of the University of Miskolc
As a part of the university self-government, the HÖK has the right to act on behalf of the students in the consultative and decision-making bodies of the university. This means that it always protects students' rights at all levels.
The system is based on the work of the faculty student councils. In the
different faculties, students elect representatives to stand for them in the
Faculty Council, in the Committee of Study Affairs and the Discipline
Enforcement Committee, where student representatives direct the distribution of
scholarship money and monitor the distribution of student funds and book
allowances. Faculty Councils suggest changes in the curriculum, help with the
entrance examinations, evaluate lecturers' work and voice their opinion on any
issue concerning the students at the faculty level. In issues concerning the
whole university the ME-HÖK Assembly expresses its opinion; it consists of 3-3
representatives from each faculty. They elect the HÖK chairmen, direct the work
of the university student federation, participate in the work of the supreme
governing body, the University Council, take part in the operation and
utilisation of cultural, sport and welfare facilities and are involved in issues
Miskolci Egyetemisták Szövetsége
Selmec Student Traditions
The predecessor of our university, the Selmecbánya Academy was the cradle of a whole range of student traditions. During the centuries these customs became traditions and `moved' to Sopron and then to Miskolc with the Academy.
Freshmen arriving at the university (their traditional name is Pagans) are called Balek (`dupe') after they have undergone some tuition and examining. After passing the filter comprehensive tests, the student turns into a Firma (`a character') so as to become a Firma Gleaming in Divine Light later, and, after receiving a degree, a Veteran. The most glamorous occasions for carrying on these traditions are the department parties where students sing their traditional Bursch songs. The Baleks are christened, the Firmas are initiated into their roles and graduating students get their traditional ribbons, mugs and rings at these parties.