Welcome to the Home page of Benedek Elek Faculty of Pedagogy

Dean’s Welcome

Dear Visitor,
On these pages we strove to summarize some basic information about Benedek Elek Faculty of Pedagogy. Sopron has hosted pedagogue training inside these walls for about 100 years. The work here is characterized by the respect of values, such as life, man, children, and the created world. This provides the basis and traditions for education, vocational work, and research later. This solid ground of values provides our faculty with the ability to respond to the challenges of our changing world, while simultaneously preserving and transmitting these values. Browsing through this brochure you can also convince yourself of this. We hope that this brochure will raise your interest in our faculty. In that case, do not hesitate to contact us.

György Katona, PhD


Sopron

Sopron, one of the most ancient towns in Hungary, lies on the Western border of the country at the foot of the Alps, about 60 km far from Vienna and 220 km far from Budapest.  It builds a bridge to the neighbours in the West and, as shown by the coat of arms of the town, it welcomes its guests from near and far with open gates.


University of West Hungary

The University of West Hungary has been functioning as an integrated whole since 1st January 2000.

  • Four of its altogether ten faculties are based in Sopron: the Benedek Elek Faculty of Pedagogy, the Faculty of Forestry, the Faculty of Timber Industry and the Faculty of Economics.
  • The other six faculties are based in other towns: the Faculty of Elementary School Teacher Training in Győr, the Faculty of Geoinformatics in Székesfehérvár and the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences in Mosonmagyaróvár, the Savaria University Centre in Szombathely.  
  • More than 12000 students


The Benedek Elek Faculty of Pedagogy

“The Sisters Named after the Redeemer” trained teachers and kindergarten teachers at the secondary level in Sopron in 1899. The secondary level was replaced by a tertiary level in 1959, and by a college level in 1989. The institute bearing the name of Elek Benedek, the children’s story writer, has operated as a faculty of the University of West Hungary since 1st January, 2000.
The institution has played a key role in Hungarian pre-school education since 1899. The building, which belonged to “The Redeemer” congregation of nuns, housed secondary level pre-school and primary education from the 1899/1900 academic year till its secularization. The impressive main building, which serves as the present campus of the faculty, was built in 1927 by the Ministry of Education. Starting in September 1959, the Institution for Kindergarten Teachers provided higher education courses for students. Since the 1989/90 academic year, students have been trained on the basis of the new six-term college curriculum. Since the 1990’s social education courses are also provided. In 1991 the college was named after Elek Benedek, the famous Hungarian publicist and story writer. Since 1st January, 2000 the school has been operating as one of the ten faculties of the University of West Hungary.
The faculty is not only the best-known but also the most respected institution with long traditions in pre-school education in Hungary. The skills and knowledge of graduating students are accepted and highly regarded nationwide. The faculty’s professional education for infant and child care is very popular, and courses start with the highest number of first year students in Hungary.

  • It originates from the Sopron Kindergarten Society

  • First course in 1899

  • Education was extended to a two-year training and the society owned two schools for practice

  • The faculty offers BA, MA, PhD courses (full time, correspondence evening – age 20 - 60) for 1100 students

  • Teaching Staff: 35

  • The institution has played a key role in Hungarian pre-school education since 1899.

  • The impressive main building, which serves as the present campus of the faculty, was built in 1927 by the Ministry of Education.

  • Starting in September 1959, the Institution for Kindergarten Teachers provided higher education courses for students.

  • In 1991 the college was named after Elek Benedek, the famous Hungarian publicist and story writer.

  • Since 1st January, 2000 the school has been operating as one of the ten faculties of the University of West Hungary.

  • The faculty has invested in development which has created a multimedia room, a large auditorium, a demonstration room for infant and child care students, several rooms for drama, social sciences and social service education, as well as offices, lecture rooms and public areas for students.

  • The faculty offers special rooms for different courses. Theatre performances and puppet shows can be practised and performed on the small stage of the drama room.

  • Lifelike dolls in the demonstration room help acquiring infant and child care skills.

  • The psychology room ensures appropriate conditions for self-knowledge training and conflict management practice.

  • Courses on leisure management and game pedagogy are also given in specially designed rooms.

  • There are also 5 auditoriums and several seminar rooms with broadband Internet access, a gymnasium, a fitness room, a student centre, a library with 60,000 books, a canteen.

  • The student residence, built next to the faculty’s main building, accommodates 118 students.

  • The park surrounding the building offers excellent sport facilities: handball, basketball and volleyball courts as well as a jogging track.


