News and Events
Rector Balla’s visit to Korea
The Rector of Károli Gáspár University, Prof. Dr. Péter Balla travelled to the Republic of Korea between 26 May and 4 June 2016. He visited our protestant partner institution, Hanshin University in Seoul, where he gave an English-language theological lecture for the international and Korean students of Hanshin on 27 May. Following his lecture he met Professor Sung Young Kang, the President of our partner university. The two university leaders signed a new Cooperation and Exchange Agreement, deepening the scope of already existing cooperation between the institutions. On 29 May, Prof. Dr. Péter Balla held an English-language sermon in a church located in Seoul, upon the invitation of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK).
Between 30 May and 3 June, Rector Péter Balla participated in the congress of IAPCHE (International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education) held at Baekseok University, in Cheonan City. On the occasion of the event, the ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the host university and Károli Gáspár University took place.
President of Baekseok University, Dr. Gab Jong Choi and Rector Prof. Dr. Péter Balla with the new Memorandum of Understanding
The Europäischer Master für Lexikographie/European Master in Lexicography (EMLex)
International Masters programme was initiated by the German Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2009, in cooperation with Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary. The Hungarian coordinator of the EMLex programme is Dr. Zita Dötschné Hollós (Department of German Language and Literature, Faculty of Humanities). There is one South-African and seven European participating universities involved in the above mentioned programme:
– Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (initiator) (Germany)
– Université de Lorraine (Nancy) (France)
– Károli Gáspár University in the Reformed Church in Hungary (Budapest, Hungary)
– Universidade Santiagio de Compostela (Spain)
– Universidade do Minho (Braga,Portugal)
– Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach (Katowice, Poland)
– Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Italy)
– University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
The participating students complete the local modules at their home universities, while the core modules of the 2nd semester are always studied at another participant university. This year the Faculty of Humanities of the Károli Gáspár University hosted the joint spring semester. During this semester 22 students and professors from nine different countries stayed at our university in the framework of the international EMLex programme.
The mobility of the students was regulated by bilateral Erasmus contracts between 2009 and 2016. In 2009 the EMLex consortium won a competition providing financial support of more than 2 million euro in the framework of the Erasmus+ Mundus Joint Master Degree programme, so the class of 2016 could conduct their studies in the form of a joint degree.
Visit by the Rector of a German partner institution
Dr. Gerhard K. Schäfer, the Rector of the German Christian university of applied sciences, Evangelische Fachhochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe, visited the Rector’s Office at Károli Gáspár University on May 25 2016 to conduct discussions on deepening the cooperation between the two institutions. Rector Schäfer led a group of 16 students of social work who spent a week-long academic visit in Hungary, organised by the Faculty of Teacher Training of our university.
The university may significantly extend its premises thanks to a major donation of the government to the Reformed Church in Hungary
János Lázár, Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office and Bishop István Szabó, Ministerial President of the Synod of the Reformed Church in Hungary signed a cooperation agreement regarding the ownership of the Károlyi-Csekonics Palace in Budapest. The government donated the renowned building to the Reformed Church to honour the 500th anniversary of the Reformation which will be commemorated in 2017.
The Reformed Church will subsequently hand over the building to Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, which will be used for educational and representative purposes as well. By the help of a new educational unit in the centre of Budapest, the flagship institution of Reformed higher education in Hungary will have the opportunity to extend its capacities, and welcome a record number of new students under fitting conditions.
Ministerial President of the Church Bishop Szabó (on the left) with Minister Lázár (on the right)
IAPCHE European Conference in the Netherlands with high level Károli representation
Rector of the university Prof. Dr. Péter Balla and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities Dr. Enikő Sepsi took part in the conference of IAPCHE (International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education) held in the Netherlands on 12-15 April 2016. IAPCHE is a network of institutions and individuals worldwide, who are committed to advance Christian education.
The participating Christian lecturers and researchers in higher education explored the topic of vocation during the conference, where Rector Balla also gave a lecture under the title: ‘Vocation in the New Testament’.