Water management courses by the Danube River, at the József Eötvös College in Baja

Baja, the town by the Danube River that is home to József Eötvös College (JEC), has Gemenc, the floodplain forest in the Duna-Dráva National Park, and the proximity of the river to thank for its unique atmosphere. The mission of the JEC is “to contribute to social progress in the region and the country as a whole by training teachers, cultural specialists, water management engineers and economists”. The range of courses available at the college are an excellent match for the EU priority themes of education for multicultural approaches and environmental protection, in particular the specialist area of water management, while the further training and postgraduate courses offer opportunities of continuous development and lifelong learning for trained specialists as well as the public at large.

College history

The teacher training college at Baja was established in 1870 under a bill by Minister of Education József Eötvös. The college became an institution of higher education in 1959, then a college of higher education in 1975. Today, it operates as the College’s Department of Education. The Technical College of Water Management was established in 1962 in order to improve the training of water management specialists, then, after several restructurings, it merged with the Teacher Training College in 1996. Courses in business and economics were added to the construction engineering and environmental engineering courses, so today the Faculty of Engineering and Economics trains specialists in three Institutes.

Specialist water management courses at Baja

The excellent geographical location of the College by the bank of the Danube offers excellent opportunities for practical work to students. The direct proximity of the river, the excellent practical equipment of the institute and the international-level expertise of the staff, along with excellent relationships with the professional organisations of the water industry ensure that students accumulate vital experience during their college studies in the projects and assignments undertaken by the Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management and through participation in the Institute’s scientific research.

Traditionally, the Institute of Water Supply and Environmental Engineering has trained construction engineers and environmental engineers. Its educational staff primarily participate in teaching courses for construction engineers on water supply and sewerage systems and for environmental engineers on water purification and wastewater treatment, in addition (particularly in relation to the training of environmental engineers) they also play a significant role in teaching the core subjects, and they also take part in teaching some of the subjects for the regional water management course. The water supply and sewerage specialist engineering course coordinated by the Institute that has been available for several decades was built on the unbroken and rapid development of water treatment technologies.

Areas of research

In line with the research and development requirements of the water management sector, the College has been conducting pioneering work for decades in the fields of flood and inland flooding protection, hydrography, drinking water purification, wastewater treatment and wastewater sludge utilization, with results that have been presented at a number of Hungarian and international forums. The proximity of the Danube means that the College is destined to support the research and environmental protection work conducted in the Duna-Dráva National Park, and for successful cooperation with Serbian and Croatian partner institutions.

Opportunities for international cooperation

Erasmus training courses starting in the spring semester in English: the college awaits students and lecturers participating in the Erasmus international mobility programme in the fields of construction engineering, environmental engineering and management.

In addition to the autumn and spring semesters in English, the College also organises international professional training courses for the summer, where students in the field of water management can gain practical experience in hydrogeodesy, hydrometry, data analysis and modelling.

Research cooperation: the College maintains an extensive network of professional relationships, it participates in domestic and international research and innovation projects, and it is being contacted with new cooperation opportunities continuously.

Course Catalogue in English

Contact

Sources: www.ejf.hu, http://international.ejf.hu