ILLP - LEONARDO (For Host Organisations)

In 1949, Act XXIII of the Hungarian Parliament decreed: "for the advancement of higher educational technical training, a technical university for heavy industry is to be established in Miskolc. The university will contain faculties of mining, metallurgical and mechanical engineering."
The university in the North-Eastern region of Hungary dates its existence back to 1735, when the Court Chamber of Vienna founded a school of mining and metallurgy in order to train specialists according to the requirements of the industrial revolution, and to upgrade precious metal and copper mining in Hungary. This school of mining and metallurgy, the predecessor of the Faculties of Earth Science and Engineering and Materials Science Engineering operated in Selmecbánya until 1919, then in Sopron until 1949. It was the first HEI set up by the state in the territory of the Hapsburg Empire, and, at the same time, the first HEI in the field of technology in the world. In 1949 the two faculties moved to Miskolc and were complemented by the newly established Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Since that time new faculties have emerged, making the university a real universitas which embraces a wide-range of sciences and specialisations. As a result of the integration of HEIs, Comenius Teacher Training College in Sárospatak also merged into the framework of the university. And development will never stop: there are endeavours to further widen the many-sided training character of the institution, combined with the large-scale modernisation of premises, IT and infrastructural background, and construction of new facilities. The 21st century sees a reborn and revived university of high standards, but it is one which still sticks to its traditions, facing the challenges in all aspects of life.
The university continues to be a research centre too: the scientific and research work in the research centres at and around the university are the firm ground the international fame of Miskolc in the world of scienceis was built on. The scientific atmosphere and the educational activities are determined by the diversity of disciplines. Over 12,000 students and appr. 1,500 lecturers and staff live and work together on a self-contained campus. The university also builds strong intellectual and cultural links with the city of Miskolc in order to play a crucial role in the blood circulation of the town and the region and to form an integral part of the social and economic framework of the city, the region and the country.
The university has the following faculties and institutes:
  • Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering (founded 1735);
  • Faculty of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (founded 1735);
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Informatics (founded 1949);
  • Faculty of Law (founded 1981);
  • Faculty of Economics (founded in 1987);
  • Faculty of Arts (founded in 1992);
  • Bartók Béla Institute of Music (accession 1997);
  • Comenius Teacher Training Faculty (accession 2000, located in Sárospatak);
  • Institute of Health Science (accession 2001).
The University of Miskolc has wide-ranging international relations in Europe and overseas. Cooperation agreements with a great number of foreign universities have been reached during the decades, which form the basis of well-established collaboration in the field of education and research. The university has been an active participant, either as coordinator or partner, in European educational and research projects.
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After that Hungary joined the LEONARDO da VINCI (LdV) European Community (EC) programme in 1997, the University of Miskolc (UoM) took the initiative to participate in and to contribute to the implementation of the programme.
Based on existing bilateral contracts and having experience in EC programmes, the UoM in 1999 submitted its first Leonardo mobility project in order to provide its students and young graduates with practical placement opportunities in the EU. The project was completed successfully and has been followed by several others. Up till the present our university has implemented successfully 5 Leonardo mobility projects enabling more that 90 students and young graduates to carry out their placements in the EU.
Not only the number of mobilities grows year by year, but also the number of partner host organisations, that provide the beneficiaries with placement offers. The types of host organisations vary from SME to multinational organisations from research institutes to museums serving the different needs of students with different fields of studies.
In the past five years our University has established strong relations in the frame of the Leonardo Programme in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy, UK and Spain, and has also arranged mobilities in Sweden, Portugal, the Netherlands and Finland, although in a smaller number. Our aim is to deepen the existing relations and also to widen the circle of host organisations in the future.
How to become a "Host Organisation"?
Companies that are registered in the territory of the EU - and fulfill the below written - can become Leonardo Host Organisations by receiving one or more candidates in the frame of the Leonardo da Vinci programme for a practical placement.
Officially the company receives the Leonardo Host Organisation status when it signs the tree-party Leonardo Placement Contract written before the commencement of each placement.
One contract refers only to one placement. In case the company wishes to receive further Leonardo candidates further contracts shall be signed.
What is the eligible status?
Leonardo Host Organisations can be either public or private institution regardless of size, legal status or fields of activity.
It can be an SME, a multinational company, a research institute, a chamber, a museum, a foundation etc. In certain cases even educational institutions can be Leonardo hosts, provided that the beneficiary carries out practical placement tasks and not academic duties (teaching or studying). For the later purposes the EC has other programmes eg: ERAMUS.
Institutions of the European Union and Governing Bodies that implement the different EC Programmes can’t be Leonardo Host organisations just like the foreign representations of national, regional or commercial and cultural institutions of the sending country (like: embassies, consulates, etc).
What are the professional undertakings of a Leonardo Host Organisation?
It shall provide the beneficiary with tasks and responsibilities that commensurate with the beneficiary’s qualifications and experience, and shall ensure that real use is made of the beneficiaries' knowledge and skills.
It shall appoint a mentor to supervise the tasks carried out by the beneficiary, to whom the beneficiary can turn to with questions regarding his tasks.
It shall cooperate, if necessary, with the person in charge of monitoring the placement in the sending organisation.
What other tasks has a Leonardo Host Organisation?
Finding accommodation at a reasonable price is always a difficult task from the sending country. Assistance in this matter is always highly appreciated. It is a nice gesture if the beneficiary is received on the first day or is given assistance in getting to the host organisation or accommodation.
What are the deliverables of a Host Organisation?
Prior to the placement it shall put down the main tasks to be carried out by the candidate in the frame of a Letter of Acceptance. At the end of the placement it shall complete Annex I-Work Programme and Annex III-Host Report.
What are the obligations of a Host Organisation?
Obligations of host organisations derive from the contract, which extend only for the contract period and for the candidate who is the subject of the Leonardo Contract.
How much financial support shall a Host Organisation provide?
Generally speaking, host organisations are not obliged to provide either in cash or in kind financial support for the beneficiary.
Still, as the Leonardo Programme is such a programme, which needs to be co-financed – the programme rules maximise the amount of monthly contribution that can be given to a beneficiary –, financial contribution of host organisations are highly appreciated.
In case host organisations do not support the beneficiary, the implementation of the placement depends on the private budget of the beneficiary, as even the highest possible Leonardo grant does not allow the beneficiary to live solely on it.
Where can Host organisations find the list of available candidates?
There is a list of currently available Hungarian students and graduates for the Leonardo da Vinci mobility programme of the University of Miskolc.
If you click on the list on AF, CV and ML you will find respectively the Application Form, Curriculum Vitae and Motivation Letter of the candidate.
In case you have a Leonardo traineeship offer for any of the candidates, please let us know (e-mail: ) or contact the candidate directly.
Dr. Péter Bikfalvi
Institutional LEONARDO Coordinator
Dept of Research Management and
International Relations
Bld. A/4, 1st floor, room 11
University of Miskolc
Tel.: +36 46 565 111 / ext. 20-12
Fax: +36 46 563 405
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Dept of Research Management and
International Relations
Bld. A/4, 1st floor, room 8
University of Miskolc
Tel.: +36 46 565 111 / ext. 22-76
Fax: +36 46 365 174