The history of the University of Pannonia can be best illustrated through the development of its respective faculties. During its colorful history, the university has always responded flexibly to the manifold challenges and needs of society, offering internationally competitive quality education and research opportunities besides functioning as an active contributor to the economic, scientific, and cultural development of the region.
Several prestigious awards attest the continuous and dynamic development of the University of Pannonia and prove its commitment to quality education, research, exemplary student services and societal engagement. Therefore, one can proudly and rightfully claim that the University of Pannonia produces, promotes and cultivates scientific knowledge, functions as the guardian and mediator of cultural values, creates quality and builds the spirit of universitas, and also opens new horizons for the educational, research and student community not only in the region, but also at national and international level.
Independent Institution of Economics was established in 2003 at the University of Pannonia. It was the progenitor of the recent Faculty of Business and Economics which was first in the country, received the Higher Education Quality Award in 2008 in the category of Organisation Unit. With this honouring award the Faculty was recognised as the best in Hungary reaching outstanding result in the complex evaluation of education activity, research performance, value creating processes and in the services provided to clients – students, partner organisations and companies. In January of 2014 the Faculty reached an important milestone; it become a member of the AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Membership is a valuable resource of the development of the Faculty, making international contacts and world-wide reputation. The accreditation means competitive advantage, which influences our Faculty’s market position, members, staff and students as well.
One of the main strategic objectives of the Faculty is to enter the international scene of higher education with widening its portfolio of foreign language academic programmes; offering bachelor’s, master’s and postgraduate programmes in English.
The primary objective of the Faculty of Business and Economics is the education of economists, engineering managers and the further education and retraining of executives in a wide range of business areas. The aim is to produce professionals who are capable of creating, managing and leading systems of enterprises of national importance. The Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Pannonia is recognised as a constantly growing and important intellectual centre in the Transdanubia region and contributes to the functioning and improvement of the public and civil society with its high quality education research and development activities.
Faculty of Business and Economics has an open eyes to EU funded projects to cooperate with other actors of scientific life providing focus on their own research area and letting influence by other skills and experiences. Results of the different projects are always built in the development strategies offering open-minded and modern approach to researchers, lecturers and students as well.
AGE Platform Europe is a European network of 150 organisations of and for people AGE works on a wide range of policy areas and research projects that impact on older and retired people, which include anti-discrimination, employment of older workers and active ageing, social protection, pension reforms, social inclusion, health, elder abuse, intergenerational solidarity, research, senior tourism, accessibility of public transport and of the build environment, and new technologies (ICT). The purpose of AGE work is to voice and promote the interests of the 190 million inhabitants aged 50+ in the European Union and to raise awareness of the issues that concern them most. AGE seeks to give a voice to older and retired people in the EU policy debates, through the active participation of their representative organisations at EU, national, regional and local levels, and provides a European platform for the exchange of experience and best practices. It also aims to inform older people on their rights as EU citizen or resident and on EU policy making processes and recent EU policy development.
AGE is involved in key European initiatives such as the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA), the Financial Services Users Group (FSUG) and in several EU wide networks such as the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA).
AGE Platform is also involved in the SAGA – Strategic Advisory Group on Accessibility and cooperates with CEN-CENELEC, European Standardization Organizations, to ensure older people’ views are embedded into the implementation of the European mandates in support of accessibility (M/376 accessibility requirements for public procurement of products and services in the ICT domain; M/420 in support of European accessibility requirements for public procurement in the built environment; M/473 to include ‘Design for All’ in relevant standardization initiatives). Moreover AGE cooperates within the ICT Standardisation Platform, a European Advisory Expert Group on all matters related to European ICT Standardisation and its effective implementation.
Besides, AGE is involved in a growing number of European projects, whose field of activities varies from age-friendly environments to senior tourism, from new technologies and accessibility to mobility, health, ehealth and care. On the projects side, AGE has led the AFE-INNOVNET thematic network project which has recently launched the Covenant on Demographic Change, a formal network which gathers local, regional and national authorities, and other stakeholders, that commit to cooperate and implement evidence-based solutions to support active and healthy ageing as a comprehensive answer to Europe’s demographic challenge.
The Covasna County Tourism Association came to life in 2008 to fill the gap between the private businesses in tourism and governmental bodies. Its goal is to catalyze development in the sector, to come in aid of entrepreneurs who lack the judicial knowledge, to promote inbound tourism and to encourage qualitative growth. Being a countywide association, it has a good network with local service providers in the tourism business that can be accessed by anyone interested to get in touch, develop products, or looking for partners for various projects. As Covasna is part of the Szeklerland tourism destination the Association keeps a good touch with the regional entities.
Travel Specialist Group Sweden AB Ltd was established in 2001 under the name Vega Resor. The company very soon became the major tour operator specialized in spa tours in Sweden. With the brand Vega Resor, the company offers spa tours to approx. 25 spas in Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Poland, Hungary – and to the new destination Romania.
The company’s trademark is to offer spa for everyone, to cater to both groups and individual clients, with departures every day, with health- and wellness packages ranging from 1 night to 2 weeks and longer. In addition to the spa tours, the company also promotes cruises with Hurtigruten and tours to Iceland with a wide selection of hotels, activities and adventures.
A lot of emphasis is put on technological solutions to facilitate booking. Most of the individual packages are consequently bookable online on the website, but it is also possible to make a reservation through the customer service through email or telephone, or to contact a local travel agent.
ContactVesa Hautaniemi, manager
Zala County Government (ZCG) is a local public authority, a key player in the region performing regional and rural development, spatial planning and coordination tasks. It has created the regional development concept of the county, then its programme, finally the integrated territorial program of the county for coordinating the use of funds being available at county-level, thus we can say that actually regional development is its most stressed task.
In this development period ZCG manages the Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programme in the county. One of the priorities of that is the socially and environmentally sustainable tourism development, in which the county government coordinates different development sub-programs focusing eg. on exploitation of cultural, built and natural heritage having a local, regional importance or diversification of the region’s economy, stimulating the local economy and increasing the employment.
In the course of planning ZCG’s aim was to implement complex, geographically connected projects, which are based on the local conditions and strengthen each others. The principle of partnership is of utmost importance, therefore beyond municipalities, the stakeholders of the economic and civil sphere of the county are also involved in the planning via forums, conferences and surveys.
ZCG takes part also in planning and implementing Cross-Border Cooperation Programs, such as Austria-Hungary, Slovenia-Hungary and Hungary-Croatia CBC Programs.
ContactTünde Molnárné Gazdag