The history of the University and Debrecen

The history of Debrecen's higher education dates back to the 16th century. The Calvinist Reformed College, established in 1538, played a central role in education, teaching in the native language and spreading Hungarian culture in the region as well as in the whole country. The College was a sound base for the Hungarian Royal University, founded in 1912. Apart from the three academic faculties (arts, law, theology) a new faculty, the faculty of medicine was established, and the University soon became one of the regional citadels of Hungarian higher education. Today the University of Debrecen is classified as a “University of National Excellence” and offers the highest number of academic programmes in the country, hence it is one of the best universities in Hungary. Its reputation is a result of its quality training, research activities and the numerous training programmes in different fields of science and engineering in English. With 14 faculties and a student body of almost 30.000, of which about 3700 are international students, the University of Debrecen is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Hungary.
The history of the Faculty of Engineering dates back to 1965, when the Technical College was established. In 1972 it was named Ybl Miklós Polytechnic and in 1995 it became part of Kossuth Lajos University. In 2000 the Faculty of Engineering became part of the integrated University of Debrecen.
In 2005 the Bologna System was introduced, which aids the compatibility of the qualifications received at the University of Debrecen with universities all over Europe.
The Faculty of Engineering is practice oriented and develops skills required for the current conditions of the national and international labour market. The teaching staff is involved in numerous domestic and international research and design projects. The recently opened new building wing with its ultra-modern design hosts several lecture halls, seminar rooms and laboratories equipped with the latest technology. Our students are provided with practical knowledge, training and field practice with the help of the numerous prestigious domestic and multi-national industry partners. The internship periods are excellent opportunities for students to experience theory put into practice at the most renowned industry representatives and to become more successful in the labour market in this highly competitive sector. Students learn to operate in the working environment of multi-national companies and adapt to challenges easily. After graduation they will be able to operate at a strategic decision-making level, placing priority on efficiency and engineering ethics.
The Faculty of Engineering offers a great variety of BSc, MSc courses and post-graduate training courses tailored to suit the rapidly changing world of engineering and focusing on European and international trends. The Faculty of Engineering launched the engineering trainings in English in 2011. In order to optimize the quality of training, the Faculty continuously strives to expand the number of industrial and educational partners at home and abroad. 

The Faculty of Engineering has been a pioneer in the introduction of the Quality Management System at faculty level to measure and evaluate the efficiency of its education and teaching staff in order to improve the quality of education and training from the feedback received. 
The Faculty of Engineering has a vivid student life. There is a film club waiting for movie buffs and the door of the Faculty library is always open. The library is not only the host of the most recent technical books, exhibitions and tea afternoons with invited speakers, but students can also purchase theatre and concert tickets here from the staff. The Borsos József dormitory is also a hub of activities for students. 
The increasing number of foreign students brings cultural and ethnic diversity to the faculty.
Our aim is to aid students to become efficient members of the labour market and enrich the world of engineering in Hungary and abroad with their knowledge and expertise. 

 

Updated: 2018.06.01.


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