Attraction and support of international PhD students, lecturers and researches in Hungary: state-of-the-art, challenges and areas of improvement

Institutional and individual perspective

2022 | Tanulmányok, kutatási eredmények, Stipendium Hungaricum, Angol nyelvű kiadványok, Study in Hungary

A report conducted by the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) and commissioned by the Tempus Public Foundation (TPF).

The report is based on the individual and institutional data collected under the EU-funded UniWeliS project (Supporting internationalisation of higher education through professionalising services of mobile academic staff) and the individual data collected by TPF through its graduate tracking survey of Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship holders over the same period of time.

The objective of this study was to explore the state-of-the-art of talent attraction and personalised support to international academics at higher education institutions in Hungary, and to explore any potential gap between the academics’ expectations in this respect and the current institutional support realities.

It also aimed to explore key information sources about: mobility opportunities in Hungary and funding schemes used by the mobile academics, as well as the key motivation factors for selecting Hungary as a mobility (study, research or work) destination, and the degree of satisfaction with the obtained support and the overall mobility experience, including the key challenges faced and reasons for leaving
the country.

This topic was investigated from a dual perspective: the individual needs and perceptions of international academics (explored through a survey) and current institutional practices in attracting and supporting international talent at various career stages (explored through a series of interviews with the responsible managerial and support staff).