Tuesday, 1 August 2017


Neither bang nor whimper
Meet 'PAK'

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Late last night, identical public statements on two websites:      

Hungarian language only, in both cases.

Main points of announcement:
  • On 1 August 2017, the András Pető Faculty (PAK) of Semmelweis University will run the András Pető College and its Conductive Pedagogical Centre
  • Students of the Pető András College will commence studies within the framework of Semmelweis University in the University's András Pető Faculty
  • PAF staff will transfer their employment to Smmelweis under the usual legal arrangements
  • Contents and locations and activities of PAF remain as before
  • Negotiations between Semmelweis University and management of PAF began in November 2016
  • The two Senates discussed the proposal for integration in April 2017, and preparatory work arising from this is now complete
  • The number of Faculties at Semmelweis University is now brought to six: General Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Health Science and Public Health, and PAK
  • Semmelweis University and PAF have had a long-term scientific and professional relationship, in Hungary and abroad, their activities complementing each other
  • They will work as one to provide new, higher education, education, research and development tasks in orthopaedics, neuroscience, movement development, complex rehabilitation and paediatrics from infancy to adulthood.
New name and abbreviation (or acronym?)

PAK – Pető András Kar ('András Pető Faculty')

Location and contact details

Remain the same

Media interest

None yet

Internet sites

PAK now features as an integral unit of Semmelweis's website

This page is in English and so far provides 'A brief introduction to PAK', including –

The faculty and its predecessor institutions are fifty years old in respect to running conductor-training, and they have a history of seventy years in working in conductive development. The 'Pető Method' is a conductive pedagogical system that is recognised around the world, of which András Pető Faculty is its intellectual, research, training, methodological and quality-assurance centre.


Academically, its basic strategic goal is continuous development of existing training, taking account of changing professional and social needs, accrediting and launching new training forms and training content.

The 'Pető Institute' Facebook page is still in operation under its old name:

Acting Dean

Andrea Zsebe is serving as PAK's Acting Dean (mb. Dékán). Her University page gives biography and full bibliography (Hungarian only):

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Seamless transition?

So far, so it seems, plus ça change...


Probably, in time

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Anonymous Andrew Sutton said...


There was nothing much in the Hungarian media today, except the thoughts of two men from the ministries.

Balázs Hankó, who was recently appointed a ministerial commissioner to coordinate the development of higher education training courses in medicine and the health sciences: He is reported as saying that András Pető's spirit and legacy will be further strengthened by this merger. More more 'patients' will be helped than ever before, for eamples those affected by stroke or injury – 'nothing is lost, everything remains and continues to grow and strengthen'.

Bence Rétvári, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of Human Resources, stresses earlier that this step could increase both the international reputation of both institutions, as well as the number of students, and enhancing the quality and effectiveness of rehabilitation capacities.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017 at 21:50:00 BST  

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