Research Areas

Basic and applied research in the following science areas:
sociology, political science, law, historical sciences - culture and education, psychology, sports sciences, linguistics, theory of literature, information science, music, arts, project education, digital curriculum development, developing e-learning materials.


Some Research Fields

  • Care for Children with Special Needs
  • Reform Pedagogies
  • Constructive Theory in Learning
  • History of Childhood
  • Early Childhood Development, Importance of Childhood
  • Emotional and Social Intelligence
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Competency – based Education
  • Inclusive Education
  • Early Childhood History and Conception
  • Talent Education
  • Bilingualism – Theory and Practice


Research Groups

  • Talent Education
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Multicultural and Early Childhood Education
  • Drama and Education
  • Sport Education
  • Music and Art in Early Childhood


Institutes and Centres

  • Institute of Educational Sciences and Psychology
  • Institute of Social Sciences and Communication
  • Institute of Arts and Sports
  • Secretary for Teacher Training
  • Centre for Adult Education
  • Humanities Research Centre –
  • Scientific Student's Association


Faculty offers BA courses for students who want to be

  • Kindergarten Teachers (Pre-school teachers), Year 3-6
  • Social Educators
  • Teachers of Ethnic German Kindergartens,
  • Infant and Early Childhood Educators, Year birth - 3
  • Vocational School Teachers
  • Social Sciences Experts


MA courses

  • Teacher of Educational Science
  • Teacher of Leisure time
  • Teacher of Economics
  • Teacher of Engineering


The BEF also organizes

  • Refresher courses for teachers
  • Special exam preparatory courses
  • Professional development programs
  • Adults’ training (drama pedagogy, inclusive education, competency-based education, music therapy, recreation, pedagogy for talented people, puppet pedagogy, bilingualism in kindergarten …)


BEF has exchange programs with

  • University of Birmingham Newman University College, Birmingham, England
  • Pädagogische Hochschule Burgenland, Eisenstadt, Austria
  • Szabadka Summer School, Serbia
  • Teleki Educational Center, Szováta, Romania
  • University of Applied Sciences, Brugg, Switzerland
  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • University of Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Association of Hungarian Teachers, Romania
  • Selye János University Faculty of Education, Slovakia
  • Gori University, Gori, Georgia
  • Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Nursery and Primary Education, Budapest
  • Eszterházy Károly College, Eger
  • University of Kaposvár Faculty of Pedagogy, Kaposvár
  • Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
  • Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand.


Practice Institutions

  • Students taking part in Pre-School education can accomplish their practice in the kindergartens of the West Hungarian University. Infant and Child Care students do their practice in the Methodology Nursery of the town.


Two kindergartens belonging to the faculty

  • Aranykapu Practice Kindergarten
  • Lewinszky Anna Practice Kindergarten - pre-school English and German language teacher education and the ethnic German early childhood studies


International

  • Partnerships – 21 Institutions
  • Erasmus – 15 Institutions


Mission

Our Faculty has all facilities at hand to offer professional level education. The geographic location of the town, its touristic importance, its cultural life and its social networks all encourage us to educate our students not only in order to become professionals in their own fields but also to become intellectual citizens of the country.


Benedek Elek Faculty of Pedagogy is committed to

  • Provide students with education of a high quality and standard, promoting access to basic degree (BA), to master degree (MA) and later to PhD programs, and also promoting professional and special trainings,
  • Preparing its students to develop a special competence that meets the challenges of modern knowledge-based society and also of national and European labour market,
  • Be recognised as the regional centre of basic and applied research on Humanities,
  • Promoting access to lifelong learning,
  • Working in collaboration with the Faculties of the university to support the national, cultural, scientific and artistic development of our region,
  • Promoting equality of opportunity.


Our Philosophy

Interpretation and understanding the first years of human life, early childhood and childhood have undergone paradigmatic changes in the last few years. The latest national and international researches emphasize childhood as a key factor in the course of life of the individual. Developing and educating children is crucial for the progress of a nation and the development of the economy, since only happy, well-balanced, talented children are able to build a prospering and sustainable society. In case the investment in children and families happens in a bright way, the next generation will surely pay it back. Looking at our children from a wide perspective we can say that they are the citizens, workers, parents of tomorrow, the founders of the society of the future and   the basis of the development of the economy. It is a central question what to give and what not to give to our children in their first years. Intelligent investment is a kind of key in establishing a happy life, so there is an unlimited chance and extreme responsibility on our shoulders, since early years last forever.