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Budapest’s Historic Ludovika Academy To Regain Its Late Splendor

By Tamás Székely // 2015.07.27.

Hungary’s central budget would ensure over 30 billion forints (EUR 90m) for development projects at the National Public Administration University’s prestigious Ludovika Campus between 2015 and 2018, according to a government decree published in the official Hungarian Gazette (Magyar Közlöny).

According to the Hungarian government’ plans, a new university building, a student hostel and sports facilities will be added to the existing buildings, which will also be reconstructed to serve the university’s functions. The plans include refurbishment of the park around the campus. Its central building, designed by Mihály Pollack and built in 1836, was renovated last year.

Ludovika Academy has great history (photo:

Ludovika Academy has great history (photo:

The historic Ludovika academy, which combined the functions of an advanced Military High School level preparatory school and an advanced college to facilitate assignments as junior staff officers to the Austrian Imperial General Staff, was established at the 1808 National Assembly session. It was named after Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este the Royal Princess and the third wife of Ferenc I King of Hungary, who contributed 50,000 forints for its upkeep from the funds of the Honours list proclaimed at the Coronation.

The modern Ludovika Academy was opened only in 1872 and trained Hungary’s army officers until 1944. After World War II, the Communist regime despised the academy’s tradition and left its building, like the Buda Castle, in their damaged condition.

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