Call for paper on “Circular Economic special edition” VUA issue

The concept of circular economy boomed into the sight of European Union policy makers in the beginning of 2015. The notion introduced a holistic system planning approach for EU development initiatives. There has never been a similar novelty presented by any other perspectives before. It offers a cross-sectoral development path to replace the widely criticized linear practices with production systems based on closed material loops. The popularity of this concept and the expectations towards its long-term success are both unprecedented in the field of EU policies which highlights the importance of its application. The essence of the circular economy model lies in an industrial/service system focusing on material cycles over the traditional “end-of-life” (EoF) approach. Furthermore, it stimulates the increasing use of renewable energies and aims to eliminate waste through innovative design of materials, products, production systems and business models. An important aspect of the circular perception is that it relies on bio-economic and low-carbon principles to describe biological and technological cycles. Finally, it emphasizes the significance of the elaboration on the scientific context.

Prospective authors are welcome to discuss their ideas with the Editors of the thematic issue:
Managing editor - prof. Dr. Ing. Elena Horská (Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia)

Editor of thematic issue – Csaba Fogarassy PhD head of department, Szent István University Climate Change Economics Centre, Gödöllő, Hungary

Guidelines for authors can be downloaded from the journal’s website!

Deadline of submissions: 28th of February, 2017

Please send the manuscripts to Dr. Csaba Fogarassy ( )

LSU Symposium - AgUniversity leaders - April 2-April 8



„Future scientists for sustainable development” 3rd VUA YOUTH scientific conference

On 23 November 2016, Visegrad University Association and the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the Szent István University organized the 3rd international scientific conference for students in Gödöllő, Hungary.

In 2014, the representatives of the VUA partner universities decided to provide a forum to the young scientists to introduce their research results and deepen the professional relationship among the students of partner universities.

This event took place along with the student scientific conference organized for Hungarian students. More than 100 students could present their work in 11 Hungarian and 3 international sessions. In the VUA YOUTH sessions, 31 research papers have been submitted by nearly 40 students from 19 countries (not only from VUA members): Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia, Hungary, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya,Serbia, India, Armenia, Laos, Burundi, China, Kosovo, Algeria, Uganda, Madagascar, Romania and Syria. Over 50 people attended the VUA YOUTH sessions and the total number of attendees was over 250.



Session of BSc-MSc students:

1st prize: Kennedy Mutua

2nd prize: Favour Ugomma Opara

3rd prize: Nol Krasniqi


Session of MSc students:

1st prize: Daniel Ayisi Nyarko

2nd prize: Gregory Obozuwa – Chandalin Vongvilay

3rd prize: Vao Fenotiana Razamahandry


Session of PhD students:

1st prize: Ravindra Hewa Kuruppuge – Aled Gregar

2nd prize: Michaela Sugrova – Peter Sedik – Veronika Svetlikova

3rd prize: Musaab Mousa


Special awards were handed out for excellent presentations offered by the PhD School of Management and Business Administration of SZIU to the participants listed below:

  • Ambuj Sharma
  • Mariam Hamida

Congratulations to the organizers for the successful conference and to all the participants for the high quality presentations!


Visegrad University Association, General Meeting 2016, Szent Istvan University Godollo, Hungary.

General Meeting of Visegrad University Association 2016 took place at Szent Istvan University Godollo, Hungary on September 18-20. The meeting was attended by more than 50 representatives of 23 VUA member universities coming from 10 countries.
General Meeting was opened by VUA President, Prof. Peter Bielik and Prof. Janos Tozser, Rector of the Szent Istvan University. President Bielik evaluated the association activities for the past 5 years and introduced the plans of Visegrad University Association for the upcoming period. General Meeting approved the VUA Annual Report as well the Proposal of activities for  2017. During 2016,  new universities applied for VUA membership. Three of them were approved by the General Meeting and we  would like to congratulate and welcome them to our association:

-    Kursk State Agricultural Academy named after I.I. Ivanov, Russia
-    Obuda University, Hungary
-    Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Poland
-    Louisiana State University, USA, upgraded their membership from honorary to full.

Also this year, VUA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE was awarded to the most active member university based on the results of the election of the General Meeting. The award went to the Szent Istvan University Godollo as an appreciation of an active participation in VUA activities. The award was presented by VUA President, Prof. Peter Bielik, First VUA Vice-president Prof. Janusz Zmija and VUA Vice-president Prof. Alexander Turyanskiy to Prof. Janos Toszer, SZIU Rector.
Presentations of Ms Cristina Amaral, FAO, deputy regional representative, Prof. Dr. Lajos Helyes, Vice-rector for Research and Scientific Affairs, SZIU and Prof. John Russin, Vice-chancellor of Louisiana State University, provided the participants of the General Meeting with interesting and valuable information and motivated all the attending representatives. It was also approved that VUA welcomes the initiative of the AGRIMBA MBA network to become a VUA standing committee, opening new possibilities and intensive cooperation of both networks. Moreover, the All Ukrainian Scientific-Educational Consortium which was presented by Prof. Grygorii Kaletnik, President of  Vinnytsia National Agrarian University, Ukraine, offered closer cooperation with VUA through common scientific, research and publication activities. This proposal was also positively received by the General Meeting.

