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Scientific activities

The Faculty of Economics and Social Studies emphasizes the academic performance of its staff members. In spite of the young age of the Faculty, its members exceed in many national in qualifications and scientific activities, having a podium place among economic colleges. The many years of deliberate, systematic construction shows clearly, that until 2008, only 51%  of the instructors acquired academic qualifications, but  by 2011 this proportion increased to 65%. In parallel with this, all full-time lecturers who had not yet gained academic qualifications participated in PhD training programmes. Several colleagues obtained a PhD degree  in the  area of economics,  food industry and  sociology. As a sign of our acknowledgment, we publish the scientific theses of staff members with new academic degree in every two years  in  a book series called: A téziseken túl  (Beyond the Theses). Our staff members undertake lectures and part-time trainings at foreign institutions, taking advantage of the ERASMUS staff mobility programme. More and more foreign lecturers visit our Faculty and deliver professional presentations in foreign language as a sign that the Faculty’s   current education and research work is internationally acknowledged.

The scientific potential is proved by our staff members who publish regularly, participate on national and international conferences, where they dispatch their recent research results. For 10 years now, in the first half of each November , the Faculty  hosts of the Hungarian Science’s Day an event, where local  and foreign lecturers share their thoughts on scientific achievements on plennaries  and section meetings  to all those interested . The Inventarium, the official journal of the Faculty, has been the forum of the findings of the researches carried out by our staff members.  This journal ensured  opportunity to present the academic performance of the faculty between 2000 to 2008. In 2009, our central publication was renewed in spirit, content and form. It is published under the name of Gazdasági és Társadalomtudományi Közlemények (Journal on Economics and Social Sciences) twice a year, which publishes  foreign-language publications as well. Our efforts were rewarded in the Autumn of 2010 by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, when the journal was registered and recorded as a peer-reviewed publication. The editorial board and the international advisory board are such  guarantee, on which we can build our increasing  scientific recognition.

The Faculty has two  research teams helping both in the co-ordination of institutional and department-level research. The Master-level professional trainings are also based on these two research teams. Besides Budapest, The East European Studies, which is part of  the Central and Eastern Europe Research Center, operates only at the College of Nyíregyháza. The Central and Eastern Europe Research Center is primarily based on the scientific activity of the faculty’s lecturers. Our lecturers involved in the Norwegian project, Mobiage, the HURO project, raise their researches on  international level, increasing the  professional reputation of the institute beyond Hungary’s borders.

Quality Management

With the operation of the quality system our goal is to ensure a high quality education and research activity, to increase the satisfaction of students,  faculty staff, graduates and their prospective employers, organizations institutions and partners in relationship with our faculty. Our main principle is  quality education in addition to high quality service. We strive in every step and in all our decisions to ensure consistent quality and a predictable future (by considering our opportunities) for those related to our faculty. Quality work can exist only under constant control, can be built on constant renewal, feedback based on real and realistic opinions. We are aware that we have to constantly work hard for quality success  so that the improvements should not stop. We must continue  to get a more perfect picture of ourselves regarding our training courses, regarding the  instructors’ work and the  management team of the faculty. We believe, that besides  quality education service, we need to understand ourselves and the image which is created about us.

Several independent organizations made surveys about the level of the trainings and student satisfaction. It is an important achievement that our faculty has gained a privileged rank in the field of economic and social science trainings (having 2 podium places), according to a survey carried out by the Weekly World Economy which measured the educational performance of the students and lecturers of the Hungarian higher education institutions in recent years.

Not only external independent organizations, but we ourselves also carry out  surveys, questionnaires, and make quality examinations. The surveys cover both the current participants of the training and graduates as well. Providing data is voluntary in paper form, while ensuring complete anonymity. The data are recorded - in a closed system - with non-academic staff involved. Our aim during the evaluation of the averages was to detect the dangerous and critical points of our work. We want to explore the true nature of the system, to increase the quality of education, to examine the teachers’ attitude, to track the opinions formed regarding the changes of the courses.

Faculty leadership

Units

Institute of Applied Communication

Institute of Applied Communication

The Institute that was established on the 1st of January in 2009,  was created as the result of the organizational transformation of the college, with the merge of the former Department of Cultural Science and Adult Training, and the Department of Leadership and Human Sciences.

The Institute is responsible for the following fields of studies:  andragogy, communication,media studies and social studies for various basic trainings.



