University of Pécs

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University of Pécs
Pécsi Tudományegyetem [1] [2]
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Rector's Office, University of Pécs
Latin: Universitas Quinqueecclesiensis
Other name
Type Public
Established1912 (claiming 1367)
Academic affiliations
Compostela Group of Universities, EDUC - European Digital UniverCity, [3] European University Foundation, [4] University Network of European Capitals of Culture, [5] Danube Rector's Conference, [6] European Association for International Education, [7] European Universities Association, [8] Conference of Alps-Adriatic Universities [9]
Rector Dr Attila Miseta
Academic staff
1400 [10]
Students20,000 [10]
46°04′27″N18°14′16″E / 46.07418280°N 18.23772200°E / 46.07418280; 18.23772200 Coordinates: 46°04′27″N18°14′16″E / 46.07418280°N 18.23772200°E / 46.07418280; 18.23772200
Campus Urban
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The University of Pécs (UP;PTE; Hungarian: Pécsi Tudományegyetem) is an institution of higher education in Hungary. The year 1367 appears in the seal of the university, it has its roots in the medieval university founded in Pécs in 1367 by King Louis I the Great. 20,000 students presently attend the University of Pécs, approximately 4,500 of whom are international students studying in English or German. [11] [12]



The first university of Hungary was established in Pécs by King Louis I of Hungary in 1367, [13] the letters patent issued by pope Urban V, similar to that of the University of Vienna. The university existed for a few decades, then split into two schools, one of jurisprudence and one of theology in the course of the 15th century. The university was completely discontinued during Ottoman occupation, then restarted in 1785 by Joseph II moving the Royal Academy from Győr to Pecs. In 1802 the Royal Academy was moved back to Győr by the order of Francis I, and higher education was discontinued in Pecs until 1833, when the bishop of Pecs in conjunction with the city senate founded the Pecs Academy, comprising a legal and a philosophical faculty.

The modern University of Pécs was founded in 1912, and was originally located in Pozsony (now Bratislava, Slovakia). Following World War I Pozsony became part of the newly formed Czechoslovakia. In 1921, the university moved to Pécs, where it remained to this day. In 1951 the medical faculty was separated from the university, and till 2000 was a separate institution. The university was renamed Janus Pannnonius University in 1982. The present University of Pécs was created on January 1, 2000, via the merger of Janus Pannonius University, the Medical University of Pécs and the Illyés Gyula Teacher Training College of Szekszárd.

In 2004 the Pollack Mihály Technical College is transformed into a full-fledged university faculty under the name of Pollack Mihály Faculty of Engineering. In 2005 The Faculty of Adult Education and Human Resources Development is established as the tenth faculty of the University. The College of Health Sciences becomes a full-fledged university faculty under the name of Faculty of Health Sciences in 2006. The name of the Pollack Mihály Faculty of Engineering becomes Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology In considering the merger of the Faculty of Adult Education and Human Resources Development and the Illyés Gyula Teacher Training College of Szekszárd the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Education and Regional Development is formed. In 2015 the university had nine faculties. In 2016 The Faculty of Pharmacy will soon be established, and as a result, the University of Pécs will once again, feature ten faculties. [13] After World War I, when Hungary lost most of its territory, the university was re-established in 1923 from Elisabeth (Erzsébet) University which escaped from the city of Pozsony (Bratislava, presently the capital city of Slovakia). The Elisabeth University of Sciences had four faculties (Arts, Law, Medicine and Theology) with several outstanding professors teaching in the Medical School (Pál Heim, Béla Entz, Géza Mansfeld, just to mention a few of them). In 1951 the Medical School became a separate, independent institution under the name of the Medical University of Pécs. It underwent substantial infrastructural development in the 1960s and 1970s: the new clinical and basic science blocks were built during this period. Besides the general medicine program, training in dentistry and pharmacy were launched in 1973 and 2001. Meanwhile, the English Program in General Medicine was implemented in 1984, the first medical education program of its kind in Central Europe. A similar German Program was initiated in 2004. [14]

Science, Research, Innovation

The Szentágothai Research Centre of the University of Pécs is a research institute established on the basis of modern international science organizational and management normatives. [15] The Technology Transfer Office has been at the disposal of researchers, students and business partners. [16]


As a part of the European higher Education system, UP operates in the terms of the Bologna process offering the three-tier system consisting of bachelor level programs (BA, BSc) which last 6-8 semesters, master level programs (MA, MSc) with a duration of 2-4 semesters and doctoral level programs (PhD, DLA). Additionally, the University offers one-tier, undivided, long-term Master’s degree programs (5-6 years) in the domain of medicine, law, arts and engineering. Furthermore, interested students have the opportunity to experience short programs, such as preparatory courses, summer universities, and partial trainings. [17]

Faculties of the University of Pécs

Faculty of Business and Economics

The students of the Faculty of Business and Economics learn how to solve problems, either by quantitative, interpersonal, networking or leadership skills. UPFBE’s BSc in Business Administration and Management program has gained EFMD EPAS international accreditation in 2020. This leading international quality assessment system is the most thorough and comprehensive programme accreditation of business programmes. With receiving this accreditation UPFBE has become member of the international elite. It is the second institution in Hungary which was awarded this widely acknowledged accreditation but also one of the firsts among the Central European schools located outside city capitals. [18]

Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Education and Regional Development

The main focus is to train future intellectuals with creative and critical thinking skills, who are able to respond to the challenges of our era and willing to lead positive changes in the world. The Faculty provides courses, high standard scientific events, and innovative, hands-on practices beyond well-established theoretical knowledge. Our main campus is in Szekszárd, a town near Pécs (appr. 50km). The Pre-school Teaching BA Program in English is our brand-new course (since 2019), based on the myriads of well-developed and unique expertise of our professors in training pre-school professionals in Hungary. [19]

