University of Pecs

Pécs – City with Mediterranean Atmosphere

The tiny, curvy, hilly streets of Pécs, the fig trees bearing fruits in the middle of the city, the terraced gardens on the hills of Mescek will always remind you of a real Italian setting. This southernmost city of the Hungarian “Mediterranean” was the birthplace of cultures and arts 2000 years ago. The biggest early Christian site outside Italy is a part of UNESCO World Heritage.

Pécs has always been a multicultural city. The German, Croatian, Serbian and the Hungarian community succeeded to create a unique cultural mix and a lively spirit.

Pécs is also well-known for its university and scientific workshops. The first Hungarian university was founded here in the 14th century, parallel with those in Prague and Vienna. This city hosts the biggest Hungarian university outside Budapest with 26,000 students.

Pécs is easily accessible from the Hungarian capital by Intercity trains within two and a half hours.

Fact about city of Pécs

  • Pécs is the fifth largest city in Hungary with a population of about 180,000.
  • It lies in South Transdanubia, close to the border with Croatia.
  • It has a mild, almost Mediterranean climate.
  • Its history goes back over 2,000 years to the Roman times.
  • The downtown of Pécs is a unique mixture of the relics of Early Christianity (part of the UNESCO World Heritage), the arrival of the Hungarians, the Turkish reign and the achievements of modern architecture and art.
  • Pécs is a university city. It is full of restaurants, cafés and bars; it has an incredibly vivid student life day and night.
  • Pécs was the European Capital of Culture in 2010 (with Essen and Istanbul).

Univesity of Pécs

The modern University of Pécs was founded on 1 January 2000 through the merger of Janus Pannonius University, the Medical University of Pécs and the Illyés Gyula Teacher Training College of Szekszárd. However, its roots go back to 1367 when the Anjou king of Hungary, Louis the Great established the first Hungarian university in Pécs.

With its ten faculties – Faculty of Adult Education and Human Resources Development, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Illyés Gyula, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Law, Medical School, Faculty of Music and Visual Arts, Faculty of Sciences and Pollack Mihály Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology – the University of Pécs plays a significant role in Hungarian higher education. The University offers a broad range of training and degree programmes, ensuring high-level knowledge-transfer and research. With its students and nearly 2,000 teaching and research staff the impact of the University of Pécs extends well beyond the borders of Pécs.

A modern higher educational training system initiated by the European Union was introduced in Hungary too, known as the Bologna process, which offers students an opportunity to pursue their studies in a dynamically developing, convertible European higher educational system. The traditional college and university level training programmes were replaced by a three-tier system consisting of a basic training programme (BA, BSc), a master level programme (MA, MSc), and doctoral level (PhD, DLA) programme.

In order to meet the demands and the needs of the surrounding community for continuing education, the University of Pécs has started to develop its programmes within the area of life-long learning. In addition, the University attaches great importance to training in the colleges for advanced studies. Nearly every Faculty offers training in the framework of this organisation that encourages students to pursue their own research.

Due to the credit system, first introduced in Hungary here in Pécs, an increasing number of Hungarian students participate in international study programmes as an integral part of their education, and likewise, an increasing number of international students and researchers come to the University of Pécs to study and conduct research every year. Therefore, the University continuously works on expanding and improving its co-operation with other universities and international research institutions and is already part of a large network at different levels.

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