VUA Presidency would like to thank Szent Istvan University for a perfect organization of the event and all the participants of the General Meeting for their fruitful contribution.


 The role of the Szent István Universitys Doctoral

 Member info Sept. 2016

 VUA GM 2016 minutes

Successful Summer School organized by VUA

The International Summer School organized by Visegrad University Association  titled  FOOD SCIENCE AND BUSINESS STUDIES: Traditions meet novelties was organized in the period of 27.6. – 9.7. 2016 by the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra and Szent István University Godollo.

During the two weeks of the programme, the summer school participants had been offered high standard lectures provided by  an international team of experts. Furthermore, visits of top research institutions in Slovakia and Hungary were organized. Presentations of project assigned of the students took place on July 8. The Visegrad Prize for the best presentation was awarded to Mr. Obozuwa Omokheka from Szent István University. Sightseeing of Nitra, Budapest and Vienna was a great chance to present the central European region to the Summer School participants.

We are glad that 30 students and teachers coming from China, Poland, Russia, Uzbekistan, Gambia, Nigeria, Ghana, India, Iran, Ukraine, Hungary and Slovakia participated in this year´s VUA Summer School.

VUA presidency would like to thank all the students, teachers and organizers for their hard work and efforts.


Visegrad University Association co-organized International Scientific Days at SUA

The International Scientific Days 2016 Conference held at Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra took place in the spirit of “The Agri-Food Value: Challenges for Natural Resources Management and Society“. The Conference was organized by the Faculty of Economics and management in cooperation with the SUA, Visegrad  University Association, Agricultural Experts Club and Slovak Agricultural Economists Association, EUNIS Slovakia a Junior Chamber International.

The rich programme of the Conference offered space for working in fourteen sections that focused on issues from food safety, trade and agricultural policy through financial aspects, information a communication technologies to market survey and marketing. Young scientists were also provided individual space in a separate section. The Conference was attended by more than 270 participants from 23 countries (Indonesia, Russian Federation, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Mongolia, USA, Hungary, Italy, Ukraine, India, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and other).

VUA Summer School 2016


Inputs for Food Product Design and Development: Quality, Safety,  Innovations,  Sensory and Consumer Analysis


The International Summer School organized by Visegrad University Association will be held in the period of 27.6. – 9.7. 2016. The topic of this year´s summer school is FOOD SCIENCE AND BUSINESS STUDIES.

This season, the first week of the summer school will be organized at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra , Slovakia. The second week will take place at Szent Istvan University, Godollo, Hungary. Lectures, organized in Nitra will be delivered as parallel sessions in English and Russian. Lectures in Godollo will be in English only. Active participants will be awarded a certificate and 2 ECTS.

If you are interested in the summer school, send your application form to by April 30, 2016. The registration fee for each participant is 450 EUR for a VUA member and 550 EUR for a non VUA member (excluding travel costs to and from  the summer school). The programme of the summer school will be available in March 2016.

It is expected that approximately 30 students and 5 teachers will take part in the summer school. Due to the limited availability, the quality of applicants and the contribution of the lecture topic to the summer school will be considered.

Application Form

"The Agri-Food Value Chain: Challenges for Natural Resources Management and Society"

The international scientific conference titled "The Agri-Food Value Chain: Challenges for Natural Resources Management and Society" will be organized as a part of the International Scientific Days of the Faculty of Economics and Management of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra on May 19-20, 2016

The VUA session: Studies on agri-food value chain in Visegrad and Eastern partnership will be organized within the conference.

The purpose of the conference is to provide a unique international conference to facilitate discussion of current issues and exchange of cutting - edge information ideas and innovative solutions. The conference will encourage the transfer of knowledge between academia and industry.

For comprehensive information including the important deadlines, registration, conference theme and venue, please visit the conference website

VUA will cover the registration fee for 10 registered VUA institution participants. Free registrations will be awarded based on the topic and the abstract of the paper sent to            Prof. Elena Horska (


We are looking forward to meeting you in Nitra next year!

Dr.h.c. Prof. Ing. Peter Bielik, PhD.
tel: +421376415518

Liaison Officer
Prof. Dr. Ing. Elena Horská
tel: +421376415522

Secretary General
Mgr. Vladislav Valach
tel: +421376415545

Postal address

Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra                                                        
Visegrad University Association
Foreign Relations and International Programmes Office
Tr. Andreja Hlinku 2
949 76  Nitra