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TPF's activities are also aimed at disseminating best practice - this is achieved through publications, events and information networks. ●


TPF prepares regular publications (flyers, newsletters, manuals, yearbooks and magazines) in order to provide extensive information adjusted to the needs of the different target groups. An interactive educational CD-ROM, Socrates Step by Step was published for the first time in 1999. The experiences gathered from this will be used in future educational publications.


To ensure the success of information and dissemination activities, TPF strives for strategic co-operation with other non-profit organizations sharing its profile (Ministry of Education, student governments, government agencies, teachers' organisations and foundations).






CEEPUS, SOCRATES/ERASMUS AND TEMPUS NETWORKS ● The higher education information networks initiated and operated by the Foundation cover all of Hungarian higher education. In the case of CEEPUS, each organization has its own CEEPUS co-ordinator, who ensures the flow of information between TPF and the institution’s organizational units. In ERASMUS, one institution submits one application: the flow of information between the different projects is ensured by the ERASMUS co-ordinator. In the case of TEMPUS, all contractors and co-ordinators are included in a network of app. 350-400 people. The six Regional TEMPUS Offices operating in the university towns supplement these networks.

TIB NETWORK ● TIB (TEMPUS Institution Building) projects provide higher educational, government, and other non-profit institutions that are important in the accession to the EU with help in obtaining the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge. Since the projects

Providing high quality applications is one of the most important tasks of TPF. To achieve this, TPF tries to maintain continuous contact with new applicants and provide preventive monitoring measures to ensure the best possible implementation of projects.



In addition to having direct contact with a large number of public education institutions, TPF operates an information network based on the 20 Pedagogical Institutes. This working relationship has proved to be very useful in the case of COMENIUS and LINGUA programmes.


In order to provide applicants with information and make current grants more successful, the TPF organizes approximately 50 events, presentations, and training courses a year, while its colleagues attend professional events as participants and speakers. TPF regularly holds press conferences in order to provide the media with information.




TPF does the preparation of the selection of centralized applications that is then finalised by the European Commission. TPF performs the formal assessment of the applications in decentralized actions and then ensures the participation of experts in the content evaluation of the applications.



TPF has been on the World Wide Web since its establishment. All of its publications can be accessed on its website ( This website has numerous links to the homepages of organizations and institutions concerned with the European Union, education and professional training.

operate as consortia, they appear in smaller networks that are connected in a larger network. Hungary participates in 14 of these consortia with 60 participants, each backed up by entire institutional bodies. The projects mobilise approximately 3,000 people.


The national agencies coordinate and promote the programmes. In addition to providing information to grantholders and potential applicants, TPF also provides personal consultation. It is also the national agencies' task to conclude grant contracts with applicants.




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THE FUTURE OF THE TEMPUS PUBLIC FOUNDATION The achievements and the experiences accumulated by TPF in the past few years as well as the great number of tasks that can be expected with Hungary’s accession to the EU open up new and important perspectives for the Foundation. Harmonising the co-ordination of its programmes will make it possible to operate them more effectively and utilize the results more purposefully. The ALUMNI FOR EUROPE might make the TPF the largest human resources development center in Central Europe within a few years.

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CONTACT TEMPUS Public Foundation, H-1143 Budapest, Ida u. 2. Phone: +36/1/343 0012, +36/1/343 0013, +36/1/352 5306, +36/1/343 0032 Fax: +36/1/343 0164, +36/1/343 0332 Internet: E-mail:,, © TEMPUS Public Foundation, 1999. Prepared by the TEMPUS Public Foundation with the support of the European Commission Design: ZOLART Bt., László Restyánszki









The TEMPUS Public Foundation (TPF) is a non-profit organization with the objective of developing Hungarian intellectual resources, modernizing education, introducing European standards in education and professional training, and promoting Hungary’s accession to the European Union.

LEONARDO Office. The programme offices are in daily contact with the Hungarian and European institutions and professional organizations belonging to the programmes’ target groups, and they cooperate with the official bodies directing the programmes (e.g. the Commission of the European Union).

