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József Bódis

The Rector’s end-of-the-year welcome

The end-of-the-year welcome of Dr. József Bódis, rector of the University of Pécs.


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Towards the end of the year all of us will have a chance to take a break from the hard work that characterized the whole of the year behind us, and which resulted in success, recognition and great achievements.

I would like to thank everybody very much for all the hard work and activity with which we have shaped our future. We are facing major challenges. One of them will be the celebration of the 650th anniversary next year which is an occasion to pay tribute to the decision-makers who placed the population of Hungary into the knowledge-based group of nations. This is also the date of the birth of Hungarian higher education, as it is not just an occasion for celebration to Pécs, but to the whole of Hungarian higher education, because, as a result of the new law passed by the Hungarian Parliament, from 2017 on the 1st of September   will be observed as Hungarian Higher Education Day.

The scientific and cultural events that we have already performed and those yet to come are to serve and honour this cause.  


I would like to wish a merry Christmas to all and a happy new year!


What can we expect during the fall semester? - Interview with József Bódis, rector

This interview was published in UnivPécs International 2016 Autumn.

Rector of the UPThe University of Pécs will celebrate the 650th anniversary of its foundation on 1st September 2017 and a series events have already been launched. What will be the main events of the Jubilee’s Fall Programme during this term?

I believe that all our jubilee programmes planned earlier have get a final approval: we have outlined and drafted every event but many of the most important ones require the participation of key figures in Hungarian higher education and of government representatives. As far as I know, the structure of the government is going to change but we have already contacted and cooperated with representative person who mediates between the University of Pécs and the government regarding the anniversary.


The government of Hungary decided, at the beginning of this year, to support the development of the University of Pécs in the framework of the Moderns Cities Programme. The aim of this 24-billion HUF subsidy is to double the number of the foreign students studying in Pécs by 2020. What can we expect in this regard during the term?

Essentially, this support programme is not only about attracting more foreign students but also about increasing the quality of our education. We have established the necessary organisations to work with the 24-billion project and the major directions of development. The planning processes have started and in some cases the approval processes have also begun. We hope that the amount, HUF 4.5 billion, provided for this year will be transferred. In addition, I also hope that at least the construction of the so-called International Student Centre at Damjanich Street and the reconstruction of the Clinical Centre at Rákóczi Street will start. What is more, I hope they will be completed.


International students of the UP


Has there been an increase in the number of foreign students?

Altogether 2965 foreign students studied at the UP at the end of May including both those who got a scholarship and those who pay tuition fees. We already enjoy the first benefits of the programme, the applicants of the Stipendium Hungaricum project. If all go well the number of foreign students can exceed 3 000 during the fall. My real ambition is to increase the number of foreign students to reach 4 000 by September 2017. We are working on it, we have much to do to achieve it, but this would really  confirm the intentions of the government programme in the framework of which we are supported financially.


The Centre for World University Rankings published its latest ranking of universities at the end of this summer.  Among the world's top universities the University of Pécs occupies the 877th place again. Compared to last year’s result the UP improved 16 places.

This result is based on several factors: our scientific results, the quality of those, citations, impact factors, etc. However, I think that the data about our alumni has to be inaccurate. As the example of Times Higher Education shows: providing the real, official data produces a more prominent place in the rankings for us. The three institutions of Hungarian higher education have a 0.6 difference among each other in the consolidated list. I am convinced that if we could provide correct data, it could increase the total score by a few tenths and it would mean a lot. The UP would improve its position, up to about 150-200 places. It would be important to include the results from the fields of art and technology, as these are also important, and this extended basis would help us in relation to the rankings.

As for our performance, it should be improved but I think the only reason why we are behind our Hungarian competitors is that we have fewer teachers than the universities of Szeged or Debrecen, and the performance of a smaller staff naturally produces less results. Developing human resources linked to foreign language training can change this.

by Éva HARKA, UnivPécs

József Bódis, rector of the PTE received the highest award of the PAB

The Pécs Academic Committee (PAB) recognized the scientific activity of its members with awards in 2015, too. Several lecturers of our University have been awarded on 3. November in Pécs.

György Kosztolányi, chairman of the PAB handed over the awards.



József Bódis, rector of the PTE, director of the Medical School Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinic, member of the PAB, chairman of the PAB Health Working Committee received the highest award of the PAB, the Silver Plaque of the PAB in 2015. Beside his efficient research work he organizes the most successful scientific event of the PAB: the Health Academy. His outstanding teaching and research work, his scientific and organizational activity contributed substantially to the academic performance in the region.




Science Organisational Prize was handed over to:

  • Lajos Vereczkei (PTE Medical School)
  • Éva Schmelzer-Pohánka (PTE University Library)


PAB science awards were handed over to:

  • Krisztián Bene
  • Györgyi Horváth
  • Attila Takács
  • Balázs Gaszner


The award of the Zsolnay Factory was handed over to:

  • Keszi László 


Alexandra scientific award was handed over to:

  • Mária Kurdi 

UP was represented at the TOP200 for the first time

The „TOP200” conference of „Figyelő” was organised on 6 November 2014, where the rector of our university, Prof. dr. József Bódis represented the institution for the first time. The yearly organised TOP200 conference along with the Gala is one of the most outstanding business event of the year. 

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Those 200 largest companies will get into the focus, which achieved the most prominent economic results based on the pre-determined criteria. In 2014-ben the main topic of the TOP 200 project was the innovation, where UP also achieved great success.

Bódis József emphasised in his presentation, that the higher education, the academic research  bases have role in the innovation processes, and these centres could also be the regional centres of innovation. In his presentation, he described in detail several innovation success stories and also addressed why is it worth to cooperate with the UP.

The event was opened by Prof. Dr. József Pálinkás commissioner, who gave new information about the current system of tenders and grants. For the part of large companies Gábor Éri, President and CEO of Ericsson and Christopher Laska, CEO of Telenor talked in details about the cooperation between the major corporations and the education, the efficient use of innovation grants.

The conference ended with a round table discussion, where business leaders analysed the opportunities for connection to a small number but agile startup firms.


International Training and Innovation Centre will be established by the city and the UP

The International Training and Innovation Centre will be created by the city and the University of Pécs. The cooperation agreement on this subject was signed by Zsolt Páva, mayor of Pécs and József Bódis, leader of the university.

In addition to giving information and dealing with the administrational issues of the international students, the planned complex will also serve as a cultural and meeting centre. In addition, foreign language and international preparatory courses and programmes are also going to be also organised here, helping the orientation of the students in one place. The centre is going to be realised from HUF 4 billion, with a central location at the current building of the Department of Urology in the Munkácsy Mihály street.


UP’s rector on annual review and future perspectives

Brand new video report with Professor Dr. József Bódis, current and previous rector of the University of Pécs; a thorough discussion about the current situation and future plans of the university.

Dr. József Bódis commented on prospective changes and potential integration opportunities in regard with the university. He also shared his views about the way in which the UP and the region could collaborate more effectively. Furthermore, the report highlighted the new board of leaders for the next period.

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