Campus Hungary Professional Conference

The Campus Hungary Programme held a Professional Conference on 11 May 2015 at the Balassi Institute with a special focus on research and development, innovation and internationalisation.

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The conference began with discussions focusing on the role of research, development and innovation in the Campus Hungary Programme as well as the role of improving scholarships and international mobility in order to facilitate scientific activity of both students, teachers and institutions in higher education (the discussions were open to the press).  Members of the panel included Judit Hammerstein, head of the Balassi Institute, Gergely Prőhle, Deputy Undersecretary of International and EU Affairs at the Ministry of Human Capacities, Ágnes Simon, professional executive of the Campus Hungary Programme and Dr. Judit Kádár, head of the International Relations Center at Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences.

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After Judit Hammerstein, undersecretary Gergely Prőhle also greeted the participants and highlighted the importance of mobility programmes. Ágnes Simon, professional executive of the CH Programme and Edina Kisbáró, public relations coordinator of the Tempus Public Foundation gave an overview of the objective of the Programme.

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Ádám Szigeti, Head of Department of Research and Development at the Ministry of Human Capacities opened the section titled ’’Research and Development and Internationalisation in Light of the New Higher Education Strategy’’ with his presentation titled ’’Research and Development Aspects of the New Higher Education Strategy’’. Afterwards, Dr. Antal Nikodémus, Head of Department of Science Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spoke about the role of international mobility in research and development objectives in Hungarian higher education. Fanni Kitty Balog, head of International Relations at the Hungarian Rectors’ Conference approached the conference’s topic from the institutional aspects of internationalisation. Zsolt Batár-Cserna, Alumni and Science Communications Head of the National Excellence Programme in the Convergence Regions gave account of the outcome and research and development activities of the National Excellence Programme.

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In the second part of the conference success stories from the realm of higher education research and development were presented. First Zoltán Kutasi, team leader of Megameter and MegaLux, described student vehicle development projects at the College of Kecskemét, GAMF Faculty. The latest endeavour of the team was to enter the world-famous solar panel powered car competition (Bridgestone World Solar Challenge) in Australia. In the most popular category of the competition, held in every second year in Australia, the source of energy is a 6 square meter solar panel. In this category four-wheel vehicles compete which have to be compatible with street traffic (consequently, they have a number plate). Their average travelling speed is 80-90 km/h, with a maximum speed of 130 km/h, covering the 3000 km distance between Darwin and Adelaide in four days.  The competition is won by the team which reaches Adelaide first. The difficulty of the race, with the path running across the scorching desert, is demonstrated by the fact that in 2013 only 10 vehicles crossed the finish line of the 33 vehicles entering the competition.

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Deputy Head of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Centre at the University of Debrecen Dr Tamás Bene gave a presentation on the challenges in the field of university-level technology transfer, while Dr Dávid Vincze, university lecturer at the Information Technology Faculty of the University of Miskolc talked about the international competition of supercomputers. The IT team of the University of Miskolc achieved great success in the competition last year when they were among the 16 teams out of 152 making it to the finals. The conference came to a close with the informal presentation ofLevente Kovácsik, titled Prezi as a means of supporting innovation.  At the end of the event, every participant received a certificate.

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