Miskolc, Hungary -- The University of Miskolc in northeast Hungary opened a China centre 23 April, to teach Mandarin, as well as Chinese-focussed sociology, cultural anthropology, philosophy, and music and art history.
According to China's Xinhua news agency, the centre is named after isocyanate producer and sponsor Wanhua-BorsodChem, a local unit of China's Wanhua Group, based in Kazincbarcika, 20 km north of Miskolc.
The goal of the new centre is to support joint research and exchanges of researchers between Chinese universities and the Miskolc school, which has a strong technology component.
Xinhua reports that Hungary's state secretary for culture Geza Szocs told a gathering at the new facility that the leadership of both countries recognised the significance of cooperation and the value of a potential alliance.
Ding Jiansheng, president and ceo of Wanhua-BorsodChem referred to the need for a highly competent workforce knowledgeable in both Mandarin and state-of-the art technology, hence the company's interest in the project.