The Hungarian Embassy in the Philippines announced the opening of scholarship grants to Filipino students through its Stipendium Hungarian Scholarship Programme in the coming years.
Hungarian Ambassador to the Philippines József Bencze said on Monday, August 6, 2018, at the Malacañang Palace during signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Philippine News Agency (PNA) and Media Support and Asset Management Fund (MSAMF) of Hungary.
According to Amb. Bencze, 11 more Filipino students will be given a chance to study in Hungary this year “to learn in the Hungarian universities.”
“We would like it next time 35 Philippine students could go to Hungary because it is totally free,” Bencze said.
Bencze said the selected Filipino students could apply for different courses, undergraduate, masters and Doctor of Philosophy in the Hungarian universities.
“The students could choose English, German or French language,” Bencze said.
The Philippines and Hungary have signed several cooperation agreements particularly in the field of trade and commerce, science, and education.
The scholarship program is part of Hungary’s three-pillar diplomatic work that includes traditional, economic and cultural public diplomacies.
“We have a lot of cultural programs in the Philippines,” Bencze said.
A famous Hungarian dance group will perform in Manila in November, according to Bencze.
Hungary is also planning to organize a Hungarian film fest to be participated in by at least five famous Hungarian films also in November in Manila, Bencze said.
Hungary reopened its embassy in the Philippines in March last year after a lull of 21 years.
Currently, Hungary is the Philippines’ 48th trading partner while the Philippines is the fourth partner of Hungary in terms of importing vegetables and fruits, among others.