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Suggestion for the implementation of the Bologna Declaration in Hungary in engineering higher education

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Abstract:

The countries that signed the Bologna Declaration need also to modify their engineering programmes accordingly. In Hungary some modifications are necessary independently of the Bologna Declaration. The number of students has increased by a factor of three during the past decade without an increase in the number of staff. The consequence is disadvantageous, especially in engineering higher education. The students have fewer practical exercises and are not involved enough in teamwork. This must be changed in order to maintain the good quality of diplomas. Other changes should be introduced in harmony with the Bologna Declaration. This paper gives a summary of the changes in the Hungarian higher education in the past decade and summarizes the expectations of experts working in industry and the economy. A suggestion is given for the structure of engineering BSc and MSc courses. In Hungarian higher education, especially in engineering higher education, there is an agreement that 3 years are not enough for BSc studies. Our suggestion is that the BSc programme should be the integration of the present college-level programmes and of the first 3 years of university programmes.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0304379032000129250

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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