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

The 8 basic training programs cover technical, artistic and information technology studies in architecture, civil engineering, electrical engineering, information technology and architectural design. The undergraduate and postgraduate programs in computer, electrical, and civil engineering available in English are designed to equip students with theoretical and practical skills that are vital for a professional career in their chosen field. The postgraduate programs focus on developing experimental technical and computer skills that reflect current trends within the engineering field giving the students cutting edge knowledge in the discipline. [20]

Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences is one of the youngest Faculties of our University where teaching began in 1990. Health Sciences at the University of Pécs encompass a broad range of medical topics ranging from physiotherapy to nursing to dietetics that are designed to train students in the fields of human health and wellbeing. In general terms, the programs help face the ever-changing challenges of the societies, advancing the students’ understanding of communities and individuals to promote healthier lifestyles that improve public health. The knowledge and skills available in these courses are in growing demand across the public, private, and charitable sectors. [21]

Facutly of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences represents three main disciplines: humanities, social sciences and psychology/education. The Faculty has a rich tradition in teaching and researching classical liberal art disciplines such as linguistics, literature, history, ethnography, anthropology, foreign languages and cultures, psychology, philosophy, and aesthetics. The Faculty also excels is social science such as communication, sociology, social work, political science, and international studies. The Faculty is one of the largest at UP and offers an extensive training portfolio. Its popularity among both Hungarian and international students has increased significantly in recent years. [22]

Faculty of Law

The Faculty provides high standard training for more than 2000 students. Students can pursue their studies in buildings that have been renovated with great care, preserving architectural authenticity and the patina of by-gone eras while also preparing for the technical challenges of the future. [23]

Faculty of Music and Visual Arts

The Faculty of Music and Visual Arts in Pécs is the only centre of higher education in Hungary that integrates training in music and fine arts. The main body of the Faculty's artist teachers is constituted by fine artists and musicians who have settled down in Pécs. The private and public collections of the city offering a uniquely comprehensive introduction to 20th century Hungarian art, the numerous concerts, the city’s symphonic orchestra, the long tradition of choral music, and several other internationally renowned artistic groups provide a strong foundation for the Faculty as a higher educational centre in the arts. Many of the programs require students to undertake both theoretical and practical instruction. For example, besides general music theory and music history classes, the curriculum may involve practical issues related to the human voice, visits to concerts, and playing an active role in the chosen art form. [24]

Faculty of Pharmacy

Pharmacists, experts on medication, carry out a variety of activities depending on the needs of communities they work for. They formulate and control pharmaceutics, know the actions and uses of medicine, the effect medicine has on the human body, as well as the interaction of different agents, the biological benefits of different preparations and the modes for the rational, economical and effective administration of drugs. The study programs prepare pharmacists who –based on the acquired theoretical knowledge- have both hands-on skills and ethical views. As a result, they are able to participate in the multifaceted systems of health care, pharmaceutical research, and technology, including manufacturing and engineering sciences. [25]

Faculty of Sciences

The six institutes constituting the Faculty of Sciences offer exceptional programs surrounding the core disciplines of Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. Computer Science, Physical Training, and Earth Sciences are also available. Each of these programs are designed to provide students with a complete education in the subject, touching on both fundamental and specialised topics. The Faculty also places a great emphasis on research and innovation by ensuring our programs are scientifically cutting edge. [26]

Medical School

The Medical School of UP is one of only four Medical Schools in Hungary. The University of Pécs established its first English-taught program in 1984 (it was the first in Hungary) and the German program in 2004. The Medical School employs over 500 physicians, researchers and medical professionals to ensure it brings the highest standard of education to all its students and provides the best medical care to the citizens of Pécs. The University has over 30 clinics and teaching hospitals (domestic and abroad), which students have the opportunity to practice at. [27]

International Studies Center

The International Studies Center (ISC) of the University of Pécs Medical School offers complex and integrated preparatory programs for degree studies that meet the language development needs of international students and facilitate their integration into the context of higher education in Hungary. The primary objective of the programs at the ISC is to provide high quality preparatory and language courses in Hungarian and English to foreign students. ISC provides the students with general and academic language skills, as well as courses specifically tailored to prepare them for the entrance exam in the fields of their study. The aim of the programs is to prepare students to be successful in their university studies and to encourage them to participate in the international cultural and recreational events in Pécs and the surrounding area. [28]

See also


  1. "University of Pécs - Study in Hungary" . Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. "website of the Pécsi Tudományegyetem" . Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  3. "EDUC - European Digital UniverCity" . Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  4. "European University Foundation" . Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  5. "University Network of European Capitals of Culture" . Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  6. "Danube Rector's Conference" . Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  7. "European Association for International Education" . Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  8. "European Universities Association" . Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  9. "Conference of Alps-Adriatic Universities" . Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  10. 1 2 "About the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  11. "About the University of Pécs".
  12. "Information for parents".
  13. 1 2 "UP Story - 650 years" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  14. ÁOK, PTE. "Medical School - Főoldal" . Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  15. "Szentágothai Research Centre of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  16. "The Technology Transfer Office of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  17. "Study Programs of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  18. "Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  19. "Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Education and Regional Development of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  20. "Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  21. "Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  22. "Facutly of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  23. "Faculty of Law of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  24. "Faculty of Music and Visual Arts of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  25. "Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  26. "Faculty of Sciences of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  27. "Medical School of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  28. "International Studies Center of the University of Pécs" . Retrieved 15 April 2021.

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