Hatvan – Having held its opening ceremony in April, the Community College has now launched its first year of teaching. The ceremony to start the academic year on 2 September was attended by Dr Balázs Heidrich, Rector of the Budapest Business School, Dr László Jakab, Dean of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Richárd Horváth, Mayor of Hatvan, and from Bosch Group, Javier González Pareja, its Representative in Hungary, and Volker Schilling, Commercial Plant Manager of Robert Bosch Elektronika Kft. in Hatvan.
First college-level community training center in Hungary
The new center in Hatvan has started up with an undergraduate course in international business, in collaboration with Budapest Business School (BGE), and a university-level course in electrical engineering in collaboration with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). Hatvan Community College Training Center, in the capital of Heves County, is the first community education establishment to open in Hungary.
The college will start up with total of 36 students, 34 of them are the associates of the Bosch plant in Hatvan. Javier González Pareja said that the center’s courses fill a gap and provide high standard of teaching for the company’s staff without them having to leave the town. “Both they and Bosch will profit from these courses: the company will be able to hold on to its talented workers, and the Community College Training Center will contribute to overcoming the scarcity of engineers.”
Learning and progressing
The university-level international business course being launched in association with BGE will last four semesters, and the undergraduate electrical engineering course backed by BME will last eight. The applicants for the latter were mainly service technicians, and for the former, stores staff and operators in production and logistics. Volker Schilling said, “We are providing a career opportunity by supporting associates’ university studies.” As for promotion opportunities, he added, “the course will set the service technicians on the road to engineering positions. The BGE logistics students can look to a further career path in customer relations or shopfloor management.”
Bosch support at every level
At the opening of the training center in April, Bosch made a contribution to the technical resources for teaching in the form of 23 laptops for a Bosch computer classroom. The Hatvan plant also held a several-month secondary-level preparatory course in mathematics and physics to prepare employees applying for the electrical engineering course. They took the national matura examinations in these subjects in May and June, and 80 percent of them came out with top grades. They also accomplished the professional aptitude examination set by BME and Robert Bosch Elektronika Kft. of Hatvan.
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Bosch has been present in Hungary since 1899. After its re-establishment as a regional trading company in 1991, Bosch has grown into one of Hungary’s largest foreign industrial employers. In fiscal 2015, its nine Hungarian subsidiaries had a total turnover of HUF 959 billion and sales of the Bosch Group on the Hungarian market – not counting trade among its own companies – was HUF 246 billion. The Bosch Group in Hungary employs some 12,200 people (as per January 1, 2016). In addition to its manufacturing, commercial and development business, Bosch has a network of sales and service operations that covers the entire country.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.
The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”
Additional information is available online at www.bosch.hu