Budapest University of Technology and Economics - BME

The University of Technology and Economics has a history of almost 400 years. Its predecessor institution was the first Hungarian university founded by Péter Pázmány in 1635. Since then the University has developed and strengthened its professional and academic ties and has become a leading higher educational institution in the field of engineering in Europe.

Water plays a crucial role in several university-based research activities at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), as well as in the engineering studies. The Department of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering has expertise in measuring, modelling and managing aquatic systems, supported by the Water Management Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, which is incorporated into the department.

The geotechnical research areas of BME include engineering geology, river morphology, lake hydrodynamics, lake hydrology and limnology. Education and research at the Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering cover urban water management, water quality and flood control, water and wastewater technologies, public works, environmental and sanitary engineering.

The Department of Hydrodynamic Systems is involved in teaching activities ranging from fundamental subjects to highly specialized areas of research. The self-developed steady-state hydraulic modelling program ‘Staci’ is used for network development and sizing of water supply and wastewater management systems.

The Department of Applied Biotechnology and Food Sciences has a broad activity spectrum covering education, research and expertise in biochemical engineering, including wastewater treatment from basic research of background processes to its innovative application providing state-of-the-art technologies.

The Department of Chemical and Environmental Process Engineering has leading, complementary water related research and teaching scope in description, investigation, modelling and design of physico-chemical treatment processes.


Currently, over 110 departments and institutions operate in the eight university faculties of BME. Approximately 1100 lecturers, 400 researchers and other degree holders, numerous invited lecturers and practising expert specialists participate in the educational and research activities at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. The university’s student body of 14,000 includes 800 international students from 50 countries.

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