The alternate Executive Vice President and rector of the Universidad Católica del Maule, Diego Durán, pointed out that “the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Conference is a very significant step, because it shows that today there is a relationship with all the universities that are members of the Council of Rectors ”.
On the occasion, the Secretary General of the Hungarian Rectors Conference, Dr. Zoltán Dubéczi, gave the talk entitled “Introduction to the Hungarian Rectors Conference, the Hungarian higher education system and its reforms”.
The Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hungarian Rector's Conference (HRC), with the aim of promoting and expanding academic exchange and collaboration between the universities of both countries.
Present at the ceremony were the alternate executive vice president of CRUCH and rector of the Universidad Católica del Maule, Diego Durán; the Secretary General of the HRC, Dr. Zoltán Dubéczi; the Ambassador of Hungary in Chile, Mr. Miklós Deák; the Minister Dr. Csaba Pólyi; the General Secretary of CRUCH, María Isabel Munita, and other professionals of the organization. Directors of international relations and research from different universities of the Council of Rectors also participated, as well as representatives of the Grouping of Regional Universities, the G 9, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (Conicyt), and of the Ministry of Education.
The alternate executive vice president of CRUCH and rector of the Universidad Católica del Maule (UCM), Diego Durán, expressed that the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is of great importance for the Council of Rectors. The rector Durán pointed out that “Hungary has been linking up with some universities in Chile for some time, so the signing of this agreement is a very significant step, since it allows a relationship with the entire Council of Rectors as of today, which it enables our universities and Hungarian universities to have access to this exchange, which is so relevant in the context of current internationalization processes ”.
Within the framework of the Memorandum, which is valid for 5 years, the universities of the CRUCH and those that belong to the HRC, will be able to develop institutional, cultural and business exchange initiatives; promote academic exchange and mobility of students, teachers and researchers; promote joint research activities, scientific networking and doctoral training; mutually support the promotion of academic events; and participate in the annual conferences of both parties.
Rector Durán stressed the importance of internationalization for the Council of Rectors, which affects the quality and relevance of the university, in teaching, research and extension. He recalled that CRUCH has established international collaboration networks with France, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Australia, among other countries. He also specified that CRUCH universities receive more than 4,000 foreign students, of which more than 2,600 are graduate students and the rest are exchange students.
HRC and higher education system in Hungary
After the signing of the Memorandum, the Secretary General of the Hungarian Rectors Conference (HRC), Dr. Zoltán Dubéczi, gave the talk entitled "Introduction to the Hungarian Rectors Conference, the Hungarian higher education system and its reforms" .
In this regard, Dr. Dubéczi pointed out that the HRC is a body that has been in existence for 27 years and brings together 66 higher education institutions in Hungary. Among them, there are 29 state institutions, 25 institutions linked to the Church and 12 private. The main objective of the HRC is to represent these institutions and protect their interests at the national and international level.
Dubéczi mentioned that the current universities date back to the year 1367 and that, through almost 650 years of existence, the Hungarian higher education system has become a decisive actor in the European Higher Educational Area (European Higher Educational Area, EHEA). On the other hand, he pointed out that according to 2015 figures, there are a total of 295,316 students, of which approximately 9% corresponds to foreign students (26,178).
Working meeting with universities
Within the framework of the activities scheduled between the Council of Rectors and the HRC, a working meeting was held on Tuesday, March 15, in which the Communications Officer of the Institute of International Studies (IEI) of the University of Chile was present. , Michelle Zarchar; the Director of the IDEA Institute of the University of Santiago de Chile (USACH), Fernando Estenssoro; and the Director of the Master's in International Relations at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV), Raúl Allard. Representing the Hungarian Embassy was Dr. Csaba Pólyi, as well as the Secretary General of the HRC, Dr. Zoltán Dubéczi. On behalf of the CRUCH was the Academic Director, Christian Blanco.
On the occasion, the participants discussed the academic internationalization initiatives and possible collaboration alternatives between the universities of both countries in the field of geopolitics and geoeconomics research. Likewise, Dr. Dubéczi shared with the attendees a brief overview of how the Hungarian Rectors' Conference operates and referred to the organization's internationalization strategies.
By CRUCH Communications Area, March 17, 2016