History

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

MIK-I-EpuletThe 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, carry out research and develop IT 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 missions 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, which was founded in 2001, 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. The Doctoral School of Molecular- and Nanotechnologies was founded in 2006 and granted degrees in the fields of material sciences and technologies and in biology until 2016. 

Research is performed in teams with the lead of internationally recognised and influential professors. iResearch 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.

In the year 2003 the departmental structure of the faculty consisted of six units: the Department of Automation, Department of Information Systems, Department of Image Processing and Neurocomputing, Department of Computer Science, Department of Nanotechnology and the Research Institute of Chemical and Process Engineering. In 2006 the Department of Mathematics joined to the faculty. In 2009 the Department of Automation, the Department of Information Systems and the Department of Image Processing and Neurocomputing was merged into the Department of Electrical Engineering and Informations Systems. The current departmental structure of the faculty was formed in 2016, when the Department of Applied Informatics was founded in Nagykanizsa, and the  Research Institute of Chemical and Process Engineering left our faculty and became an independent research insutute in the University of Pannonia.

The development of the study programs of the faculty is continuous. Based on the experience of predecessors of the faculty managing  the study programs in electrical engineering and information technology, two years before the Hungarian higher education system has been transfomed into the new Bologna regime three-cycle degree system, the faculty has lunched the BSc programme in Computer Science Engineering in 2004. The BSc in Electrical Engineering and the BSc in Business Informatics in 2005, the BSc in Computer Science in 2006. The MSc in Computer Science Engineering was launched in 2008, and the MSc in Logistics Engineering was launched in 2011. In 2018 the faculty took part in the establishment of a new type of study program in information technology, and, among the first, it launched the BProf programme in Computer Science Operational Engineering in 2018.

 

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