A Hungarian program will be started at the SISU (Shanghai International Studies University) and Chinese students are interested in the Communication Studies of Szeged. The delegation from the SZTE had fruitful negotiations in China.
The Board of Directors, which consists of the Hungarian and Chinese university leaders that founded the Confucius Institute, which operates in Szeged, listened to the report of the Chinese and Hungarian Director of the Institute. This year the report and summary of the 2015 plans took place in China at the Shanghai International Studies University. This was one of the reasons the delegation of the universitas on the bank of river Tisza – including Chancellor Miklós Devecz, Krisztina Karsai Vice-Rector for Education and István Ujhelyi the President of the Board of Directors of the SZTE Confucius Institute and member of the European Parliament – visited China at the end of March 2015.
“Ambitious but feasible plans were summarized by the Directors of the Confucius Institute. I consider it joyful that instead of the one occasion, the first provincial Confucius Institute intends to teach Chinese language courses five days a week in Makó.” – Miklós Devecz highlighted one example of this years’s rich program of the Institution that is connected to the University. The Chancellor of the SZTE stated they have made another step towards starting a Hungarian program in 2016. “We are going to provide all the necessary support for the Shanghai University to launch the Hungarian program.” – he emphasized.
Worth further noting is that the idea to enable young people to study in the Hungarian program at the Shanghai University emerged in 2013.
The hosts were very much interested in the report about future research opportunities that lie in the ELI that is just being built in Szeged and they wanted to gain more information about possibilities of future cooperation.
“Europe is turning towards China. One of the signs of this is that there is great interest in media and communication programs. Chinese are keen on learning the operation of European media, media studies, rules and practices of communication” – the Chancellor of the SZTE referred to prospects of new cooperation. According to Miklós Devecz the number of Chinese students studying in Szeged can be increased with the help of student mobility and new training programs. In addition to negotiating the Hungarian delegation also signed a memorandum of understanding at the Shanghai Institute for European Studies (SIES). The Hungarian delegation was welcome with special attention by the SIES. This was reflected in the fact that the president of the Confucius Institute and member of the European Parliament István Ujhelyi was appointed as Honorary Councillor for European Studies.
As part of the rich and busy program of the SZTE delegation they have visited the 7 million inhabitant city in Hunan Province, Changshaba. There they were taken to the University founded in 976, where they negotiated about student mobility programs, media and communication as possible fields of cooperation.
“Strengthening Chinese connections is a common interest – expressed Chancellor Miklós Devecz – it is part of Asian culture, that they like to set up business relationships with partners with whom they already have a certain degree of emotional ties. Bearing this in mind, the Confucius Institute of the University of Szeged has a special mission.”
u-szeged.hu – 13.04.2015