Operational organisation of the Szondi Institute


The foun­da­ti­on coun­cil is the foundation’s supre­me organ, appoin­ting the direc­tors of the stu­dy cour­ses, insti­tu­te direc­tion, and edu­ca­ti­on depart­ments. Through the­se appoint­ments, the coun­cil can, on the one hand, direc­t­ly put its aut­ho­ri­ty in issuing direc­tives to prac­tice while simul­ta­ne­ous­ly play­ing a part in the dai­ly activi­ties of the insti­tu­te, on which the direc­tors have a duty to pro­vi­de infor­ma­ti­on and report. The three depart­ment direc­tors are pre­sent during the foun­da­ti­on coun­cil mee­tings. They can sub­mit moti­ons but can­not vote.

The foun­da­ti­on coun­cil fur­ther­mo­re com­pri­ses a finan­ce com­mit­tee, which keeps track of run­ning asset manage­ment, main­tains con­tact with the invest­ment banks, and which has the aut­ho­ri­ty to appro­ve lar­ger expen­dit­ures in urgent situa­ti­ons (extra bud­get) when requested by the insti­tu­te manage­ment. The finan­ce com­mit­tee makes preli­mi­na­ry assess­ments of the bud­get and accounts. The finan­ce com­mit­tee is aut­ho­ri­sed to give bud­get inst­ruc­tions. The foun­da­ti­on coun­cil fur­ther­mo­re appoints the ethics com­mis­si­on as well as the appeals and com­p­laints com­mis­si­ons. The­se com­mis­si­ons, in accordance with their regu­la­ti­ons, ope­ra­te inde­pendent­ly from the other bodies of the insti­tu­tes. Dele­ga­tes: the foun­da­ti­on coun­cil can, for a limi­ted peri­od, appoint dele­ga­tes for spe­cial tasks. The­se dele­ga­tes work on their spe­cial task on a man­da­te base by order of the foun­da­ti­on coun­cil. The depart­ments have the fol­lo­wing tasks:

a) The stu­dy cour­ses direc­tion is tas­ked with the manage­ment of all stu­dy-rela­ted mat­ters. This com­pri­ses the stu­dy cour­ses with its stu­dents and their manage­ment, the pro­cu­re­ment of stu­dy mate­ri­al, and the super­vi­si­on of the trai­ners and stu­dy coun­sellors. Its tasks also inclu­de the exami­na­ti­ons, moni­to­ring stu­dy pro­gress, and the orga­ni­sa­ti­on of stu­dy activi­ties fol­lo­wing the order gui­de­li­nes. The stu­dy direc­tor is bound to a bud­get and moni­tors the finan­cing of stu­dy activi­ties as well as requests finan­cing. The stu­dy direc­tor also main­tains rela­ti­ons­hips with other trai­ning and edu­ca­ti­on insti­tu­tes wit­hin the scope of his or her duties.

b) The insti­tu­te manage­ment is tas­ked with super­vi­sing the con­nec­tions bet­ween all ope­ra­ti­ve pro­ces­ses wit­hin the insti­tu­te, moni­to­ring the deve­lop­ment of the cur­rent accounts and its adhe­rence to the bud­get, and taking appro­pria­te coun­ter­mea­su­res whenever nee­ded if the­re are any signals of an upco­m­ing “derailment”. The insti­tu­te manage­ment under­lies the obli­ga­ti­on to imme­dia­te­ly inform the finan­ce com­mit­tee of devia­ting (nega­ti­ve) deve­lop­ments and to recom­mend coun­ter­mea­su­res if the insti­tu­te manage­ment com­mis­si­on is not com­pe­tent to imple­ment its own mea­su­res. The secre­ta­ri­at is adjunct to the insti­tu­te manage­ment to per­form ser­vices. The secre­ta­ri­at is the admi­nis­tra­ti­ve hub of the insti­tu­te, while fur­ther­mo­re ser­ving as a data­ba­se of infor­ma­ti­on. The insti­tu­te manage­ment is also respon­si­ble for the expert panel “busi­ness qua­li­ty assuran­ce” and works tog­e­ther with its direc­tor to pre­pa­re the upco­m­ing accredi­ta­ti­on pro­cess. The insti­tu­te manage­ment is respon­si­ble for the admi­nis­tra­ti­ve tasks of the “for­eign con­tac­ts group” and ensu­res the finan­cing of its activi­ties. The con­tac­ts group sug­gests for­eign assign­ments to the foun­da­ti­on coun­cil, which, wit­hin the con­text of an annu­al or mul­ti-year plan, form the foun­da­ti­on for the estab­lish­ment of con­tac­ts with for­eign par­ties.

c) Edu­ca­ti­on com­mis­si­on

Eva­lua­ti­on com­mit­tee: eva­lua­tes stu­dy per­for­mance
Group of trai­ning and con­trol ana­lysts and super­vi­sors
Stu­dy com­mis­si­on of trai­ning and con­trol ana­lysts
Super­vi­so­ry group “con­ten­tu­al qua­li­ty assuran­ce”
Sci­ence and rese­arch

Sci­ence and rese­arch: moni­tors the sci­en­ti­fic deve­lop­ment in the are­as of psy­cho­lo­gy, psy­cho­the­ra­py, and other forms of the­ra­py, as well as in know­ledge fields such as gene­tics and bio­en­er­gy.