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New laboratories for understanding natural sciences

2015. March 3.

Learning by doing in cutting-edge laboratory in a West-Hungarian city. Using EU funding, a new laboratory was inaugurated in the elementary and secondary school of the University of Western Hungary in Szombathely.

Learning by doing in cutting-edge laboratory in a West-Hungarian city. Using a HUF 234 million (approx. EUR 750 000) in EU funding, a newly restored wing was dedicated to the laboratory in the building of the combined elementary and secondary school of the University of Western Hungary in Szombathely.

Named after the late Professor József Öveges, an eminent scientist known in Hungary for popularising the natural sciences, the programme enables secondary schools to build or modernise laboratories with a view to making the natural sciences more effective to teach and more appealing to students. 

With spaces that can be divided, the new 350-square-metre laboratory makes it possible for 36 students to experiment simultaneously.

Named after the pioneering Hungarian mathematician of the 19th century, János Bolyai, the school is one of the most outstanding establishments in the country, its students showing excellence in several national and international competitions.

In addition to the students of Bolyai, 11 other school may benefit from the new laboratory and the would-be teachers of the University will practice here in the best possible circumstances.

The laboratory will also be the venue of workshops, conferences and extracurricular training courses. The plans include a series of events organised in cooperation with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to celebrate UNESCO’s International Year of Light in 2015.