Rector’s delegation from the Hungarian University of Sports Science pays a visit to Bangkok

On the 26th and 27th of September, 2022 a delegation from the Hungarian University of Sports Science (HUSS) lead by Rector Prof Dr Tamás Sterbenz visited Thailand. The rector was accompanied by Vice-Rector for General Affairs Dr Csaba Ökrös and Presidenttial Advisor and Research Leader Dr Péter Szikra. The delegation was received by Dr Sándor Sipos, Hungarian Ambassador to Thailand.

Bangkokban járt a Magyar Testnevelési és Sporttudományi Egyetem rektori delegációja

On the first day, the delegation met the leaders of the College of Sports Science and Technology (CSST) of Mahidol University, a HUSS partner. The Thai party showed explicit interest in HUSS’s short term programmes, especially on the fields of rowing, basketball, swimming, fencing and soccer. As for research, ‘screening technique’, nutrition, biomechanics and ‘Movement as Medicine’ seem to be the fields for cooperation in the future.

The Hungarian delegates also held a meeting with the President of the Amateur Muaythai Association (AMTAT) and discussed the prospective new HUSS programme in English, namely BA Sport Coaching in Muay Thai. Thailand National Sports University (TNSU) could be the Thai partner of HUSS in the future BA programme providing tutors and helping with the curriculum. Parties agreed on starting a faculty exchange programme and a possible future project, with HUSS functioning as Muay Thai European Excellence Center.

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On the second day, during the meeting with the representatives of the Thai Basketball Association, parties discussed possible cooperation areas with special regard to referee training and friendly matches between national university teams.

Then a meeting with the president of the Thailand Chess Association took place. A possible online chess tournament between U18 and adult national teams were agreed upon. The Hungarian party also introduced the ‘Polgár Method’ and the Thai party proved to be open to promoting it in Thailand.

In the second part of the day, the delegation met representatives of the Department of Physical Education under the supervision of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS). During the meeting, opportunities for cooperation were outlined in the areas of recreation, shooting, kayak-canoe, badminton, handball, volleyball and the ‘Polgár Method’. The deputy state secretary of MOTS expressed his gratitude for the teqball tables offered by the Hungarian party and handed over in a ceremonial setting earlier in July, and indicated their openness to increasing cooperation in the field of Muay Thai. The Hungarian party expressed the intention to deepen cooperation in the field of Olympic sports. Overall, the delegation concluded two successful days full of meetings, during which they deepened the already existing partnerships and enriched HUSS with several contacts to start new cooperations with.

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