Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.
Academic Exchange: Partnership between Andrássy University Budapest and the University of St. Gallen
The project offers know-how in core areas of Swiss expertise through mobilizing Swiss professors to teach at the Andrássy University Budapest. In addition, the professors in residence will participate in research and in the management of the university, as well as participate in the strategic development of the curriculum and the reposition of Hungary.
Promoting economic growth and improving working conditions
Research and Development
- 36 graduate courses in political science and law, 5 doctoral seminars in political science taught, with 1'065 students attending
- 6 PHD, 88 graduate students and 37 groups of students supervised; 10 students instructed and supervised to prepare their Master’s thesis
- 6 courses supported by the Swiss Contribution were held at the Andrassy University with 160 students attending.
- 7 scientific papers published and 13 more accepted for publication
- 4 Carl-Lutz scholarships awarded
- 4 Carl Lutz lectures and one international conference on direct democracy organised
- National State Institute North
Reforms for a knowledge-based economy are at the heart of the EU's Lisbon Agenda. Member states have the obligation to reform their higher education (HE) systems accordingly. The new member states are dealing simultaneously with the transition-based reform process in HE. Modernisation of teaching curricula and increase of relevance of research results for application are necessary, also with regard to the implementation of the Bologna reform in HE.
Strengthening the role of the Andrássy University Budapest (AUB) as a research centre in political science, law and economics, thereby strengthening Hungary's position as a knowledge-based society and enhancing competitiveness of AUB graduates in job markets.
Graduate and post-graduate students of Andrássy University Budapest (AUB) , AUB as an institution
The project will offer 18-24 courses and block seminars for students taught by two Swiss professors in residence, as well as research input by the Swiss staff to the Anrássy University Budapest (AUB) core research programme, both in core areas of Swiss expertise: democracy research, federalism, international humanitarian law and New Public Management. The exchange professors will also assume management tasks, such as a deanship and they will participate in the reform and re-orientation exercise of the AUB. In addition, they will organise academic events related to Switzerland and prepare an excursion to Switzerland for the students.
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Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Foreign state institution
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 784’096 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 720’279|
Phase 1 01.08.2010 - 30.04.2015 (Completed)
Bulgaria: Around 20 projects relating to ecological forestry, farming and waste management, social inequalities and regional disparities, innovative buildings and materials, and drug development.
Hungary: 6 projects relating to the environment, health, the disposal of special waste, energy conversion, and academic training. The six projects are already underway.
Lithuania: Around 25 projects relating to climate science and technology, healthcare and life sciences, as well as natural science.
Poland: Around 40 projects relating to information and communication technology, renewable energy, nanotechnology, healthcare, and the environment.
Romania: Around 30 projects relating to sustainable energy, economic growth, social inequality, plus the impact of litter and waste on the environment and climate.
Cooperation in Research
Thanks to the research programmes in Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Hungary, Swiss research institutes and institutions in the partner countries can carry out joint research projects. The total funds for research partnerships amount to just under CHF 60 million.
The new EU member states are making great efforts to strengthen their potential in research and development. However, these countries face several obstacles in trying to establish a knowledge-based economy. There is often a lack of infrastructure and equipment, or the institutional structures and international networking may be in need of improvement.
Swiss research programmes in Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and Romania will help promote these countries as locations for research. They will also intensify relationships with Switzerland in the scientific arena and make research careers more attractive for young academics.
Support from Switzerland as a centre of research
As a research location with significant technology exports and knowledge transfer, Switzerland has a lot to offer. Under the auspices of these programmes, Swiss research institutions are cooperating with foreign partners on research projects, the results of which help strengthen the research centres in the respective countries and their cooperation with Switzerland.
In addition to developing projects together, the research programmes offer scientists from the respective countries a unique opportunity to share research findings, to identify possible avenues for closer international cooperation and to explore investment and business opportunities.
Targeted promotion of various research disciplines in the individual countries
In total Switzerland has committed some CHF 60 million to supporting research in the five countries. The number of planned projects varies from country to country. A total of around 120 projects will be supported, and their results will be published. The projects are assigned to various predefined categories agreed with the countries on the basis of criteria that will ensure optimum promotion as a research location. Joint research projects will be carried out in the following areas: