Conference Location

The Faculty of Informatics of University of Debrecen will host the CogInfoCom 2017 Conference.

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Debrecen - a 782-year-old city with rich culture, science and young soul

Debrecen has some 205,000 inhabitants. It is the second largest city of Hungary. It has a long history from the 13th century, so you can find many historical places in the city. The city is the administrative, cultural and educational centre of a large region of North-Eastern Hungary. Thousands of young people live here because of the number of secondary schools and two universities. The spirit of young people makes the city soul fresh and young.

Debrecen main square
The main square with the Great Calvinist Church (Református Nagytemplom) in the background

The history of this marvellous city shows its importance and magnificence although the centuries, and also serves as the basis for the distinctive and exceptionally rich cultural and historical life of Debrecen. The city and its region was already inhabited in the ancient times, as up to the arrival of the wandering Hungarians in the 9th century A.D. a number of various nations and ethnic groups lived here. As a result of this, the margins of the contemporary city often functioned as border territories among major empires and nations.

The city grew out of the union of a number of villages and was founded in the meeting of important trading routes, but the history of the city is still hardly known around and even after the time of the conquest. Debrecen emerged from the surrounding villages after the Mongol Invasion. The name of the city occurred first in 1235 in an ecclesiastic document, and in 1271 it occurred as Dubrychyn, and in the last years of the 13th century as Debruchun.

Old Debrecen
The old Debruchun (Source:

Debrecen embraced the Protestant Reformation quite early, earning the monikers "the Calvinist Rome" and "the Geneva of Hungary". At this period the inhabitants of the town were mainly Hungarian Calvinists. The Great Calvinist Church can be found in the city centre.

In 1693 Debrecen became a free royal town.

In 1849, Debrecen was the capital of Hungary for the period when the Hungarian revolutionary government fled there from Pest-Buda.

In April 1849, the dethronization of Habsburgs (neglected after the fall of the revolution) and the independence of Hungary was proclaimed here by Lajos Kossuth in the Great Calvinist Church.

The Great Calvinist Church and the city centre

Debrecen is a tranquil and safe city. Special flavours and smells attract gastro-adventurers from ambient cafés, through street food and fine dining to the unique “ruin pubs”.

It has a long history, rich cultural life, many places for entertainments and leisure, and the picturesque “Great Forest” region for those who want to relax.

Market (main) street in the centre of Debrecen

The Great Forest Park, with its fresh air, healing thermal water and the thrilling adventure water park all offer fantastic experiences. From quiet unwinding through energizing sports and the invigorating feeling of rooting for your team to partying, the Great Forest is the place where you can indulge all your senses.

The "Békás" (Froggy) lake and the Botanic Garden in the Great Forest

Aquaticum Spa with its thermal water - a great place for leisure

In 1538 the College of the Reformed Church in Debrecen was established, the higher education started some years later. The colleges and universities of the city resulted huge libraries with millions of books and other publications.

An old and a new library at the Debrecen Reformed Theological University and at the University of Debrecen

Museums, galleries, a cultural centre and a national theatre give the opportunity to spend the leisure time. The MODEM Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery has permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well. They capture their attention with new, interactive exhibitions, and take them on exciting tours behind the scenes and to the world of mysterious stories.

The Csokonai National Theatre and the Déri Museum (Pictures from:

The MODEM Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, and the Kölcsey Cultural Centre

As a result of the rich and long history of the higher education and scientific research institutes in the city, you can find science institutes not only in the university areas. The Agora Science Centre belongs to the university but opened for everyone. The Heliophysical Observatory is a part of the Konkoly Thege Miklós Astronomical Institute (Konkoly Observatory) of the Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Agora Science Centre and the Heliophysical Observatory

Many festivals and carnivals make the city life more colourful. The events that are offered the whole year round, provide even more diverse leisure activities.

Flower Carnival in the city and concert at the University of Debrecen

University of Debrecen

With a student body of about 30 thousand, over 4,300 of which are international students, the University of Debrecen is one of the largest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in Hungary today. The cooperation of 14 faculties ensures the multidisciplinary background guaranteeing the University a leading role as a research and education institution, and the intellectual center of Eastern Hungary.

Main Building
The main building of University of Debrecen with its wonderful French-style park in front of it

Debrecen’s higher education dates back to the 16th century. The Reformed College of Debrecen, established in 1538, played a central role in education, teaching in native language and spreading Hungarian culture in the region, as well as in the whole country. The College soon became the most important cultural center in the whole country, where a great number of writers, scientists and politicians were educated at.

Hungarian Royal University of Sciences established in 1912.

In 1932, the university's main building, was completed making it one of the largest buildings in the city. The glass-ceilinged cour d'honneur of the main edifice, built in Eclectic and Neo-Baroque style, is skirted by an arcaded corridor system, whose walls are inscribed with the names of the school's most renowned professors and former students.

After the 2nd World War the faculties separated and became different universities.

Main Building
Students at the University of Debrecen

On January 1, 2000, the colleges and universities of the county, namely the University of Agriculture, Lajos Kossuth University, and the Medical University, were combined, and named as University of Debrecen.

Faculty of Informatics

In 2004, the Informatics part were separated from the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics and became a faculty. The Faculty of Informatics boasts the only accredited university-level educational program for IT specialists in the east-Hungarian region. Since 2011 the Faculty works in an award winning new building which is located on the Kassai Street Campus.

Faculty of Informatics on the Kassai Street Campus

The Faculty plays a dominant role in the fields of university education and scientific research in the region. There are currently around 1,700 students studying at the faculty today. Our staff have been training IT professionals at an internationally acknowledged level for several decades.

The faculty has six departments and one affiliated department:


Travel – How to get to Debrecen


Kassai Street 26

4028 Debrecen


By plane

direct flights operate between Debrecen and London Luton (England) and Eindhoven (Netherlands)

an airport shuttle runs between Debrecen University and Debrecen Airport touching major points of the city (Downtown, Railway Station, Hotel Lycium, Hotel Divinus, Főnix Sports Hall, etc.)

the city center is accessible from the airport in just 6 minutes by car, as well

for additional information, please visit the website of Debrecen Airport

By shuttle from Budapest Airport

By train from Budapest

By car

The highway No. M3 (E71) starts from Budapest and later autoroute No. 33 (E79) goes to Debrecen, 231 km in approximately 2 hours 23 minutes.

Transportation in Debrecen


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