Projects

European Values Study (EVS) was originally initiated by a Dutch Jesuit in 1981; data is collected every nine years for the research. The focus of the research is to reveal the social presence of Christian values; to indicate change in these values. In 2008, the European Office of Hungarian Jesuits (OCIPE) supported the publication of the results of this research. The Institute wishes to support the data collection and the subsequent research, in 2017.

Through playing STRATAGEM simulation game, in Fall, 2015, thirty-five students, from six countries (V4, Croatia and Slovenia) became familiar with the model of a poor, overpopulated, exponentially developing country. With the support of the game master the groups’ task was to shift this model towards sustainable development. Each group had representatives from different countries, thus during the game students, from the Central Eastern European region, had the opportunity to solve global economic, environmental, and political issues, in cooperation with each other.

European Network of Jesuit Colleges of Advanced Studies (in Hungarian: Jezsuita Egyetemi Kollégiumok, JEK), in 2015, organized an economics-focused summer university, titled “Interdisciplinary Understanding of Normativism in Economic Research.” The main purpose of the event was to answer how particular theoretical paradigms occur in everyday life (mainly in politics and economy.) Moreover, both lecturers and participants sought to answer, how normativism manifests in Political Science and Economics. At the end of the program Finnish, Russian, Bulgarian, Polish, Czech and Slovenian students, along with Hungarians, published together their findings, on the issue of normativism, in a volume, titled after the event.

Playing EU Crisis Simulation Game, in November, 2016, approximately sixty university students could try themselves out first, as the members of the European Council, then as the members of the European Parliament. Each group represented a member state, while containing players from multiple nations. The game centered around the following questions: How can the EU survive? What kind of EU would you like to live in ? The participants had time, and opportunity, to provide detailed, and in-depth, answers to these questions. The event was organized by European Network of Jesuit Colleges of Advanced Studies (in Hungarian: Jezsuita Egyetemi Kollégiumok, JEK).

Do you want to be the CEO of a fictional fishing company? Would you like to know how you should manage the fleet of your company to maximize the profit? The participants of the October, 2016 Fishbanks Simulation Game said a uninamous yes to these questions. Fishbanks is a multiplayer web-based simulation, in which participants play the role of fishers, and seek to maximize their net worth, as they compete against other. Participants buy, build, and sell ships; decide, where to fish, meanwhile, seeking opportunities to negotiate. The simulation game is excellent for illustrating the problems of sustainable development.

The volume, ”Hegymenet. Társadalmi és politikai kihívások Magyarországon” (Ascent: Social and Political Challanges in Hungary), published by Osiris Publishing House in May, 2017, proposes to list, outline and offer solutions for, the most significant challenges of today’s Hungarian politics and society. The publication contains essays by both practicing professionals and theoreticians.

By supporting the production of this book, the Institute wishes to initiate round table discussions with political decision-makers, in the months following the tome’s publication. Serving as a political pamphlet, the Institute trusts that the volume will promote evidence-based debates, and will lay down the foundation for in-depth discussions. The book was edited by András Jakab and László Urbán.