University of Pannonia Nagykanizsa

University Center for Circular Economy


Research areas


At the University of Pannonia Nagykanizsa – University Center for Circular Economy our lecturers and staff members take part in different projects continuously. One part of these projects develops infrastructure so as to provide better and more modern conditions for our students.

Beside our own projects, our lecturers take part actively in researches at the Faculty of Information Technology and at the Faculty of Business and Economics.

It is important to make professional connections with neighbouring countries, therefore we take part in several cross-border projects.


Our Campus is the venue of several national events. At the Pannon Scientific Day researchers of two transdanubean committees of the Hungarian Academy of Science give lectures. The Tourism and Security International Scientific Conference deals with current and interesting topics of the two areas.

The Soós Ernő Water Technology Research and Development Centre of the University of Pannonia and the Kanizsa Foundation for Higher Education organize the Water and Waste Water Treatment international scientific conference. Its purpose is to provide professionals with national and international results in the area of water and waste water treatment.


Department of Applied Information Technology

The Department of Applied Information Technology at the University of Pannonia Nagykanizsa Campus is in close connection with the Faculty of Information Technology at the mother institution in the field of education, research and projects. The Industrial Information Technology Research Centre was founded involving the staff of the department, whose main task is the examination of IT problems occurring in the field of Industry 4.0. It includes among others the introduction and operation of total or partial automatization.

To be able to carry out research and development tasks, a laboratory is being built, which will be developed continuously. It will be able to model industrial processes. The primary task of the laboratory is the support of planning, implementation and operation of IT systems supporting production.

A lot of information is born during today’s modern industrial processes, whose storage and process implies serious IT challenge. However, it is important to notice that the collected data open new possibilities in the field of the increase of the effectiveness of the systems. With their help it is going to be possible to introduce new-generation optimization, flexibility increasing and intelligent automatization technics.

Partner organizations help with solving the non-exclusively IT problems. The department has excellent relationship with companies with profiles of data collection, automatization, robotics and building production systems.

The department can provide the following professional support for interested companies:

Institute of Applied Economics

The Institute of Applied Economics carries out education and research under the guidance of the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Pannonia with special emphasis on the area of adaptation to the dynamically changing business environment and innovation.

The staff of the Institute has a wide range of competences in the field of economics and social sciences. The Institute emphasizes the practical exploitation of its intellectual capital. The staff of the Institute believes that gaining and keeping the competitive advantage of an enterprise may only be ensured through continuous organizational development and with the adjustment to the changing environment.

The professional competences of the institutional unit are the following without being exhaustive:

The Soós Ernő Research and Development Center

Water Technology Research Group

The Water Technology Research Group plays a special role in the field of industry and education because with its foundation in 2014 a unique knowledge center was set up in Nagykanizsa in the field of water purification and water treatment.

The work of the Research Group is supported by a network of international industrial experts. The staff of the Group are experts in different fields (chemist, biologist, hydrobiologist, environmental engineer, geographer, hydrogeologist engineer), therefore the branching knowledge ensures the wide range of scope of the Research Group.

The main areas of research are water treatment, preparation of industrial water and wastewater treatment with sustainable technological solutions. A further research direction is the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of micro-contaminant pollution (organic, inorganic pollution, microplastics) in different water bodies and their removal technologies.

In case of particular company needs the Research Group undertakes to hold lectures or complex educational programmes in Hungarian or in English in connection with water treatment, new technological procedures, analytical methods, biological or microbiological questions, etc.

The Research Group has its own well-equipped laboratory. The Group can provide the following professional support for industrial bodies:

Renewable Energy Research Group (MEFK)

The primary area of research of the Renewable Energy Research Group (MEFK) focuses on the renewable sources of energy and energy storage. The MEFK has a wide network of international and Hungarian industry connections, including all the major corporations of the Hungarian electricity sector.

Our research concentrates, on the one hand, on the renewable sources of energy, with a special emphasis on PV (photovoltaic) technologies, biomass and the relationships of variable sources of renewable energy and energy storage. On the other hand, we also create models regarding the sustainability of PV systems, simulate system controlling and prepare comparative analyses related to energy storage and conventional network development. Another important area of study for the group is the exploration of the causal relationships connected to the spread (and/or its difficulties) of the various renewable technologies, by comprehensive statistical analysis using economic, social and infrastructural data.

The research group has an approximately 1000-m2 large PV (photovoltaic) measuring station, where it is possible to compare and test different technologies, study solar tracking accuracy, prepare heat models and measure solar irradiance. Among other areas, the members of the research group study:

The MEFK has attained numerous research results with practical uses related to the economic aspects of the use of renewable energy, the utilisation of different alternative energy sources, energetics systems operating with alternative energy sources, technologies and energy storage. The publications (26 journal articles) based on these results have an accumulated impact factor of 39.119 and the number of their independent citations is over 150 (status of July 2020).

We provide the following services to our industrial partners: