There were two significant milestones in the history of the Faculty namely, the foundation of two main courses: electrical engineering (1988) and information technology (1991).
At that time the predecessor of the faculty, the Department of Automation was responsible for these courses. Since there was an increasing demand for experts in computer science and information technology, it was inevitable to set up an autonomous institute. Thus, in 1995 the Institute of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering was established with four departments.
The Institute - as a result of a Government decision - became faculty in Sept 2003. It was crucial from the point of view that as a faculty it has independent educational, recruiting strategy, research and financial activities.
The Faculty of Information Technology
The Faculty of Information Technology was founded on the 1st of January 2003, as the successor to the independent Institute of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering founded in 2001 to teach, research and develop informatics and related modern technologies. The evolution of the Faculty has been dynamic and its activities have been recognised at national and international levels.
Regarding the work of the Faculty emphasis is put on both of the terms: informatics and technology. Its activities are connected to fast improving and leading technologies which ensure the creation of products with high added value that can be realised in the globalised world.
High quality education in information technology can only be provided when it is based on research of international significance, as the latest information is only available to a narrow circle of researchers because of the rapid pace of improvements in the field. International research also serves as the basis for international co-operations as well. The themes are necessary not only for inclusion in our courses but at the same time act as sources for procuring advanced technologies. Thus the three basic functions of the Faculty – education, research and project development – are in close cooperation providing outstanding effectiveness in realising projects in the region.
We find it important that the activities of our Faculty should be seen as benefitting the economy of the region, thus facilitating existing and future, mutually advantageous co-operations in development and helping to secure funding opportunities. Today the interests of the economy and science are linked and our goal is to strengthen the bridges between companies and higher education.
In 2001 The Faculty of Information Technology established the Pál Erdős Student Recruiting Centre in Mathematics with the aim of helping the development of talented high school students who are interested in mathematics and technology. The institution has centres in Veszprém and Szolnok and attracts the talented students in mathematics from the whole country.
The Doctoral School in Information Science and Technology and the Doctoral School in Molecular- and Nanotechnologies, which was founded in 2006, play important roles in the functioning of the Faculty, as they help to ensure high level research, intense application activity for project funding and a supply of new tutors to the departments. The formal application to the doctoral schools is preceded by an organised recruiting activity beginning in the third and fourth years of undergraduate programmes, and as a result a particularly high proportion of state-funded students obtain the pre-degree certificate and fulfil the strict requirements of the PhD degree.
Research is performed in teams with the lead of internationally recognised and influential professors. Research and Development Centers have been created as independent units to perform project implementation. Their aims are the fast and effective transfer of basic research results into industrial projects, product development in industrial co-operations and professional counselling in technology and science.
The Faculty nurses numerous international co-operations with the leading institutions of the European Union, the Unites States, Japan, India, Australia and the Republic of South Africa, primarily for research and professional work. Our tutors and researchers are leading officials of several international organizations and members of the organising committees of international conferences.