Message from the Rector

I would like to welcome all visitors, university students and staff members!

Prof. Dr. Levente Kovács
Rector of the Óbuda University

I want to work. For it is battle enough
Having a past such as this to confess.
In the Danube’s waves past, present and future
Are all-embracing in a soft caress.
The great battle which our ancestors once fought
Resolves into peace through the memories,
And to settle at last our communal affairs
Remains our task and none too small it is.

By the Danube by Attila József

Translated by John Székely

Dear Members of the ÓU Community,

 

As Óbuda University’s new rector as of 15 July, 2019 let me welcome you and share my goals which I wish to achieve together with you all.

First let me intruduce myself briefly. I come from Transylvania where I completed both my primary and secondary education in Hungarian while I studied in Romanian at the “Politechnica” University of Timisoara graduating as top of my class as well as best graduate in my field all around Romania. I started my career at “Politehnica” University of Timisoara, and completed my PhD at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary in 2008. I joined Óbuda University in 2012 and was the first person to earn a habilitation degree at Óbuda University with summa cum laude distinction. As far as leadership experience is considered, I worked as Vice-Dean for Education at the John von Neumann Faculty of Informatics between 2013 and 2018, I am responsible for the Computer Engineering BSc and MSc programmes, and I acted as the Vice-Rector for Education since 2018. I have also played an active role both in Hungary and internationally as the Vice Chair of the Hungarian Section of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and since 2017 I have been chairing the IEEE Hungary Section.

In my programme I made a commitment to put Óbuda University on a path followed by the world-renowned higher educational institutions and to turn around the trend which shows that the gap between elite universities and our institution has been widening for quite some years now. We need to bear in mind that education and science are equally important and therefore, both of them should be handled equally. A sustainable university needs to be created using both our own and external resources in which younger generations are mentored by senior colleagues and their networks of relationships and the aims set by the management should motivate all the stakeholders.

About my plans and vision please read more here.

I would like to promote bidirectional dialogues within the university and I hold feedback from colleagues in high regard. Consequently, I am open to any feedback which might improve processes and output. Having starting with a quote by Attila József, I am concluding with another one by him: “working precisely and fine / just like stars are moving in the sky / is worth it.”

Wishing you all the best and every success in your work,

Prof. Dr. Levente Kovács
Budapest, July 15, 2019