Hungarian higher education was promoted by the Campus Hungary programme in Izmir, in Istanbul and in Ankara. The Campus Hungary Program was represented at the ’a2’ International Educational Fair in Turkey between 27 February and 4 March 2014 promoting Hungarian higher education. The fair was organized in Izmir, in Istanbul and in Ankarara, and 15 000 students were expected to visit. Turkish students were encouraged to make inquiries on the spot.
One of the oldest institutions of higher education of Istanbul, the Marmara University, where 70 thousand students are enrolled, and the Embassy of Hungary in Ankara welcomed Dr. Pál Hatos, general director of the Balassi Institute who gave a presentation about the possibilities offered by Hungarian higher education to Turkish students.
The Campus Hungary Program represented Hungarian higher education with a single pavilion on 27 February 2014 in Izmir, between 1 and 2 March 2014 in Istanbul, and on 4 March 2014 in Ankara. Participation at the ’a2’ International Educational Fairs was aimed to inform Turkish students about the foreign language courses offered by Hungarian higher education, and to encourage more youngsters to study in Hungary. Eight institutions of higher education were there to give personalized information to those who were interested.
Dr. Pál Hatos, general director of the Balassi Institute gave a presentation at the Marmara University in Istanbul and also at the Embassy of Hungary in Ankara with the title ’What Hungarian higher education can offer to Turkish students?’ The presentation provided Turkish students with information about the Stipendium Hungaricum scolarship programme initiated by the Hungarian Government in the autumn of 2013 offering 150 places for Turkish students in Hungarian institutions of higher education. The events were organized in cooperation with the The General Consulate of Hungary in Istanbul and with the Embassy of Hungary in Ankara.
The main objective of the Campus Hungary Program is to multiply the present number of foreign students in Hungary, and consequently to improve the international competitiveness of Hungarian higher education.
The proportion of young population is very high in Turkey. Teenagers amount to 30 per cent of the population, which is double the EU average. Expectedly, in August 2014 one and a half million students will sit entrance examinations in Turkish universities, and 800 thousand will be admitted to Turkish higher education. Students are highly interested in foreign language undergraduate courses abroad. The fair was expected to have appoximately 15 thousand visitors.
The Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Center was opened in Istanbul in December 2013. The aim of the Balassi Institute is to reposition Hungarian culture in one of the most important and most rapidly developing European city, and to strengthen Turkish-Hungarian relations in the field of culture.