Jerusalem, Israel—[April 27 2022]. Ex Libris, part of Clarivate, is pleased to announce that Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) has become the first institution in eastern Europe to adopt the dynamic, community-oriented Ex Libris RapidILL interlibrary loan service.
BME is the most prominent technical university in Hungary, with a research focus on priority areas such as sustainable energy, vehicle technology, transport and logistics, biotechnology, health and environment protection, intelligent environment and e-technologies, and nanophysics, nanotechnology and materials science. The BME library is highly specialized to meet the unique needs of the faculty and students.
By joining the global RapidILL community, BME will save staff time and increase the accessibility of resources—both domestic and international—for librarians, faculty members, and students. The university will also strengthen its international reputation by opening its collections to institutions worldwide and raising the visibility of its holdings.
"Interlibrary loans have always been a basic service used by many in our institution," said BME Library General Director József Marton. "As the largest technical library in Hungary, we also provide scientific articles to other libraries. RapidILL will make access to articles much easier and much faster, thus increasing user satisfaction and enabling us to develop new, value-added library services."
Ofer Mosseri, ProQuest and Ex Libris corporate vice president and EMEA general manager, commented, "We are honored that Budapest University of Technology and Economics has chosen the RapidILL service, the first eastern European university to do so. RapidILL will support teaching and learning and the advancement of research for BME's faculty and students by giving them faster access to in-demand materials while also increasing the library's reach to other institutions around the world."
About Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) is one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in Hungary. The university's fundamental task is to train professionals in the disciplines of civil and mechanical engineering, architecture, chemical-, bio- and information technology, natural sciences, economics, business and management. At the university's 8 faculties and 76 departments, there are as many as 1,200 lecturers teaching 5,000 subjects and 10,000 courses each semester.
At BME, students can choose from 25 Bachelor (8 in English) and 38 Master's degree (19 in English) programmes. The training portfolio is broadening with additional programmes, most of which comply with new requirements posed by digitalisation such as nuclear technology management or BIM engineering programme.
BME programmes provide opportunities for Hungarian students to go abroad and, in turn, BME's foreign language programmes attract an increasing number of students from across the world.
Students arriving from foreign countries, totalling nearly 2,300 at present, represent over 12% of BME's enrolment, and the graduates of 2020 come from over 30 countries.
BME's mission, inseparable from training and education, is to conduct scientific research, which encompasses the three activities required to make up the innovation chain: fundamental and applied research, technological product and service development, and the application of research findings.
The university's research programme focuses on the following priority areas:
- · Sustainable energy
- · Vehicle technology, transportation, and logistics
- · Biotechnology, health, and environment protection
- · Nanophysics, nanotechnology, and materials science
- · Intelligent environment and e-technologies
- · Disaster prevention: modern engineering methods
- The university library, BME OMIKK, is a national library specialized in technology.
About Ex Libris
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