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Faculty of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism

FCHT

Faculty of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism
KVIK
FCHT
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In the Alkotmány Street building of the Faculty, there are educational restaurants, kitchenettes (Teaching Cabinet), student laboratories (food chemistry, microbiology) and a research laboratory, also in the Markó Street building, a sensory laboratory is available for teachers and students. There are three libraries at the Faculty to enhance the work of students, lecturers and researchers, while the computer and educational technology requirements are served by modern systems, which are available in sufficient numbers. 

The Training Cabinet of BBS FCHT Department of Hospitality includes two kitchenettes and three educational restaurants, each unit has been renovated and is equipped to meet the technical needs of the age. 

There are 12 workbenches in both of our kitchenettes, with industrial as well as domestic gas stoves and electric ovens in each work area. Both kitchens have combi steamers, thermomixes, paco-jetes, hold-o-mates, sous-vide pools, vacuum packers. Universal kitchen machines, kneaderes, ice cream machines, meat grinderes, cutters, microwave ovens, salamanders, ice machines, broken-ice machines, a dishwashers and hot sideboards are also standard equipment in the kitchens. In both kitchenettes, the necessary refrigeration and freezing capacity, small kitchen appliances, and all utensils are available, so it is possible to prepare a selection of food from a few to fifty servings. 

The equipment of the educational restaurants is complete with elegant porcelain serving utensils, glasses for every type of drink, basic and special cutlery, and three flambé carts. The restaurants have built-in cooling capacities at the counter, in one restaurant students can tap beer, the other has a built-in glass washer machine. These appliances allow us to hold various types of sales practices, from basic to operating sales practices, organise events, organise wine, bartender and sommelier presentations, or brandy presentations and practice cooking in front of the customers The educational restaurants are equipped to practice the most complicated mode of service, the so-called silver service. Students can acquire barista skills on a two-arm Astoria coffee machine. All three restaurants are equipped with the special equipment that ensure that students acquire a high level knowledge of the various devices and a high degree of mastery of their usage during the practice sessions. 

The Faculty's nutritive material laboratory is well-equipped for classical and state-of-the-art laboratory tests, having 16 modern workstations. The laboratory has been designed keeping in mind the necessary conditions, so in small groups students can each perform a separate task. In the laboratory, we deal with the examination of the quality-determining properties of foodstuffs, which include both sensory, chemical and instrumental tests. The research laboratory also has special instruments suitable for measuring lactose and dry matter content, freezing point, density, general and meat pH, and colour determinations. 

The microbiology laboratory has a modern work surface designed for the orderly and safe working of 16 students at a time. The laboratory contains the best known and most important bacterial strains of foodborne illnesses in Hungary. Students learn the basic microbiological techniques (plating, plate casting, inoculation), get an overview of the structure, movement and shape of microorganisms, for which they use independent binocular light microscopes. 

The research laboratory of the Faculty was completed in September 2016. It is well-equipped with modern machines, software and state of the art work surfaces. We aim to perform accurate and professional gastronomic engineering food examinations, to analyse the data of the examined foods with modern instruments, to reveal the connections between measurements, to display measurement data, as well as to compare and evaluate the results. The research laboratory has a number of analytical instruments at its disposal for those who wish to carry out research - including a spectrophotometer, a milk tester, a stock tester and a colour tester. Thus, it is possible to determine several sensory and nutritional parameters of the dishes prepared in the kitchens. 

The sensory laboratory (Sommelier Room) is there to educate the students on a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as other products consumed for pleasure (coffee, tea, honey, spices, etc.). The collection of wine bottles on the two sides of the Sommelier Room in the former laboratory of Professor Öveges, displayed in heritage listed storage cabinets, is open to professionals. The room allows standard sensory evaluation by 16 judges. The Sommelier Room is a well-ventilated room, protected from direct sunlight, with artificial lighting, providing an objective and undisturbed assessment area, suitable for sensory evaluation of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and other foodstuffs, like those consumed for pleasure (coffee, tea, herbs, etc.) and of course, it also has the tools to carry such evaluations out. The room has several wine coolers, which can promote the professional storage of wines, the preservation of their quality, and their favourable development, which can be monitored during practice sessions. In addition to wines, similar indepth tests can be carried out in the case of beers, spirits, liqueurs and non-alcoholic beverages.

The Faculty has two libraries for students, faculty, and researchers. The Faculty Library, located in the Alkotmány Street building, stores more than 96,000 documents, and in addition to the compulsory and recommended literature, also collects and provides the most important specialist materials on business, hospitality, gastronomy, commerce, marketing and management. It also has a significant special gastronomic collection, which increases primarily on the basis of legal depositing, so it contains almost all documents on the subject published in Hungary. In addition to the textbooks, the most important professional journals are also procured. 

The Faculty Library's website provides a description of the regulations, services, the catalogue and the available databases: http://konyvtar.kvik.uni-bge.hu 

The Tourism Library primarily collects literature on tourism and assists the education of the faculty, but due to its national responsibilities, it is at the disposal of anyone interested in tourism. Its stock is close to 30,000 copies. The website provides a description of the regulations, services, catalogue and available databases: http://idfokonyvtar.kvik.uni-bge.hu 

In addition to traditional library services, the University also subscribes to a number of internationally recognised journal and book databases. These databases are available to BBS faculty instructors and students with VPN access. 

The Internet connection for FCHT is provided by the Informatics Development Agency (KIFÜ) with a data transfer speed of 1 Gbit/s. Wi-Fi is available in all buildings of the Faculty, including the dormitory. All built-in and mobile devices on the Faculty have an Internet connection within a regulated framework. There are eight computer rooms available for teaching computer science and other computer-intensive subjects, where we have installed software and professional software packages for higher education as part of the state-of-the-art Microsoft Campus Agreement program. A user environment supporting multilingual education and examinations has been created in each computer room. The virtual collaboration space between students and faculty is provided by the CooSpace and Moodle application, including multimedia tutorials and electronic exams. Almost all lecture and teaching rooms in the Faculty have a multimedia system (projector, PC, interactive whiteboard), where presentations, video playback and Internet content can be displayed even from mobile devices (tablet, telephone, etc.).