30 years diplomatic relationship celebrated at the University of Sopron, Hungary-Azerbaijan

Due to the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Hungary, Tahir Taghizadeh, his wife and Consul Samir Musayev paid the University of Sopron a two-day visit.

On the opening day of the visit, the Alexandre Lámfalussy Faculty of Economics, Prof. dr. Zsuzsanna Széles PhD dean and Dr. habil Zoltán Szabó PhD MBA, Director of International Affairs greeted the guests. During the afternoon – in the frame of an interactive English-language Wine Marketing class – His Excellency kept a lecture to the students of the faculty on the traditional grape and wine types of Azerbaijan, including remarks about the wine marketing and wine culture of the country and provided the opportunity to taste some of the most famous wines.

On the next day of the diplomatic visit, Prof. dr. Attila Fábián PhD rector welcomed the visitors, and they discussed the possibilities of future cooperation in a strategic meeting. Prof. dr. Ferenc Lakatos PhD Vice-Rector in Charge of Research and International Affairs, Dr. Habil. Zoltán Szabó PhD MBA, Director of International Affairs, Dr. Ákos Molnár, President of the Regional Council of the Wine Communities and Barbara Lakatos, Coordinator of International Affairs attended the meeting as well. It was revealed that there are currently 1,000 Azerbaijani students studying in Hungary, and the unique courses provided by the University of Sopron may be attractive to other groups of Azerbaijani youth too.

One of the symbols of Sopron, wine, can play an important role in the joint cooperation, which can be further strengthened by the university's planned trainings on winemaking, wine culture and tourism.

A memorial tree was planted in the Botanical Garden in honour of the three decades diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Hungary, and after a pleasant walk in the botanical garden Dr. Tibor Alpár PhD Vice-Rector in Charge of Innovation and Corporate Relationships presented the special examinations and research of the University of Sopron in the Natural Resources Research Centre.

The diplomatic visit ended with a lunch and gifting, which the participants considered to be outstandingly effective and useful, and set the goals to a dynamic, planned development of cooperation.


Pictures: Tamás Pluzsik, Eszter Takács