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Budapest Business School - University of Applied Sciences is the coordinator of the INTEREST project, responsible for the whole implementation process - project management and coordination, research and training material development, pilot trainings and dissemination & exploitation.

The Budapest Business School - University of Applied Sciences (in Hungarian Budapesti Gazdasági Egyetem from 2016) – as a government-run institution – was only created in 2000, as a result of a wide-ranging restructuring of the system of Hungarian higher education, three large business colleges, merged to form a leading business school. These were: the College of Commerce, Catering and Tourism, the College of International Management and Business Studies, and the College of Finance and Accountancy. The origins of the three colleges constituting this new school can be tracked back over a century. BBS is the 3rd oldest Business School in Europe.

With about 17 000 students, ours is Hungary’s largest business college. And we look beyond that. Our vision is to become a leading institution of higher education in business studies and related areas. We are convinced that by pooling the resources of the colleges Budapest Business School has a chance to play a leading role in Hungary and the neighbouring regions in creating a business school that prepares students for the demands of an ever changing labour market. All of our academic programmes have been accredited by the competent Hungarian authorities. We take pride in these programmes since they effectively combine theory and practice.
Tens of thousands of graduates from the BBS and its predecessors are much sought-after professionals in their respective fields and some of our alumni now occupy outstanding positions in the dynamically developing Hungarian business community as well as in the international business life. Independent surveys shows that employers and the labour market are satisfied with BBS graduates. BBS received the title of University of Applied Sciences in 2013. A 500-strong highly qualified faculty guarantees the high standards of professional education. They are assisted by hundreds of visiting professors and lecturers coming every year from abroad or from local companies to teach classes, give lectures or presentations to complement the work of staff members.
The Higher Education Quality Award was given by the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2010 in recognition of quality management activity of the Budapest Business School.
Quality management system at the BBS was implemented step by step and even today it is under continuous development. As a result of the successful implementation of its quality development goals BBS acquired an ISO Certification in April 2012.
In the academic year 2006-2007, in the spirit of the Bologna process, Hungarian institutes of higher education, introduced the system of academic degrees with three levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate) thus making it easier to compare the degrees awarded. The Bologna process encourages student and staff mobility, and the establishment of cooperation agreements in the European Higher Educational Area. Students can now continue their studies in other higher educational institutions in different countries; can be sent abroad on placement (internship) and even start a career or a business in another EU member country.

Range of Programmes:
BBS has 12 Bachelor’s (BA/BSc) with 28 specialisations in 4 Colleges (Faculties), 6 Master’s (MA/MSc) - Accounting, Finance, International Relations (also in English), Marketing, Teacher Training and Tourism Management (also in English) - and 8 Higher Vocational Training Programmes, Doctorate Programme, Second-degree programmes and Lifelong Learning.
The school attaches great importance to the international acceptance and validation of our programmes, diplomas and degrees. Different programmes established jointly with foreign universities make it possible for students from other countries to enrol in courses taught in foreign languages (English, German or French). Learning foreign languages, with special emphasis on the language of business, is a fundamental requirement for BBS students. BBS has an Institute of Foreign Languages that specialises in language teaching, examinations and teacher training.
BBS has now 4 Bachelor’s Programmes in English and German or French and 2 Master’s in English. Besides the mentioned foreign language programmes, BBS has programmes in cooperation with foreign partners.
BBS has become an integral part of international higher education and research. We have professional connections with more than 200 institutes of higher education in 46 countries. The various study trips, student and staff exchanges, joint research and educational programmes make it possible for the participating parties to share experiences and to adopt new teaching methods, materials, and technologies. BBS is member in the following international organisations: EUA, EURASHE, EDEN, IAU. It is also worth mentioning that our graduates often find employment with foreign businesses or multinational companies.

Both in initial education and continuing trainings BBS started to introduce innovative curricula for entrepreneurs. BBS participates in several international projects.

Budapest Business School – Project experiences:
Budapest Business School has great experience (nearly 17 years) in managing and elaborating transnational projects in larger consortiums. BBS had successful Leonardo and Erasmus projects in the field of Mobility, Reference Material, Pilot, TOI and Multilateral projects. BBS had a large Leonardo da Vinci Reference Material project in 2003-2006 with a 10 partner consortium and more than 500.000 Euros grant from the EC. In 2005-2010 BBS coordinated 3 LdV Pilot and TOI projects (CEUIAM, MONTIFIC and BPM GOSPEL) in the field of Internal Financial Control trainings. In 2015 the fourth LdV TOI project (HARBIF) finished in this field under Turkish coordination.
The “ARIADNE” LdV TOI project (coordinated by ESCEM, France) focused on the social economy sector and the social enterprises working out a new training programme for social economy managers.
In 2012-2014 BBS worked on the implementation of the ENELFA LdV TOI project, aimed at the transfer and adaptation of online course development methodology and 30 e-learning modules for SMEs. Last year BBS finished another LdV TOI project (ADAPTYKES) for the transfer and adaptation of trainings based up on the Finnish Workplace Development Programme. Anew initiative was the LdV Partnership project (PEST) with 5 countries in ECVET issues, dealing with the comparison and harmonisation of internships systems connecting to higher vocational trainings.
Besides BBS is also active in higher education projects (in ERASMUS and TEMPUS programmes). We have continuously many student, trainer and staff exchange programmes in Institutional Mobility, and after a smaller Curriculum Development project we finished in 2010 a great Multilateral project in the European virtual campuses sub-programme, titled “Virtual campus for SMEs in multicultural milieu”. In 2014 BBS had a successful ERASMUS IP summer university programme as well.
In 2012 BBS finished a TEMPUS IV project coordinated together with the University of Debrecen titled DEBUT-M.
BBS has successful applications also in the ERASMUS+ programme. Now (end of 2017) BBS coordinates 3 Strategic Partnership projects (TRUST ME, FAME and MentorCert), and there are other projects, where BBS participates as a partner. MentorCert is the direct antecedent project of TRUST ME, focused the development of an SME business mentor training programme.

Budapest Business School contacts for the Lead MSE project:
BBS website: www.uni-bge.hu 
Péter Soltész - soltesz.peter [-@-] uni-bge.hu 
László Varga - varga.laszlo [-@-] uni-bge.hu 


Dr. Péter Soltész and László Varga
BBS - Budapest Business School
29-31 Markó Street,
H-1055 Budapest, Hungary