PhD in Forestry and Wildlife Management Sciences - Roth Gyula Doctoral School University of Sopron
The history of the present University of Sopron goes back several centuries.
The years of establishment (1735-1808-1846)
Forestry higher education, the long established field of study, the core of education of the university started in the institute founded for mining and metallurgy education. The School for Training Mining Officers was founded by the decree of Charles III, signed on 22nd June, 1735 in Selmecbánya.
Maria Theresa laid down the basis for academic education by her decree signed on 22nd October, 1762.
A joint meeting of the Treasury and the Chamber of Royal Mint and Mining in June 1807, discussed the establishment of a Forestry School, beside the Mining Academy.
Hungarian Royal Mining and Forestry Academy, Hungarian Royal Mining and Forestry College in Selmecbánya (1867-1918)
After the 1867 Compromise, the Academy became a Hungarian state institution, thus decreasing its international importance. In 1904, the institution adopted the name “The Hungarian Royal Mining and Forestry College”.
With the outbreak of World War I, there was a big rupture in the life of the college. The last lectures of the autumn semester started on 6th October, 1918, but the academic year could not be finished. As a result of the peace treaty after the war, Selmecbánya was not a Hungarian town anymore; it belonged to the new Czechoslovakia. Moving from the ancestral residence started in autumn 1918 following a resolution of the council of the college, and a decree of the Ministry of Finance.
The college in Sopron. Organisational changes (1919-1950)
Thanks to the resoluteness of under-secretary of state Hugó Laehne and Mayor Mihály Thurner, the town of Sopron provided a new home for the college. The first group of students arrived in March 1919, led by the Rector, Géza Réz.
The college was renamed the Hungarian Royal College for Mining and Forestry in 1922, showing its expanded education programme. In 1934 the Hungarian Royal József Nádor University of Technology and Economics was established, and the college was integrated into this university, based in Budapest, as the Faculty of Mining, Metallurgy and Forestry.
In 1949 the independent Land-Surveying Engineering education started. It was later integrated into the Technical University of Budapest. As a new technical university was founded in Miskolc, the Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy moved there. The moving of the latter two faculties lasted more than 10 years.
Forestry College, University of Forestry and Wood Sciences, University of Sopron (1952-2000)
From 1952 the Faculty of Forestry operated as an independent Forestry College with a university rank. In 1956 the storm of history dealt a severe blow to the college. After the defeat of the revolution, a large proportion of teachers and students left the country. Most of them went to Canada, where they formed the Sopron Division of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, and finished their studies there. Others went to Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
In 1957 the training of wood industry engineers started. On 1st September, 1962, the University of Forestry and Wood Sciences was established with two faculties. In 1972 the university opened a new faculty, the Székesfehérvár Land-Surveying and Land Management College Faculty. A postgraduate course for paper industry engineering began in 1985.
University of Sopron (1992- )
In 1992, the Institute of Economics and Business Management Development was established to provide training for economics students.
After a period of preparatory work, in 1994, the Institute of Applied Arts was founded, and the training of artists began at the Faculty of Wood Sciences.
On 1st September 1996, the university changed its name to the University of Sopron.
University of West Hungary (2002-2007), (2008-2017)
The training of students of economics started in Sopron in 1995. The Faculty of Economics was founded in 2000 when, due to the rationalization policy of the Hungarian higher education, the university was expanded by incorporating the Apáczay Csere János Faculty of Győr, the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences of Mosonmagyarovár and the Benedek Elek Faculty of Pedagogy of Sopron. The university was renamed the University of West Hungary and had its headquarters in Sopron. After incorporating the Berzsenyi Dániel College of Szombathely on 1st January 2008, the university operated ten faculties in five cities.
University of Sopron (2017–)
Based on a government decision in the years 2015-17, the university was reorganised and the faculties outside of Sopron were amalgamated with other universities.
