Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPCU) is a state approved higher educational institution that is run by the Catholic Church and governed by the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference. The Congregation of the Catholic Education of the Apostolic Holy See in its decree n° 1151 (on 25th, November 1999) declared that Pázmány University had been established and approved directly by the Holy See.
The University has a legal entity both in the legal system of the Catholic Church and that of the State of Hungary. In the Catholic Church the institution is regarded as an official ecclesiastical legal entity. PPCU forms a unique segment of the Hungarian higher education as a non-regional institution with national coverage which is the member of an international research university network.