The Confucius Institute in Miskolc, located in northeastern Hungary, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, marking a decade of fostering cultural and educational exchanges between China and Hungary. The commemorative event, featuring an amalgamation of Chinese and Western music, was a vibrant testament to the institute’s role in promoting intercultural understanding.
Attended by Hungarian dignitaries, university academics, students, and representatives from Chinese businesses, the celebration showcased an array of musical performances. These included traditional Hungarian melodies, symbolizing the harmonious blend of Eastern and Western cultures. The event served not only as a celebration but also as a reflection of the deep-rooted cultural ties fostered by the institute over the years.
Miskolc’s Deputy Mayor Lajos Badany, in his address, underscored the city’s dedication to strengthening economic and cultural ties with Chinese counterparts. He highlighted the significant role of the Confucius Institute at the University of Miskolc in deepening educational and cultural cooperation with China. His words echoed the sentiment of mutual respect and collaboration that the institute has nurtured.
In a gesture of goodwill and support, the Chinese Ambassador to Hungary, Gong Tao, sent a congratulatory letter to the ceremony. He praised the institute for acting as a bridge connecting young minds from both nations and lauded its contributions to enhancing educational and cultural cooperation and fostering cultural exchanges between China and Hungary.
Zita Horvath, Rector of the University of Miskolc, expressed her commitment to the institute’s future growth. “On my behalf, I can promise that the University will provide every support it can to ensure the institute continues to thrive in the future,” she stated, affirming the university’s continued backing for the institute’s endeavors.
Established in 2013, the Confucius Institute in Miskolc was a collaborative effort between the University of Miskolc, Beijing University of Chemical Industry, and the chemical industry company Wanhua-BorsodChem. It stands as Hungary’s third Confucius Institute, representing a significant step in the country’s engagement with Chinese culture and education.
Over the past decade, the Confucius Institute in Miskolc has played a pivotal role in promoting Chinese language and culture in Hungary. Its activities have ranged from language teaching to cultural events, academic exchanges, and educational collaborations. As the institute steps into its second decade, it continues to symbolize the growing educational and cultural partnership between China and Hungary, bridging distances and differences through the universal language of learning and cultural appreciation.