Hungary National Experiences

Published: 08/03/2011 | Modified: 17/12/2014, 10:17 am

Contact details of the institution hosting the BHO

Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research

Fehervari ut 130., 1116 Budapest, Hungary
Phone: +36 1 463-0565
Mail: adam.molnar@bayzoltan.hu
URL website: www.bayzoltan.hu
URL national EURAXESS portal: http://euraxess.hu/en

Bridgehead Organisation

The BHO also serves as an ESC.
Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd. was established in 1992 as the first non-profit research organization in Hungary. Today, the company is Hungary’s largest and most successful public institution for applied research. Its mission is to support the development of sustainable competitive advantage for Hungarian companies through innovation and technology transfer. RDI activities focus on the areas of material, laser and nanotechnology, biotechnology, ICT, environmental technologies, logistics and industrial production technologies and control engineering. The company has developed contacts with a large number of scientists, research institutions, universities, enterprises, multiplier organisations and governmental agencies in Hungary and abroad as well.

EURAXESS Services Centres

There are two ESCs. One is hosted by the BHO, Bay Zoltan Nonprofit Ltd. The other one, with national coverage, is hosted by the Tempus Public Foundation, a non-profit organisation dealing with education mobility programmes from primary to postgraduate education.

Local Contact Points

There are 12 LoCPs. Eleven are hosted by universities and colleges in various geographical regions of the country and one is located in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest.

Structure of the national network

The employment of staff (2 persons part time,0.5 FTE) at the BHO is financed by the Network Call provided by the EURAXESS TOP II project.

The other ESCs and LoCPs employ contact persons who perform their duties related to EURAXESS part time, and are also engaged in other activities as required by their department and institution. EURAXESS contact persons come from departments and institutions whose activities are linked to research and mobility issues within the institutions, thus offering a logical link to EURAXESS activities.

Full-time equivalent staff:   Number of persons:
BHO: 0.5 BHO: 2

Declaration of Commitment (DoC)

Members of the national network have formally expressed their commitment to work in the network. This took the form of a letter signed by the head of the institution (rector in case of a university, director in the case of the Academy of Sciences). This letter is an equally binding document. However, signature of the Declaration of Commitment is under way with the entire network, with about 30% of the network members having already done so.

National funding of the EURAXESS Services Network

The EURAXESS Services Network is operated on a voluntary basis, with each participating institution funding its activities from its own budget. The only exception is the BHO, which is participating in EURAXESS TOP II, an FP7 project funded by the European Commission. Part of this project is the Network Call, which provides funding for the operation of the national EURAXESS network.

Target groups of the Bridgehead Organisations

  • researchers
  • stakeholders
  • authorities
  • administrative staff

Target groups of the EURAXESS Services Centres/Local Contact Points

  •  researchers

Relationship and communication between the BHO, the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility for Researchers (SG HRM), the National Contact Points (NCPs) and the Programme Committee

The BHO maintains a close link with the Hungarian NCP network, including the People NCP as well as the Hungarian PC member, with frequent communication. Moreover, A representative of the National Office for Innovation regularly attends the annual meetings of the Hungarian EURAXESS network.

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1. Coordinating the network in Hungary

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The Hungarian Science and Technology Foundation has been operating as the BHO for the Hungarian EURAXESS network since October 2008. In the period since the starting date, it has built a network of 11 members that cover almost all regions of Hungary. Helping and enhancing the work of the EURAXESS LoCPs has always been a priority for the Foundation. It has also been a challenge, because all the LoCP staff work part time, as unpaid volunteers, and this means that they have other high-priority tasks (albeit often related to researcher mobility) to deal with.

