Education

Last updated May 2014

Universities

MFA has excellent collaborations with the Hungarian universities. In 2013 parallely 75 projects were running at MFA, 5 of them KMR industrial development projects, 10 EU FP7, 2 ENIAC, 26 OTKA and a number of bilateral collaboration projects. In 2013 four new PhD degrees, 3 new MTA Dr. titles were obtained. 32 PhD research projects were conducted and supervised int he institute. The number of TDK (16), BSc (30), MSc (21) projects at MFA is extraordinary high, which is a proof of continuing attractivity of the institute despite the geographic distance from the universities. Eight postdocs of the staff were working abroad in leading research institutes and universities.


Students are arriving from: Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), University of Óbuda (ÓE), Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE), Pázmény Péter Catholic University (PPKE), University of Pannonia (PE), University of Miskolc (ME), University of Debrecen (DE).

High schools

The very successful initiative of the Institute, the Summer Camp for college students are organized since 2008 under the motto ‘Let’s learn from eachother!’ (http://alag3.mfa.kfki.hu/mfa/nyariiskola/).
Every year MFA invites 16-24 youngsters aged 15-17 for a full week research work. Students can work in our laboratory, and they can try their own ideas too! Applicants are selected from the Hungarian language High Schools of the whole Carpatian-basin! The enthusiasm of the participants and mentors, coordinated by Csaba Sándor Daróczi.
This years programme is already announced!  Date: 23-27 June, 2014.

MFA colleagues also participated in the technical design and supervision of the construction of the demonstration-cabinets for physics, biology and chemistry education at the High School János Arany in Budapest, in 2008. Collegues are often invited to hold presentations and demonstrations about their research work in high schools, mainly in Budapest.

Public outreach

For supporting the next generation of researchers:
• The MFA summer school was organized 6th time in 2013, where 26 secondary high school students from Carpathian-basin has attended. For increasing awareness the institute provided a one week opportunity to join scientific research.
• The Nanobusz created by MFA appeared at several scientific-popular events in the whole country and brought science closer to the people interested. From October 2013 the nanobus is operated by the KFKI Üzemeltető Kft. owned by MTA.
• The Open Day of MFA offered again 120 visitors, a.o. interested tax payers the chance for getting acquainted with the research at MFA.
• Pioneer from MTA institutes MFA joined the international Girl’s Day event series, where MFA’s female researchers guided high-school girls around the institute.
• For educational and awareness purposes the institute maintains the http://www.nanotechnology.hu webpage, where the institute’s nanotechnology related results published plainly. Videos and articles can be downloaded from this webpage. The continuously developed software called Web-Schrödingeris also freely accessible, it can be used for numerical solution of stationary and time dependent Schrödinger equation. Aim of the programme is to demonstrate the quantummechanical phenomena for students.
• The scientific results of MFA was communicated in 5 press releases appeared on MTA’s webpage and in various media.
• The methods and results of their evolutionary game-theory studies using techniques of natural science for the understanding of social developments were disseminated at different events (radio, TV, , lectures, meetings with students, blogs, etc. attracting always great interest. They participated in editing the special issue of Természet Világa
• The relatedness of traditional folk songs of different ethnic groups and their linguistical and genetic data was widely presented (radio, TV, presentations, book) in 2013
• IMNTP - Technology Platform for Integrated Nano/microtechnology under the technical leadership by MFA still keeps in touch with the key players of the electrical industry despite the lack of funding