Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
In terms of student and staff numbers, the quality of education and research, its international relations and prestige, Eötvös Loránd University the elite institution of state higher education in Hungary. Founded in 1635, the university has 8 faculties and was elected as a ‘university of excellence’ and an institution with outstanding research. ELTE is ranked fifth in central and eastern Europe and has had many world famous scientists and 5 Nobel Prize laureates among its teachers and alumni. The number of students has reached 32 000 (1400 PhD students) and there is an academic staff of 1800 highly-qualified teachers and researchers. ELTE has the only Criminological department, the only MA Program in criminology in the country, and a very high-standard research school in the field of criminology. The Hungarian Society of Criminology also has its HQ at the University.
Key staff members have both considerable experience in research in criminology and work experiences in senior positions in the field of crime policy. ELTE’s Professor Miklos Lévay is not only President of the European Society of Criminology but serves as a judge in Hungary’s constitutional court.