EXCESSIVE OVERAPPLICATION TO STIPENDIUM HUNGARICUM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME
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As told by the Ministry of Human Capacities to MTI, the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme is absolutely popular. It has received more than 28 thousand applications for the 5318 scholarships that were announced for the academic year of 2018 and 2019.
According to the feuilleton the programme has experienced a dynamic growth since it was launched in 2013: in the debut year of the programme it has only been working with 68 students, but in the academic year of 2018 and 2019 nearly 9000 scholarship holders are studying in one of Hungary’s higher educational institutions. This September 4157 students arrived from 65 countries to start their education in Hungary.
The feuilleton also stated that in the application period of 2017 and 2018 the programme has announced scholarship for the countries of Bangladesh, Cuba, Kuwait, Montenegro, Singapore, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand and the Republic of Cabo Verde for the first time. The newly acceded countries may send 295 students in total to Hungary.
Last Wednesday the Tempus Public Foundation greeted all foreign students that start their education this year in Hungary with Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship.
Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich, State Secretary for International Affairs in the Ministry of Human Capacities, communicated that the programme exceedingly fits the government’s open policy to the East and South. The Ministry’s stated intention is to build a bridge between Hungary and its foreign students.
„Our aim is not only to provide competitive knowledge, but to show Hungary’s culture, language and to achieve a true friendship between our country and such foreign students as well” – emphasised the Secretary of State.
One related piece of news is that the Stipendium Hungaricum Mentor Network, launched in 2018, has attracted nearly 1200 students to be mentored in its first 36 hours. Almost 300 mentors assist their foreign peers in gettin familiar with our country’s culture and history.