THE PRESENTATION THE  SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITY OF THE INSTITUTE OF APPLIED COMMUNICATION

The Institute's priority research areas are based on the region’s characteristics, examining the possibilities to involve disadvantaged groups into adult education. We carried out several previous researches, and successful projects on this topic. Three separate volumes were published based on the result of the "Training Integrated into Employment"  a project, that was launched in 2003 (by the National Institute for Public Education, the Ministry of Education and the National Employment Public Foundation). (Work and Learning 2005, OKI, Budapest, Living Worlds 2007, College of Nyíregyháza, Nyíregyháza, Key positions 2007, Nyíregyháza). The research results can be found in "The Bridge to the other side", the EQUAL Programme results - New methods for disadvantaged people to increase employment opportunities (2008.) National Employment Foundation EQUAL National Program Office, Budapest.)

From 2005, joining a research group of the University of Pécs’s, we continuously monitor the abilities and learning attitudes of students who have chosen andragogy major. We carry out examinations on full-time and correspondent students' learning processes, learning attitudes, motivations, training expectations from year 2005. We regularly report the findings  on  National Education Conferences, national events and adult education conferences.

Our courses are recommended for those, who already have managerial responsibilities in different areas of life, who want to expand their career based on deeper knowledge, who feel the  need to keep pace with the development of their profession.

Employment opportunities may increase exponentially for all employees with a further degree, advanced knowledge, which improve the quality of their work. In 2007, our institution  joined the "European Mobility Mobiage Resource Centers for Active Aging of Elderly People Living Outside Their Country" research, which examined 25 countries within Europe, considering the elderly migration, their social integration opportunities by joining lifelong learning. In this study the College of Nyíregyháza represents Hungary. The study was led by Dr. Kerülő Judit college professor, our partners were the "International Management Institute (IMI) - Bulgaria, Ovidius High School - Romania, International Center for Uddaneise (FIC) - Denmark, Formazione per la Comuncazione University Consortium (FOR.COM), Italy . The project ended in  December  2010.

The staff of the institute  continuously publishes  articles in national and international magazines. Dr. Drabancz Róbert comlpeted a course book on the subject he lectures.  Dr. habil. Láczay Magdolna’s study appeared in  „Századvég”, Dr. Kerülő Judit  published a study at the National Textbook Publishing Company. Vitál Attila  edited a textbook which was published by the National Institute of Adult Education and Training. The chapters of the volume were written by staff members: by Dr. Kerülő Judit, Dr. Nagy Edit and Vitál Attila.

It is good news that there is an increase in the number of foreign-language publications. In the analyzed period there were nine English-language studies, mostly reports, presented at conferences. The professional relationships of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences with Krakow is outstanding, that allows for the foreign language-speaking colleagues to present lectures and publish in foreign languages annually. The colleagues of the institute are regular participants of major conferences related to their field of research, and this is essential to build and manage scientific relationships. All the lecturers of the institute participate in the Science Day Events of the faculty.

The talent-support of the faculty is primarily linked to the research capacity of the major. Staff members consider further  opportunities of improvement ensured by scientific media including the display of theses, invitation of nationally and internationally acknowledged researchers. Our talented students regularly attend scientific  study circles, which are good opportunities for self-education, research and competitive benchmarking.

They participate each year in the faculty’s student scientific conference, where the most successful students of the institution can present at the Science Day conference.

Those who had good results at the Study Circles  are offered the possibility of joining the continuous researches, as well as  cooperation alternatives of being a demonstrator in institutional, departmental educational activities. For the best dissertations written by graduate students we provide publication opportunity. Our colleagues are actively involved in the national scientific conferences as well, proofreading external dissertations.

The Lónyay Menyhért Special College established by our institution operates as a workshop for talented students.

The  staff members of the institute are active in the region's scientific, cultural and public life, and in disseminating information. They participate in regional and local needs surveying researches, assist  the development of local education policy concepts. Dr. Kerülő Judit and Vitál Attila are studying the consequences of the closing down of a segregated gypsy elementary school in Nyíregyháza. The test results have been reported on several forums where local government executives and directors of primary schools  participated.

Institute of Management Studies

The Institute was formed as the successor of Business Economics and Finance and Accounting Department in  January 1  2010. It imparts knowledge related to  management sciences and related theoretical knowledge and practices. The institute is responsible for the development of content and methodology of nearly 50 courses. Besides the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences our institute also provides the compulsory and optional subjects for the Technical and Agricultural Faculty, the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Informatics, and the Teacher Training Faculty.  Nearly all students of the college can choose freely from the subjects  offered by our institute.

Within our scientific field we perform educational activities in the Advanced Special Training, at basic, master and postgraduate level, and training courses linked to our professional field. The majority of our subjects provide the outcome requirements of Economics and management training, which operates not only in the institute, but also in Ukraine. The managerial and organizational duties of the latter are also performed by the Institute. The methodology subjects for preparing experts for business sector are emerging from the subject structure. Professional subjects of business, public administration, and banking sector are also taught. This area includes  production, management, operation, operational areas, and examine the social aspects of these fields. In the preparation for the profession both theoretical and practical bases have almost equal importance. The latter is served by joining the cooperation of experienced professionals into practical life, which makes the relationship to the  environment operational.

