Why Milestone?

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The Milestone Institute’s success is grounded in the high calibre of its students and faculty. As such, the Institute is deeply committed to enhancing access to the education it provides, while increasing diversity, forging new partnerships and helping the students and faculty achieve outstanding international results. In addition, we would like to further improve the breadth and the quality of our teaching.

Students

The Institute strives for a gradual and sustainable expansion in the size of its student body, while at the same time increasing student quality and diversity. Increased diversity offers opportunities for improving the students’ social and cultural understanding, teaching tolerance, and attracting the best students irrespective of their background or their geographic location. In addition to creating boarding opportunities for students from outside Budapest and Hungary, we aspire to expand our existing scholarship schemes. We aim to further increase the number of student-run societies and initiatives, to formalise and improve the transparency of their operations and to increase the number of society grants available. Student societies should aim to meet the highest standards, inviting internationally and nationally recognised experts to contribute to their mission, representing the Institute at international events and competitions, and building partnerships abroad and at home.

Faculty

The Institute seeks to attract outstanding academics by offering them the opportunity to conduct research or contribute to the Institute’s initiatives and policy programmes, alongside teaching. We aim to create synergies and integration between research and teaching, set up academic departments based on disciplines, create externally funded teaching positions and introduce a teaching assistance scheme through our Junior Fellowship programme.

Curriculum 

The Milestone curriculum encourages both faculty and students to draw connections between diverse areas of study and explore a wide range of disciplines. The Institute is constantly deepening its teaching in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as in the humanities, social sciences and arts, by hiring new teaching staff who can complement and strengthen our current faculty; provide funds for innovative new research and the development of new modules; provide teaching assistance for faculty via the Institute’s Junior Fellowship scheme; increase internship and research support for students; and adjust the curriculum to the scientific environment of the new campus.

Talent & Educational Development 

The Institute is committed to supporting general educational research, research on talent monitoring and development, and research on secondary education. We recognise the important role secondary schools play for our teaching, and we constantly review and improve our pedagogic practice to better collaborate and share research results with the wider public, including talent development bodies and educational institutions.

Widening Graduate Destinations 

We aim to diversify our students’ graduate destinations, away from the UK to top-tier universities and colleges in other parts of the world. While working towards this goal, we aim to maintain our strategy of creating alumni hubs with strong connection to the Institute, to prevent our alumni from becoming atomised exponents of brain drain.

International Opportunities and Exchange Partnerships

As Milestone aims to produce future leaders of the region, we seek to form exchange partnerships with leading educational institutions, with a special emphasis on the US, the UK and the Central-Eastern European Region. These can take the form of project-based cooperation, educational exchange partnerships, academic trainings, joint international publications or participation at international competitions.

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