Short history
The Faculty of Food Science, established in 1972, is one of the best-known institutions for training food engineers in Hungary. The training of food engineers started in 1969 within the University of Horticulture. From the beginning it has offered two levels of education (BSc and MSc). The founding of the Faculty of Food Preservation (the predecessor of the Faculty of Food Science) in 1972 provided a comprehensive curriculum for training food engineers.
Since the reorganisation of the university as the University of Horticulture and Food Industry in 1986, the Faculty of Food Industry has been the only institution in Hungary offering engineer training for almost every field in the food industry. In 2000 the Faculty of Food Industry became the Faculty of Food Science at Szent István University and it belonged to this organisation for 3 years. From 2003 to 2015 the Faculty was an integral part of Corvinus University of Budapest, to finally reintegrate Szent István University in 2016. Together with the Faculty of Horticultural Sciences and Faculty of Landscape Architecture it makes up the Buda Campus of the University.
The scientific and educational work is based on the activity of 13 departments and a Pilot Plant Unit of the Faculty. Since the inception of food engineers’ training at the Faculty, more than 7000 students have received BSc and MSc diplomas.
Considering that agricultural production, food processing, manufacturing and marketing play a considerable role in Hungary’s economy, the graduate, postgraduate and further education courses are to be of principal importance in the future, as well.