To facilitate the work of the LoCPs, the Foundation regularly invites them to short (about a half-hour) work meetings, whenever the opportunity arises in the form of events (e.g. mobility conference, information day, etc.) These meetings briefly address operational issues. In addition, the Foundation organises a yearly training and workshop solely for members of the EURAXESS network, where all the issues regarding the network’s operation, tasks and competences can be discussed at length. Usually, at these trainings the network discusses the latest developments in a specific field of researcher mobility (e.g. the Scientific Visa and entry conditions) and members’ list good practices and challenges affecting their work in this field. Another advantage of the training is that the representative of the National Office for Research and Technology (the institution that partially funds the network’s operation) is also present and is available to answer questions on the issues being discussed. Thus, through the events mentioned above and through regular information exchange, the network has gained considerable cohesion, and its members have accumulated a growing inventory of expertise.

2. Shaping national policy to support researcher mobility

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The Hungarian Science and Technology Foundation is participating in the work of the Advisory Group for the ‘European Partnership for Researchers’ national action plan. The action plan is being prepared by the National Office for Research and Technology and the advisory group consists of experts responsible for the areas covered by the action plan, thus bringing together representatives of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance and the National Health Insurance Fund, among others. The Advisory Group is further divided into thematic subgroups such as social security and other areas. These subgroups meet regularly to discuss the recommendations for the Action Plan in their specific fields.It is a strategic achievement for the Hungarian BHO to have also received a seat in the Advisory Group. This enables it to directly advise the other players about practical issues related to the action plan. Moreover, participating in the Advisory Group offers an opportunity to form professional partnerships that the EURAXESS network in Hungary can benefit from in its daily work. The experts who are delegates in the group can provide professional advice for researchers’ practical questions in a range of fields.

3. Operating at the crossroads of different sectors and levels

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Tempus Public Foundation (TPF) is a non-profit organization established in 1996. Besides being a member of the EURAXESS network, its main profile is to manage national and international cooperation programmes in the field of education, training and EU-related issues. TPF co-ordinates the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme (including Erasmus) and the Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies, a regional higher-education mobility scheme. Moreover, the TPF is the contact point for the Tempus and Erasmus Mundus programmes in Hungary and is responsible for issuing Europass Mobility documents. It operates an Adult Training Centre and a Knowledge Centre, and also an RTD information office that provides information on FP7. Accordingly, the TPF has many years of extensive experience in RTD project management and international mobility issues.

The TPF has also been the coordinator of the Hungarian Researchers’ Night project from 2006 on. As the main organizer of this nationwide science communication event, TPF works together with the most prestigious Hungarian HEIs, several research institutes, a number of industrial partners with research profiles, and with the printed, electronic and online media.

As a consequence of and in line with the range of working fields and connections mentioned above, the TPF was appointed to be the coordinator of the Year of Creativity and Innovation in Hungary in 2009, which was a great opportunity to further broaden their scope in terms of cooperating partners and potential new working areas.

Through the many different programmes it coordinates, the TPF works closely with different actors in the Hungarian higher education and research sector. In some fields it has a first-hand European experience and a broad view across the international educational and research sector.

Also, through its regular monthly e-newsletters aimed at different target groups (e.g. RTD, higher education, trainings, alumni, etc.) TPF can reach out to more than 25,000 subscribers, covering a considerable part of the Hungarian research community at universities, research institutes and private companies alike.

The Foundation therefore has a key role in the Hungarian research sector by providing a meeting point for various levels and fields of education, research and development. The full potential of this capacity can be harnessed for EURAXESS network’s outreach and promotion activities in Hungary.

Operating at the meeting point of different sectors and levelsEURAXESS Service Centre:

Tempus Public Foundation, Hungary – Link to the e-newsletters of the Tempus Public Foundation (in Hungarian), arranged by months

1. Structure of the national portal team

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The EURAXESS national portal team in Hungary consists of two part-time colleagues (who are also working in the EURAXESS Services network) and a part-time intern. One of the team members is the portal administrator and coordinates the activities related to the national portal. These activities include maintenance and checks (to ensure that the website is functioning well from the user’s point of view), content updates and adding new content. All members of the portal team can suggest material to be uploaded to or modified in the portal, or suggest technical changes or amendments.

The technical maintenance of the portal is outsourced to a company which is also responsible for maintaining the institutional (TETALAP) website and for providing IT support to TETALAP staff.

