At Apor Vilmos Catholic College we consider our international relations to be of great importance. Our institution regularly participates in many types of international programmes. These occasions not only provide our students and colleagues with an extraordinary opportunity to get involved in the international scientific world, but they also allow us to take great satisfaction in showing others our inner scientific workshops, our culture, our country and our city, Vác.
The EU’s Erasmus programme and the new Erasmus+ programme has played a very important role for us. This is significant because it has allowed us build numerous and intensive partnerships with other institutions dealing with similar study areas. We have a growing number of partner institutions. Through the Erasmus programme our students have got the chance to spend whole semesters at other European universities and our educators have had the opportunity to teach or do research at our partner institutions. We have also taken part in some intensive programmes, in which our students have spent one or two weeks in other European countries. Many professors, teachers and staff members from all around Europe have come and worked with us at our institution. We have organised international weeks several times with huge success.
In the academic year 2016-2017 for the first time in the history of our college, we are launching one of our Bachelor’s degree programmes, the Pre-School Teacher Training Programme in English, which is available for foreign students, too. We are also planning to introduce this programme in German, as well. Both in the Autumn and in the Spring semester of 2017-2018 we are starting an Erasmus+ Semester entitled 'Value-Oriented Education in the 21st Century' of 30 ECTS credits in English for student from our partner universities .
We consider talent fostering especially important, that is why we provide our gifted students with a lot of opportunities to develop their abilities and skills at both national and international levels. After being accredited as a Talent Point in Hungary in 2015, our college became part of the European Talent Support Network as a European Talent Point in 2016.
In 2015 our college joined the initiative of two cooperating French-based international associations: the GERFEC (European Group for Research and Training of Teachers Holding Christian and Other Beliefs and Other Convictions) and the G3I (International, Intercultural and Interconvictional Group) associations to promote an interconvictional and intercultural dialogue. In the framework of the project entitled ’For an Inclusive Europe: Learning to Live Better Together with our Different Convictions’ the college organised an ’Interconvictional Dialogue Seminar’ for our own students in the spring of 2016. Based on the success of this seminar we are planning to organise further ones involving more students and teachers from other universities.
A cooperation was established between our college and the University of Winchester in 2015 on the theme: ’Meeting of Cultures and Languages Through the National Tales’. The main objectives of the project are to emphasize intercultural aspects of folk tale tradition through investigating similarities and differences and to identify the national characteristics emerging in the tales, and enhancing knowledge about the British and Hungarian culture. In the framework of the ’Tale Project’ the Hungarian students had the opportunity to visit Winchester and their British counterparts spent a week in Vác in the spring of 2016. Both institutions are committed to continuing this cooperation, organising study trips from year to year.
Since 2014 our graduate students have had the opportunity to study for a master’s degree in Munich, Germany based on an extended collaboration between our college and the Katholische Stiftungsfachhochschule München (University of Applied Sciences).
In the academic year 2008-2009 we successfully participated in mobility projects funded and supervised by EEA and the Norwegian Grant. The main goal of the Drama, Dance, Puppetry: Creative Teaching Methods in Norway and Hungary project was to provide the participants (students studying pedagogy from the participating institutions) with the possibility of comparing different pedagogical methods used in the host countries, which makes them able to work out their own way of teaching children.
Our college was co-organiser of the international conference: Freedom of Education organised by the Dutch Socires Foundation in Vác, 2006. The aim of the 16 participating countries was to facilitate and strengthen the networks of church and civil society schools in Eastern European countries (Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Ukraine and Moldova) in order to organise themselves and to influence governmental policies.
The Pollen programme (2006-2009) run under the 6th EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6) and aimed at developing a model for the renewal of science education in primary schools based on inquiry approach in 12 participating countries.
We are members of the following organisations
GERFEC – European Group for Research and Training of Teachers Holding Christian and Other Beliefs and Other Convictions
The goal of the 16 member countries is to develope a pedagogy for a multicultural dialogue between people from different cultures and convictions in schools and in educational institutions, as well as to promote an education for democracy, citizenship and Human Rights in the context of Europe of today.
The association is an international network of European institutions of higher education specialized in teacher training and social education in 18 countries. Its purpose is to contribute to furthering the intercultural dimension in training European teachers through the cognitive, behavioral, methodological, pedagogic and linguistic domains.
International Council for Catholic Pedagogy
The council aims at promoting cooperation between Catholic teacher training institutions in order to develope a special pedagogy for Catholic education. The president of the council has been our rector, Dr. Mária Fülöpné Erdő since 2015.
All of our cooperation make us richer in many respects and we hope we can also be an enriching factor for our partners.