John Wesley International Educational and Scientific Institute for Environmental Safety
In the past years, beyond training social workers and theologians, the College was actively participating in the educational and research activity in connection with the environmental safety, protection against natural and man-made disasters. In the frames work of this activity the College staff participated in the Hungarian VAHAVA (Hungarian acronym for “Change, Impact and Response”) project and in the “Jedlik Ányos project” (dealing with topics of preparation for the climate change wrt. Environment risk-society” called for by the National Office for Research and Technology and closed in 2008).
With the aim of improving the quality of his research activity, in November 2008 the John Wesley Theological College established the Environment Safety Research Institute (ESRI). ESRI is a non-governmental organization focusing on environmental, environment safety issues and the development and safety of the complex environment and natural resources in Hungary, on regional and global levels.
Founded on the belief that partnerships are the most effective approach in achieving sustainable development, sustainable safety and better quality of life, the Environment Safety Research Institute advocates a participatory approach to shared responsibility for the environment.
By working closely with the private sector, government (administrative and professional organs), local communities, other civil society partners, academic and in international circles with international organizations, ESRI helps to formulate environmental and disaster management directives and link policy with action to encourage meaningful progress in Hungary.
In this way, and by serving as a reliable and up-to-date information and knowledge resource, ESRI works to advance sustainable development and sustainable safety in the country, in the European region, and beyond.
The mission and the main goals of the Environment Safety Research Institute can be certified by the excellence of its staff-members, the support of the establisher and providing the conditions for its activity.
Vision and mission
The vision of the Institute is to be an internationally known leader in understanding of and teaching concerning global environmental change, advancing solutions that reduce human impact on environment and the environment’s impact on society with a view of general safety paradigm.
The Institute will serve as a significant research site, a center of high-quality information processing, expert and meaningful solution provider committed to sustainable human development, by
- conducting researches within and outside the country to benefit the safety conservation and development of natural and complex environmental resources,
- establishing up-to-date and reliable information systems providing extensive dissemination of quality information on environmental issues and,
- producing publications available for relevant institutions as well as general public, both locally and internationally.
Goals and Means
- Enhance and promote holistic thinking about interactions among the safety of climate, food and energy systems, demographic pressures, and justice and dignity.
- Inspire real-world debates relating to local, regional and global environmental change.
- Generate highly motivated, broadly trained and ethically aware leaders for the 21st century.
- Understand the impact of the changing environment of humans and assure effective and proper adaptation for the interests of the sustainable safety.
- Licensing accredited training courses from foreign countries
- Offering licenses of accredited domestic training courses for foreign educational partners
- Organizing international courses home and abroad.