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Methodology of Regional Development (BA)
György Kocziszky

In harmony with the geopolitical, social and economic changes following 1989, the insti-tutional and instrument system of regional development in Hungary, and the practice of decision making, claiming, distributing and using and controlling funds has also under-gone changes.
The past two decades have seen a strength-ening in the regional level social and eco-nomic differences.
A host of regional development concept plans, programmes and projects of various standards have been prepared with the inten-tion of improvement and of creating funds.
The textbook, discussing the fundamentals of regional development, aims at giving thematic answers to four questions:
•    What is the objective of regional develop-ment; what impacts can development plans and the projects started as their result exert on the development of the region catching up?
•    Why has regional policy been elevated to the rank of public policy; what is the justi-fication of the state undertaking a role?
•    What steps are to be followed by those un-dertaking the preparation of regional de-velopment plans; what are the stumbling blocks of the various phases of planning?
•    How can the impact of development inter-ventions be measured; what is to be done to increase efficiency?

The above questions can only be answered in merit by well-prepared experts continually renewing their knowledge and practising re-gional development with the soundness of a profession.
The textbook, with its modest means, wishes to contribute to this purpose.

The development of information and communication technology: An empirical study (PhD)
Péter Sasvári

Information and communication technology (ICT) can be regarded as a universal technological system, which is closely linked to all of the previous systems and creates new, more complex technological systems. ICT’s main characterizing function is to assure acquiring, storing, processing, delivering, distributing, handling, controlling, transforming, retrieving and using information.
The rich literature of the information society discusses its diversified functions in detail. During my analysis, I have taken the information society as a normative future plan for Hungary, and I have also been looking for the answer of what progress has been made in building the information society in the studied Hungarian economic sectors. In this paper I examine the following issues to what extent we can speak about the information society in Hungary nowadays; what is the development level of the information society in several economic sectors and company sizes compared to each other and to the member states of the European Union; how this development level can be measured and calculated; how the development level of information and communication technology increases in certain company sizes; what trends can be observed in the development process of the individual economic sectors and various company sizes.
I extend my examination to the static, momentary state of the development level of ICT devices used in various economic sectors as well as to their dynamic analysis, expected pace of growth and their qualification.


Issues of the regional processes of tourism with special regard to Northern Hungary (Phd)
Zsolt Péter

‘Tourism is one of the most significant categories of foreign trade. Its turnover is the first after that of fuels, chemical and automobile industry products in the world.’ ‘Tourism is continuously growing except for some shorter periods of time.’ ‘The economic, social and environmental effects of tourism are significant in many developed regions of the world; its typically positive role in the regional economies is undisputed.’

We can often come across statements similar to the above quotations in introductions to the literature on the topic. However, the spatially differentiated presentation of attributes of tourism such as “growing”, “developing”, “significant”, “dynamic” and “positive” does not happen in most cases.

In my work I have come to the conclusion that the majority of planning documents give priority to tasks associated with tourism development, even in the case of regions, that presumably cannot attract a significant number of tourists.

Is it realistic that the leaders of settlements and regions treat tourism development as a priority?; do some (mainly extraordinarily underdeveloped) regions even view tourism as (the only) opportunity for advancement?

In my opinion not every region possesses a (potential) tourism supply that could result in significant positive effects. This does not mean that a good idea, a committed expert, enterprise or local government cannot bring about a fundamental change in the tourism position; however, in order to learn the opportunities for growth in tourism, the available and potential success factors need to be explored. This study aims to do just that, in the hopes that it can contribute to realistic expectations and useful strategies for the advancement of tourism in the region of North Hungary.


Personality development (MA)
István Kunos

Our earthly existence - since birth - provides a continually changing medium for us. Whether you want it or not, you keep learning something. It also applies to our personality. Those who continually strive to get to know themselves, develop their personalities and learn to keep control of their subjective experiences are able to define the quality of their lives.
Developing our personality is of course beneficial not only for us. Both our immediate and wider environment can benefit from it in our private life as well as at work.
The chapters and the tasks of the book were written in the hope of assisting readers in having a more complete, harmonious and happier life, and thus contributing to achieve our personal, organizational and social goals.