– This program is another step towards the international development of Debrecen, as the city has taken several steps in this direction in recent years, along with the fact that even before, the University of Debrecen and the international students did not have an unfamiliar environment for the people of Debrecen – stressed Lajos Barcsa, Deputy Mayor of Debrecen responsible for economic affairs, at the ceremony held at the Dutch-Flemish Center in Debrecen on Saturday evening.
The event was organized on the occasion that, as part of the Central European Comenius Program, university students living in our region, studying Dutch language and culture, arrived in Hungary and took part in a two-week summer course. The opening of this program was held in Debrecen.
Lajos Barcsa pointed out: with the opening of an international school in recent years, or with the fact that a German school has also been operating in the city since September, Debrecen has also taken a serious step in the field of education. In addition to all this, the economy is also becoming more and more international, as large multinational companies have chosen Debrecen in recent years, and the crowning achievement of this is the BMW investment.
– I am very happy that the good reputation of Debrecen is further enhanced by the current Comenius Program, and hopefully the young people present from more than ten countries will return home with pleasant experiences and will visit our city later either as tourists or, if they really like the city, we can also count on them as a workforce – underlined the deputy mayor.
Always in a different country
We learned from Dr. Péter Csatár, deputy dean of economics and strategy at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Debrecen: this event was organized by the Dutch Department, Károli Gáspár University and ELTE Department of Dutch Studies. 42 students from more than 10 countries were invited through the Comenius summer university course.
The goal is that university students studying Dutch studies and Dutch studies from various Central European countries meet once a year and participate together in joint seminars and other events. The few-day program brings teachers and students closer to each other, and is always organized in a different country in order to get to know each other’s countries and locations. This is an initiative that has been going on since 2007 and is one of the most successful summer university events for the humanities faculty – reminded Dr. Péter Csatár.