 17,000 students. By virtue of the resolution adopted by the Hungarian Parliament, in 2012 the Faculty of Public Administration became the part of the newly established National University of Public Administration. Corvinus University of Budapest operates with 6 faculties from this year. A growing number of the university's students come from countries other than Hungary.

Setting and architecture[edit]

Main building of Corvinus University

The university is in an urban setting. The faculties operate in multiple buildings that stand in the city centre of Budapest.

The university's main building — now part of the UNESCO Heritage Site[13] — is located in Pest on the left bank of the Danube, next to the Grand Market Hall and facing the Budapest University of Technology and Economics on the river's other bank. The main building was planned by Miklós Ybl as the Main Customs Office in Neo-Renaissance style. It was finished in 1874. The building was called "Vámház" (Customs House) and "Fővámpalota" (Chief Customs Palace). This is also the name of the nearby avenue. The building was connected to ports of the Danube by four tunnels. It had a railroad connection. During WW2 the Hungarian, German and Soviet troops used the building as a military base. The Customs House suffered serious damage during the war. In 1948 it became the main building of the University of Economics. It underwent major renovations in 1950 and later in 1989-1990. Currently, much of the education of the business faculties (Faculty of Business Administration, Economics, Social Sciences) takes place in the main building. This is the location of the rector's offices as well.

The new Közraktár Street building

The new Közraktár Street building of the university was completed in 2007. It was built for the cost of HUF 10 billion (EUR 40 million) and offers 50,000 m2 of floorspace, which includes an office building and education areas. The building has a state-of-the-art interior with spacious community areas and special wall light installations. The building hosts the 450-seat central library of the university which contains 100,000 books and journals.[13][14]

The horticulture faculties are located on Villanyi Road on the Buda side of Budapest. A highlight of the Buda campus is the 7.5-acre (30,000 m2) Buda Arboretum,[15] which includes trees of 1,640 species and hundreds of species of other plants. The arboretum is used as a demonstration garden in dendrology classes.

Student life[edit]

Karl Marx statue inside the main building

Seven colleges for advanced studies are connected to the university. These are student groups that offer their own body of extracurricular coursework and often provide accommodation for their members as well.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Study in Hungary: Corvinus University of Budapest
  2. ^ Financial Times: FT.com / Business Education / Masters in management
  3. ^ 1920. évi XXXI. törvénycikk - a budapesti kir. magyar tudományegyetemi közgazdaságtudományi kar felállításáról és ideiglenes szervezetéről. http://www.1000ev.hu/index.php?a=3&param=7446
  4. ^ 1934. évi X. törvénycikk: Magyar Királyi József Nádor Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem. http://www.1000ev.hu/index.php?a=3&param=7953
  5. ^ Küzdelem egy önálló közgazdasági egyetemért. Rosta Miklós, Magyar Tudomány, 2001/8. http://www.matud.iif.hu/01aug/rosta.html
  6. ^ A Közgazdászképzés története. Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem. http://www.uni-corvinus.hu/index.php?id=p100017
  7. ^ 30 éves jubileum. Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem, Közigazgatástudományi kar. http://www.uni-corvinus.hu/index.php?id=18350
  8. ^ Kertészeti felsőoktatás Magyarországon. Az első 150 év. Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem. http://kerteszettudomany.uni-corvinus.hu/index.php?id=p300113
  9. ^ A Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem Története. Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem
  10. ^ [2011. évi XXXVI. törvény http://www.complex.hu/jr/gen/hjegy_doc.cgi?docid=A1100036.TV]
  11. ^ [National University of Public Service http://www.uni-nke.hu]
  12. ^ Corvinus Summer School. http://www.uni-corvinus.hu/summerschool
  13. ^ a b Új épület a Corvinus Egyetemnek. Építészfórum, 2007-09-13. http://epiteszforum.hu/node/6985
  14. ^ Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem, új épület, Budapest. Épülettár. http://www.epulettar.hu/modules/epulet/details.aspx?nid=420
  15. ^ Budai Arborétum. http://budaiarboretum.uni-corvinus.hu/

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Coordinates: 47°29′10″N 19°3′29″E / 47.48611°N 19.05806°E / 47.48611; 19.05806