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Pázmány Péter Catholic University


Pázmány Péter Catholic University

Pázmány Péter Catholic University
Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem
Latin: Universitas Catholica de Petro Pazmany Nominata
Established 12 May 1635 (1635-05-12)
Type Private
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Rector Szabolcs Anzelm Szuromi[1]
Great Chancellor Péter Erdő
Academic staff
736 (2009)[2]
Students 9469 (2009)[2]
Location Budapest, Piliscsaba, Esztergom, Hungary
Campus Suburban: 52 acre[3]
Affiliations IRUN
Website .hu.ppkewww
For other universities with similar names, see Pázmáneum

Pázmány Péter Catholic University is a private university of the Catholic Church in Hungary, recognized by the state. Founded in 1635,[4] the PPCU is one of Hungary's oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education.

The Faculty of Theology was established by archbishop Péter Pázmány in Nagyszombat, the Kingdom of Hungary (today Trnava, Slovakia) in 1635. The university is located in three cities: the Rectors' Office, the Faculty of Theology, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Information Technology, and the Postgraduate Institute of Canon-Law are located in Budapest. The campus of the Vitéz János Faculty of Teaching is in Esztergom, around the Esztergom Basilica. The campus of the Faculty of Humanities is in Piliscsaba, in the vicinity of Budapest.

The university has several research groups and institutes. One of the most important international research programmes of the university is the Syro-Hungarian Archeological Mission, which does the restoration of Margat's crusader fortress.

Nearly 10.000 students attend the university, enrolled in several Bachelor, Master, and PhD programmes.

It has a wide range of international cooperations, including the Erasmus programme and bilateral agreements. It was named in 2009 as one of the most active members of the Erasmus programme.[5] It is a co-establisher of the International Research Universities Network and has strong connections with Radboud University Nijmegen, Catholic University of Leuven, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Saint Louis University and University of Notre Dame.


  • Rectors 1
  • Great chancellors 2
  • Academics 3
    • Faculties 3.1
      • Faculty of Humanities 3.1.1
      • Faculty of Theology 3.1.2
      • Institute of Canon Law "ad instar facultatis" 3.1.3
      • Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics 3.1.4
      • Faculty of Law and Political Sciences 3.1.5
      • Vitéz János Faculty of Teaching 3.1.6
    • Collegium Hungaricum 3.2
    • Research 3.3
      • Hungarian Bionic Vision Center 3.3.1
      • Robot Lab 3.3.2
      • Ányos Jedlik Research and Development Laboratory 3.3.3
      • Biomicrofluidics Research Group 3.3.4
      • Research Centre for Competitive Law 3.3.5
      • Syro-Hungarian archeological mission: margat excavations 3.3.6
      • Avicenna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies 3.3.7
  • Notable people 4
    • Honorary doctors 4.1
    • Faculty and staff 4.2
    • Alumni 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6


  • 1992–1998 Msgr. Dr. Ferenc Gál
  • 1998–2003 Msgr. Prof. Dr. Péter Erdő
  • 2003–2011 Msgr. Prof. Dr. György Fodor
  • 2011– Msgr. Prof. Dr. Szabolcs Anzelm Szuromi O.Praem

Great chancellors



The university has five faculties and two institutes.

Stephaneum, the main building of the Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities was established by the Hungarian Catholic Bishops' Conference on 30 January 1992 (decree no. 46/1992.), with the permission no. Prot. N.223/91/9 (on 30 January 1992) of the Congregation of the Catholic Education of the Apostolic Holy See. The government of Hungary accepted it on 25 May 1993.[4] It is in the town of Piliscsaba. The campus was created from a Soviet barrack, on 220,000 m². As it is situated in a nature reserve, only pavilion-like buildings were allowed to be built which don't interfere with the landscape's harmony. Its buildings were designed by the group of Imre Makovecz and it has become an architectural landmark (see the pictures below). The campus has a train station (since 1995) and a bus stop (since 1996); it is accessible from Budapest centre in less than an hour. Most of its students commute on a daily basis, but it has dormitories for the other students at the venue and in the town.

Faculty of Theology

Pázmány established the University in Nagyszombat on 12 May 1635. It was approved by Emperor Ferdinand II on 8 October in the same year the inauguration ceremony took place on 13 November 1635.[4] The theological faculty is now located at Veres Pálné u. 24, Budapest H-1053.

Because of its Jesuit links, the newly opened university was based on the Official Plan for Jesuit Education, or Ratio studiorum, which had been laid down in 8 January 1599. Pázmány was also influenced by Roman and Austrian structures of higher education.

