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Mission Statement - Teaching

Our main mission in education is to train public planning experts with a strong focus on practice and student involvement. This has two main aspects.

One is to train highly qualified public planning experts, in line with the requirements of the Hungarian and international job market. Under the concept of public planning, we deal with the following topics: public planning, strategic planning, development planning, regional planning, urban planning, regional development, rural development, socioeconomic planning, environmental and sustainability planning and assessment; as well as planning and management techniques used in the private sector (such as strategic management and project management).

The institute aims to provide education of the highest possible quality in areas falling under or related to the concept of public planning.

Our goal is to train experts are both highly prepared, creative, and possess a wide array of knowledge; but are also capable of practical problem solving. It is also important to us that our graduates acquire a professional ethos centring on social welfare and sustainability in the social, economic and environmental as well as in the regional dimension. 

In our education activities we apply interdisciplinary approaches rooted in several scientific fields. Our work enriches economic and social science education by a spatial aspect as well as broad geographical knowledge.

The other defining feature of our academic mission is the involvement of students in our education and research activities. We devote special attention to nurturing talent and provide students with several opportunities to join in our research activities. We also aim to follow the newest trends in teaching methods, which is why we use the so-called Harvard method (flipped classroom method) in some courses. Students have the opportunity to participate in several on-site classes and field practice occasions. We also place emphasis on maintaining a close relationship with our alumni community.

In light of the above, the education mission of the Institute can be summarised as follows.

Professional goals

  • To be the number 1 planning school (and research community) in the country
  • To provide a geoeconomic and sustainable development aspect to economic and social science education
  • To provide a development policy and geographical aspect to economic and social science education

Methodological goals

  • Strong practical orientation (field practice, internships, lecturers from the professional world)
  • Social utility and job market relevance
  • Focus on students needs (services, accessibility, tracking of needs
  • Elite training (workshops, involvement in research projects)
  • Career management (assistance in finding a position)
  • International embeddedness (lecturers, study trips)

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Special Activities

Flipped Classroom

In the fall semester of 2017/18, the course „economic valuation of the environment” (compulsory elective in the regional and environmental economics ma programme) will be taught by Professor Zsuzsanna Marjaine Szerényi using a new methodological approach: the flipped classroom. 

In this model, the students learn the theory at home at their own convenience based on videos and written materials uploaded into the Moodle e-learning System, and deepen their knowledge attending seminars where they solve practical exercises related to each topic. In the regional and environmental economics MA programme this is the first course offered using the flipped classroom method, but based on the experiences and feedback from students we plan to develop the methodology for further courses.


The Institute for Economic Geography, Geo-economics and Sustainable Development hosts the “Geo-lectures” series, featuring prominent international experts in the field of geopolitics, development policy and social sciences. Through these events we aim to spread knowledge about geopolitics, geostrategy, international and regional economic processes; and to foster awareness of these issues among students, faculty and Partners of the University.

New Silk Road Conference

Conference with guest lecturers

"Focusing on the Old World - New Silk Road Conference"

19 / 01 / 2018


László Borhi

Historian - Indiana Egyetem

"The United States, Hungary and Central Europe, 1942 and 1990"

10 / 11 / 2017

Professor Paulo Roberto Feldmann

Guest Professor - Sao Paulo Egyetem

"Development and urbanization of Latin America"

04 / 05 / 2017

Parag Khanna

World Economic Forum, guest professor - National University of Singapore


16 / 03 / 2017

Csizmadia Norbert

CUB master lecturer


16 / 11 / 2016

Liu Youfa

Sanghaj Institute for International Studies

"One Belt One Road Initiative"

07 / 11 / 2016

David Criekemans

University of Antwerp

"Geopolitics of the BREXIT"

06 / 09 / 2016

Bruno Giussani

European Director of TED

"TED and Global Knowledge Share"

05 / 05 / 2016

Arjun Appadurai

Anthropologist of the Globalisation

"Challenges of National Sovereignty"

14 / 04 / 2016

Didier Sornette

University of Zürich

"Crises are not External Shocks"

10 / 03 / 2016


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Mentor Programme

Mentor programme in the year 2016/17

The goal of the programme is to help students gain practical experience in areas relevant to their studies. The programme is currently in the experimental phase, the exact conditions might change in future years.

The programme provides an opportunity for a limited number of students to work on professional projects under the guidance of mentors – senior experts from companies or NGOs. Topics for projects are defined by the mentors and are related to the activities of their organisation, providing students with an inside look at the workings of these organisations.  The time spent by each student at the host organisation is agreed individually, with a minimum of four contact occasions during the two month programme period. Projects conclude with a final study which is evaluated by mentors. The study and its evaluation are also sent to the programme organisers along with the detailed description of the students' experiences. In the experimental phase participating students receive payment for their work.


