The Kaposvár University Faculty of Economic Sciences was established in 2004. Although still young, the faculty proudly expands the tradition of excellence at Kaposvár University to the field of Economics. The history of the university has been a series of successful expansions: from the Agricultural Junior College of Kaposvár it became an independent college and then a university faculty (Pannon Agricultural University). With its solid foundation of agricultural study-programs, the Faculty of Animal Sciences merged with Csokonai Vitéz Mihály College of Pedagogy in 2000 to create Kaposvár University. In 2004 the institution built on its previous success and burgeoning reputation to establish the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Economic Sciences, comprising three institutes and nine departments. Since then the faculty has been restructured and the staff has been augmented by outstanding nationally and internationally recognized specialists and teachers who promote the highest level of quality in course-work and research programmes.
The Faculty of Economic Science of Kaposvár University was established in 2004 to provide competitive, practice-oriented education based on a modern theoretical basis in the fields of corporate management and finance, rural development, and economic science. A further objective is to supply the small and medium-sized enterprises, the financial sector, and the local governments with skilled professionals and to ensure continued education for specialists working in these areas.
The importance of the Faculty of Economics to the expanding university is reflected in a beautiful new building housing its staff offices and educational facilities. With an attached student centre, renovated library, and student housing facilities available to students from all faculties, this 4 billion forint investment clearly shows the prominent position of the Faculty of Economics in the University's future. The faculty has equipped three classrooms with a full complement of computers and upgraded and expanded its informatics network to the tune of 50 million HUF.
In 2006 two BSc programmes in the faculty were accredited according to the recently-adopted Bologna system. The faculty was given the go-ahead for its masters programme in finance in 2008, and a further two MSc programmes were accredited. The faculty has joined the Erasmus student and teacher mobility programmes, through which five bilateral agreements have been completed and another three are under development (Poland, Turkey, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia are involved). Besides these programs, collaborations in research and development projects and professional partnerships exist all over Europe and as far as India, Mexico, and Malaysia.
Several major projects are in progress with local food processing and pharmaceutical companies and research centres (Richter Gedeon Rt., Dráva Tej Rt., Fino Food Rt., Budapest Corvinus University, MTA Centre for Regional Researches, Nestle, Danone, Kometa), as well as stakeholders of the region (Labour Centre, Chamber of Trade and Industry of Somogy, Entrepreneur Centre Kht, Regional Innovation Agency, Regional Development Agency, etc.)
The Faculty of Economic Science trains economists, agricultural engineers, and financial specialists. Already, our graduates are successfully navigating the fields of marketing and informatics, bringing their practical knowledge of agriculture to bear on regional and rural development, and using their thorough knowledge of financial affairs to seize and succeed in the European Union’s diverse and extraordinary developmental opportunities. The most distinguished students can take advantage of the opportunity to obtain, as either a regular or a correspondence student, a doctoral degree at the Doctoral School of Management and Organizational Sciences.
The faculty trains economic, financial, marketing, and spatial planning experts able to give a good account of themselves in any spheres of the world of finance, business or agribusiness.
Regional and Environmental Economy, MA (both in Hungarian and in English)
Agribusiness and Rural Development Manager, MSc (only in Hungarian)
Agribusiness and Rural Development Manager, BSc (only in Hungarian)
Finance and Accounting, BA (only in Hungarian)
Trade and Marketing, BA (both in Hungarian and in English)
International Relations, BA (both in Hungarian and in English)
Programmes in English language:
Regional and Environmental Economy, MA
Finance and Accounting, BA
See information for incoming Erasmus students here.
Research areas Research and study works are conducted in the fields of regional analyses, rural development, marketing of functional foods, and various aspects of corporate management and finance. The Doctoral School of Management and Organizational Sciences leads the following studies:
Finance and Economic Policy (agricultural economics and agricultural policy, analysis and planning of financial processes)
Management and Marketing (corporate economics and business management; market research and marketing)
Regional Economics and Sustainability (regional and rural development, environmental management)
More information about Doctoral School of Management and Organizational Sciences can be found here.
A university's performance in economic and scientific fields has never been more important than it is in the internationalized, competitive educational climate of today. Graduates need practical skills and experience, not just theoretical knowledge, to be successful in their future professions. Faculties and universities are evaluated on how well they provide this sort of education, how well their Scientific Student Associations perform, how well their seminars and conferences are conducted, and how well their publications are received.
The Faculty of Economic Science of Kaposvár University – as a young and dynamically developing institute – has already established a distinctive scientific image in the field. Besides a solid foundation in economic and social sciences, students in the faculty get a high level of research and analysis experience in fields like the economic and market aspects of the food economy. This combination produces knowledgeable and experienced graduates particularly attractive to both national and international higher education institutions.
The faculty can be justly proud of its editorship of two new journals – Food, Nutrition and Marketing, and Regional and Business Studies. The faculty also lends its full support to the Scientific Students’ Association, which consistently performs superlatively. At the Kaposvár University’s Economic Seminar, undergraduates get a chance to work alongside PhD students from different universities and share their experiences while taking on some of the field's most complex and pressing issues.
International Conference on Nutrimarketing
This conference is already a must for Hungarian professionals in the field, and this year we would like to expand it with an international section. Our aim is to introduce and illuminate new directions in food-development and such successful and innovative products as have had or are expected to have impressive effects on the habits of today’s consumer.
International Conference on Economic Sciences
International Conference on Applied Information Technology
The Conference on Applied Information Technology has been organized by Kaposvár University since 2002. This annual meeting gives a unique platform for experts to discuss the recent multidisciplinary R&D results in the field of applied informatics. Main topics of the Conference are agricultural informatics, agrifood process networks, business information systems, GIS, and process informatics.
International projects Projects run in the frame of IPA Crossborder Cooperation Programme 2007-2013 (HU-HR)
Regional Universities as Generators of a Transnational Knowledge Region (2010-11). This programme focussed on research, development, and innovation .The program involved 15 staff from the Kaposvár University Faculty of Economic Sciences and is supported by a budget of 115 thousand euros. Lead Beneficiary: Hungarian Academy of Science, Centre for Regional Studies, Transdanubian Institute Partners: Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Regional Development Agency of South Transdanubia, PORA, VIDRA
Transnational Innovation Platform from Cropfield to Table
The overall objective of the project is to develop mutual communication platform between agro-food stakeholders in order to improve of the RDI capacity of the target region (2011-2013). Lead Beneficiary: Kaposvár University (Kaposvár), project partmers: J.J.Strossmayer University of Osijek; Somogy Chamber of Trade and Industry (Kaposvár); South-Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency (Pécs). Associated partner: Croatian Food Agency, Osijek.
Understanding and Educating of Ecotourism through cross-border cooperation (2013-2014)
Lead Beneficiary: Zala County Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Zalaegerszeg). Project partners: Krizevci Agricultural College (Krizevci); Croatian Food Agency (Osijek), Somogy Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kaposvár); Kaposvar University (Kaposvár). Main objective of the project was a sustainable cooperation of the education and other institutions of Croatia and Hungary in order to promote eco-tourism and to develop database and efficient education program for the economic sector involved.
RuCoLLL – Interreg IV. EDUECO – Tempus IV. ACCESS – Tempus IV.