More than 50 Hungarian IT students have enrolled at ELTE in four years at the international IT master

Over 400 students from 50 different countries including 18 from ELTE will gather in Rennes, France from 27-29 October for the start of the 2016 EIT Digital Master School. This is the 4th year that ELTE receives the innovation and entrepreneurial talents of the future for two master programmes run in cooperation with leading European technical universities.


Zoltán Horváth, Director of EIT Digital Budapest and Dean of ELTE’s Faculty of Informatics says: “There is a significant shortage of highly skilled professionals in the field of IT. EIT Digital Master School is a unique education programme that combines Education, Research and Business activities, enabling students to acquire both deep technical knowledge and entrepreneurial skills, so they can go on to help assure Europe’s role in the global digital economy.” – He added: “The results clearly prove what we preach. All of the Hungarian students graduated at EIT Digital Master School have settled down successfully. Most of them work for leading IT companies, and there are some who continue their studies at the EIT Digital Budapest Doctoral Centre (DTC) here. I am happy to see that after spending one year at ELTE’s Faculty of Informatics with this programme even some non-Hungarians decide to stay here in Budapest. We have a PhD candidate from Mexico and another from Italy who decided to continue their studies at the Budapest DTC. One of our alumni from The Netherlands got a job at a Hungarian SME.”

18 Hungarian students will travel to Rennes to start their best professional experience ever at the end of October. During the three day kick-off event, the students will take part in a realistic business challenge competition which will see them pitching entrepreneurial solutions on the final day to a panel made up of digital entrepreneurs and professionals. Two years ago Budapest, ELTE Faculty of Informatics hosted the Master School’s Kick-off event.

Students can choose to study from eight master school programmes taught by a network of top European universities. During the two-year course they will have to complete a work placement as well as a two-week summer school programme. Graduates of the programme will be rewarded with a double master’s degree coupled with a certificate from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

There are four EIT Digital master programmes available in Budapest. Students can study Software and Service Architectures (SSA) or Security and Privacy (S&P) at ELTE, and Digital Media Technology (DMT) or Embedded Systems (ES) at Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).

100% of the students who completed previous Master School programmes are now either employed or are continuing their education (76% have jobs; 24% entered PHD-programmes) and nearly one third of those who are employed secured jobs before completing their studies. 89% of the programme’s graduates work in Europe and 98% of those are employed in the technology sector. 58% state that they plan to start their own company within two years of graduation.

Patrick Hartigan, Head of EIT Digital Master School said: “EIT Digital has positioned itself at the forefront of European education by creating courses for innovation and entrepreneurship. Our objective is to increase the quality, diversity and availability of the content supplied by high-level universities, research institutes and industrial partners of EIT Digital. Through this we are creating a recognised brand in the European higher education sector.”

Further information about the EIT Digital Master School and the available programmes in Budapest can be found here.

Last modified: October 15, 2016