How are Hungarians seen in Europe?
Hungary: The science engine in the middle of Europe
Hardly any other country in Central Eastern Europe is perceived as strongly as a science and research location as Hungary. The capital Budapest is the seat of such renowned universities as the Semmelweis and Eötvös Loránt Universities. With other excellent universities in cities such as Debrecen, Szeged or Pécs, Hungary offers an attractive research landscape for cooperation.
The main focus of science is the health sector. Hungary also has outstanding research skills in related areas such as pharmacy and biotechnology. The automotive and information and communication industries continue to be economically important. Many German companies have set up locations in Hungary in these areas. You play a key role in expanding capacities for research and development.
Together for environmental and climate protection
One of the joint research strengths of Germany and Hungary lies in the area of climate and environmental protection. This research area has therefore been one of the main focuses of the research cooperation between the two countries, which has been intensified since Hungary joined the EU in 2004.
Improved environmental and climate protection presents the countries of Europe with central challenges for the future. In addition to necessary investments and efforts, the topic also offers considerable economic opportunities. This was one of the key messages of an international climate conference in Budapest in February 2015. The Hungarian Society for the Economy (MKT) and the embassies of Germany, Great Britain and France promoted more investment in renewable energies and climate-friendly technologies. Research, development and innovation then serve both global climate protection and economic growth. Hungary offers favorable starting points here through available geothermal energy and biomass.
Research institutions with multinational and European reach
The German-speaking Andrássy University in Budapest (AUB) is also dedicated to German-Hungarian cooperation in science and research. In addition to Hungary, the founding partners are the Republic of Austria, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the Free State of Bavaria. Up to 100 students work at the AUB per academic year. A third of the students come from Hungary. The other part comes from German-speaking countries as well as from Central and Eastern European countries. Important courses are Central European History, International Relations or Danube Region Studies.
Hungary is working to develop Budapest into the “capital” of Central Eastern Europe for innovation and business start-ups. It is no coincidence that the European Commission chose Budapest as the seat of the European Institute for Innovation (EIT) in 2007. The EIT has been promoting so-called “Knowledge and Innovation Communities” (KICs) since 2008. So far, KICs have been set up in areas such as climate and energy research, information / communication technologies or “active aging”.
Close funding cooperation
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Hungarian authorities work closely together to promote research collaborations. In 2013 there was a joint announcement between the BMBF and the Hungarian Innovation Office (NIH) to strengthen cooperation in science and technology in joint areas of competence such as life, agricultural, environmental and technical sciences. Because of the mutual opening of funding programs, this bilateral announcement is viewed by many as exemplary for research cooperation in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. German and Hungarian researchers will be working together on 15 projects by the end of 2016. With eight projects, health research also plays a central role here.
Germany and Hungary are also working together on the Danube region announcement by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. With 19 participations in 31 ongoing projects, Hungary is the most preferred country in the Danube region. With six projects, the area of climate and environment plays the most important role. Another announcement for this region is planned for 2015.
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