ELTE Lágymányosi Campus, Déli Tömb,
Address: 1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter sétány 1/C.
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Brief History – A modern university with 380 year old traditions
The predecessor of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) was founded in the rural town of Nagyszombat (today: Trnava, Slovakia) in 1635 by Cardinal Péter Pázmány, as a catholic university for teaching Theology and Philosophy. In 1770-1780, the University was transferred to Buda and later to Pest, and with the support of Maria Theresa, the Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, became the Royal Hungarian University. Over the following decades, new faculties were established to meet the expectations of a learned society. In the second half of the 19th century, the University developed into a centre of modern higher education in today's sense, covering nearly every scholarly field. In 1950 the university was reorganized and adopted its present name. It was named after one of its professors, the world-famous physicist, Loránd Eötvös.
Recently, a new campus has been built on the scenic banks of the Danube. This campus, Lágymányos Campus is now home to three faculties: Faculty of Informatics, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Social Sciences. Currently, the university has eight faculties: Education and Psychology , Humanities, Informatics, Law, , Primary and Pre-School Education, Science, Social Sciences, , and the Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Education. Eötvös Loránd University is internationally recognized and its programs are accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Board. The diplomas issued by Eötvös Loránd University are acknowledged worldwide, and its course credits are transferable in all countries in the European Union.
Over the last hundred years, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) has had many world famous scientists and four Nobel Prize laureates among its teachers and alumni. The current number of students enrolled yearly has reached 28,000, and there is an academic staff of 1,800 highly-qualified teachers and researchers. Eötvös Loránd University has extensive international relations with higher education institutions and international organisations all over the world and continues to develop and maintain these relations for the benefit of both Hungarian and foreign students and staff.
The university offers several summer university programmes to the international community.
Student and staff mobility are supported by mobility programs, such as CEEPUS, DAAD and a number of Lifelong Learning Programmes, including Leonardo, Grundtvig, and Erasmus programs.
The university has formal bilateral agreements for cooperation and exchange at an institutional or a faculty level with 400 universities in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. The main areas of cooperation are joint training and research projects, joint participation in international conferences and workshops, and the exchange of students, guest professors, and administrative staff.
ELTE is active member of a number of university networks with high prestige. ELTE is the most active higher education institution in Hungary with respect to mobility programs, institutional bilateral cooperations, and university networks.