Content management, therefore, is carried out by TETALAP staff, while technical management is provided by the technical staff. The main task of the part-time intern colleague is to interface between the two, i.e. to liaise with the technical staff and verify the updates that they carry out.

We believe that sharing the work this way makes the maintenance of the portal efficient. At the same time, outsourcing the technical tasks does requires allocation of funds as well as financial planning in advance.

1. Operating at the crossroads of different sectors and levels

Published: 09/05/2011 | Modified: 06/05/2014, 1:46 pm

Tempus Public Foundation (TPF) is a non-profit organization established in 1996. Besides being a member of the EURAXESS network, its main profile is to manage national and international cooperation programmes in the field of education, training and EU-related issues. TPF co-ordinates the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme (including Erasmus) and the Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies, a regional higher-education mobility scheme. Moreover, the TPF is the contact point for the Tempus and Erasmus Mundus programmes in Hungary and is responsible for issuing Europass Mobility documents. It operates an Adult Training Centre and a Knowledge Centre, and also an RTD information office that provides information on FP7. Accordingly, the TPF has many years of extensive experience in RTD project management and international mobility issues.

The TPF has also been the coordinator of the Hungarian Researchers’ Night project from 2006 on. As the main organizer of this nationwide science communication event, TPF works together with the most prestigious Hungarian HEIs, several research institutes, a number of industrial partners with research profiles, and with the printed, electronic and online media.

As a consequence of and in line with the range of working fields and connections mentioned above, the TPF was appointed to be the coordinator of the Year of Creativity and Innovation in Hungary in 2009, which was a great opportunity to further broaden their scope in terms of cooperating partners and potential new working areas.

Through the many different programmes it coordinates, the TPF works closely with different actors in the Hungarian higher education and research sector. In some fields it has a first-hand European experience and a broad view across the international educational and research sector.

Also, through its regular monthly e-newsletters aimed at different target groups (e.g. RTD, higher education, trainings, alumni, etc.) TPF can reach out to more than 25,000 subscribers, covering a considerable part of the Hungarian research community at universities, research institutes and private companies alike.

The Foundation therefore has a key role in the Hungarian research sector by providing a meeting point for various levels and fields of education, research and development. The full potential of this capacity can be harnessed for EURAXESS network’s outreach and promotion activities in Hungary.

Operating at the meeting point of different sectors and levelsEURAXESS Service Centre:

Tempus Public Foundation, Hungary – Link to the e-newsletters of the Tempus Public Foundation (in Hungarian), arranged by months

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1. General information

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  • Social security rights depend on residence and not on nationality, so Hungarian and internationally mobile researchers enjoy the same rights if they work within the same employment conditions.
  • Some rights are tied to a vending time (such as cash benefits for health services, family and unemployment benefits and pensions).

2. Foreign employee

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  • Employees enjoy full coverage
  • Researchers on temporary contracts enjoy the same rights as fixes contracts.

3. Foreign researcher without contract

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  • Researchers with own means (visiting lecturer etc) do not enjoy social security rights in Hungary.
  • Researchers on contracts receive health insurance, while researchers on contracts less than 6 months, have partial social security coverage (in kind health services for emergencies)

4. Foreign student

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  • Ph.D. candidates have the status as students and are not entitled to social security in Hungary. EU/EEA citizens must bring European Health Insurance Card/A1 and third nationals must have private insurance.
  • Candidates who hold a scholarship in the framework of an international agreement, may get health coverage

5. Comments on benefits

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All employed citizens

  • Health coverage – yes
  • Sickness benefit –yes
  • Unemployment benefit – when you have worked at least 360 days the last 3 yrs.
  • Parental benefit – female employees who have worked at least 180 days before birth and enjoy 168 days of maternity leave + potentially a child care fee or child care leave.
  • Disability pension – yes
  • Old-age pensions – yes

6. Eager to learn more?

Published: 19/12/2014 | Modified: 09/01/2015, 1:55 pm

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