Possible options:



Possible paticipants:

Only a limited number of students can take part in the programme from the following BA specializations and MA studies:

  • Sociology BA: Regional and Urban Development spec
  • International Studies BA: Geopolitics spec
  • Regional and Environmental Economics MA

In 2016/17, 9 students participated in the programme.

Field Practice

Our students can take part in the following field practice opportunities during their studies:

Field practice Encs



A five day field practice district of Encs – one of the most disadvantaged areas in Hungary – is organised each May by Ágnes Varga and László Jeney.

The aim of the trip is to gain an in-depth understanding of the realities of the Hungarian countryside today, to get to know the challanges (lack of funds, population decrease) and possible development opportunities through discussions with local actors (mayors, entrepreneurs, development experts). The trip also provides a chance to apply various field research techniques (interviews, GPS mapping, etc.)


Field practice Kassa



In May 2017, students of the Regional and environmental economics MA programme took part in a three day field trip to Kassa (Slovakia).

The aim of the trip was to gain insight into the challenges and perspectives of former industrial districts as well as the situation of communities belonging to national minorities, with the help of local developmental experts and representatives of the Hungarian minority in Slovakia.


Field practice Székesfehérvár



On 26th April 2017, students of the Regional and environmental economics MA programme visited Székesfehérvár, in the framework of the course „Urbanism and Regional Planning”.

During the first half of the programme, development expert Csaba Jakab introduced railway development projects, and in the afternoon the mayor of Székesfehérvár, András Cser-Palkovics presented the economic, social, environmental and financial aspects of the city’s development plans, and the group also visited the sites of major development projects.

Participation in the research activities of the Institute


Our Institute considers it is important to use our extensive network of contacts to involve as many students as possible in professionally relevant research projects.

  • „Discovering the Geographical and Geostrategic Context of the New Silk Road Economic Zone”
  • „Monitoring Municipal Development Programmes” (ÁROP 1.1.20-2012-2012-0001)
  • „New opportunities for developing viable agricultural product sale network in Hungary”



Our ERASMUS students will start the next semester in the following partner institutions:


  • Tilburg University School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Universita degli Studi de Cagliari
  • University of Bremen
  • University of Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Tallinn University of Technology
  • Universitat Augsburg
  • University of Tartu

ERASMUS Professional Practice


The following institutions are looking forward to the students from our institute for ERASMUS Professional practice:

  • Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Koblenz University of Applied Sciences


Courses provided by the host institute of the MA (GEO Institute)

Development, Planning and Urban studies

Development and Cohesional Policies

The course introduces students into the public development approach and practice of international organisations (especially the European Union) and different member states.

Development Policy Management and Programming

The course covers development policy. The students learn the methodology of development policy and strategic programming through planning, preparation, implement and evaluate development programmes and other plans. Different environmental integration tools (e.g. strategic environmental assessment) are also covered during the course. 

Public Administration Basic Studies

The course covers public administrational procedures, different public organs and the operation of local authorities. The students learn the most important regulations being part of the public administrative basic examination.

Qulitative Stategic Regional Planning and Analysing Methods

The mission of the course is to give students an introduction of role, importance, justification and representability of qualitative analytical and planning methods (e.g. interview, representative questionnaire, SWOT analysis, group dynamics). At the same time, it grounds critical thinking. The methodologies and tools presented are suitable for development politics, territorial and environmental assessment as well. The focus of the course is on practical knowledge acquisition through implementing presented methods at student assignments.

Urban and Commnity Economics

The aim of the course is to cover the most important theories and regularities of the local municipal management.

Regional GIS and Quantitative Analysing Methods

The aim of the course is to introduce students into geographical analytical methods and basics of the theoretical and practical Geoinformatics. The theoretical part of the course covers different analytical methods, while during the practical part of the course students learn to use the ArcGIS software. At the end of the course the students will be able to use or edit digital maps.

Urban Geography and Global Cities

The goal of the course is to present the urban geography approach and its most important results with a special focus on global aspects. Students are involved into the knowledge widening procedure of the globally relevant cities.

Urban Economics and Sociology

The aim of the course is to introduce students into the social and economic features and dynamism of contemporary urban and municipality processes. Students get to know different social and economic concepts, methods, problem areas, especially phenomena and solutions being relevant for future professional career.

Urbanism and Regional Planning

The aim of the course is to introduce students into the mainstream approach, terminology and tendencies of urbanism and geographical planning, furthermore basic planning and development competencies. The course covers integrated and holistic approach of planning, with international trends and practices being in focus. The students will develop certain practical planning skills regarding cooperation and evaluation.