PROGRAMMES ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE The Board of Trustees is the TPF's decision-making, representative and managing body. The founder, the Government of the Republic of Hungary, appoints the Foundation’s president and members on the basis of the recommendations of the decision-making organizations of Hungarian university rectors and college directors and the suggestions made by the ministries and offices involved in Hungary's accession to the European Union. The Supervisory Committee inspects the activities of TPF and of the Board of Trustees on the basis of the annual report and the auditing, and reports to the founder on its findings at least once a year. TPF's operational units are the programme offices – Hungarian TEMPUS Office, Hungarian CEEPUS Office, SOCRATES National Agency and Hungarian

TEMPUS ● The TEMPUS programme of the European Union started in 1990 in order to help the development and restructuring of higher education in Central and Eastern Europe and promote cooperation with higher education institutions in the European Union. To achieve its objectives, the programme financed the development and improvement of hundreds of syllabi and curricula and the modernization of equipment in colleges and universities in Hungary. It also financed the academic mobility of approximately 7,000 students and 8,000 professors. A total of EUR 113.9 million (that is, approximately HUF 29 billion at the current value) have been spent as part of the programme for developing Hungarian higher education. The programme gave financial assistance to approximately 90% of Hungarian higher education institutions. TEMPUS’ exclusive purpose in its current phase (1998-2001) is the promotion of the process of accession to the European Union by preparing the managements and administrations of institutional systems and institutions of higher education. The TEMPUS Joint European Projects provide government agencies and public and non-government organizations with support for institution building. The purpose of the support is to develop and carry out in-service training courses for officials who play an active role in the accession process and work in central or local government administration or in professional, public service or non-

governmental organizations. The in-service courses are to provide the target groups with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge for adopting and applying the "aquis communautaire".

participated in in-service training abroad under the LINGUA B or the COMENIUS 3.2 actions; and 80 school directors or educational decision-makers took part in individual ARION study visits.

Hungary will play an advisory role in the programme’s most recent phase, TEMPUS III (2000-2006).



The SOCRATES programme was adopted in 1995 on the initiative of the European Commission. Its objective is to contribute to the development of the quality of education and to develop a European dimension in education in the participating countries. The programme aims at all levels and actors of education, from kindergartens through public education, colleges and universities to open and distance providers and adult education institutions. In the first phase of the SOCRATES programme, lasting until December 31, 1999, institutions, instructors, and students will receive support for mobility, curriculum development and other European educational cooperation activities. Hungary is a full member of SOCRATES since September 4, 1997. At present, 49% of Hungarian colleges and universities participate in ERASMUS, SOCRATES’ higher education action. ERASMUS financed the mobility of 895 students and approximately 300 professors in 1998/99, while approximately 400 students have come to Hungary from the European Union. In the academic year 1999/2000, the programme will grant about 2,000 Hungarian students with approximately 10,000 scholarshipmonths. So far, more than 200 Hungarian public education institutions have started COMENIUS 1 or LINGUA E projects; almost 300 teachers

The purpose of the CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies) programme, launched in 1995, is to strengthen the professional relations between intellectuals in Central Europe through mobility in higher education. Regional cooperation has improved considerably as a result of visiting teachers, student exchanges, and joint participation in language and professional courses and summer schools. The mobility in higher education between the CEEPUS countries is well balanced. All the participating countries declare the number of “scholarship-months” that they will fund in a given year; that is, the number of months for which foreign students and instructors will be accommodated. The number of scholarship-months that the participating countries offered for accommodating students and professors has quadrupled since the programme began. More than 2,000 Hungarian students have participated in the exchange programmes since 1995. The fact that 18 network applications with the participation of 79 institutions won acceptance in the first year, while 52 networks will be operating with the participation of 65 Hungarian partners in the 1999/2000 academic year is indicative of the dynamic growth of CEEPUS.

LEONARDO DA VINCI ● The LEONARDO DA VINCI programme is the first programme in Europe to encompass the entire professional training system from

secondary school through higher education to continuing education including life long learning activities. Hungary has been a full member of the programme since September 1, 1997. Institutions providing some form of professional training in Hungary can submit applications for three kinds of projects. These are pilot projects (contributing to the development of the professional training systems in Hungary and in the EU countries by creating intellectual products), foreign on-the-job training and/or exchange programmes, and survey and analysis projects. In 1997 and 1998, 28 Hungarian institutions coordinated projects and 150 Hungarian institutions were partners in pilot projects. Furthermore, 60 institutions won financial support for placement projects, giving mobility grants for more than 500 students and teachers.


The ALUMNI FOR EUROPE interactive human resources and information network makes practical use of the human resources generated through the TEMPUS, SOCRATES, LEONARDO


VINCI and CEEPUS programmes. The network’s database contains the data of young professionals with exceptional abilities who have done some of their studies abroad under the auspices of the EU educational or training programmes above and have, therefore, acquired special language and cultural skills in addition to professional knowledge. The database currently includes current data on app. 2,500 graduates and grantholders who have 1-4 years of professional experience. Companies interested in this service can access the database through the TPF’s Internet homepage and use it in accordance with their own needs. The database is constantly growing with the addition of data of new grantholders – approximately 800 people a year.

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