Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), of Budapest, Hungary is the oldest and, with more than 16,000 full-time students, the largest university of arts and sciences in Hungary. The three and a half century-old University was founded in 1640. With more than half of the Hungarian Doctors of the Hungarian Academy of Science (the highest academic rank) on its staff, has from the start played a central role in the intellectual and scientific life of Hungary. ELTE comprises 8 faculties with more than 30.000 students.
40 departments of the Faculty of Science are housed in a modern campus and are grouped into five Institutes. These cover disciplines in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics and physics with 500 Ph.D. students and over 600 academic staff provides a major national scientific resource that can optimally promote a science communication course.
The Centre for Science Communication serves scientist as well as teacher training, offering M.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D. course modules. Its units provide ideal learning environment for the proposed courses.
In the fall of 2011, Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Science, launched a new Master's Degree in Science Communication, the first such degree program in Central and Eastern Europe. Its goal is to train communication professionals who are competent in the authentic, versatile and up-to-date interpretation of scientific and technical knowledge in the media and in museums and other public collections. Graduates of this course will also be trained in science management and able to present scientific results of research institutes.