As a result of the improving cooperation between China and Hungary, the Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) announced it launched a Hungarian university programme, news agency MTI reported. The “Hungarian studies” degree programme was opened officially on Monday by SISU President Cao Deming and Judit Hammerstein, the Hungarian Foreign Ministry’s deputy state secretary for Hungarian institutes abroad and international education relations.
SISU is a prestigious university with many of its alumni having gone on to become leading figures in China’s political, economic and cultural life, Judit Hammerstein told MTI. The university has long been interested in launching a Hungarian studies programme, she added. Hammerstein, who also heads the Hungarian cultural Balassi Institute, noted that SISU was the second Chinese university to launch a programme in Hungarian studies after Beijing Foreign Studies University. Hungary offers state scholarships to 200 Chinese university students each year through the Stipendium Hungaricum programme, Hammerstein noted.
Related to the opening of the Hungarian degree programme, a Hungarian Cultural Week is also being held in Shanghai. The main attraction of the event is a Hungarian art exhibition at Shanghai’s Duolun Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition, entitled “Sunlight melting into colours”, showcases the works of Miksa Róth (1865-1944), a legendary Hungarian master of stained glass and mosaic. Visitors of the Hungarian week can also see an inspiring Flóra Borsi photo exhibition at the SISU Library Hall and attend a 2-hour “Hudec” tour in the city centre. Hungarian-Slovak architect László Hudec (1893-1958) is known for designing more than hundred beautiful buildings in inter-war-period Shanghai.