The Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development, founded by the Ministry of Human Resources, is an institution providing general and strategic support services for the educational sector. Research and development activities are carried out and related services are provided in the following fields:

  • preschool education,
  • public (primary and secondary) education,
  • higher education,
  • vocational training,
  • teachers’ careers,
  • special education,
  • the education of ethnic and national minorities,
  • school-based and non-formal adult education.

The Institute also supports medium- and long-term educational planning in the education sector. In this area, it relies on the output of research undertaken that inquires into the social effects of policy decisions; it additionally assists policy makers in the making of evidence-based decisions.

The responsibilities of the Institute also include preparing analyses of currently existing educational processes while examining their likely effects, as well as participating in international research projects. Research is also carried out on classroom procedures, inquiring into the activities of the most important actors in education (teachers and pupils) and examining their interactions.

Development activities aim to increase the effectiveness of school education and are supported by related research. Program and curriculum development activities include the development of new pedagogical/professional methods, educational programs, textbooks, teaching aids and related instruments. The societal and social situation of the young and their educational opportunities are also analysed, focusing especially on the integration of Roma and special needs pupils. The Institute actively participates in the implementation of educational development programs supported by the European Structural Funds of the European Union.

In addition, the institute offers education-related services, such as talent support, mediation, granting help to socially disadvantaged pupils, etc. It also operates the National Educational Library and Museum.


Student Voice - Workshop for Hungarian partner schools

The third workshop organized for the Hungarian partner schools of the Erasmus+ Student Voice – Bridge to Learning project came to pass on the 28th of June.artner schools of the Erasmus+ Student Voice – Bridge to Learning project came to pass on the 28th of June.
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Student Voice - Workshop for Partner Schools

The first workshop organized for the partner schools was held on 7th March 2017 at EKU- HIERD (Eszterházy Károly University Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development) covered the following topic: Student voice and the student-focused learning.
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Student Voice project meeting - Dublin

The second Student Voice project meeting was held in Dublin, Ireland on 18-19th January with the participation of the five partner institutions from Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, Slovenia, and The Netherlands. The purpose of the meeting was to prepare evaluation tools at national and transnational level and plan further steps of the project.
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ERASMUS+ Student Voice – The Bridge to Learning has launched

Representatives of the Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development (HIERD) Lucia Kákonyi, manager of the Student Voice – The Bridge to Learning project in Hungary, and Gábor Rózsa, IT expert, took part in the first project partnership meeting of the ERASMUS+ Student Voice project which took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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Study visit to the USC Shoah Foundation

On the last week of November two representatives of the Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development (HIERD), József Kaposi (director general) and Zoltán Pompor (deputy director general) will visit the USC Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles.
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Visit of Norwegian delegation at the HIERD

The Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development (HIERD) had the pleasure to host seven members of the staff of the Malakoff School in Moss, Norway on the 26th of October 2016 who came to learn more about the Hungarian educational system and the local Eco-School Network.
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