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The most significant research centres in Hungary can be grouped as follows.

I. There are several national, state-financed R&D institutions or research institutes set up by the Ministry of Education and by the Ministry of Employment and Labour in order to assist their coordinating, researching and development work in the fields of VET (NSZI) and in adult training (NFI), respectively, or conduct research or carry out development and measurement activities primarily in the fields of public and/or higher education (OKI, FKI, suliNova). The research profile of these institutions is varied, and in general their projects cover themes describable by any of the ERO descriptors. These institutes organize prestigious annual and occasional professional events and publish some of the most influential professional journals and periodicals in the field.

  • Nemzeti Szakképzési Intézet (NSZI, National Institute of Vocational Education, Budapest, (publisher of Szakoktatás, Vocational Education; Szakképzési Szemle, Vocational Training Review)
  • Nemzeti Felnöttképzési Intézet (NFI, National Institute for Adult Education, Budapest, (publisher of Felnöttképzési Szemle, Adult Training Review)
  • Országos Közoktatási Intézet (OKI, National Institute for Public Education, Budapest, (co-publisher of Új Pedagógiai Szemle, New Education Review)
  • Felsöoktatási Kutatóintézet (FKI, Hungarian Institute for Education Research - The Professor's House, Budapest, (publisher of Educatio) 
  • suliNova Kht. - Agency for Educational Development and In-service Teacher Training (separated from OKI in 2004)
II. The various institutes and research groups of the Magyar Tudományos Akadémia (MTA, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, http:\\, e.g. the MTA Közgazdaságtudományi Intézet (Institute of Economics, and the MTA Szociológiai Kutatóintézet (Institute of Sociology, also conduct important researches exploring themes related to VET/HRD. (Currently, however, there is no research centre within the MTA dedicated specifically to education research, the MTA Pedagógiai Kutatócsoport, Research Group of Education Research, was dissolved in 1981).

III. Almost every higher education institution (universities/colleges) has faculties/departments/institutions of education science, teacher training, or adult training, etc. whose staff conduct scientific research work either individually or in research groups. Their R&D activities focus primarily on development (developing training programmes, curricula, methodology, training materials, etc.) in the fields of VET, HRD and the training of trainers. Some examples:

IV. Private research institutions also periodically implement research in VET or HRD commissioned by ministries, public authorities, etc. (e.g. TÁRKI Group,; Expanzió Humán Expanzió Kft.,, both located in Budapest)
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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Hungary (details see Bibliography)
Editor: Sabine Manning  © WIFO