In addition to education,  research is the main task of the staff of the Institute. Their topics are concerned with research. Thus, they can research the practical compliance of the accounting system of companies , compliance of international standards of accounting and financial systems, the analysis of the balance methodology and practice, research of operations and roles based on business decision of applied statistics, regional areas of applied information technology, business management,  land and rural development. The students are also  involved in research, thus an ever increasing number of dissertations report on the latest findings of their research every year.

In addition to the  basic training,  the Institute is also involved in advanced special trainings, master and postgraduate trainings.   Tasks related to  majors and specialization are linked to leading instructors. The cross-border training co-ordination and management are the responsibility of the Institute.  The majority of the senior staff members work in  scientific and social committees outside the college,  and several functions in various commissions are also related to them. The Institute's international relation system is extensive, we maintain  daily relationship with Poland and Ukraine and several  other institutions of higher education as well.

Department of Economics and Logistics

The department was formed in 2009 with the merge of the predecessor Department of Economic Theory and the Department of Project Management and Logistics. Its main profile is the teaching of economic subjects, logistics and management training courses. Currently, the main task is the teaching of macro-and microeconomics courses, and logistics specialization at the Business Management training. The department is involved in running economics and management training courses for the other faculties of the college. The department has outsourced logistic technical manager assistant advanced specialized training (Nyíregyháza, Püspökladány) and the Trade manager training (Nyíregyháza). The outsourced logistic training in Beregszász  also runs a specialized training in economics. Logistics can be studied at the technical and international courses of the college. The department's research activity is organically integrated into the  Hungarian logistics organizations, and business organizations. The colleagues are members of various scientific and professional associations (Hungarian Economic Association Logistics Division, Public Board and Logistics Department of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Hungarian Association of Logistics, etc). We are founding members of the Logistics Cluster of Záhony.

Our staff regularly publish in national and international media, they are involved in logistics research and its practical use.



We have managed several successful application developments so far in the field of Logistics research. We have participated as co-ordinators in the program of the Logistics Development of Záhony.

Our research is primarily aimed at the exploration of the regional logistic axes:

the development and services of the corridor V. (Záhony-Rovno-Far East, Záhony-Budapest-Trieste). We prepare and process case studies for logistic service companies, take part in logistic organization of industrial parks, and in the planning of regional developing concepts.

Department of International Relations

The Study of International relations as  a multidisciplinary training within  social studies  has the oldest traditions  in Hungary at the Department of International Relations of the College of Nyíregyháza. The faculty was founded in 1997 by College of the Nyíregyháza. Similar professional training was launched at other universities and colleges in Hungary  only well after being launched here  at the college of  Nyíregyháza.

The department educates  professionals with multidisciplinary professional and general knowledge, who are capable to create international relations, to coordinate work at multinational companies, to perform professional tasks based on the European integration, to participate on the highest level in diplomatic activity, relying on high level of language skills, knowledge of diplomacy, law, economics, political science, economy, trade and finance, and information technology skills. The Department of International Relations runs Bachelor / BSc/ and Master / MSc. / trainings.

In addition to the tradition of training, the Department of International Relations relies on a very strong academic background. The Department is a national and international center for the cultural diplomacy research and education. An important aspect of the research activity  carried out is related to  minority studies.

As a result of he Department’s bilateral agreements, it implements an extensive staff and student mobility with several institutions of higher education in Europe.

Nationwide, the College of Nyíregyháza has the oldest traditions in running an International Studies major besides  Corvinus University in Budapest.

Language education is one of the main features of the major. We teach eight subjects in English, and we can provide consultations in several other subjects in a foreign language. The high level of training is supported by the Cultural Diplomacy and Civilization Research Group and East-Central European Research Centre. The Department of International Relations is a national and international centre of research and education in the field of diplomatic

Studies.

At the Master's course students can gain knowledge endowing  them  to be able to understand the economic, legal and political processes of the international system, and can undertake various diplomatic positions. Having completed their MA-level  studies, students acquire solid knowledge, which will provide a basis  for them to continue their studies  in PhD. program.

Department of Political Studies and Sociology

The Department of Political Studies and Sociology was established in 1992. Its  goal is to provide basic knowledge related to modern political studies, which allows  students to become familiar with the fundamental socio-political processes, to develop their sensitivity towards democracy, so that they should be able to shape local public life and public opinion.

The subjects described below are taught as core material during the two-cycle (BA and MA-level) training. The department participates in basic and master training in International Studies major, in the training of students studying Communication, Andragogy, Economy and Management. Our staff contributes to training students with Society major, and joins the professional activity of the  East-Central European Research Centre.

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