History of MATE

History of MATE

Last modified: 23. March 2023

Each campus of MATE (Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences) has a long past and a rich history. Our Georgikon Faculty of Agricultural Sciences in Keszthely is the oldest regular agricultural higher education institution in Europe, which started its operation on July 1, 1797.  

With the foundation of MATE, one of the largest agricultural-focused, multi-disciplinary higher education institutions in Europe was established on 1 February 2021. 

Milestones in the history of MATE
1787 Faculty of Veterinary Medicine founded
1880 Ybl Miklós Technical College founded
1917 Teacher Training College, Jászberény founded
1920 University of Agriculture was founded in Budapest
1950 University of Agriculture moved to Gödöllő
2000 Szent István University founded
2011 institutional integration to 7 faculties
2016 integration of 3 faculties (Food Science, Horticultural Science, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism) of Corvinus University of Budapest and the disintegration of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
2020 integration of Kaposvár University, Eszterházy University's Károly Róbert Campus (Gyöngyös) and Pannon University's Georgikon Faculty (Keszthely)
2021, 1 February - Establishment of the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, MATE

With such a long history and legacy of excellence, MATE stands as central pillar of agricultural-focused higher education in Hungary and throughout Central Europe.