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ESAS 2016 will take place in the beautiful historic town of Eger in Northern Hungary, which also offers many attractions for tourists. We look forward to welcoming all participants and hope that they will find the friendly atmosphere of the city and the conference inspiring.

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THE TOWN OF EGER

Situated at the intersection of the spectacular Bükk Mountains and the Great Plains and surrounded by picturesque vineyards, Eger, the seat of Heves County and the centre of the Eger Archdiocese is one of the most famous and frequented towns of Hungary. The intricate network of underground cellars ferment and preserve the world famous wines of Eger.

Eger, with its population of 60,000 is a favoured tourist attraction as annually hundreds of thousands of foreign and domestic visitors enjoy its spectacular baroque monuments and historic buildings, get acquainted with the Castle recalling the days of Hungary’s heroic resistance to the advance of the Ottoman Empire, delight in the sight of the Minaret built during the Turkish Conquest, benefit from the therapeutic effects of the Eger Open-Air Bath and relish the taste of the Eger wines.

The engaging panorama and atmosphere of the historic city centre can be partially attributed to the efforts of the outstanding prelates and supporters of the arts traditionally making their home in the city of Eger. Bishop Károly Eszterházy, whose commitment to municipal development lead to Eger’s present status as a cultural, intellectual and tourism centre of the North-eastern Hungarian Region deserves special mention. Furthermore, its famous schools providing traditionally high quality instruction made Eger an important educational centre as well.

Due to its educational profile the Eszterhazy Karoly University of Applied Sciences is both professionally and culturally integrated into the life of the city. While it operates as an intellectual base, by hosting various scholarly conferences along with scientific and cultural events and offering post-graduate programs or continuative educational programs for the professionals of the region, the University actively contributes to the improvement of the cultural life of the inhabitants of the city and the region.

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The Symposium venue: Eszterhazy Karoly University of Applied Sciences
H-3300 Eger, Eszterházy tér 1.


THE PAST AND THE PRESENT OF THE UNIVERSITY

The roots of Eger’s higher educational tradition can be traced back to the beginning of the eighteenth century.

Legal instruction started in 1740, while teaching of philosophy was launched in 1756 along with the establishment of the Institution of Theology in 1700. The implementation of theological, legal, philosophical, and medical training was followed by the construction of an educational building capable of hosting a four-faculty university meeting all contemporary demands. While the Lyceum building complex, commissioned by Count Bishop Károly Eszterházy of Eger has been dedicated to higher education purposes since 1774, the Ratio Education is issued in 1777 hindered the education promotion efforts. Instruction in philosophy and law was eliminated in 1784 and the seminary was transferred to Pest in 1786. However, Bishop Eszterházy remained faithful to his original goals and following the death of Joseph II in 1790 he launched the philosophy and law training again in addition to achieving the return of the seminary to the city. In 1828 Bishop László János Pyrker established the first Pedagogical College offering instruction in Hungarian, aiming at the training of primary school teachers (schoolmasters) and cantors, while providing students with an overall preparation for the pedagogical profession.

The Institution was transferred to the Lyceum Building in 1852 where complemented by a demonstration elementary school functioned as an Archdiocesan Teachers’ Training Institution until 1948. Furthermore, at the initiative of Bishop Lajos Szmrecsányi and Canon Károly Subik since 1921 the Lyceum building has hosted a Four year Roman Catholic Vocational and Commerce School for Boys as well.

Following the transfer of the Debrecen-based pedagogical institute established by Parliament in 1948 to Eger in the next year, the Lyceum has hosted the Teachers’ Training Institution since 1949.

During its more than fifty year history the Teachers’ Training College became a significant contributor to college level teacher training efforts in Hungary. In addition to training over 30,000 professionals enriching Hungarian education and culture it has offered educational programs encompassing virtually the total spectrum of teacher training schemes and in several instances it has fulfilled a pioneering role in the launching of certain educational programs. The College has not only a national, but international reputation attracting students from all counties of the country and from abroad as well.

Following the restructuring efforts warranted by strategic plans prepared in the 1990’s, the College experienced substantial changes. As a result of training profile expansion efforts the institution was transformed into a general college meeting a wider spectrum of educational needs. However, the University, presently serving a student body of approximately 7,000 with a teaching staff of 250 is intent on preserving its traditions and while maintaining its intellectual legacy it is attentive to the needs and demands of society at large as well.
In addition to the instructional buildings the University maintains four dormitories and a demonstration school. The demonstration schools entailing an elementary school and a high school in addition to a basic level art school is responsible for the practical aspects of teacher training programs.

In 2013, the University got enlarged by a new faculty (Comenius), located in Sárospatak, 145 km from Eger.

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Transportation to/within Eger

by Rail: MÁV (http://elvira.mav-start.hu/elvira.dll/x/index?language=2) operates intercity train services between Budapest and Eger. Most of these trains are gyors (fast) trains and will take about two hours to arrive. Trains leave the Budapest Keleti station each hour. The ones leaving at odd hours are direct, the ones leaving at even hours require you to change trains in Füzesabony. The full fare of a single trip is 2725 HUF/person (corresponding to about 9 euros) for the direct trains as of June 2015. Hourly InterCity trains will take you directly to Füzesabony and a seat reservation is required. In Eger, the main railway station is located 1.5 km from the city center. Once in downtown of Eger, the city is best walked on foot.

by Car: The easiest way to arrive is to take the highway M3 as far as Füzesabony, then continue north on route 25.

by Coach: Buses leave Budapest's Stadionok station for Eger twice an hour and the trip takes a little over two hours. Less if you travel with the express service. In Eger, the bus station is located close to the Basilica of Eger. Buses depart approx. every 30 minutes to Budapest, and the trip to the capital city is about 2 hours. Agria Volán operates an extensive network of suburban and long-distance buses. Other bus companies also offer connections to a variety of destinations.

Local Bus: Agria Volan also operates a fleet of local buses, serving most parts of the city, although the majority of buses run in a north-south direction. Line 12 is the busiest line in the city, and it has stops at the railway station, the bus station and in the city centre. However, the town has a taxi service (phones: +36 36 555-555; +36 36 333-333).

 

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