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Government Signs Strategic Deal with Chinese Fudan University

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.04.28.

Hungary’s Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics and Xu Ningsheng, the president of China’s Fudan University, have signed a strategic agreement to facilitate preparations for setting up Fudan Hungary University.

The document, signed in an online ceremony on Tuesday, outlines the main goals, training directions and locations of Fudan’s new campus in Budapest, the ministry said in a statement.

Signatories to the agreement confirmed that the campus project was in harmony with Budapest’s municipal scheme of building a hostel complex for students, the statement said, adding that there was “no contradiction” between the two projects.

According to the statement, Fudan could “contribute to improving Hungarian higher education through a healthy competition between universities and involving renowned foreign professors”. The new campus could ensure “open and modern courses with a continuously widening spectrum to an increasing number of students”.

Fudan Hungary will have faculties of economy, arts and social studies, science, engineering, and medicine employing 500 teachers and offering courses to some 6,000-8,000 students, the statement said. The university will promote joint research and educational projects with other European universities, it added.

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Fudan is the world’s 34th best university according to QS World University Ranking. Its central campus in Shanghai has 4,500 teachers and over 30,000 students. The new facility in Budapest will be the university’s first foreign campus.

on the featured image: IT Minister Palkovics at the future site of the Student City and Fudan University; via Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI