On 26 October, the new Stipendium Hungaricum students had the chance to understand more about Hungary, Hungarian history, culture and life here in general. The freshmen, coming from the many corners of the country, were welcomed with encouraging and welcoming words from State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dr Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich. After the speech, the State Secretary presented the Award of Excellence for those Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship holders who have achieved outstanding academic performance and contributed the most to the development of the Stipendium Hungaricum community.
After the awards ceremony, distinguished students of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music performed unique folk music pieces, followed by a lunch where the attending students could share their experience and impressions on Hungary.
After the lunch break, the students were assigned to groups and had the chance to participate in a guided tour in the heart of Budapest to meet the most important landmarks of the capital in person and also had an intercultural workshop where they could enhance their personal and professional skills.
We hope that our new Stipendium Hungaricum students had a great time at the Welcome event and they feel more prepared for the challenges to come. We cannot wait to see these wonderful young people again – but until then: welcome to Hungary!