About our Faculty
Higher education was started in 1986 in Békéscsaba. In 1994 the first economics degree programme in Finance and Accounting, which plays a key role in the faculty’s current profile, was launched.
In 2001 Tessedik Sámuel College was founded as a result of the merger of several institutions of Higher Education in the region. In 2006 the current Bologna-type course structure was established at the Faculty. Besides the degree programmes, a wide range of non-degree and post-graduate programmes is being developed as a response to the demands of the labour market.
Our Faculty was merged into Szent István University in 2008, and has become one of its faculties.
The Faculty of Economics, Agricultural and Health Studies strives to turn out graduates who have received a strongly practical training focusing on problem-solving. Another priority is for students to possess high level communication and foreign language skills. As part of our graduate programmes we provide a wide range of options for specialization, and full-time students also have an opportunity to take up extra foreign language courses.
Our Faculty is located in a region which is disadvantaged in terms of unemployment rates and the proportion of university graduates in the work force. For this reason our Faculty strives to satisfy the growing need for graduates who received practice-oriented education, therefore we invite local experts and business people to take part in the teaching of courses like Law, Banking, Insurance, Taxation, Controlling, and Social Security.
The programmes taught at our Faculty have earned high respect in the region, which is shown by the growing demand for our courses. Most recently we received a request to provide training from the Békés County Regional Development Agency.
Our graduates are well received at the labour market: they are often offered jobs at businesses and institutions where they spend their practical placements.
Besides teaching, the staff at the Faculty of Economics is engaged in numerous research projects, which are in harmony with the research and development strategies of the county and the wider region. The research activities are primarily focused on social and economic issues in a disadvantaged region (South-East Hungary).
The Faculty has been active in editing two periodicals: one local (Körös Tanulmányok), and one international (Perspective). In the latter journal articles by colleagues from Banska Bystrica (Slovakia) and Arad (Romania) are also published regularly.
The Faculty has international links which spread over several types of joint activity and cooperation. We organise international links that provide our staff and students with opportunities for international mobility under the Erasmus Scheme and for participation in other EU projects.
Participation in Erasmus and in other Lifelong Learning programmes enables our students to spend one or two semesters of their studies in one of our partner universities in Europe, e.g. in Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic or Poland. The semesters abroad are integral and fully acknowledged parts of the students’ studies which help them to gain valuable educational and cultural experiences in another country, and to improve their foreign language skills.
All this constitutes substantial added value and a tangible advantage when the students enter the labour market upon graduation. Most recently the Erasmus scheme also supports practical placements abroad, which is another opportunity for our students to enhance their skills. Our transatlantic partner is Murray State University in the USA, which also receives students from us for a semester.
The Faculty is engaged in international research projects with one of our strategic partners, the University of West Vasile Goldis in Arad, mainly to improve competencies for employability in the border region and to develop joint Hungarian-Romanian business centres and databases. The Faculty also has links with several universities from the Visegrad countries, of which the closest is the one with Matthew Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Another successful project recently has been a 2-year Grundtvig project with universities in the UK and Romania developing ideas for courses addressing Intercultural Dialogue.
Our Faculty is an accredited language examination site. Thanks to the exam site, our students have the opportunity to take their required language examinations locally: Origo general language exams in English, German, French, Romanian and Slovakian languages, or Zöld Út specialised language exams in Economics, Agriculture and Technology in English and German, on elementary (B1), intermediate (B2) and advanced (C1) levels. We have a modern language laboratory to assist our students in their preparations for the language exams.