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A 375-YEAR-OLD TRADITION – PART I

“Rather than any other means, we believe that founding a university would be the best possible way to tame the warlike spirit of the nation and to educate people fit to govern the Church and to serve the State.” Péter Pázmány, Cardinal Archbishop of Esztergom, included these lines in the founding charter of our university, issued at Nagyszombat on May 12th, 1635. The Faculty of Humanities (Facultas Philosophiae) was the first faculty to be established: it opened ceremonially with a mass celebrated on November 13th of the same year in the presence of Pázmány himself and the leading religious and lay dignitaries of the time. The university belonged to the Society of Jesus until 1780. This is known as “the Nagyszombat Period”, as the university resided in that town for the first 145 years of its existence.

The picture shows Péter Pázmány, Cardinal Archbishop of Esztergom, the 17th century banner and the founding charter of the university.


A 375-YEAR-OLD TRADITION – PART II

The name of the Royal Hungarian (Pázmány Péter) University was changed in 1949, and renamed after (Baron) Loránd Eötvös, its famous physics professor. Our institution still bears his name today.

The picture shows Loránd Eötvös.


SEMPER PRIMA

Our Faculty of Humanities is not only the longest continually functioning institution of higher education Hungary. According to the latest statistics, as well as to the ranking published in HVG (a leading economical weekly) by the Ministry of Education and Culture, it is also, thanks to its outstanding instructors and students, the highest ranked faculty among 168 faculties in Hungary. It has held this position since such rankings were first published in 2007.


A CAMPUS OF SPIRIT

Our Faculty of Humanities is one of the most inspirational of Hungarian institutions. The interaction between its 600 instructors and 8,000 students creates a community where “the spirit flies free”: the guarantee of a bright future for the humanities.


THE HOME OF HUNGARIAN LITERATURE

Our faculty is perhaps the most important intellectual workshop of Hungarian humanities, which over the years has produced influential schools of thought. Our present alumni are a decisive force in forming various aspects Hungarian cultural life – as teachers, researchers, writers, poets, artists – both in the written and the electronic media.

The picture shows a selection of writer and poet alumni of our Faculty.

First line: Pál Závada, György Spiró, László Lator, Dezső Tandori, Endre Kukorelly, Dezső Kosztolányi, Zoltán Kodály, Orsolya Karafiáth, Aladár Kuncz

Second line: Leslie Lőrincz, Dániel Varró, György Konrád, Ervin Lázár, Árpád Tóth, Gyula Juhász, Anna Jókai, Tibor Gyurkovics, Éva Janikovszky

Third line: István Csukás, Géza Bereményi, Sándor Csoóri, József Bajza, Iván Bächer, Mihály Babits, György Petri, Ferenc Toldy, Ernő Osvát

Fourth line: Lőrinc Szabó, Domokos Kosáry, Imre Madách, László Grétsy, Elemér Hankiss, Dezső Szabó, Zsuzsa Rakovszky, Sándor Sík, Valéria Dienes


FEEL AT HOME

Beside and beyond its function as a powerhouse of formal intellectual effort for both students and instructors, our Faculty offers a forum for the more relaxed, but no less important, sharing of ideas. It is a beautiful environment where everyone can mingle freely, enjoying a real sense of community and finding a sort of second spiritual home. It is our hope that warm memories of this uplifting experience will accompany our alumni throughout their careers.


BUILDING A COMMUNITY

The university does not consist of empty rooms, but a community of teachers and students. The quality of this community forms the basis of unversity life. The college years will be as satisfying as they are enriched by programs and activities which strengthen the cohesive force of this network. Thus community building is the keystone of the Faculty’s program, and a major source of its strength.

The picture shows university students at Freshman Camp.


BEYOND THE LIMIT

There are heroes amongst us. Our faculty shines not only in academia - besides our students’ outstanding achievements at the National Students’ Conference, we can boast of the many scholarships and awards won by our instructors - but also in other fields such as cultural life and even sports.

The picture shows Dávid Klein, a philosophy student of our Faculty, on the summit of Cho Oyu (8201 m, in Tibet), with Everest behind.


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