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Start of the academic year: popular university innovation courses continue
13 September 2021
Last modified: 13 September 2021
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The Ministry for Innovation and Technology (ITM) promotes the training of innovation professionals and young entrepreneurs through higher education courses. The Hungarian Startup University Programme (HSUP), the first national university training programme on startups, was already chosen by nearly 2100 students in its debut year. So far, nearly one hundred students have graduated from the two research and innovation management programmes at Corvinus University of Budapest and University of Pannonia with a degree that is highly valued in the labour market. From September, both courses will be launched again, with HSUP now available at 26 universities.

The spread of an innovative approach is very important for Hungary’s competitiveness and sustainable, knowledge-based economic growth. HSUP aims to get young people interested in solution-focused thinking and entrepreneurship at university. Already available at 26 universities across the country, the two-semester credit course delivers the fundamentals of innovation through a unique e-learning platform, providing the opportunity to translate new knowledge to practice. Already in its debut academic year in 2020, 2095 students took up the new course, and in the second semester they worked in teams on nearly 100 innovative project ideas with the professional support of 70 mentors. So far, 24 renowned actors of the Hungarian startup ecosystem have joined the programme to support teams working on innovative ideas with professional offers and backing.

Corvinus University of Budapest and University of Pannonia launched a gap-filling university degree course in 2019. Those who complete the courses will receive a diploma in research and innovation management or research and innovation economics. The training will strengthen research centres, businesses and the public sector with professionals who are highly skilled in putting R&D results into practice. In-demand knowledge and skills tailored to the needs of the company significantly improve participants’ chances of finding a job.

Tibor Gulyás, Deputy State Secretary for Innovation of ITM, stressed that “One of the most important goals of the renewal of the Hungarian innovation system is to ensure that research and development results achieved in close cooperation between universities, research network knowledge centres and companies are better exploited in practice. Specially trained professionals are needed to follow through on ideas born from solution-focused thinking. We are working to turn the insights and ideas of Hungarian researchers into patents and then into sought-after products or services. The skills and market-based competences that can be acquired in university-level vocational training courses, which have been successfully launched in recent years and will continue from September this year, are increasingly being recognised by the business and public sectors.”

Budapest, 03 September 2021
Ministry for Innovation and Technology

Updated: 13 September 2021
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