The National University of Public Service (NUPS) is higher educational institution in Budapest, Hungary. Established in 2012, it is one of the youngest universities in Central and Eastern Europe, however, its faculties as former independent colleges look back much earlier. The university was officially founded on 1 January 2012 through the merger of the Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University (becoming the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training), the Police College (becoming the Faculty of Law Enforcement) and the Faculty of Public Administration of Corvinus University of Budapest (becoming the Faculty of Public Administration at NUPS). In addition to these faculties, NUPS includes institutions that function as educational organs and think tanks and is initiating its fourth faculty of European and international studies. The university’s primary goal is to educate future public administration officials, military and law enforcement officers (through BA and MA programmes) and to develop the skills and know-how of current members of public service (through further training programmes). Moreover, NUPS also functions as a think tank for public service (through PhD programmes, joint conferences and individual research activities of lecturers).
About academics/campuses/affiliated colleges
NUPS’ educational structure consists of three faculties and four centralized institutes. The three faculties are: Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training (FMSOT), Faculty of Public Administration (FPA), Faculty of Law Enforcement (FLE).
In addition to its faculties, NUPS activities in education, training and research are realized by its four centralized institutes are the following:
• Institute of Executive Training and Continuing Education (IMDLL) - The mission of the Institute of Executive Training and Continuing Education is to provide training programmes for current public servants in Hungary.
• Institute of Disaster Management (IDM) - The Institute of Disaster Management carries forth the education and training activities of the university’s predecessors in disaster management.
• Institute of National Security (INS) - The Institute of National Security is responsible for the education and training of military and civil professionals in national security including intelligence and counter-intelligence professionals.
• Institute of National Security Institute for International Studies (IIS)
The Faculty has 4 centers that play very important role in the training and support of education:
• Language and Language Exam Center
• Career Evaluation and Examination Center
• Military Physical Training Center
• Military Post-graduation and Retraining Center
With over 2,000 students and close to 300 instructors, the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training carries out the training of cadets, officers and experts of security sector with retaining its more than two hundred-yearold higher education tradition, complying with the challenges of the 21st century, and at the same time fulfilling the needs of the government and the Ministry of Defense. The aim is to provide personnel that are able to facilitate the functional state in peace, crisis and wartime.
The Ludovika Project: Following the traditions in Hungarian public service training, the headquarters of NUPS is the Ludovika Campus: in May 2012 the Hungarian government decided to renovate the main building of the Ludovika Academy and the nearby Orczy Park thus establishing the central campus for NUPS. The renewal of the main campus building was realized following a dual directive: the building was to be modern yet preserving its heritage. Accordingly, the campus centre was equipped with up-to-date technology and infrastructure while keeping its original trademarks in a neo-classicist style. The Orczy Park and its surroundings provide altogether an area of 73,700 square metres (18.2 acres) for the new campus.