The Faculty of Theology first moved to Buda and then to Pest. It was separated from the rest of the Pázmány Péter Science University in 1950 by the state and was able to continue her mission under the name of Roman Catholic Central Theological Academy. The authorization of the Institute to give an academic degree in Sacred Theology (baccalaureatus, licentiatus, laureatus [doctoratus]) in the name of the Holy See during this time remained, while the diploma was also recognized by the state.

The classical five (baccalaureatus) plus two (licentiatus) plus one (doctoratus) years (the last two together is recognized as a PhD instruction by the state) Sacred Theology teaching program which is officially recognized by the Holy See is built on twelfth departments: Department of Fundamental Theology; Department of Systematic Christian Philosophy; Department of History of Philosophy; Department of Old Testament Studies; Department of New Testament Studies; Department of Dogmatic Theology; Department of Moral Theology; Department of Liturgy and Pastoral Theology; Department of Patristic History and Literature; Department of Medieval and Modern Ecclesiastical History; Department of Canon Law; Department of Biblical Languages. Through these departments is substantial not only the theological instruction, but also a very high level research work as part of the so-called Theological Doctorate School, which is unique in Hungary. Obviously, the Faculty of Theology has further teaching activity within the fields of mission of the Catholic Church, in order to educate as many as possible Christ-faithful for the constructive activity in their particular Churches (diocese, parishes, religious orders, spiritual movements, etc.). Serving this purpose, the Faculty has Bachelor programs to form Managers of Catholic Communities, Catechetic and Pastoral Assistants; there are also Master programs to form Teachers of Religion and Catholic Canon Lawyers. When the political change has happened in Hungary in 1990, the name of the Faculty has been changed to Pázmány Péter Roman Catholic Theological Academy as an independent university. It became a basis for the new Catholic university of Budapest which has today five flourishing faculties and one institute with faculty rights (i.e. Canon Law Institute “ad instar facultatis”). Every single educational program of this ancient Theological Faculty of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University has received official state accreditation by the Hungarian Higher Educational Accreditation Committee, which has already accredited the entire University, including the Faculty of Theology, in two times, recently in 2010.

Institute of Canon Law "ad instar facultatis"

The Institute of Canon Law "ad instar facultatis" (Institute with faculty rights) was established by the Holy See on 30 November 1996 (n. 975/96). In Hungary and in the region too, the Pázmány Péter Catholic University is the only one providing profound studies in canon law. Canon law means in proper sense the internal own law of the Catholic Church that applies to everyone baptized in the Catholic Church as well as to those who have joined the community of the Church. According to the ecclesiastical authorization the Institute entitled to issue baccalaureate, licenciate and doctorate academic degree in canon law. The Hungarian State acknowledges the baccalaureate degree in canon law – based on the Bologna-System – as MA degree, as well as the doctorate in canon law as PhD. The licenciate in canon law is required for particular internal ecclesiastical offices. The current permanent team of professors – Anzelm Szabolcs Szuromi O.Praem., Géza Kuminetz, Péter Szabó, Catherine Hársfai, George Lefkánits, Blazio Schanda, Csaba Szilágyi, and Philippe Gudenus – organizes many courses in various canonical fields in Hungarian and in other languages (Italian, German, English)to explaine more precisely the system of the canonical discipline. Nevertheless, the Institute has been visited by many erudite professors of Pontifical Faculties from the whole world, which also has improved the instructional work. The Institute of Canon Law “ad instar facultatis” gives significant stress on the high level scholarly research. To fulfill this aim the Institute organizes a yearly International ‘colloquia’ in every February; moreover, publishes an international canon law review, i.e. Folia Canonica, in the main western European languages (from 1998, from 2012: Folia Theologica et Canonica), but also a Hungarian review, i.e. Kánonjog (from 1999); furthermore, a book series, i.e. Bibliotheca Instituti Postgradualis Iuris Canonici Universitatis Catholicae de Petro Pázmány nominatae, which includes four sub-series. Through these publication facilities the Postgraduate Institute of Canon Law can harmonize the canonical field and activity in Hungary, and also it can enrich the international canon law studies with new emphases and results. These scholarly new results reviewed in International ’symposia’ from Rome to Venice; from Paris to New York, but also in the Eastern European Region. The Institute had a privilege in 2001 to organize the "Eleventh International Congress of the Consociatio Internationalis Studio Iuris Canonici Promovendo and the Fifteenth of the Società per il Diritto delle Chiese Orientali, entitled Territorialità e personalità nel diritto canonico e ecclesiastico – Il diritto canonico di fronte al terzo millenio". Moreover, the Catholic University’s Institute of Canon Law “ad instar facultates” hosted the "XIIIth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law", which took place in the St. Adalbert Teaching and Research Center of Esztergom in 2008. The basic research fields of the canon law faculty of Budapest – by the continual international recognized research projects of her professors – are ecclesiastical law; theology of canon law; general norms of canon law; constitutional law of the Church; liturgical law; Catholic marriage law; canonical norms of sacraments and sacramentals; canonical process law; canonical penal law; canon law of Eastern Churches; Medieval ius commune and canon law history. The Institute decorated with the title of “Doctor Honoris Causa” Urbano Navarrete Cortes S.J. on 2 May 2000, one of the most significant 20th century canon lawyer, who did many for the renewal of the canonical knowledge in Hungary in the Eighties and died on 22 November 2010. The Canon Law Institute “ad instar facultatis” of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University has enriched on 5 May 2011 with two new honorary doctors, i.e. José Tomás Martin de Agar and Bronisław Wenanty Zubert OFM.

Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics

The Faculty of Information Technology was established by the Hungarian Catholic Bishops' Conference on 24 June 1998 with the permission no. 1246/1998. The government of Hungary accepted it on 20 July 2001. It has been renamed to Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics on May 1, 2013, effective as of September 1, 2013.[4] It's located in Budapest.

Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

The Faculty of Law and Political Sciences was established on 3 April 1995 with the permission no. 503/1995.[4] It is located in Budapest.

Vitéz János Faculty of Teaching

The Vitéz János Teaching College was founded on 3 November 1842,[6] and integrated in the Pázmány Péter Catholic University as Vitéz János Faculty on 1 January 2008.[4] It is in the city of Esztergom. The campus is around the Esztergom Basilica. Its Practicing School has been working since 31 August 1893.

Collegium Hungaricum

The Collegium Hungaricum (officially Collegium Hungaricum Lovaniense, the former Home Cardinal Mindszenty) is a house for Hungarian university students, researchers and teachers in the city of Leuven (25 km from Bruxelles), at the Blijde Inkomstraat 18. The owner of the building is the Hungarian Province of the Jesuit Order, but the maintainer is the Pázmány Péter Catholic University.[7]


Hungarian Bionic Vision Center

The goal of the Hungarian Bionic Vision Center is to restore vision of visually impaired patients to the maximum extent and to improve the quality of their lives through using medical and technological aids. They run programmes to study promising medical and engineering technologies under active research.[8]

Robot Lab

The RobotLab is to apply unique ideas inspired by Biology using Information Technologies. How is it possible to design better prosthesis? Can neurobiology help to develop new remote control robots for helicopters? Can a biped be taught to walk in a similar way as we learned our balancing and moving patterns? What is the functional connection between visual and tactile sensing? These are some questions which are addressed by the Rotob Lab.[9]

Ányos Jedlik Research and Development Laboratory

The Jedlik Laboratories is a new science-education-technology center where the advantages of multidisciplinary work is emphasized in some important emerging fields of science and technology. In the beginning the key areas were info-bionics and sensor-computing, telepresence and language technologies. Nano–bio technology, VLSI IC design and some other areas have recently become important key areas as well.

Its mission is to bridge the gap between forefront research, university education, and technology transfer, including competitive R&D projects, via the daily interactions between research professors and students forming a unit where innovation and learning are developing in concert and in close cooperation with the support of a few leading research laboratories and high tech companies worldwide. The other specific aspects of this center are Live synergies of information technology and life sciences, in particular the neurosciences, genetics and immunology as well as certain aspects of the emerging field of nanoscale engineering and molecular bionics. The synergy is supported via a hierarchy of models, including functional, macro, micro and nanoscale (molecular level) models, as well as analogue, digital and analog array -and-logic models, and including human and artificial language technologies. Based on the sensor revolution and nanoscale technologies, the emerging fields of sensor-computing, telepresence, integrated communication and ad-hoc mobile networks, bio-compatible interfaces, as well as "smart" energy saving devices and integrated nano–micro systems, we are searching for new directions of applications, products and services to be developed.

The Jedlik Laboratories is organized within the Faculty of Information Technology in an active and institutional cooperation with the founding and later joined institutes. The founding Institutes: the Institutes of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS), namely the Computer and Automation Research Institute, the Research Institute for Experimental Medicine, the Neurobiology Research Unit at the Semmelweis University of Medicine of the HAS, the Research Institute of Technical Physics and Material Science, the Research Institute of Psychology, the Institute of Enzymology of the Biology Research Center of the HAS, the Richter Gedeon Co., the Ericsson Hungary Ltd., and a few SMEs. The cooperating international research laboratories are listed in the International relations section.[10]
Homepage: Jedlik Laboratories

Biomicrofluidics Research Group

The Biomicrofluidics Research group works on the development of point-of-care (POC) diagnostic devices, optofluidic and digital microfluidic (DMF) platforms. This includes theory, numerical modeling, design, fabrication, test and different applications. Their main area of focus is microfluidic devices for biomedical applications.

The point-of-care diagnostic project focuses on the continuous observation and monitoring of biological liquids, e.g., veterinary or human blood samples.

