Between the 28 and 29th of July 2022, Bernadett Antal, Head of the International Office of the Ludovika - University of Public Service, participated in the first Human Resources Meeting of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS). The meeting aimed to broaden the already existing good relations between the participating member- and observer countries in the specified area of Human Resources and its management.
Day zero of the event started on the 27th with the visit of the Secretariat of the OTS and ended with the welcome dinner held at the Cemile Sultan Grove (Cemile Sultan Korusu). Day one of the conference started on the 28th with the greeting speeches from various distinguished conference guests from the participating countries, such as the President of Human Resources of the Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye, Mr Salim Atay, or the Head of the Kazakhstan Public Services Agency Zhazykbayev Darkhan Medegalievich. The conference allowed exchanging the different views on issues of mutual interest represented by the member states of the OTS. Miss Antal highlighted the stance of the University of Public Service (UPS) on how important it is to extend its relations with foreign universities to establish joint operations such as publications, other conferences, and teaching and learning exchange programmes. Miss Antal also highlighted the importance of programmes such as Stipendium Hungaricum and Diaspora State Scholarships, which are the leading scholarship possibilities for full study programs. Translated into numbers, in the latest semester, the Hungarian State offered 1576 state grants to students from the five OTS member states and Turkmenistan in order to study in Hungary, 9 of whom are students (or studied) at our university.
Besides international relations, the other highlighted topic of the conference was the recruitment and education of future state-personnel (e.g.: civil servants, officials), who are responsible for state-building and progression in the present and future. The current standards have become old, aged, and mostly redundant. New challenges are on the rise day by day, posed by current megatrends such as technological revolution, globalization and digitalization, demographic processes such as the ageing society and changes in social needs and the regression of our resources (mostly fossil fuels). These challenges need a swift and effective resolution if we want to maintain our high level of living-standards, which we have fought for so hard. And without the proper state-personnel, the answer for these challenges is all but feasible. Almost all participating countries agreed upon the need to raise the number of well-educated public servants and the possible reorganization of our current methodology in the area. Every nation emphasized its willingness to cooperate internationally with each other.
As the conference’s closing event, a cultural excursion and dinner was organized in the Topkapi Palace, a museum complex located on the Sarayburnu (Seraglio Point), which overlooks both the Marmara Sea and the Bosphorus Straight. Overall, this conference will serve as the torchbearer of a fruitful cooperation between the nations of the OTS.