At its last meeting held on 7th March 2017, the University Senate re-elected dr. István András as Rector of the University of Dunaújváros for 5 more years. Dr. András has been Rector since 2012, and as a result of the Senate’s decision he will lead the institution until 30th June 2022.


The Goverment says: Dunaújváros will be the center of electromobility

- Our aim is to improve the quality of civil life in a modern industrial city – said Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary on the press conference of “Modern Cities Program” in Dunaújváros, on 31st of May, which preceded by the signature of a cooperation agreement between the Hungarian Government and the city of Dunaújváros. The Prime Minister emphasized; today, considering the energy sources of the city, Dunaújváros is a natural gas based settlement, and the direction of the development is to convert an electric power based city out of it.
- The city can directly feel the success of the extension of Paks’ 2nd nuclear power station; the development of nuclear energy will be a significant factor in the transformation of the Hungarian energy system. The Paks Nuclear Power Plant will provide job opportunities in the short term and sufficient, cheap electric power in the long run. This will help to switch the gas based system to an electric power based one – he added.
The agreement includes that research and training programs should be established in cooperation with University of Dunaújváros which will be developed into an electromobility center with specializations: allowing to train professionals. The government will also assemble a taskforce from József Pálinkás, President of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office, representatives of the Ministry of National Economy and the city of Dunaújváros.
Besides the direction of the research, the electromobility will appear in the daily life too: according to the plans all local buses will be replaced with electrical ones.

Some international students were already excited as the end of the week was drawing near, as for many of them was the last week of their scholarship period, and therefore it was indeed their very last opportunity to take part in an excursion organized by the members of our international office.

This time we were heading to the South to the city of Pécs, which was the European capital of culture in the year 2010. One of the biggest investment was at that time the renovation of the former Zsolnay industrial quarter. The municipality of Pécs came up with the idea of creating a cultural center from the abandoned buildings of the factory following the success of other industrial revitalizations of the last century like the ones in the cities of Manchester and Barcelona.

It is safe to say that the current Zsolnay Cultural Quarter is one of the nicest and most relaxed part of the city. This area preserves the most beautiful pieces of Zsolnay porcelain that were manufactured in Pécs. Besides viewing the collection of more than 1000 pieces the students were able to see how the products are being made by the talented craftsman of the manufactory.

After leaving the Zsolnay Quarter we took a walk in the beautiful city center. Passing by next to the outdoor pubs, colorful ice cream stands, fountains in the lovely daylight while surrounded by the miscellaneous music filtering out from the taverns mingling with the noise of tourist groups walking in the pedestrian zone we already felt that the summer is here.

The weather has only changed for the afternoon as we arrived to Abaliget that is famous for its stalactite cave. We were lucky to be sheltered from the rain in of the cave, however we still got a few drops dripping from the fabulously shaped dripstones inside. It was just interesting to see how Mother Nature formed the motives throughout ten thousands of years.

It was evening already when we arrived back to Dunaújváros after a joyful but exhausting day. It was indeed the last time that the Erasmus+ students who have spent this semester at the University of Dunaújváros could join us for a trip. We wish all of them good luck to their studies back in their home country and we hope that besides the official part of their journey these excursions helped to make their stay unforgettable. And as to the other part of the group who stays during the summer in Dunaújváros, well, the upcoming excursion is almost here as well, so see you in Balaton!

After last time's visit to the Hungarian lowland, "Puszta" our students had been introduced to a completely different side of Hungary, as we visited the historical town of Visegrád surrounded by the Danube Bend from one side and the Visegrád Hills on the other. One of the most spectacular and scenic part of our country is the Danube Bend, 40 km North of Budapest. In fact, it is the most beautiful stretch of the river’s 3 000 km course from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.

Visegrád is a small town famous for the remains of the Renaissance summer residence of King Matthias. While enjoying the early summer weather, we visited all parts of the remaining castle. Already at the very beginning we could feel the spirit of the Middle Ages as we witnessed a spectacular knights' tournament at the Solomon Tower. Afterwards we had a guided tour at the medieval royal castle, the official residence of the kings of Hungary until the beginning of the 15th century. We wandered through different parts and terraces of the castle. Interiors presenting the residence of the Queen and the prince, the historical kitchen, the bath, the reconstructed chapel, courtyards, fountains and the herbal garden helped us to get a glimpse of medieval life.

The Hungarian Kingdom during the Middle Ages was a military society, in which hunting, armor and heavy weapons played a key role. At the end of the guided tour our students had the chance not only to attend to an interesting presentation of medieval weapons and armors, but also to try their skills in archery.

As the last moment of the trip we mounted to the upper castle, to the Citadel (Fellegvár) which offers a breathtaking view to the Danube Bend and to the whole region, which hopefully will be a memory that our foreign students can call to mind after returning to their home countries.

