Introduction

 

 

The IIPE was founded in 2005 as an independent organisational, educational and research centre within the Faculty of Education and Psychology at Eötvös Loránd University. It has been an independent institute since 2015. Our research focuses on cultural and culturally comparative approaches in various social issues, such as combatting prejudice, raising tolerance and civic responsibility, human rights, equality in education, intercultural and minority education, selection and segregation, and gender. 

We teach and do research on the complex topic of interculturality, with an interdisciplinary approach that applies methods and aspects from the field of pedagogy, psychology and sociology of education. Our research and teaching focuses on the following issues in particular: 

  • Non-dominant groups in society and related social tensions
  • Approaches to social integration
  • Social inequalities and injustice
  • Human rights
  • Prejudices and intergroup relations
  • Theories and practice of intercultural psychology and pedagogy
  • Multicultural approaches and multicultural pedagogy
  • Promoting tolerance and democratic values
  • Gender theories and practical approaches to gender
  • Social movements
  • Sociocritical approaches

Currently nine full-time staff teach at the IIPE. Our teaching and research community has two professors emeritae and eight PhD students. Several guest lecturers also teach at the institute, from the field of law, anthropology, sociology, psychology, pedagogy, educational policy and educational counselling. 

Besides teaching, we conduct a wide range or research. Our three latest large-scale research projects were: “Teachers’ intercultural approaches and their impact on classroom work”, “Second generation Vietnamese students’ acculturation and school socialisation in Hungary” (supported by a grant from OTKA, the National Research Fund), and “European perspectives of the ethnic cultural identity development” (supported by a grant from TÁMOP – EU Structural Funds). We create the space for professional discourse on intercultural issues by organising conferences. 

Besides teaching and research, we place emphasis on advisory work, practical initiatives, attitude development, information sharing, and try to involve our students in these activities. We are present at all events where we can stand up for equal chances, equity, tolerance, human rights, intercultural issues, and work as advisors for educational initiatives. 

Our students organise student conferences, charity fairs, roundtable discussions and lectures to ensure that interculturality is part of their everyday lives. 

Why study at the IIPE? According to our students:

  • it creates social sensitivity
  • it helps them discover the underlying reasons for intercultural conflicts
  • it offers various ways to deal with such issues
  • it supports students’ choices to learn more about the issues they are really interested in
  • it offers a socially useful and internationally marketable knowledge