Recently the University of Physical Education has hosted a special event organized by the Hungarian Embassy in the Philippines. The University of Physical Education welcomed seventy Philippine students studying in Hungary at this unique “Alumni Event”.
Gábor Lehőcz, Judit Kádár
Prior to the event, Dr. habil. Tamás Sterbenz, Rector, Dr. habil. Judit Kádár, International Director, Dr. Titanilla Tóth, Ambassador on behalf of the Hungarian Embassy in the Philippines, Deputy Consul, Lehőcz Gábor and Gábor Dobos, Director of the Tempus Public Foundation have discussed the potential cooperation opportunities and greater involvement of the University of Physical Education in the Stipendium Hungaricum Program.
During the event, the students had the opportunity to better get to know each other and to spend an afternoon together in a friendly environment. After the reception, the official program was moderated by Dr. Judit Kádár, UPE international director. Firstly, Dr. Tamás Sterbenz, the new rector of the University of Physical Education, greeted the audience and emphasized the importance of the institution's relationship with the Philippines.
He also mentioned from his on site experiences how much the TFSE women’s basketball team’s friendly match in the Philippines has contributed to the team’s professional development. Following Rector Sterbenz, Gábor Dobos, Director of the Department of Study in Hungary at the Tempus Public Foundation expanded on how many overseas students have enjoyed the opportunities offered by Hungarian Higher Education Institutions and Hungary's hospitality in recent years owing to the Stipendium Hungaricum Program. He emphasized that the program is a unique opportunity for Philippine scholarship recipients to receive a slice of European culture, as well as to learn from the most outstanding Hungarian professionals, and then to take home the knowledge and experience gained here.
Ambassador Dr. Titanilla Tóth also welcomed the participants. In her speech, she underlined that this event is a pioneering one, since there had been no example of this type of cooperation and event in the past. She also mentioned that students studying here can be actually considered “ambassadors” of the Philippines, for they also represent their own country during their stay. She also drew attention to the importance of the few years spent in Hungary in students’ lives.
Following the official opening, the organizers kindly invited the students to a Hungarian folkdance program, after which the students were involved in an interactive way and a few simple but very funny steps were taught, too. During the joint dance, even Gábor Lehőcz has joined the youth and all participants have enjoyed the program.
We hope that UPE can host similar events that provide opportunity for international and Hungarian students to meet and for other Hungarian missions to come and collaborate on various partnerships.