Geography and Development of Budapest and Major Cities

The aim of the course is to introduce students into the development and geography of major Hungarian cities. During the course these factors will be analysed and main development directions and features will be identified.

Alternative Future Images

Business Futures Studies


Geopolitics and Geography

Global Regional Geography

The course offers core knowledge through a virtual travel around the World, which on one hand covers the Non-European centrum regions, semi-peripheries, and peripheries with their regional socio-geographical features, on the other hand covers global trends (demographic, economic and climatic), conflicts and extremism regarding geographical contexts. During the course students get to learn similarities and differences between and within main culture-regions of our diverse World. The lectures cover territorial differences of wealth and poverty, usage of resources, production, distribution and consumption of goods, and labour and capital flows

Regional Geography of Europe

The aim of the course is to introduce students into the social geography of the European Union member states, Europe, from the Atlantic to the Urals, unique landscape features, development, historical, social and economic characteristics. The course covers (1) specific environmental, social and cultural features of the major European landscapes, (2) geographical factors of the recent economic and political changes, and (3) the impact of all these components on the inter- and intra-territorial development differences

National and Geostrategies

The course covers the latest results of geopolicy as discipline, furthermore the most important geopolitical trends of the Central-European Region. Some international example of national strategies in practice are also presented during the course.

Sustainable Development, Environmental Economics

Advanced Environmental Economics

The course focuses especially on the microeconomics of cleaner production and immission regulation furthermore on ecological economic approach of consumption.

Local and Rural Economic Development

The mission of the course is to present different contexts of local and rural economic development policies and different territorial economic strategies based on external and internal resources. Specific topics are regional sustainability, local economic development trends and the question of autonomous economic systems. These topics are mainly presented through case studies.

Integrated European Strategies

Current and relevant European strategic questions occur during the course which exceed traditional sectoral approaches from time to time and form European policy making and public speaking, and therefore embodied in horizontal goals. These questions are integration of sustainable development, prevention of climate change, adaptation to climate change, equal opportunities, demography (especially Roma and migration policies), financial crisis management, and regional cohesion

Economic Valuation of the Enviroment

The course first of all covers ecosystems and ecosystem services, secondarily the economic evaluation of non-market goods (e.g. noise pollution) regarding financial and non-financial methodological possibilities

Industrial Ecology

The traditional ecological industry developed mainly with reactive environmental protection in focus. This means that it provides solution for environmental issues already occurred. However, the preventive environmental protection tries to avoid environmental problems in order to serve not only environmental but economic effectiveness as well. This is the motivation for establishing industrial ecology, which offers solution for implementing ecological theory into industrial practice. Industrial ecology creates industrial-communal systems, assisting to decrease adverse environmental impacts and to avoid creating hazardous waste. The course intends to demonstrate this approach and toolbar towards the students.

The Socially Responsible Enterprise

The aim of the course is to introduce students into the concept and toolbar of the socially responsible corporate operation. The course provides an introduction into the corporate environmental protection and the most important environmental management tools used by companies. These are the steps towards sustainable development.

Economic an Environmental Law

The course offers a general introduction into the social role and operation of law through basic concepts. Furthermore, it gives a general overview of civil rights (persons, contracts, responsibility). As a next step students get to learn environmental law as a compass of environmental regulations. It presents the importance of the legislation and responsibility for environmental pollution. Finally the course cover a special regulatory area which is waste management

Environmental Protection and International Relations

The environmental policymaking and the international environmental cooperation has rapidly developed since the 1970s. It was largely catalyzed by an increasing amount of environmental observations and the information from the research community that revealed the expanding human influence on environment from local to global scales. Due to these efforts, there is a growing evidence on human-induced transboundary and global environmental pressures and in turn a very diverse international cooperative system has emerged: multitude of institutions, fora, programs, agreements.
Nowadays, these multilateral mechanisms are crucial components of international relations and their overall objective is to cope with the escalating environmental problems and to prevent the emergence of new environmental hazards. This complex topic is at the crossroad of two disciplines: the environmental science and the political science. In this course, the historical evolution of the international environmental cooperation and the environmental diplomacy is demonstrated, followed by the presentation of the key institutional, programmatic and legal mechanisms, which have been developed in response to the various transboundary and global environmental problems. Special attention is devoted to the global collaboration under the aegis of the United Nations, some regional cooperative mechanisms and to the role of European Union in the environmental policymaking. Course professor / lecturer: Dr. Tibor Faragó, hon. professor

Last modified: 2018.02.19.