California’s Silicon Valley developed under the wing of Stanford University: high-tech industry took root alongside the campus and its research activities, so that industry could benefit from the university’s resources. The university provided not only outstanding human resources, but, through its research, acted as a path-finder for businesses, guiding them towards the newest trends in knowledge and technology.
Aquincum Institute of Technology (AIT-Budapest) represents this process in reverse. Here, it is the new educational campus that is being established alongside existing businesses. Instead of guiding the industry, this educational institute will be at its service. AIT believes that companies in daily contact with current market trends are in the best position to sense the major new directions of technological development. This approach makes AIT different from the world’s leading research universities; it serves the industry’s needs of today and of tomorrow. It is this approach that inspires AIT’s educational and research program.
The area now known as Graphisoft Park was earlier the site of the Óbuda Gas Works, built at the turn of the 19-20th century. The architecture of the remaining buildings evokes this historic era, when Hungary’s famed tradition of top-notch science education gave the world John Neumann, the founder of computer science, and a dozen Nobel Prize winners. These landmark buildings are the home of AIT, which provides instruction not only on the latest research in information science, but also on the factors that make a software program usable and marketable.
The Institute plans to tailor its course offerings to students from the world’s leading universities arriving to AIT for a semester or two. These custom-designed courses also represent an exceptional opportunity for working professionals employed by the firms at Graphisoft Park.