Four faculties remained in Sopron: the Benedek Elek Faculty of Pedagogy, the Faculty of Forestry, the Alexandre Lamfalussy Faculty of Economics and Simonyi Károly Faculty of Engineering, Wood Sciences and Applied Arts, all part of the renamed University of Sopron.
The University of Sopron continues to concentrate on education and research, developing its strengths guided by its vision and the traditions characteristic of the University of West Hungary and its predecessor, the Academy of Selmecbánya.
The main goals of the University of Sopron are to further increase its research capabilities and promote internationalization. The University intends to offer more study programmes through English language instruction.
The Roth Gyula doctoral school of forestry and wildlife management sciences educates in eight doctoral programmes
- E1 Ecology and Diversity of Forest Ecosystems
Research on the composition, structure and inter-actions of forest ecosystems is part of the programme. Geographical conditions vital for forest management and the requirements for maintaining sustainable management and preserving the stability of ecosystems are identified. The main areas of research are: site conditions of forest stands, hydrology, climatic conditions, and the diversity of forest ecosystems, such as soil microbiology, physiology, botany and dendrology, species composition, structure, dynamics and inter-relations of ecosystems, and the evolutionary and genetic processes of woody plants.
- E2 Biological Basis of Forest Management
The doctoral programme teaches sylviculture, production of seed material, wildlife management, forest protection (including pathology and zoology), adopting the latest experimental and research findings, related both to plantation forestry and to nature-oriented management.
- E3 Forest Assets Management
The subject is concerned with the analyses of the stock type characteristics of forests and forestry processes in natural and financial terms, as well as the harmonisation of the legal and economic regulations with forestry interests.
Disciplines of the forest assets management programme are: forest management planning, computer science applied to forestry, forest and hunting rights, forestry history, hunting law, economics for forest and wildlife management (forestry accounting and finance, forest and damage assessment, and sales and marketing policy).
- E4 Forest Technology
This PhD sub–programme provides a comprehensive, scientific approach to the technical implementation of forestry policies (mechanisation, energetics, forest utilisation, opening-up and water management) based on measurements and experiments. It deals with the improvement of mechanisation in reproductive material production, sylviculture, forest and timber utilisation, and with the development of mechanisation in energy tree plantations, the connection between mechanisation and environment protection, wood for energy production, planning, organisation and technology of forest utilisation, topics of opening-up and water management as well as with forest road construction and maintenance.
- E5 Wildlife Management
In the doctoral programme, students deal with the forest, field and water ecosystems and their species and communities of species. The research topics embrace all the areas of open field game conservation and management and all the fields of hunting, as well as all the related sciences such as the kennel, gun ballistics, trophy assessment, wildlife health, game management in closure, wildlife forage ground and game feeding, economics and history of the science.
- E6 Nature Conservation
The Nature Conservation course aims at the implementation of a scientific programme that monitors international strategies addressing natural challenges of global issues and their effective application to Hungary. The programme encourages nature-conscious development and experiments in the national conservation practice, while strengthening scientific grounds of professional and political efforts. It will involve a talented new generation in the innovative research. It aims to educate experts who are not only professionals, receptive to theory, but experts with positive values of life and healthy ecosystems.
- E7 Geoinformatics Programme
The rapid development of GIS, the expansion of satellite monitoring and positioning methods led to the initiation of a separate Geoinformatics programme at the Doctoral School. It offers courses and research opportunities in the field of land management, surveying and geoinformatics, mainly related to agricultural management and land use, including the application of the modern technical tools of thematic modelling, remote sensing and mapping.
- E8 Forest and Environmental Pedagogy Programme
Environmental pedagogy is a multidisciplinary field of study, which prepares students with a comprehensive background in natural and social sciences to teach environment consciousness and to develop related activities. The aim of study and research is to develop educational methodology and practice at every level of public education, from kindergarten to higher education, and thus enhance environment consciousness through methods fitting the age of pupils and students.
If you are a student from a non-EU country, you are required to apply for a student visa at the Hungarian Embassy in your home country at least 2 months before the beginning of your studies.
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- visa application form
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- (transit visa if needed)
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