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Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

The Corvinus University of Budapest was established via the integration of three distinct educational institutions, each of which has represented a long and prestigious tradition in higher education. Today the University is an internationally recognised institution in the areas of both education and research. The teaching structure, the prerequisites for each level and the content of degree programmes have undergone constant change in order to keep pace with the requirements of the real market, all of which has contributed to strengthening the position of the Corvinus University so that it is currently one of the leading institutions in the country and region despite increasing competition. Operating with six faculties, the University provides undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and PhD study programmes in the areas of economics, business, horticultural science, food science, landscape architecture and social sciences.

University of Trento, Italy

Over its 50 years of history, the University of Trento has been known for its propension towards international relations and mobility and for the quality of its research and education offer. These features have led the University of Trento to reach prominent positions in national and international university rankings.

The figures describing the University - 16.000 students and about 600 professors and researchers - mirror the capacity of the University to offer an ideal environment to boost studies and research, through services designed on the needs of individual users.

The 10 Departments and the 3 University research centres are structured in 54 degree courses, many first and second level master courses and life-long learning courses. Further the University includes 2 Advanced Training Schools and 13 Doctoral Schools. Considering the small size of the University, this is an impressive range of offered opportunities!

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The University of Ljubljana possesses a rich tradition. It ranks as a very large university, with more than 51.000 graduate and postgraduate students Approximately 4000 higher education teachers are employed in the 3 arts academies and 23 faculties.

The university was founded in 1919 on the basis of centuries of educational tradition, remaining the only Slovenian university for half a century. The University is based in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, a relatively large Central- European city with over 300.000 inhabitants. Students account for more than one-seventh of the population, giving the city a youthful and lively character.

The university's central office and the majority of schools are situated in the centre of Ljubljana. Several newer and modern buildings of the University of Ljubljana are located on the city outskirts. The university is renowned for its quality study programmes. All of the study programmes from the 2007/2008 academic year are offered in accordance with the Bologna Declaration.

University of Regensburg, Germany

Universität Regensburg, founded in 1962, is located on a modern campus at the southern edge of a historic city dating back to the Roman Ages. The university provides a broad variety of disciplines, a favourable student-teacher ratio and excellent facilities.

Originally designed as a regional university, it has developed into a renowned centre of teaching and research with a strong tradition in international cooperation. There are currently around 20,400 students enrolled at Universität Regensburg, including 1,400 international students (as of winter semester 2012/13).

With its 11 faculties, the Universität Regensburg offers a wide range of programmes of study. Almost all faculties (few exceptions are e.g. Medicine and Pharmacy) have modularised their Bachelor and Master programmes. The B.A. programmes at the university comprise two or three subjects that are studied simultaneously. In the B.Sc. course of study, one subject is studied as the main focus. Bachelor programmes are based on a three-year study cycle, Master programmes on a two-years cycle.

Associate Universities

Russian State Social University, Russia

Russian State Social University (RSSU) was established following the Decree of the Government of Russian Federation of November 25. 1991. The University has become first and it is still the only one state social university in Russia, Baltic states and CIS. Chancellor and founder of Russian State Social University - Dr. Vasily Zhukov is an Academician of Russian Academy of Sciences and Honoured Scientists of Russian Federation.

In short time Russian State Social University was formed as a complex educational, scientific, research, informational and analytic centre which is able to solve tasks on a level of current demands. Russian State Social University is the main institution in the field of preparation personnel for social sphere. On the base of the University has been set up and functions educational and methodological association of institutions of Russia, which carry on educational activity on specialization "Social Work".

The University applies a multilevel system of education: Pre-higher education (preparatory courses), Secondary professional education in 14 specialities (Social college), Higher education in 109 specialities (professions) including the second higher education offered by reduced-in-time programs, Post-higher education in 27 specialities (post-graduate study and doctorate-degree seekers, Qualification upgrading (additional qualification, qualification training).

University of Belgrade, Serbia

The University of Belgrade is a state university. Its main activities in the fields of higher education and scientific research are activities of public interest, and they are carried out in accordance with the legal regulations.

The University of Belgrade is prepared to maintain and enhance its position as the leading institution of higher education in the region by adapting to the challenges of modern times on one hand, and preserving what’s worth in its tradition on the other. This is precisely what makes it recognized as a true national brand.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Carolina’s vibrant people and programs attest to the University’s long-standing place among leaders in higher education since it was chartered in 1789 and opened its doors for students in 1795 as the nation’s first public university. Situated in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, N.C., UNC has earned a reputation as one of the best universities in the world. Carolina prides itself on a strong, diverse student body, academic opportunities not found anywhere else, and a value unmatched by any public university in the nation.

Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

TUT was established on 1 January 2004, with the merging of the former Technikon Northern Gauteng, Technikon North-West and Technikon Pretoria. At the time of the merger, the uniquely South African institutional designation of "technikon" was dropped in favour for the internationally accepted "university of technology" designation.


This new mega-institution annually enrols approximately 60 000 students. Its student body is one of the most demographically representative in the country in terms of both race and gender, reflecting the Rainbow Nation in all its diversity. With almost 22 per cent of contact students accommodated in residences, the University is by far the largest residential higher education institution in Southern Africa.


Its geographic footprint covers four of South Africa's nine provinces – Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North-West Province – with campuses located in Tshwane (Pretoria, Soshanguve and Ga-Rankuwa), Nelspruit, eMalahleni (previously called Witbank) and Polokwane (previously called Pietersburg). Large numbers of students are also drawn from other provinces and from neighbouring countries such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Swaziland.

Staff members

TUT employs more than 2 700 permanent staff members, including almost 855 highly qualified permanent academics. These academics are increasingly focusing on conducting applied research and community engagement activities in addition to their instructional roles. Caring for the underprivileged, the upliftment of people and assisting those in need are key elements of the University's community engagement strategy.

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