On 22 June 2018, Eng. Major General Prof. Dr. József Padányi, Vice-Rector for Science welcomed the delegation of Minzu University of China at the National University of Public Service.
NUPS was also represented by Dr. hab. Boglárka Koller, Dean of the Faculty of International and European Studies, Dr. Zsuzsanna Peres, Vice-Dean for Science and International Affairs of the Faculty of Science of Public Governance and Administration, Dr. Sándor P. Szabó, Head of the Chinese Public Administration, Economy and Society Research Centre, Dr. Gábor Baranyai, Head of the Institute for Sustainable Development Studies and Mr. Levente Huszti, Head of the International Relations Office.
The Chinese delegation was led by Prof. Song Min, Vice-President for International and Academic Affairs, who was accompanied by Prof. Yijun Zhou, Dean of the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Fabin Rui Dean of the School of Fine Arts, Dr. Chaogetu, Director of the Department of the Mongolian Language, and Mr. Yinhao Li, International Program Coordinator of the Office of International Relations.
The two institutes have had good relationship for years. In May 2012, Prof. Dr. Chen Li, President of Minzu University of China has visited the National University of Public Service when Prof. Dr. Chen Li and Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS signed a scientific and academic cooperation agreement. The purpose of this year’s visit was to strengthen these relations and extend the current cooperation agreement.
During the meeting the representatives of the two universities discussed, among other topics, the potential cooperation in the One Belt One Road Initiative of which Hungary is one of the main destinations as well as in the framework of the 16+1 cooperation initiative. These could be great opportunities to involve and empower other regional higher education institutes and NUPS could play a key role in this matter.
Regarding the future mobility programmes, they discussed the possibility to organise, besides the Erasmus mobility programmes, student exchanges between the two institutes within the framework of the One Belt One Road Initiative.
The meeting was concluded by Prof. Dr. József Padányi emphasizing that the extended cooperation agreement is going to elevate the cooperation of the two universities on a whole new level.