Vice-Rector for Research Gyula Vastag returned to his Alma Mater in 2019, before that he was the head of the English PhD program of Széchenyi István University. Between 1989 and 2006 he worked in the United State, in the Kelley School of Business (Indiana University), Kenan-Flagler Business School (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and in the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management (Michigan State University). He spent the 2000/2001 academic year as the dean and professor of the Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology (SIMT) in Stuttgart, where he led courses as a guest professor after 2001. Between 2005 and 2007 he was a part-time professor of the University of Groningen (Netherlands). Having returned to Corvinus, he is currently working on the renewal of the research incentive and research support system.
“Our goal is to encourage the lecturers to do research, so that we can increase the publication performance that is already excellent according to Hungarian standards even further, and thereby we can be more present on the international level as well, since there is no good university without good lecturers/researchers.” – said the Vice-Rector.
The Vice-Rector emphasised that internationalisation and being tested in international forums are among the important strategic objectives of the university. In order to realise this objective, they want to create conditions at Corvinus which favours those lecturers who wish to do research, by providing access to the appropriate software and databases, or even through financial support as well, so that the lecturers of the university can appear the highest-quality international journals and can participate is as many international conferences as possible.
He said that they wanted to increase the research support fund further, and hopefully, the first lecture of “Corvinus Lectures” – which presents international masters – can be held in the second half of 2021. In the framework of the “Corvinus Research Seminars”, the research strategies of institutes will be supported. They plan to organise informal “Research Brunch” events and thematic trainings related to research every three months, as well as workshops will be provided (“Meet the Editor”, “Academic English”, research methodology).
“Research development is closely related to the career model. As a general rule, all faculty members belong to the balanced job function type, however, in case of those who choose the education-focused job function, the lecture workload will increase by 50% compared to the balanced job function in terms of education requirements, while in case of a research-focused job function, the lecture workload will decrease by the same rate, so as much time could be devoted to research as possible. The gaol we want to achieve with this is to approach the research-oriented job function from the education-oriented approach. We are good lecturers if we are good researchers as well, that makes us truly authentic” – said the professional.