The roots of higher education in Debrecen go back to the 16th century. The Reformed College of Debrecen, founded in 1538, had a nationwide leading role in the preservation and development of Hungarian education and culture for centuries.
According to historical records, by the end of the 18th century the College had five departments, three of which were devoted to teaching philosophy. A great turn took place in 1908, when the Reformed Academy of Humanities was created and teacher training started, however, only within rather narrow bounds.
The College provided home to a wide range of higher education developments, which, thanks to the generosity of the citizens of Debrecen, greatly contributed to the foundation of a Hungarian Royal University in 1912.
In 1949/50 the University was restructured. The Faculty of Theology was returned to the Reformed College, the Faculty of Medicine became an independent university, the Faculty of Law was discontinued. In 1952 the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Sciences were united as Kossuth Lajos University. The newly formed universities - the Medical University, the University of Agriculture and Kossuth Lajos University - continued to co-exist as three separate institutions up until 2000.
On January 1, 2000, the colleges and universities of Hajdú-Bihar County were united, and, as a result, the University of Debrecen came into being with five university and three college level faculties and with a student population of 20,000. The three large universities of Debrecen that entered this union included the University of Agriculture, Kossuth Lajos University (with the university-level faculties of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies and Business Administration, Institute of Law as well as college-level Faculty of Engineering) and the Medical University. Further faculties entered on an independent basis: the college-level Conservatory of Debrecen, schools of the University located in Hajdúböszörmény and Nyíregyháza. Three of the so-called academic “institutes” (Dentistry, Law and Pharmacy) have already reached the rank and status of faculty.
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Our faculty is very new since it was formed in 2004 as the result of a long process of organic growth. The teaching of information technology began in 1972 at the Kossuth Lajos University of Sciences, one of the predecessors to the University of Debrecen, when 20 students enrolled to study Programming Mathematics. Today, some of those first students are highly respected instructors at the Faculty.
The numbers of IT students, instructors and departments, have multiplied, and the range of courses we offer has also expanded. At the end of the 1980s, we began providing university-level education in Programming Mathematics, IT Teacher Training and Library IT. We have also played an active role in the founding and running of the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Doctoral School. Today, the Faculty's five departments employ a total of 71 instructors, who are supported in their work by the Dean's Office, the Systems Administration Group and the Specialist Library, which is shared with the Institute of Mathematics of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The Faculty of Informatics currently has 1,700 students. The formation of our Faculty coincided with implementation of the Bologna process, which has fundamentally determined the direction for the future development of higher education in Hungary. We have successfully completed accreditation of our basic specialisations, and in 2004 we were the first institution in Hungary to offer a degree in Software Design. In 2005 we launched our Computer Science Engineering course, and from 2006 we also run Business Informatics and Library Informatics degree courses. The curricula of our master’s degree courses are also being developed with the assistance and cooperation of several other faculties: the Faculty of Economic Sciences, the Faculty of Agriculture and the Faculty of Natural Sciences. After gaining their master's degrees, our students also have the opportunity to study for their PhD at the Doctoral School of Mathematics and Computer Sciences. The Faculty of Informatics fulfils an important role with regard to higher education and scientific research in the region. Our instructors have decades of experience in training IT professionals to internationally recognised standard. We consider it a key priority to cooperate with local industry and service providers. We aim to ensure that specialists who graduate from our faculty would not feel compelled to pursue a career elsewhere, but most of them would be able to find employment in the region. To this end we have initiated the Debrecen InfoPark project, and work together with local enterprises as closely as possible. All the IT programs, which have been accredited in Hungary, are available at the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Debrecen.
Our Doctoral School provides high quality education in scientific research. Doctoral candidates are encouraged to join the following programs:
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