bge arany Budapest Business School is the main beneficiary and coordinator of the INSIST project, responsible for the whole implementation process - project management and coordination, research and training material development, pilot trainings and dissemination & exploitation.

Budapest Business School/Introduction:

The Budapest Business School/as a government-run institution/was only created in 2000, as a result of a wide-ranging restructuring of the system of Hungarian higher education, three large business colleges, merged to form a leading business school. These were: the College of Commerce, Catering and Tourism, the College of International Management and Business Studies, and the College of Finance and Accountancy. The origins of the three colleges constituting this new school can be tracked back over a century. BBS is the 3rd eldest Business School in Europe.

With about 16 000 students, ours is Hungary’s largest business college. And we look beyond that. Our vision is to become a leading institution of higher education in business studies and related areas. We are convinced that by pooling the resources of the colleges Budapest Business School has a chance to play a leading role in Hungary and the neighbouring regions in creating a business school that prepares students for the demands of an ever changing labour market. All of our academic programmes have been accredited by the competent Hungarian authorities. We take pride in these programmes since they effectively combine theory and practice.

Tens of thousands of graduates from the BBS and its predecessors are much sought-after professionals in their respective fields and some of our alumni now occupy outstanding positions in the dynamically developing Hungarian business community as well as in the international business life. Independent surveys shows that employers and the labour market are satisfied with BBS graduates. BBS received the title of University of Applied Sciences in 2013. A 500-strong highly qualified faculty guarantees the high standards of professional education. They are assisted by hundreds of visiting professors and lecturers coming every year from abroad or from local companies to teach classes, give lectures or presentations to complement the work of staff members.

The Higher Education Quality Award was given by the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2010 in recognition of quality management activity of the Budapest Business School.

Quality management system at the BBS was implemented step by step and even today it is under continuous development. As a result of the successful implementation of its quality development goals BBS acquired an ISO Certification in April 2012.

In the academic year 2006-2007, in the spirit of the Bologna process, Hungarian institutes of higher education, introduced the system of academic degrees with three levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate) thus making it easier to compare the degrees awarded. The Bologna process encourages student and staff mobility, and the establishment of cooperation agreements in the European Higher Educational Area. Students can now continue their studies in other higher educational institutions in different countries; can be sent abroad on placement (internship) and even start a career or a business in another EU member country.

Range of Programmes:

BBS has 12 Bachelor’s (BA/BSc) with 28 specialisations in 4 Colleges (Faculties), 6 Master’s (MA/MSc) - Accounting, Finance, International Relations (also in English), Marketing, Teacher Training and Tourism Management (also in English) - and 8 Higher Vocational Training Programmes, Doctorate Programme, Second-degree programmes and Lifelong Learning.

Our school attaches great importance to the international acceptance and validation of our programmes, diplomas and degrees. Different programmes established jointly with foreign universities make it possible for students from other countries to enrol in courses taught in foreign languages (English, German or French). Learning foreign languages, with special emphasis on the language of business, is a fundamental requirement for BBS students. BBS has an Institute of Foreign Languages that specialises in language teaching, examinations and teacher training.

BBS has now 4 Bachelor’s Programmes in English and German or French and 2 Master’s in English. Besides the mentioned foreign language programmes, BBS has programmes in cooperation with foreign partners.

BBS has become an integral part of international higher education and research. We have professional connections with more than 200 institutes of higher education in 46 countries. The various study trips, student and staff exchanges, joint research and educational programmes make it possible for the participating parties to share experiences and to adopt new teaching methods, materials, and technologies. BBS is member in the following international organisations: EUA, EURASHE, EDEN, IAU. It is also worth mentioning that our graduates often find employment with foreign businesses or multinational companies.

Both in initial education and continuing trainings BBS started to introduce innovative curricula for entrepreneurs. BBS participates in several international projects.

