1998: PhD in International Relations (summa cum laude), Budapest
University of Economic Sciences
1993: MA in Economics (European Studies), Budapest University of
2018- Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of International Studies
2013-: Associate Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB),
Institute of International Studies
2003-2013: Associate Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest
(CUB), (former Budapest University of Economic Sciences),
Department of World Economy
1997-2003: First Assistant to Professor
1993-1997: Assistant Professor, Budapest University of Economic
Sciences, Department of World Economy
His teaching activities are fully concentrated on European
Integration Studies. He has had courses at BA, MA, postgraduate
and PhD levels at Corvinus Uiversity of Budapest. Main courses:
Introduction to the European Integration; Economics of European
Integration; Common Policies of the European Union; European
Regional and Development Policy; EU Regional Policy. He is invited
by other universities and public bodies to hold lectures in
different training programs about EU affairs. During the past 2
decades he had several lectures and presentations at European
universities. In the past decade he was regularly invited to have
full courses at University of Economics in Vienna and University of
Bologna. He actively takes part in Erasmus and CEEPUS short term
His research activities are basically focused on regional
development issues and impact of EU transfers on structural changes
and catching up processes within the EU. In addition, he is dealing
with the current challenges of the integration process,
particularly in relation to economic governance and the expenditure
side of the common budget.
International activities and expertise:
In the framework of exchange programmes and research cooperation he
has connections with European universities and research institutes.
Among others, he participated in several conferences and workshops
organized by EIPA in Maastricht, Academy of European Law in Trier,
Panteion University of Athens, University of Pavia, La Sapienza
University in Rome, Autonome University of Lisbon, University of
Bologna, University of Augsburg, Hohenheim University in Stuttgart,
Abat Oliba University in Barcelona. Among others, he spent 1-2
month research periods at the Institute of European Studies of the
University of Saarland, Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Centre
for European Integration Studies of the Rheinische
t in Bonn, University of Pavia.
During the past 5 years he was invited as a visiting professor and
he had intensive courses on EU cohesion policy at the University of
Economics in Prague, Wirtschaftsuniversit
t Wien, Universiteit van Amsterdam, ISC Paris School of Management,
University of Bologna.
Since 2005 he is a member of the International Academic Board of
the MIREES (Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research and
Studies on Eastern Europe) Programme at the University of Bologna.
This MA programme is taught entirely in English and provides a
joint diploma of the Universities of Bologna, Vytautas Magnus
University at Kaunas, the State University of St Petersburg and the
Corvinus University of Budapest. The MIREES programme offers
specialized, in-depth knowledge of the post-socialist countries in
transition, the new EU member states, and the new East-European
neighbour countries. Annually he has a full course and evaluates
master theses and participates in the Thesis Defence Commissions in
He is a founding member of the Lisbon Civic Forum (LCF). The LCF is
a think tank for research and analysis, publication and
dissemination of information and views with the objective of
supporting the original aims of the Lisbon Strategy (now the Europe
2020 Strategy). The plan to found the LCF was born in Lisbon in
2005 by a small group of scholars and professionals from different
EU member states. After the necessary steps were taken, it was
established as a registered Verein (a legal form of a
non-profit organization) in Augsburg, Germany, in 2006. The LCF
annually organizes workshops and conferences to provide a platform
for the exchange of ideas and opinions between academics,
policymakers, diplomats, journalists and practitioners. The
activities of the Forum concentrate on the social and economic
aspects of the European integration process in terms of creating
jobs, fostering economic growth and best practices in government,
society and business.
Since 2003 he is a member of the International Expert Committee of
Postgraduate and Doctoral Scholarship Programme of the
International Visegrad Fund (IVF). Annually he attends the
selection meetings in Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava and Budapest, he
reviews and evaluates the eligible applications for IVF support and
takes part in the selection process.
Awards and research activities:
1994-1996: “Jean Monnet Doctoral Grant” for supporting doctoral
research in the field of regional development and cohesion within
1998-2000: Research activities in the field of regional development
policy within the EU and its lessons for the Hungarian preparation
were supported and acknowledged by the Hungarian National
Scientific Research Programme.
1999-2002: “János Bolyai Grant” of the Hungarian Academy of
Sciences supported a research project on the effects of integration
and regional development.
2002: Member of the Regional Preparatory Programme of the Phare
Programme for implementation of the Structural Funds in Hungary.
Within the “D component” of this program, he prepared a 90 page
learning material on the regulation of the Structural Funds and the
content of the Hungarian National Development Plan.
2002-2005: Research and teaching activities in European economic
integration were acknowledged and supported by the “György Békésy
Post-doctoral Grant” of the Ministry of Education of
2002-2008: member of a research group of the Institute of World
Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences which concentrated
on the future development of the EU budget. His special topics
related to the desirable structure of expenditures.
2010-2012: Coordinator of a research group at the CUB dealing with
EU policies and Hungarian adjustment since the country's accession
to the EU. He led a group of PhD students who prepared studies on
individual EU policies.
2013: The outstanding quality and effects of his teaching and research activities were acknowledged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hungary. He received the Prize “For Hungary in Europe” on the Europe Day in 2013. The Prize is given to those non-civil servants who made extraordinary, outstanding job for a long term in the field of European integration, and who contributed to the successful integration of Hungary into the European Union. The official explanation mentioned the wide range impacts of teaching and research activities in EU policies, economics of European integration, regional development policy and the common budget of the EU.
2014-: Jean Monnet Chair in EU Policies. His teaching and research activities have been acknowledged by the
Jean Monnet Programme: for the periods 1996-1999, 1999-2002 and
2005-2008 his courses were supported within the framework of the
programme (as “Permanent course” and “European
Modules”). Jean Monnet Chair in EU Policies was awarded in fall 2014 to professor Kengyel. This three-year grant supports comprehensive multidisciplinary teaching, research and dissemination activities focusing on European integration at Institute of International Studies.
1994-: European Community Studies Association (ECSA)
1994-: Hungarian Society of Economists
1994-: Founding member of the Hungarian European Community Studies
2005-: Founding member of the Lisbon Civic Forum
2005-: Member of the Academic Board of the MIREES (Master of Arts
in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe)
Programme at University of Bologna
2012-: Academic Committee for International and Development Studies
of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (elected member)