Institute of Human Sciences

Welcome to the Institute of Human Sciences

In the name of the legal predecessors of the Institute of Human Sciences, the terms of human resources, communication science, language, teacher training, or social science also occur. What do these have in common? Human! Human with its own uniqueness, its relationships, language, culture, role in the world of job and education.

It is therefore reasonable for an organization’s name to have a certain content that corresponds to its traditions, which is displayed, since according to the staff of the Institute, the main value is the person. We are proud of our masters, who founded the courses, wich are the essences, nationally acknowledged, fundaments of the recent courses of today- at the dawn of a regime change.

We can think of the courses of Dr. Klára Szilágyi as Employment Counselor (today: MA in Human Resources Consulting), later Dr. János Dinnyés for Human Resources Management (today: BSc in Human Resources) or Dr. Ferenc Nemes in Management and Leadership (MSc). We need to mention the course of training of an engineer and vocational teacher course, wich saw the heyday of the time of the institute director Pál Völgyesy. It is a continuously maintained, renewed repertoire with which employees with academic degrees and decades of research and teaching history contribute to GTK’s training profile, responding to the changing social and economic circumstances.

Our colleagues organized in four differennt departments in four disciplines (Department of Career Counseling, Department of Pedagogy, Department of Human Resources, Department of Leadership) to help our students to reach the end results, of which (based on feedback from students and employers) are indicators of excellent employment possibilities or application for a higher level of education (master's or PhD training).

The basic, master's and specialized training courses under the responsibility of the Institute of Human Sciences:

  • Teacher of Agricultural Engineering, MA
  • Human Resources, BSc
  • Human Resources Consellor, MA
  • Agricultural Vocational Trainer, BSc
  • Postgraduate specialist training course in career orientation
  • Management and Organization, MSc

Miklós Kenderfi PhD
associate professor
Director of Institute

Contact information

Director of Institute: Miklós Kenderfi PhD
Administration: Tamara Hodján (e-mail:
Address: Szent István University, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Institute of Human Sciences
2100 Gödöllő, Páter K. u. 1.
Home page:
Phone: +3628/522-000/2644


Department of Leadership

From 1 February 2020 the Department of Leadership is a key organizational unit of the Institute of Human Sciences. Our department was established in 1987 by the late Professor Emeritus Dr. János Dinnyés, who founded human resource training in Hungary. Dr. Ferenc Nemes, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and a pioneer of the Hungarian management science, launched the Management and Leadership Master course, which is our high-quality master program at the forefront of the faculty.

The focus of the 21st century leadership programs and management sciences is on people. It   confirms the fact that organizational performance, development, and responses to environmental challenges are decisively determined by the qualities of leaders and employees.

Our colleagues perform educational and research activities in the field of general human resource management functions, management, and leadership. The subjects of our department are present at all levels of the faculty, in several training places within and beyond the borders, both in Hungarian and English.

We consider the continuous professional development of our subjects important together with the preparation of the related study materials and the involvement of external specialists as well as guest lecturers l. We strive to cooperate with our students outside the classroom, and as a consultant we support their diploma work and the preparation for TDK and OTDK (student scientific) conferences.

Our lecturers take an active role in the work of professional organizations (National Association of Human Professionals), and as trainers, coaches, organizational development and human resource management consultants, they strengthen the practice-oriented side of our programs with their experience.

Head of department
Katalin Szabó PhD
senior lecturer

Department of Career Counselling

Due to the economic changes in Hungary and Europe, it has never been so important for the citizens to be able to meet the requirements of the labour market and to participate successfully in the area of work. Career counselors play a significant role in this process, supporting employees and job seekers in all of these areas, levels and ways.

The Hungarian counseling training programme grew out of the professional workshop that has been existing for almost three decades, which we call the Gödöllő Career Orientation School. From 1992, the employment counselor training course, and from 2008 the Employment Counselling master's program, take an important role of the dynamism with which the structure of the curricula offers relevant respond to the changing social and economic conditions. In our educational palette, the postgraduate specialist training course in career orientation is treated in a priviledged place, which was first started in 2000 by Dr. Klára Szilágyi at the institute directed by Dr. Pál Völgyesy.

Our employees take on a role in the full-time and correspondence training of consultants, both in Gödöllő and in the capital. Our areas of research include the situation of students with special educational needs or disadvantages and we focus on individual and group training development and adult education too. In our department we prefer interdisciplinary, complex approaches realted to the ectivities of teaching and researching, the development of services related to life long career guidance (LLG) is the main focus of our work.

Our goal is to equip our students with valuable knowledge, based on the traditions of the “Gödöllő School”, with which they can effectively support employees in successfully adapting to socio-economic changes.

Head of department
Csilla Judit Suhajda PhD
assistant professor

Department of Human Resources

The Department of Human Resources works on an established heritage of more than 30 years in which education in high-quality organisational, management and development activities in human resources is of the utmost importance.

The department's task is to transfer knowledge and develop skills that will enable students to develop strategic thinking and a critical thinking and integrated approach in the field of human sciences.

Our aim is to train economist experts in the Human Resources BA programme who, along with skills gained in the field of economics, also acquire knowledge in psychology, self-knowledge, an understanding of human behaviour, and high-level empathic skills.

Our graduates have extensive professional and general literacy, both in the management process of human resources and in the functions of labour market mechanisms.

The Department places particular emphasis on enriching students' theoretical knowledge with practical experience, thus assisting in their later employment.

In our didactic method emphasise continuous methodological renewal. In the seminars that are held alongside the lectures, our students deal with processing corporate case studies, real-world problems, developing their professional competences with individual and group task solutions, and we enable life-like learning by bringing our own experience into the training.

The Department participates in research programmes at institute, faculty and institutional levels, actively participating in talent management, both by supervising students conducting academic research and PhD studies, and by facilitating their participation in research teams.

Head of department
Andrea Miskolciné  Mikáczó PhD
associate professor

Department of Pedagogy

The legal predecessor of the university (MAE) started the pedagogical preparation of specialist teachers in 1950. In today's practice in connection with agricultural training, this means our university Teacher of Agricultural Engineering (MA level) and college Agricultural Vocational Trainer (BSc level) training. Concerning the current and future fields of work in both agricultural engineering teachers and agricultural vocational teachers, the optional possibility of in-school and out-of-school training can also be mentioned. The disciplines defined by the department are twofold: On the one hand, pedagogy, and on the other hand, the related discipline, i.e. the field of agricultural training, determines our work. For this reason, our mission is twofold. From the aspect of educational science, teacher creativity plays a vital role in our objectives. In our studies, in addition to the traditional function of communicating knowledge, the role of the educator/teacher is supplemented by a helping and supportive role. The educator/teacher himself participates in the work and also manages as a coordinator. In our person-centered pedagogical work, we attribute a decisive role to the teacher’s personality traits and focus on creative cooperation based on mutual respect, as well as on simplified problem-solving processes, effective communication, empathy, positive attitude, openness, and credibility in the spirit of a cooperative approach to life.

Of course, it is also crucial for us that our specializations connect us to the world of agriculture. Recent innovations for productivity (digitization, precision farming, etc.) by professionals working in the agricultural economy. It can best be described along with the adaptation of developments. Thus, modern agricultural teacher training that responds to market needs can also play an important role in shaping the behavior of agricultural actors open to change. With the innovative panels on vocational teacher training in the Vocational Education and Training 4.0 Strategy in mind, we are confident that our students will be able to adapt seamlessly to region-specific educational and agri-labor market expectations.

Head of department:
Anikó Khademi-Vidra PhD. habil
associate professor