As a successor of former Szent István University, the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE) was founded on Feb 1, 2021 with the integration of Szent István University (Gödöllő), Kaposvár University, Georgikon Campus (Keszthely), Károly Róbert Campus (Gyöngyös), eleven research institutes and several business organizations. Subsequently MATE has become one of the largest agricultural-focused, multi-disciplinary higher education institutions in Central Europe. Despite the fact that with this new name we were established only two years ago, our roots go back to more than two centuries. Georgikon Campus, one of the predecessors of MATE, was the first agricultural higher education institution in Europe, founded at 1797.
MATE’s mission is to provide world-class education that offers our alumni a promising career and makes them competitive on the job market. MATE focuses on internationally outstanding domestic and cross-border tertiary level education, research and innovation activities, with a view to the fields of agricultural sciences, horticulture, viticulture and oenology, food science and food industry, food security, biotechnology and bio engineering, water management, sustainability and renewable energy management, environmental and landscape management, agricultural economics, rural development, and mechanical engineering. Our University offers more than 50 diploma and degree courses as well as 52 MSc programs with a total of over 15 000 students, more than 800 PhD students, and with 14 Doctoral Schools.