The integration and interplay between optical and fluidic functionalities defines the emerging field of optofluidics. Microfluidics enables the realization of lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices in connection with CNN-UM based camera systems. Thus, the obtained biomedical liquid analyzer can recognize cells and particles in the sample flow in real-time.

The Research Group's digital microfluidic (DMF) platform is based the electrowetting-on-dielectrics (EWOD) phenomenon; they are currently working on clinical applications of this. The biological fluid droplets can be moved by electric field on a superhydrophobic surface. Droplet mainulations allow for parallel and multi-reagent analysis.[11]

Research Centre for Competitive Law

It was established in 2006, at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences. Its main fields are organizing scientific conferences, publishing scientific papers, to spread the culture of competition.[12]
Homepage (Hungarian):

Syro-Hungarian archeological mission: margat excavations

The Syro-Hungarian Archeological mission is a research programme of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University. Its main objective is to restore the Fortress of Margat, which is the largest crusader fortress of the Middle East, and to put under discussion the era of the crusades in the Middle East. The head of the mission is archeologist Balázs Major.[13] The huge, 5.2-acre fortress is related to Hungary not only because of this expedition. In 1218 King Andrew II of Hungary visited the fortress protected by the Johannite Order and contributed an annual sum of 1000 silver marks for its upkeep.[13] According to Balázs Major, "the most sensational discovery must be the mural found in the chapel." This is the largest crusader mural unearthed in the Holy Land, and it is unique from an iconographical aspect, as well.[13]

Avicenna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies

The Saint Joseph University, Beirut and Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale".

The Institute was founded to fulfill threefold objectives: to conduct research for thorough understanding of Arabic, Persian and Turkish cultures; to advise decision-makers, media-actors and businessmen interested in Middle-East issues; to disseminate knowledge on current topics in on-going public debates to avoid misunderstandings in intercultural dialogue.

The institute works on several projects:

  • study the factors of continuity and discontinuity in Islamic legacy in the perspective of understanding the current development in the Islamic world, mainly in philosophy, theology, political sciences and literature, classical and modern,
  • organizing public and international scientific workshops and conferences to disseminate knowledge,
  • publishing scientific monographs, conferences’ proceedings,
  • granting scholarship for junior researches in PhD or post-doctoral dissertations.[14]

Notable people

Honorary doctors

Faculty and staff


Pázmány alumni number is about 26,000.[43]

  • Tibor Benedek (2005) – Olympic, European and World champion waterpolo player[44]
  • Gergely Gulyás (2004) – MP, deputy chairman, Committee for Human rights, Minorities, Civic and Religious Affairs of the Hungarian Parliament[44]
  • Péter Harrach (1995) – former deputy speaker of the Hungarian Parliament[44]
  • Máté Kocsis (2004) – mayor, 8. District of Budapest[44]
  • András Koltay (2002) – member of the Media Council[44]
  • Karolina Kosztrihán – radio-host, ClassFM[44]
  • Tamás Gergely Kucsera (2000) – former presidential chief-adviser, Hungarian Academy of Sciences[44]
  • István Madarász – film director, "Hungary – World of Potentials"[44]
  • László Mécsalpinist, member of the first Hungarian team which managed to arrive on the top of the Mount Everest[44]
  • Tibor Méray – author, journalist[44]
  • Bence Rétvári (2003) – MP, Secretary of State, Ministry of Public Administration and Justice[44]
  • Atala Schöck (1998) – opera singer[44]
  • Zsolt Semjén (1997) – Deputy Prime Minister, Minister without portfolio[44]
  • Ádám Steinmetz (2006) – Olympic champion waterpolo player[44]
  • Barnabás Steinmetz (2005) – Olympic champion waterpolo player[44]
  • András Stumpf (2004) – journalist, Heti Válasz[44]
  • Gergő Süveges – anchorman, MTV[44]
  • Anett Szabó (2004) – anchorwoman, HírTV[44]
  • László Székely-Mádai – ice-hockey player, FTC[44]
  • Ferenc Török – film director, "Moszkva tér"[44]


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External links

  • Website
    • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
      • International Office of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
    • Faculty of Law and Political Sciences,
    • Faculty of Information Technology
    • János Vitéz Faculty, Esztergom (Hungarian)
    • Postgraduate Institute of Canon Law (Hungarian)
    • Collegium Hungaricum, Leuven (Hungarian)
  • Joint Study Abroad Program with the University of San Francisco
  • Hungarian Bionic Vision Center
  • Robot Lab
  • Jedlik Laboratories
  • Research Centre for Competitive Law (Hungarian)
  • Campus Tour at Piliscsaba campus
  • Official Homepage of Piliscsaba town (Hungarian)
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