PCU history

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1990    The 39/1990 resolution of the Királyhágómellék Reformed Church District’s Board of Directors establishes the Sulyok István Reformed College and a provisional Institute Council. Extramural courses started on the 1st of October with 238 students enrolled to become religion teachers.

1991  With the transcript no. 4805/1991 the Secretariat for Religious Affairs authorizes the operation of the Sulyok István Reformed College as the Faculty of Reformed Theology in Oradea as part of the Protestant Theological Institute of Cluj-Napoca.

The following five-year full-time degree programmes are introduced: Teacher of Religious Education—German Language and Literature, Teacher of Religious Education—Legal Science, Teacher of Religious Education—Social Work.

The Arany János Students’ Hostel is established in order to provide accommodation and canteen service for the students of the Reformed College and the pupils of the Lorántffy Zsuzsanna Reformed High School.

1992    The Királyhágómellék Reformed Church District’s Board of Directors appoints Zsolt Mester, PhD, as Rector.

1994    The National Council of Academic Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions issues temporary operating licence to the Religion Teacher - Social Work and the Religion Teacher – German Language and Literature major programmes. The Teacher of Religious Education—Legal Science degree programme does not receive operating license, thus, with the College’s assistance, its undergraduates transfer to other institutions.

1995    The spectrum of specializations is enlarged with the following degree programmes:  Church Music - Music Pedagogy and Economics - Church Intendant.

 

1996    The Higher Education Council of Transylvania approves of the development of the Sulyok István Reformed College into  an independent Hungarian university.

The Királyhágómellék Reformed Church District’s Board of Directors appoints Professor Béla Kovács, PhD, as Rector. The Rector’s Council is established.

A decision is made on the introduction of new degree programmes: Junior Teacher–Foreign Language Teacher and Junior Teacher–Cantor.

1998    In Oradea, the ecumenical congress declares its intention of establishing the Partium Christian University and addresses a letter to Andrei Marga, Minister of Education.

1999    By Decision no. 118/N/1999 of the Bihar County Court the Pro Universitate Partium Foundation (PUPA) is officially registered, which provides the legal background for the Partium Christian University. The President of the Foundation is László Tőkés, Bishop of the Királyhágómellék Reformed Church District.

The decision of the founding members and of the Foundation’s Advisory Board provides for the establishment of the Partium Christian University and its accreditation process.

2000    Government Decision No. 1215/2000 authorizes the operation of the Partium Christian University.

With the establishment of the Sapientia Foundation and the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania the Transylvanian system of higher education emerges, including the Partium Christian University as well.

The PCU Senate decides on the organizational and management structure of the university. Two university faculties and a college faculty are established, as well as the Sulyok István Theological Institute. Seven departments start operating within this institutional framework.

2001    Current courses at the PCU: Faculty of Human and Social Studies: Religion Teacher - Social Work, Religion Teacher – German Language and Literature,  Philosophy, English Language and Literature; Faculty of Applied Sciences: Music Pedagogy – Church Music, Institutional Management. College level training: Junior Teacher Training – Foreign Language Teacher (English, German).

The Romanian government puts an end to Junior Teacher Training programmes in the private sector, thus this specialization ceases to be available.

2002    The Hungarian Ministry of Education provides access to the Electronic Information Service (EIS) for the Partium Christian University and the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, the use of which, along with the 1500 scholarly journals and the research database, greatly facilitate scientific work and research.

            The National Council of Academic Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions issues temporary operating licence to the Romanian Language and Literature, Economy of commerce, tourism and services, German Language and Literature, Theology, Visual communication (Graphics) degree programmes.

The first issue of the Partiumi Egyetemi Szemle (Journal of the Partium University) comes out, which serves to promote the ongoing scholarly research at the PCU.

2003    The National Council of Academic Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions issues temporary operating licence to the Sociology, English Language and Literature - Romanian Language and Literature and  Social work degree programmes.

2004    The PCU Senate appoints Professor Zsolt Geréb, PhD, as Rector.

The National Council of Academic Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions accredits the Teacher of Religious Education - German Language and Literature and Teacher of Religious Education - Social work degree programmes.

2006    The University Council is established, the President of which is László Tőkés, Bishop of Királyhágómellék Reformed Church District.

2007    The National Council of Academic Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions accredits the Philosophy degree programme.

2008    After almost a half century hiatus, the first nationally recognized and autonomous Hungarian academic institution of the Transylvanian Hungarians is established, i. e. the Partium Christian University. The Parliament of Romania adopts law no. 196/2008.10.21 which states the accreditation of the University and of the following degree programmes: Social Work, German Language and Literature and Reformed Didactic Theology.

The PCU Senate elects Associate Professor Gizella Horváth, PhD, as Rector.

2009    The first MA programmes are introduced: European social politics, Philosophy, Art in public space and Multilingualism and multiculturalism, being accredited by the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS).

The Hungarian language and literature degree programme receives operating licence.

The Romanian Ministry of Education confirms the appointment of Associate Professor Szabolcs János-Szatmári, PhD, as Rector, elected by the Senate of the Partium Christian University.

2011    The following MA programmes are accredited: Religious studies, Musical art in contemporary culture, Fine arts - graphics: Visual communication and Business development management. The Finance and banking BA programme receives operating licence.

The Ministry of Education approves of the new Charter of the Partium Christian University.

The Founders Council is established, representing the founders of the Partium Christian University, whose members are trustees of the Pro Universitate Partium Foundation (PUPA). Its President is László Tőkés.

2012    The Partium Christian University is added to the list of institutions of national importance, serving the preservation and development of the Hungarian community.

The Pedagogy of pre-school and primary education degree programme receives operating licence.

The PCU Senate decides on the establishment of the Institute of Psychopedagogy within the Faculty of Human and Social-Studies.