Budapest Business School/Project experiences:

Budapest Business School has great experience in managing and elaborating transnational projects in larger consortiums. BBS have successful Leonardo da Vinci and Erasmus projects in the field of Mobility, Reference Material, Pilot, Innovation Transfer and Multilateral projects. BBS co-ordinated Leonardo da Vinci Mobility projects in 2004-2006, had a large Leonardo da Vinci Reference Material project (”International comparative studies and course development on SMEs”) in 2003-2006 with a 10 partner consortium and more than 500.000 Euros grant from the EC. In 2005-2007 BBS implemented a Leonardo da Vinci Pilot project (CEUIAM), and then from 2008 to 2010 one and from 2010 to 2013 another Leonardo da Vinci Innovation Transfer project (MONTIFIC and BPM GOSPEL) in the field of Internal Financial Control Assessor trainings. From 2013 BBS has the fourth LdV TOI project (called “HARBIF”) in this field coordinated by a Turkish partner.

The “ARIADNE” LdV TOI project (under the coordination of ESCEM, France) focused on the social economy sector, social enterprises, foundations, cooperatives, associations. Together with French, Italian, Belgian and British partners BBS worked out a new training programme for social enterprises / social economy managers.

This year BBS finished the implementation of the ENELFA - ENtrepreneurship by E-Learning For Adults - Leonardo da Vinci TOI project, aimed at the transfer and adaptation (from France) of online course development methodology and 30 e-learning modules for SMEs. From 2012 BBS has another LdV TOI project (“ADAPTYKES”) for the transfer and adaptation (from Finland) of trainings based on the Finnish Workplace Development Programme. Anew initiative is the LdV Partnership project with 5 countries in ECVET issues, dealing with the comparison and harmonisation of the systems of internships connecting to higher vocational trainings.

Besides BBS is also active in ERASMUS and TEMPUS programmes. We have continuously many student, trainer and staff exchange programmes in the framework of Institutional Mobility, and after a smaller Curriculum Development project between 2004 and 2006 we finished in 2010 a great Multilateral project in the European virtual campuses sub-programme, titled “Virtual campus for SMEs in multicultural milieu”. This year BBS is working on the implementation of an ERASMUS IP summer university programme as well (BBS participated in another one in 2012). This project can be the next step, a comparative initiative in this development field in international partnership. In 2012 BBS finished a TEMPUS IV project coordinated together with the University of Debrecen titled “Development of Business Training in Montenegro (DEBUT-M)”.

BBS has successful applications also in the first round of the new ERASMUS+ programme, the CFA coordinates a Strategic Partnership project (’INSIST”), and there are 2 other projects, where the school participates as a partner under Spanish and German leadership from 2014.

Budapest Business School/Project details 

EU Programme Year Project Identification or Contract Number Project title
Leonardo da Vinci Innovation Transfer 2010/2013 2010-1-HU1-LEO05-00036 (BPM GOSPEL) Business Process Modelling for Governance SPICE & Internal Financial Control
Leonardo da Vinci Innovation Transfer 2011/2014 2011-1-HU1-LEO05-03632 (ENELFA) Entrepreneurship by E-Learning For Adults
ERASMUS Intensive Programme 2011/2012 2011-1-FR1-ERA10-25378 (The Ethical Manager) THE ETHICAL MANAGER
Leonardo da Vinci Innovation Transfer 2012/2015 2012-1-HU1-LEO05-05847 (ADAPTYKES) ADAPtation of trainings based up on the Finnish Workplace Development Programme (TYKES)
Leonardo da Vinci Partnership 2013/2015 2013-1-HU1-LEO04-10201 (PEST) Partnership for Exchange of experience in Student on-the-job Training
Leonardo da Vinci Innovation Transfer 2013/2015 2013-1-TR1-LEO05-47517 (HARBIF) HOLISTIC APPROACH TO RISK/BASED INTERNAL FINANCIAL CONTROL FOR SMEs
ERASMUS Intensive Programme 2013/2014 ERA-IP2013/10 (Managing responsible organisation) Managing the responsible organisation
ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership 2014/2016 14/KA2VET/SZ/2307 (INSIST) INtergenerational Succession in SMEs' Transition
ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership 2014/2017 2014-1-DE01-KA203-000624 (MARCIEE) Marketing Communication Innovativeness of European Entrepreneurs
ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership 2014/2016 2014-1-ES01-KA203-004892 (HEHE) Hands on Entrepreneurship in Higher Education


Budapest Business School contacts for the FAME project

BBS website: 
Péter Soltész - soltesz.peter [-@-] 
László Varga - varga.laszlo [-@-]