The University of Debrecen is planning to launch undergraduate and graduate training programs at the community higher education center to be established in the city of Kisvárda.
“The objective of the work done in the past few months has been the preparation for the requirements related to the introduction of the off-site training programs: we have surveyed the conditions available in the immediate region, we have coordinated our concept concerning the industrial demands with the local companies, and we have consequently designed the educational and training profile for the institution, which is to cover an interdisciplinary area between agricultural, food-industry, economic, and medical fields,” said Rector Zoltán Szilvássy at the press conference held on Wednesday at the University of Debrecen on the project to establish Kisvárdai Közösségi Főiskola [Kisvárda’s Community College].
The Rector explained that the accreditational requirements had also been explored, and that the preparation of the establishment process had commenced accordingly, mainly by designating the specific fields of inquiry and research and also by announcing calls for applications for the relevant research positions.
“The response to our call for applications to cover areas to be researched at the community college has been fairly impressive, as we have received as many as 16 applications from young scholars,” said Zoltán Szilvássy.
Dean Károly Pető, who acts as Project Director, underlined that the chief objective of the project would be to develop the local economy in the Kisvárda region, which initiative would be based on the educational and research potential represented by the University of Debrecen.
“The capacity of the University of Debrecen makes it possible that several undergraduate programs and even a newly accredited master’s degree program be launched at the off-site location on agrotourism, comprising the overlapping fields of food science and health tourism,” said Károly Pető.
Katalin Zichyné Belinszky, Managing Director of Kisvárda Első Közösségi Főiskola Nonprofit Kft [Kisvárda’s First Community College Non-Profit Ltd.] recalled that there had been a trilateral cooperation agreement signed earlier this year, in February, between the university, Kisvárda’s local government, and the non-profit company, about the establishment of a community adult education center, which would have a number of senior professors, such as Philip L. Hooper, a renowned researcher of xenohormesis from the University of Colorado, Professor Zoltán Szilvássy from Debrecen, and Academician László Vígh, a researcher at MTA Szegedi Biológiai Kutatóközpont Biokémiai Intézete [Biochemistry Institute of the Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Szeged].
“In Kisvárda, the conditions for launching a community higher-education program center are all given: we have received support in terms of the use of real estate for a period of 8 years for the purposes of education and research as well as for the construction of a dormitory and professors’ residences,” said Katalin Zichyné Belinszky.
Tibor Leleszi, Mayor of the city of Kisvárda, emphasized that, in the course of the past 4 or 5 years, this settlement had undergone significant development; yet, it would be necessary to have the appropriate institutions for a chance of retaining young people within the community.
“There are seven thousand students in Kisvárda, and four thousand among them go to secondary school. If we find the right channels to access them, we might be able to shape a new generation of young people who could contribute to forming a better future for our city in an innovative way,” said Tibor Leleszi.