Capsule History - Technical University of Budapest

1635-
Péter Pázmány, Primate of Hungary, founds the first Hungarian University of the New Age at Nagyszombat.
Late 18th century-
Because of the Turkish occupation, the University moves to Buda and becomes the University of Buda.
1782-
Emperor Joseph II establishes the Institutum Geometricum as part of the Faculty of Liberal Arts at the University of Buda. The Institutum, the direct predecessor of the Technical University of Budapest, is the first in Europe to award engineering degrees to students of land surveying, river control and road construction.
            
1850-
The Institutum Geometricum merges with the Joseph College of Technology.
1856-
The merged institutions become the Royal Joseph Polytechnic.
1860-
Hungarian replaces Latin as the language of instruction.
1862-
Royal Joseph Polytechnic becomes the Royal Joseph University.
1872-
Royal Joseph University gains full autonomy and the right to issue engineering diplomas after five years of studies. It is among the first institutions in Europe to train engineers at the university level.
1901-
Royal Joseph University is entitled to grant a doctoral degree, "Doctor Rerum Technicarum."
1925-
The first women students enrol.
1939-
Institute for Continuing Education opens its gates.
1949-
The name "Technical University of Budapest" becomes official. At this time, the University consists of the faculties of (in historical order) Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Chemical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.
1955-
Faculty of Transportation Engineering is established.
1984-
Instruction is offered in English as well as Hungarian.
1987-
Faculty of Natural and Social Sciences is established.
Today-
More than 110 departments and institutes operate within the structure of seven faculties. About 1,700 lecturers, researchers and other diploma holders, and numerous invited lecturers and practical specialists participate in education and research at the Technical University of Budapest. Approximately 10% of the University's 10,000 students are from 40 countries abroad. The Technical University of Budapest issues about 70% of the engineering diplomas in Hungary.

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