János Hódsági is the Chief Product Officer of Milestone Institute, overseeing the development of international products, educational consultancy services and edtech solutions. Educated as a computational biologist in Budapest and London, he moved into education six years ago after spending some time in biomedical research and industry. At Milestone, he started out with teaching and curriculum development in the natural sciences division, gradually rising to leadership roles in programme management. He subsequently led the Teaching and Learning Department for four years, being responsible for the running and development of Milestone’s interdisciplinary module system composed of 100+ courses delivered for high school students by academics and industry experts. The module system’s innovativeness has been recently recognised by being shortlisted for the QS Wharton Reimagine Education prize, making it to the top 200 out of 1100 applicants worldwide. In his role at Teaching and Learning, he pioneered Milestone’s Access Programme, a year-long academic accelerator programme for diverse students with Milestone potential. His interests in education are centred around inquiry-based learning in the natural sciences, the notions of scaffolding, curation and challenge in curriculum design, and the application of outcome-validated strategic alignment in educational development.
Milestone Institute's unique three-pillar teaching method, consisting of mentoring, module learning and student life, creates the necessary synergies with the students’ school work to maximise the results on their chosen pathway. Since our foundation we achieved outstanding internationally recognised results, validated by 163 university application offers from Cambridge and Oxford, and over 3,000 offers from the TOP 100 universities.We believe that our programmes do not only deliver results on the individual level but to the society as a whole. Our Institute builds on the opportunities created by the fall of the Iron Curtain – envisioning a Hungary and a region that rise to take advantage of these opportunities. To realise this vision, we strive to be a place where the future agents of transformation are prepared: a community of intellectuals, innovators and entrepreneurs who are ready to act as catalysts of gradual change. Our model can serve as an example for other post-communist countries to turn brain drain into brain gain and to develop the circular economy of talents.