Ten characteristics of the Faculty

It is new. The Faculty is unique in Hungarian higher education in that our curriculum combines the study of Information Technology with the study of three disciplines of living organisms: our main emphasis is on the nervous system, but we also include insights to immune system and genetics. Our goal is not to cure illnesses or to genetically modify plants or animals. We pursue the study of living organisms to utilize this knowledge in the world of sensors, chips and algorithms. The field of electronics, with the enormous development of the microchips, has exceeded the boundaries of the realm of computers invented by engineers. We wish to explore how microchips with their millions and billions of transistors can be used better. The revolution of sensors and the advancement of the complexity of microchips, aided by advancements in human communication technology, are the key foundations from which we begin our exploration next generation systems. Our Faculty forms engineers with this knowledge.

Unique in Europe. A few years after the first similar American initiative was launched, this Hungarian Research University Faculty was started. Here we intend to link the requirements needed for vocational, scientific, and industrial success. Our Faculty offers both human-centered and nature-motivated approaches to Information Technology. These two aspects are equally ground-breaking and at some points unique, not only in Europe, but also at an international level.

Teaching state-of-the-art-research: Graduating students receive a BSc diploma as engineers in Information Technology. Because of the great variety of topics offered in both the Academic and the Applied Specializations, every student can find their field of interest. During the first cycle of formation, after laying the mathematical, physical, molecular and neuro-biological, and electronics foundations, the students individually choose from the different directions. Similarly, they select the topic of their thesis according to their particular range of interests. In the course of the second cycle, they can specialize in info-bionics, sensing computers, self-teaching robots, tele-presence, micro- and nano-technology, bioinformatics, neuromorphic information technology, medical image diagnostics, human language technology, e-commerce, mobile internet, telecommunication, financial and bank informatics, and signal processing.

Internationally acknowledged faculty: Several world-renowned research professors teach at our Faculty. Many of our professors teach and conduct research at universities abroad, as well. Ninety percent of our lecturers have a Doctoral degree.

Effective learning (tutor system): Limiting the number of new students to 150 per year provides our students with an opportunity for a higher level education via personal attention with professors graduate students and alumni. The new students receive assistance from senior students who offer support to the freshmen in adapting to university life and in overcoming academic difficulties. Besides this particular attention paid to the students' needs, special interests and development, there is a regular contact between the lecturers and the students. Later on, this contact is translated into individual studies and research.

Constant contact with research: The Jedlik Research Laboratories, which is a Research, Education and Technology center, operates within the Faculty. It is supported by five Research Institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Computer and Automation Institute, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Institute of Material Science, Institute of Enzymology, and Institute for Psychology), as well as with the support and active participation of important companies. The Multidisciplinary Doctoral School has already produced several PhD degrees and patents.

Extensive international relations: Based on the international relations of our University and the researchers lecturing at our faculty, we have succeeded in building active contacts with several internationally reputed university research centers (Berkeley, Notre Dame, Leuven, Munich, Krakow, Seville, Catania, London, etc). Beginning with the fifth semester, the language of instruction (lectures, seminars and examinations) is English. Following this fifth semester, the best students have the opportunity to study for a semester at an acknowledged university of the field.

Practice oriented: Probably, one of the most attractive characteristics of our Faculty is the multidisciplinary, approach which enables our students to acquire a special vision and way of thinking that only a few thousand other students have in the world today. Our laboratories of robotics, psychophysics, electronics, and computer technology equipped with the latest products and services (e.g. fMRI equipment, CELL supercomputers, gene-chips) are all used in the service of our high standard of education. All of these labs are located in the newly constructed 10 000 m² building of our Faculty.

Excellent job opportunities: After graduation in their chosen field of innovation area, our students find that their diplomas will open many doors. They will be qualified for a wide range of positions in R&D, services, manufacturing, management, etc. Their well founded formation will also enable our graduates to find attractive possibilities in the realm of research, first as a doctoral student, later as a postdoc. In addition, getting acquainted with our spin-off companies they learn how to implement and sell their own ideas in the marketplace.

Student life: Thanks to the low number of students, team spirit among them is strong. Their intensive community life is further strengthened by many cultural programs and sport activities- bike tours, soccer, basketball - where students have the opportunity to become better acquainted.