István Vilmos Kovács

Problem-based learning and entrepreneurship
Budapest Metropolitan University, Hungary

István Vilmos Kovács graduated as a Math and Physics teacher in 1984 from Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary. He worked as a Physics Teacher in a secondary school for 13 years. Having gained a second MA in Sociology, and a teaching certificate in Social Studies, he then worked for state administration in the policy domains of Education, European Affairs, Cohesion policy, and national development for the next 13 years. In that period, he was also a member of the Education Committee of the OECD, later of the EU. Since then István has worked for Higher Education institutions (HEIs) in fields related to higher education: research and innovation, internationalisation. He is currently responsible for the coordination of methodology transformation of learning and teaching at Budapest Metropolitan University, Hungary. The Budapest Metropolitan University is the largest Hungarian private university, an ambitious innovator in the field of learning centred teaching. its motto is ‘Inspired by creativity’. The complex approach of myBRAND, a personalised approach impacting on students’ carriers and lives, has been trademarked. István’s other achievements include: 

  • 2017-2019 National expert of the European Forum for Enhanced Collaboration in Teaching (EFFECT) programme of EUA (European University Association)
  • 2019-2021 International Expert of the Irish National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
  • 2019 – Teacher of HE learning and teaching related subjects in the MARIHE Erasmus-Mundus  programme (Danube University KREMS – Austria, ELTE – Hungary)  
  • 2018 – Teacher of projects with 8 HEIs as subjects for inquiry based learning in teaching a complex subject for 8 cohorts of a HE studies.
  • Reviewer and trainer of entrepreneurial HEIs (HEInnovate network)
  • Reviewer of Internationalisation of HEIs (Tempus Public Foundation)
  • Reviewer of the Labour Market Relevance of HEIs (LMRO project of OECD)