Corvinus University of Budapest

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Template:Infobox University Corvinus University of Budapest is one of the most prestigious universities in Budapest, Hungary. The university offers degrees in multiple disciplines, but it is characterised by its programmes in economics, management and social sciences. Corvinus University is consistently listed in the top 50 in the Financial Times European Masters in Management rankings.


The immediate forerunner of this university, the Faculty of Economics of the Royal Hungarian University, was established in 1920. The faculty was an independent organization that was granted the same status as faculties of other universities. In 1934, the faculty was merged with other institutions including the University of Technology to form the Hungarian Royal Palatine Joseph University of Technology and Economics. In 1948, the University of Economics became an independent organization. Since then, the institution has undergone multiple name changes. In 1953 it was renamed Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences. In 1990, following the regime change, the name of Marx was dropped and the university was called Budapest University of Economic Sciences.

In 2000, with the integration of the College of Public Administration, the institution was named Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration (BUESPA). The College of Public Administration was founded in 1977.

In 2003, the three faculties of the former University of Horticulture (then part of the Szent István University) were integrated into the BUESPA. The first predecessor of the horticulture faculties, the Institution for Horticulture Education, was founded in 1853 by Ferenc Entz. In 2004, the university received its present name. The new name refers to the king Matthias Corvinus of Hungary.

The Faculty of Public Administration was appended to the newly formed National University of Public Service January 1, 2012.

From 2013 Corvinus University of Budapest offers a Corvinus Summer School program with wide variety of courses in different subject areas.


The Corvinus University of Budapest has six faculties. These can be grouped into three subject areas: business and horticulture.

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  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

Horticulture concentration (Budai Campus):

  • Faculty of Horticultural Science
  • Faculty of Food Science
  • Faculty of Landscape Architecture

As of 2003 (before the merger with the horticulture faculties), the university had 620 teachers and 16,537 students, with 2721 students graduating. In 2006 it had a total of 17,000 students. Classes are offered in English and German in addition to Hungarian. A growing number of the university's students come from countries other than Hungary.

Setting and architecture


The university is in an urban setting. The faculties operate in multiple buildings that stand in the city centre of Budapest.

The university's main building — now part of the UNESCO Heritage Site<ref name=autogenerated1>Új épület a Corvinus Egyetemnek. Építészfórum, 2007-09-13.</ref> — is located in Pest on the left bank of the Danube, next to the Grand Market Hall and facing the Budapest University of Technology and Economics on the river's other bank. The main building was planned by Miklós Ybl as the Main Customs Office in Neo-Renaissance style. It was finished in 1874. The building was called "Vámház" (Customs House) and "F?vámpalota" (Chief Customs Palace). This is also the name of the nearby avenue. The building was connected to ports of the Danube by four tunnels. It had a railroad connection. During WW2 the Hungarian, German and Soviet troops used the building as a military base. The Customs House suffered serious damage during the war. In 1948 it became the main building of the University of Economics. It underwent major renovations in 1950 and later in 1989-1990. Currently, much of the education of the business faculties (Faculty of Business Administration, Economics, Social Sciences) takes place in the main building. This is the location of the rector's offices as well.


The new Közraktár Street building of the university was completed in 2007. It was built for the cost of HUF 10 billion (EUR 40 million) and offers 50,000 m2 of floorspace, which includes an office building and education areas. The building has a state-of-the-art interior with spacious community areas and special wall light installations. The building hosts the 450-seat central library of the university which contains 100,000 books and journals.<ref name=autogenerated1 />

The horticulture faculties are located on Villanyi Road on the Buda side of Budapest. A highlight of the Buda campus is the Template:Convert Buda Arboretum, which includes trees of 1,640 species and hundreds of species of other plants. The arboretum is used as a demonstration garden in dendrology classes.

Student life


Seven colleges for advanced studies are connected to the university. These are student groups that offer their own body of extracurricular coursework and often provide accommodation for their members as well.

  • EVK Szakkollégium
  • Heller Farkas Szakkollégium
  • Rajk László College for Advanced Studies
  • Széchenyi István College for Advanced Studies
  • College for Advanced Studies in Social Theory (Társadalomelméleti Kollégium, TEK)


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External links


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