The ultimate destination: a visit at the Lake Balaton

The time of the last excursion for the Brazilian Science Without Borders students arrived. Our destination was Tihany and Balatonfüred by the lake Balaton which places are really worth to visit in Hungary. The area is full of nice destinations, historical places, there are many things to do and see. So many that we took the opportunity and make the last trip for 2 days long on the 8-9th of June.

Our first destination was Tihany where we had a guided visit at the Tihany Abbey a church built in 1055 with many interesting facts and stories about it. After looking around in the church the hardest part of the day was waiting for us; hiking hills of Tihany. We had to face with hot weather, narrow paths and steep roads but when we arrived to the top, all of us thought: yes, it was worth to do it. We got a beautiful and breathtaking view to the Balaton, the hungarian sea. Of course, we took many pictures and the selfie about the group couldn’t miss neither.

In the afternoon we arrived to our nice and comfotable accomodation, it was very pleasant to relax for a while, for some in the bed, for some in the swimmingpool.
When the sun went down, it was the time to have dinner in a very good restaurant, located next to the Lake. Eating delicious foods, drinking some wine, having conversations and laughing characterized the night.

The next day the weather was perfect for going to the beach and spending the day by swimming and sunbathing. The temperature of the Balaton was a bit cold but we were brave enough to jump in. We have spent a typical day on the beach therefore we couldn’t miss eating ’Lángos’ for lunch.

After these two days it’s understandable that everybody fell asleep in the car on the way to come home. We hope that the last trip was an enjoyable excursion for our brazilian students and they will remind for this as happy and pleasant memory.

It was indeed the official title of Dunaújváros during the late 90’s as basically all the cities’ teams were competing in the highest divisions of national leagues. And not just competing! They become champions under the name Dunaferr Sportegyesület; football, volleyball, ice-hockey, both men’s and women’s handball, woman waterpolo.

Unfortunately the tide is turning; after the privatizing of the steel factory that used to be the main sponsor of our teams, the previous big successes failed to come about. Many of our teams just disappeared from the scene. Fortunately the current municipality hand in hand with our university and some committed local entrepreneurs took the town’s sport life under their wings to be able to return to the elite again. At the moment Dunaújváros has three teams which roots are leading back to the local university. Each of the three teams achieved at least one huge success in the season 2015/2016.

“Ladies first” – they say and luckily we immediately have two teams their achievements are worth to mention. Our women handball team, Dunaújvárosi Kohász KA was playing their biggest international game for a long time a month ago. It was the return match of the EHF Cup final against a German team, TuS Metzingen. The match took place in Veszprém, in front of 4500 people, and with their victory, our girls took their place on the top of Europe. Due to the unfair play-off stage in the Hungarian league, DKKA got only to the 5th place (after normally finishing on the 3rd place). Still it is a huge success not just for the team, but to the city to the University of Dunaújváros as well. And what is more, that the academy’s team has achieved the results 100% with just Hungarian players on the pitch which is unique nowadays in any kind of team sport.

Still strong handed were our girls in the water. The university’s water polo team, DUE-Maarsk surprisingly came second in the Hungarian premier division. By no chance it is a negative surprise, compared our team to the others it is clear, that our team is the youngest among all of them. They managed to beat the heavy favorite BVSC in the semifinals, but then to beat the previous champion, UVSE was a difficult task. The other team standardly gives 7-8 players to the Hungarian national team compared to our “just” 4-5 players from which all of them are talented youngsters. Although their experience was clearly visible, yet we played three really strong ties against them. Finally the young lust could not keep up with the professionalism gained with age, but the silver medal is still a great result from the youngsters. Now it is the responsibility of the team management, to keep these talented ladies at the club and come back in full force. But before that, as for the summer, don’t forget to support them in Rio.

Last but not least let’s praise the men futsal team of our university who also earned the silver medal with their second place finish this season. The team, Dunaferr DUE Renalpin FC itself was founded three years ago, and this was their second season among the best teams of Hungary. If we dig into deeper the current balance of power in the Hungarian premier division, we clearly see, that behind Győr there is a huge gap. They consist of mostly Brazilian and Spanish players who are masters of this art sport and both professionally and financially are in front of other teams, they aim to achieve results in international level. Behind their team Dunaferr achieved two second places, one in the first division, and another in the Hungarian cup. Just like in case of our other teams, they were competing with talented young Hungarian players in the league. Dunaújváros has already three players who are constant members of our national team, they also took part in the Futsal European Championship in 2016. If this years’ convincing performance can be kept up, I am sure, soon for the others members of our team opportunities will open up to represent our team in international level.

Beside the teams above it is important to mention that three young athletes of the Dunaújváros are going to Rio for the Olympic Games this year; Zsófia Kovács gymnast, Jonatán Hajdu canoeist and Krisztián Takács swimmer (and by the way also a student of our University) will represent our city among the best athletes of the world. One thing for sure, these brilliant results and achievements show that our city fight fiercely to prove that they are worthy of holding the title “National Capital of Sport”.