Hungarian Accreditation Committee (HAC)

Contact Information

Street name: Arena Corner Office Building, Hungária krt. 40-44, Reception C, 5th Floor
Postal code and City: 1087 Budapest
Country: Hungary
Phone/Fax: +36 1 344-0314/ +36 1 344-0313
Introductory presentation:
Contact person: Dr. Péter Levente Lakatos
Function of contact person: Director of International Affairs
Founding year: 1993
Legal status: Non-profit public service organization
International Links and membership: ENQA, EQAR

The HAC is a legal entity established by law (most recently: HE Act 2011. CCIV) as an independent national body of experts from higher education, research, industry and students.

The HAC Board has 20 members and is the decision-making body. There are 10 expert committees for areas of science and five special committees, for doctoral training, for university professorship applications, strategy, quality assurance and enhancement, legal issues, and teacher training.

The office has 19 permanent employees: the director, deputy director, financial administrator, 11 program officers, one IT, and four administrators. All program officers perform all quality assurance functions.

The HAC conducts the accreditation of new programs (BA, MA) and doctoral schools, as well as – rarely – new institutions, which is mandatory for higher education institutions and programs in order to receive license to operate. The focus of HAC is on the institutional accreditation of universities, colleges and doctoral schools, which are accredited in five-year cycles.