VTT Introduction

Last modified: 05. February 2023

The Department of Rural and Regional Development was established on the basis of the former Institute of Regional Development and Economics of SZIE GTK (Faculty of Economics, Szent István University) and with the help of colleagues from Gyöngyös, Szarvas and Kaposvár. The department is meant to integrate the disciplines of rural development, regional development, economic geography, environmental economics and regional sciences. Our department carries out complex and comprehensive educational activities in the training structure of the institute.

The majority of the instructors at the department have a PhD degree. Education is also conducted in English and at cross-border training locations - Révkomárom (Komárno, SK), Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc, RO), Székelyudvarhely (Odorheiu Secuiesc, RO) and Zenta (Senta, SRB). The courses the department is in charge of are the following:

    Rural Development Engineering (BSc)
    Regional and Environmental Economics (MSc)
    Rural Development Engineering (MSc)

The regime change and later the accession to the European Union significantly changed the fundamental processes of the economy and society. The rural areas and settlements, as well as the communities remarkably affected by these changes were put in a new situation. Adaptation to the new situation can represent not only challenges, but also opportunities for rural areas; the value of locality and local communities has risen. Rural space is no longer simply the scene of food production, but also a postmodern part of consumer goods. In order to manage the new functions and challenges, professionals with a new vision are needed, who understand the operation of rural economy and consider the improvement, prosperity and well-being of the communities living and working in the countryside their primary goal. Based on all of these principles, the mission of our department is to carry out, continually modernize and develop the wide-ranging education and research tasks of the disciplines related to rural and regional development within economic and social sciences.


Dr. Tibor Farkas
​​​​​​​Head of Department, Associate Professor
​​​​​​​MATE Szent István Campus,
​​​​​​​2100 Gödöllő, Páter Károly utca 1,​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​