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University of Sopron at Stipendium Hungaricum’s 10th Anniversary Conference

Between 20-22 November, the Park Inn by Radisson Budapest played host to the prestigious Stipendium Hungaricum 10, a three-day international conference commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme. The event, organized by the Tempus Public Foundation, brought together a diverse assembly of students, academic professionals and coordinators. The University of Sopron was represented by Dr. habil. Zoltan Szabo PhD MBA Director of International Affairs, Barbara Lakatos International Coordinator and Vera Tolvaj, international coordinator from the Faculty of Wood Engineering and Creative Industries.

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Day 1: A Warm Welcome

The conference kicked off with a Meet and Greet section, providing an invaluable opportunity for Stipendium Hungaricum partners to engage with scholars. After the registration, which at the same time provided a consultation opportunity for presenter partners, the evening concluded in a delightful Welcome Reception, setting the tone for the following 2 days. 

uni-sopron-2023-10th-anniversery-stipendium-hunaricum 3.jpgIt was a good feeling for us to meet familiar faces again, Counselor Vanitha Gopalakrishnan from Malaysia and Counselor Mihajlo Zhevairovski from Macedonia. We are very pleased that the relationship with the embassies of Malaysia and Macedonia was further strengthened within the framework of the event. 


Day 2: A Busy Day

Full of presentations and thematic sessions, the 2nd was the longest and busiest day of the event. Plenaries of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Tempus Public Foundation took place, which were then followed by significant presentations, such as the one by Ambassador Toru Morikawa, executive director of Asia-Europe Foundation.

Thematic sessions about the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme were available to attend for participants, including the application system and the Alumni Network.

After these, the Marketplace and Networking Area took place, where the University of Sopron, led by the representatives Dr. habil. Zoltán Szabó PhD MBA, Barbara Lakatos and Vera Tolvaj, international coordinator from the Faculty of Wood Engineering and Creative Industries, could showcase its academic excellence. Engaging with international partners, the University highlighted innovative programs, fostering valuable connections and collaboration opportunities.

A Gala Dinner concluded the day.


Day 3: Final Sessions and Networking

The final day featured parallel sessions focusing on regional aspects, including workshops on the Asia-Europe Education Process, insights into international cooperation in Africa and Latin America, and a dedicated meeting for CEEPUS National Offices' representatives.

The conference then transitioned into a plenary session, featuring a roundtable discussion with Stipendium Hungaricum Programme stakeholders. Notable presentations included insights from the European Institute of Innovation & Technology and The Hungarian Research Network.

The day also provided time for Thematic Networking Opportunities, allowing participants to engage in focused discussions.


Stipendium Hungaricum 10 was the worthy celebration of the Scholarship Programme, which provided valuable insights for all participants.

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