Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest

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The Budapest University of Technology and Economics, official abbreviation BME, is the most significant University of Technology in Hungary and is considered the world's oldest Institute of Technology which has university rank and structure. It was the first institute in Europe to train engineers at university level. It was founded in 1782.
More than 110 departments and institutes operate within the structure of eight faculties. About 1100 lecturers, 400 researchers and other degree holders and numerous invited lecturers and practising expert specialists participate in education and research at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Approximately 1381 of the university's 21.171 students are from 50 countries abroad. The Budapest University of Technology and Economics issues about 70% of Hungary's engineering degrees. 34 professors/researchers of the university are members of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Training courses are provided in five languages: Hungarian, English, German, French and Russian.
The ECTS credit system was introduced in 1995. This helps students to enroll in the student exchange program of the European Union, the Socrates, and earn a double degree through the Top Industrial Managers for Europe network.
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  • It was located in the Buda area, slightly south of the free bridge. It was a splendid building that stood on the Danube River, and the first time I saw it, it was a luxurious building that I misunderstood as a historic hotel.
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  • Danube Night Cruise Budapest University of Technology and economics February 2109 it was the oldest engineering university in the world when I went back to the hotel and looked at the guidebook after I had a wonderful architecture. It is likely that Joseph II opened as a school of civil engineering. It was a prestigious school which also produced the scholar of the Nobel Prize. The school motto is "Harmony of Theory and Practice" in a great location, at the foot of the Gellert Hill on the World Heritage Danube, next to the Gellert Hot Springs ♪ It would be bright even at night if it was lit up. Leaps of snow in the light window of fireflies ♪
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  • Admission, Registration, and Subjects: The admission process is online and routine. Course taking is, however, a completely different story. Departments don’t communicate with each other, their online system is severely flawed, and they most certainly punish you for the shortcomings in their system. Staff speak very poor English, and a significant part of the vital information and procedures in their website are only available in Hungarian. Since 2015, they have shamelessly monetized most of their administrative procedures, i.e., you have to “pay” a large amount to drop a subject, re-register for a subject, and pretty much any routine administrative requests. BE AWARE: if you are late on payment, they will send you legal warning mails only in “Hungarian”. Do not underestimate how low they are willing to sink to empty your pocket. Bureaucracy and Paper Work: They are extremely officious. Example: Student Card. Take what you will from it: To apply for a student card, first you have to pay 5 € through their Neptun system and fill in an online form. Then, you need to sign it and take it to a government bureau on the other side of town. There, you have to wait in a line for at least five hours to show your documents and receive a piece of paper, informing you that, in three weeks, you have to go to yet another office on the other side of Budapest for more paperwork. After that, you have to wait for six to twelve months for your card to be issued (If they bother to do it at all). Teachers, Pamphlets, and handouts: You need a certain level of English knowledge in order to apply. That, nevertheless, doesn’t apply to lecturers. Almost all teachers lack basic knowledge of English and struggle to communicate with students. Their pamphlets are basically Hungarian texts literally translated via Google Translate. In most cases, they do not even have the sufficient knowledge of the subject in their native language to be able to convey the concept to you, not to mention their lack of patience and care for that matter. Do not let the abysmal quality of teaching fool you though. The exams demand your complete expert knowledge of the subject in contrast to the poor delivery in the classroom. You’re basically on your own. Racism: You’re sure to experience harsh racism in the city. After all, it’s Hungary. Be that as it may, you’d (understandably) expect some regulations in place within the university to prevent teachers from abusing their power and practicing their racist beliefs on foreign students. Alas, that is not the case. Discrimination against foreign students is business as usual; there are no active regulations to protect you against horrible things that teachers can do to you just because of the color of your skin or your ethnicity. I witnessed teachers going on a barrage of horrifying racist insults in the middle of the classroom against foreign students. I saw teachers delaying graduation of very good students by A YEAR just because their skin was brown. I saw, on several occasions, teachers and Hungarian students threatening foreign students just because they resent them coming to their country. If you are foolish enough to file a complaint against them, you can be sure they will retaliate and ruin your academic future. For instance, there was this teacher Dr. Janos Vad, Head of Fluid Mechanics Department. He is basically an ex-military neo Nazi racist lunatic who thinks the classroom is a barracks and he is a drill Sargent. He is a terrifying authority figure who does the most despicable racist things you can imagine and gets away with it. A word to the wise: University is supposed to provide you with scientific perspective, strengthen your integrity, and prepare you for your future carrier. You’ll find none in this tourism enterprise that you are misled to believe is actually a university. Do yourself a favor and find an actual university as far away from these officious racist psychopaths as possible.
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